4. Oil Change

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We’ve said it before, but it bears repeating: Changing a motorcycle’s oil is one of the most important – if not the most important – maintenance tasks one can perform for its engine. All those expensive moving parts within the engine won’t last very long without a coating of quality lubricant preventing metal-on-metal violence. Now, consider the corrosive chemicals that can build up in an engine’s oil during regular use. Letting it sit inside the engine for months, potentially eating away at expensive parts, is not a good thing. Leaving your engine full of fresh oil during its long winter’s nap will have your bike ready to ride the moment the snow melts. Besides, you can only go so many months without any oil under your fingernails.

MO Wrenching: How To Change Your Oil + Video