This is our soon-to-be world famous Riding Tips page. We’ll post useful stuff on here to improve your general riding skills, wheelies, jumps, cornering, etc. Because we’re only new, for now we’ve just got a couple of videos for you to watch, but in the future there’ll be lots of words to read as well.
As with everything you learn on a dirt bike, start small and spend a lot of time practising. It can be very dangerous to do jumps and you should always be careful. It’s a lot more difficult than the guys on TV make it look.A good rule of thumb, especially for beginners, is to always be standing on your pegs when you jump, with your weight in a neutral position as you leave the ramp. If you try a sit-down jump without knowing what you’re doing, you’re very likely to fly over the handlebars and have your bike land on top of you, even on a small jump. Trust me.
Who doesn’t want to be able to pull those big impressive wheelies? Remember to start small and practise a lot, cos these are definintely harder than the pro’s make it look. But get it right and the chicks will flock to you (as long as you’re also rich).
Great wheelies come from a mixture of balance, and excellent control of the throttle, clutch and rear brake. Make sure you are ALWAYS covering the rear brake so you can bring that front wheel back down if you start to go over backwards.
Probably the biggest hurdle when first learning wheelies is ‘throttle chop’ where you get a bit panicked as the front wheel lifts and you instinctively throttle back, effectively
ending your wheelie. Have a look at this video to see a good example. The only way to combat throttle chop is practise, practise, practise until you get comfortable with the feeling (although we’re about to test a device that’s supposed to help considerably – check back soon and we’ll let you know).
Below are some instructional videos to get you started on your way to pulling monster mono’s. Good luck, have fun and be safe!
Well done to the guys for getting back on, and on, and on…
Accidents happen, especially in dirt bike riding. In fact, it sometimes seems we go out of our way to have accidents, but there are some simple things we can do to reduce the severity of injuries and the frequency of getting hurt at all.
Number one on anybodys list of accident prevention has to be safety gear. Helmet, goggles, gloves, boots, long sleeves, long pants – at least these things, every time you ride. We’ve all jumped on our bike for a quick spin at some point, without one or the other of these things. “Just a little spin, won’t need gloves (or whatever)”. Have you ever come off your ride, ever, at any speed from stopped to flat out? Did you put your hands out to stop your fall? If you’re not wearing gloves and you hit the ground with your hands at much more than a walking pace, then you’re going to lose skin, and probably meat as well. It’ll probably end your riding for the day, possibly much longer, but it may put you off
work, or worse, for a while as well. Hit the ground at speed with no gloves and you’re in for a world of hurt.
The same applies for every single item of your safety gear. A few weeks ago I was navigating around a fallen tree, through some small rocks and concentrating on a problem with the bike in front of me. I was only going slow, shouldn’t have been any problem, I’ve been round the same obstacle many times before. This time, however, the front wheel dug in to a rut, turned sideways and speared me into the ground like a lawn dart. Even at such a slow speed, it was violent and quick – I didn’t even have time to get my hands off the bars before the top of my head smacked into the ground and a decent sized rock. I got up, dusted myself off, picked up the bike and continued on. No harm, no foul, but the gouge in the top of my helmet tells me it would’ve been a different story if I wasn’t wearing it.
Another thing we can all do to prevent accidents is think! Just pause for a second and think about your actions before doing something stupid. I’ve heard of a guy who was washing his bike at home and decided to fire it up to make sure it was clear of water. Threw his leg over, placed his thong-clad foot on the kickstart and booted it. Of course the wet thong/foot combination slipped and the footpeg gouged his shin to the bone. Ouch. Just pause and have a little think about what you’re doing. “Should I be going this fast on a trail I don’t know?”, “What does the landing area of this jump I’m in the middle of look like?”, “What if the guy I’m 3 feet behind brakes hard?” – these are all questions that you should give a bit of consideration to before they happen.
Closely related to thinking is to always ride within your limits, and to start small and build up gradually when learning new stuff. Don’t hit a 35 foot gap the first time you try a jump. Just because everyone else is doing it and landing it, doesn’t mean you should, or could. You may have stumbled into the Crusty Demons training area, which is why everything looks so easy. Stop, think about it first. Please.
Prepare for accidents. We don’t want them to happen, but even with the best of intentions, safety gear and rider abilities, sometimes things go pear shaped. When it does go wrong, know how to handle it. Have a basic first-aid kit, have some knowledge of how to use it. Know how to summon help quickly if needed and how to get to it in the fastest way possible.
Avoid riding alone. Even if someone knows where you’re going and when you’ll be back, it’s not much comfort to you if you’re laying in the bush bleeding and hurting, but you’re not expected back at camp for another half an hour.
Have fun, look out for one another and stay safe out there!