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Suggested maintenance and checks on second hand bike

Hi guys,

First of all big thank you for all your help. I've been here about a week and I've learnt so much already. I bought a second hand Ninja 300 to learn on around a month ago and I'm aiming to do as much maintenance as possible with my own hands.

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2013 Ninja 300 SE ABS
~13,500 km
Last serviced 27/4/2015 @ 12,000 km by dealership

Since it's been over a year since its last service, last week I changed the oil and oil filter on the bike. I was just wondering what other maintenance people would suggest. I'm thinking replace coolant, clean (maybe replace) air filter, replace brake fluid. Any other suggestions?

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If it were me I would only do the oil and filter, possibly also check the air filter. Other than that I would just follow the service manual for the suggested maintenance based on the kms after that.
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Hi guys,

First of all big thank you for all your help. I've been here about a week and I've learnt so much already. I bought a second hand Ninja 300 to learn on around a month ago and I'm aiming to do as much maintenance as possible with my own hands.

The bike:

2013 Ninja 300 SE ABS
~13,500 km
Last serviced 27/4/2015 @ 12,000 km by dealership

Since it's been over a year since its last service, last week I changed the oil and oil filter on the bike. I was just wondering what other maintenance people would suggest. I'm thinking replace coolant, clean (maybe replace) air filter, replace brake fluid. Any other suggestions?

Cheers!
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Being a kinda grammar Nazi and under the influence of tequila I feel it's my job to inform you that "lernt" is not a word. The word you're looking for is "learned".

Other than that the only thing I might suggest is bleed the brakes and replace the fluid. Something like Motul RBF 600 should be sufficient. I would also check the chain. When you clean it check each link and make sure they all flex. If you have any links that don't flex then you should replace the chain and sprockets.

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Welcome to the forum.

Being a kinda grammar Nazi and under the influence of tequila I feel it's my job to inform you that "lernt" is not a word. The word you're looking for is "learned".

Other than that the only thing I might suggest is bleed the brakes and replace the fluid. Something like Motul RBF 600 should be sufficient. I would also check the chain. When you clean it check each link and make sure they all flex. If you have any links that don't flex then you should replace the chain and sprockets.
"These are alternative forms of the past tense and past participle of the verb learn. Both are acceptable, but learned is often used in both British English and American English, while learnt is much more common in British English than in American English."
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Chain maintenance.

Changing all the other fluids may not be necessary, but it's a good way to get to know the bike. Keep a record of when you do maintenance on the bike; they require a good bit of it if you want to keep it in tip top shape.
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Chain maintenance.

Changing all the other fluids may not be necessary, but it's a good way to get to know the bike. Keep a record of when you do maintenance on the bike; they require a good bit of it if you want to keep it in tip top shape.
I forgot to mention that I'd relubricated the chain with some silicon chain lube.

This is probably a can of worms discussion, but the mechanic I was buying everything off told me not to degrease the chain due to the O-rings that are in there - just spray more on each time.
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I forgot to mention that I'd relubricated the chain with some silicon chain lube.

This is probably a can of worms discussion, but the mechanic I was buying everything off told me not to degrease the chain due to the O-rings that are in there - just spray more on each time.
I degrease the chain every other time I lube it. I lube every 500 miles and degrease (and lube) every 1,000 miles. The OEM chain lasted me 18,200 miles before I changed it. The only reason I degrease my chain is because I can't stand the look of a dirty chain. I use either diesel oil (home heating oil) or kerosene. I never purchased a specific "motorcycle chain degreaser" type product. Some riding buddies of mine never degrease their chain. They just apply more lube.

Coolant: I wouldn't worry about. I have 25,000 miles on the bike right now with OEM coolant. I'll probably change it out this winter. For brake fluid, it's a quick and easy job. So, I would do that. Also make sure your brake pads still have plenty of meat left as well. My front pads worn out around 13,000 miles. Here's a picture comparing the 13k mile pads to new pads:

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You just can't use harsh degreaser on the chain. What cadd recommended is good. When I give it a thorough cleaning I use wd40 or simple green to degrease it, wash it down, take it for a 10 minute ride, then lube it back up. Most times I just spray it with lube and wipe it. The lube polishes the chain enough for my liking. I probably only wash the chain about every couple thousand miles.
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Hope the previous owner did the valve adjustment and check the tire pressure weekly as well.

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Hope the previous owner did the valve adjustment and check the tire pressure weekly as well.
I got new tyres put on when I bought the bike (they were pretty bald) - I'm yet to invest in a pressure gauge but will sort one out soon.

The 12,000 km service was done by the dealership over a year ago and included a valve inspection.
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