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TIPS TO HANDLE COLD STARTING OF BIKE | REVIEWS NEPAL

1st October 2020
"Its that time of the year!"

It is that time of the year when our riders are waiting for the monsoon to end. We can also say that it is riding the season of the year. For many, the serene pleasure of traveling in the cold is a delight but, to be honest, this has its own set of challenges that comes with it. Today, managing cold problems is something that every rider handles according to how relaxed they are. The mechanical difficulties that arise with the bike, on the other hand, are normal for all. So here's our detailed list to tackle the cold engine's threat, a quick start.

1. Try to kickstart

KICK-START

The unfortunate thing about this is that most new bikes are introduced without the possibility of a kick start. The part where the rider can not get his engine started because the battery juices are not up for it, as much as I admire the idea of reducing the rider's commitment to getting the bike running. Draining on the battery will get a bike started with electricity, particularly in cases of repeated failed attempts. A kick start comes in handy here. It is advised that the bike should be kick-started for optimal output at each interval of starting a bike, where the stopping time is over 6 hours. This assures battery and engine endurance as well. Too bad for bikes without a kick-starter, but this is your go-to choice for all the others.

2.Choke Supplying

CHOKE

For bikes with electronic fuel injection, this is not applicable. Make use of the small lever elsewhere on the bike for anyone else. Refer to the handbook you got with the bike at the time of delivery for the precise position depending on the model. Only pull the level to 'Up' and start the bike if you do not know how to use a choke. The bike will start or start quickly with normal revs and then change to high revs at idle. It is also advised not to hold the choke on while the bike is off and stationary, because fuel can flood the engine block.

3. Flow the fuel in the engine

Vehicles require liquids to work as a human body-their the most critical resource being petrol. It's not enough to get the bike running, particularly when it's cold, although most bikes have some fuel left over in the carburetor. For this, what you need to do is turn the gas knob from "Off" to "On" or "RES," which, if you are running low on gasoline, stands for reserve. Now, let the gasoline, which should not take longer than a few seconds, flow into the engine.

4. Moving the Motorcycle

MOVING

Both the liquids appear to pool at the bottom of the crankcase, making the top portion of the gears dry if a motorcycle has been sitting idle for a long time. It should be enough to drive the bike through your parking lot or your garage. This effectively helps the gears to be lubricated with oils and eliminates the likelihood that the bike will operate with the least amount of oil.

5. Ensure the motorcycle is in operating condition

You need to have lots of petrol and a battery that is well-charged. Keeping the motorcycle properly serviced, especially in damp or cold conditions, is crucial. Fit new spark plugs, or clean the old ones, if not worn, and void. Check the timing of the ignition and change it if necessary; replace the ignition points if installed. A carburetor and clean service is also a nice idea. If they look rusty, worn, or frayed, replace the spark plug leads.  Check for the guide in your motorcycle's handbook using only manufacturer-recommended spark plugs and plug leads.

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Compiled by : Upasana Poudel Upasana Poudel

Moto Monday: Riding Tips 101

29th April 2019
"The safety does not only mean the safety for the riders but the pedestrians and other moving vehicles on the road."

Motorcycle junkies are all over the town. They ride their bike with such enthusiasm and a keen interest in speed, they sometimes forget about safety. The safety does not only mean the safety for the riders but the pedestrians and other moving vehicles on the road. Here are five basic riding tips:

bike

1) Preheating the Engine

Before riding your bike, make sure that you preheat the engine for a couple of minutes to avoid the abrupt killing of the engine in the middle of the road. For this, kill your engine and try kick-starting it three times. After that, switch on the engine button, and kick start it. Make sure that your bike is neutral when you do that.

2) Always wear a Helmet

A helmet is a basic gadget for a bike rider. It saves the head from getting injured. But, it’s not only the rider who should be wearing the helmet but the person sitting in the pillion. There are ranges of helmets to choose from depending upon your personality or the bike you are riding.

3) Adjusting the Mirror

Another basic thing to consider is the side mirror of the motorcycle. When the mirrors are adjusted properly, you can ride your bike without any inconvenience of what is coming from the back. With this, you can easily cross the lanes without turning your head backward. But shoulder crossing must be done to check on the other moving vehicles nearby that cannot be seen in the mirror.

4) Headlight Mantra

Professional bikers’ advise the riders to keep the headlight dim so that the passerby is not troubled due to the blind spot created by the high beams of light. In case the passerby has a high light right in front of you, simply blink the passing light a couple of times. This action tends to be the universal sign saying, “The highlight is troubling me, please make it dim.”

