Motorcycle maintenance is more than doing maintenance on your motorcycle because you have to do it now or it is time to do it right away. On going general maintenance will keep your motorcycle in great condition with little or no unpleasant surprises on the road.
Often people asked me how to maintain a Hyosung? Well to be honest, this bike is quite easy to maintain it does not cost you much.
Whilst this article is written based on a Hyosung GT250R, the principle should apply for all Hyosung or other Motorcycles and it may not cover the overall of how to maintain this machine but it should be sufficient enough to let you know on what you really need to check or replace regularly.
Usually when you get a Hyosung or new to it, you are most likely to experience an issue with finding the neutral gear when stopped. Here are some tips to make it better
1. Adjust your clutch at the engine and at the lever
2. Adjust for proper chain tension
3. Fresh engine oil will help
4. If the above does not helps, try shifting into neutral while coming to a stop instead of waiting until you are fully stopped
If you are having trouble shifting into first gear then your clutch cable needs adjustment.
A battery only requires a little monthly maintenance to perform perfectly. Keep the battery charged to 100%, recharging when the lights dim, the starter sounds weak, or the battery hasn’t been used in more than two weeks. Read the Battery Maintenance article for more information.
In order to keep your brakes from failing miserably right when you need them to work desperately, be sure to check them often. Always check the brake fluid level in your reservoir. New pads and rotors are thicker than the old ones and too much fluid in the system can apply the brake when you are not on the lever.
The first thing you will always want to do when checking your brakes is to check how thick the brake pads are. You don’t want to wait until your brakes are gone and it’s actually the metal backing of the pad and not the pad material that’s slowing you down. If you let your brakes get that low, it’ll damage your brake rotors and require you to change them out which will cost you precious ride time and a pretty penny. Instead, change your brake pads at the first sign that they’re getting a little too low.
One of the most important thing that you will need to check regularly is the level of your engine oil. It is normal for this bike engine oil level to decreased if you often travel in a long distance and you’re using a semi-synthetic oil.. Have a look at the image below, my engine oil reading after I rode for 923 KM in 13 hours. I’ll always carry along an extra engine oil bottle with me whenever I travel long distance. If you’re not sure how to check your engine oil level, click here
Note: If you can afford, I would suggest that you use Fully synthetic engine oil especially when you’re often riding long distance. I find it better and it doesn’t really dry up in a high engine temperature.
I used Repsol 10w40 fully synthetic oil but it is up to you on which engine oil that you wish to use. I simply prefer this one as I find it to be smoother and it comes with a tube to insert the oil easily into the engine. Also, Fully synthetic is a way better oil compare to semi, full information about this can be found here. I change my Engine oil every 3000KM (City ride) and every 2000KM (Long Distance Ride). You will also need to change the Oil Filter whenever you change the engine oil. I will also recommend that you change the Air Filter every 10,000 KM interval.
I would highly recommend that you use a degreasing liquid to clean your motorcycle chain, the front-rear sprocket and use a chain brush for good cleaning results 🙂
Before and after cleaning of my front sprocket. The front engine cover screw is size 8. You may also want to check sprockets for wear. If they look hooked or worn, you’re going to have to change them. If you can pull the chain off the sprocket, change the chain and sprockets. If you have many tight spots – change the chain and the sprockets.
Once the bike is clean, I’ll lubricate the chain. Use a paper to avoid the lubricant from spreading towards your tire.
Apart from the feeling of flying and the exhilaration that comes with riding a motorcycle, one of the most important thing that you will need to check is the condition of your tires. Keeping the correct air pressure in your tires is as important as giving your engine a tune-up. In fact, the economic benefits may be even greater. With the right amount of air pressure, your tires wear longer, save fuel, enhance handling, and prevent accidents. Different tires has different air pressure and if you’re not sure, you can always refer to your tires PSI or KPA reading and that would be the correct air pressure. In my case, it would be 33 PSI.
Often you hear people talking about Tire wear. It is the actual removal of rubber from your tire. How do you know when to change your motorcycle tires? You should change your motorcycle’s tires if any of the following signs are exhibited.
* The wear bar is in line with the surface of the tire
* Uneven surface on the tire aka ‘cupping’ or ‘feathering’
* Cracks on the sidewall of the tire
I also carry along the following tools / parts under my passenger/rear seat for emergency. Below are the picture of a Hyosung’s front sprocket nut and a washer. It seems to be quite common for the front sprocket nut comes off from the bolt.
Apart from the nut above, I also carry along a Tirus playar to loosen up the engine oil cap, plug cap, L key sets to open up the fairings cover set if its necessary and with the standard Hyosung factory tools that is given when you purchase this bike. All of these are properly wrapped and placed under the passenger seat as you can see at the image below.
Finally, I also bring along Nut Lock liquid for the front sprocket and Epoxy fix compound if my handlebars are broken whenever I go for a long distance ride.
These are just my view, I’m not paranoid, but I prefer to take extra precautions rather than being stranded in the middle of nowhere 🙂