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All thanks to a virus, the entire country, along with the rest of the world, has been shut down in order to contain its spread. The government-sanctioned lockdown ensures that our bikes won’t be in action for a while and here is how you can make sure that your bike is fighting fit and read to hit the roads whenever this pandemic is over and the good times return.
- Fill the fuel tank completely. This prevents wastage of fuel due to evaporation and prevents moisture from accumulating in the tank.
- Make sure that your bike is parked on firm ground. If fitted, the motorcycle must be parked on its main stand. Preferably, park the bike in shade and away from sunlight. Always keep the bike covered to prevent bird droppings and dust from harming the paint.
- The chain, and other lubrication points as mentioned by the motorcycle manufacturer, must be adequately lubricated.
- Start the bike once every week and let it idle for five minutes. Do not rev the engine when it is cold. While the engine is idling, gently pump the front and rear brakes, and engage/disengage the clutch a few times. This keeps everything moving and prevents the clutch plates from sticking to each other. Switch the lights on and off, and press the horn once. This prevents the internals of the switches from sticking.
- Once the engine comes up to temperature, on a carbureted bike fitted with a fuel tap, switch off the fuel and let the bike idle till it dies. Then, switch off the ignition. This is done to burn the fuel contained within the carburetor float bowls to prevent it from sitting in there and gumming up.
- After the bike has cooled down enough to touch the silencers, cover the bike up and return home. Wash your hands thoroughly with soap and water before you touch anything at home which your family members may come in contact with.