Welcome to the fourth in our series of ‘5 Tips’ articles. This week we’ll be focusing on off-road riding. Do you ride a Triumph Tiger, Scrambler or Explorer and fancy a go at off-road riding? Here are the 5 key tips to consider before hitting the dirt…
1/ There’s a good chance you may have a spill or two when riding off-road so be sure to wear some decent protective clothing – a jacket with body armour, trousers with knee protectors and a pair of sturdy boots.
2/ We wouldn’t advise riding alone – instead, ride in a small group. It makes sense to tell someone your proposed route before setting off and don’t forget your (fully-charged) mobile phone.
3/ If you come across water when out on the trails, don’t just plough on through and hope for the best. Check it’s depth with a stick first.
4/ Always be courteous to other trail users – walkers, mountain bikers, horse riders etc. If your bike is particularly noisy, pull over and kill the engine to let horse riders pass.
5/ Finally, when you return from your green-laning expedition, chances are your bike will be filthy. It’s good practice to spend a few minutes washing the bike down while the mud is still fresh – this will save you a lot of time. Try doing it several days later when the mud has hardened and it will take a lot longer to clean.
See you next Friday.
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