Jump to content
Antigravity Batteries Product Giveaways - LAST NIGHT TO ENTER! Read more... ×
Sign in to follow this  

Shane Watts DirtWise Riding Tip: Bike Preparation - Part 2


Shane Watts

The air box on the modern motorcycle is very open to allow a lot of airflow through the filter and into the engine for maximum power. This is not so good though if we’re going to be riding through a lot of water in very wet conditions, or crossing rivers. This water has easy access into the air filter and to possibly get sucked into the engine. It’s beneficial is such conditions that we want to try and tape up as much of the airbox vents and seams as possible. Don’t cover up the whole thing so as to restrict air flow and cutting the engine out by starving it of air, but enough to help hopefully prevent water getting into the filter. With a little bit of duct tape you can seal those problem areas up and definitely prevent the water getting in. Now you are ready to go submerge your bike and keep the engine running.

When you are applying new grips to the handlebars you can either try to stick them in place by using some grip glue (hard to put the grip all the way on before it gets stuck) or you can spray some spray paint into the grip, and to the handlebar, and then slide it on quickly before it sets. You may want to use a rag on the grip for added strength. In a short amount of time the paint is going to dry up and get very very sticky and tacky. As an extra back up feature you need to wrap some quality tie wire around the grip to make it fully secure.

First off you need to cut the wire to a length of two wrap-arounds. We want to start the wire at the bottom of the grip, wrap it around twice, and get back to the starting point. From there you twist the ends and use some pliers to keep on twisting it tight - pull down on the wire ends every so often, and then release the pressure while twisting to make sure the wire digs down into the grip. Cut the excess ends off and bury the remaining portion into the grip. On the throttle side you don’t want to twist the wire quite as tight so as not to squish the throttle tube onto the handlebars. Wrap the wire around in three different spots on the grip – the inside, middle, and outside. There is definitely no chance of the grips coming off as you’re going through those muddy conditions now.

Shane

About me

Training Resources

Sign in to follow this  


User Feedback

Recommended Comments

There are no comments to display.



Guest
This is now closed for further comments

  • Similar Content

    • By Big64N
      Good condition with a long list of high end upgrade parts.
      Rekluse EXP 3.0 with cover and slave
      EVO- Ellensburg suspension tuning for 6' 200# expert rider
      Fork bleeders
      Trail-tech map switch
      Moose 1-1/8 flex bar
      CYCRA probend bar guards
      SXS skid plate with linkage plate
      Clutch and water pump guards
      Frame guards
      Fastway Evolution III pegs
      SRT Pro Armor radiator and rear rotor guards
      Acerbic Front rotor guard
      TM designs chain guides
      DID race chain
      Renthal sprockets
      Gripper seat
      FMF F-bomb header
      Dirt Tricks timing chain tensioner
      Pro Wheel, wheels
      Tubliss front and rear
      New top end and valve adjustment 60 hours old
      Many more aftermarket parts as well as spare parts and service manuals included in the sale.  Willing to include 4 sets of tires with 80% tread left for full price.
      Great bike with plenty of life left and set up for anything from single track woods to wide open dessert.
      Can hang with any of the 450's but is much easier to handle in the tight woods.
      Priced to sell at $6000.00 
      Willing to consider reasonable offers but no trades or carry.
    • By filterx
      34 Days and what ever in Beautiful Chile
      http://www.fim-isde.com/home/
    • By Project57
      So if I can’t buy a used bike from out state looking for anyone that has or knows of a low mileage California 2017 / 2018 Beta 500 RRS?
      Thanks in advance!
    • By Project57
      Looking to buy a used Beta 2017 500 RRS from outside California.  Can I plate (Register with CA DMV) the bike in CA?  If so what is the best way?  Don't have the money to put down for a new bike from a Dealer in CA.  Any help or sugguestions would be appreciated.  Thanks in advance.
    • By MANIAC998
      This continues to be my favorite trail/race weapon!! In our Eastern tight woods, power is not King, handling is. And this thing outhandles them all!!!!
×