Here are five tips to make sure your two-wheeler is in tip-top shape to ride again after government lockdown restrictions are lifted.
Keep your two-wheeler safe and healthy while locking with these tips
Lockdowns unfortunately turn out to be an annual affair and unless we want him to come back next year, we had better hide and maintain all social distancing protocols. This means that you don’t leave your home for the next few days until the situation is under control. So no trips and no long trips. It’s time to put your two-wheeler into hibernation. But to make sure your bike is usable again as soon as the lock restrictions are relaxed, you’ll need to take a few precautionary steps. And to make it easier for you, we’ve listed five tips to help you maintain your two-wheeler during lockdown 2021.
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1. Park under a covered area or use a blanket
A covered parking space eliminates almost half of your problems when you want to store your two-wheeler for a long time. However, not everyone has this privilege, which is why it is important that you invest in good coverage. The idea is to protect the motorcycle or scooter from dust and heat. It will also be a deterrent against stray animals that can scratch the panels and the seat. Make sure you tie the cover securely so that it does not fly off in windy weather.
2. Park on the main stand
Most commuter motorcycles and scooters come with a center stand and you should use it when you park the two-wheeler for a long time. This allows all fluids, including fuel and oil, to be at a balanced level. It is also advisable to add a disc lock or a spoke lock to your two-wheeler to prevent theft. This is especially necessary if you park in an open area and do not have any type of security. Also, fill your gas tank before parking the two-wheeler to prevent rusting.
3. Disconnect the battery
With the number of Covid-19 cases being volatile, there’s a good chance the lockdown could spread further. In this case, there is a good chance that your battery will discharge completely by the time you resume driving your vehicle. In order to avoid the same, it would be wise to disconnect the battery if you plan to park it for a long time. You should also take the opportunity to check the acid levels and top up only with distilled water. This is especially necessary for older batteries which are less likely to hold a charge for a long time.
4. Lubricate it
The moving parts of any two-wheeled vehicle must be lubricated to ensure proper operation. Parts such as chain, suspension, clutch and brake lever, footrests, keyhole and fasteners should be lubricated. You can either buy a dedicated lubricant or go with the good ol ‘WD40 to do the trick in many places. Be sure to apply silicone emulsion to the rubber parts and gaskets to prevent them from building up.
5. Start your two-wheeler at least once a week
If you don’t want to fully park your two-wheeler during the lockdown and use it occasionally, you should try to start the bike at least once a week. If you can, take it around your premises and let it run for at least 10 to 15 minutes. Be sure to follow government protocols when you get out of the house. You can also move the bike every other day in your garage itself to avoid a flat stain on the tire. Be sure to keep the tires fully inflated before parking the vehicle.
Remember, the best time to drive a car is not now. These are difficult times for our nation and it will need the support and cooperation of each of us to get past Wave Two. Disinfect regularly and always wear a mask when you leave the house. And avoid going out unnecessarily.
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