Business Beat: Putting the bike away and getting the sled prepped with Infinite Powersports

When it comes to motorized sports, from ATVs to off road bikes, dirt bikes to sleds, Infinite Powersports has you covered.

Kertis and Shannon Broza inside their Westside Road store.

Kertis and Shannon Broza inside their Westside Road store.

When it comes to motorized sports, from ATVs to off road bikes, dirt bikes to sleds, Infinite Powersports, owned by Kertis Broza, has you covered.

“There is a misconception in town that we only carry parts, add aftermarket customizations and fix bikes,” explains Shannon Broza, Kertis’ wife who frequently helps out at the front desk. “But we also carry accessories, clothing, and riding gear offered at the same price as out of town. We can almost always do custom orders with no shipping costs.”

When the time comes to ask questions about putting your dirt bike away for the winter and prepping your sled for the slopes, the Brozas have the answers.

Your last bike ride of the season should end with a few key chores to ensure it is ready to go come spring. “Change the oil and filter,” mechanic Kert Broza explains. “Used oil has acids as a byproduct of combustion and it can erode bearing surfaces and engine internals.” Putting in fresh oil for storage is important, Broza stresses.

“Ensure proper antifreeze is in the bike,” Broza continues. “You don’t want to freeze and crack your motor!” Next, drain the carburetor(s) of all fuel and add fuel stabilizer to the gas tank. When you’re done that, Broza recommends fogging the bike’s engine with storage oil, which works as a protective coating while the bike is not in use.  He also suggests disconnecting the battery and charging it occasionally through the winter.

The last step, Broza says, is to plug up the exhaust and intake. “It keeps bugs and rodents from making a comfy home in your engine,” he laughs.

With snow settling on the mountain tops, Broza recommends prepping your sled for winter fun. “Change the chain case oil and inspect the drive chain,” Broza says. “Drive chains are usually reliable and therefore often overlooked.  A worn chain can break and cost you a heli ride out of the mountains!”

Next, Broza suggests servicing clutches. “The clutches deliver all of the power from the motor to the track, and have many moving parts that wear out over time,” he explains. “Caught early, we call this regular maintenance. Left to wear more, we call it a thousand dollar clutch and a poorly performing sled.”

Remember to inspect the drive belt. The belt is the link between the clutches. “It’s your lifeline,” Broza says; one he often sees in poor shape. “A worn belt can be hard on your clutches and cost you a fantastic day if it blows apart.”

When it comes to carburetors, disassemble and clean them. “There are many tiny orifices that control your fuel in a very calculated and sensitive manner. Dirty carbs are very common and can really throw a twist into your plans if left that way,” Broza notes.

Naturally, Broza explains there are other things to be aware of, including greasing the suspension, checking coolant levels, ski carbides and track sliders. “Don’t forget to undo your rodent plugs from storing it,” he says. “Then add fresh fuel and go!”

If time or lack of knowledge limits you from completing these tasks, the Brozas are always ready to help. “We want people to have a great, safe, fun season out there,” Shannon Broza elaborates. “They can come in for help or equipment anytime.”

 

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