Maintaining your scooter
As a rider, it’s important to regularly check your vehicle to make sure it’s safe for the road. Keeping your scooter in good condition will also ensure you get more years out if it!
Our friends at Scooteria have pulled together a list of the different kinds of scooter parts that need to be maintained, as well as how often you should be checking them.
Tyre pressures affect the way your bike handles, so they should be checked weekly. Tyres can be damaged if they are over or under inflated – make sure to check your scooter manual for the appropriate tyre pressure for your vehicle.
Low oil or no oil will cause damage to your engine, and in some cases may cause your engine to fail. Regularly check your oil levels against the indicator levels marked on the dip stick to ensure the oil is at the right level.
Worn out brake pads will damage the disc and lead to delayed braking, so checking your pads is crucial! Damage to the brake pads is usually pretty easy to spot – most scooter brake pads have indicator grooves cut into the surface so you can see the wear. Once the pad is down to around 2mm depth, it should be replaced.
All front brakes run a hydraulic brake fluid system, which you should also check regularly If the brake lever feels soft or spongy, it will require attention – it could have a fluid leak or air in the system.
Spark plugs keep your engine running smoothly, and if they’re not changed often enough can lead to poor fuel economy and potentially a breakdown. Spark plugs need to be replaced every 5,000-10,000kms depending on the type of scooter you have – check your vehicle’s manual for information specific to your scooter.
Air filters need to be cleaned and replaced every 10,000kms, or sooner if you’re regularly riding in dusty conditions. Air filters help to maintain smooth engine performance and good fuel economy.
Drive belts should be replaced every 10,000-15,000kms to avoid risk of the belt breaking. If the belt breaks, you will not be able to ride the scooter.
Throttle free play
Throttle free play (how far you pull on the throttle before your scooter starts accelerating) should be adjusted when there is a slow response time. Adjusting it will make your bike feel more responsive and will make it easier to ride smoothly.
Keeping your scooter clean not only makes your scooter look good, but also makes it easier to notice problems such as loose or missing bolts.
Performing regular scooter checks is essential for keeping you and other road users safe, as well as for getting the most out of your scooter!
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