Learning how to ride a Dirt Bike for the very first time can be a bit difficult, but if you have patience and you keep trying to learn the skills needed to ride you will get there in no time. In addition to learning these skills, you will also be able to learn proper riding techniques on various terrains.
The first step you need to take in learning how to ride a dirt bike is obtaining the right size bike for you and obtaining all the appropriate safety gear. When you purchase a dirt bike, make sure that you can comfortably sit on the bike and that you are able to place your feet on the ground. You do not want a bike that is too small or too big, so check out each size that is offered. You also want to make sure that your safety gear fits properly. If your gear is too tight and is uncomfortable to wear then you probably want to get something that fits snug! A helmet that is too big will not protect your head properly if you were to have an accident. You should also consider knee and elbow pads to protect yourself in case of a fall.
Once you have obtained your dirt bike and your safety gear, you are ready to begin the next step in learning how to ride a dirt bike. In this step you will sit on your bike and practice your balance. With your feet on the foot pegs, try to keep your bike upright. If your dirt bike starts leaning to the left, gently lean your body to the right, and vice versa.
After you have mastered the basic balance techniques you are ready to start up your bike and slowly take off. Make sure that you do not take off too quickly, as this can cause you to pop a wheelie and lose control. Once you have slowly begun moving, try stopping your bike. Being able to control the starting and stopping of your dirt bike is just as important as learning to balance properly.
- Speed: When you are riding down a nice straightaway and you feel like goosing it, try to start in a low gear. Work that gear to its full potential, and then shift up (if you have an automatic bike, don’t worry about this). Once you get up to your speed, slant your back at a 45 degree angle, bend your arms at a 90 degree angle and stand up. When standing up your legs and arms act as additional suspension when going over bumps. This keeps you in better control and will conserve energy.
- Turning: The trick to getting maximum speed and the best setup in a turn is control. When coming into a turn, pick a good line that isn’t going to run you off the track. Stick with it and keep steady power. Keep your outside elbow up and your inside leg out. Have your leg sticking straight out in front of you by the fender. This will help you keep your balance, and you can dab your foot on the ground if you slide out. Once in the turn, look where you want to go. Also keep your butt on the outside of the seat and apply a little pressure to the outside foot peg, this helps put more weight on the outside of your bike, giving you more traction. Remember to finish your braking and shifting before you enter the corner so you can concentrate all of your attention on getting through it. Sometimes using the clutch while exiting a corner will give you a short burst of power.
- Jumps: Hitting big jumps can be scary if you are not comfortable with your riding ability yet. Try little table tops at first; they are very easy and provide a steady landing almost everywhere. Lift up your handlebars and stand up a little. Once you get skilled with that, try a double. Take off the bottom of the face sitting down. By the time your front wheel is off the dirt you should be standing up. Once in the air, position yourself comfortably but sturdily for a landing. If your front end is straight up and down, don’t panic! Hit the back brake and it should lower gradually. Before you hit the ground, give a little gas so your bike will flow smoothly.