Guide to storing your motorbike

As much as we would love to ride our motorcycles all the time it is sometimes not possible. Whether life gets busy, you go on a holiday, Covid 19 stops the world or you just don’t ride that often, your bike can cost you more money left sitting around then when ridden excessively!

We have created a guide to help you safely store your pride and joy. You should start thinking about carrying out the following items after 3 weeks of hibernation. If your battery is strong, a pure batch of fuel and a recently serviced bike then you are in a better position to start off with.

Depending on how serious you are to not use your bike, or to sometimes start it up and rev bomb your neighbors, choose the following topics accordingly…

This applies to road, dirt and ATV motorcycles.

FUEL

When storing your motorbike you can do one of these two things…

  1. Drain your tank and run the fuel system dry of fuel or
  2. Use a stabilizer from your local auto store to prevent damage

If you are running your bike every now and then, drain it and purchase some fresh fuel to maintain its properties. Unleaded fuel does not last forever and in some cases is stale (bad) straight from the bowser. Premium fuels are more harsh on your tank and fuel systems due to the cleaning additives in them. Using 91 Octane fuel if you can while storing your motorbike is advised. We understand some high performance models recommend 98ULP but storing with 91ULP and light riding is fine.

BATTERY

If you have a kickstarter you can skip this part.

Your battery also does not last forever. Even if it is disconnected! It is like that old mobile phone in your draw that was turned off years back. It still needs a charge and is never the same after.

Use or purchase a battery tender/trickle charger. If you have a Lithium ion battery then we recommend you use an approved charger. A nice charge every few weeks will do. We do not recommend connecting and forgetting for safety reasons.

STANDS

We recommend bike owners invest in stands for their motorcycle. Stands help to elevate your wheels and keep your bike upright. They also keep fluids from being pushed to the left side of the bike when on the side stand.

Keeping your bike in doors and covered is not only safe but also prevents weather damage and deterioration.

TYRES

Tyres can go hard and crack over time. Some brands more then others, along with weather conditions can play a big part in how long they last.

Keep your tyre pressures pumped up 15% more than your recommended pressure to ensure they keep their shape over time.

LUBRICATION

With this topic you can carry out as little as oiling your chain and pivot points or as much as greasing your head-stem and suspension bearings, cables, axles, brake pins and electrical connectors.

It really depends on your experience, tooling and time available.

FLUIDS

Oil and brake fluid should be fresh and free of condensation. Coolant should be clean and free of rust. If you are using water only (road race) then add an additive like MoCool or use coolant in the interim.

It is important to ensure you service your bike so that your components are protected, everything is set back to default and ready for the next ride!

If you have any questions, need any products mentioned or for us to carry out your hibernation checklist then please contact our team on 93367278 or email info@platinummotorcycles.com.au

Triumph Servicing & Tuning Melbourne

At Platinum Motorcycles Melbourne we cover a wide range of Triumph log book servicing (to keep your factory warranty), computer diagnostics, dyno tuning, suspension set ups and engine building.

We offer custom ECU flashing for all models up to current including the street triple 660 fly by wire.

Platinum stocks a wide range of Genuine and aftermarket parts to keep you on the road.

Models we cover are the Daytona, Street triple, Speed triple, Thruxton, Bonneville and Tiger series.

Our mechanics are trained and passionate about their work and all work is guaranteed.

At Platinum we have race track, off road and road experience, so we can confidently relate to your bike and its needs.

Call or email us today for advice or a quote.

DUCATI Service and Tuning Melbourne

At Platinum Motorcycles Melbourne we cover a wide range of Ducati log book servicing (to keep your factory warranty), computer diagnostics, dyno tuning and suspension set ups.

We keep genuine Ducati parts and Ducati endorsed products in stock.

We carry out all Desmo major services and replace timing belts.

Models we cover are V4 Panigale 1199/1299, 1098/1198, Monster, Diavel, Multistrada, Scrambler and Street fighter.

Our mechanics are trained and passionate about their work and all work is guaranteed.

At Platinum we have race track and road experience, so we can confidently relate to your bike and needs.

Call or email us today for advice or a quote.

Late Model Yamaha Tuning

Here at Platinum Motorcycles, we tune the following late model Yamaha motorcycles

Sport: R1, R6 and R3

Naked: MT10, MT09, MT07 and MT03

Retro: XSR900 and XSR700

Dirt: YZ450F, WR450F, YZ250F and WR250F

Whether you’re riding street, dirt, track or racing we do it all. Using our Dynojet 250i dyno and a selected tuning system for your bike we get the best results possible, all right here in Melbourne.

