Faulty motorbike parts are a common occurrence in the motorbike industry. It is in the nature of the internal combustion engine that parts over time will wear and eventually break which may impede the motorbike’s ability to perform to its best level or even leave a motorbike in a condition in which it isn’t safe to ride. Motorcycles need regular maintenance and servicing to perform at top condition in a reliable fashion so you should always be diligently on the lookout for faulty motorbike parts.
Certain parts on a bike need to be in complete working order for a bike to be deemed road legal in the UK. A major fault which can sometimes occur is bulbs failing. When a bulb fails it ceases to emit any light leaving your motorbike lights unable to perform their roles. To ride on UK roads it is law that you have a full set of working lights. Bulbs are a pretty quick fix which can usually be sorted by any amateur home mechanic in a short space of time for as little as £5 for parts.
Along with bulbs failing, there are many other potentially faulty motorbike parts which could fail if not maintained or replaced at the recommended intervals. One majorly important part which can often be faulty is tyres. Once worn past the legal limit there is a chance that tyres may rip or tear causing a significant motorcycle accident. Tyres should always be inspected as any tears in the sidewall or showing canvas indicate that a tyre needs replacing in order for the bike to be road legal. Tyres must have at least 1mm of tread to be considered road legal and failing to comply to these rules may lead to large fines and even penalty points of your licence.
Sometimes when you purchase new parts for your motorcycle they may often break with very little use. These faulty motorbike parts can cause a danger to you and other road users. For example, imagine fitting a new chain to your motorbike only to find that it has snapped only two or three miles down the road. This part was obviously not up to the standard you would expect from a new motorcycle part. Faulty motorbike parts are covered by the sale of goods act in the UK. If the part does not meet up to the expectation claimed by the sellers it is within the law to demand a replacement part or a refund for the faulty one. Sometimes companies will perform a return to manufacturer if the part is more specialised. Here it can assessed and either fixed or replaced with another part.
Faulty motorbike parts can often have catastrophic effects on other parts of your motorcycle in certain circumstances. It has been known for a chain to snap and then hit the crank casing of the engine hard enough to take out a chunk of metal or even cause a crack in the casing. A crack in the crank casing is a major fault which will make your bike unable to be ridden. If a bike is still under warranty with a manufacturer, then it is likely that this sort of fault will be fixed free of charge due to the conditions of a warranty but if your bike is older it may lead to significant cost on your behalf. It is always best to see what can be done by the company especially if you were supplied with a faulty motorbike parts as it is down to the seller and manufacturer to solve any issues.
It is always a risk that you may have faulty motorbike parts installed on your bike but the best thing to do is always check your bike before riding. Look at parts which are high wear and likely to break and check to see if there are any unusual stresses. This way any faulty parts can be addressed before they cause any sort of catastrophic failure which could risk both your health and the mechanical well being of your motorcycle.