8. Oil


Some bikes make it easy. Just hold your bike upright and glance at the sight glass on its engine to check the level. If not, make it part of your routine to physically check the oil level at least once a week. That way you’ll know if your bike is starting to consume oil and require that you check the level more frequently. Even on those times when you’re not checking the dipstick, you can make a quick once over of your engine, looking for new leaks, part of your visual assessment. Unless an oil leak is created by the engine’s internal parts suddenly deciding they want to be on the outside, leaks typically begin slowly and build over time – something you can catch just by looking at the engine.