Inspecting the tires and changing the oil is a common thing to do but most don't go any farther than that. There are several service intervals that need to be taken seriously, and if you follow the recommended maintenance schedules set up by the manufacturer, your bike will always be ready for you and you won't have to worry about unexpected issues or something breaking down on you mid-season.

Air filter clean/replace

Clutch check

Battery service

Tire pressure check

Electrical system check

Bolt tightening

Fork oil check/add

Spark plug replace

Drive chain lube & tighten

Coolant check/add

Brake pads check and adjustment/replace

Timing chain check

The 1st and most obvious service is the initial break in service that is recommended to have done at about 1000 miles or 1 month after purchase. This one is very crucial and should be performed by a certified service technician as they know exactly what to look for and what needs to be done for break in maintenance. It is a very thorough service and covers everything from an oil and filter change to the initial valve adjustment on most bikes and is also a good time for the shop to check for any safety recalls that may have been recommended by the manufacturer. These services can usually be negotiated into the purchase of your bike so always remember to bring this up when you are making a deal on a new purchase.

After the initial service it is pretty routine for awhile. The daily checks are pretty easy and are more inspections than actual maintenance, unless there is an issue. Most of these can be made to weekly maintenance checks after inspecting them for awhile and not seeing any changes. From there the monthly, quarterly, annual and semi-annual are a little more in-depth and require more knowledge and specialty tools. There are useful checklists in your factory manual. Following is a general guideline for periodic maintenance which shows what needs done and when. For the particulars on your bike, fluid quantities and types, you would need to refer to your service manual or consult one of our certified parts professionals.

It is always a good idea to clean your bike before having in for servicing and then hose it off again after the service.

Initial Service - 1 month after purchase or 1000 kilometers


engine oil and oil filter


Lights/signals/switches to make sure they are all functioning properly

Valve clearance

Sync carbs

Idle speed

Brake system (check brake operation, fluid levels, inspect pads, check for leaks and test brake light switches)

Clutch operation and cable adjustment (or fluid level for hydraulic systems)

Chain or belt tension, and lube chain

Control cables (check all cables to ensure they are functioning properly, have the correct amount of free play)

Check all important fasteners (axles, steering stem, brake calipers, handlebars, etc.)

6 Months or 5000 kilometers


Engine Oil and filter


Brake/clutch lever and brake pedal pivot points

Side stand pivot



Inspect and replace if necessary:

Crankcase ventilation tube

Fuel line/system, inspect fuel line, and vacuum lines, fuel filter, etc.

Exhaust system, check for leaks and tighten/replace gaskets if necessary

Carb sync and idle speed also check choke function, where applicable

Cooling system, test fan, coolant level and inspect lines

Air filter, clean with compressed air and re-oil

Brake system, check function/check for leaks/check fluid level

Clutch system, check clutch function and adjust if necessary

Forks, check fluid level and for leaks

Battery, check voltage and cables

Turn signals lights and switches, verify function of all

Cables, inspect lube and adjust

When inspecting hoses, always check for tightness, kinks and crushes. If you see fluid it doesn't always mean there is a leak, it could be something that was spilled during filling so always clean it off first and then see if it comes back. That is a good way to find the leak as well.

12 Months or 10k-12k kilometers


Engine oil and oil filter

Spark plug or plugs


Brake/clutch lever and brake pedal pivot points

Side stand pivot




Everything listed from 6 month service plus the following:

Wheel Bearings

Steering stem bearings


Spokes, where applicable

18 Months or 15k kilometers


Engine oil and filter


Brake/clutch lever and brake pedal pivot points

Side stand pivot



Inspect and replace if necessary:

Everything from 6 month service plus:

Evap system (if your motorcycle is equipped)

24 Months or 20k kilometers


Engine oil and oil filter

Spark plug or plugs

Wheel bearings

Air filter

Brake/clutch fluid


Repack steering stem and swing arm pivot bearings

From here on it is pretty routine, just start back at 6k and work through or you can set up an annual and semi-annual schedule to work off of. Except the following:

36 months

Replace the fork oil, seals and bushings

48 months

Change all the brake and clutch lines, where applicable, radiator hoses, cables/throttle/brake/clutch/etc. and inspect all electrical connections.

Through all of the services anything that looks worn should be replaced or repaired. Brakes should be inspected regularly and the pads replaced whenever they are worn for safety. Also make a regular schedule to inspect the tires and replace when they are worn or starting to dry rot. Staying on top of this might seem like a lot but once you have been through it a couple time it gets fairly routine. ALWAYS replace worn or damaged parts with new parts made for that bike as used parts or parts not intended for your bike can make it dangerous to ride. Refer to a service manual for fluid levels, torque specs, recommended specifications for adjustments and recommended slack in cables as these are crucial to the bike functioning properly. If you feel that you are in over your head, never assume something is right, if you're not sure, feel free to contact one of our service professionals to have it done right. The above guide is only a reference and does not include every necessary adjustment for every bike nor will all bikes require all of these adjustments.

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