Avoiding the traffic while saving fuel became possible when motorbikes emerged on the market. The joy of riding a bike had consequences for the automobile market, as consumers find the appeal of buying a cheaper mode of transport than a car irresistible. Besides helping you to get to work on time, a bike allows you to feel the masculinity that you wouldn't feel in a regular sedan. Women love a man who can handle an aggressive machine, and riding a bike communicates to them that you're a real man. Although riding a motorbike holds several perks, riders need to maintain their bikes to ensure enjoyment.
Skipping a maintenance service or abusing the bike while riding may result in repercussions in the long haul. After all, a motorbike is a machine that needs care like any other form of transport. Some breakdowns that occur are out of the rider's control, regardless of how much he or she looks after the motorbike, but most are the result of negligence. We delved into motorbike garages to discover the most common problems that mechanics encounter. We gathered numerous reasons for motorbike breakdowns and compiled a list of the parts that most riders neglect to maintain. Our findings also revealed the treatment that riders showed toward the bikes that made them prone to breakdowns. Abiding by our list will increase your chances of riding a bike that will incur minimal or no breakdowns.
20 High Fuel Consumption
In most cases, high fuel consumption is attributed to a much-needed service that the owner of the vehicle has neglected. With fuel cost on the rise, riders should take every precaution to ensure they're not using more fuel than needed.
The best way to ensure that you don't incur unnecessary gas costs is riding the bike as much as possible at an average speed and properly shifting your gears.
Engine oil plays a big factor in maintaining good fuel consumption; make sure you regularly change the oil. Carburetor tuning also plays a role in good fuel consumption.
19 Contaminated Fuel
Some car or bike owners use their vehicles minimally to ensure that the mileage is low and that the mechanical parts operate at optimal condition. Although minimal driving or riding can help to maintain the vehicle, insufficient usage can also cause damage to the parts. When riders don't use their bikes often, the gas can become stale and clog up the system, according to Hupy. If you ride your bike less than 25 miles each week, you should probably get a fuel-stabilizing additive in order to prevent clogs. The line between too little or too much use is fine.
18 Handling Problems
Good handling is crucial for ensuring you have complete control over the bike. If the handling is subpar, the rider cannot push the bike to its maximum speed. Many riders encounter heavy, high-effort steering, according to Motorcyclist Online.
If you're exerting a lot of effort to turn by keeping the pressure on the grips to hold your line through a corner, check the tires.
A worn profile will cause handling problems, but mostly this is due to underinflated tires. The tires can provide handling problems if under-inflated by two to three pounds.
17 Not Tracking Straight
One of the main complaints that Motorcyclist Online hears from the MC Garage audience is that the bike doesn't track straight, meaning it waves on the road or pulls to one side. If that occurs, the first thing that you need to verify is that the wheels are aligned. If your bike has spoke wheels, check for any loose ones. The other possible reasons for the problem are a loose steering head, wheel bearing, or swingarm. Riders shouldn't confuse an instability issue with tramlining, which occurs when a bike's tires follow the groove in the road.
16 Alternator Failure
Numerous mechanics state that alternator failure can happen to anyone without notice and is mostly out of the control of the rider, but we found certain warnings. Before the alternator ceases, a dash light might come on briefly, the headlights may dim, or the gauges may flicker. Some vehicles also emit an unusual smell before the alternator fails. The alternator connects to most of the other systems in a vehicle, so any mechanical problems can have an effect on its function and the diagnosis of the problem. Instruct the mechanic to check the alternator, as its failure will make you rue the day.
15 Poorly Lubricated Chains
Oil is important not only for the engine but also for other parts such as the chain. Frequent riding reduces the amount of lubricant the chain contains. If you don't maintain the chain, it can break or slip, resulting in a skid.
Riders should ensure that the chain is well lubricated and pulled to a proper tension at all times.
Regarding the suspension, the chain should sag between 3/4 and 11 1/4 between the sprockets. Riders shouldn't take a chance on riding a bike that has poor lubrication on the chain. If the chain snaps, accidents can occur.
14 ECU/Engine Management Malfunction
The good old days are behind us, and that means that the design and the function of the modern bikes have changed. Most modern bikes rely on electronics to operate, making the computerized elements on the bike a vital ingredient in the recipe of smooth riding. Electrical problems are difficult to detect and can occur abruptly, but the problem is one of the most common that riders overlook. Among the main areas that riders need to focus on to ensure that they don't experience electric failures are proper riding and maintaining the bikes well. Ensure that you take the bike for regular electronic inspection.
13 Braking Issues
Encountering braking problems can be a devastating experience regardless of the vehicle you're steering but especially on a fast bike.
Abrupt braking issues can occur suddenly, but brakes usually wear out gradually and give the rider a notice of its malfunction.
If riders ignore the warnings, they only have themselves to blame. If you face a problem with drum brakes, check the braking cables, according to Motorcycle Valley. Riding a bike with braking issues causes damage to the brake pads if your bike has drum brakes. Also, regularly check the brake shoes.
12 Throttle Doesn't Respond Well
One of the main reasons that people buy bikes is to ride at blistering speeds that most cars are incapable of providing. When the throttle doesn't respond well, the bike impedes the rider from experiencing a thrilling ride. The first protocol is to check the way that the mechanic tuned up the carburetor. Then, check the air filter, the fuel filters, and the spark plugs. If the problem persists after all those checks, then you need to check the fuel quality. Make sure that the mechanic regularly inspects the throttle cable and the clutch plates. Maintaining those should prevent throttle problems.
