The monsoons are upon us. And while its erratic behaviour annoys you, it’s important to always be prepared for random heavy (or light) showers. Because the truth is, through rain and sunshine, your bike is the lifeline you hold on to, irrespective of the weather. And with only a few weeks left for the rains to leave, it’s absolutely imperative to keep yourself and your bikes safe, because we never can really predict how heavy the showers are going to be, can we? Here are some ways you can ensure your bike is rain-proof, this monsoon.
Fight Against Rust
Since a bike’s engine is usually exposed, rusting becomes a major issue for bike owners during the monsoons. Now, most bikes (and two-wheelers) are inbuilt with anti-rust fibres. However, the main metal frame that holds the bike together isn’t rust-proof. Luckily, rusting can be taken care of with a good anti-rust protection coating, which several companies now offer.
Run For Cover
While not much can be done when you’re riding in the rain, you can protect your bike from the showers when you park. Parking in open spaces can lead to rainwater collecting inside your bike, thereby hampering its well-being. Avoid this, by looking for covered parking spots or spots that will shield your bike from the showers. Parking under tree’s however, is not safe, so avoid that as much as you can.
Speaking of covering your bike from rain water, you might want to consider covering it up during the rains. Keeping your bike covered during the rains helps prevent rusting (water and metal is not a good combination) and less worry for you.
Wash It Down
This might seem a little counterintuitive, but washing your bike after you’ve ridden in the rain actually helps big time. Washing (and if you have the time, waxing) your bike every time after you ride in the rain helps avoid dirt and muck accumulation, which can affect your bike’s performance and don’t forget to use a good chain lube every 600 kilometre.
This is almost a no-brainer, but worn out brake pads are never good. Especially during the rains. So, make sure you change the brake pads as soon as possible, to avoid skidding on wet roads. The brakes should be sharp but progressive.
On any day, you like knowing what’s in front of you on the road. And that’s especially true during the monsoons, when visibility is generally low. So, it’s imperative that you get your headlights checked regularly and change any bulbs that need changing to ensure 100% visibility even in difficult weather.
Oil That Engine
Monsoons are typically a difficult time for engines, because the constant gear shifts tend to put a lot of pressure on them. And so, it is important to invest in a good engine oil, such as the HP Racer Synth 5W30 Engine Oil. It’s superior quality and highly advanced additives offer superior film strength and higher protection to the engine and transmission.
Good tyres may be expensive, but they’re an investment worth making. Worn out tyres offer next to no grip on any kind of roads – be they wet roads or dry. Tyre treads are also an important aspect to consider while prepping for the monsoons. A good set of tyre treads give your bike the much-needed grip on slippery roads. And so, investing in good tyres is a win for the long haul.
Lube, Lube And More Lube
An exposed drive chain can play host to a number of problems during the monsoon like mud accumulation and rust. Using rust preventive oils such as HP Ruststop can help prevent rust formation and help with the smooth running of your bike.