brings with it gamut of hitches like water clogged road, traffic
snarls, potholes .......etc.
So when the monsoon sets in it's time to be prepared to
face all these problems and a few unexpected too.
Indiacar offers a few tips to prepare you for the monsoon ordeal
The principle of protecting your motorcycle during the monsoon
fall into two categories, depending on whether you aim to lay-up
your two-wheeler for the entire period or if you intend to give
it a run or two whenever the sun comes out from behind the clouds.
MONSOON AND TWO WHEELERS
you leave your bike parked for long periods without taking certain
precautions, you can expect problems. Some could be of a minor
nature, but on occasion you could face serious deterioration
in areas, which may require expensive correction.
The petrol that you leave in your motorcycle's fuel tank may
not even be fit to wash parts in when you decide to get the
bike back on the road. The very different and unpleasant stench
that will confront you when you open the tank cap will be a
sure give-away. If you persist in trying to use this fuel to
start up, you could end up with severely choked jets in the
from the foul smell, the petrol also gets gummy and
should be drained; following this, the tank should
be washed out very carefully before filling up with
fresh fuel. Before you store the bike, it would be
best to empty the tank and pour a small quantity of
fresh engine oil into it and slosh it around so that
it coats the entire inside of the tank. Then seal
the tank by covering the filler hole and close the
the bike is stored, the fuel tank should be emptied
and the filler sealed
on the subject of petrol draining, remember to empty
the carburettor of fuel as well. Shut the petrol tap
and run the engine till the carb runs dry. Carburettors
can also be drained through the screw provided at
the bottom of the float bowls.
screw provided at the bottom of the float bowl allows
draining of fuel from carburettor.
empty out the battery, wash it with clean water, and store it
dry. Alternately, you can detach the battery, retain the fluid
in it and store it, giving it a trickle charge every two weeks
more than anything else, is the most pervasive bike
maintenance problem and storage intensifies this.
Cylinder bores require special attention. For maximum
protection, wash the bike before you take it out for
the final ride so that the engine oil is hot and ready
to be drained.
| Remove spark plugs, squirt some oil or rust
preventive into cylinder/s, turn engine over a couple
of times, and then refit spark plugs.
warm-up ride also dries up any water that may remain. Fill up
with fresh oil, remove the spark plugs and squirt some oil or
rust preventive into the cylinder or cylinders.
The ends of the exhaust should be sealed
with plastic-this will prevent water entering the exhaust.
Indiacar recommends WD40 multipurpose spray. After spraying
the cylinder/s, turn the engine over a few times without
starting it to coat everything evenly, then fit the
plugs back in and seal off the exhaust preferably
by tying plastic bags over the ends (stuffing them
with potatoes is not advisable), then seal the intake
you seal the engine in this way while it is still warm to the
touch, there should be no moisture in it and rusting will be
inhibited if you have done a good job.
Different surfaces of a motorcycle require varying treatment
for maximum corrosion protection. The painted parts respond
best to a generous coat of wax, which you apply but do not wipe
off as you would when you polish the bike. Many of today's bike
engines are painted and these too should be waxed over.
chrome by applying a coat of furniture wax. If left
uncoated, rusting will take place.
squirt of WD40 in switches, locks, folding footrests
and other lightly loaded moving parts will make sure
they operate when you ride next.
too can be protected by coating it with furniture wax which
does not leave any ugly residue. Using WD40, lubricate switches,
locks, folding footrests and other lightly loaded moving parts
on the bike. Inflate tyres to the recommended pressures and
all that remains is to cover the bike to keep the dust away.
Contrary to popular practice, covering the vehicle with a plastic
cover is not the best thing.The reason - warm air rises and
cools off under a plastic cover, leaving behind water which
could negate all your hard work. Although plastic would seem
the best bet if you have to leave your bike out in the rain,
make sure that you dry out the bike at every opportunity.
tyres to the manufacturer recomended air pressure
On the other hand, if you leave the bike standing only when
it is really pouring and use it whenever the sun shines, then
it would be sensible to clean it up after every ride so that
water does not stand in places where it could set off the process
of rust formation.
So be kind to your bike and it will reward you by being kind
to you and will not let you down amidst a busy road or on a
sunny morning after the rains.
Some handy Tips For Riding in the rain