Hey there fellow bikers! Winter’s finally gone and now is the perfect motorcycle weather. And that means it’s time to get your often-neglected vintage motorcycle ready for the road.
Here at Classic Cycles Ltd. we have Triumph Service Manual from 1946 that offers very accurate views on the importance of tune-ups.
It says, "To attain the best possible result from your investment, keep your machine in such condition that it will give you long and satisfactory service."
Beautifully expressed and easier said than done for a vintage bike owner!
Luckily, we offer a preventative maintenance and yearly tune-up program. A quick, simple and effective check-up can forestall major issues with your bike, while our specialists ensure that you know the options available to you in case we see a problem.
But can a yearly service really be effective for a 50 year old motorcycle?
Short answer: Yes.
Long answer: Let us point out the fact that U.S. Air Force still employs the B-52s that started service in the 1960s. These are still working fine and flying missions. The point here is that routine maintenance is very effective.
The Quintessential Vintage Motorcycle Check-up Checklist
Once you have your bike dusted and cleaned for a ride, it’s to inspect it. You can do this yourself. Explore the following parts and keep an eye out for any unusual developments:
Tires: If they are more than 5 years old, it’s time to consider a replacement. Check that the tires don’t have any cracks, the treads aren’t worn out and that they inflate and pressurize according to the manual.
Brakes: make sure there is enough meat left on the brake pads. Bleed the brake system if the need be. Consult a vintage bike specialist for help.
Chain and sprockets: Tighten them up or replace entirely if they look rust and old. Your safety is at stake here.
Fluid levels: Engine oil, brake oil, coolants etc. should all be replenished.
Battery: There isn’t much you’ll be able to do to rev up a dead battery. Replace it entirely.
Air filter: If you know how to, pop open that airbox, clean and replace it. Or bring it us and we’ll do our best!
Valves: Regular adjustments are important. However, if you have no clue how to do it for your vintage motorcycle, it’d be better to work with a professional.
And that’s not even half of it. Invest in a more comprehensive bike tune-ups and maintenance services with us. Click here to learn more about our yearly service. You can even call at (908) 996-5337 and we’ll guide you on how to keep your machine running for longer!