Riding to win is not the same as riding for fun. Racing on a closed-circuit track is nothing like a casual race with your friends. People who race often on closed tracks usually have many aftermarket parts or custom modifications done to their bikes. This is due to the fact that closed courses are very controlled environments, and it depends a little less on driver skill to race around a closed track, and a little more on bike handling and performance. It is still important to understand the physics and techniques involved in cornering and leaning, as well as when to accelerate and apply the brakes.
Body Panels: Frequently, one or more body panels will be shipped loose with your bike. It is important to attach them securely and correctly to the frame. Be sure not to over-tighten the bolts, as they may cause the body panels to crack. Check these body panel attachments regularly, espeicially while breaking in your new bike
Frame & Controls: It is very important to inspect and tighten all frame bolts (especially the handlebars) prior to 1st use, after every ride while breaking in your bike and regularily thereafter. Check all brakes individually, and be sure that they are properly adjusted, and when the brake is fully depressed, that it does not contact the grip on the handlebar.
It is important that you wear all available safety equipment. This includes helmets, knee and elbow pads, and long sleeve shirts. Racing on a closed track can get very intense and competitive. Many riders speeeding around a tack in tight formation vying for 1st can make for a very dangerous situation. It pays to protect yourself.
- Always wear approved protective gear. This includes a full face helmet, shin, knee, and elbow guards. Feeling silly wearing protective gear is a very small price to pay in case of an accident.
- Wear clothing that might offer some protection, no matter how small that benefit might be. Long sleeve pants and shirts are always recommended.
- Gloves are more important than you think. When you hit the ground, the first thing to contact the pavement will most likely be your hands. Motorcycle gloves, or any other tight fitting performance gloves are strongly recommended.
- Maintenance! Your bike is a carefully and well designed machine, it is therefore important that you keep your bike lubed, and check that all fasteners are secured. This includes nuts, bolts clips, and other screws. Riding your bike should not be the only time you spend with it.
- It is strongly advised that all minors have close adult supervision while riding, these are performance bikes, and are not toys .
- It is more than likely that your pocket bike is nowhere near street legal where you live, please support the pocketbike community by only riding on private property or other sanctioned areas.
- Riding your bike in snow, rain, or dense fog is very dangerous. Please don't do it. Never use your rear brake in a turn. I locked back wheel does not agree with tight corners.
Two cycle rocket engines do not need certain kinds of maintenance you may be used to, such as draining liquids or changing oil. The engine receives its lubrication from the two-cycle oil you pre-mix into the gasoline before filling up the gas tank. You only add a small amount of oil to the gas, and this oil is burned during the normal combustion cycle (every other stroke, hence the name, 2-stroke), lubricating the inner parts of the engine. The burned oil, over time, can accumulate around the engine exhaust.