Tips how to repair  motorbikes for backpackers

Got my motorbike break down during my Myanmar package toursVietnam vacation packagesCambodia Vietnam Laos Myanmar tour. So that’s why this post was written. This article will be very helpful in case your motorbike breaks down

Tips how to repair  motorbikes for backpackers

Tips how to repair  motorbikes for backpackers

  • Remove and install front wheel
  1. Tools: axle tool, flat screwdriver, metric wrenches.
  2. Steps:
  • Remove brake calipers, set bolts aside and pull the calipers straight off towards the radiator
  • Look at the bottom of the forks and you will see there are 2 bolts at the bottom of each fork perpendicular to the axis of the axle. Those are pinch bolts to keep the axle locked and you should get it loose.
  • Loosen the remaining 2 allen bolts pinching the axle in the bottom of the fork. Once the axle is out, pull the tire forward and down and note spacers that come out with it.
  • Once you get the axle the whole way in, get your nut and install it in the fork. Lift up a little on the wheel and push on the nut axially to push it towards the threads. Start spinning as to engage the threads
  • Remove and install rear wheel
  1. Tools: : axle tool, flat screwdriver, metric wrenches
  2. Steps:
  • Remove the bolts that hold the bike’s huggers in place. Also, remove any other plastics or body parts that will get in the way of removing the wheel
  • Remove disc or drum brakes. You have to unscrew the caliper from the mount and carefully detach it from the disc.
  • Remove the Axle nut, axle and then the wheel. The sprocket stays on the swing arm.
  • Patch a puncture in a flat tire

If the tire is blown out or has a large hole, it will have to be replaced. If you drove it through a patch of thorns, it may have dozens of holes, but if it is a single small puncture, often it can be fixed on the bike.

  1. Tools: a rasp, a needle tool, sticky strings, glue
  2. Steps:
  • Let the remaining air out of the tube
  • Pump enough air into the tube to inflate it sufficiently to find the leak.
  • Look around the tube for a small hole. Feel and listen for air escaping. An easy way is to hold part of the tube under water to see bubbles escaping from the hole.
  • Mark the location of the hole when you find it. Remove the air from the tube once more
  • Spread a thin layer of the glue around the puncture site. Allow it to dry until the liquid gloss disappears. Let as much air as possible out of the tube
  • Slide the tube back into the tire. Be sure that the valve stem is aligned with the hole in the rim it sticks out of

Note: before sliding the tube back into the tire, make sure that there is nothing in the tire. If you find anything in the tire, remove it  immediately.

  • Replace spark plugs

A spark plug is a critical engine component that provides the spark that ignites the air-fuel mixture that drives an engine.

  1. Tools: a screwdriver, a socket drive wrench, spark plug socket
  2. Steps:
  • Remove wires: first, you need to wait for the engine to cool down. Use your fingertips to hold the wire of the boot and gently twist the boot until the wire comes free.
  • Cleaning spark plugs: use a little cleaning agent and a wet cloth to rub the spark plugs and clean them before removing them. This will also make replacement a cleaner experience.
  • Remove spark plugs: use a ratchet and a spark socket to turn the spark plugs in an anti-clockwise direction. Turn the spark plugs until they are loose.
  • Cylinder heads: it is always a good idea to check the cylinder heads before you install new park plugs. If the heads are dirty, you should clean them. Spray a little penetrating oil over the head to stop any chance of friction developing when you screw on the new spark plugs.
  • Install new spark plugs: fit a new spark plug into position. Screw it into place with your fingers each time. Use your spark plug wrench or socket to give the spark a final strong turn.
  • Reattach wires: gently reattach wire into the specific spark plug with your fingertips. Remember to put the wires back in the right sequence on engines with multiple cylinders

Next time should your motorbike have any problem, be confident that you can handle it yourself. Good luck!