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Everything you Need to Know About: Off Road Suspension

 

Preparation is a necessity when it comes to preparing for off-road riding on a motorcycle, especially when it comes to your suspension. Not maintaining or updating your suspension setup can turn your bike into an uncompromising and uncomfortable ride. Maintaining your suspension is key to excelling your riding experience and improving your skills.

Got all the Gear?

Before you even think about riding off road, it is important to have all the correct gear in place.

When it comes to helmets, most off-road riders are split between adventure helmets and dirt bike helmets. What’s the difference? Dirt bike helmets have better ventilation and weigh less, but do not come with a face shield. Adventure helmets are designed to resist wind buffeting better than dirt bike helmets and come with face shields but sometimes aren’t as sturdy or lightweight. This decision really falls on the rider.

A good jacket is also an essential part of off-road riding, riders need to ensure the jacket is armoured in some way, waterproof, and made from an abrasion-resistant material.

Oh and gloves! Don't forget the gloves!

The Spring and the Damper

What are they and why are they important?

A bit like chalk and cheese but need each other to function properly. Spring holds the weight of a motorbike and absorbs impacts from the ground when riding. Damping is used to slow the compression of the spring and how fast it returns to the original dimensions.

Here is where off-road bikes are elevated, At the rear, most off-road bikes will run an external spring on a single centrally mounted shock absorber. And at the front, the springs are held inside the bike and up to recently, within both legs.

Want your bike to handle well? This is your reminder to get your suspension set up correctly!

Do not hesitate to get in touch to discuss your riding experience and suspension setup, the suspension setup depends on rider abilities and needs.

Prep is Key

Taking advantage of advice from fellow off-road riders is the best way to get prepared. What do you need to take with you? What should you bring in the event of a repair being needed? Best conditions? And what are the best techniques to apply?

Riding off the beaten path is extremely different from your average road. For example, when keeping your weight back in deep sand, you’ll need to keep your speed up and use the clutch’s friction zone to help with delivery and traction.

Test, Test, and Test Again

We can't stress how important it is to test your bike before taking it for an off-ride journey. If you ahead of time, need any advice regarding your bike and its suspension. Get in contact.

 


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Everything you Need to Know About: Off Road suspension

 

Preparation is a necessity when it comes to preparing for off-road riding on a motorcycle, especially when it comes to your suspension. Not maintaining or updating your suspension setup can turn your bike into an uncompromising and uncomfortable ride. Maintaining your suspension is key to excelling your riding experience and improving your skills.

 

Got all the Gear?

Before you even think about riding off-road, it is important to have all the correct gear in place.

When it comes to helmets, most off-road riders are split between adventure helmets and dirt bike helmets. What’s the difference? Dirt bike helmets have better ventilation and weigh less, but do not come with a face shield. Adventure helmets are designed to resist wind buffeting better than dirt bike helmets and come with face shields but sometimes aren’t as sturdy or lightweight. This decision really falls on the rider.

A good jacket is also an essential part of off-road riding, riders need to ensure the jacket is armored in some way, waterproof, and made from an abrasion-resistant material.

Oh and gloves! Don't forget the gloves!

 

The Spring and the Damper

What are they and why are they important?

A bit like chalk and cheese but need each other to function properly. Spring holds the weight of a motorbike and absorbs impacts from the ground when riding. Damping is used to slow the compression of the spring and how fast it returns to the original dimensions.

Here is where off-road bikes are elevated, At the rear, most off-road bikes will run an external spring on a single centrally mounted shock absorber. And at the front, the springs are held inside the bike and up to recently, within both legs.

Want your bike to handle well? This is your reminder to get your suspension set up correctly!

Do not hesitate to get in touch to discuss your riding experience and suspension setup, the suspension setup depends on rider abilities and needs.

 

Prep is Key

Taking advantage of advice from fellow off-road riders is the best way to get prepared. What do you need to take with you? What should you bring in the event of a repair being needed? Best conditions? And what are the best techniques to apply?

Riding off the beaten path is extremely different from your average road. For example, when keeping your weight back in deep sand, you’ll need to keep your speed up and use the clutch’s friction zone to help with delivery and traction.

 

Test, Test, and Test Again

We can't stress how important it is to test your bike before taking it for an off-ride journey. If you ahead of time, need any advice regarding your bike and its suspension. Get in contact.

 

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Motorcycle First Aid: The Basics

As we are slowly coming out of lockdown, the time for long distance travel is edging nearer. In the next few months, more and more of us will be getting ready for those road trips we’ve been waiting for since last summer so now is the time for some travel preparation.


Safety of any rider is paramount when it comes to riding a motorcycle, and of course first starts at the check of the bike itself, a topic we covered in the last blog post ‘Motorcycle Safety Checks’. In this post we highlighted the importance of checking the essential parts of the bike such as the fluid levels and suspension. Safety only stars at bike checks, below we have put together the steps we deem important from a health and safety stance.


Extensive Bike Check

Lockdown is easing, and it is becoming time to blow the dust off your bike. It is essential before riding to do checks on all aspects of the bike that make it run smoothly. Checking the suspension is important, ensure you check that suspension has been set up correctly for optimum safety and comfort. If you as a rider feel as if you need a second opinion or spot a change in the bike or suspension, don't hesitate to get in touch for additional support.

 

First Aid Kit

Whether the bike is big or small, riders should always try to ensure they travel with a first aid kit. This can be stored in the bikes ready built compartment, in a backpack for more compact bikes or in an added motorbike pannier. It is also important to familiarise yourself with the contents of the kit and how and when to use the individual items, it's one thing having the kit, but knowing how to use the contents could make all the difference.

 

R I C E

For when the Injuries are minor, The St John Ambulance coined a great acronym for a step by step guide on how to perform first aid for sprains and strains.

Rest the casualty or injured part

I apply an ICE pack wrapped in a damp cloth or cold compress for 15 minutes every 2 hours for 24 hours, then for 15 minutes every 4 hours for 24 hours.

C Apply a COMPRESSION bandage firmly to extend well beyond the injury.

Elevate the injured body part

 

Training Course

Time consuming maybe, but could be the difference between life and death scenarios. A course will provide you with the knowledge and know how if a situation was to arrive, especially if travelling in a group. There are great first aid courses from general first aid with St Johns Ambulance to bike first aid training with Biker Down

 

Response Knowledge

If the unfortunate was to happen, it is important to know how to react at a scene and the procedures to put in place if an accident was to occur. Firstly, assess your own situation, if you yourself are injured, you are your main priority. Ensure (if able to) to call for the help needed, this could be done using the SOS function on your personal locator and turn on any emergency blinker lights on the bike, to alert any oncoming traffic.

 

We’re excited to get out on the roads again, but safety is a high priority! Take a look at our blog post about motorcycle safety checks also before travelling and if you have any further concerns do not hesitate to drop us a message or give us a call.

 

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