Do you love the thrill of speed as well as the great outdoors? If so, you may be eager to plan your next excursion to include dirt bikes. While it's highly recommended that you need some background experience with riding motorcycles or dirt bikes, you've also got to start somewhere. If you're planning on going on an unguided adventure, you'll want to know all about the terrain and any obstacles to look out for. Whether you have your own bikes, or you'll be renting some when you get there, you'll need to keep some safety tips in mind.
If your friends have just asked you to join them on a day out dirt bike riding, you may be filled with excitement and anticipation. Finding out that they are providing you their equipment and bike may make it easier to set things up, but because you may not be familiar with the mechanisms of the bike, it's important to keep safety in mind at all times. This starts by doing some practice runs in regards to the speeds of the bike. Acceleration and how well the bike responds to your gas and braking techniques is vital to safety. Practicing a few times before you set off on the trail will give you peace of mind that you can handle the mechanisms of the bike before you venture off on your own or with the group. Having someone go over the basic fundamentals and showing you what to do to prevent a fall is essential in learning safety basics. As always, make sure that you wear a DOT approved helmet and related long sleeve pants, gloves and gear to secure you at all times.
For The Advanced Rider
If you've been out on the dusty trail before, dirt bike tours with other riders should be an exciting experience. But don't let it deter you from practicing safety measures prior to leaving base camp. This includes:
- Knowing the basic fundamentals of small engines and how to troubleshoot common problems
- Proper understanding of handling the bike in the mud, rain and in loose gravel areas
- Avoiding paved areas
- Keeping acceleration and braking steady to avoid losing control and how to minimize impact if you're going to hit something
No matter how many times you've been on a bike before, the terrain, mechanics of the bike, weather and other factors have to be considered before leaving base camp.
Research The Area
Before heading out on your dirt bike tour adventure and getting to know the other bikers, be sure to do a little research on the area and terrain. Sometimes you can study the trails online and see where jumps are located as well as areas and locations of steep incline and decline. This will prepare you ahead of time to watch for any obstacles or tricky areas so there are no surprises.
Dirt bike adventures can be exhilarating! Make it a worthwhile experience by being prepared and ready for any surprises that may pop up along the way, so you get back to camp safe and secure.