DIY for Motorcycle Owners
Motorcycle DIY can help owners, who are mechanically inclined, save money.
Top 10 Popular DIY Projects for Motorcycle Owners
Oil and filter changes, replacing spark plugs, brake maintenance, fluid changes, tire maintenance, installing performance parts and more
Boundless Rider loves to help the riding community whenever we can. For those who are mechanically inclined and like to try and save money with DIY, here’s a list of 10 popular simple DIY projects for motorcycle owners:
- Changing oil and oil filter: Regular oil changes are crucial to keeping your engine running smoothly. To change your oil, you’ll need to drain the old oil, remove and replace the oil filter, and refill with new oil. For a more detailed description read our tip on how to Change Your Motorcycle Oil.
- Installing new spark plugs: Spark plugs provide the electrical spark that ignites the fuel in your engine. To replace them, you’ll need to remove the old plugs and install new ones according to your bike’s specifications.
- Installing new brake pads: Worn brake pads can reduce your bike’s stopping power, so it’s important to replace them regularly. To do this, you’ll need to remove the old pads, clean the brake calipers, and install new pads.
- Adjusting and lubricating the chain: The chain on your bike transfers power from the engine to the rear wheel. Regular chain maintenance can extend the life of your chain and sprockets. To adjust and lubricate the chain, you’ll need to loosen the rear axle, adjust the chain tension, lubricate the chain and re-tighten the axle.
- Installing a new air filter: A dirty air filter can reduce your bike’s performance and fuel efficiency. To replace the air filter, you’ll need to remove the old filter and install a new one according to your bike’s specifications.
- Changing the coolant: Coolant helps to regulate your engine’s temperature. Over time, coolant can break down or become contaminated, so it’s important to change it regularly. To change the coolant, you’ll need to drain the old coolant and replace it with fresh coolant according to your bike’s specifications.
- Installing new tires: Worn or damaged tires can be dangerous, so it’s important to replace them when necessary. To install new tires, you’ll need to remove the old tires, install the new tires, and balance the wheels. For a more detailed description read our tip on how to Fix a Flat Tire.
- Installing aftermarket exhaust systems: Upgrading your exhaust can improve your motorcycle’s performance and sound. To install an aftermarket exhaust, you’ll need to remove the old exhaust and install the new exhaust according to the manufacturer’s instructions.
- Installing new handlebars or mirrors: Personalizing your bike’s handlebars or mirrors can give it a unique look and feel. To install new handlebars or mirrors, you’ll need to remove the old ones and install the new ones according to your bike’s specifications.
- Installing a new battery: Over time, batteries can wear out and lose their charge. To replace the battery, you’ll need to remove the old battery and install the new battery according to your bike’s specifications.
NOTE: Some of these projects may require a certain level of mechanical expertise. If you are not comfortable working on your bike, it’s always best to seek the help of a professional.