5) Overtaking from the Right Side

Overtaking must always be done from the right-hand side because we don’t know what the vehicle in front of us is going to do next. The doors of the buses and other vehicles are opened from the left to get to the side of the road. Overtaking from the left-hand side might cause severe accidents. However, overtaking must not be done at all when there are sharp turnings creating a blind spot.

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5 Bike care and maintenance tips to keep your bike forever new

6th May 2019
"Simple and easy steps to let your ride feel young forever and make your bike new forever."

Buying a bike may be a thing but taking care of it is what matters the most. Simply purchasing a hot ride means nothing at all if you have no idea how to take care of it. Taking care on a daily basis requires no hardcore physical activity but simple tips and tricks.

Here are some bike care and maintenance tips:

Regular Bike Servicing

Regular Bike servicing might be a regular thing to see as a first point in the article about taking care of your bike. But, it is one of the most important aspects to be taken care of in order to maintain the bike’s condition and keeping it smooth for a very long time. Servicing can be done on a timely basis or as per the kilometers the bike has traveled. Make sure that you either service your bike in the showroom itself or a genuine bike shop.

Do not fill the petrol tank 

Petrol tanks should not be filled to their maximum limits as it only makes your bike and wallet suffer because of the overflow. Also, the bike when kept under the sun, vaporizes all the petrol and wastes it away. Filling it the halfway or a little more than that would be the best thing to do.

Bike chain Maintenance -Lubricating the chains

The chains are the link between your acceleration and the turning of the wheels. The dust, dirt, and mud getting all over the chain as it is located at the bottom of the bike. These external agents cause the dryness in the chain sprocket which ultimately creates friction, which is basically bad for the pickup and riding in general.

Tightening nuts and bolts of Bike

Regular monitoring of the nuts and bolts is extremely necessary to maintain the bike in a sustainable manner. Imagine you take your ride for a spin and a bolt gets loosened up. The chances are, either you will hear weird creaking noises throughout your ride or you will end up with a dislocated part of your bike which may cause the dislocation of your body parts too.

Wash your bike weekly

Finally, the bike wash is necessary to keep your bike look shining and flawless. Washing the bike daily may be a difficult task considering the daily business and the shortage of water in the country. Also, everyday washing may wash out all the necessary lube from your bike. Therefore, make an appointment for cleanliness with your ride once a week.

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Tips to keep the exterior of your car new and shiny.

13th September 2020
"Exterior car care should become a regular part of your car care routine."

Your car is probably your most important investment. It takes a year-round beating from general wear and the elements. This wear and tear will show if you don’t regularly care for and maintain it. Whether it’s cleaning, waxing or making repairs and maintenance, exterior car care should become a regular part of your car care routine. Take some time to review the following car care tips to keep your vehicle running at its optimum condition.

Step 1: Wash It  

One of the best car care tips you can receive is to keep the exterior of your car clean. Washing your car often can remove harmful debris and reduce the chance of your car rusting. Choose a shady spot in which to work. It’s usually best to wash your car in the morning or evening when the sun isn't as intense, but if you have a spot in the shade to do the job, it doesn’t matter what time of day you start. Let the car exterior cool down if it has been in the sun for an extended period of time.

Car-wash-shampoo

Fill a bucket with a couple of capfuls of concentrated car cleaning solution and water (check manufacturer's directions for the exact amount of cleaner to use). Wet down the entire surface of the car using a garden hose with a spray nozzle. Dip a sponge or washing mitt into the bucket and start on the roof of the car.

Using the sponge or washing mitt, wash the roof of the car and clean the windows. Stop there and rinse. You want to wash and rinse the car in sections to avoid the soap's drying on the surface before you spray it off. Choose either the hood or trunk of the car, clean it and rinse it. Continue working by washing either the front or back (depending on where you chose to continue) and then rinsing. Then proceed down one side of the car, one panel at a time, washing and rinsing. Repeat these steps on the opposite side. Don't forget to wash the rearview mirrors.

Car-wash-tire-body

Wheels and tires should be cleaned last. Since they make contact with the road and collect the most oil, dirt and grime, it makes more sense to clean the rest of the car first so you don't transfer dirt from them to the rest of the car. Grit from the tires and lower panels of the car can also stick to your sponge and then scratch your car's paint elsewhere. Wet the wheels with your hose and then spray a wheel and tire cleaner onto them. Let the solution sit for a minute or two and then wash them with the washing mitt and soap. Rinse them off.

