Honda has produced motorcycles in many different styles. Whether you drive a Honda dirt bike, or the Honda touring Goldwing, tune-ups are an essential aspect of maintenance for your Honda motorcycle. Performing regular tune-ups on your Honda motorcycle can improve gas mileage and keep the engine performing at its best. Tune-ups can be completed at home easily by anyone with a general working knowledge of motorcycle repair for a fraction of the cost that would typically be charged in a motorcycle repair shop or at a Honda dealership. Honda motorcycles should have a tune-up performed every 3,000 miles.
Install New Spark Plugs
Replacing your spark plugs periodically allows you to maintain the most miles per gallon. Disconnect each of the spark plugs and spark plug wires attached to the sides of your engine one by one. Pull the spark plug wire ends out of the spark plug and the ignition coil, then pull out the spark plug. Discard the wire and plug, then screw the new plug down and attach the ends of the replacement wire into the plug and the ignition coil. Move onto the next wire and plug until you have replaced all of them.
Replace the Air Filter
Locate and remove the retainer screw on the right side of your motorcycle, at the centre of the air filter cover. Slide the cover off manually. Pull the original air filter out and press the new air filter down in its place. Return the cover and retainer screw to their original positions. You may need to change your air filter more often if you keep or drive your motorcycle in dusty locations like a desert.
Perform an Oil Change
Remove the seat from your Honda motorcycle to access the oil tank assembly. Twist the oil filler cap counterclockwise until it comes free from the oil tank. Position the oil drain pan directly underneath the oil drain plug and use a socket wrench to separate the plug from the tank. Drain all of the oil into the pan and twist the oil drain plug clockwise to secure it. Remove the cover for the oil filter housing, and detach the oil filter cap using a pair of needle-nose pliers. Pull the original filter out and set the replacement filter in its place. Return the cap to its original position, followed by the entire assembly and the lid. Replace your seat and pour new oil into your oil tank until it is full. Check the oil level on your dipstick. It should read full. The dipstick can be accessed on the crankcase behind the muffler pipe. If your tank is not full, pour in more oil until it is.
Adjust Tire Pressure
Use a tire pressure gauge to check the air pressure in your tires. Locate the valve stems on your tires and unscrew the valve stem covers manually. Hold the gauge over the valve stems to get the air pressure readings. Look on the sides of your tires for the recommended tire pressure levels, and inflate or deflate the tires as needed to match the recommendations.