Have you wondered what the benefits are of keeping track of your miles and dirt bike riding time? I'm sure some of you have been given this advice in order to keep your dirt bike maintenance in check, but how do you go about it? How helpful would it be if you had a designated place to log any riding, maintenance, and suspension tweaks? Between riding and maintenance there is a heck of a lot to keep track of on your dirt bike. The last thing I want to do is complicate the matter any further by having to try and remember in my head when the last time I did some work on the bike was. So what is the best way to keep track?
I wanted to share with you the log I use to keep track of the time I put on my bikes. Click the link below to download a free copy. I have set up three versions, one for Excel users, one for Google Docs users, and a PDF that can be printed for the folks that like to document their riding on paper...
Keeping track of any maintenance you do on the bike along with the number of hours on the engine is a no brainer. Not only will this Ride Log help you determine when certain services are coming up, it will be a major confidence boost to a potential buyer concerning your maintenance of the bike if you ever decide to sell, and ultimately help you retain a good resale value.
The suspension column I will use occasionally if I make a minor tweak, however the bulk of my suspension documentation goes into a suspension log. I added this column for those of you who do not change your suspension too often. I am going to discuss suspension logging with all of you coming up soon so stay tuned.
I hope that you find the rundown of the riding log beneficial and that you decide to start keeping track of your riding to improve your maintenance practices! Keep in mind I tailored this to as many of you as I could. If you want to customize it for your specific discipline, feel free. Once you get into the habit of keeping track of these things you will end up taking better care of your machine and ultimately save yourself a huge chunk of time and money in the long run.