It's vital to both, the performance and safety of your vehicle that you carry out regular routine checks and basic maintenance. We've compiled a list of essential routine checks and fixes that you should do to keep your ride flowing and you from heading into an early pit-stop.
Ignition: Make sure your key is in the ignition first - check that the headlight, indicators, horn and brake/rear lights are all working.
Fuel: Firstly, always keep your fuel tap set to 'OFF' when your vehicle is not in use, and be careful not to switch onto reserve usage instead of the main reservoir when operating the tap. Check the fuel lines for any signs of leakage or deterioration, and make sure the pipes are not pinched or blocked in any way. Also make sure you have enough fuel for your journey.
Throttle: Your throttle should be smooth and return to full close on release. Once your engine is warm, test opening and closing the throttle without 'revving' excessively. If your throttle action is not smooth, add lubrication to the throttle cable.
Tyres: You should check your tyres when they are cold and the engine is switched off. Check the pressure of the tyres against the recommendations found in your user manual or by your Dealer. Inspect the tread for wear and embedded foreign bodies (such as glass, sharp stones, etc.).
Chain: Check the slack in the driver chain lower run midway between the sprockets. This should be neither excessively tight or loose. If necessary, lubricate the chain with oil or grease, wiping off any excess. Also check the wheel rims for any damage or irregularities.
Engine: To check the oil level, stop the engine and let it cool for at least three minutes. Remove the oil dipstick (located as per your user manual) and wipe it with a clean rag. Again making sure that the vehicle is on level ground, reinsert the dipstick into the plug and then remove it - the correct oil level should be displayed. If your level is low, add more oil as required.
Brake system: With the engine switched off and your bike off its stand, test your front and rear brakes by applying pressure onto the brake levers or pedal. Ensure that there is the recommended amount of play in the levers, and that there are no fluid leaks.
Suspension: Test your front suspension by applying front brake and compressing the front forks 2-3 times. Inspect for any damage, leakage or burst/loose seals and fittings. Look at your rear swing arm and check for worn swing arm bearings. Sit on your vehicle and test the rear shock absorber by 'bouncing' gently a couple of times. Again, inspect for any damage, leakage or burst/loose seals and fittings.
These checks should never replace the servicing and advanced routine maintenance performed by skilled technician's, and if you are in any way unsure of what to do, please consult your nearest Genata UK Dealer and/or technician for advice. Should you find something that needs fixing with your vehicle take it to your nearest Dealer as soon as possible. Don't ride it there - your safety may be at risk.