12 Tips To Make Your Motorcycle Run Forever

  • 1. Follow the recommendations in your manuals

    It may be hard to admit, but—believe it or not—the original manufacturer probably knows more about your motorcycle than you do.

    Luckily, factory engineers are happy to share much of what they know about your bike in your owners manual. It will advise you on oil type, maintenance schedules, service procedures and more. Read it, study it, memorize it.

    In many cases—especially if you plan to do more sophisticated maintenance—you’ll also want a full-on service manual. The service manual generally includes everything a shop mechanic needs to know to rebuild every part of your motorcycle, plus stuff like hard-to-find torque values for every bolt on your bike.

    A factory service manual might cost $40 to $100 or more. Cheaper options might include a shop manual from a third-party publisher, such as Clymer or Haynes.

  • 2. Break it in right

    The most critical miles of your motorcycle’s life are the first few hundred, then the next couple thousand. If you don’t treat your bike right during these early stages, you could regret it later.

    Each bike comes with its own list of guidelines to follow for break-in. Some boil down to, “Ride it gently,” while others can be complex programs that involve limits on maximum RPMs for a certain number of miles.

    Some bikes even call for one type of oil to be used for break-in, and another after that.

    Where do you find this information? Your manual.

  • 3. Change the oil

    You hear it all the time: Scheduled oil changes—of the right oil—are the best way to make your engine last.

    That’s because it’s true.

    Every motorcycle engine has lots of hard parts that whirl around at frenetic speeds. And the only thing that keeps them from grinding themselves into metal filings is a thin layer of quality oil. When oil breaks down, it can’t do a quality job.

    So change it often, according to the manufacturer’s recommended schedule—or even more often if you ride in dirty or dusty environments.

    What kind of oil should you use? That can be a heated question, particularly if you frequent many enthusiast websites, where you can encounter a dizzying array of recommendations about what viscosity, specification (car or motorcycle) or type (conventional or synthetic) of motor oil is best.

    Your best bet? Check your owners manual.

  • 4. Clean the air filter

    What goes in your motorcycle doesn’t always come out. And a lot of what goes in passes through your air filter.

    That means if your air filter isn’t clean, or, in some cases, properly oiled, you could be cutting off airflow to the cylinders and even allowing in foreign abrasives (dirt, dust or worse), where they can grind away at your valves, internal bearings and cylinders.

    So do yourself a favor. When it comes to air-filter maintenance, follow the recommended schedule as a minimum. And if you ride in particularly dusty or dirty environments, clean or replace the filter more often. often.

  • 5. Air up

    Running the wrong air pressure in your motorcycle tires can negatively affect everything from fuel mileage to handling. It’s not only wasteful, it’s downright dangerous.

    By maintaining the correct air pressure in your tires (check it once a week with a reliable gauge), they will last longer. And considering they are your bike’s sole connection to Mother Earth, the rest of your bike will thank you, too.

  • 6. Keep your bearings

    The rule here is simple: Grease your bearings.

    New dirtbike buyers pick up this habit early, since many motocross bikes roll off the showroom floor already needing a healthy slathering of grease in areas such as the steering-head bearings and suspension linkages. But street riders need to keep their bikes lubricated, too. While the sealed bearings on modern streetbikes are relatively maintenance free, exposed areas such as suspension linkages need routine care.

    Even if you grease religiously, the time will come when you’ll have to replace key bearings. So check them periodically.

    You can test your steering stem bearings by raising the front wheel off the ground with a stand. If you feel any notchiness when you turn the handlebars, or notice any play when you push on the fork back and forth, replace the bearings.

    Likewise, if you feel any play around the front or rear axle, the wheel bearings need to be replaced immediately.

    Another critical pivot point is the swingarm. It shouldn’t move side-to-side.

    The scary thing about bearings is that when they start to go, they go fast—sometimes with catastrophic results. Never put off replacing a bad bearing.

    Also in the lubrication category, many bolts benefit from a bit of anti-seize coating when re-installed. Examples include the axles, swingarm bolt, linkage bolts and motor-mount bolts.

  • 7. Watch your drivetrain

    Fresh oil and a clean air filter generally will keep your engine and transmission running right, but that’s only two-thirds of your bike’s mechanical make-up.

    The rest is the drivetrain—the chain, belt or shaft that transfers power from your transmission to your rear wheel.

    Depending on what type of final drivetrain you’re running, you’ll want to keep an eye on chain stretch, sprocket wear, belt cracking, or the condition and amount of oil in the shaft housing.

    Chain drive systems generally are the most maintenance-intensive, although if you run a sealed chain (O-ring or some variation) and don’t run aluminum sprockets (which are light, but wear relatively fast), you’ll probably find a periodic minor adjustment is all you need.

  • 8. Protect your charge

    A new battery starts dying the second you use it. However, its life can be a long one if you keep it and your charging system in good shape.

    The best thing to do to extend battery life is to keep it charged during downtime, preferably with a trickle charger.

    The other major issue with batteries is letting the electrolyte solution get too low. Low levels expose the internal plates, reducing capacity and increasing heat.

    If you can, eliminate this problem with a sealed, maintenance-free battery.

