It’s all about balance in life… right? The same goes for motorcycling.
Compare motorcycling with cycling. If you pedal very slowly, then it is harder to keep your balance than if you pedal at normal speed. When riding a motorcycle, the exact same thing happens. But why does this happen? This blog talks about the following points:
- The right sitting posture for a good balance
- Making the engine ‘pull’
- The gyroscopic effect of the wheels
This has to do with the so-called gyroscopic effect of the wheels. This is also called centrifugal force. It’s all the same. You can compare it better with a top; The faster the spinning spins, the more stable it stays upright. The same goes for the wheels of your motorcycle. The faster they spin, the more they want to get up. Therefore, the faster you drive, the more stable your motorcycle will be. With most motorcycles, the centrifugal force starts at 10 or 15 kilometers per hour.
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The right sitting position for a good balance
If you drive slowly, you will lose this stability. If you want to stay safe or learn to ride a motorcycle, it is important to consider a number of things. First, your sitting position. Sounds easier than you think, because this requires, among other things, having flexibility in your hips.
Be sure not to place your body outside the center of gravity of the motorcycle, but keep your weight above it. If you don’t, you can fall. Think of a kitchen ladder. As long as you stay straight with the stairs, you will not fall. If you stand aside, you will fall. So, make sure, when you’re on the bike, keep your body weight just above your bike.
Making the motorcycle pull
In addition to controlling your sitting position, you can also make your motorcycle more stable at low speeds. This is done by making the motorcycle “pull”. In other words, using the accelerator and clutch to move the motorcycle forward and at the same time to brake (stop) the motorcycle with the foot brake. This makes your motorcycle more stable when walking at a pace that allows you to move forward, for example, between slow urban traffic, when you approach a roundabout with a lot of traffic or when you want to park on a beautiful terrace.
Test it! You will notice that your motorcycle will be much more stable. But above all, do not forget your vision technique! If you want to learn to ride a motorcycle safely, you will always have to look forward and not down.
5 Tips for good motorcycle maintenance
When performing the maintenance of the motorcycle we must take into account 5 basic steps:
- Clean the chain: before greasing the motorcycle chain we must clean it well. For this we can use the Chain Cleaner WD-40Ⓡ SpecialistⓇ It is important to degrease and remove dirt from the chain before re-lubricating it, to avoid creating a paste that would spoil the chain.
- Grease the chain: once clean and dry, we proceed to grease the chain. To do this, the easiest thing to do will be to use an easel to lift the motorcycle, since we must move the rear wheel so that we apply the product over the entire surface of the motorcycle chain. We always recommend doing it with the motorcycle off, especially if we are not experts, because of the danger of applying the product with the motorcycle running.
- Brake maintenance: The maintenance and care of the brakes is vital for our safety. One of the best solutions is to use the WD-40Ⓡ SpecialistⓇ Motorbike Brake Cleanser. Regular cleaning helps extend the life of discs and pads. With this we can even save money on repairs or changes of these parts.
- Adjust the wheel pressure: it is important to check the wheel pressure on a regular basis and adjust it to the measures indicated by each manufacturer. In case of rolling on circuits with the asphalt in good condition and good temperature, we could lower this pressure. But again, we will have to take into account the limits established by each brand.
- Check the oil level: before making any trip, it is necessary that we check the oil level. Although motorcycles consume less and less oil, it is important to keep it under control, especially if we have not taken our motorcycle for a long time.
Some useful numbers
Surely on more than one occasion you will have wondered about when we have to change such a thing on the motorcycle or how often I have to review such another. Talking about exact times is complex because it depends a lot on each manufacturer and the use you give to your motorcycle. However, we have made an orientation chart so that you are at the parrot and nothing happens to you (or almost nothing).
- Check the condition of your tires and the oil level at least every 30 days.
- Do not forget that the depth of the drawing of the wheels must be greater than 1.6 millimeters.
- Check the chain tension every 1,000 kilometers.
- Make sure the clearance in the longest part of the chain is between 2 and 3 centimeters.
- Make the oil change, as well as the filter, every 5,000 kilometers and 10,000 kilometers.
- Change the air filter every 30,000 kilometers.
- The thickness of the pads so that they are not worn must be greater than 1.5 millimeters.
- Replace fork oil and front shock absorber every 2 years. Look at the rear shock every 50,000 kilometers.
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