Spring is finally around the corner, and you’re itching to get your dirt bike ready. Getting ready isn’t too complicated if you know what to do. The following are a few tips to help ensure you’re prepared for all the fun you’ll be having soon.
Deal With the Fuel
The winter can be so long in some regions, and that’s not good for your dirt bike, especially if you didn’t winterize it. What you should do to make sure your bike is ready for spring is checked the fuel system.
If your bike has been sitting during the winter months, your fuel might not be useful if you didn’t add a stabilizer to it. When fuel goes bad, some of it evaporates, leaving behind something that can clog the system. Go ahead and drain the fuel from the tank, clean it up, and pour some fresh fuel in there.
Check the Battery
Riding your dirt bike or any off road vehicles helps charge your battery. The problem is you may not do that often during the winter months, and that could mean your battery might drain.
Hopefully, you thought about this before the spring and charging your battery every month, but this step is overlooked at times. What you’ll need is a complete check of your battery, and charge it if it’s necessary. If you use a battery with water, then be sure to check the water level before you charge it. If you’ve never done this before, then take the battery to an auto parts specialist so that they can run the test for you.
Looking for the Leaks
The next thing you want to pay attention to is leaks. When your bike just sits, this could lead to leaks. You’re going to have to check for them, and you’ll want to check all your fluid levels before spring gets here.
All those months of your bike just sitting could compromise seals in your bike, and that’s when leaks begin to happen. One seal that ends up failing over the winter is fork seals, so make sure you check on those. If you’ve never done a check like this, read your manual and view some instructional videos. You can also just take your bike to a mechanic just to be sure. It might be a good idea to replace filters and flush fluids to start spring fresh anyway.
Get On the Tires
Your bike’s tires need to be check before you start your big spring adventure. What you want to check for is pressure. Most of the time, cooler temperatures make tires lose some pressure, so the likelihood that you need to add air is high. This is not the only thing you have to worry about, though; you also have to pay attention to the tread.
You’re on a dirt bike, and that means the tread is much more critical. Having excellent control of your bike depends on your tires’ tread, so make sure they’re still good or have them replaced before you go back out there. Doing this will not only give you peace of mind, but it’ll also keep you safe.
The last thing you want to do before you go out is a general check of your machine. You’ve already checked the parts that tend to mess up over the winter, but you also want to check everything else. For example, make sure you’ve got enough meat on your brakes and replace them if necessary.
It’s also essential that you pay attention to the little bolts and nuts that help hold your bike together. Ensure everything is tight and secure for your safety. You might also want to do a general check of your controls before you start speeding up. If you see anything wrong, then you’ve got time to address it. You don’t want to take any unnecessary risks.
Now, you know how to get your bike ready for the spring, and it isn’t too hard to do. Try to get started with these steps as early as you can so that you’re able to start riding as soon as the weather gets warm.