9. General Lubrication

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When riders think of a moving part on their motorcycle, it’s usually of the grand gestures: the engine, the chain, the wheel bearings. However, there’s a whole slew of lesser players that impact your bike’s performance on a ride. Consider the lowly shifter pivot. How many times do you shift gears on a single ride? Or maybe the brake and clutch lever pivots? While you’re there, lube the clutch and throttle cables before giving their ends a dab of grease, too. Just for yucks, check to see that the steering head bearings allow lock-to-lock operation without grinding, notches, or binding. If you find any of these, a bigger project lies in your future. Then there are the pieces that just show your motorcycle that you care. A quick squirt of WD-40 in the footpeg pivots and a dab of grease on the sidestand (and center stand if you have one) pivot will up your moto-karma significantly.

  • Alexander Pityuk

    I try extremely hard to not think and forget about my bikes during the winter. So no maintenance mid-season for me.

  • Born to Ride

    I thought winterizing your ride meant putting on a layer of thermal underpants? Oh wait, this article must be for the poor miserable souls that don’t have a 365 and 1/4 day riding season. God, how I pity them…

  • Old MOron

    Well, I’d been avoiding this article because I hate maintenance, and because I live in SoCal, anyway. But this is good advice and well-written. Just the other day, I was lamenting that my wear bars are nearing prominence. Aw shucks, I’ll have to get off my ass soon.