Pre-Season Dirt Bike Maintenance

As the days grow longer and the weather warms, the allure of dirt bike adventures beckons once again. The beginning of a new riding season marks an exciting chapter for enthusiasts, but it also calls for a crucial ritual—dirt bike maintenance. Before you hit the trails and conquer rugged terrains, taking the time to prep your trusty steed is not just a smart move; it’s an absolute necessity. In this comprehensive guide, we’ll delve into the essential maintenance tasks that will ensure your dirt bike is in peak condition for the upcoming season. From engine care to safety checks, we’ll cover it all, so you can rev up your engine with confidence and embark on thrilling rides without a hitch. So, let’s kickstart the season right by making sure your dirt bike is ready to tackle any adventure that comes your way.
✅ Oil Change: If riding a four stroke, check your bike’s oil level regularly and change the oil according to the manufacturer’s recommendations or your bike’s service manual.
✅ Air Filter Inspection: Air filters are often overlooked, but it’s important to examine the air filter for dirt and debris. Clean or replace it as needed, especially after riding in dusty conditions. (This also applies for your helmet, if it has internal air filters)
✅ Chain Tension: Ensure the chain has the correct tension as specified in the owner’s manual. Lubricate the chain regularly to prevent wear and rust. Chain tension on a dirt bike is crucial, as it directly impacts both safety and performance. Proper chain tension ensures that the power from the engine is efficiently transmitted to the rear wheel, maximizing traction and acceleration. Maintaining the correct tension prevents the chain from becoming too loose, reducing the risk of accidents and damage caused by a slack chain getting caught in the sprockets or falling off during a ride. It’s a quick and easy job, so no excuses! 
✅ Brake Inspection: Check both the front and rear brakes for wear, ensuring the brake pads (or hopefully not, shoes) have enough material left for the season.
✅ Suspension: Inspect the front forks and rear shock for oil leaks, damage, or excessive wear, and then make adjustments to the suspension settings as needed for your riding style, gear and terrain. If you’re out for a quick ride, vs running one of our fully loaded cargo racks – you might need to adjust your suspension.
✅ Coolant Level: If your bike is liquid-cooled, check the coolant level in the radiator and top it off if necessary. Ensure there are no coolant leaks.
✅ Control Cables: Lubricate and inspect throttle, clutch, and in older bikes, brake cables for fraying or sticking. Adjust or replace them if they are damaged or worn. I once had a clutch lever break while on a trip, and was forced to blacksmith one from a railroad spike at a nearby farm to get it running again. True story. So check the levers too for hairline cracks.
✅ Electrical Systems: Check all lights, indicators, and switches to ensure they are working correctly. Replace bulbs or switches that are malfunctioning.
✅ Wheel Bearings: Examine the wheel bearings for play or roughness. Replace any bearings that show signs of wear or damage.
✅ Bolts and Fasteners: Each season, inspect all bolts and fasteners on your bike, especially those on critical components like the frame, handlebars, and suspension. It’s a simple job that can catch critical faults that might otherwise cause a serious accident.
✅ Fuel System: Check the fuel lines, filter, and petcock for leaks or blockages. Ensure the carby or fuel injection system is clean and functioning properly.
✅ Battery Maintenance: If your bike has a battery and has been sitting for a while, it might be worth testing. As even if it shows a good charge, it might leave you hanging. Alternatively, practice your roll starts!
✅ Upgrades: Shopping for new upgrades for your dirt bike at the beginning of a new season allows you to start the season with improved performance, safety, and reliability, ensuring you get the most out of your bike from the outset. Plus, this proactive approach gives you ample time to install and test the upgrades before hitting the trails, reducing the chances of mid-season disruptions due to worn-out or outdated components.
Browse our full range of accessories and mods on our website – we’ll see you on the tracks! 

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