If you're new to dirt biking, you may want to know some critical do's that will help you avoid mishaps. Beginners are more prone to accidents for obvi
If you’re new to dirt biking, you may want to know some critical do’s that will help you avoid mishaps. Beginners are more prone to accidents for obvious reasons. The truth is, it takes a lot to ride a dirt bike. A single mistake can make you regret the choice of riding it. However, it is also fun and full of thrill once you know how to play your cards right.
Mentioned below are important do’s you ought to keep in mind. Take a look.
Keep Your Eyes Straight:
This is the first and the most important step. When you first learn to ride, learn to keep your eyes in one direction. Many novice riders usually glance down to check their speed or make sure they are shifting correctly. Unfortunately, this can land you in hospital.
Keep your eyes focused in the direction you want. Your eyes will direct your body in the right direction.
Control Your Body:
Balance is all about body positioning. Knowing where your body should be before you turn or jump can make a big difference. If you are not in the right position, you could end up in the dirt with many injuries. Yes, it may take some time to find a comfortable position, but with practice, you’ll soon be able to do it.
Understand Your Bike:
Choosing the right-sized bike makes a lot of difference. You can have a different amount of power depending on how big your bike is. We don’t recommend that you buy the biggest, most expensive bike if you are just starting out. You’ll eventually get better with experience so start small.
Also, make sure you understand its controls and feel its ignition as you ride. Little things like these can have a significant impact during stressful riding conditions.
Have the Right Gear:
Many thoughts go through one’s head when they first get their dirt bike. Sometimes it is easy to forget the right gear or not want to spend the money.
Make sure you have the below-mentioned gear every time you ride:
- A full-face helmet
- Motocross Boots
- Chest Protector
- Motocross Jackets & Pants
Don’t Ignore Maintenance:
It is common for new riders to ignore their bike’s maintenance thinking their bike is new and doesn’t mean daily care. However, you won’t be able to ride if your bike’s motor is damaged or if the oil and filter haven’t been changed. Finding out such issues is only possible with routine maintenance unless your bike breaks down in the middle of a desert.
The main maintenance tasks are changing the oil filter and the oil filter, cleaning/changing air filters, checking tire pressure, and adjusting/lubricating the chain.
These basic tasks will help new riders understand the mechanics of their bikes and how to fix them, sometimes even on a track or trail.
Know Your Clutch and Throttle:
It is often challenging to master the clutch and throttle controls for a newbie. The truth is, it requires patience. Many novices struggle to find the right balance between letting the clutch go and using the throttle. Once you have found the right balance, you will feel your bike pulling forward and the pressure you can apply to the clutch.
This can only be achieved with lots of practice.
Always Start in the Right Spot:
It’s not a good idea to ride in the “good places”, especially if you are just learning the sport.
Because these places are more suited for experienced riders. They include technical trails, challenging tracks, and steep hills. These are lovely places to reach eventually, but beginners should start somewhere flat and free from road hazards or obstacles.
It can be difficult to learn how to shift and feel the throttle-clutch combo without hitting the rocks, roads, or hills when you’re new. So, it’d be ideal if you choose a simple place to practice.
Take it slow and be patient. You will eventually reach the level of skill you desire with a lot of practice. Make sure you keep the above do’s in mind, and you should be good to go!
Happy riding, newbies!