Whether you have a vintage motorcycle or scooter or something a bit newer, having a regular routine of care and maintenance will guarantee your bike a longer life and keep it running smoothly. Every rider wants to get the best from their machine and this involves maintenance, safety and of course, future re-sale value. Here are some tips for scooter care and maintenance:
Keeping it clean
You’ll want to give your scooter a good once over regularly and this is also a great way to check for debris and dust build-up. Always use an appropriate cleaner like a gel cleaner which won’t immediately run off. Soft, micro fibre cloths are best for not leaving lint behind or being too abrasive. At least once a week when the scooter is in regular use is a good rule of thumb for a wipe down. Avoid cleaning in direct sunlight or using a high-pressure washer, as this can blast away all the good grease and lubricant in wheels and steering head bearings for example.
Keep it shady
It’s best to keep your scooter stored somewhere that’s away from excessive moisture, direct sunlight or dust. Parking in shady spots is a good way to avoid extremes in temperature and rain which over time can damage the bodywork. A waterproof cover is great to use when the scooter isn’t in use.
Keep it safe
Protect your investment with a cover, chains and locks. Motorcycle theft is high, so you might want to consider additional security devices such as alarms, immobilisers and motorcycle trackers.
To give your tyres a longer life, be sure to regularly check the air pressure on your tyres. The wrong air pressure can put additional, unwanted pressure on your scooter each time you use it. It will cause an increase in friction between the road surface and the tyre, making it deflate quicker. This is particularly the case with pneumatic tyres. Always make sure you have the optimum air pressure as recommended by your manufacturer.
To get the most out of your riding experience, you’ll want to change the oil frequently. If you’re riding a new scooter, it is recommended that oil be changed within the first 300-500 miles. After that, an oil change every 1000 miles is recommended for optimum performance.
Having a clean carburettor is essential as this is the part responsible for pumping the fuel and taking in the correct amount of air needed. There are multiple small openings, diaphragms and vents that easily become dirty and grimy. It will need to be cleaned carefully and any adjustments required should be done by a professional.
Following the above advice will give you a well-maintained and cared for scooter but should not replace a six-monthly or yearly inspection and servicing by a professional motorcycle garage. This can often reveal small issues that you hadn’t noticed which if left, could turn into something major and costly further down the line.