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Dirt Bike Maintenance: Beginners Guide

Dirt bikes require periodic maintenance as the bikes navigate hard, muddy terrain. For most of us, we shovel mud, dirt, water, and anything else we find around the trail or path. As a result, we need to take care of our machines to ensure that they remain in good condition. Knowing when to complete routine maintenance of your dirt bike depends on your riding habits. Many recommendations can save you money and time. Here’s what you need to know about caring for your bike, although this list is not exhaustive, it covers the most basic aspects of regular maintenance.

What does periodic dirt bike maintenance involve?

Regular maintenance steps include washing the bike after each ride, checking the tire pressure, and checking every part of the damage after each ride. It is also a good idea to lubricate the chain and regularly check the correct tension. Change the wheels at least twice a year. Other areas of maintenance may include.

Engine oil change

Changing the oil is an important way to prevent the circulation of dirt in the mechanical parts of your bike. Changing the bike oil is the No. 1 dirt bike maintenance item. Dirt bikes burn any oil, even high quality, faster than other cars, so it is important to change the oil after every 15 hours of operation. Good oil is anti-corrosion inhibitor and anti-wear additives for better-wet bonding and transfer.

There are two things to consider whether to top up the oil or to change it. Most dirt bikes have a site glass under the engine case and the engine oil level should be almost halfway through the glass. Understanding when you need to change the engine oil will first depend on the make and model of your bike. Refer to the user manual to know about the engine oil and oil filter change. We prefer to use Motul oil products in our motorcycles.

Air Filters

The second most important item of maintenance to keep your dirt bike free of dirt is to replace the air filters. Replace or clean the air filter after each ride. Sand, mud, and other contaminants can easily damage the air filters, and most dirt bikes are likely to spend many hours in these conditions. Excess oil leaks into the engine; Too little oil means that drinking will not prevent contamination. One tip that some riders follow is to own more air filters.

Tire pressure

Checking the tire pressure on your bike is a common tip for bike maintenance. Most tires for dirt wheels should always have 12 PSI, although this may vary depending on the type of tire you are using. Be sure to check the sidewall of your tire to maintain the correct air pressure on your bike.

Brake pads

Brakes are the most important part of the safety of any dirt bike. No wonder you want to make sure the brakes on your bike are working properly. Over time, the material breaks off the brake pad to the backplate. It is very important to check the condition of the brake parts on your bike, including the brake pads, rotor, and calipers. The brake pads need to be checked every 6,000-9,000 miles. The general rule to follow is to replace the washers when 1 mm (0.04 inch) of material remains. Some brake pads have indicators that indicate when they need to be replaced. Keep in mind that the harder the terrain, the more often you have to control it.

Wheel bearings

Wheel bearings have some important features when it comes to safe driving. This component allows the wheel to rotate freely and supports the weight of the wheel. The strange sound coming out of your dirt bike’s tire is often the first sign of a bearing problem. We recommend leaving this work to professionals!

Tensions on the chain

This component is a device that converts engine power to the rear wheel, it must be in perfect working order. A chain that is too tight can break and a chain that is too loose can cause the chain to come loose from the chain and damage your wheel. Like engine oil, your owner’s manual contains information on the recommended chain maintenance, as it may vary from manufacturer to manufacturer.

Sprocket wheels

Sprockets and chains are the main components that transmit power to the rear wheel. As a result of this constant stress, these parts gradually decompose and deteriorate when the chain is too tight or too loose.

You will find out that your sprockets are damaged when you start to see an asymmetrical pattern of wear between your teeth. This damage is caused by the rotational force of the drive chain and is a good sign that it is time to replace it!

Other maintenance items

  • During cleaning, visually inspect the parts to see if a replacement is required.
  • Check and tighten the screws.
  • Make sure that the hardware screws do not come loose during strong vibrations.
  • Check the controls and control cables.
  • Verify the gas and connecting cables and replace them if they crack or vibrate.

Conclusion:

Dirt bikes need constant attention to get to the level we expect from them, but this attention does not have to be a waste of time. There are many things that can and should be maintained after each ride, and if you get used to practicing these simple service habits after each ride, you will find that maintaining a dirt bike is very easy. If you have questions, feel free to contact us.

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