Updated: Jul 4, 2019
Mud is an integral part of the life of an off-road rider. It may seem scary if you cross it for the first time, but there are techniques to cross it without slowing, slipping or falling into it. We at Siima Motowear have done some research and we present you with this guide that will help you to think about the different steps that allow you to prepare for mud driving, through mud drive and later cleaning you can have a good time and keep your bike over.
1. Prepare for the trip before departure.
Wear it as usual, but be sure to add gaiters to protect your legs from the mud. There is no doubt that you will not still get muddy, but you will feel more comfortable if your legs are not covered with mud. Other things to note are:
Corrosion is important so try to find out if there was bad weather a few days before you arrive there.
Use safety glasses. You cannot always be sure of what is in the mud. Solid objects and bacteria from the mud that cause infection can enter your eyes if you are not careful.
Your bike must always be ready to get muddy. Some things that will help:
Choose coarse tires. The number of profile buttons, the more mud is created before the frame freezes.
Spray the entire frame with lubricant. With mild clay conditions, this can help repel sludge buildup in the frame.
Directional tires (chevron-shaped) are suitable for riding in the mud (chevron-shaped) and semi-slicks, enables a motorcycle to smoothly cut through the mud to the surface to reach the tough ground. Slimmer tires (1 1/2 "(40 mm)) are going to be suitable for mud-riding too.
Keep the tire pressure low, about 35 to 40 lbs. This allows the frame to be better under certain conditions.
Use heavy lubricating oil for the chain. This often has to be staying in front of the mud. Though expensive, the wax chain is best because it will not hold mud in contrast to lubricant. A durable protective/lubricant agent "T-9 Boeshield" is more comfortable to apply but will adhere firmly.
Replace the brake pads before you start riding or take a spare pair with you. Wear brake pads on the pin or on the body when sludge residues fall continuously. When wet, the clay is like sandpaper and tears.
Make sure the gears are neat before you go. Mud can make them jump around contrarily.
Attach mudguards to the lower tube and front wheel to protect the front better.
If you are a regular mud-rider, make sure that the gear cables and brake cables are high in quality so as to enable smooth changes and braking when the mud is sturdy.
2. Learn some techniques for riding in the mud.
As you approach the mud, stay relaxed on your seat and get ready for slippage. If possible, stay close to the vegetation where the line is less expected to be muddy along the way.
Do not orient the bike in one direction or another with high-speed slides where tires may fall. Route with the handlebars instead and push accurately. This requires some tilt while your bike is still balanced and has a continuous drag with your tires. It's a good idea to put weight on your bike. However, if you need to slide on the chair (seat), use both ends of the bar.
As you approach the mud exit, begin your sprint when you feel that your tires are connected to the hard ground and then speed up.
Maintain pedal pressure.
Turn the ramp slightly to increase the weight of the rear wheel. Your rear frame will tire more, and your front frame will not really need to be overweight.
Always select the correct ratio before going up or down. When you get off, check your speed before you reach the deep mud, or you may fall when you reach the mud.
Do not do anything radical! Your goal is to maintain speed, not increase or change lines.
3. Stand on the bike
Usually the center of gravity of the bike around the engine, and when the biker sits on his chair, the central point is raised.
Everyone knows that the center of gravity makes the bike more challenging and harder to maneuver. Even if it is not apparent, the center of gravity is significantly reduced if you stay on the footrests, as your full weight is now on the hook. Not surprisingly, about three-quarters of all off-road activities involve participation. Moving the bike in narrow places will be much easier if you are not sitting on the pitch.
Some tips for standing on the motorcycle:
• Stand on tiptoe and not on your heels. The brake control and brake pedal are somewhat tricky, but it is much easier to get an idea of bike physics that way.
• Kiss the tank lightly with your thighs. This gives you a better feeling of lean angle and helps keep the motorcycle under control.
• Drive with elbows extended. This provides flexibility when the road becomes uneven.
• Use your knees to absorb shock; this will ensure that you will not get out of the bike.
4. Keep your pace.
The momentum is always your best friend; whether you're trying to drive fast or turn it into a technical hill, there are cases where swing really helps you to land. Look at the wet mud hill many of them were found in Costa Rica, and one of the most significant difficulties in riders is the loss of their talents.
Sometimes driving too slowly makes things harder. Your motorcycle tires get filled up with mud, and you start fighting and braking often. It is better to drive without speeding up and let your bike just roll. Leave the braking on the engine if you can it will give you more control over the bike.
Riding will become more efficient! Be careful with the front brake! Too many front brakes will drive you away faster than you can say "Dear life"! On particularly sharp descents you should shut down the engine off and let out the clutch gradually, use it as a brake, all the while balancing between both the rear and front brakes. This way, you do not have to keep the engine running, and you can get more control over your rear wheel more than just blocking brakes.
5. Brake evenly.
The only time the brakes should be used is when you start to operate the pivot point of a narrow range, in all other cases, the best way to brake is gentle front and rear braking at the same time. Smashing on the brakes will cause sudden loss of traction and can throw you off the high side.
6. Push the motorcycle down in order to turn
It is not intuitive when you come from the street riding. Off the road, the angle of rotation is your friend. To turn the bike you have to push it as far as possible, and keep your body straight. This allows for full use of the ridges on the tires, and it can give you easy control of slides that make driving on the off-road very enjoyable.
Remember, practice makes better. So practice practice and again...practice!
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