11 Vibration At High Speed
According to Motorcycle Valley, every motorcycle has a minimum vibration. Although normal on most bikes, excessive vibration is a concern. When the bike vibrates abnormally, the rider risks losing control of the vehicle and causing an accident.
To prevent the problem, riders need to check all the body parts of the bike to ensure that none of the parts are loose.
The first protocol is to check the condition of the seat bolt. If the suspension is oil based, check the oil level. Sometimes, the bike vibrates when the engine is overheated. If such is the case, allow the engine to cool down before continuing the ride.
10 Uncharged Batteries
When you start a car after not driving it for a few days, you'll probably experience starting problems due to battery depletion. The same is true for motorbikes. You need to drive the bike almost daily to ensure that you don't have problems with starting the engine. The battery is problematic if the rider uses the bike less than 25 miles per week or less than 5 hours a week, according to Hupy. Riders who don't use their motorbikes frequently should consider hooking their battery to a charger when they've finished riding—an easy solution to what could be a big problem.
9 Plugs/Flooded Fuel
This breakdown is common, but knowing that won't make the rider feel better when it occurs. The good news is that this problem is unlikely to happen on bikes that are modern and fuel injected. Whether your bike is new or old, it can occur, as a flooded engine or dirty spark plugs will give you a problem when you start the bike. Changing the spark plug isn't a big deal, and riders should ensure that the mechanic changes the spark plugs during each service. The problem is easy to avoid, yet riders neglect the simple things.
8 Wobbly Handlebars
This problem is different from the vibration that riders may experience throughout the entire bike. If the handlebars or clip-ons wobble when you loosen the grip, you can become anxious, but the problem is common.
The most common culprit is front-tire wear, but improper tire inflation or loose head bearings can also be the cause.
The best way to avoid handling problems is performing basic maintenance and safety checks. Wobbly handlebars can be unnerving and cause major problems but are preventable with minor safety precautions. The last thing you want is to experience wobbly handlebars at high speeds.
7 Gearbox Wear
Most motorbike manufacturers ensure that they build a tough gearbox so that the bike can take a lot of punishment from the blistering speeds. Although most bikes have a tough gearbox, riders shouldn't neglect it when having a bike serviced. Due to wear and tear, a gearbox can break. Riders who don't ensure that the mechanic inspects the gearbox may find that bent selector forks from ill-judged clutchless shifts, a broken chain, or stripped gears have left them on the side of the road. Regular checks of the gearbox are essential, as gearbox wear will affect other parts.
6 Clutch Failure
Riders must ensure that all parts are in pristine condition to avoid a breakdown. A bike doesn't need several parts to be in poor condition to give the owner headaches. A clutch failure will bring your bike to a screeching halt.
Whether the clutch is cable or hydraulically operated, a minor problem with the clutch may result in the owner spending hundreds of dollars to fix the problem.
The good news is that a worn clutch will give you lots of warnings about the need to change it since a leaking master or a broken cable or slave can render your clutch lever inoperative, according to Visordown.
5 Debris In The Interior
Washing your bike is important for its aesthetics as well as the health of the mechanical parts. Ensuring your motorbike is shiny will help to optimize the resale value, but keeping the parts functional is just as important. The bike is exposed to dirt and debris during the ride. If riders don't clean their bikes, it could result in debris and dirt accumulating on the interior of the engine. The buildup of the dirt and debris may lead to the bike's poor performance. Washing the bike weekly will prevent you from being left stranded on the side of the road.
4 Suspension Binding
The ride quality is as important as reaching the optimal performance. When you're cruising at over 180 mph but are uncomfortable, you won't enjoy the ride.
If the bike has become sensitive to bumpy roads and feels harsh, then your suspension may be binding, according to Motorcyclist Online.
That occurs progressively, as fork bushings wear and the oil gets dirty, or the swingarm or the suspension-linkage bearings eventually freeze up. The other cause of the problem is that your tires are overinflated, resulting in a rough ride. You can have the issue dealt with during a routine service to prevent it from being a major problem.
3 Engine Ceases
If you ask the gentlemen at the Motorcycle Valley, they'll tell you that the bike's engine may cease in winter due to the cold conditions. The main reason for the problem is that fuel cannot float to the engine. By using the carburetor, the engine may restart. The problem also occurs due to low-grade fuel. You need to check the fuel line to determine if something is abnormal. If you maintain high speeds with low-quality fuel and the condition of your bike is also subpar, engine ceasing is likely to occur. Make sure you fill up with high-quality fuel to get the best performance and prevent breakdowns.
2 Worn-Out Tires
Regardless of the vehicle you drive, the tires play a crucial role in its performance. Regularly checking the tires is essential if you want to avoid problems.
According to Visordown, worn-out tires are the number one reason for motorbike breakdowns.
To understand that, try riding a bike in the rain when your tires are worn. The other problem with worn-out tires is that the driver cannot get the best performance from the bike, as traction is limited, especially in curves. You don't need a mechanic to check your tires. Regularly inspect the tires to avoid breakdowns and accidents.
1 Engine Mechanical Problems
This is one of those problems that no rider wants to face. When riders face an engine mechanical problem, they're like to suffer due to a piston that's sticking out of the side of the engine, a cam chain that's snapped, or valves that have jumped out of place and intertwined with the pistons. Those problems are serious and will require that you call a friend to tow the bike, as your mechanical skills won't suffice. According to Visordown, the best way to avoid those problems is not to skimp on service. Taking shortcuts may lead you down a longer road.
Sources: visordown.com; motorcyclistonline.com