4 Essential Motorcycle Maintenance Fluids for Your Garage
Bikes are like children or pets: you have to nurture them. You've got the motorcycle and a home for it in your garage, but do you have the right the motorcycle fluids to keep your bike healthy?
There are four fluids you should stock up in your shop that are essential to your motorcycle's routine maintenance schedule.
Motorcycle Fork or Suspension Oil
Fork oil changes aren't something your motorcycle will need all the time, but it will need them eventually. Temperature variations and the pounding that comes with the bumps in the road can wear the fluid down. Somewhere between 10,000-20,000 miles, you'll need to flush the fork oil. Watch the clip below to see how to change the fork seals and fluid on a Suzuki motorcycle.
Hydraulic Brake and Clutch Fluid
On many modern motorcycles, the DOT 4 brake fluid running through your braking system and your clutch is the same (check with the manufacturer). Over time, this fluid breaks down because of temperature changes and the fact that it's hygroscopic, which means it attracts water. Every machine is different, but the basics of changing the fluids are often the same. Watch the video below for a look at how to bleed the brakes on a Honda motorcycle.
Motorcycle Engine Coolant
Engine coolant or antifreeze for your motorcycle is always good to have around. The manufacturer of your bike will give you a specific recommendation about the type of coolant to use, and how often you should flush the cooling system. Watch the video below to learn how to flush the coolant on a Kawasaki motorcycle.
Transmission Oil or Gearbox Oil
When you choose transmission fluid for your motorcycle, the type of drive train and engine you have on your bike are important. The manufacturer of your motorcycle will give you exact specifications about the type of transmission or gearbox fluid you need and how often you should change it.