Always buy a motorcycle specific oil. In most bikes, the engine oil acts as a transmission fluid as well. Normal car oils won’t cut it.
The oil filter may need to be changed too. It could be a cartridge-style type located behind a bolted-on cover. It could also be a screw-on type. A normal wrench will be enough for the job. This should be one of your must-have tools.
Once you’ve changed everything over, you can check the oil level. There is usually a small porthole on the side of the crankcase. Just be sure the level is between the lines and you’ll be all set.
Maintaining the Drive Chain
Just as you’d invest in one of the best car jack stands for home repair, so you’ll make your life a lot easier with a rear stand for your bike. It’ll help you to keep the rear wheel off the ground, and the whole bike upright.
This is going to make chain maintenance much easier. Your chain needs to be kept at the correct tension. It will stretch over time and you’ll have to adjust it at that point.
Loosen the rear axle nut and then use the adjustment nuts to take out some of the slack. Always turn the nuts on either side evenly so that you don’t affect the wheel alignment. Clean the chain regularly and always keep it well lubricated.
The slightest differences in tire pressure can adversely affect the way your bike performs. Checking the pressure should be something you do religiously.
The grooves of your tires have small raised points known as wear indicators. When these are worn down, it’s time to invest in new tires. The rear tire is likely to wear out more quickly than the front tire.