Yamaha® motorcycle owners have access to one of the brand leaders in bike technology. However, the standard Yamaha® will cost several thousand dollars, at minimum. It will also likely come with high-tech gear and one-of-a-kind functions.
Owning a Yamaha® bike means caring for it. Therefore, a standard maintenance plan should be part of your ownership agenda. How can you take care of your bike?
Take Care Of Your Bike Now
Now that we're approaching autumn, the way you use your motorcycle will likely change. Indeed, autumn often makes riding your motorcycle more unsafe in some conditions. Wetter roads, earlier sunsets and cooler weather might all create hazardous roadways. If you don't have a well-functioning bike, you might put yourself at a higher risk for accidents.
No one can afford a motorcycle wreck. Bike damage, injury bills, lawsuits and other costs might result. If you have motorcycle insurance, your policy might help cover some of these losses. However, not all losses have coverage under policies. Plus, most bike policies will not cover damage resulting from a lack of maintenance, or wear and tear.
Also, if you have an accident that you might have otherwise prevented with maintenance, your insurer might label you as at-fault. As a result, the insurer might consider you a higher driving risk. They might raise your premium costs. And that could strain anyone's checkbook.
So, how can standard maintenance lower your operating risks? It's simple!
If you have a well-functioning bike, you are less likely to experience sudden problems that lead to damage. That lowers your risk of filing claims and experiencing damage costs altogether. Servicing your Yamaha® might save you money on what would otherwise be breakdown and accident costs.
Don't hesitate. Consider some of the standard maintenance you should receive this fall.
1. Receive Engine and Oil Service
The engine is one of the most critical components of your motorcycle. You can't ride without it. However, if neglected, it might cause catastrophic damage – such as like fires or explosions.
As a result, have your mechanic service the engine regularly. Most Yamaha® bikes have standardized intervals at which they need service.
The mechanic will likely change your oil and check your air filter. The oil keeps the engine lubricated, and the filter prevents debris from entering the engine. They help the engine perform optimally. Both these systems tend to become contaminated over time. Changes help clean both the systems and the engine itself.
Furthermore, ask your mechanic to check the bike's antifreeze, or coolant levels. Motorcycle engines generate a lot of heat. The coolant helps keep the engine within a safe temperature range. Without it, your engine might overheat, causing significant problems.
2. Test The Battery
Most automobiles and motorcycles require a battery to help start the engine. If the battery fails, you won't be able to start the bike.
Yet, batteries have standard lifetimes. In motorcycles, that's usually between two and four years. As your battery ages, it will have to work harder to supply the engine. Therefore, you'll need to replace the battery as it becomes unreliable. If you don't, you risk permanent damage to both the battery and surrounding engine systems.
Your mechanic can generally test your battery for free, and it will only take a couple of minutes to do so. They can often give you an idea of the remaining life of the battery. If it needs immediate replacement, they can usually do so on-site.
3. Check the Tires
Your bike is a two-wheeled vehicle, and it requires specialized skill to operate. Therefore, you need a reliable set of tires under you. If your wheels don't work, they are often among the first systems to fail under the strain of use.
Like batteries, tires also wear out over time. Holes, leaks and worn treads might all make them unstable and unsafe. Not only that, malfunctioning tires can create strain on other systems. They can even increase your gasoline usage.
When you bring the vehicle in for service, your mechanic can perform several tests on tires. They can check the air pressure in the tires to ensure it falls within standard limits. All tires must maintain a certain level of air pressure.
Furthermore, your mechanic can check the exterior of the tires for penetration, breaks or air leaks. They'll also look at the tread depth on the tires. Your treads will wear out over time as the bike maintains contact with the road. If you let the tread become too worn, the tires won't be able to grip the pavement properly. Therefore, the risk of accidents might increase. Your mechanic can tell you when it is time to think about changing your tires.
Don't hesitate to service your bike this autumn. Doing so will ensure you have ample security when riding in pristine fall scenery. With the right care, you and your Yamaha® can stay together for years to come.