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Most Common Motorcycle Repairs

Motorcycles are certainly thrilling vehicles for people to operate, but they also require intensive care to stay running properly. The most common motorcycle repairs include:

Some motorcycle maintenance issues make sense with the amount of usage, but there are other instances in which people have to pay bills that feel largely unnecessary. Here are some of the most common kinds of motorcycle repairs that can apply to owning a motorcycle.

Contaminated Fuel

Fuel going bad can damage a motorcycle’s engine and hurt its performance. Such issues most commonly affect people who do not ride their motorcycles frequently, especially individuals who store their motorcycles away for the winter. 

The bottom line is that gas will go bad if you do not ride your motorcycle often enough. In general, driving a motorcycle less than 25 miles a week will increase the chances of the fuel going bad. 

Gas can become contaminated, and this can clog your system or affect the performance of your motorcycle. If you are not able to ride your motorcycle more often, you can add a fuel stabilizer during the riding season to clean and maintain the fuel system. 

When you are in a climate that has a traditional winter, and you cannot ride for that part of the year, you should drain your fuel tank during those colder months. 

Battery Problems in motorcycle

Just like your motorcycle fuel, a motorcycle battery can also deteriorate when a person is not using a motorcycle frequently. Batteries are prone to die quickly when you do not ride for at least five hours a week.

The easiest way to avoid battery issues is – again – to ride more frequently. When that is not an option, you can still use a battery tender or charger to make sure you charge the battery in the garage. 

Even if you do ride quite often, the battery can still drain. Other common battery issues can include improperly installed electrical components, excess after-market electrical components, corroded battery terminals, or batteries simply being too old.

You should perform a T-CLOCS inspection before riding so you can identify these kinds of issues. 

Tire Issues

Premature tire wear is usually the result of improper tire pressure when you ride your motorcycle. Worn-out tires are one of the leading causes of motorcycles breaking down. 

When your tires get worn out, you will have to replace them. You should routinely inspect your tires to see if they’re damaged or not. 

Tires that become worn can become exceptionally dangerous. In addition to your tread, you also want to ensure that rubber has not hardened to an unsafe condition. 

When you do not notice anything in a pre-ride inspection, but you feel the warning signs of bad tires while riding, such as a motorcycle starting to wobble or vibrate, the tires making weird sounds, or handling becoming unstable, you could have a tire issue that needs immediate addressing. 

Motorcycle Electrical Problems

Most modern motorcycles have several electrical components to improve performance, provide comfort, or add to the aesthetics of a motorcycle. Such components can cause electrical failures when they become faulty.

While there may be a limited number of electrical components on a motorcycle, the wiring can be difficult to navigate, and diagnosing an issue may be problematic. If a motorcycle owner adds components, it will complicate the system. 

If new components involve improper installation or the installation interferes with stock components, the electrical component can affect a motorcycle engine’s performance, the lifespan of the battery, and other safety features of a motorcycle. When you believe an electrical issue is affecting your motorcycle’s performance, you should disconnect the battery to prevent injury and further damage to the motorcycle. 

Brake Issues

Brakes are an essential component of a motorcycle, and the characteristics, properties, and behavior of brakes will change with time. The state of brakes will be influenced by multiple factors.

The first thing to consider is the master cylinder’s misalignment because the this is one of the most critical parts of the braking system. Misalignment can cause inappropriate braking pressure and may initiate brake failure​​. 

When an oil seal inside the master cylinder gets torn due to erroneous alignment, it can cause brake fluid leakage and low brake oil pressure. It is essential to mount the master cylinder cautiously.

A motorcycle owner installing brakes for the first time will have to deal with bleeding. This means to remove of air particles from the internal system.

When air particles are present in the system, it can get compressed and block air from passing. This could possibly causing brake failure. 

Brake fluid leakage can cause problems when the issue arises frequently. You can resolve the issue by properly tightening bolts and using tapes around the leakage. 

You could also be dealing with an insufficient amount of brake fluid, which has the potential to cause a total brake failure.

Always make sure your fluid container is full. When the tank becomes empty, it sucks air in the system and causes further problems.

Finally, there is the problem of brake fade, which is the result of frequent and rigorous application of brakes. Such actions cause expansion of brake drums, loss of frictional ability of brake lining, or both. 

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