Off-road riding isn't always an easy task, it comes with a lot of challenges, but with those challenges comes the adventure and fun you are seeking. It isn't the same as traditional motorcycle riding because motocross has no boundaries, no rules to be followed, no speed restrictions, and most of all there is no pavement anywhere to be seen.
Off-roading on any bike is something that interests a lot of people due to these factors because it can be a thrill, but this thrill can be very risky. It's not like riding on the streets when you choose to offroad you should learn the different techniques and how to be safe by using the proper motorcycle accessories to truly elevate your riding experiences.
1. Always be aware of your surroundings and do not trespass
This section, while most people assume this is common sense not everyone follows these tips or thinks about it. But you should always have your eyes on your surroundings, and never trespass while riding.
Always pay attention to the paths you want to take and not at the things you don't want to go towards or hit. This is very important because some people will put barbed wire across trails or put stuff on the ground to stop and injure riders/trespassers. This can kill you if you're speeding on an unknown trail and hit the wire or something on the ground because you weren't looking.
Be aware and stay safe!
2. Plan before you ride
Before you ride you should always know where you're going, even if it is just a general area and make sure you know how difficult the terrain is so you can prepare for it. Always share your location and plans with someone as well. Make sure they have the ability to initiate a search in case something happens to you.
While it seems like an obvious thing to do you should always check the weather because your sunny day may turn into a dangerous rainstorm an hour into the trail and that's never fun or safe.
You also should make sure you can pick the bike up easily in case you fall over. Because someone always comes across another person on popular trails because they fell over and can not pick up their own bike. You can always learn techniques though to help lift it back up though if you're deadset on a larger bike that you can not lift.
3. Bike maintenance and prep
A good thing to have is a pre-ride maintenance checklist. This should include tire pressure, fluid levels, chain lube, and check that all of your bolts are tightened down fully.
One of the most important things aside from your engine/chassis is your tires. They can make or break what trails you can take your bike on. If you are planning on riding your bike on the street then hitting a trail the best choice for you is to install a 50/50 dual sport tire.
Last but not least you also want to make sure that when you're prepping that you strap down your gear bags/luggage if you have any on it. If it comes loose and gets stuck in your tire you will in most cases crash and you don't want to do that especially over something that could have been easily avoided.
4. Always have the necessities
When riding it is always a good idea to keep a small toolkit with you a pocket-friendly kit or fanny pack kit is best especially if you do not have a lot of storage. This kit can be a lifesaver so to speak because the last thing you want to happen is something small break that is easily fixable but not having tools with you to fix it caused you to be stranded in the woods.
A tool kit is useless though without a little mechanical understanding, so it is always good to learn various little repairing techniques. Another major necessity is gas and good tires so you should always check your tires and be sure to stock up on gas whenever you make a pit stop especially if you're taking an adventure bike across the country.
Last but not least you should always try to keep enough food/water with you to spend the night, while it would suck to be stuck in the woods for a night it would be even worse to be in the woods and be hungry or thirsty.
5. Make good riding decisions
When you make a poor decision it can be life-threatening for either you or someone in your group if you're not riding alone. So we are going to go over a few key things to keep in mind when choosing to ride.
Always stay within your comfort zone - When you are riding especially out a new trail with a group you want to stay within your comfort zone because speeding up to show off or trying to lead the group because you think you're a good rider can cause the potential to have an accident.
Keep an eye out for warning signs - When you are on a public trail in most cases they will keep signs posted of rough trails or hazards ahead. So if you keep an eye out you can keep yourself from getting in an unneeded predicament.
Eye the terrain - When riding keep your eyes ahead and eye the terrain. What we mean by this is that if you're watching the terrain you can easily tell what's ahead landscape wise. Sloped land and canyons can indicate water erosion on the trail. If you start to see rocky hills ahead more than likely the trails will also start to become rocky.
Avoid riding solo - When you ride solo even if you are a great rider the risk factor you have increased significantly. If you have to rude solo though be sure to be geared up and try to stay on a well-traveled trail with a GPS.
Try to avoid riding at night - Last but not least when you ride at night just like riding alone your risk factor increases. So starting out earlier in the day will help you finish riding by sundown. If you do for whatever reason end up riding at night though, be sure you travel at slower speeds and have good lighting.
So overall our conclusion for you is that when you choose to go off-road and ride you should always be prepared. You want to make sure your bike is in proper condition and that you are ready for whatever is thrown your way. So stay safe and have fun!!!