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Old 02-09-2012, 12:11 AM   #1
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So I recently bought my first bike a couple of days ago and it needed some maintenance on it. Here's what I've done so far:

1. I started off with a new battery because the old one was like 3 years old with no juice in it. My friend went through a speeding ticket to help me get it he's the man.

2. My idle rpms were too high so I lowered that.

3. I pumped some air to my tires to the right psi.

4. I checked the coolant level and it seems like it needs some. I'm not sure if I should use the car coolant with the motorcycle but I need to ask here first. Is there any place I can get coolant for motorcycles and is there a specific kind I need?

5. I was wondering if I should carb sync myself or get it professionally done 'cause it seems hard to understand. I've never dealt with carburetors before. Too young D:

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Old 02-09-2012, 12:13 AM   #2
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I would recommend attending one of the free maintenance workshops provided by Motorcycles Unlimited; I believe once a month. Very helpful.

Biggest everyday thing is air pressure and lube your chain every 500 miles or after riding in the rain.
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Old 02-09-2012, 12:32 AM   #3
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Old 02-09-2012, 12:47 AM   #4
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Oh how did I forget that? Thanks a lot guys! Is it necessary to buy a chain cleaner or can I just wash it normally like I would to a car?
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Old 02-09-2012, 12:57 AM   #5
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Wd 40, then wipe clean, then use another lube. Can uze pretty much anything. I uss a white Teflon lube
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Most motorcycles use o-ring and x-ring chains with sealed grease in them. You just need to clean them up to keep dirt from causing added wear,
and recoat them with an anticorrosion agent like cosmoline/chainwax to keep them from rusting up.
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Thanks guys! Is there a specific coolant I need for a motorcycle? Or can I use car coolants also.
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Any coolant that is safe for aluminum engines works just fine. if you're adding your own water, only use distilled.
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Any coolant is fine just keep them the same color lol. I use a 50/50 mix. Carb sync is easy. It just sounds intimidating.
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