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Ask a Mechanic: Dirt Bike Suspension Setup

Q: Ken Roczen used a stiffer suspension at A1 when the race called for a softer suspension. Now I'm confused. Can you tell me the ideal dirt bike suspension setup? A: The short answer boils down to you. What do you like best and what helps your...

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Ask a Mechanic: How to Start a Motorcycle Without a Key

You ask we answer. Here's the latest in our "Ask a Mechanic" series. Q: I recently bought a Kawasaki Ninja 300. I have a tendency to lose my car keys so before I run into trouble I was wondering how to start a motorcycle without a key? A: Your...

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Ask a Mechanic: Bad Bearing Symptoms

You ask we answer. Here's the latest in our "Ask a Mechanic" series. Q: What are the signs of bad bearings especially bad wheel bearing symptoms? A: A number of bearings help keep your dirt bike moving (literally in some cases) and functioning...

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Ask a Mechanic: Lower Gearing

You ask we answer. Here's the latest in our "Ask a Mechanic" series. Q: How do I lower the gearing on my dirt bike? A: Let's start off the new year with an easy one! An oft asked question which sounds like it has a complicated answer but...

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Ask a Mechanic: Clip-on Handlebars

You ask we answer. Here's the latest in our "Ask a Mechanic" series. Q: What are clip-on handlebars? A: OK, for starters, not sure if you're talking dirt bikes or motorcycles so let me say clip-on handlebars do not have a dirt bike application....

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Ask a Mechanic: Dirt Bike Seat Height

You ask we answer. Here's the latest in our "Ask a Mechanic" series. Q: Can you tell me how to lower dirt bike seat height? A: Get out your razor! Well, actually a knife that cuts through foam really well. The only way to lower the seat height...

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Ask a Mechanic: Left-Handed Throttles

You ask we answer. Here's the latest in our "Ask a Mechanic" series. Q: Do left-handed dirt bike throttles exist? A: Yes, if you're an engineering whiz who can re-configure the bike's controls. Otherwise, no. You might write, bat, and throw...

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Ask a Mechanic: Loose Sprocket Bolts

You ask we answer. Here's the latest in our "Ask a Mechanic" series. Q: Why do my sprocket bolts always come loose? A: Because you didn't tighten them. Oh, you were looking for more? OK, it is a common problem for riders but one easily...

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Ask a Mechanic: Service Intervals by Hours Not Miles

You ask we answer. Here's the latest in our "Ask a Mechanic" series. Q: How come service intervals for my dirt bike are measured in hours and not miles like my car? A: Dirt bikes and ATVs were originally considered "equipment" rather than...

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Ask a Mechanic: Proper Chain Maintenance

You ask we answer. Here's the latest in our "Ask a Mechanic" series. Q: I hear all these suggested methods for chain maintenance. Is there a proper way to maintain a chain or just clean and spray it down? A: Good question. Yes, you will get...

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