GET AN HOUR METER
Whether you buy a brand new bike or a used one, the first thing I would recommend getting for it is an hour meter. This should be the first aftermarket part you throw on your bike. Yes, even before all that flashy bling that of course makes the bike more aerodynamic right?
OWNER'S/ REPAIR MANUAL
Depending on where you got your dirt bike from, it may have come with an owner's manual. But even a brand new dirt bike is not going to come with a repair manual. I would recommend getting your hands on both. The owner's manual is great for basic info, maintenance and repairs, but the repair manual is going to give you every bit of info you need for taking care of your bike.
Repair manuals for new bikes can usually be found either at the dealer or online at sites like Rocky Mountain ATV/MC, Motorcycle Superstore, MotoSport, etc. Just look in the "OEM" parts section of the site, input your dirt bike info into the specified fields, and then look under the publications section of the oem parts section. There should only be a couple items there (owner's manual & Repair/service manual). They don't always have good descriptions in the parts list, but you can bet the repair manual is going to be the more expensive of the two.
If your dirt bike is a little older, you can sometimes find a digital copy of your bike's repair manual somewhere online. Just type your search into google and see what pops up. Be careful what you download, as some websites can be pretty sketchy. If you find a digital copy online, go to the last page of the manual and it should tell you exactly what bikes the manual is for. Sometimes the descriptions are off and you don't want to start wrenching on your bike only to find out you have the wrong manual with the wrong specs.
If you can't find what you're looking for there, ebay is another way to go. I have used ebay numerous things moto related, and have had good luck finding things that I couldn't find elsewhere.
Depending on the type of person you are, you may prefer a certain way of keeping records. Some people like writing, some like apps and some will use computer records. Whatever you do, keep some kind of record of what you do to your bike(s). Doesn't matter if it's maintenance or a major rebuild, keep track of it.
The "Dirt Bike Service" app is easy to use and super convenient. I have personally used it to keep track of maintenance intervals on my bikes.
However you do it, just try to remember to keep records. It helps you and it helps the next owner. Plus, when you go to sell the bike, the next owner can see that you took good care of the bike and their more likely to give you your asking price.
So, there it is. Hope these 3 things help you keep on track with your bike's maintenance. However you do it, the best thing you can do to keep your bike running strong and treating you right is to keep it well maintained.
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