Keeping used motorcycle parts as good as newWritten by Granny's Mettle
Even with regular maintenance and upkeep, our motorcycles tend to get used and subjected to different elements in environment. To keep used motorcycle parts as good as day when we first bought them, regular washing and rinsing will do trick.
But you should take note how you do your washing. You might scratch parts of your motorcycle.
Top Rule: Avoid scratches.
Scratches are biggest enemy of any bike's finish. The secret of keeping your used motorcycle parts as good as new is to avoid scratches in your motorcycle. Dirt and grime when rubbed in while washing or drying, act as sandpaper and will definitely dull brilliance of your bike's paint.
To avoid scratching your bike, first, you need to remember that anything that comes in contact with your motorcycle's finish should be made of soft material. Take care that no harsh or rough surfaces will be able to connect with any part of your motorcycle. Zippers are worst offenders.
Use only clean, freshly washed cotton cloths or towels to dry your bike after washing. When you need to put on any application to make your bike shine, again use clean cotton cloths and towels. Rinse thoroughly sponges or wash mitts, as well as bucket, before and after washing your bike to remove any dirt or grime.
One of best advice I got from a used motorcycle parts site was to separate my bike's areas into normal and rough areas when washing. I usually consider painted surfaces as normal areas, while tires, engine, and inner fenders are rough areas. I use different wash mitts and sponges for each area to keep dirt and grime away from sensitive areas. This way, scratching would be avoided.
Proper installation of used motorcycle cablesWritten by Granny's Mettle
Part and parcel of owning a bike is maintaining its appearance and its capability. Nevertheless, despite making sure that parts and cables of motorcycle give us maximum service, we cannot but accept that they have their own warranties and lifetimes.
Unlike artwork or antiques, motorcycles are made to be used and abused. With all elements found in environment, motorcycle parts will definitely have its final day. When that day comes and you don't have enough money to buy new ones, why not settle for used motorcycle parts, e.g. cables? With a few tinkering and proper installation, they might just provide you service you need in many years to come.
Here are some suggestions for proper installation of used motorcycle parts and cables:
Tip #1: Inspect and make sure you have correct cable. This is very first step in getting best used cable you need. Inspect used cable for any major wear and tear. Remember that these are used cables so it will definitely have a few scratches; but it must not be too great that using it for just a few days will result in a total bust. After you have checked thoroughly, make sure you have correct part for application, e.g. correct cable ends, proper size casing ferrules, correct size, shape and thread size of adjusters/elbows, etc.
Tip #2: Make sure all adjusters are in "closed" position.
Tip #3: Use a direct route for cables. Route your used cables from control to actuator in most direct way possible. Keep cables away from hot surfaces and avoid sharp bends, as well as "kinks" in housing or inner cable.
Tip #4: Adjust throttle/idle cables. These should be adjusted carb/s will return to full close when off. Adjust any excessive freeplay and be sure throttle action is smooth and free from open to full close before starting engine. Also make sure that used cables do not bind together or hang up when there is full lock-to-lock movement of bars.