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Motorcycle Parts: Which to Replace and Which to Maintain?

By on Last modified: May 4, 2018

There really is no better feeling than when you take your new bike out for a spin and feel the wind blowing in your face for the first time. I envy every new biker that has just gone through that for the first time, and miss the time when I was like that a while ago. However, what I don’t miss is how little I knew about my bike before I got on it and had to put a few dents in it before I was able to figure out exactly what to do. Unless you are a motor-head that knows exactly what to do and how to take care of your bike properly, you are bound to make a few mistakes along the way as well, and there’s nothing I can do to help you there. But what I can do is tell you the things that I learned from what are now years of biking experience so that you can at least know how to avoid my mistakes.


The first thing that you will want to do is find a decent shop where you can be able to get replacement parts for motorcycles and make sure they are reliable. Then you will need to take your bike out and put it through its paces. I don’t mean drive fast and reckless, but rather frequent gear changes, acceleration and deceleration and see how well it holds up after prolonged use. To save you the hassle of having to check each individual part separately, most often the parts that will stand out as either right for you or incompatible will be the seat, the handguards and the handle grips. These are not crucial components but may cause you discomfort and should be replaced as soon as they seem too worn out since there really is no way to maintain them.

Luckily, most of the important components of the machine can be maintained (with a few exceptions) and will last you longer if you make a habit of regularly inspecting them. The exceptions are usually the air filter, which you should just replace as frequently as you can afford, and the brake disks, which don’t really have a recommended period after which they should be replaced. The reason for this is that it depends on how aggressively you drive. As for the maintenance, there honestly isn’t much to it. If you remember to regularly check the fuel lines for any leaks, inspect the bolts on the handlebars and the tires in case they got loose and keep your battery and electrical components in good shape, then you will basically have all of your main bases covered. If however there is a problem with any part that you think you can’t handle, well that is what mechanics and shops that sell parts for motorcycles are for.