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Basic safety rules when repairing a motorcycle

With the repair of equipment, as in a hospital with a doctor, the first and basic law should be “do no harm”. Entering the garage for any motorcycle repair, consider that you have taken the impromptu Hippocratic Oath. It is important not only to harm the motorcycle, but also to yourself.

If many have already learned by bitter experience not to grab hot motorcycle parts like the exhaust pipe, elbow or engine parts, then there are still different rules that we sometimes forget about. It’s time to repeat them.


As much as you trust the footrest of the motorcycle, it’s better to back it up than catch it if your work throws it off balance. When there are no slides, you can always add stability with a jack. Look for an opportunity to secure the motorcycle as securely as possible.

Remove all unnecessary

I do not argue that order in the garage is a relative concept. But if you undertake repairs, there should be nothing superfluous within the radius of your workplace so as not to stumble over debris and not ask yourself: where did this bolt come from? Despite the fact that this bolt lay under the motorcycle even before you started repairs and in general it fell into there by accident.

If we talk about you, then there should be no rings, no bracelets, no watches or chains on your hands. Anything that you can catch in the process of work must be removed. If you have never clung to a chain with a bracelet or a ring on a gear, then you are in luck, but I admit, the pleasure is not so-so.

And the last little thing is to braid your hair. I know quite a few chopperists who repair their motorcycle every winter on their own, and at the same time many have long hair. Yes, and I always cling here and there with a scythe, or at home I notice that working off has settled not only on clothes, but also in a completely unknown way remained on my hair.

Any detail of your wardrobe or your style, which can even theoretically remain in the motorcycle, catch on or be drawn into the engine’s operation, should be removed further. Jokes are jokes, but anything can happen in the repair.

The trouble with metal jewelry also occurs when working with electricity. Remember that metals are conductors. You don’t want to accidentally close your circuit with a thick handmade chain, do you?

Oils and technical fluids

Surely everyone who changed the oil for the first time on their own faced the problem that it is then found EVERYWHERE. Even if you thought about where you will pour it. All the same, there are oil stains on the floor, on clothes, on a motorcycle. You walk in circles, wipe it endlessly, but it still appears from somewhere. It is necessary to clean up spilled oil, otherwise you will smear the rubber later, and this is fraught with a fall.

Be careful with brake fluid or antifreeze. If you spill them on freshly painted parts or plastic … your bike won’t appreciate it. Of course, quickly wiped off is not considered spilled, but still. Let’s go without these experiments.

Worn out tool

The vast majority of injuries and breakdowns result from working with a worn wrench. Don’t believe me? Have you ever tried to unscrew a nut with a wrench, which has already worn out the working surface? Ah, this feeling of the wildest irritation when the head turns on the nut … A separate bonus will be the situation when you are making the most of your efforts, and the key has insolently slipped off. Hence another rule follows, when working with sour nuts or bolts, try to find an opportunity to pull, and not push “from” or put something under a surface that is easy to scratch with a tool. If the wrench slips off, you will collapse onto the motorcycle if you push yourself. If you fall unsuccessfully, you run the risk of overturning both yourself and the technique, and then lamenting over new scratches.

When you find the opportunity to pull on yourself, when the tool breaks down, you fall in the opposite direction to the motorcycle, less injuries yourself and do not cripple the motorcycle.


We have already mentioned that you do not forget to take off your metal jewelry. But there are two more important points.

Firstly, you should not get into an electrician after working with gasoline and oils. There was a situation in my memory when two motorcycles were being repaired in parallel. One stood with a disassembled dashboard, and the second, opposite him, with a removed tank and disassembled injectors. When the second one was assembled and it was decided to check its performance, it turned out that the fuel hoses were not installed tightly and gasoline poured onto the motorcycle. We rushed to eliminate the consequences. And then one of the craftsmen accidentally touched the first motorcycle. His hands were covered in gasoline, and the wiring from the dashboard suddenly short-circuited. Everyone saw the spark, we even froze in anticipation of the flame! It was lucky that it went out pretty quickly and did not ignite anything around.

Secondly, when you work with the wiring on a running motorcycle, be extremely careful. Serious electric shock can be sustained by touching the armor wire or ignition systems, especially when the insulation is poor. The fact is that the secondary voltage is higher in the ignition units. The generator is the same – be careful.

There are a lot of safety rules during repairs. The question is what kind of work you are doing. Whatever one may say, common sense, everyday logic will always be a good help to you. Don’t waste time getting ready for work. Sometimes negligence has to do a lot of unnecessary work. And getting injured out of stupidity is completely offensive.

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