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Off Road Motorcycle Riding Tips

September 8, 2021
One of the most important off-road riding skills you should learn and practice is standing while riding, whether you are a seasoned street rider learning to ride off-road or totally new to motorcycling. Standing while riding does more than make you look cool and allow you to stretch your legs – it will keep you balanced and in control of your motorcycle.



If you are a brand new dirt rider, I suggest trying to stand while riding off-road as much as possible to get comfortable. At first, standing while riding may seem clumsy and unnatural. Over time and with plenty of practice, it will become second nature. Being able to decide when to sit, stand, or paddle your bike through a section will conserve energy and leave you a more skilled off-road rider.

Posture

Riding posture and controls setup should be carefully analysed before trying to ride while standing. Always keep your head up and eyes looking where you want to go and remember to relax. 

Motorcycle setup and posture

This topic deserves a post of its own, but we will hit the high points for now. First and foremost, it is important to set up your motorcycle so that it is comfortable to ride whether you’re standing or sitting. This usually takes a little adjusting. Typically, folks will need to move their gear shifter and rear brake lever up slightly and their clutch and front brake levers down slightly. Handlebars should be in line with the front forks and risers should not be considered unless the length from the foot pegs to the end of the handlebars is less than half the length of your height.

You should stand with the balls of your feet on or near the foot pegs, knees somewhat bent, and your body leaning slightly forwards towards the handlebars. Be sure to keep a slight bend in your arms, your elbows up, and only one or two fingers on the clutch and front brake. Keep your head and eyes up and looking in the direction you want to go.

Moving your feet further forward on the pegs places your toes closer to the controls and will make it easier to reach the gear shift lever and rear brake while standing, but will give you slightly less balance and control through very technical terrain.



Many new off-road riders have trouble with unwanted throttle and steering input while standing. This is largely due to improper bike setup and can be solved by analysing your riding posture and controls. It is important to note that if you cannot comfortably use the controls, you will not feel comfortable standing and riding. It might take a little trial and error to find the adjustment that is right for you.

Sitting

If the terrain is smooth, you can sit to conserve energy. Sliding back will weight the rear and increase traction, necessary for hard acceleration. 

For most people, sitting is the most natural position on the motorcycle. You are conserving the most energy by sitting and have less distance to fall if you do crash. Typically, you sit when you are navigating long and relatively smooth sections or tighter corners on smooth terrain. Sliding back on the seat while sitting can help with acceleration, as well. Due to the increased weight over the rear tire, traction will be improved. When you think about sitting while riding off-road, think of flat-track racers and their ability to accelerate quickly and slide around corners.

Standing

Rocks, roots, ruts and other obstacles are best traversed while standing. Be sure to bend your knees and elbows and keep your body loose. 

Standing takes a bit more energy, but allows your body a wide range of motion to aid in balancing the motorcycle. Keeping your legs slightly bent will act like suspension as you cross obstacles in the trail, saving your back from injuries resulting from the jarring. While standing, you will be able to quickly shift your weight forwards and backwards as needed to maintain traction for hills and obstacles, and side to side as needed for balance. Standing allows you to easily weight and de-weight (compressing and decompressing the suspension), a necessary technique for crossing larger obstacles.

The majority of the time while standing you will want your knees to be loose and away from the tank of the motorcycle. This will allow the motorcycle and your body to move independently. In certain circumstances, like hard acceleration or braking or descending steep hills, you may grip the tank with your knees to keep your body in position on the motorcycle and reduce fatigue in your arms.

Your body movements and weight transfer will affect your motorcycle more while standing than sitting, giving you the ability to quickly adjust for trail conditions. You will find that while standing you will have more control in technical terrain, allowing the motorcycle to work (move) under you. Check out some videos of trials riders standing and using their body positioning to remain balanced through very technical sections.

Paddling

Paddling is best for very technical or high-risk sections taken at low speeds. Paddling is sometimes the best (and safest) option! 

If you have ever watched the top Exteme Enduro racers, you will notice they stand most of the time. However, when they get to a section that becomes too difficult or risky to remain standing on the motorcycle, they will sit and begin to paddle their way through the section.

Paddling is done at slower speeds, through very technical or slippery terrain. It is important to note that paddling means to remain sitting on the seat of the bike and use your legs to dab on either side to remain upright. Paddling does not mean you are trying to push your way through with your legs. You should allow the motorcycle to do the work and only use your legs for balance – think training wheels here.

