Are you itching for a different type of experience in Dubai? It’s not all highrises and beaches here, some of the most exciting activities that this area offers lie just past where the concrete ends and the desert begins. And how best to experience it? With a dirt bike capable of powering you past the sand dunes.
Dirt bike riding is an excellent way of enjoying the beauty and getting a good dose of adrenaline. That said, if you haven’t gotten on a dirt bike for some time (or if this is your first time getting on this style machines) you’ll want to brush up on the following dirt bike riding tips and techniques to ensure you get the most out of your time riding rental dirt bikes in Dubai:
3 Key Dirt Bike Riding Tips & Techniques for Sport Newcomers
1. Good Riding Position is Key. The correct sitting position impacts everything about how the dirt bike moves, turns, brakes, and accelerates. Newcomers to the sport should always test out how they feel on several different bikes before selecting one. This is especially true when it comes to motorbike rental in Dubai as bikes tend to get worn in at key places that make them more comfortable for certain people and less comfortable for others.
Riders should sit comfortably in the indention where the bike’s seat meets its gas tank. The very front face and toes of your foot should be able to touch the ground as you stand over the bike, but you should only be able to stand flat-footed with the bike leaning off to one side. Double check to be sure the bike is the right fit and your position is correct by accelerating slowly while simultaneously moving to a standing position. Riders should be able to do so without pulling up on the bars.
2. Know When to Sit & When to Stand. Many riders prefer standing while riding dirt bikes as this position tends to offer the most control and flexibility as your body is better able to navigate obstacles when it is allowed to flex and bend with the bike. However, there are also benefits in maintaining your good sitting position and plenty of experienced riders will sit for the majority of their outdoor excursions. For example, if you have bad knees, sitting often provides for a much more enjoyable adventure.
Whichever position you choose as your default, note that it is important o stand whenever you’re going over jumps or similarly large obstacles. To prepare for this, put your feet on the pegs and grip your knees around the thinnest part of the bike’s tank. Your legs should be slightly bent and positioned forward. Never stand straight, knees locked as it doesn’t give your body the flexibility it needs to respond to jarring movements.
If you’re uncertain about an obstacle, don’t be afraid to accelerate. While in driving a car slowing down is taught as the appropriate response when encountering a safety issue, when off-road on a dirt bike the opposite is often the case. The gyroscopic force of the two wheels makes the light bike more stable at more moderate speeds.
3. Adjust for Two-Finger Operations. Another ‘mistake’ many newcomers to the sport make is in how they use their fingers to grip the handles. When people are first taught to ride a bike, our hands are clumsy and we default to holding the handlebars with the entirety of our hands so that when we reach out to use the brake, only our palms are on the grip. This position causes the rider to lose a significant portion of steering control while braking. While this is a minor danger on human-powered bicycles, such a default hand position poses a much more significant riding risk on larger and faster gas-fueled dirt bikes.
Guilty of this? Next time you’re on a bike work on what we call the two-finger operation. Here, you’ll adjust your clutch lever so that you can easily reach it with only your middle and index fingers. The rest of your hand will stay firmly on the grip for precision control.