Tuning options include your traditional piggy back systems like the Power Commander V and Bazzaz systems for fueling changes. We also use newer methods like ECU flash tuning with Woolich Racing Products; which allows us to fine tune all aspects of your bike, including that annoying snatchy throttle that newer R1s suffer from.

We have recently had great success in our partnership with Aiden Wagner. Having tuned and prepared his 2019 R1 for his recent win at the ASBK/WSBK round at Phillip Island in February. We look forward to continuing to work with him in the future.

For a quote please call (03) 9336 7278 or email us on info@platinummotorcycles.com.au

Is more better? Motorcycle dyno tuning and upgrades

 

Is more better? We now live in a fast society, where more is better. But when it comes to your motorcycle that is definitely not the case. A question we are asked every day is “I fitted an exhaust system now is my bike running lean?” And my answer to that is noone knows untill it is tested on a dyno. Every bike is diffrent and every product has diffrent demands. Motorcycles may not need more fuel or more power.It may need less in some areas and more in others to create a smooth tractable power curve with more torque. That may not result in more peak power yet feel so much better to ride. And in some cases more power on a chart result in a dull performing motorcycle down low where the power is actually being used.

 

Modern and pre modern EFI motorcycles do not run on the edge of lean, most of the time they are rich at higher RPM and by installing an exhaust system they run much cleaner. In other cases a full exhuast system will loose peak power even after tuned. We have tested many Honda CBR650F’s and noticed no power gain from OEM to aftermarket exhausts. But then a Kawasaki ZX10R will gain 10BHP from a performance half system. Every bike is different and needs to be tested and evaluated. That is what we do on our Dynojet dyno. We run a “health check” to see if your motorcycle needs a tune before you spend the money on “more” upgrades to your engine that may result in a less of a performing bike. That is when you spend time and money on tyres and suspension so that you are the most confident rider you can be!

When selecting an exhuast system for a road bike we recommend a slip on or half system. As you may create some midrange lag from a full exhaust system. On a track or racebike a full exhaust system is the go. As you will be using mostly the top end of your power range.

Performance airfilters are a product that is hard to select. As for brand we tend to stick with DNA or BMC (stock foam on dirt bikes). And some models do not benefit from a aftermarket filter element and some do. Some create more power with the stock paper filter and some dont. Modern sports bikes have a airbox design that needs to create turbulence and some airfilters on the market just dont cut it. So please consult our technician’s for advise or back to back tests to compare before installation.

When selecting a tuning module or ECU flashing package, we recommend you call us first. As every bike is diffrent and we can recommend according to your needs and upgrades. Some bikes will benefit from a fuel module only such as Powercommander or Bazzaz and other bikes benefit from tuning direct to the ECU like with Woolich Racing or TuneEcu.

 

We offer many stages of performance packeges for the following –

•Ducati ECU dyno tuning and Powercommander install

•Harley Davidson and Victory motorcycle tuning using Screaming Eagle, Power Vision and Maximus custom dyno tuning

•All Japanese road and dirt bike dyno tuning. Using products such as Powercommander, Bazzaz, Woolich Racing software and more

•Triumph motorcycle tuning using Rexxer, Powercommander and TuneEcu

•KTM,Aprilia and BMW custom dyno tuning with packages using Rexxer, Rapidbike, Powercommander and much more

•We also tune carburettors too.

For any other questions please contact us on 93367278 or visit our center at 1/33 Slater Parade, Keilor East Melbourne.

 

 

 

Off road technical seminar course at Platinum Motorcycles

Stay tuned on our Facebook and Instagram pages to hear about this years seminars, workshops and info sessions.

Here’s some snaps of from our 2017 MX/Enduro Technical Seminar where we had demonstrations and discussions on the do’s and dont’s of maintenance…

Honda CBR650F Yamaha MTO7 lams dyno tune derestriction

Honda CBR650F Yamaha MTO7 lams dyno tune derestriction

Here at Platinum Motorcycles we are now offering tuning for selected lams motorcycles that have been restricted from factory. We do so on our Dynojet dyno 250i.

These tunes are recommended for competition use only and are not designed for highway use.

All work is carried out by a trained technician.

