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.
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.
Do you know or understand the difference between a 2 stroke and a 4 stroke engine? No, Well by the end of this session you will, along with understanding 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.
A simple yet often overlooked job is checking 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.
All to 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 simply worn out.
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 making sure it is clean, well lubricated and properly adjusted.
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.
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 but the front and rear suspension and learning how to identify faults.