  • 9. Look for quality

    Every one of us enjoys tricking out our motorcycles, adding this or that to change performance, up the style factor or otherwise make it our own.

    However, when considering aftermarket parts, evaluate whether they have at least the same workmanship standards of original equipment. If not, they may not last as long.

    Bottom line: Choose your bling wisely.

  • 10. Check, please

    If it works for airplane pilots, it can work for you.

    We mean, of course, going through a pre-ride checklist. That’s the best way to find little problems before they become big ones.

    Bikes vary (yep, consult your manual), but, generally, you’ll want to check: the level of both the motor and transmission oil; tire air pressures; fuel or brake-fluid leaks; bolt tightness; electrical switches and controls.

    If something is wrong, fix it.

  • 11. Ride it right

    It may make you feel like a race hero if you power-shift your motorcycle without feathering the clutch or backing off on the throttle, but your transmission will grumble—literally.

    Likewise, braking easy, accelerating steadily and turning smoothly will help lots of parts last longer.

    You can be rough with your bike, but you’ll need to be sure you’re ready to do more maintenance.

  • 12. If it ain’t broke…

    Just ride it! Too often, we get anxious to tinker with our pride and joy and start turning wrenches just to scratch that itch.

    Generally, you’re better off just enjoying another long ride.

    Which is, after all, the whole point.



* Warranty Registration

Within 7 days dealer must register product warranty after a vehicle is sold. KENGO MOTORS will keep records of all the registration forms for the warranty policy on all the units. 

No warranty claim will be processed unless the product warranty is registered with KENGO MOTORS.

* Vehicle Owner’s Responsibilities :

Vehicle’s owner must properly use, maintain and care for the vehicle as outlined in the KENGO MOTORS owner’s manual.
Owner of the unit must service and maintain the vehicle according to the Service Schedule and Record Sheet in order to maintain the warranty.*
Any warranty repairs must be performed ONLY by authorized KENGO MOTORS dealers.
Any warranty work done by an unauthorized KENGO MOTORS dealer will not be covered under the warranty policy.
Periodic services and inspections can be performed by authorized KENGO MOTORS dealer or any reputable cycle repair shop.*Periodic service and inspections are considered regular maintenance and not reimbursable.

* Authorized KENGO Dealer’s Responsibilities :

Warranty repairs will be made at no charge for parts and labor to the consumer or the dealer.
Any replacement parts will be replaced with new parts.
Warranty terms and rights may vary from state to state.
Any implied warranty of merchantability and fitness for a particular purpose shall be limited to the duration of this written warranty. 

* Limited Warranty :

All new KENGO MOTORS motorcycles and scooters are covered with 2 YEAR LIMITED WARRANTY. Only KENGO MOTORS authorized dealers can submit warranty claim not consumers. The warranty registration needs to be on file with KENGO MOTORS before a warranty claim can be processed, unless the claim is due to shipping or crate damage and the unit has not yet been sold. 
Initial dealer pre-delivery inspections and set up of the product are very important in ensuring trouble free operation.Warranty starts from date of purchase by the consumer from their KENGO MOTORS dealer for all KENGO MOTORS products. During the warranty policy period, KENGO MOTORS will only cover all warranty parts and labor. The dealer is required to order parts for all warranty work to be performed and once the work is completed, the dealer should submit a warranty claim for full labor reimbursement within 7 days. 

The following parts are covered under warranty, along with their warranted period : 

* Motorcycle / Scooter / Bikes :

Covered Parts
Covered Period
Motor Engine & Transmission 2 Years (Unlimited Miles)
Mechanical Components Carburetor 2 Years (Unlimited Miles)
Electrical Harness, CDI, Inst. Cluster 2 Years (Unlimited Miles)
Battery (when purchased with new unit) Battery 30 Days (Unlimited Miles)
Suspension Shocks, Forks 1 Year (Unlimited Miles)
Brake Caliper 2 Years (Unlimited Miles)
Exhaust Header pipe, Muffler 2 Years (Unlimited Miles)
Pulleys Moveable Gearshift Pulley 90 Days (Unlimited Miles)
Clutch CVT/Manual Clutch 90 Days (Unlimited Miles)

* Parts Not Covered Under Warranty :

Spark Plugs Throttle Cable, Idle Cable Brake Line Cable, Clutch Cable
Drive Chains, Drive Belts Air Cleaner’s Element & Bracket Rear Brake Shoes
Front / Rear Brake Pads Swing Arm Bushing Light Bulbs
Fuses / Rubber Parts Outside Plastic Parts Front / Rear Tires & Tubes
Front / Rear Rims Gear / Engine Oil Front / Rear Brake Rotors
Brake / Clutch Levers Steering Stem Bearings Floor Boards / Pegs
Oil / Fuel Filters Grips Motor Mount Bushing

* Any damage which results from the following are not covered by warranty :

Unavoidable natural disasters, fire, collision, theft, improper storage or transportation, negligence of the periodic maintenance is not covered, improper use or repair or adjustment or maintenance, using product as a rental vehicle or commercial use, unauthorized modification made to the product, keeping riding when the vehicle is overheating, installing performance parts or components on the vehicle that changes the original engineering.