Winter is the ideal season to spend some quality time working on your motorcycle. It’s cold, it’s dark – not the optimum time for long leisurely rides. The solution? Turn your garage into the ultimate motorcycle maintenance shop, so you can get your bike in tip-top shape when warmer weather rolls around. Here’s what you’ll need to get started.
You won’t know what you’re missing until you invest in a quality work stand. Once you get your bike off the ground and can really get in there and reach everything, you’ll never look back. Your work stand should ideally come up to about your knees and be sturdy enough to support the full weight of your motorcycle. Don’t forget to secure your bike to the stand before starting any repair work.
The right tools
You’ll never get the job done right if you’re using the wrong tools. Make sure your toolkit is stocked with the essentials: wrenches, screwdrivers, needle-nosed pliers, hex-bit sockets, a rubber mallet, and a tire pressure gauge, at the very least.
When the winter temperatures take a dip, you’ll be grateful to have a space heater or two in your workspace. Besides obviously being more comfortable, staying warm is important for safety, too. If your hands get too cold and stiff, you’re more likely to hurt yourself, especially with so many tools around. Better safe – and warm! – than sorry.
Aside from your tools, good light is one of the most important things to have in your motorcycle shop. You’ll need to be able to clearly see even the smallest parts of your bike, so invest in some overhead fluorescent lighting. You can usually find some good-quality lights used, to save some money.
As you work on your bike, you’re going to come in contact with a lot of grease and other substances that can stain or damage your skin. The easiest way to prevent this is to buy a box or two of nitrile gloves. They’ll keep your hands protected and their latex-free, so you won’t have to worry about allergies.
At some point, you’re going to come across a problem you just can’t figure out. But fear not – you don’t have to take your precious bike into the mechanic. Just whip out your trusty manual and learn something new while you get your bike in top working order. It’s a win-win!
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