Conquering the Dirt: Tips For Beginner Off-Road Motorcyclists in Bend

GETTING STARTED WITH OFFROAD MOTORCYCLING

Welcome to the thrilling world of offroad motorcycling in Bend! If you’re a beginner, this guide includes tips, techniques, and valuable resources to help you get started on your off road adventure.

Before hitting the trails, it’s important to understand the basics of off road motorcycling. Here’s some things we think you should know:

  • CHOOSING THE RIGHT MOTORCYCLE FOR OFFROAD RIDING: WHEN SHOPPING FOR YOUR FIRST MOTORCYCLE CONSIDER ANY PAST EXPERIENCE YOU MAY HAVE. ITS JUST AS EASY TO UNDER SIZE AS IT IS TO OVER SIZE YOUR FIRST BIKE. IF YOU RODE SOME AS A KID YOU MAY PICK IT UP QUICKER THAN SOMEONE WHO HAS NO EXPERIENCE AT ALL. DO YOU KNOW HOW TO DRIVE A STANDARD VEHICLE? IF SO YOU WILL PROBABLY HAVE AN EASIER TIME USING A MOTORCYCLE MANUAL CLUTCH AND HAVE MORE CONTROL OVER A LARGER DISPLACEMENT ENGINE. WHAT IS YOUR PHYSICAL SIZE? IF YOU’RE A BIG PERSON YOU WILL WANT TO GET A LARGER FRAMED MOTORCYCLE, BUT THAT DOESN’T ALWAYS MEAN A MORE POWERFUL MACHINE. IT WOULD PROBABLY BE A GOOD IDEA TO RIDE A COUPLE MOTORCYCLES BEFORE GOING OUT AND BUYING ONE ON THE SUGGESTION OF A BLOG. WE’LL LINK BELOW TO A COUPLE RIDING COURSES YOU MAY WANT TO CHECK OUT BEFORE SETTLING ON A PURCHASE.
  • ESSENTIAL GEAR AND SAFETY EQUIPMENT FOR OFF ROAD RIDING:  ABSOLUTELY A VERY IMPORTANT SUBJECT TO CONSIDER. I’LL QUICKLY BREAK IT DOWN. COVER YOURSELF FROM HEAD TO TOE. THIS MEANS A HELMET, GOGGLES, CONSIDER A NECK BRACE, CHEST AND BACK PROTECTION, ELBOW GUARDS, GLOVES, COMFORTABLE RIDING PANTS, KNEE AND SHIN GUARDS, AND A PAIR OF MOTORCYCLE SPECIFIC BOOTS. THERE ARE COUNTLESS OBSTACLES OUT THERE THAT WILL NOT MOVE JUST BECAUSE YOU BODY SLAM THEM. STAY PROTECTED AND YOU WILL THANK YOURSELF.
  • BASIC RIDING TECHNIQUES FOR NAVIGATING DIFFERENT TERRAINS:  YOU MUST LEARN BASIC RIDING SKILLS WHICH SEEMS OBVIOUS BUT IF YOU DON’T HAVE ANYONE TO GUIDE YOU THROUGH THE LEARNING CURVE HERE ARE A COUPLE LINKS TO CHECK OUT. HTTPS://WWW.ENDUROSCHOOLBEND.COM/ BRANDEN CAN HELP YOU THROUGH THE INITIAL START TO YOUR RIDING JOURNEY AND BEYOND. HTTPS://TEAM-OREGON.ORG/ BOOK A CLASS WITH TEAM OREGON. NOT ONLY WILL YOU GET YOUR MOTORCYCLE ENDORSMENT BUT THEY ARE EXPERTS AT TRAINING AND WILL GIVE YOU USEFUL TIPS THAT WILL IMPROVE EVERY ASPECT OF YOUR RIDING SKILLS.

RECOMMENDED READING:

BASIC OFF-ROAD RIDING TECHNIQUES

UNDERSTANDING LOCAL RULES AND RIDING RESPONSIBLY

Each area has specific rules and regulations for offroad motorcycling. Staying safe and riding responsibly is key to a great experience. It’s always crucial to know:

  • LOCAL OFF-ROAD MOTORCYCLE LAWS AND REGULATIONS.
  • DESIGNATED AREAS AND TRAILS FOR OFF-ROAD RIDING IN BEND.
  • UNDERSTAND TRAIL ETIQUETTE AND RESPECT OTHER TRAIL USERS.
  • STAYING INFORMED ABOUT WEATHER CONDITIONS AND TRAIL CLOSURES.
  • PRACTICING ENVIRONMENTAL RESPONSIBILITY WHILE RIDING.                                                                                                                           
  • ALL OF THESE POINTS CAN BE ANSWERED BY VISITING     HTTPS://WWW.FS.USDA.GOV/INTERNET/FSE_DOCUMENTS/STELPRDB5340950.PDF  AND HTTPS://WWW.RIDEATVOREGON.ORG/. HERE YOU WILL FIND A VAST AMOUNT OF LOCAL RIDING INFORMATION THAT WILL LINK TO EVERYTHING YOU LEGALLY NEED TO KNOW BEFORE YOU GO. DON’T SKIP THIS STEP. IT WILL HELP CLEAR UP ANY QUESTIONS YOU MAY NOT EVEN KNOW YOU HAVE.  PLUS IT WILL GUIDE YOU TO ALL OF OUR RIDING AREAS IN THE CENTRAL OREGON NETWORK AND THROUGHOUT THE STATE.

IMPROVING YOUR SKILLS

As you gain experience, consider enhancing your skills through:

 
EMBARKING ON YOUR OFF-ROAD MOTORCYCLING JOURNEY IN BEND IS AN EXCITING ADVENTURE. WITH THE RIGHT PREPARATION, RESPECT FOR THE RULES, AND A COMMITMENT TO SAFETY, YOU’LL BE WELL ON YOUR WAY TO ENJOYING THE THRILLING EXPERIENCES THAT AWAIT ON THE DIRT!

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