ECU flash tunes and derestriction is available for the following models –

Honda CBR650F CB650F
Kawasaki Ninja 300
Kawasaki ER-6
Kawasaki Ninja 650
Yamaha MT07
Yamaha Xsr700
Suzuki Sv650
Suzuki Drz400sm (carb model)
Suzuki Gladius
Ducati 659 Monster
Triumph Street Triple 660

Aftermarket exhaust systems and a service is recommended on these models before tuning. We also carry out these tasks.

For a quote please call (03)93367278 or email info@platinummotorcycles.com.au

Motorcycle & scooter servicing Melbourne

Motorcycle & scooter servicing Melbourne

Looking to service your motorbike? Platinum Motorcycles caters to all your servicing needs! Located in Keilor East in Melbourne’s west, we are a fully equipped motorcycle workshop. Our trained mechanics have over 20 years experience in servicing and repairing on and off road motorcycles.

Making sure your warranty isn’t void and the service centre has the right computer diagnostics isn’t as easy as googling ‘best motorcycle mechanic Melbourne.’ However if you do we are sure to come up!

We can stamp your log book, view your ecm for fault codes and service data, bleed your ABS system and can also safely modify your bike…. all whilst using quality factory approved parts and keeping your warranty.

Brands we service –

•Honda motorcycles
•BMW motorcycles
•Kawasaki motorcycles
•Yamaha motorcycles
•Suzuki motorcycles
•Harley Davidson motorcycles
•Ducati motorcycles
•KTM motorcycles
•Aprilia motorcycles
•Hyosung motorcycles
•MV Agusta motorcycles
•TGB scooters
•SYM scooters

To book in your next service please call (03)93367278 or email info@platinummotorcycles.com.au

Platinum Motorcycles tyre centre – Keilor East

Platinum Motorcycles tyre centre – Keilor East

Choosing tyres for your motorbike can be daunting, let alone fitting them – you need a reliable source.

At Platinum Motorcycles we conduct a professional fitting and balancing service for your tyres.

We carry a wide range of road, race, dirt, ATV and scooter tyres.

Brands we stock include…
– Dunlop
– Pirelli
– Michelin
– Bridgestone
– Dragon

Don’t stock your brand of choice? Let us know, we can order it and have your tyres fitted in no time!

Platinum motorcycles also carry a wide range of tubes and tyre accessories.

Call Platinum Motorcycles on 9336 7278 or shoot us a email at info@platinummotorcycles.com.au.

Platinum Motorcycles, with over 15 years experience, is  your one stop workshop for all your on and off road motorcycle needs. Our services include RWC certificates, log book servicing, accident insurance quotes and repairs and breakdown service and towing. We also have a performance centre so your motorbike can perform at it’s best.

How to look after your road bike – Motorbike maintenance checklist

How to look after your road bike – Motorbike maintenance checklist

Maintaining your road bike can be quite overwhelming if you don’t have an understanding of the basics.

Reading your owners manual, getting to know your local motorcycle service centre, and having some basic tools and service care products is key to keeping on top of your bike’s maintenance.

In order to feel safe and confident on the road there are a few simple checks you can undertake.

Key points for pre-ride/ every 500km checks…

  • check all lights/ signals are operating
  • tyres – check pressure and inspect for wear
  • check engine oil level
  • coolant level – check this from your reserve bottle and fill to the max line
  • chain – clean, adjust and lubricate (in some cases your bike may have a belt or shaft)
  • brakes – check fluid level and brake pad wear
  • clutch free play/ slack (2-4mm)
  • throttle free play/ slack – make sure it returns and does not stick
  • check for loose bolts and parts that are not secured
  • check the position of controls and mirrors
  • ensure you have a fresh tank of fuel

Every motorbike is different, so along with these basic checks, it is important to follow  your maintenance schedule. If a bike is being used in harsh conditions/ competition use, then servicing and maintaining should be carried out more frequently.

Platinum Motorcycles director and head mechanic Louis recommends that if you don’t have the confidence, skills, or the right tools to carry out these checks, then please leave it to the experts.

Call Platinum Motorcycles for any further advice on 9336 7278 or shoot us a email at info@platinummotorcycles.com.au.

Platinum Motorcycles, with over 15 years experience, is  your one stop workshop for all your on and off road motorcycle needs. Our services include RWC certificates, log book servicing, accident insurance quotes and repairs and breakdown service and towing. We also have a performance centre so your motorbike can perform at it’s best.