Tech Tips With Tony Jeske

tech-tipTech Tips is an article series intended to give you, the rider/racer, good ideas and practical steps to follow to keep your bike in top condition. Always check your owners manual and shop manual before doing any work on your bike. Aside from bike specific information available in your manuals our intent here is to provide you with good usable information you can incorporate into your riding experience.

Tony Jeske our Tech Tips Author:

Former Pro MX Race Technician with 10+ years experience  

Services include

– Race Ready custom builds for any style of MX.  

– Engine mods and rebuilds.  

– Custom chassis setup.  

– Maintenance and repair.

– Trackside services available upon request.

His shop is in Temecula/Murrieta area, his shop hrs 8-5 .  

Tech Tip #1   Routine Maintenance                        

In my first Tech tip to The Race Program I am going to touch on a few things regarding your dirtbike.  I would encourage committing this to what your normal routine for getting your bike ready to hit the track is.  

The topic of today’s tech tip is “always wear rubber gloves”….  Just kidding.Looks like you get a two-fer, because It’s all about checking your steed over before you ever load it in the truck, van, car, bus or whatever else it is you take to the track or trail.  If you do this, hopefully it will eliminate the possibility of a non ride, ride day surprise.  If you forget your boots, that’s on you.

So for starters I’ll talk about what I like to do.  On a side note , this is how I do it, doesn’t mean it has to be done like this, it’s just what works best for me.  Feel free to experiment with it, at least your doing it!

Ok, getting down to the nitty gritty of it:

I like to start with a nut and bolt check.  Put the bike on a stand with both wheels off the ground and start with the smallest to largest fasteners.  I use my T-handles first.

If you don’t have a set, that’s fine. 

Grab a 8,10,12,13(KTM),14,17 sockets

Big sockets needed for  linkage, pivot, and axels nuts

Allens and Torx drivers that may be needed if applicable.  

You’ll need extensions, and ratchets and then you can get to work.  

Check the bolts and nuts to see if they’re tight.  If tight, don’t tighten more.

If loose, make it tight

If its a fastener that requires a specific torque, (IE, all pinch bolts, axels, engine mounts, etc..) don’t crush it, grab a torque wrench and torque to spec.  A special tip for you, a good rule of thumb on fork pinch bolts for a baseline is 12 ft# bottom, and 15 ft# upper.  ALWAYS torque forks in clamps.

Once all fasteners you can access with a T-handle/socket and wrench have been checked (don’t forget top and bottom bar mounts, sprocket bolts, and rotor bolts) move on to your screwdrivers for radiator hoses and carb/t-body clamps.  Don’t over tighten the clamps! Just make sure they are tight.


Then bleed the air from your forks.

I then move onto a functions test.

Check throttle for feel while turning the bars.  Feels good?  sweet!  If it feels bound or restricted, INSPECT further.  DO NOT ride with it like that.  May need to disassemble, inspect cables, clean and lube.  Reassemble and try again.   FYI, parts may need to be replaced to fix a problem.

Next the cable operated clutch.  Grab it a few times.  How’s its action?  Smooth, awesome. Not smooth, pull the perch apart, clean and inspect,  check the cable for frays. Lube the lever pivot and adjuster with a good assembly grease (I prefer redline) and throw some tri flow at the cable while your at it.  Not a perfect lube job, but it’ll get you through the day. Reassemble perch and lever and set the cable free play to the thickness of about a nickel between the lever and perch (very important).  Feel any better?  If that doesn’t fix it, a new cable is most likely needed or other problems exist.  

Hydraulic clutch users.  Still need to keep that lever lubed and keep fresh fluid in the master cylinder.On to the front brake.  Does it feel strong?  Always want to keep the pivot point at the master cylinder clean and lubed for a fresh non drag feel.  A little squirt of tri flow will keep it nice for the day without disassembly, but don’t make a habit out of it.  Take it apart and clean periodically.  

Now check the brake pad wear.  Make a mental note.Its very important you pay attention to your controls.  Its what keeps you connected to the motorcycle, gives you “control,” and if they’re grungy, you’re gonna feel it.

On to the rear brake. Check function and feel.  Note pad wear.  Grease pedal bolt and inspect seals if it feels sticky.  I always like to “pump the brakes” before the bike hits the track too.

Spokes: grab my spoke wrench and get to checking spokes.  I’ve aquired a feel over time.  I only tighten loose spokes.  Some people like spoke torque wrenches.  Fasst Company makes a good product if in the market, but whatever helps you check them, stick with it.Check rimlocks to see if they are tight.  It’s also a good practice to check spokes while taking a break from riding at the track.

Check the suspension seals (forks and shock) and make sure no sneaky leaks are surfacing, cause that can make a bad day at the track.  If leaks are present, I wouldn’t recommend riding. They need to be dealt with and should be shipped or be taken to a qualified suspension shop for servicing.  I choose MB1.

Chain: Always check your chain master link clip.  If the wheel is ever spun in reverse, the chances of it catching on the chain block are pretty high.  That being said, spin your wheel in the direction its supposed to travel when lubing your chain.Adjust the chain if necessary.  Refer to your owners manual for the required “measured” slack.  I base it off of three fingers at the back of the slider, but do note that some manufactures have some differences.Lube the chain…  While spinning the wheel forward.

