The most important thing to take into account is that you maintain your bike correctly and it is in ideal condition. Dirt bikes meet harsh, dirty conditions hence upkeep is particularly important. A bike that is not looked after properly will be very frustrating for the rider and will be a danger to yourself and all those near you. If embarking on a long tour or on an excursion that will take many days this will be even more vital. You should always carry out a comprehensive inspection of your dirt bike before you start out and correct any problems you find. Then your journey will be safe and you won’t be stranded by a problem with your bike.
The following are basic maintenance tips:
* Change the oil and oil filter frequently. These need to be replaced much more frequently than for a street motorcycle using a good quality oil specially made for motorcycles.
* Change the air filter often. Dirt bikes are ridden in a dirty environment which makes sure that the air filter will become blocked quickly which can lead to damage to the engine.
* Examine the tire pressure and the tires. Ensure the tires have no worn spots or cuts and replace them at once if they become damaged.
* Make certain that the brake fluid is topped up often and is clean and that the when the brakes are applied the wheels lock correctly.
* Test for missing spokes on the wheels and ensure there are no dents in the rim release air and lead to flat tires.
Safety gear will help to help keep you uninjured if you have an accident or come off the bike. Take care that it fits well as as helmets and clothes that fit poorly won’t offer you adequate protection. Please wear an approved helmet that has not been involved in a crash. This can result in unseen damage that, while not obvious, may result in the helmet not protecting you properly just when you most need it. Wear in addition to elbow and knee pads for added safety if you fall off. Damaged or worn gear will need to be replaced. Your safety is extremely important and you should never try to save money on this type of gear.
Make sure you have plenty of provisions for your excursion and to cope in an emergency. Your supplies should include food, fuel and water. Should you be stuck far from from civilization you will be pleased you packed enough water and food! Also pack a small first aid kit and restore those things you use immediately. A small flashlight is also a good idea.
Don’t Get Lost!
Prepare for the trip by studying a map of the route to prevent you from easily getting lost. You do not want to have to call emergency services just because you didn’t know the area! It is important to always make sure you tell someone of your trip’s route and how long it will take. There are many areas where mobile phone service may not be accessible and should an emergency occur you may not be able to call anyone. If at all possible carry a GPS navigator with you, with spare batteries, to make certain you won’t get lost.
Dirt biking is exciting and fun as long as you prepare appropriately before you go! Be careful not to be a hazard to yourself and others by not following the factors presented above.