Come clean with dirty se­crets

Nine sim­ple steps to keep your mud-plug­ger run­ning sweetly and look­ing fresh

Motorcycle News (UK) - - Ride Miles -

Plug it up 1

Al­though the ba­sic prin­ci­ples are the same as a road bike, you need to lav­ish ex­tra care. Clean­ing is high on the agenda and al­most al­ways done with a pres­sure washer but make sure wa­ter doesn’t get in the wrong places by in­vest­ing in ex­haust bungs to stop wa­ter go­ing back up the pipe and into the en­gine, and air­box cov­ers that pre­vent wa­ter con­tam­i­na­tion in the car­bu­ret­tor.

Easy breath­ing 2

Fre­quent air fil­ter clean­ing is es­sen­tial, par­tic­u­larly for en­duro and mo­tocross bikes that have been run in dusty con­di­tions. As these bikes are tuned to make power at high rpm they re­quire a lot of air. The air is fil­tered through a foam-type fil­ter that has oil in it to help re­move small dust par­ti­cles. An air fil­ter clean­ing kit in­cludes clean­ing fluid and fresh fil­ter oil.

Keep it safe 3

Off-road bikes are par­tic­u­larly prone to theft, and their lack of body­work makes it very dif­fi­cult to in­stall an alarm. But there are now very small, rechar­gable GPS track­ing units avail­able for less than £50 that can be hid­den away. They last three to four weeks on one charge and have global cov­er­age. They also pack fea­tures such as smart­phone in­te­gra­tion.

Roland Shaw of Hard­core Rac­ing in Ram­sey shares his wis­dom

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