As the owner of a motorcycle, it is your legal duty to ensure it is roadworthy and does not pose a hazard to yourself, any passengers, other road users or the general public.
Regular servicing will ensure any mechanical or electrical problems are ironed out ahead of your MOT and of course before they affect the safe operation of your motorbike. Your motorbike may also be more efficient and more pleasant to ride when all the components are in optimum condition.
What constitutes a full service can vary a little from garage to garage, but in general it should pinpoint and address any issues that may affect the safe operation of your machine.
- Oil change – the grade used will depend on the manufacturer’s recommendation
- New oil filter
- New air filter
- New spark plugs
- Test/replace/top-up coolant as required
- Brake callipers removed and cleaned
- Brake pistons degreased
- Hydraulic Brake Fluid System inspected, topped up or replaced as required
- Control cables, levers and pivots (throttle, clutch, brakes) cleaned and lubricated
- Adjustment of throttle and clutch
- Battery electrolyte level checked and topped up as required
- Steering play and race bearing kit – examined for any looseness and adjusted as necessary
- Front fork – inspected and checked for operation
- Rear suspension – inspected and checked for operation
- All fasteners – including engine mounting and chassis bolts – inspected and tightened as required
- Wheel bearings – checked
- Main and side stands checked and lubricated
- Headlight checked for aim and focus - adjusted as required
- Fuel hosed checked
- Tyre pressures – checked and adjusted as necessary
- Chain – adjusted and lubricated as necessary
- General lubrication
A full service will include a road test to ensure the motorbike is running as expected.
Full Service vs Interim Service: What's the Difference?
Garages also offer ‘interim checks’, which go into less detail than full services, but still ensure the vital components of your motorbike are working as they should be. As the name suggests, this service should keep your bike in good condition between full services. The service will very likely include an oil and oil filter change, as well as checks to brake callipers, pistons, cables, levers, pivots, wheel bearings, headlights, chain function and tyre pressure, among others. It should also include a road test.
What's a Major Motorbike Service?
Some garages may offer a ‘major service’, which is a full service plus a very detailed inspection and servicing of your motorbike’s components. For example, it might include removing and cleaning brake callipers and flushing the hydraulic system.
The cost of a full service depends on the size of your engine and the specific pricing of your chosen garage. An independent garage may cost less than a garage which is part of a nationwide or regional chain.
- Below 250cc: £80 - £130
- 250cc – 600cc: £90 - £160
- Up to 1000cc: around £180