To get the best from your bike, you need to make sure it's always in good mechanical order. There are a few simple checks and routine maintenance jobs you can carry out yourself to keep your bike running safely and smoothly. If there's anything you're unsure about or don't feel happy doing, just ask your local Suzuki dealer.
It's important to keep your bike properly lubricated: it'll run more smoothly and safely, and the various working parts will last a lot longer. It's a good habit to lubricate your bike every time you wash it, if you've been riding in the rain, and after particularly long, rough rides.
Points of focus are (G grease / O motor oil):
- Clutch lever holder (G)
- Side stand pivot and spring hook (G)
- Gearshift lever pivot and foot res pivot (G)
- Drive chain (O)
- Brake lever holder (G)
- Brake pedal pivot and footrest pivot (G)
Inspecting the Drive Chain
When inspecting the chain look for the following:
- Loose pins
- Damaged rollers
- Dry or rusted links
- Kinked or binding links
- Excessive wear
- Improper chain adjustment
If you're not sure about the chain's condition, or don't feel confident adjusting it yourself, please consult your local Suzuki Dealer.
If the drive chain's damaged, chances are the sprockets are, too. Look out for:
- Excessively worn teeth
- Broken or damaged teeth
- Loose sprocket mounting nuts
Please note: these aren't DIY jobs and need to be fixed by your local Suzuki Dealer.
A no brainer: your brakes must be working properly for safe riding. You need to inspect your brakes every day, carefully checking:
- Fluid levels in the reservoirs
- Front and rear brake systems for signs of fluid leakage
- Brake hoses for leakage or cracks
- The brake lever(s) and pedal stroke: these should be firm at all times
- Disc brake pad wear
Your tyres must be properly inflated. Too soft and they'll make smooth cornering difficult, and wear out quickly. Over-inflate them, and you'll have less rubber in contact with the road, which can cause a skid and make the bike harder to control. The correct pressures are provided in your owner's manual.
Check your pressures before you ride: you’ll get a more accurate reading when the tyres are still cold.
Tyre condition and type
Tyre condition is as important as tyre pressure for safe, reliable riding. Worn tyres are more susceptible to punctures and adversely affect the bike's handling. Cuts and cracks can cause a tyre to fail completely.
Always make sure you replace a tyre with one of the same type and size. You should also have the wheels balanced after a tyre replacement to ensure even road contact and tyre wear.
Cleaning your motorcycle
Some hints on cleaning your motorbike:
Remove dirt and mud with cool running water. You can use a soft sponge or brush, but avoid hard or abrasive materials that may scratch the paint.
Wash the entire motorcycle with a mild detergent or car shampoo using a sponge or soft cloth.
Once the dirt has been completely removed, rinse off the detergent with running water.
Keep water away from the following areas:
Fuel tank cap
Fuel injection system
Brake master cylinder