Malaysia loves motorcycles. In fact, nearly 85% of the country’s households own one. They’re convenient, affordable, and get us around much faster.
Unfortunately, they don’t always get us there safe – or alive.
But surely we all love being alive a tad more than we love riding, right?
All the more reason to ensure your motorcycle is always in great shape.
Experienced riders understand that a well-maintained bike isn’t just about good second-hand value or fewer repair bills. A bike that responds accurately to your handling can make all the difference in dangerous situations.
In other words, it can save your life.
Motorcycle maintenance is easy if you follow these simple tips:
Fluids. Regularly check engine oil, coolant and brake fluid levels – especially before long rides. If you need to top-up too often, there could be a leak or other problem. Follow the manual to change the oil on time as high temperatures, speed, heavy traffic and dust quickly destroy its quality.
Tires. Under-inflated tires greatly affect a motorcycle’s handling and increase the risk of a crash. Always keep them correctly aired-up. Inspect daily for holes or tears that can put your safety at risk. If they’re worn out, replace them sooner rather than later. Better be safe than sorry.
Other basic checks:
- Oil the chain often with chain spray and tighten if needed – preferably after long rides.
- Check the lights, indicators, clutch and brake levers, gear shift are working properly before taking off.
- Clean or replace the air filter regularly – especially if you ride in a dusty or dirty environment.
- Recharge the battery if the lights dim, the starter sounds weak, or if it hasn’t been used in more than two weeks.
Follow the manufacturer’s advice and don’t skip scheduled service tasks or essential repairs. It’ll only cost you more later on, and your bike’s safety and reliability will be put at risk.
Remember you’re still exposed on two wheels, so be sure to have reliable accident protection in case things go wrong. EZTakaful plans offer extra payouts for traffic accidents. EZCergas pays up to RM1,000 a day if you are hospitalised due to a motorcycle accident, regardless of the severity of your injury.
With a cared-for motorcycle and the right protection, you’re ready to face the road with confidence and a higher level of safety.