Provided here are some maintenance tips which if implemented daily as suggested, should help extend your engine life and also improve your daily ride quality to a great extent.
1) Before Starting
Before starting your bike I suggest that you clean it first (if its not covered) !! This is not really a tip, but I suggest you do it...it helps the image of your bike!!
Now for more serious stuff, first and foremost check 2T oil level. The 2T oil level is very important, if the level is not up to the mark, there is a good chance that your pistons might not be getting lubed as required, which might not only scratch the pistons and damage the rings, but may cease your engine altogether if run for prolonged periods without enough oil.
Check your tire pressures, and see to it that they are not too low. Low air pressures will lead to a considerable hike in fuel consumption. Also they might give a "dragging" feeling since the bike doesn't move very freely. The recommended pressures are:
Front : 28 psi Rear : 30 psi
The RD has a big engine, not only that it is a 2-stroke motor. The lubrication in the cylinder is provided by means of a pump, which pumps the oil from the 2T oil tank into the carbs, from where it is delivered into the cylinder along with the air-fuel mixture. This means that on start-up, the pistons aren't lubricated right away, since the oil takes some time to undergo this entire cycle to reach the cylinder. Hence harsh riding, right from start-up might lead to a considerable amount of damage to the piston rings and the piston. It is therefore recommended that when starting your bike in the morning, you spend at least 2 minutes to warm-up your bike. This can be done by starting the bike and holding the engine at about 2000 revs. Believe me, any patience that you invest in this will go a long way!!
There are many people who add oil in the petrol tank in addition to the pre-lube. Anyone who has made a habit out of this need not spend too much time at warm-up. However there is one drawback to this practice, excess plug-fouling. So keep that in mind !!
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