A dirt bike is a major investment. Just like a car or a motorcycle, it requires regular maintenance. With proper care, your bike will last for years. Most maintenance tasks, such as cleaning the cables and tightening the spokes, are quite basic, so you don’t need expert help. By taking good care of your bike, you’ll enjoy it for longer and keep it running smoothly.
Here are five tips to maintain your dirt bike and extend its life:
Adjust and Lube Your Bike Chain
Adjust the chain regularly so it doesn’t pop off the bike’s sprockets. Lube it once every few weeks to prevent rusting. Do the same with the throttle and clutch cables. These accessories need to be cleaned after every ride. Carefully disconnect them from the lever and perch, remove dirt and residues, and add some lube. Reconnect the cables and tighten the connections. Some lube kits allow you to do these things without removing the cables.
Wash Your Dirt Bike
Before washing your bike, cover certain areas, such as the exhaust and intake tract. Wet everything down using a water blaster. Once the heavy stuff is gone, apply a good cleaner to remove oil, grime, and grease. Use a brush and sponges to clean the areas between the radiator shrouds and frame, under the fuel tank, and inside the air box. Get into the habit of checking for loose nuts, cracks, and leaks each time you wash your bike.
Clean the Air Filter
A dirty air filter can shorten the life of your engine, causing major damage in the long run. To prevent these problems, clean the filter regularly. Replace it once every few months. The best air filters on the market are made from backfire-resistant foam, offering great horsepower. Some feature a layer of open-pore inner foam that traps dirt and small particles. These accessories are quite cheap and meet OEM spcifications, so it’s worth checking them out.
Use Quality Air Filter Oil
Choose quality air filter oil that leaves no film or residue, and rinses off with water. Some formulas are fast drying and prevent pooling. Others resist the “wash out” from carburetor fogging. Assess your options in order to make an informed decision.
Secure the Nuts and Bolts
Dirt bikes are held together by hundreds of bolts, nuts, and screws. If these components get loose, they may become a safety hazard and cause poor performance. Thus, you need to check and tighten them regularly according to the bike’s manual.