Tires: Inflate tires with excess air.  Then set psi at the track.  Still bring a pump, but then you don’t have to wonder.  Just REMEMBER to set the pressure.

Check coolant and oil levels.  Top off if necessary.  Note how much was added.  Always check fluids!!

Wipe off the brake rotors with a clean blue disposable shop towel and contact cleaner.  It eliminates any foreign matter that doesn’t belong on the brakes.Once all the above has been gone through, I like test ride the bike.  Get it plenty warm, then run it through the gears and test/heat brakes.  Then it’s time to load up.Well, that’s my version of a once over on bike prep before hitting the track or trail for a day of fun moto’in.  I hope this helps a few of you.   It’ll take commitment and time at first, but once it becomes familiar, it’ll become routine and you’ll feel way more confident in your equipment on ride day.Thanks for reading,


Original article from The Race Program – Tech Tips With Tony Jeske


With some time off from tours and events, we stopped by Faisst compound to check out his new ride and to roost some laps on his Speed and Style course.

metal-mulisha-ronnie-faisst-kx450-151 (1)metal-mulisha-ronnie-faisst-kx450-1jpg1

M/M: The word is you got your self a new ride. Fill us in on what you’re riding right now.

Faisst: Well, I got the new 2014 Kawasaki 450 and it’s all tuned up by the man himself, Tony Jeske at Jeske MX Customs. Bike is pretty hooked up with all my sponsors from, a Pro Circuit exhaust, RG3 Suspension, Dunlop Tires, Throttle Jockey Graphics, Cycra Racing Plastics, some Works Connection parts, Pro Taper, D.I.D. Rims, Hinson Clutch just waiting on my cover and man… it’s pretty much all-around ready to go. The 2014 Kawi is going to be my outdoor bike for when I go ripping around the track. When the 2015 comes out, I am going to get back with Tony and build another Speed and Style Bike.


M/M: What made you switch over to a Kawi?

Faisst: I haven’t been on another bike since 1997 so it has been a long time trying other things out. Before X Games I was out here training my ass off every day, working on techniques and just putting in time. Twitch came over here one day and he and I where practicing some starts. That dude was killing me every time and I was like, “there is no way you’re better at starts than me”. I was tripping out! Twitch let me get on his bike after he dusted my ass and I gave his Kawi a ride around my course and did some starts against him. Sure enough I was smoking him every time! I was tripping how much faster his bike was than my Honda 450 was and my ride was no roached-ass out bike… it was legit. So I asked Twitch when I was done riding it like “what did you do to this thing” and he looked over at me and said, “bone stock”. After that I knew it was time to maybe switch bikes. I rode James Carter’s 2014 Honda 450 and I wasn’t impressed with it, just not what I wanted. I went over to Deegan’s and rode his hooked up KTM and it still wasn’t as nice as that Kawi which sounds crazy. I finished up with the 2014 Suzuki and finally concluded that, yeah… I need to break it off and get a Kawasaki. Now that I have it I am so pumped. I like explosive power it’s my style of riding and this thing just hits the spot.


M/M: So what is your day-to-day now that X Games is over?

Faisst: I have been just training a bunch, riding and getting ready for the next thing. Besides from riding I have been spending lots of time behind the wheel of my Pro Lite and getting ready for the Lucas Oil Off-Road Racing Series. Deegan has plenty of advice for me when it comes to racing trucks, dude kills it as we all know, so learning from him is always a plus. Go Pro recently hooked me up with some new camera’s too. I never really messes around with the POV camera stuff but now that I have them I am pumped. I have been mounting these everywhere. On my bike, my track, my truck, just cruising around… you name it. It’s pretty cool to get shot’s send right onto your phone with that Go Pro app and learn from what your doing right and wrong. Next week I will be doing some Freestyle so I’m going to be getting some new shots for the social for you all to check out.


M/M: Who spends the most time with you at your compound?

Faisst: Everyone pretty much rides my spot. Taka is over here a bunch riding and practicing. Today Taka, Sherwood and this paralyzed Japanese rider Cloud Toda who is hitting the ramp! I was a little nervous but Levi and Taka have been out on the course working with him and he hits it just fine. Pretty dope to see someone push themselves that hard to reach their goals. I was super pumped for the guy.


M/M: Any plans this winter for another road trip?

Faisst: Always plans! Right now it is 100+ almost every day, dry as Hell and the dirt is like cement. If you get the dirt wet it turns into this slick top layer and it sucks. But later in the season I am hoping for some rain, make a few improvements on my course and then hit the road. I really want to go back Jersey and find a spot to ride, some trips back east and hit all that super green spots. But I am down for whatever really as long as the dirt is good.


Original article from Metal Mulisha – RONNIE FAISST’S NEW RIDE

Inside Ronnie Faisst’s latest bike build


One of the perks of being a professional FMX rider is all of the free parts you can get for your bike. Not one to run anything but a factory looking bike, I know it when I see some serious time and effort put into a FMX bike. From the countless hours of machine modifications to custom graphics kits, there is a lot of time and workmanship that goes into building a pro’s FMX bikes, including Ronnie Faisst’s. His bike has “pride” written all over it. With special attention to modifications and aesthetics, his bike is a work of art. Wanting to showcase some of the most tricked out looking bikes in FMX, today we show you Ronnie’s mechanic Tony Jeske’s latest work of art.

Original article from Espn – Inside Ronnie Faisst’s latest bike build