Just like any machine, if you take care of your motorcycle, it will take care of you!
What this means is that by properly maintaining your bike you will never be left on the side of the road waiting for Cousin Bob to bring his lorry about so that you can load it up and lug it off to the garage and get it repaired.
Also, you will never find yourself in a situation where you clamp down on the brakes and find that there is not enough stopping power to safely stop you in the required time.
Both of these situations and even more potentially perilous ones can be avoided by properly maintaining your machine at optimal levels from the start.
The absolute most important element to keeping any internal combustion engine running properly and trouble free is to ensure that the oil is kept in good shape and that means changing it at regular intervals along with the oil filter.
Check your manual and see what the manufacturer recommends for changing the oil and stick as closely to that as you can. There will be times when you are little over and that is okay, but you really need to be aware of the amount of wear you have subjected that oil to as it will break down over time and lose viscosity or thickness and then it won’t be protecting the internal moving parts the way it should and that will lead to many problems down the road that could have been avoided.
Be sure to check all the other fluid levels when you are getting ready to head out on the road including the brake fluid.
Check your tires regularly as well for any cracks or wear down of the tread.
If your tires are getting short on tread they will not be able to keep a grip on the road properly and that can spell trouble for sure!