ATV, Dirt Bike Riding Tips and Techniques
If you’re after some solid dirt bike riding tips… then read on. If you get the technique right, the speed will come naturally. Most of your riding should be done in the standing position. To do this…
1. Have the foot pegs in the middle of your feet for easy access and control of your foot levers.
2. Grip the bike with your knees slightly bent near the bottom of the tank.
3. Your back should be slightly arched with your bum towards the rear. Keep your arms up, and elbows forward with your head over the handle bars.
4. Try and keep either 1 or 2 fingers on the clutch and brake levers as much as possible.
Practice riding like this over rough terrain and watch your speed, control and enjoyment increase!
Consult your owner’s manual for information on turning your ATV. In general, when riding at low to moderate speeds, you should:
a. Move your body forward and lean in the direction of the turn.
b. Turn the handlebars while looking where you are turning.
c. If the ATV begins to tip, lean farther into the turn and slowly reduce your speed.
2. Riding uphill.
In general, you should:
a. Use good judgment. If you think the hill is too steep to climb safely, don’t attempt it. Instead, you may be able to traverse the slope.
b. Before starting the climb, shift into a lower gear and increase your speed.
c. During the climb, increase the throttle steadily to keep your forward momentum.
d. Slide forward on the seat, or stand and lean forward.
e. Always lean uphill while leaving your feet on the footrests.
f. If you can’t see over the top of the hill to check for obstacles, slow down until you can.
3. Riding downhill.
When riding downhill, remember to:
a. Move back on the seat while leaving your feet on the footrests.
b. Maintain a slow speed.
c. Brake gradually.
d. Stay in a low gear.
e. Keep your eyes focused ahead.
4. Traversing a slope.
Some hills may be too steep to ride up or down in a straight line. When traversing, be sure to:
a. Keep your feet on the footrests.
b. Shift your weight to the uphill side.
How to Shift on a 110cc Dirt Bike
Things you’ll need:
1. Open, grassy field.
1. Find a flat, grassy area to practice your shifting skills.
2. Climb on the bike, pull in the clutch lever, which is on the left hand grip, and then kick start the engine.
3. Place your left foot on top of the gear shift, which is near the left foot peg of the motorcycle and push straight down to shift into first gear.
4. Gain momentum to a point that you can coast and pull in on the clutch lever again. Slide your left toes under the gear shift, and pull straight upward to shift into second gear. Release the clutch lever again and gain momentum by twisting the throttle on the right-hand grip.
5. Continue shifting upward by repeating Step 4 until you have reached the top gear. When you are ready to begin shifting back down, reverse the steps by pulling in on the clutch, pressing down on the gear shift and releasing the clutch again.
Pull up on the gear shift at the bottom of the sequence to shift into neutral.