Know your Mini Moro

Written by Matt Tong

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Air Filter

Your new mini moto is equipped with an air filter. Some bikes such asrepparttar B1 Origami rep liquid cooled andrepparttar 144339 Mini Dirt bike have a ‘cone’ style K and N style air filter. The 2005 mk2 mini moto andrepparttar 144340 B1 Origami Replica air cooled bikes have a standard mini moto air filter. Both air filters purifyrepparttar 144341 intake of air that is sucked intorepparttar 144342 carburettor. This means thatrepparttar 144343 air filter should be cleaned regularly asrepparttar 144344 mini moto’s performance can begin to suffer asrepparttar 144345 engine can become starved of air ifrepparttar 144346 air filter is choked with debris. To reachrepparttar 144347 air filter, removerepparttar 144348 bikes bottom fairing, removerepparttar 144349 protective cover by unscrewingrepparttar 144350 holding screws. Cleanrepparttar 144351 air filter in petrol but make sure thatrepparttar 144352 filter is dry before reattaching to you mini moto.


The tyres on your mini moto are filled with air (pneumatic). Please consult your mini moto handbook forrepparttar 144353 appropriate psi. It is important to checkrepparttar 144354 tyre pressure regularly, an under inflated tyre will affectrepparttar 144355 performance of your mini moto, acceleration can become sluggish and cornering can become dangerous.


Before riding your mini moto you need to make sure thatrepparttar 144356 front and back sprockets are aligned and thatrepparttar 144357 chain is perfectly straight running between them. Once you have established this make sure thatrepparttar 144358 chain is tensioned correctly (please see your mini moto handbook). To testrepparttar 144359 tension ofrepparttar 144360 chain you can manually pushrepparttar 144361 pocket bike, if you hear a ‘pinging’ or ‘popping’ soundrepparttar 144362 chain is too loose. Ifrepparttar 144363 chain is noisy and starts to bindrepparttar 144364 chain is too tight. Make sure thatrepparttar 144365 chain is well oiled. The chain needs to be oiled before every ride.


The gearing of you mini moto is dictated byrepparttar 144366 number ofrepparttar 144367 teeth onrepparttar 144368 front sprocket and onrepparttar 144369 back sprocket. The sprockets can be changed as an easy way to manipulate top end speed and acceleration, quite like changing gear on a mountain bike. A front sprocket with more teeth will improve acceleration, howeverrepparttar 144370 top end speed will be reduced. A larger rear sprocket will produce a higher top speed but acceleration will suffer. The gearing on your bike can be adjusted in accordance forrepparttar 144371 track you are intending to ride I.e. a small track with a lot of bends will suit gearing for improved acceleration, however a track with long straights will require a mini moto that is geared for a higher top speed.


The throttle on your new mini moto is a ’twist grip’ style throttle. When you twistrepparttar 144372 throttlerepparttar 144373 throttle cable is pulled back revvingrepparttar 144374 engine. It is important to keep this cable free from obstacles and clean. Ifrepparttar 144375 throttle begins to feel ‘loose’ of ‘gives’,repparttar 144376 tension ofrepparttar 144377 cable can be adjusted viarepparttar 144378 adjusting screw.


The brake system comprises of brake levers, brake cables, brake callipers and brake discs. The brakes on your mini moto are operated by levers found onrepparttar 144379 handle bars. The right hand brake controlsrepparttar 144380 front brake, andrepparttar 144381 left controlsrepparttar 144382 back brake. Pulling onrepparttar 144383 handle pullsrepparttar 144384 brake cable which in turn pullsrepparttar 144385 lever located onrepparttar 144386 bake calliper. This action pushesrepparttar 144387 brake discs towards each other. This creates friction onrepparttar 144388 brake disc which slows down or stopsrepparttar 144389 bike. The brakes can be adjusted inrepparttar 144390 following ways. The brake cable can be tensioned usingrepparttar 144391 adjustment screw found onrepparttar 144392 brake lever. Unscrewrepparttar 144393 locking nut, twistrepparttar 144394 screw to reachrepparttar 144395 desired tension. Re screwrepparttar 144396 locking nut. This is a two person job. Adjustrepparttar 144397 screw onrepparttar 144398 hand brake so that is atrepparttar 144399 end of its travel. Undorepparttar 144400 clamp that holdsrepparttar 144401 brake cable onrepparttar 144402 lever located onrepparttar 144403 brake calliper. One person needs to pushrepparttar 144404 lever forward as far as it will,repparttar 144405 second person needs to pull back onrepparttar 144406 brake cable and re fastenrepparttar 144407 clamp. The crake cable will now be highly tensioned.

