If you’ve recently become the proud owner of a new quad bike, you must be fit to bust with excitement and ready and raring for adventure and the great outdoors. Because of their manifold uses, quad bikes are built to be robust – and to last. They are suited to all sorts of terrain, be it moorland, beach, farmland or simply the open road. And they are certainly put through their paces during their life span. Although regular maintenance checks should help avoid major repairs and annual servicing by a reputable garage should keep your quad bike healthy and on the road for many years to come, parts will inevitably break or need replacing over time.
As a novice, there are checks you can perform yourself – and indeed you should. Knowing and recognising vital components and parts will stand both you and your quad in good stead and help preserve the condition and functionality of your bike.
Below we’ve listed some key components and accessories which will help keep you and your quad safe both on and off the road.
Quadbike Parts and Accessories
Alarm Immobilisers and Locks
Quad bike owners face the risk of theft every time they leave their bike unattended. And with the nights as long as they are at this time of the year, would-be thieves have far greater opportunities to take advantage of the cover of darkness to commit a crime. Ensure you invest in the heaviest chain you can afford to secure your bike when you leave it. And where possible, lock your quad to something solid. Fitting an alarm and immobiliser if you don’t already have one factory fitted will also make your quad a far less attractive option to any would-be crook: no thief wants unwanted attention from an alarm sounding during an attempted theft, and a quad that won’t start.
Battery and Battery Charger
Generally, your quad bike will be used most during the warmer months of the year - unless of course you’re a farmer or gamekeeper in which case your bike will be your trusted workhorse throughout all seasons. If you put your bike into storage over the winter, you’ll need to keep an eye on it otherwise you can expect a flat battery on your first day out after the long winter months! Before putting your quad away for the winter, it is always advisable to fully charge the battery with an external charger. Aim to keep the voltage at a level above 12.5V throughout the winter months by connecting to a compatible charger every two months. This will prevent the battery from discharging completely during a protracted period of non-use, extend the life of the battery and will mean you’re good to go at the start of the new season.
It’s a bit of a no-brainer really, but your brakes are easily one of the most vital components of your quad bike. Without them, you can’t stop, and mud and debris can soon accumulate round each brake pad particularly when you are riding off road, affecting their reliability and functioning. Be sure to check them regularly – after every trip if the weather is particularly bad. Take care of your brakes and they will take care of you.
Oil and Oil Filters
Old oil collects dirt and debris which can lead to premature corrosion of your quad bike’s internal workings. To keep your bike in tip top form, you should aim to change the oil and oil filter regularly. A rule of thumb is to drain and replace after every 15 hours or so of driving although some quads need oil changes more frequently. Fortunately, draining the oil and replacing the filter is not a difficult task and your owner’s manual should give advice on how best to do so. If not, run your engine for a few minutes before starting on the procedure and unscrewing the drain bolt: this will warm your bike and get the oil flowing better, allowing contaminants to leave the engine more easily. Check carefully the specifications for both oil and oil filters and invest in premium products: your bike will thank you for it through its heightened performance and you won’t regret the few extra pounds spent.
Whether you are driving on main roads or out in the country, your quad is going to get dirty. The body parts of your bike are made from moulded plastic and are bolted onto the main body of your vehicle. Mudguards are there to protect you, the driver, from the mud thrown up by the rear wheels. Similarly, panels are in place to protect the engine and transmission from dirt ingress. All of these plastic parts can be easily removed for cleaning purposes and to allow access to other vital components when performing routine maintenance checks.
Suspension and Nuts and Bolts
Most quad bikes have independent suspension for each wheel to allow for optimum performance as your bike bounces around on rough terrain. Nuts and bolts need to be checked regularly and tightened up when you notice they are starting to vibrate or come loose. It’s an easy enough job and can make all the difference between easy riding and a dangerous day out. Check your suspension units too when examining all nuts and bolts: suspension units are easily adjustable which means there is no excuse for not having the right settings for the terrain you are negotiating.
The last thing you want when you’re riding in the middle of nowhere is a blow-out! As with a car or bike, ensure before any trip that your tyres are in good condition and that the tyre pressure is correct. This will not only contribute to your personal safety when out on your quad but will enhance the comfort of your ride too.
Learn More with Venhill
We hope the above has given you some useful insight into some of the parts and accessories that are vital in maintaining the health of your quad. At Venhill, we are specialists in the manufacturing of cables, hoses and brake lines so make sure you browse our online shop. To discuss your requirements, please contact us today to get support from our experts.