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Maintenance Tips Every Motorcycle Owner Needs to Know

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Last Updated: 07-24-2023
Written by: Michael A. Rose and Gregory Hach

man working on motorcycleEnsuring your bike is in its best condition will give you more peace of mind and make accidents less likely. The seven most basic parts of your bike you need to check up on regularly are the oil, drive chain, tires, brakes, air filter, fuel, and battery.


When changing your motorcycle’s oil, the general rule is to change it every 3,700 miles or so or about once a year. But depending on your driving habits and your ride environment, you may need to change your oil more or less often. For example, the oil will break down quicker if you drive on exceptionally dusty roads.

Drive chain

The drive chain transfers energy from the engine into the rear wheel. You should inspect the drive chain for wear and tear before each ride and clean it every 750-1000 miles. You must always clean it before lubricating it, which should be done every 300-600 miles.


Michelin recommends that you inspect your tires weekly for signs of wear and the depth of the treads. Look for cracking, punctures, low pressure, or a weird feeling in your tires when you ride your bike. These could all be signs that it’s time to change them.


To ensure your brakes are in good working order, check the thickness of your brake pads before each ride. Check your manual to see how often to change the brake fluid, but it should be every one or two years.

Air Filter

To keep your engine running as smoothly and powerfully as possible, regularly clean your air filter with compressed air. Check it each time you change your oil and after a particularly dusty or muddy drive.


Like cleaning your air filter, regularly cleaning a fuel filter will keep your engine running at its optimal performance and prevent impurities from entering the engine.


To get the longest life out of your battery, charge it to 100% when you’re not using it. Monitor the electrolyte level; if it gets too low, add distilled water.

Contact a New York motorcycle accident attorney

Were you hurt in a motorcycle accident caused by someone else’s negligence? Despite your best efforts to keep your motorcycle in proper working order, accidents can and do happen, particularly when other motorists are negligent. Call an experienced New York motorcycle attorney at Hach & Rose, LLP to schedule a free case evaluation to discuss the compensation you could be owed. Call us at (212) 779-0057 for help right away.

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