Friday, 10 June 2016

Riding in The Mud

Riding in unpredictable conditions such as mud generally means less traction to count on, hence less control. Technique can vary from standing up, through to a lot of paddling with your feet as you proceed.

If the mud is not too deep and you can still stand up, use the neutral position. If you feel you are losing traction, then shift your weight to the back of the bike to help the rear wheel grip and drive. If you are losing steering control, then try to move forward to put more weight on the front wheel, helping it to grip and steer.

Ride in a taller gear, keep the revs low, and ‘feather’ the clutch when necessary. Remember at all times to try and pick the line which offers the most grip That said, these need to be subtle adjustments and you should try to avoid any sudden changes in weight shift or throttle oscillation.

Steering control in loose conditions resides in the legs and hips, and you will find the bike is tremendously responsive to peg inputs. Instead, commit, look up and ahead, and keep the bike moving at a brisk walking speed. Your bike may also overheat during a period of slow riding and higher-than-normal revs, so check the radiator to ensure that it is not caked with mud.

You might also want to look at moving the front fender up so it doesn’t clog with mud and hinder the rotation of the front wheel. If you do get stuck, jump off quickly and push with the bike in first gear.

Source: Adventure Bike Rider, June 2016 "Riding Technique: Matering Riding in The Mud"

Ride On!

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