Avoiding a breakdown

Biker fixing a motorcycleBreaking down is a nightmare for motorcyclists. Unlike motorists, riders have no warm car to sit in whilst they wait for the recovery vehicle to come to their rescue. Exposed to the elements, bikers have an even greater incentive to avoid breaking down in the first place.

A basic routine of motorcycle maintenance will help reduce wear and tear, making your bike safer to take out on the road and helping it hold its value.

Other considerations to keep in mind are bald tyres, taking care of the fuel tank and being prepared just in case you ever do breakdown.

Bald tyres are the first and perhaps most important check to make as they are a major cause of accidents and could also earn you a run in with the police. Tyres which have virtually no tread left on them are considered 'bald tyres'.

You can check to see whether you have the legal amount of tread by looking at your wear bars which are located in the groves of your tyres. If they are flush with tyre surface they have reached a tread of 1.6mm and it's time for a new wheel. Also look out for uneven tread on your tyres as this too can be dangerous.

Not letting your bike run near empty on oil and fuel will help avoid nasty repair bills and keep your ride running as it should. It is also important to always use the right fuel - saving a few pence a litre could cost you dearly in the long run.

Giving your bike a once over every now and again can also help spot any damage to the break lines or rust problems before they get too serious.

If you do breakdown

It's always a good idea to carry a few of the bare essentials with you in case you do find yourself with a bike that won't start.

  • Water
  • Food
  • First Aid Kit
  • Torch
  • Maps
  • Emergency Triangle