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Maintaining Your Bike

DAILY CHECKS AND ROUTINE MAINTENANCE

LOOKING AFTER YOUR BIKE

Now that you have joined the RDW2W scheme you are paying for a vehicle which you will own and which you want to be reliable for daily transport. You will also want it to retain its value for when you want to sell it to get your next machine.  Get into the habit of doing a few quick and simple checks before you ride to get the best from your bike and avoid problems before they occur

THINGS TO CHECK

WHAT AM I LOOKING FOR?

WHY?

WHAT HAPPENS IF I DON'T CHECK?

Oil Level

Correct oil level and the right type of oil.

Lack of oil will cause rapid engine wear and cause the engine to seize. A seized engine will be expensive and can throw you off the machine.

Brakes front and rear

Do the brakes stop the machine smoothly and promptly? You must be able to stop safely, especially in an emergency! Poor brakes could lead to an accident and serious injury. You also face police prosecution.

Lights front and rear

The headlight, tail light and brake light must all work. You need to be seen and you need to see where you are going. Always use lights, not only at night! Working lights are required by law. As well as accident risk, you also face police prosecution.

Turn indicators front and rear

The turn indicators must all work. You need them to signal your intentions to other road users. Working indicators are required by law. As well as accident risk, you also face police prosecution.

Tyre wear and pressures

Worn or underinflated tyres, and things embedded in tyres. The tyre is the only thing gripping the road so is vital to your safety Poor steering and loss of control leading to an accident. You also face police prosecution.

Horn

The horn must work. To warn others, including cyclists and pedestrians, of your approach. A working horn is required by law. As well as the risk of an accident, you also face police prosecution.

Listen for ‘strange noises

Problems with engine, wheels, brakes, steering or attachments. A knocking or juddering from the engine could indicate a damaged or worn part. A noise from the wheels could be something stuck in the brake or suspension.

Serious and expensive damage to your bike. Possibly something that could cause an accident.

 

ROUTINE MAINTENANCE

Remember, your bike or scooter must have a service after the first 500 miles. This is very important - take it to a qualified mechanic. After that it should be serviced every 2,000 miles.
Don't worry if you discover that something is wrong and you can't fix it yourself. Motorcycle and scooter shops have qualified mechnics and special tools to do the job.

If you are a client with one of the scheme's bikes CLICK HERE if you would like to send an email to someone from RDW2W who can offer you advice about maintaining your vehicle.  Because we are an organisation of volunteers replies may take two or three days.

Types of Bike / Moped

Make:
Sym
Model:
XS 125 K
CC:
125 cc
Gears / Twist & Go?
Gears
Colours:
Silver
Make:
Sym
Model:
Jet 4 R
CC:
50 cc
Gears / Twist & Go?
Twist
Colours:
See 'more info'
Make:
Sym
Model:
Jet 4
CC:
125 cc
Gears / Twist & Go?
Twist
Colours:
See 'more info'
Make:
Sym
Model:
Symphony
CC:
125 cc
Gears / Twist & Go?
Either
Colours:
See 'more info'
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Case Study

A 32 year old male was long term unemployed but he married and moved to a rural area. He found himself a job as a council employee but could not get to the depot at the times needed. He joined the scheme and is now in full time employment and with a second part time job because he has transport.

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