Motorcycle Maintenance

Motorcycle Maintenance

Motorcycle maintenance is a vital part of being a biker. Whether you’re riding a moped, scooter, or a 1000cc super sport. One thing remains true, if you look after your bike then your bike will look after you! Our “BOLTS” maintenance courses are an excellent way to learn some of the basic fundamentals you will need.

Our course instructors have a wealth of experience as riders, bike instructors, and mechanics and a particular knack for getting the right knowledge across with patience and humour.

To give you the best real life experience, our courses are run with the basic tools that you could carry, and with no specialist equipment. These are all procedures you can carry out at home or, where safe, at the roadside.

(please note that this is a ‘motorcycle maintenance’ course not a ‘motorcycle mechanics‘ course. We suggest that you enrol in an Introductory Motorcycle Mechanics course at  your local college if you are looking to develop your technical or practical skills beyond that of basic roadside repair).

Bolts 1

BOLTS 1 is designed to give you enough basic mechanical knowledge to keep your bike performing safely and efficiently.

This half day (morning) course will boost your confidence in several ways:

  • As a rider – knowing that you can cope with minor adjustments when no help is around.
  • Using garages – a little knowledge goes a long way!
  • Using basic hand tools – these simple skills have become obsolete for many.

The half day session will conclude just before lunch at which point you are free to go. If you wish to carry on to BOLTS 2 then the session will continue through the afternoon.

Brakes

We will teach the basics of understanding the difference between drum & disc brakes and how the braking systems operate. You will learn how to inspect every aspect and be able to identify faults such as worn brake pads, damaged brake discs, incorrect brake fluid levels and much more.

Oil

Do you know or understand the difference between a 2 stroke and a 4 stroke engine?  By the end of this session you will have an understanding of the different types of oil needed for your engine, be it mineral oil, part synthetic or fully synthetic, and how to check the levels are correct.

Lights

A simple yet often overlooked job is checking that the lights and the electrics are working properly. We will guide you through checking the battery, the lights and reflectors to make sure they are clean and working, and how to replace a bulb if necessary.

Tyres

All too often we notice other people riding around on bikes with soft tyres! By the end of this lesson you will understand the importance of, and how to check and adjust your tyre pressures, as well as inspect them for defects such as splits, bulges or if they are worn out.

Transmission

What is the transmission we hear you ask? By the end of this lesson you will understand the difference between automatic and manual, how to inspect and adjust your clutch cable and more importantly, the drive chain.

Steering

Checking your steering is critically important, you will learn how to check the head race bearings for smooth operation and how to check for any play or signs of damage.

Suspension

The suspension is a critical part of your motorbike, neglect it at your own risk! We will teach you the fundamentals skills required to inspect both the front and rear suspension and learning how to identify faults.

Course fee: £50

If this sounds like the right thing for you, then give us a call or send an email to for available dates & more info.

To book call us on:

01273 452080

Bolts 2

BOLTS 2 is an in depth course designed to give you more skills, not just how to identify a problem, but how to fix it.

This course is combined with BOLTS 1, and will continue through the afternoon, boosting your confidence in several ways:

  • Save time & money
    Less time with your bike stuck in a garage & lower servicing costs.
  • Optimum performance
    Low DIY costs allow more frequent part replacement giving better performance.
  • Greater independence
    Be confident that you can fix common breakdowns away from home.

Brakes

In Bolts 1 we looked at how to identify the fault, now on Bolts 2 you will learn how to fix it. Replacing your own brake pads is a fairly simple task that can save you a lot of time and money. If you keep on top of the brake pads which are relatively cheap you could be saving yourself a lot of time, aggravation and money in the long run

Oil

In Bolts 1 we looked at how to check the oil levels and condition, now we will also show you how to do an oil and filter change. Good clean oil can make the world of difference to how your engine runs and performs.

Electrics

Does your bike struggle to start first thing? So many faults with bikes come down to faulty battery, a poor earthing connection or a loose wire. On Bolts 1 we looked at the simple task of checking the condition, so now on Bolts 2 we will look at replacing the faulty items.

Tyres

Sadly a tyre change isn’t something that can be done without specialist tools, however learning how to make a temporary puncture repair is.

Do you A) want to get back on the road in 15 minutes or B) wait for 2 hours for a recovery company to come and take you home?

Transmission

Sooner or later parts need to be replaced! A well lubricated and adjusted chain will last a lot longer than a poorly maintained one, but will eventually need to be changed. We will show how to lubricate and adjust your chain to prolong its life between changes.

Steering

Checking your steering is critically important, you will learn how to check the head race bearings for smooth operation and how to check for any play or signs of damage.

Suspension

In Bolts 1 you learnt the basics of how to inspect the suspension. In BOLTS 2 we will show you how to replace springs, oil and dust seals.

Course fee (BOLTS 1 & 2): £85

If this sounds like the right thing for you, then give us a call or send an email to for available dates & more info.

To book call us on:

01273 452080