Pull Start

To startrepparttar 144408 mini moto pull slowly to turnrepparttar 144409 fly wheel. This pumps some fuel aroundrepparttar 144410 engine, which lubricatesrepparttar 144411 moving parts. Pullrepparttar 144412 pull start firmly in order to startrepparttar 144413 engine. Important, do not pullrepparttar 144414 cord torepparttar 144415 end of its run as it can break. Ifrepparttar 144416 mini moto does not start checkrepparttar 144417 choke andrepparttar 144418 throttle cable.


The choke controlsrepparttar 144419 amount of air that is allowed intorepparttar 144420 air/fuel mix. The choke is adjusted via a lever located onrepparttar 144421 side and back ofrepparttar 144422 engine. The choke is off whenrepparttar 144423 lever is down, and on whenrepparttar 144424 lever is up. When you startrepparttar 144425 mini motorepparttar 144426 choke should be on, whenrepparttar 144427 mini moto is warm and ready to riderepparttar 144428 choke needs to be off.


It is recommend that any adjustments torepparttar 144429 carburettor are made by a professional. The carburettor pumps and mixesrepparttar 144430 fuel and air. The small diaphragms, orifices and ports mixrepparttar 144431 air and fuel very precisely, this process demands clean fresh fuel.


The jet can be adjusted byrepparttar 144432 screw located inrepparttar 144433 access hole torepparttar 144434 right ofrepparttar 144435 choke lever. The jet is adjusted byrepparttar 144436 manufacture howeverrepparttar 144437 conditions of where you wish to ride may be different, which means that you will need to make adjustments. Turningrepparttar 144438 screw clockwise will makerepparttar 144439 bike run with a leaner mixture, and counter clockwise will richenrepparttar 144440 mixture. Only adjustrepparttar 144441 screw 1 tern a at time and then testrepparttar 144442 mini moto, this is trail and error. Please note that it is best to findrepparttar 144443 optimum setting for performance and then run a slightly richer mixture as a mix that is too lean can seizerepparttar 144444 engine.

Matt Tong has been importing and riding Mini Motos for over two years. For more information please visit

Balancing Act- Ten Tips for Never Tipping

Written by Murray Priestley

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3. The foot that you leave inrepparttar frontward position while descend a steep hill or while coasting is your ‘good foot.’ While balancing, either maintain a platform position or keep your ‘good foot’ ahead.

4. Turning your foot away fromrepparttar 144282 side you have your forward foot is called ‘Trackstanding.’ For instance, in case you have your left foot forward, turn your wheel clockwise. Once you have acquired this position, with your weight centered overrepparttar 144283 bike, tilt slightly and make pedal adjustments. Doing so would maintain your center of gravity and you will be a balanced position. This technique is useful in flat surfaces.

5. If you are to balance on uneven surfaces, ‘Rocking’ can help you. This is done by weight shifts and/or raisingrepparttar 144284 front and back wheels in a series, making some alterations to maintain your bike balanced; all alterations that you do have to be subtle.

6. Be seated unless you are coursing a rough terrain.

7. Do not griprepparttar 144285 handlebar very tight, especially when clearing obstacles, climbing or descending. You should be able to drum your fingers.

8. While climbing, have your weight rearwards, and to maintainrepparttar 144286 traction of front wheel, lean to shift some weight to your front wheel (this aspect is explained in details in chapter 12).

9. Just focus on where you have to go, not anywhere, you do not have to go.

10. Restore your balance soon. In case you wait long, probably you will not be able to do it afterward and possibly end up falling.

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