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How to Properly Wash a Dirt Bike

Keeping your dirt bike clean is a measure of preventative maintenance, and will keep it looking good for longer. Here are a few tips for before, during, and after you wash your dirt bike.

Precaution BEFORE You Wash Your Bike

While blasting away with a pressure washer might be the fastest way to remove the dirt and mud on your bike, it’s also the fastest way to destroy it if you don’t take precautions. There are a variety of water-sensitive components on a bike, so it’s important to protect them before ever spraying it down.

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The seat on your dirtbike will deteriorate with too much water contact, so it’s important to either remove the seat or wash around it. Remove the air filter, and use a rag to block the air tract. You’ll also want to protect overflow hoses, your muffler, and airbox holes.

Removing Dirt and Mud

Once your bike is protected in essential areas, wet it down lightly so that dirt, mud, and debris soften. Scrubbing the bike by hand with a sponge or brush is the safest way to do it because you have the most control over where the water goes.

A power washer can also help remove debris, but make sure that you use it in a controlled manner. You will want to lay your bike first on one side, then on the other, and finally use a bike stand to stand it up  to ensure that you thoroughly attack it at every angle. People often forget to clean under the fuel tank and under the rear shock bumper.

You also want to consider the type of soap product you are using to wash your dirt bike. Bike washes that are specifically designed for this purpose are the safest option for your bike, but you can also make solutions with dishwashing soap or Simple Green.

Drying it Out and Aftercare

Drying the exterior of your bike with towels and rags works just fine, but you will also want to dry the electrical components with compressed air to ensure that nothing is damaged. Remove covers and seals that you put in place to protect the bike from water, and make sure that the intake was not contaminated with dirt when the filter was removed. Install a fresh air filter, and and run the engine so that any additional water is expelled.

Spray your rotors, flywheel, and coils with brake cleaner to displace any water or dirt that may remain. The drive chain and control cables should be lubricated, and you may also want to spray your tires with a protectant.

Keeping your bike well-maintained and clean will allow you to enjoy it for longer. Doing a good job may take considerable effort, but it is important to make sure that you are protecting your investment.

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