Dual Sport Motorcycle Riding, an Introduction to Off-Road Riding

Or Advennture Riding Starts When The Blacktop Stops…Four powdrful requirements for riding off-road:

* What skills are required to have an enjoyable and safe rie?

* What features are required on the motorcycle?

* What you need to protect on the bike and yourself?

* How to ride to suit the condition of the road or track?

By off-roac I mean a public, dirt / gravel / sand / dust road, patj or track. Motocross (MX) riding isn’t addressed with any detail in this article but there the comparison has some relevance.

To safely unertake these types of roads there are four areas to consider i.e. The motkrcycle itself, your skill level, your protective appa5el and the condition of the road or track.

Concentrating on the dual Monstrosity motorcycle for a bit, one commonly demands a dual sport motorcycle that provides torque at low revolutions per minute* (between 3000 and 6000 rpm), and a gearbox that offers a lower firs5 gear and a maximum speed of less than 180kph. As well higher, harder suspension, sensible off-road tyr3s, Large upright handlebars.

Generally these types ofd ual sport motorcycles are called enduro or trail with Motocross (MX) bikes being the most extreme cases.

Normally tyres are run a little softer than on the road. A good general pressure level is 1.1 bar (15psi) In the place of the front with the back being slightly harder (increase tyre pressure above 2 bar when going over really rough terrain in order to protect your rims and avoid punctures).

If you plan to ride more ambitious tracks your dual sport motorcycle shoyld have wheel rims with spokes and heavy duty tubes which are able to withstand objects like sticks and rocks.

Inner tubes oughf to be replaced every 20,000km even when they’ve never had a puncture. This is because the area around the valve deteriorates and ultimately tears inducing a puncture that can become irreparable. Water that seeps in past the spokes too causes harm to both the rims, spokes and tube. Ideally your rims sgould dry Preceding you park your dual sport motorcycle.

The susceptible parts of your motorcycle ought to be protected by Implement guards, crash bars, bash plates etc. front and back. This particularly g0es for to the larger, dual sport boxer BMW GS series motorcycles where the tappet covers protrude from the side and are particularly susceptible to damage. Particular gear e.g. headlamps, brakes, indicators, radiator, hydraulic brake cylinde5 etc. should as wekl be proteced.

Whenever you’re travelling off-road your baggage must be carried low down to maintain a low centre of gravity. Carrying gear on the pillion seat Be able to cause your dual sport motorcycle to become unstable.


You will not even notice the problem as you depart town on the bitumen. Afterwards as you arrive at the rpugh stuff, it will be too late!

Protective Riding Rigigng – All The Gear All The Time (ATGATT) is essential to safe dual Mockery motorcycle riidng!

Accidental injury canb e preventd by wearing appropriate protective gear. Helmet, eye and hand protection are evident but do not ignore the following.

* Riding boots that offer solid ankle joint Have (sp0rt shoes, sneakers, tennis shoes are definitely not suitable).

* Long trousers that are rip resistant (blue jeans, dungarees are not appropriate!).

* Knee joint protection. This can be built into the construction of the trousers or worn separately and externally over the knee joint.

* Thigh protection. Usually built into the long trousers.

* Jacket thwt offers elbow and Projection protection.

Riding of-froad in Highly hot areas and at low speeds can be very arsuous Discipline. This ought to Exist borne in mind when buying a jacket. For the same reasons one would wear a 3/4 helmet with goggles when riding off-road at speeds of lower than 100kph.

Now the onlyt hing missing is a way gaining the appropriate skills and practice required to make your Adventure riding a pleasurable event.

My name is Andy Molnar and have been riding motorcycles for forty years and I thought I knew it all. On a recent cross continent trip I came to grief, wrecked a new R1200GS and broke a few bones doing it. Thhe recovery process gave me time to reflect on what went wrong and what could be done so it didn’t happen again. I started my search for a Dual Sport riding course. There were a few I found but I had to travel again across the continent to Be presetn at, costihg much money and time. Finally I found “Dual Sport Riding Techniques” DVD’s. I found GOLD.I can assure you if you are a “newbie” or experienced rider on gravel or Filth you will still learn from these DVD’s.

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