If you own a motorcycle, periodically, you may need to replace the spark plugs. Here are a few signs that it is time to have your bike's plugs changed:
Your engine's idle is coarse.
When the engine of your bike starts to pop and sputter, there could be a problem with the spark plugs. The plugs provide the electricity needed to ignite the combustion necessary to start your bike and keep it in motion. When spark plugs are functioning as they should, your bike's engine runs smoothly.
It's difficult to crank your bike.
If your bike is not starting up quickly and easily, the spark plugs could be the issue. If they are not emitting enough electricity to cross the little gap that starts the combustion, they can make it hard for your motorcycle to start.
Your bike does not accelerate quickly.
If your motorcycle does not accelerate as easy as it once did, it could be because your spark plugs are failing to fire properly. The spark plugs help your bike respond as you depress the gas pedal. Thus, if your motorcycle seems to respond in a sluggish manner or seems to resist acceleration, you may need new plugs.
Your bike misfires.
Most people have heard a motorcycle sound off with a loud popping sound that is similar to the sound of a gun being fired. This sound occurs because the engine of the bike is misfiring. It is caused when the bike's engine stops for a second or so and then explosively starts again. Although the bike doesn't turn off completely. the cylinders of the bike's engine are still not operating as they should. If the end of a spark plug is white, it is likely running at temperatures that are too high, and it may be responsible for your bike misfiring.
Your motorcycle is burning much more fuel than usual.
If the gas mileage of your bike is starting to suffer, spark plugs could be the cause. As a spark plug wears away and fails to fire, it can cause the combustion of your bike's engine to be incomplete. A plug that is fouled by oil will not fire at all. If you are having to stop by gas stations more frequently, the spark plugs may be at fault.
If you suspect that your spark plugs of your motorcycle need to be replaced, schedule an appointment with a motorcycle mechanic (such as one from Supreme Motorsports 1) in your area