A little pit bike maintenance goes a long way

Regular maintenance is one of the most important parts of owning any motorcycle and it’s no different on pit bikes. Just because pit bikes are small and inexpensive doesn’t mean they don’t deserve the same attention as your big bike. Below we will cover some general maintenance tips for your pit bike.

1.) Change your oil.
Regular oil changes are probly the single best thing you can do for your pit bike. While we recommend changing the oil at least every 20 hours; oil is relatively cheap and can be your best insurance policy. If possible try and change your oil every 5-10 hours to help extend your engine life. Most of our pit bikes have internal oil filters and if you change your oil more regular, you will always have a clean oil filter.

2.)Clean your air filter
Your air filter is your first and really only defense against keeping a clean fuel system and engine. Just because you can’t see dirt on your filter doesn’t mean it’s not there. Clean your filter after every ride to make sure your not getting any extra dust, dirt or debris in your pit bike fuel system. We recommend using a professional cleaning kit like UNI or K&N but if those are not available general purpose dish washing soap works great too and is less expensive.

3.)Change your spark plug
Your spark plug is where most of the action is when it comes to your electrical system on your pit bike. Because one end of your plug is screwed into the engine head (lots of heat) and creates the high voltage spark, motorcycle plugs are put under extreme pressure. Plugs usually cost less than $3 which makes it an easy item to maintain.

4.)Tighten your spokes
We recommend doing a “once over” on your pit bike bolts and screws every time you ride and your spokes are no different. They are the connection most likely looked over but can cause serious problems if ignored. We recommend getting a nice spoke wrench (less than $10) and check your spokes regularly. Go thru your spokes, every third one, and simply make two rotations on it until you complete the entire wheel and all spokes are good and snug.

5.)Tires & Brakes
A flat tire can end a fun day of riding instantly. We recommend always checking the pressure in your tires and keeping the proper pressure for your riding conditions. Tubes are cheap (less than $10) so keep a few on hand for backup.
Brakes are the single most important item on your bike. If you can’t stop, you can’t ride. Keeping your pit bike brakes and brake shoes clean (with contact or brake cleaner) will help extend the life of your shoes and help them wear evenly. Replace your shoes regularly especially if you notice you have to pull your brakes harder to get them to stop.

6.)Clean your machine
That’s right, keeping your bike clean is as important as anything else we have mentioned. Properly washing your bike is crucial to removing dirt, oil and debris that can stop items on your bike from working properly. Just as important as washing your bike is drying and re-lubricating it. Leaving it wet can promote rust and deteriorate nuts, bolts, bearings and really anything metal. The best tool we have found to dry is your general leaf blower. Remember after you wash and dry its time to re-lube those cables, bearings, etc. especially if you use a power washer.

We hope this helps you maintain your pit bike. Following these steps can extend the life of your pit bike and make it as safe as possible to operate.

Is the proper break in of your pit bike important?

Proper break in of your pit bike is crucial. We have heard a million different ways to break in your new pit bike and our method comes from years of trial and error. We won’t go into our entire method here but you can refer to our tech support section of our website for details on the actual process: http://www.orionpitbikesales.com/garage.htm

From our experience the slower the better seems to be the best policy. We usually recommend the heat cycle portion 3-5 times minimum and then take it easy for the first tank of gas. We have noticed on the bigger bore pit bike motors, like the 140cc and the YX150cc, even 5-7 cycles and only 1/4 throttle for the first tank actually makes for a more powerful and snappier motor. Another side effect of a longer break in period that we have noticed is less valve adjustment. Traditionally a valve check & possible adjustment is needed every 10-20 hours. We have had some pit bikes that have had the longer break in period never need adjusting.
So the break in of your pit bike is not the most fun process and takes time but from our experience it could be well worth it.