Whether you're new to two wheels or a long-time motorcycle veteran, it’s never too late to learn the basics of maintaining your motorcycle - especially during the winter months! Here you'll be able to find all-important motorcycle maintenance tips to help you keep your motorcycle in tip-top condition!
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It’s an obvious answer really, worn out pads means reduced braking efficiency – that’s a huge gamble when it comes to your own (and other road users) safety. Safety aside, when your pads are completely worn out and you continue to ride, you’re grinding metal on metal every time you brake – this will destroy your discs and result in you forking out a small fortune for replacements!
Visually checking your pads takes just seconds and is something that can easily and regularly be done to save you some cash in the long run! Most brake pads have a wear indicator groove moulded or cut into the surface, so even those with zero mechanical know-how can tell. Grab a torch and look in to the calipers, once the pad is worn down so much that this groove disappears, or the pad itself is down to about 2mm – it’s time for new pads! It’s also worth mentioning that the legal minimum is 1mm.
Another tell-tale sign that your pads may be on their way out is the sound coming from your brakes. Listen and pay attention to any changes in sound. If something changes, check your brakes immediately – especially if you hear a scraping or grinding noise, this is a strong indicator of metal-to-metal contact and an obvious cause for concern.
Knowing how to maintain your tyres through regular checks, and likewise, knowing when to replace them will play a huge role in the quality of your ride performance and most importantly, your safety!
When road conditions are less than ideal, the tread on your tyres is designed to push water away, improving grip. When the tread is heavily worn, you’ll start to lose grip and your bike will become more and more dangerous to ride! The easiest way to keep an eye on the wear is to look for the little bumps that sit at the bottom of the main grooves. When the depth of the rubber remaining gets to the level of these indicators (1mm), the tyre has reached its legal wear limit and must be replaced
It’s quite common that a tyre may not get worn out completely, but that’s not to say that you’re not in need of a replacement. If you’re a motorway commuter, you may know what we’re talking about! One common example of uneven wear is the squarish wear of the tyre, whereby the tyre becomes worn out from the centre portion of the tread. This can cause a loss of grip when you then head out to the twisty country lanes! To offset this tyre of wear, try switching up your journey, moving from motorways to fast A and B roads every so often.
It’s also important to keep a check on the general condition of your tyres – too many punctures or cuts can mean that your tyres are no longer fit for use.
The last factor we’ll mention here is age. Even if your tyres are showing no signs of wear, most manufacturers recommend that tyres should not be used after years, the reason being that the oils in the rubber evaporate over time causing the rubber to harden up. To find out the date of manufacturing of your motorcycle's tyre, look out for a four-digit number on the tyre. The first two digits represent the week number and the last two will reveal the year of its manufacturing.
If in doubt, click here to contact our workshop team here at Laguna Motorcycles, via email - they’ll be happy to advise.
If you’re ashamed to admit that your chain care routine is currently non-existent, fear not. Here we’ve collated a couple of key top tips to help you give your motorcycle’s chain the care it deserves – and needs – to reach maximum performance each time you ride.
Firstly, let us touch on why taking good care of your chain and sprockets is so important. Performance aside, the last thing you want is for your chain to break while you’re riding! As you can imagine, it could wreck your swingarm, engine, gearbox casings – or worse – your leg.
Dramatic outcomes to one side, keep reading for an easy three-step chain care routine:
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