There is something of a new trend rising among motorcyclists, and that is the DIY bike repair shop. While this is becoming popular for basic upkeep, you might want to think twice about taking this route if you need to have more extensive repairs done.
Here are some reasons why DIY may not be the best option:
1) Choosing a specialist takes the pressure off. While it might seem ‘cool’ to work on your bike by yourself or with your mates, doing so can add more problems than it solves. This is especially true if you’ve never done it before, and are unfamiliar with how things work. There is nothing more embarrassing or costly than trying to fix something yourself and have something else go wrong along the way because you don’t know what you’re doing, and then have to take the bike in to fix your mistakes.
2) With pro teams, you know your bike will be in tip-top shape. If you’re new to the UK and have recently purchased a bike and applied for a motorcycle licence, you’re likely aware of the maintenance requirements that cyclists have to keep up with. Why not choose a professional service for fulfiling these requirements, so you know your bike will be legal to ride?
3) In the event of an accident, pro service can be a boon to your sanity. If you’re in a collision, and would prefer to try and have your bike repaired, this is a good opportunity to let a professional service team handle things. That way you have your mind free to work through the other aspects of your accident claim.
4) Pro teams usually give excellent advice. Say you’re a first-time motorcycle rider, and you’re feeling a bit clueless as to how to keep your bike maintained with specific parts, tyres, etc. Would you rather muddle through and try and figure things out yourself, or would you rather have the assistance of a professional team to recommend specific items and services?
Plus, having people who can reliably answer any questions you have later on can leave you with a feeling of security, knowing your bike is in good hands should you require that team to make extensive repairs.
5) Pro teams can help you if you’re a racer. When you’re keen on racing, there’s no better feeling than having a professional service as part of your ‘team.’ They can help with things like repairs or customisation and boosting your bike’s winning potential, so, no matter if you win, lose or just need repairs, you can enter every race track knowing you and your bike have a good ‘support’ team.
DIY can also seem cost-effective in the short-term, but having motorcycle repair people around who know what they’re doing can mean the difference between having to pay a bunch of money multiple times to fix mistakes you’ve made, and paying a little bit once in a while to make sure your motorcycle is in great riding condition.