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As your go-to outlet for pre-owned motorcycles, ATVs and other sports vehicles, we at Southpaw Motorsports have years of experience in the sale and maintenance of any motorbike you might be interested in. Our technicians are dedicated to giving you the highest quality services and a product that will run the right way for years.

As the new owner of a motorcycle, you have a big role to play in the life of your new toy as well. Here are a few of the basic motorcycle maintenance points to keep an eye on.

Oil Change

A motorcycle oil change should be performed roughly once every 3,000 to 5,000 miles. Some mechanics will recommend changing the oil and filter every six months regardless of miles, and others have even stricter guidelines.

The average cost of a motorcycle oil change is around $25, so it’s not a huge expense. At Southpaw Motorsports, we use only the highest quality oil and tools for your oil changes.


Especially in a place like Salt Lake City, with long periods of cold weather, motorcycle tired need to be regularly checked. This kind of weather can create rotting and cracking on tire treads, which can in turn lead to a tire blowout – one of the most dangerous outcomes possible on a motorcycle. It’s not generally necessary to rotate tires on a motorbike, given that the front and back tires are different sizes.

Pre-Ride Checks

Before each ride, it’s a good idea to check a few common elements: Lights, indicators and brakes are the simplest, and some of the most necessary. Many experts also recommend checking chain tension and lubrication once a month, and control cables every few months – if you don’t know how to do these things, we can help at Southpaw. Items like brake fluid and pads are also important, as are air filters and spark plugs, which require changing about every nine months. Transmission fluid should be switched out about once a year.

Read the Manual

If there’s anything you aren’t sure about, there’s no quicker resource than a basic manual. This may not solve every problem for you, but it can at least lead you in the right direction. In many cases, even if you have to bring the bike to us for service, this can help make your maintenance much less costly and time-consuming.

To learn more, or to schedule a motorcycle tune-up at your nearest convenience, speak to one of our expert technicians today.