Motorcycle Repairs

The cost of the bike is one thing, the cost of repairing the bike could be a whole other thing. Some motorcycles – both new and used – break down more often and are more expensive to repair. Preventative maintenance can help prevent the need many types of motorcycle repairs, but eventually, parts wear out, and some motorcycle parts are more prone to failure than others.

Below is an overview of the most common types of motorcycle repairs and a brief description of each.

Batteries: Motorcycle batteries can die after a few years of use, especially if you don’t ride your bike regularly. Battery-related problems are among the most common reasons for motorcycle breakdowns.

Brakes: Brake pads wear out and brake fluid needs to be replaced periodically.

Chains and Sprockets: Motorcycle chains stretch and wear out over time, and sprockets can become worn. It’s important to clean, lubricate, and adjust your chain regularly and replace it and the sprockets as necessary.

Spark Plugs: Over time, spark plugs can become dirty or wear out, affecting your engine’s performance.

Carburetors: For motorcycles with carburetors (as opposed to fuel injection), the carburetor can become gummed up, especially if your bike hasn’t been ridden in awhile.

Valve Adjustments: On many motorcycles, especially those with higher mileage, the valves may need periodic adjustment to ensure optimal performance and longevity.

Clutch Replacements or Adjustments: The clutch can wear out or need adjustment, especially on motorcycles that have high mileage on them and/or are ridden hard.

Electrical Repairs: Motorcycles have various electrical components – from lights to ignition systems – that can malfunction. Wiring problems, blown fuses, and malfunctioning switches are common issues.

Suspension Adjustments and Repairs: The forks on motorcycles can leak oil, and the rear shocks can wear out, affecting your motorcycle’s ride quality and handling.

Coolant Changes: For liquid-cooled motorcycles, the coolant needs to be changed periodically to prevent overheating, engine damage, and an extremely expensive engine repair or replacement.

Oil and Filter Changes: Motorcycles need regular oil changes to keep their engines running smoothly. Depending on the type of motorcycle and the type of oil used, oil changes are recommended at intervals ranging from 2,000 miles to 10,000 miles!

See related topics:
Emergency Tools And Parts Kits For Motorcycles
Motorcycle Parts
Motorcycle Repairs
Motorcycle Accessories