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I am searching for a tutorial about motor cycle maintenace. I tried in google search but not much of use: I get only blogs and website which give basic advice that - "go and consult a good mechanic". Is there a complete tutorial which makes the readers to motivate to provoke the idea of Do-it-yourself habit for my automobile maintenace regularly? Are there tutorials which discusses concepts be as deep as cleaning the carburator, changing the head gaskets, changing the piston rings, etc...???

Please provide your suggestions...


I am in need to a tutorial which can help me out for the following things for automobiles:

  1. General servicing my bike at regular intervals - How to do it? What are the tools required?
  2. Trouble shooting a surprise problem in my bike. For Example, my bike suddenly stopped running in the middle of the road. Solutions: Are many. But to be specific - fuel/air problem or a minor problem in the engine like a dusty spark plug, etc...
  3. Preventive measrues to avoid getting worn out of the rotating materials.
  4. Spare parts change like change of brakes, changing tyre/tubes, changing some electrical spares like headlights, etc...
  5. Proper tuning methods to get maximum mileage with no noticeable change in the torque required.

I have found a tutorial in the internet -

  1. Bike Repair and Maintenance For Dummies
  2. Auto maintenance for dummies

But these seems to be for bicycles and Cars. Is there any tutorials like these which can give a greater description about the motorcycles,especially, the commuters. NOT the performance and race bikes...

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closed as too broad by Gabriel Mongeon, Rory Alsop, Move More Comments Link To Top Aug 29 '13 at 22:21

There are either too many possible answers, or good answers would be too long for this format. Please add details to narrow the answer set or to isolate an issue that can be answered in a few paragraphs.If this question can be reworded to fit the rules in the help center, please edit the question.

Welcome to the site. You've asked an extremely broad question along the lines of "where can I find all the knowledge?" If you narrow the scope of your question, it would be more answerable. – Bob Cross Aug 14 '13 at 11:46
Thanks Bob. Will do it. – Arun Aug 14 '13 at 12:15
Bob: Does it look good? Or should it be more specialised? – Arun Aug 14 '13 at 12:27
Arun - at the moment it looks like you are asking questions about servicing, troubleshooting, and so on. We can't really approve a tutorial, as that may change over time. This site works best for specific problems that we can answer. – Rory Alsop Aug 15 '13 at 12:38
@Arun - the feedback you're getting is that you're asking too broad a series of questions. You'd be better served by becoming much more specific: e.g., pick a single bike, pick a single problem or task and ask a single question about that task. The help center has suggestions on how to ask good questions that will net you good answers: – Bob Cross Aug 15 '13 at 19:41

On a road bike, there really shouldn't be a lot to do. I own a mini dirtbike myself. Usually I would expect those bikes to have an hour counter and your own bike probably has a manual for it, if it is an factory bike (probably it is), which would tell you what you need to service and when. So I'll just name up a few things how you notice if something is off.

  • Smoke out of exhaust — Worn piston rings. They usually recommend changing piston together with piston rings. On my race usage dirtbike I change piston/rings every half a year.
  • Worn brake pads — The travel on front brake lever is getting long. That means more oil from reservoir has gone into the line, meaning brake pads are near their last days.
  • Loss of "sharpness" and if it has a kickstarter, loss of compression — Check your valve clearance. It might need to be reset from time to time, atleast on my bike it does. Google your bike brand for your valve clearances and how to do it.
  • When you start releasing clutch and at it's biting point it is "chopping" — Clutch basket or clutch disks are near their end days.

If your bike is carburated, there are some easy guidelines on tuning it to be healthy. The spark plug must be light brownish when air/fuel mixture is correct. If it runs rich, then you will hear bangs from exhaust when you let throttle go. Same sound also occurs when engine obtains extra air from somewhere. When bike stops mid road, first thing to check is whether spark plug is soaking wet with gasoline or it is dry. Then check if there is any spark and so on. If you have any specific questions let us know.

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