Most of the time when paddling you will want your bottom towards the rear of the bike to keep weight on the rear wheel for increased traction.

Deciding whether to sit or stand

It all really comes down to the rider to practice sitting and standing in varying terrain to determine what works the best. I have found that for the most part, sitting in the smoother sections, standing through the technical sections, and paddling through the very technical sections will be the best course of action.

You will need to become comfortable both while standing and sitting before you can swap back and forth without much thought. When you get to the point where you can ride any terrain while sitting or standing, then you can decide how to get through each section as quickly and safely as possible. Being able to swap seamlessly between each technique to maximize traction and control will greatly increase your speed and have you leaving your riding buddies in the dust!
 

Parking A Motorcycle On A Hill

August 29, 2021
Getting your bike up a steep hill isn’t as easy as you might think. It’s one of the trickiest moves that you can imagine for even the most experienced motorcyclist. If you plan to purchase a motorcycle or scooter for transportation, you must learn how to park it. Bike parking on a hill can be quite the scene. With the wind blowing, you’ve got your helmet on, and you’re warm and snug as you sit in your seat admiring the view. But parking a bike on the hill is all about the valuable tri...

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Night Motorcycle Riding

July 30, 2021
Riding in the dark can be much harder than riding in good light conditions. Even motorcyclists who have been riding for years can struggle once the sun goes down. However, it is not always possible to avoid riding at night. If you do need to ride at night, for whatever reason, you should try to follow these safety tips to help to keep you safe.



Adjusting your Headlights

Before riding in the dark, you must make sure that your headlight is set up properly. The way that your weight sits on a bike ...

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Who uses Medical Couriers ?

July 30, 2021
Medical Motorbike Couriers North West England. Medical Couriers are trained professionals who can transport any number of materials about the practice of medicine. They have training beyond that of a typical courier because their deliveries are not only personal but could lead to serious health risks if not properly handled.



Both Private and Business Purposes

Of course, North West medical couriers are typically employed by doctors’ offices and hospitals. They are trained to safely deliver spe...

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Responding To Hazards On A Motorcycle

July 29, 2021
Being prepared for hazards will help you to spot them early and take action in good time to keep you and other road users safe.



Getting a clear view

While you’re riding, it’s important to keep scanning the road ahead and around you so that you can spot potential hazards in good time: the sooner you spot a hazard, the easier it is to take action and avoid an incident.

There may be things along the road that limit what you can see, such as parked cars or overhanging trees. If you cannot see cl...

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City Motorbike Riding

July 29, 2021
Riding a motorcycle in the city centre can vary hugely to riding on motorways and open roads in the countryside, however if you choose to commute to work in a city coping with built-up traffic is part of everyday riding and the benefits can be vast.



Those who choose two wheels to commute to work every day may cut costs, time and pollution, which is great for bank balances and the environment, so here’s a few tips to ensure that you stay safe while saving:

Slow down

Often when riding in a city ...

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Courier Services UK

May 28, 2021
UK Courier Service. It’s easy to forgive someone for assuming that courier and postal services are the same thing. But they're not. A courier service is a premium, all-inclusive service which collects and delivers shipments in the shortest possible time frame, while postal services are generally used for transporting letters and parcels which can sometimes take some time to arrive at their final destination.



Here are other functions of courier services which makes it different to postal serv...

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Buying A Vintage Motorcycle

March 19, 2021
I often get asked about ‘what to look for when buying an old Japanese motorcycle’, so I thought I would post a few tips and pointers to help people make informed decisions as to what to look for and what to avoid.



This will be changed as time goes on

Firstly, decide what you want out of a motorcycle

This is probably the most overlooked thing as people have a habit of buying with their hearts rather than their heads. If you are under 5’6″ and are just going to ride it about town and not d...

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Beginners Guide To Riding Your Motorbike In Winter

March 16, 2021
Riding a motorcycle comes with many responsibilities. Conscientious riders need the right awareness and the proper gear to ride safely. Not only are the normal issues that come with riding amplified in the winter weather, but it has many issues of its own that cause havoc for bikers every year, especially those who ride into it unprepared.



Knowing the gear that’s available to you to make your ride as safe and comfortable as possible is a must in the midst of all the new challenges that come ...

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