Motocross Tips & Tricks : Knowing & Treating Motocross Bike Well

Uploaded by expertvillage on 30.07.2008

The important thing to remember when riding a motorcycle and thinking about safety is
just to always know your bike, know what you're doing before you get on it. It's not a good
idea just to get on and just try and make mistakes. Trial and error works in a lot of
things but, trial and error in motorcycle racing can be pretty painful. So, what we're
going to do here is just basically get on the bike and take off. Probably the most important
thing with riding a motorcycle is your throttle control, having a good grasp on your controls,
your clutch, your throttle, and your brakes, and knowing how to shift, and use all of these
things in conjunction. Although it's a lot to take in at once for somebody that's just
beginning, getting the fundamentals down will really enable you to kind of push the envelope,
and really explore how far you can go on a motorcycle. Using your controls in conjunction
as you click the bike down into first gear, letting the clutch out slowly, and giving
it throttle as you kind of take off. This is just an easy technique, and for people
that are just beginning, just getting this down, to really learn how to use the throttle
and the clutch in conjunction, so you don't have any issues where you know, you're looping
out and landing flat on your back. But, motorcycles are really powerful machines that can spit
you off of them in a hurry, so it's a good idea just to take it slow, find a nice, flat
field, you know, without trees like this to run into or cars and go out, and just learn
how to do the basics, learn the fundamentals and from there, then you can take it to all
new heights. When you first get to the track, make sure that you always turn your fuel petcock
to on. There's nothing worse than getting half way into your first practice session
and your bike dying, you definitely don't want it to die on the face of a jump. So,
always double check before you go out on the track that your gas petcock is turned on.
Always check your tire pressure before you hit the track, make sure you're not running
low or high, it'll make your bike feel a lot better underneath you, it'll trek better,
and you'll avoid flats, and costly repairs. It's a good idea every time before you ride
to just go over the bike and check all of the nuts and bolts, to make sure that you're
not getting anything loosening up on you. Not only do you not want to lose bolts when
you're on the track for the hassle of having to go down to the dealership and get new ones,
but just as far as a safety thing and keeping your machine working properly and running
well for you and giving it longevity. It's a good thing just to go over, check all of
your spokes every time, check all of the fluids, you know, replace your oil regularly, lubricate
your chain properly, and your bike, you'll get a lot of use out of it, you'll have a
lot of fun, and you won't be pushing it back to the truck nearly as often. Checking and
maintaining a clean air filter is crucial for the longevity of your motorcycle. You
always want to clean or replace your air filter basically every time you ride. You can get
a visual just by taking the seat off and looking at it, if it looks you know, pretty dirty
then you're definitely going to want to either replace it with a new one or wash it. The
hardest thing on the motor, on these motorcycles is sucking dirt in you know, through the carburetor
and into the engine, it'll wear the parts so much more quickly and can definitely cause
seizures and all sorts of other things that are very, very costly and just not a lot of
fun. So, properly maintain your motorcycle, it's going to give you, you know a lot better
performance, a lot more safety and a whole lot more fun. Another element crucial to rider
safety and comfort is making sure that your controls are in a good spot for you. Everybody's
different, a lot of people like their levers up high, a lot of people like them straight,
I kind of like them in a neutral position. But, just setting them up to where you feel
comfortable and you have you know, a good handle on what's going on, ensuring the tightness,
and also somethings like the ASV lever, you know in the event of a crash, it'll actually
move and it'll stop some costly repairs down the road. But, just in general making sure
the control system of your bike is right for you. Straight handlebars, you know, a good
bend that gives you a good grip on the bike, and a lot of leverage to make the bike do
what you want to do.