How To Buy A Used Dirt Bike | Part 2

– Hey guys, this is Justin
with Rocky Mountain ATV MC and this is part two of
have how to buy a used bike. Alright guys, hopefully
you watched part one where Jay gave some great information and tips on how to buy a used bike. Hopefully with that
information you’re gonna walk away with a pretty solid used bike, unlike the bike I have here. This is part of our
YZ250 revival bike build, we picked this up really cheap. The motors blown, it’s
going to be a lot of work. So hopefully, your used bike isn’t going to be a lot of work. Now, this video, in part
two, I want to talk about what you do with your
bike after you buy it and you bring it home. I’m gonna give you some
tips and some things to look for so that when you take it out, it’s going to be safe and it’s, if there are little problems, they’re not gonna turn
into bigger problems. Alright, so the first thing
that we’re gonna want to do is give the bike a more
thorough inspection. Hopefully you were able it
inspect the bike pretty good when you were looking at and
hopefully you walked away with a pretty solid bike. But now that we have it
home, we want to inspect everything in more detail. So, one of the first things I do is I check all the fasteners, bolts, nuts, I want to make sure everything’s tight, make sure nothings missing, if it is, I’m going to replace those things. I’m gonna go over break pads, check the brake pad thickness, if they need to be replaced,
I’m gonna replace them. Take a close look at
your chain and sprockets, make sure everything looks good there. Again, replace parts you need to replace. Another things you need
to watch is your spokes. Check their tension, make
sure the spokes are tight. A lot of times on a used
bike the spoke nipples will get seized up on the spokes, so you may have to use
a little Liquid Wrench, WD-40, let them soak a little bit and then check their tension. And we do have a video
on how to tighten spokes. Those are just some of the main things that I keep an eye out for
when I’m going over a bike. Obviously you want to sit on it, you want to feel the brakes, make sure they’re working properly and just make sure
everything feels alright. After you’ve inspected
everything, now it’s time to do the maintenance and
one of the first things I do is I check the air filter a little closer. Whether the guy that had it before me has the air filter clean
or whether it’s dirty, I’m gonna pull it out, I’m
gonna wash it correctly and oil it correctly. I never know if the
other guy did it right, he may have been in a hurry,
had a couple dry spots and I don’t want to risk getting dirt in the new bike I just purchased. So, I always take care of the
air filter, no matter what. I usually change the oil unless I can see maybe in a side window
on the case that the oil is just perfectly clean,
I’m gonna change the oil, I want to start with the
right stuff in the bike. Of course you want to
check your coolant level, your brake fluid level, and don’t forget about your tire pressure. Another thing that I always
do is grease the barrings on the bike, so the linkage especially, your swing arm linkage, shock barrings, those dry out and a lot of
people don’t check them. So I would tear it apart, clean everything really well and grease it. The steering stem bearings also is a good place to check
and grease as well. So with all the maintenance
done on the bike, you’re ready to set it
up so it’s right for you. And the first thing that we’re going to do is we’re going to play with
the suspension a little bit. On any bike that you ride, new or used, the first thing you’re gonna
want to do is set the race sag. And we have a video that
shows you how to do that, but sag is really important,
everybody’s weight is different, so you want to make sure that the bike is set
correctly for your weight. The other thing that I like to do is, if the suspension is
stock, which I always like to find a bike with stock suspension, I like to find out where
the stock settings are. So I’ll either buy an owner’s manual or search online to find
the stock clicker settings, so I can set the rebound
and compression clickers back to stock. A lot of guys can get
way off on their clickers and then you’ll get the bike and it’s just not gonna work right. So, I always like to get
the clickers back to stock and I can play with them from there. The next thing that
you’re gonna want to do is check your brake pedal height, make sure that’s where you want it. And then I always like
to set the handlebars in a position that comfortable for me, that I’m familiar with. And of course, put the
levers in a position that you’re comfortable with as well. Once you do those things
and the bike is set up and ready to go, it’s
going to be more safe, you’re going to prevent any other problem from getting worse and causing more damage to the bike and your gonna
have a solid used bike. So now that you’re ready to the bike out, the last tip I have is to just
go easy on the bike at first. Take your time, get a feel for the brakes, what the brakes are doing, get a feel for the power curve and
how the bike handles. Once you get comfortable with the bike, of course you can step it up. Hopefully this video and
part one will help you get yourself into a good used bike. Remember that we have
a lot of how-to videos that are gonna help you fix
any problems you might have and help you maintain your bike so you don’t run into those problems. So be sure to subscribe
to our YouTube channel to check out those videos
and check out our website for all your parts, apparel
and accessory needs. Thanks for watching.

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