If you’re just entering the world of dirt biking, then you may have purchased a new bike thinking learning how to ride your bike would be a cinch, and while it can be if you use the right techniques, if you don’t know much about dirt biking in general, then you’re probably still taking it easy on the trails.
If you can’t afford the steep price that comes with professional dirt bike riding lessons, then you’ll need to pay close attention to the riding tips we’ve included here in order to ensure that you ride safe, learn how to handle your new bike, and enjoy your time on the trails.
Check Out the Pros
Going fast on a dirt bike is more about getting used to the raw power, and not so much about your riding experience. Basically, it all boils down to technique. Riding fast and well doesn’t come until you know how to handle your bike. You can go online and do some research and watch videos of how the pros ride. Make sure you take notes regarding how they come out and in of turns and how they tackle the whoops. Having access to these visuals is very important and can teach you more about proper techniques and what to do and what not to do when you ride.
Really, the hardest part of riding a dirt bike involves getting the hang of the correct body position. The right body position will incorporate where your feet go on the pegs and where you grip your knees. Most of the time, when you’re riding around you’ll be in the standing position, because you can’t tackle obstacles or race effectively in the sitting position.
Using the Clutch
There’s no reason to use the clutch for down shifting, since a dirt bike isn’t a car. Many new riders will try down shifting in order to slow down when they’re about to turn. Just like when you’re driving a car, when you down shift on a bike you can interrupt the flow of your ride, which is the last thing you want to do. Instead, use the brake in order to determine how much speed you need to use in order to fly through a turn.
In order to prevent your real wheel from bucking and causing the bike to toss you, always remember to drag the rear brake. Once you begin to feel the rear wheel start kicking, drag the brakes instead of grabbing them. This will prevent the suspension from bouncing around which often results in losing control.
Practice Makes Perfect
By now, you’re probably tired of hearing it, but you if want to improve your dirt biking skills then you need to put in some serious practice time. If you don’t practice regularly, then you may end up falling into bad habits. With dirt biking, it’s all too easy to forget certain techniques and how you handled taking a turn even just a week ago. Dedicate an hour or two a few times a week to riding and you’ll find that riding will begin to feel like second nature, in no time at all.