Motorcycle Maintenance – What counts and Why

Shari Ives Instruction


A properly maintained motorcycle can mean the difference between a fun day of riding and pleasure or a day of useless frustration. Taking a few minutes to inspect your bike before each ride and adopting good maintenance practices on a regular basis can ensure you address potential issues before they happen.

Of course, there are times when we do experience challenges (like flat tires or an engine issue) that might prevent us from being able to complete our ride, but regular bike inspection and maintenance on a routine basis can usually help avoid them.

Before each ride

Use the pre-ride inspection routine we know as TCLOCS:

Tires and Wheels – Inspect tires for cracks, bulges, baldness wear and proper inflation

Controls – Inspect handlebars, cables, hoses and throttle and brake controls

Lights and Electrical – Ensure headlights, turn signals and front / rear braking lights operate properly

Oil and Fluids – Ensure your oil and transmission fluid levels (if applicable) are within suggested operating range and there are no leaks occurring

Chassis – Inspect frame, suspension, drive mechanisms and fasteners

Side Stand – Inspect the center stand or side stand to ensure that it operates correctly and is properly lubricated.

Regular Maintenance

Follow the MOM (Motorcycle Operator ‘s Manual) recommendations for your maintenance activities. Each manufacturer is different depending upon features, styles and types of engines and transmissions.  Doing so will help you keep your bike in shape and “road ready” for any situation.

Remember that clean oil is the lifeblood to your engine and clutch. Maintaining and monitoring your oil can be one of the most inexpensive and proactive things to you can do to ensure your motorcycle runs efficiently and provides years of stress-free pleasure.