Ripping through Yellowstone or riding up the coast and feeling the ocean breeze on your face while on a motorcycle is one of the simple joys of life. There are so many places that a motorcycle can take you. However, in order to do so, the bike has to be up and running. Modern motorcycles are built to last, and if properly maintained, they can last a very long time. No matter how well you take care of your bike, you will run into mechanical problems at some point. Here are three common mechanical problems experienced by bikers and how to diagnose each problem.
A common problem with bikes is having a worn out clutch. It is absolutely essential to know when your clutch is going out because it is one of those failures that will leave you stranded on the side of the road. One sign that your clutch is worn out is that you'll have a harder time shifting gears or, when you do shift gears, your bike makes more noise. Another indication that your clutch may need replacing is that, when accelerating, the rpms and mph do not increase at the same rate.
You do not ever want to have to experience an alternator problem. This problem can definitely leave you stuck on the side of the road. A bad alternator can give very little sign that it is going out. For this reason it is always good to check the voltage across the battery both when it is on and when it is off. If you notice that the voltage decreases when riding, or your battery continuously dies, it may be time to change out the alternator. It would be wise to check the battery as well, but an alternator is also a very common problem.
One of the simplest things that often has bikers stranded on the side of the road is a bad tire. Granted, a tire can be popped on the road due to a pot hole or a nail. However, if you do not maintain your tires and inspect them regularly, you could be due for a breakdown that could result in much worse than just a breakdown. Inspect your tires and be sure to change them out when needed to ensure your safety.
For more tips on keeping your motorcycle in good repair, talk to a professional like those at Monarch Honda.