Investing in a dirt bike is just like adding a friend into your life. The reward of giving all the attention and the love to this piece of machinery is unequal, especially if this sportbike is a reward you are giving to your child.
Compared with the modern cars available today, these offroad motorcycles needs constant maintenance. Modern cars can ride for thousands of miles. They can even go up to 10,000 miles without you even needing to change the oil. They also need little maintenance.
Although these motocross bikes can run as fast as the modern cars, it is important to ensure their longevility as well.
Whether you like it or not, maintenance is already a part of your bike owning experience. There are some bike owners who take it as part of owning motorbikes while there are others who refuses their things and would feel the pressure immediately. If you want to ensure that the bike will operate efficiently and effectively, you should take some time and conduct routine maintenance. Since your child might be too young enough to perform these tasks alone, these are very useful maintenance steps you can do for your sportbike.
Before you begin with anything else, here is the first thing you need to do:
Clean your bike.
There are some bike owners who would love to go home after a long and hard ride on the trail or on the rock and would clean up their bikes until they are showroom price. However, there are also others who hate even the sound of cleaning.
However, whether you like it or not, cleaning is one thing that you should never forget. Good and proper cleaning might take you some time. However, it does not need to be hard. With the proper routine, tips, and tricks, you will surely learn the art of cleaning your bike before you ride it.
Spray it down with a good quality bike cleaner
Point it and spray it into the plastics, the tires, the seats, the wheels frame, and the handle bars. It is important to use a degreaser that will not only grease the places that need to be greased; it will also spit off and remove the dirt.
Rinse off everything.
Do not forget to use a muffler plug since you do not want water from entering the exhaust system.
Do not forget to wash out the air filter box. Do not let water or debris from getting into the carbonator felling.
Brush it off
Grab a piece of cloth or rag and use a mild detergent soap to wash your bike. Brushes are your best friend in areas where heavy dirt and grease build up like around the chain, sprockets, swing arm, and wheels. A popular tool with riders is a pressure washer. But you have to be careful! A pressure washer can rip the graphics right off the plastic and tear a hole in the seat.
You can use the pressure washer on the chains and sprockets but it's still a good idea to use a degreaser first and if the muck is thick, it is always best to break it up using a brush. If you use a pressure washer, avoid spraying directly in areas with bearings and electrical components. Distance is your friend; don't use a pressure washer at point blank range.
Once you're satisfied that the mud, muck, dirt and grease is broken up, rinse everything off again. Check underneath the bike too.
Dry the bike
Start with a heavy towel to sop up the excess water then switch to a smaller microfiber cloth to grab the remaining dampness and residual dirt and grease. Microfiber cloths also leave your bike water spot and streak free.
Cleaning and Lubricating the Cables
Cables are the lifeline to the controls of your dirt bike. Throttle and clutch cables as well as the front brake line all needs to be cleaned after a ride. They should be routinely lubricated too.
Carefully disconnect the cables from the perch and the lever to clean any build-up around the connections. You should also add some lubrication, reconnect, and tighten the connections. The lubrication you place does not only protect the cables from wear and tear; it also acts as a barrier to debris and dust.
CARING FOR THE DIFFERENT PARTS OF YOUR KIDSâ€™ DIRT BIKE
The Chain and Sprocket
Never ride a dirt bike with dry chains and sprockets. If you want it to last you longer, you need to make sure to always lubricate your dirt bikeâ€™s chain. After each and every ride, clean the sprocket and the chain. Follow it with a good lubricate soak. If there is wear and tear in either the sprocket or the chain, replace the whole driver train immediately.
Always see to it that you are measuring the chain and it is in the correct length. The chain should not be too tight or too loose. If the chain breaks off because it is too tight, it can cause an engine issue or worse, a permanent chain tattoo. To know what is the correct length of the chain that you need, stick your two fingers between the chain guide and the chain. You will know that it is in the right adjustment if it presses against your two fingers.
The Air Filter
If the air filter is dirty, it can take out the life of the motor. That is the reason why you need to maintain the air filterâ€™s cleanliness. To ensure that all the dirt in the engine is not there, you need to use an air filter to clean the air filter. Using air filter oil, soak the air filter. Dry it and install it back.
Clean the pipeâ€™s exterior to avoid corrosion and rust. Check the muffler packing once you are cleaning the pipe too!
If you do not own a spoke wrench, then, it is time for you to save one for purchase in the future. Whenever you are tightening the spokes, patience is the key. To ensure that you will be getting the best out of tightening the spokes of your bike, then, patience is needed.
Whenever you are tightening the spoke, you should do it every third spoke. You will go around a tire with three times as the minimum. Remember not to over tight it.
If you left the carburettor unchecked, the parts of your sportsbike will start to fail. Even if you are not using it, you would still need to check the condition of your carburettor. Even evaporated gas, when left, can plug it. That is why a routine and regular maintenance is important to maintain your carburettorâ€™s performance.
The Plastic Parts
The side panelling, plastic fenders and mud guards are there for a reason â€“ for protection. These plastic parts protect not only your child but also the bike against dirt, debris, and roots.
To prevent the plastic from fading, regular cleaning is important. You would not like (and even stand) an unkempt and old looking plastic parts, right?
It might be a bit of a surprise but the coolant, especially those that you can see in 2stroke dirt bikes, is very important. It is important to keep it running cool since the small parts inside it can overheat really fast. It will easily ruin you day of fun.
Always keep an eye on the gear oil and the transmission oil. These oils need changing very often. When in doubt, always drive with fresh oil.
Just like an ordinary car, there are different engines made by different manufacturers. These engines use different oils too. The challenge is to find the right oil for the engine that you are using. Are you using a 4-stroke or a 2-stroke dirt bike? The main difference between the two is not the oil you are using but what you are doing with the oil you will be using.
Two stroke engines are using two-stroke oils. The crankcase compression being used by two stroke engines are part of an induction tract. The oil that the two stroke engine is using is a combination of two stroke oil with gasoline. On the other hand, the four stroke dirt bikeâ€™s oil is not mixed with gas.
How will you know if you dirt bike is using two stroke or four stroke? It is very easy! Read the ownerâ€™s manual that came with the unit. You will find what oil is recommended there! The manual will also explain what ration of gas and oil is needed so that you will get the most of your bike.
The manual will also show you the best weight in oil that will bring the best out of your dirt bike. Once you already know the weight of the oil that you will be using, it is still highly recommended to try and use specific brands for the safety of your machines.
All other services, which include valve adjustments, should be made by a professional mechanic only. You may also see the recommended authorized service centers in your manual too.
Surely, maintaining a bike is hard and you need to invest too much time and effort. However, being able to maintain it in pristine condition will not only make your child proud; it will also make you proud because you are getting the results of your actions.