Tips include regularly checking tyre pressure, as well as looking out for potentially dangerous cracks or dents in the rubber. Fluidity is a buzz word: bikers are advised to ensure that controls are properly lubricated and the throttle is easily manoeuvrable with no sticking.
Cables that are kinked or frayed are a cause for concern, while lights and reflectors should be checked often for signs of damage or faultiness. Leaking fluids should automatically raise a red flag, and RAC’s specialists advise assessing the condition of the chassis on a regular basis.
In addition to their safety advice, RAC have collated the top reasons for motorbike failure or breakdowns on the road. Flat batteries are a major culprit, along with ignition-related malfunctions. Cracks or objects stuck in the rubber lead to flat tyres, while problems with the engine itself often lead to roadside assistance.
The majority of reasons for motorbike failure released by the automotive services were related to the condition of the bike, supporting their advice to know your machine inside out. Even if it seems minor, keeping on top of any wear and tear is likely to save you time and money down the line.
For more information about motorbike insurance and the law please visit the RAC website.