Tips for Going Off-Road on a Big Adventure Bike

These motorcycles are made to go off the beaten track

Are you a big adventure bike owner? Yes, it’s a great touring machine, but it screams to go off the beaten track. Too big, too heavy, too expensive. But it’s worth it –  you’re gonna have a different experience and get to know your bike better. Here are some basic things to have in mind when going off-road on a big adventure machine. 

Riding position

It’s a must to have the correct riding position when standing on the motorcycle. Your feet must be positioned with the half of the sole on the footpads to enable you shifting the gears and using the rear brake. Also, your legs must be relaxed, and you should reach the handlebar in comfort. You can check your riding position by achieving the right balance. Here’s an exercise: Put your bike on the centre-stand and get on it without grabbing the handlebar. Then, without using your hands, get off the bike. 

Raise your handlebar

To achieve a more relaxed riding position you might have to raise your bike’s handlebar. 

Clutch

Using the clutch properly is one of the most important things when going off-road. Sometimes it’s necessary to use it for getting the right amount of torque, and it’s important to do it the right way when passing obstacles. It’s recommended to grab your clutch using only two fingers. 

Never go out without a friend

It’s not just about having fun. It’s that you might need some help when dropping your bike.

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Learn how to lift it 

The big adventure bikes have more than 220 kg. So it might be quite difficult to lift the bike by yourself. However, if using the correct technique, you can do it without getting a herniated disc. So don’t use your back muscles. Use your leg muscles instead and keep your back straight. You can check some how to videos on YouTube or ask for a certified instructor to teach you.

How to pass a river

Ask your friend to do it first – another benefit of going off-road with a friend. Besides that, you should beware that you can’t see what’s under the water – there could be slippery stones or big holes, so take it easy. 

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