Written By: Dennis Kirk
Taking proper care of your dirt bike is the best way to ensure that it continues to run smoothly so you can spend more time riding and less time in the repair shop.
One often overlooked aspect of maintaining your dirt bike is keeping it clean. Always make sure to clean your bike after a race or trail ride. If your bike is covered in dirt you can’t see loose screws or leaks. Leaving your bike covered in mud, dirt, and water can also lead to corrosion.
Once you are done cleaning your bike you should lubricate your chain to prevent rusting. Put your bike on a stand and spray the chain with lubricant while spinning the rear tire. While you are doing this check the tension of your chain to make sure it is not too loose or too tight.
Cleaning your air filter regularly is another important aspect of maintaining your dirt bike. Use a filter cleaner to clean the air filter between uses. If you don’t, your filter will become too dirty and allow dirt to get into your engine. It will also help your bike perform better. You might want to keep a spare air filter to use while the other is drying if you ride frequently.
Other important aspects you should check between uses:
Check the pressure and make sure there are no punctures. You can fix small punctures using a tire repair kit.
Check your brake pads for signs of wear. If they are getting thin you should change them.
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