Step 2: Dry It  

Dry the car using soft, clean towels that you keep specifically for drying your car, or better yet, use microfiber drying towels or chamois. Chamois, commonly known as shammies are leather cloths, designed to soak up water better than a regular towel and help prevent water spots.

Step 3: Apply Protectants  

After the vehicle has dried, pour (or spray) a dab of vinyl and rubber protectant onto a clean rag and wipe it on all vinyl, plastic, or rubber parts on the vehicle exterior. These will most likely include door and window moldings, trim, rearview mirrors, and tires.

Car-protectant

Wipe with a circular motion for complete and even coverage. Wait for the protectant to be absorbed. Once it is absorbed, the surface will look and feel dry. Then with a new, clean rag, wipe down the parts.

Step 4: Wax It  

Waxing your car protects the paint and finish. In essence, it seals the exterior and protects it from the elements, UV rays, salt, splattered insects and bird droppings, while it leaves the car looking shiny and new. Wax usually comes as a paste, liquid or cream. There is endless debate about which brand or type of wax to use, but most car enthusiasts prefer a carnauba-based wax in any form. One application of this wax usually lasts about six to eight weeks.

waxco-wash-wax-car-shampoo

Before applying, either dip an applicator pad into the wax container (for pastes and creams) or pour a small amount onto the pad (liquid). Many waxes are sold with applicator pads, but they can also be purchased separately.

Apply wax to one section or panel of the vehicle at a time. Start by framing the section which is applying the wax along the edges in a straight line. This gives you better control and helps prevent getting wax in and on unwanted areas, like plastic or rubber trim. Then fill in the rest of the area by wiping the wax on in a circular motion. As it dries, the wax will form a haze. This usually just takes a few minutes. Use a clean, soft microfiber cloth to wipe away the haze. Try to use one small section of the cloth when wiping each area, so you still have a clean cloth to wipe the next section. Repeat this process over the entirety of the car's finish.

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Tips for long-lasting tyres

21st September 2020
"Tyres are sometimes the major expense of your car after fuel so ensure you get the full benefit of your investment."

Tyres are sometimes the major expense of your car after fuel so ensure you get the full benefit of your investment. It takes good maintenance and treatment to get the best out of your tyres. Once in 4-5 years, you will need a replacement. However, your tyre could easily be ripped down to shreds by the end of that time, if due care was not taken to it.

The following easy tips are not just a way to enhance your tyres' durability but also boost overall fuel economy, driving behavior and, perhaps significantly, your general safe driving.

Monthly check of tyre inflation

Too much-inflated tyres will unexpectedly bounce you around, poorly-inflated tyres cause you to lose handling characteristics and make your fuel expenses even more. What's even worse is that tyres that are significantly poorly-inflated can overheat and burst.

Look for the best pressure for your tyres, front and back. Don’t forget to check your tyres every month. You can even set a reminder if you have trouble remembering it.

 

Check your wheels for balance

When you get your tires rotated, you can also get your wheels balanced. And if you use a two-wheeler then need not do this, you can just do your tyre rotation. There's a heavy spot inside every tire and wheel. None of them is perfect, even though they are completely new. The gap is slight, estimated in 1 to 1⁄2 ounces. But vibration and uneven tire wear can be caused by that slight difference. Using a special device and small weights your technician can stabilize any wheel. As when the tire wears, the weight will need to be shifted or changed. It is a quick, easy cycle that costs far less than a new tire! Please ensure throughout rotation you have the balance of your tires tested and balanced.  

To preserve the life of your tyres, you need to minimize the repetitive and sudden braking. Sudden acceleration also leads to reducing tire’s wear similarly. Standard tyres, not ideal for power slides or burnouts. Even if you are enticed by the scent of burnt rubber, stop any of those gimmicks on your tyres. They put undue pressure on the tyres, reducing life faster than expected.

 

Always carry out pre-travel examinations

Before any ride, this should be something you do. The tires should always be provided with a pre-trip examination of key structures for road preparation. Test the tyre pressure, check at the condition of the tyres, and be prepared to tackle troubles before hitting the roadway to mitigate the damage.

Don't forget to carry a spare tyre!

 

Heavy loads

Motorcycles are light and heavy, and people either slim or obese. We may raise the tension of the tyres to accommodate more weight (within the prescribed edges) understanding this factor. If we add a traveler and a load to it, we should apply further pressure to the prescribed maximum limit to sustain this big load.

Anyway, aim to make the bike as light as possible. The heavier the load is, the more the damage is, so we can obey guidelines like emptying the saddle bars and the top case or removing them if we don't need it. We may also decrease the weight of the unwanted stuff taken from other boxes and the storage of the under the seat.

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