How to maintain your dirt bike

Looking after your dirt bike has never been so critical.

Gone are the days of pulling out that old Honda XR250 and having it start on the second kick after 5 years of no use. Not only has fuel quality become poor, the more current your bike is the harder it is to maintain and let sit unused for a period of time.

Since 1998 when Yamaha first brought out their YZ400 that everyone wrote home about, offroad manufactuers have been having a technical war. From batteries that go flat, carburettors that clog up, injectors that get stuck, to adjusting valve clearances every 15 hours, not to mention engines that rev harder and hold less oil.

Selecting the right products such as oil, tyres, chains and engine components is the key to a well running bike. Being well researched on your model is so important.

Director and Platinum Motorcycles chief mechanic Louis Grech has made this simple checklist to go by when looking after your dirt bike. You can download, print it, and put it in the garage.

Off Road operational checklist

At Platinum Motorcycles we keep up to date with issues that the dealer won’t share with you. Just give us a call on 9336 7278 or shoot us a email at

Platinum Motorcycles, with over 15 years experience, is  your one stop workshop for all your on and off road motorcycle needs. Our services include RWC certificates, log book servicing, accident insurance quotes and repairs and breakdown service and towing. We also have a performance centre so your motorbike can perform at it’s best.