Dirt Bike Beginner's Guide to Riding

Outdoor enthusiasts with a desire to explore long distance in remote areas tend to find dirt biking, or Off-Highway Vehicles (OHVs) to be the cure. 

Here are some helpful tips to keep in mind as you prepare for your first or next OHV excursion.

Pre-Ride Check

Remember to perform your pre-ride check. Look over your bike's tires, wheels, chassis and fluid levels. If uncertain as to your bike's specifications for safe riding, reference your owner's manual for precise information.

Safety Equipment

There are good reasons why state laws and riders' clubs require a minimum degree of protective gear. For starters, be sure to wear a DOT approved helmet that offers head and face protection.

Also, your gloves should provide protection for your palms, knuckles and cover your fingers. Finally, don't forget your feet, legs and upper body. Your boots should cover your calves, and a long sleeve shirt and long pants are a must.

Tool and Personal Kits

Be sure to pack in proportion to the duration of your ride. At minimum, pack the tool kit provided with your bike. Also, consider packing a spare spark plug, wrench and tire repair kit.

Finally, don't forget your personal kit. This should include sufficient water, snacks, mobile phone or other communications device, map, compass and basic first aid kit.

Know the Terrain

It's crucial to be aware of the terrain where you will be riding. For your safety and protection of the land you are riding, stay on trails and avoid unnecessary or risky situations.

Know your limits as a rider and stay within those limits. Leave the stories of expensive repairs and visits to the hospital to others. You're riding to have fun, not make YouTube's dirt biking bloopers.

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