This is one of the most important things to get set up right & maintain for you to ride to your best potential. Make sure everything is in excellent condition - no bent levers, torn grips or twisted handlebars.
Experiment with bar position & lever position to achieve both comfort and proper riding position. This can drastically effect turning, balance, hand position during drop offs & the ability to reach your controls from all body positions.
The suspension on most modern bikes is pretty darn good right out of the crate. Make sure your bike has the correct spring rates for your weight. Rebound adjustment has the greatest effect on hopping the bike, but too active can cost you traction making it hard to hold a line
through busy sections.
Stay proactive and clean/grease your linkage regularly. Keep an eye on linkage bolts often and keep them tight. This will keep your bike feeling fresh and working correctly.
If you have a leaky fork seal, it needs addressed right away. Leaking fork oil will ruin your front brake pads. Also, low fork oil can
effect fork action.
Trials engines are fairly easy to maintain. They have a small air filter and small oil capacity which makes it important to do maintenance regularly.
Keeping the air filter clean is essential for the bike to run correctly! Clean it often & have a spare ready to go.
Change the spark plug fairly often. Most don't do this but I feel like it make a tangible difference in performance.
Change your engine oil often! These bikes don't hold that much oil - so replacing it is fast & easy.
We offer a Maintenance/Setup Basics class. Look into it if you would like to know more about bike up keep.