Servicing and MOT's for Bikes

Servicing and MOT's for Bikes

15 November 2011
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Motorcycle servicing

When buying a new or used bike, a good idea is to read the maintenance manual, so that you know when the service intervals are. Services intervals are now farther apart than they used to be, because of engineering advancements, but remember to stick to them, that’s what they are their for. There are a few things to consider however –

Do your homework when using a dealership, the prices can vary widely? If your motorcycle is still under warranty you may be able to find a non-franchised garage that may do the service without invalidating your warranty. Check to see if they have signed up with the Motor Industry Code of Practice (self regulating). This has been established to protect the customer, and promote standards within the industry. 

Independent garages are usually cheaper than the bike dealership, but make sure they are VAT registered and use the proper manufacturer’s products, parts and fluids, don’t forget to obtain a receipt, and get the maintenance book stamped by the servicing garage.

If your motorcycle is still under warranty, and needs a repair, that falls under the warranty covered areas, you may well find that the warranty will require you, to get the repairs carried out at the franchised dealer from where you purchased the bike, to keep the warranty validated.

Motorcycle service checklist 

The following list is not exhaustive and some items or areas listed will be carried out at different service intervals.

From the engines perspective

Engine/transmission oil replace                                     Replace the oil filter

Cam chain adjustment                                                 Throttle action

Crankcase vents                                                          Valve clearance adjustments

Drive oil replacement                                                   Clutch adjustment

Replace oil, fuel and air filters/cleaners                          Carburettor synchronization

Condition of spark plugs                                               Coolant level

Check the EXUP valve                                                  Autolube pump

Checklist for adjustment to the EXUP if applicable

Idle mixture and carbon dioxide percentage adjustment

The Electrics

Battery – fluid level and breather                                  Horn

Stop light switches                                                      Instruments, tail and head light

The Chassis

Brake pad condition                                                    Brake shoes

Brake and clutch fluid levels                                         Brake and clutch hoses

Cables for the throttle clutch and brake                         Spoke tensions

The rear wheel runout                                                  Play on the wheel bearing

Regrease the swinging arm                                          Rear suspension

Steering head bearings - regrease                                Front fork oil and operation

Tyes – condition, wear and pressure                             Wheels – bearing play                            

The calipers, pads and copperslip pins – silicon             Grease on pistons

Clutch and brake master cylinder linkages

The Torque tests

Brake shoes – pads and drive sockets wear percentage

Autolube tank refill

Brake lines and seals should be changed

Tread depth on both front and rear tyres

Re-lubricate any grease nipples and linkages

All visible nuts and bolts

Road testing to include:

Observations on fluent gearchanging and braking

General handling

Start and stop of the engine and idling speed

Recheck the oil level and chain drive tension

Remove any finger and hand marks

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