Properly snug all the controls on the handle bars, thereís nothing worse than grabbing a clutch or brake or pushing on the throttle only to have them shift around the handlebars. Donít over tighten them, you should be able to pound the clutch or brake leaver with your fist and have it rotate. They will be less likely to break in a crash if there is a little give.
Check your oil level before and after each ride, this way you can easily gauge if and how much oil your machine is burning.
Adjust the handlebars so youíre comfortable, sit on the bike and adjust the bars so your wrists are straight, you donít want them pitched forwards or backwards.
Old toothbrushes make good small parts cleaners and detail brushes for small nooks and crannies.
Plug the exhaust when pressure washing your bike, if water gets into the exhaust, tip your quad on its rear end for a few minutes to allow water to drain out, then run to the quad warm up and evaporate any remaining water.
When pressure washing do not blast directly at the seals (swing arm, axle carrier etc) as all this does is blast the dirt into them. A safe bet is to clean the area with low pressure wash and brush.
After washing your quad inspect the headlights to make sure no moisture is built up inside the housings, If there is disassemble it and dry it out and reseal the housing with waterproof silicon sealant.
After you wash your quad, dry it off, inspect all the fasteners and levers and ride the bike for a short while to dry it out. Apply wd40 to all the pivots, levers and the exhaust pipe to prevent rust and premature wear.
If you plan on storing your quad for a long period of time; i.e. winter months, always drain the fuel from the tank and carburettor boats completely.