Between the speedy rides and fun times, it is essential to remember that your motorcycle requires special attention to keep it in the best possible condition. Preventive maintenance will not only keep your bike running smoothly but will also help maintain its second-hand value in case you want to sell it in the future.
One crucial part that requires extra attention is your bike’s clutch. Your bike’s clutch should be changed whenever you notice the slightest sign of wear. Here are some signs that it may be time for you to replace your clutch:
- It is difficult to change gears — When you are on your bike and have the engine running, but you can’t change the gear smoothly, it could be because your clutch is stiff.
- There’s a strange noise when you change gears — This is a common warning sign that it is time to change your clutch. The changing of gears should be smooth and silent, and anything different suggests that your clutch may need changing.
- You can’t accelerate —Falling behind in traffic is not only frustrating, but it can be dangerous. If you’re hitting that accelerator and you’re watching the RPM increase, yet your speed remains the same, that is a sign your clutch is near the end of its life, and it’s time for a new one.
- You see black or white smoke coming from your exhaust — You may see a particular color smoke emission either when you are riding regularly or when you are trying to rev up your engine. You may not see the smoke during the initial wearing out of the clutch plates, and the color will depend on the extent to which your clutch plates are worn out.
A motorcycle’s clutch is an essential part of the bike that connects the engine and gearbox to form the power train. A worn-out clutch can cause your bike to perform poorly and can even put you in danger.
While you’re doing maintenance on your bike, it might be a good idea to look at your insurance coverage too. Protect your motorcycle by contacting an Avery Hall agent today at 410-742-5111 to discuss your policy.