Five minute fix – Greasing points

Bertie Simmonds
April 26, 2017

If your bike has grease nipples use them; if it doesn’t, investigate if they can be retro-fitted. Pivot points on suspension systems need a regular supply of fresh, clean grease. Decades of dust, seasons of salt and weeks of water do nothing for shafts and bearings contained within. Seized suspension linkages and swinging spindles are the most vexatious of devices to remove. It’s entirely possible to irreparably damage major parts of any motorcycle driving out seized examples. Select a smaller gun and always use a quality grease. Clean the grease nipple, attach the grease gun, then pump away until clean grease appears beyond seals… sorted for another 4000 miles.

Good nipples can be hard to find…

Grease guns are well worth a shot!

Words/photos: Steve Cooper

About the Author

Bertie Simmonds

As a child Bertie (well, Robert back then… blame his sister for the nickname) was exposed to motorcycles thanks to his uncles. They would show up at his house with a lovely lady as pillion throughout the 1970s and 1980s. After a naughty time on field bikes (it’s what we did back then) Bertie passed his test in the early 1990s and became a reporter for MCN in 1995, moving to the sports desk and covering World Superbikes in 1996. With a change to Bike Magazine in 1997, he stayed until 2000 as news, features and road test editor. Moving into PR with Cosworth, Bert was bored with cars and returned to bikes in 2001 with Two Wheels Only, becoming editor in 2002 and leaving to be freelance at the end of 2004. With almost a decade freelancing, Bertie joined Mortons in 2013 and became editor of Classic Motorcycle Mechanics, a post he’s desperately clung to, to this day. And no, he’s never had a pretty girl on the back of his bike.

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