The monsoons are back with a vengeance and its time to give your beloved bike the attention it deserves. You don't want your bike to ditch you when the rain God is feeling generous, do you now?
Keep Scheduled Checks
Always make sure that your bike is checked after regular intervals. You can check the same once in two months or even better, after every two thousand kilometers. See to it that you bike undergoes a thorough service before the monsoons. Life can become very difficult if your bike happens to stall during a heavy downpour.
Here are a few basic pointers to help you take care of your beloved motorcycle!
Brakes - Since you cannot brake hard or suddenly on wet roads it is very important that your brakes should be in top notch. Make sure to get your liners, discs and the inside of your drum brakes cleaned before monsoon starts, change the parts if they seem too worn out. Also check if the level of the brake oil is as per requirement.
Tyres - The treads of the tyres do the job of dispersing standing water and in the process provide grip, thus keeping your tyres in shape is very important during monsoons. If the rubber is worn off, make sure to replace the tyres before you ride in the rains. A minimum of 2-3mm of tread depth is necessary for the tyres to provide a fair amount of grip on wet roads. Anything below that, and it might warrant changing the tyres.
Tyre pressure can also make a huge difference in the grip you get. When you ride on wet roads, set your tyre pressure a couple of psi below the levels required in the dry. Check the tyre pressure regularly to ensure it is at optimal levels.
Chain - If your motorcycle has an uncovered drive chain, oil it properly and wash it as a lot of mud will get deposited when you will ride it in the rain.
Air filter - Change the air filter of your bike before the monsoons. Your old air filter is already clogged with the pounding they have taken in the dusty summer. The added moisture and spray from the roads during the monsoons is definitely going to make your bike suffocate. An air filter will only cost you 30 to 50 bucks.
Rust prevention - If your bike has a lot of chrome or scratches, have those parts coated with an anti-rust solution. There are a lot of anti rust solutions easily available in the market and they do their job quite decently. Aluminum should not be covered with anti rust. It will absorb the color and will turn yellow.
Most of all, wear a good helmet and raincoat while riding in the rain. Ride at a speed that you can brake at comfortably.