Motorcycle Tire Inspection and Maintenance Procedures

Regular motorcycle inspection and maintenance is essential to keeping your bike working properly and to catching any small problems before they become big problems. Especially if you are about to depart on a long motorcycle trip, it is essential that you go over every inch of your bike and make sure that everything is tuned up and that there are no small problems that could potentially become serious issues as your ride. To make sure that your bike is in 100% perfect working order, let’s start from the bottom.


motorcycle tire care and maintenance

Your tires, as the only part of the bike that should ever touch the road, are vitally important. You already know that tires wear down as your ride, but did you also know that they can age significantly in the sun? Unless you keep your bike covered on sun days, you’ve probably seen your tires become bleached and even cracked in the sun.


Before getting on your bike, look at your tires. Is there plenty of tread? Are they worn down? Is there any visible sign of damage? Check your tire pressure and give them an extra boost of air if they are low. Doing this before every ride will make sure you don’t have any trouble with one of your bike’s most important parts.


While some high tech bikes may have a dial that will check tire pressure for you, the best way to know that you have the right PSI is to check it manually. If you don’t have a pressure gauge, borrow one or purchase one from an automotive supply store.


There will be a valve on the tire where you can add air or let it out, usually with a screw-on cap. Take off the cap and press the mouth of the gauge against the valve firmly. If the reading seems particularly high or low, check it again. Most tires will have the recommended PSI either imprinted on the tire. If it is not, check your bike’s owner’s manual.


If your tires are underinflated, take it to a garage or gas station where they have an air pump. Use the compressed air to fill the tires, continually checking them with the gauge until you have the right pressure. If you overfill them, you can use the gauge to bleed away excess air.


Tread is essential to proper motorcycle operation in the best and worst of weather. A bald tire can make even a small puddle on the tarmac dangerous. To check your tread, take a quarter and place it into the tread. If there is enough depth that the top of Washington’s head is covered, you are good to go. If not, it is time for new tires.

Float Issues on Motorcycle Carburetor

Watching gas pour continuously into my Yamaha motorcycle’s air box was not my idea of a relaxing Sunday ride with my father in-law.  But as the gas continued to flow, even with the engine shut off, I knew that I would be spending this day working on my bike rather than enjoying riding it.


I was appreciative of my father in-law who suggested right away that he suspected the trouble lie in the carburetor’s float.  As I got out my manual to begin removing the carb, I started to think that my whole day would be spent diagnosing and disassembling only to find out that I would need a brand new carburetor (or worse).


Carefully following the manual’s instructions, the carb came off the bike and was apart quickly, much quicker than I had first anticipated.  The longest part of this process was losing a small piece of the throttle cable and spending 15 minutes on all fours looking for it (after which I proceeded to use my beloved magnetic tray).

motorcycle carburetor float and needle

I was soon looking at the float which we believed to be the source of the problem.  A quick examination of the float and needle showed that it had no wear and was not damaged.  With the carb apart, I followed the instructions on cleaning it and ensuring the float wasn’t indeed stuck.  Once cleaned, I proceeded to put the carburetor back together, hoping that the cleaning had somehow fixed the issue with the gas flowing into the air box.



After getting the carb reassembled, putting it back into place on my bike and reattaching the lines, I was more than ready to test if the problem had been fixed.  The first crank proved that it had.  Success! My bike started up without issue and no more gas was leaking into the air box. Having only taken a couple of hours to achieve this repair, my father in law and I were able to enjoy the rest of the sunny afternoon riding and I had an extra bounce in my step for the rest of the day knowing I had fixed a problem I had originally thought may hamper more than one day of the riding season.

Viking Bags: The Ultimate in Motorcycle Hardbags, Saddlebags & Luggage

Viking Motorcycle Saddlebags & Luggage

Here are 4 Simple Reasons why Viking motorcycle bags are the most popular for Luggage solution. Viking Bags carry Over 200 variety luggage options in various designs making them the Largest Motorcycle bags company in the world.Motorcycle Saddle Bags and Sissy Bar Bags by Viking Bags have been specially designed for every make and model of motorcycle such as Harley Davidson, Suzuki, Kawasaki, Triumph, Honda and many more. Get the perfect match that suits your bike and fits it like glove.

1- Super strong reinforced Construction Used in Motorcycle Bags

In order to ensure that their saddlebags for motorcycles do not sag, Viking further reinforces their leather and synthetic leather bags with powder coated steel frames or a Fiber Glass body inside both the bags and lids. The construction alone sets Viking above any other manufacturer of motorcycle luggage. Fiber glass hard bodies and plastic reinforcement in the lids make  them retain their shape and prevents sagging.

2- Motorcycle Saddle Bags Mounting Hardware and Accessories

Each bag comes with Free Mounting Hardware. Most other companies charge extra for these mounting kits, however, Viking provides complete solutions to all their customers.

3- Key locking system for Saddle Bags

Each set of Viking Motorcycle saddlebag is equipped with state of Art Key locking system. No more fear of getting things stolen or being forced to use big, ugly pad locks.

4- Motorcycle Luggage Quick Release system

Viking’s Bullet Quick Release System allows you to get in the Saddle bags without going through the hassle of buckling and unbuckling the bags each time.

 Viking Motorcycle Saddlebags & Luggage

Additional Things you must know before Buying Bags for Your Motorcycle

When buying Motorcycle luggage one must keep in mind the following. As you know most motorcycles do not come with bags. As a result, motorcyclists have to make sure that they buy bags that are motorcycle specific or compatible to your bike. The term ‘motorcycle-specific’ means that the bags do not need a turn signal relocation kit in order to be mounted on. Motorcycle riders who have experience with relocating their turn signal would tell you that it is tedious task.

The second dilemma most motorcycle riders face after buying motorcycle saddlebags is the unavailability and/or price of the mounting hardware. We at Viking Bags believe in offering our customers a complete motorcycle luggage solution. For this reason, we offer mounting hardware for every set of motorcycle saddlebags and also for other variety luggage options we sell, all bags come with complete accessories ready to be used; we also include easy to follow mounting instructions.

The third important factor when shopping for a motorcycle luggage solution is the security of your personal belongings. Viking bags has met this challenge by making most of the bags lockable.

The fourth and final aspect to consider is the access to the bag. During the ’80s and ’90s motorcyclist had difficulty accessing their Motorcycle saddlebags because traditional leather bags were not equipped with quick release buckle for easy access. This is why all Viking Motorcycle Saddlebags are equipped with quick release buckle for easy access.

Viking Motorcycle Saddlebags & Luggage