Come clean with dirty secrets
Nine simple steps to keep your mud-plugger running sweetly and looking fresh
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.
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