Make Your Two-Wheeler Monsoon Ready
The monsoons are here and there are two types of people, one who likes rain and others who don’t. But if you do not have a car and commute on your bike then it must be very difficult for you during monsoons. You cannot save yourself from getting soaked due to rain but also your two-wheeler is much more prone to break down on the water-clogged road. We are aware of the conditions of Indian roads, you cannot help but suffer the consequences while going out on your two-wheeler in the rain if an important work comes up.Read more
For instance, if you have a two-wheeler and someone gets sick and requires the immediate attention of a doctor and there are cabs or autos available nearby then you have to take your two-wheeler out and get the patient as well as yourself covered in a raincoat but you cannot cover your bike and the chances are really high that you might get stuck in the water clogged road if the water goes inside the silencer or your engine getting jammed, etc.
So, let us tell you some ways that can help you keep your bike monsoon ready and you can prevent these things from happening.
Keep Chains Lubricated
Keeping the condition of Indian roads in mind, there are more potholes and puddles than a smooth road. Chains are very much important to keep the tyres running and not get jammed on the road. Since the chain of the two-wheeler gets rusted as the water reaches them easily, it is important to lubricate them with grease and engine oil. It is said that the chain of two-wheelers requires lubrication after every 500 kms and also time to time servicing of the two-wheeler keeps it in good condition.
To explain the importance of a lubricated chain let me take you through a scenario. Your bike is around 5-6 years old now and it’s monsoon season. You suddenly get a call that your friend has got stuck near your place on the water-clogged road, he requests you to come and pick him up. Since he is a close friend of yours, you could not deny and you took your bike out and went to him now the road he was stuck on was waterlogged properly, and on the way, you and your bike’s chain get soaked by water. Since you haven’t lubricated it for a while it got rusted and jammed then and there only. Now you and your friend both got stuck on the same road. The moral of the story, it is good that you went out to help your friend but before that help yourself and your bike as well.
Check Tyres Grip
Since tyres revolve on the road and take you from one place to another and have been one of the biggest inventions of all time in the history of humans. It started with concrete tyres and as the technology got advanced and humans invented tyres, it made transportation easy and smooth. But when the tyre revolves on the road, the friction makes the tyres grip disappears and the tyre starts skidding on the road whenever the brakes are applied.
In the rainy season, the two-wheeler’s tyres get more prone to skidding and lead to accidents. This is why it is recommended to keep checking the grip of your tyres and make sure that they are in good condition. If they are old, it would be a good idea to replace them.
Check Engine’s Condition & Brake Pads
Since the engine of the bike is not covered and keeping it in a good condition as well as cleaned is really important. In the rainy season the roads get muddy and splash of the wet mud sticks below the engine and that’s the most important part of the engine that you need to keep clean as it is prone to get rusty if you do not clean the wet mud. It is not necessary that you clean the engine as soon as you come back because the engine is very hot after a ride and you need to keep that in mind.
Apart from this, you need to keep a check on your brake pads as the constant use of brakes reduces the efficiency and the water makes the brake slip. Make sure that the grip of your brake pad is intact and has not been rubbed off due to constant friction on the rim of the tyre.
Purchase Comprehensive Insurance
Although it is mandatory to have third-party liability insurance for a vehicle owner in India that provides cover for the third-party liability in case of an accident. But it is advised to the two-wheeler owners to purchase a comprehensive two-wheeler insurance policy because it provides cover to the third-party as well as the policyholder.
It covers the damage caused to the bike as well as any medical emergency that emerged from the accident. If you are only covered with third-party bike insurance then it will provide cover to the third party only and you will have to pay for the damage out of your pocket.
It is easy to purchase a two-wheeler but keeping it in a good condition is difficult. It is your bike that makes it your responsibility to keep it in good condition and if you can maintain that then it will be there with you for a long time. Since purchasing a two-wheeler insurance policy is necessary, it is advised that you purchase the insurance policy online as it is cost-effective than offline, saves you the agent’s fee and provides you the feature of calculating the premium rate of the policy using an online premium calculator.