Vintage Yamaha Enduro Rumblings
Maintain your Machine
|A series of monographs taken from a 1970's vintage Motorcycle Industry Council Publication given out to new off road motorcycle purchasers by dealers. We will be publishing the entire pamphlet here.
The Forest makes a poor workshop!
If you don't think workrng on your bike is much fun, don't. Then when you have to work on it out on the trail somewhere, you'll learn what a real drag is.
lt's so much easier to check over the bike in the garage, where most everything you need is at hand. Check out your oil Íevels, your fuel level, the controls, the fork action, the chain adjustment, the tire pressures, the spoke tensions, the brake action, the major nuts and bolts that hold it all together. Then, when you find something needing attention, it gets fixed conveniently.
Break down in the woods, and you'll suddenly realize what a neat setup you have back home in the garage. Try setting a bike up on a log or rock wall to work on a wheel. Try opening up the side cases in the mud and rain, and laying the bits around on the leaves or stones, or in the mud, or deep grass. Then you'll find the pre-ride prep session less of a bore.
When you do ride, and something begins to bother, remember it, and later on back home check it out and fix it. Most bikes let you know when something is going sour. Pre-ride prepping is something you owe your riding buddies, even if you care not for yourself. Why
expect them to put tip with delays while you mess around with repairs you should have made before you left?
To avoid a long walk out, or sudden termination of a day on the trails. try regular routine maintenance at home. An hour in the shop is worth three on the trail, and the measure of pleasure in the riding you do will be fuller.