Maintenance tips for dirt bikes
"Dirt bike maintenance is essential to keep your machine running happily, and to stop it from falling apart as you head out into the trail."
Every time you ride your dirt bike it has to take an absolute hammering. It gets plastered in mud and has to handle some of the roughest terrains.
Dirt bike maintenance is essential to keep your machine running happily, and to stop it from falling apart as you head out into the trail.
Here are some tips that will make your Dirt bike riding safe and fun:
Clean the air filter
Checking the air filter is a more involved process than most backyard mechanics think.
Just a single piece of grit is enough to put a scoreline inside the cylinder, or cause damage to a piston ring, so you need to do your best to prevent it from getting through.
When you remove the seat to reach the filter, it's also a good idea to wash inside the airbox.
You can use an airbox wash cover to prevent any grit or water from going through the intake into the engine.
Wash your bike after every ride
Be gentle. We recommend simply using a bucket of water and a selection of brushes to knock off the mud.
You can use a pressure washer, but be careful to deflect the water away from the bike, so you don’t force water and dirt into areas where it can damage the engine or electrical components.
Consider using an airbox cover to seal off the carburetor from water and debris.
Check your chain tension
Checking chain tension is easily one of the most overlooked maintenance items on your motorcycle, yet it is extremely important.
If your dirt bike drive chain is particularly muddy, allow the mud to dry overnight, so it can be more easily removed with a nylon brush.
Once the chain is clean, lubricate it with high-quality chain lube.
Oil is essentially the blood that pumps through the heart of the motorcycle–the engine. Its job is to lubricate and cool the internal components.
That’s why it’s crucial to check the engine oil level before every ride. Most motorcycles have a sight glass located toward the bottom of the engine case.
As a rule of thumb, the engine oil level should be halfway up the sight glass.
Check your tire pressure
Use a tire pressure gauge to set the proper pressure based on the terrain condition.
After the tires have cooled down you'll need to check both tire pressures.
You likely adjusted them to suit the conditions you were riding on that day, so now's a good time to set them back to the safe margins of 12 psi front and 13 psi rear.