400 Tips & Tricks | Part 4

Key Advice and Tips Every Rider Should Know

400 Tips & Tricks | Part 4
400 Tips & Tricks | Part 4DR Staff

The June 2016 issue marked Dirt Rider’s 400th issue, and to mark the milestone we put together 400 tips that might save the day, or just make the day go easier. We thought we’d show them to you again online, ten at a time, to help instill the wisdom into your brain so when the time comes you hear an expert bit of advice in your head.

Note: Tips that came from a specific source will have an attribute listed. Tips with no attribute have been pulled from Dirt Rider’s extensive library of content, including back issues of the magazine, dirtrider.com, and The Total Dirt Rider Manual. Enjoy!

31.) A sharpening stone can help to carefully remove old gasket material.

32.) Drowned your bike? Squeeze out the air filter and let it dry, remove your spark plug, flip a two-stroke over (leave a four-stroke upright), and crank over the engine until all the water’s out.

33.) Your handlebar is mounted lopsided right now. Measure it. Some mechanics offset the bar a few millimeters to the left so once the throttle’s on, both bar ends are the same distance from the steering stem.

34.) To retire a helmet, cut the chinstrap off so no one can wear it.

35.) Stuck in the snow? Dismount and pack the snow down for a good 15 feet ahead of you then restart.

36.) On most bikes you can remove the muffler and subframe bolts to get room to slide the shock out without disconnecting the intake tract.

37.) Get a micrometer and double-check shim thicknesses when changing shims.

38.) Pick several areas around the track where you plan to take deep, full breaths, then take those breaths there every lap.

39.) Put the tear off you’ll pull last so the “handle” is on your right side so if you accidentally pull the whole stack at once you have a final tear off left.

40.) Four-strokes should idle. On two-strokes, it’s a preference thing. Idle can increase “run-on” when chopping the throttle, but on trail rides an idling bike is preferred to avoid stalls when crawling.