No matter what type of motorcycle you own, how cautious you are or how new your bike is, it's going to require maintenance.
I learned about the importance of maintenance quickly. My first motorcycle was a Kikker 5150 bobber. It was a kit bike that I bought already assembled on Craigslist. After only a few rides on the thing, pieces of the bike actually fell off. I learned how important routine maintenance was and how to do it by surfing the web and getting on motorcycle forums. To make your life easier, I'd like to share a few good beginner resources for maintenance you need to do on your bike. Here you go:
10 Maintenance Tasks to do Yourself from Visordown
Although this article can be a little tedious to click through due to its slideshow-like page layout, Visordown packs a lot of good info into it. It covers all the basics and helps you realize you don't have to have that much mechanical ability to keep your motorcycle looking and functioning wonderfully.
General Motorcycle Maintenance Tips to Keep Your Bike at Peak Condition from Total Motorcycle
Total Motorcycle's piece on motorcycle maintenance focuses on stuff you should check and do regularly. It has a detailed section on each specific part of the bike you should pay close attention to. If you need something that can be used as a quick, detailed reference, this is a great resource.
How to: Keep Your Bike Alive with Motorcycle Maintenance from Motorcycle Cruiser
This article comes with tons of advice on routine maintenance and also has a helpful maintenance chart at the end. The chart is especially handy and can be a good thing to tack up on the wall in your garage. This is all basic info and super handy.
MC Garage from Motorcyclist Magazine
Motorcyclist Magazine's MC Garage is a video series that's extremely helpful. The videos are short, to the point and cover things you've probably always wondered how to do. While they're not the most detailed videos out there, they're a great place to start when it comes to any maintenance task.
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