Trail bikes were born specifically for off-road riding. Tarmac, dirt, mud, sand, slopes, straights, dry, rain… In short, ground and weather conditions cannot be an obstacle for this type of motorbike.
Obviously, everything has its limits. Firstly, those that you impose on yourself and, secondly, those that the terrain and your bike are able to handle.
Trail bikes are designed for off-road riding.
A trail bike can never have the agility and handling of a motocross or enduro bike, nor the speed and performance of a pure racing bike. For this reason, it’s a multi-purpose bike, made to be enjoyed.
To ride it, we will give you some tips about braking, because trail bikes require a different kind of attention than other motorbikes that are more specific to the terrain they ride on.
If the driving is on off-road terrain, the tyre air pressure should be changed. If the terrain is sandy, it should be pushed almost to the limit. This will give extra grip due to the larger contact patch. If the terrain is very loose and rocky, you should be especially careful, as it is easier to get a puncture or a flat if the tyre is too low.
The trail bike requires more concentration when braking depending on the surface we challenge. We use the engine brake and rear brake to their full potential, and the front brake with very light touches and really in limit situations.
On trail, muddy, sandy or slippery terrain, touching the front brake is almost a sure way to fall.
On loose boulders, it is better to face them in a very low gear (first or second if the slope is not very steep), using the rear brake, which helps to hold the bike. The front brake is best ignored except in extreme situations.
To get over a crossover without visibility, you must rely on your judgement as a rider. Ideally, you should be able to pass it standing up, as it gives you a wider field of vision.
If you have a jump ahead, it is important not to brake on the climb. You must control your balance in the air and compensate by correcting with the brake or gas. If you brake, you lower your front end. If you use the gas, you lower your rear end.
Keep these tips in mind and make the most of the possibilities of trail bikes. Enjoy the ultimate off-road bike!