How to Clean a Dirt Bike

by Iam Jaebi

Dirt bikes are off road vehicles that race through sand, mud and dirty water. It doesn't take very long before your dirt bike's colors become marred by built-up dirt that doesn't wipe away easily. More than making the bike look bad, dirt and salt deposits erode the bike's finish and can get lodged in an undesirable place. This makes a proper cleaning a basic part of bike maintenance.

Items you will need

  • Duct tape
  • Large sponge
  • Large brush
  • Professional grade auto wash
  • Bucket
  • Water hose with spray nozzle
  • Air filter cover
  • Dewatering fluid
  • Dirt bike lubrication
  • Towels
Step 1

Cover the exhaust pipe outlets with duct tape. Use two layers of tape to cover each opening. This prevents water from leaking into the system and you can easily remove the tape after washing.

Step 2

Remove the seat and set it aside.

Step 3

Take the air filter out of its seat and place a cover on the air filter box. This will allow you to wash the seat area and air filter box without getting water into the system.

Step 4

Wet the bike with the hose and then apply soap to it with a sponge. Use the brush to rub away hard-to-remove dirt such as deposits underneath the reach shock bump and under the fuel tank.

Step 5

Wash between the radiator shrouds and tank. Use the hose to wash away excess soap and dirt and then pat the bike dry with towels.

Step 6

Clean the seat with a semi-soaked sponge, remaining careful not to soak the seat.

Step 7

Remove the air filter cover and replace the air filter, then finally put the seat back in place.

Step 8

Spray the bike chain with dewatering fluid to help it expel water, which can lead to poor operation and rust. Rub bike lubrication or grease on the entire chain.

Step 9

Remove the duct tape from the exhaust. Start the bike and let it run until warm. This will help remove excess water from the engine and electrical components.

Tips & Warnings

  • Don't hose controls or electrical components directly.

About the Author

Iam Jaebi has been writing since 2000. His short story, "The Alchemist," reached over 250,000 readers and his work has appeared online in Thaumotrope and Nanoism. His novel, "The Guardians," was released in 2010 by Imagenat Entertainment. Jaebi is also a business writer specializing in company naming, concept designs and technical writing. He graduated from Syracuse University with a Bachelor of Science in computer engineering.

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