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How to Ride Off-Road Motorcycles: Key Skills and Advanced Training for All Off-Road, Motocross, and Dual-Sport Ridersby Gary Laplante
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To the uninitiated, riding an off-road motorcycle may look as easy as sitting down, putting your feet on the pegs, and twisting the throttle. But for anyone who has ever tried to tackle an off-road trail or even a gravel road on a dirt bike, they know that there is so much more skill involved than meets the eye.
At any given moment, both hands and both feet are busy working the clutch, brakes, and transmission. At the same time, the rider is transferring his weight just so, all while applying a precise amount of throttle to keep the bike upright and moving. In other words, it’s not as easy as it looks!
Learning to ride a dirt bike with no guidance is not only risky and time-consuming, but prevents you from reaching your full potential. In How to Ride Off-Road Motorcycles, author Gary LaPlante takes his many years as a dirt bike riding instructor and lays out a proven step-by-step practice guide for any rider interested in heading off-road or sharpening his bike-handling skills. He begins with the basics of shifting, stopping, and turning, and moves on to more advanced techniques such as hill climbing, wheelies, jumping, and power slides. How to handle specific trail obstacles such as rocks, ruts, and water crossings is also detailed in the colorful how-to photo sequences found throughout the book.
Gary also gives sound advice on how to choose the bike that’s right for you and how to maintain it for optimum performance; how to deal with the weather, altitude, and trail conditions found throughout the country; off-road etiquette; and racing techniques for motocross and trials competitions. Additionally, he makes it clear how street riders’ on-road skills are improved by understanding how to handle a bike off road.
Following the steps in How to Ride an Off-Road Motorcycle is the best investment you can make to ensure a safe, enjoyable, and rewarding dirt bike experience.
Off-road riding is one of motorcycling's most popular pursuits and also one of its best training grounds for improving street-riding skills. Off-road riding takes many forms, from motocross and enduro racing, to dual-sport day trips, to trail riding, to adventure tours. No matter the specific pursuit, all dirt riding (and much street riding) shares the same basic skill set.
How to Ride Off-Road Motorcycles schools the reader in all the skills necessary to ride safely and quickly off-road. Chapters cover the basics, such as body position, turning, braking, and throttle control, then proceed to advanced techniques, such as sliding, jumps, wheelies, hill-climbing, and more.
If you've ever wanted to try dirt riding or if you're an experienced rider looking to sharpen your skill set, How to Ride Off-Road Motorcycles is a perfect riding coach.
About the Author
Author Gary LaPlante has 40-plus years experience riding and racing a wide variety of motorcycles as well as teaching others how to do so. He achieved several Arizona state trials championships before becoming nationally ranked in 1976 while riding for Kawasaki. Kawasaki subsequently hired Gary to work in R&D as a test rider and mechanic, and over the next 25 years, he held key positions in the motorcycle industry. Gary stays fit and currently maintains his trails and desert-racing skills at a vet-expert level. Gary founded MotoVentures in 1998. He lives in Southern California.
Table of Contents
Table of Contents
Chapter 1 New Rider Advice
Chapter 2 Beginners’ First Steps
Chapter 3 Foundation Building
Chapter 4 Body Positioning
Chapter 5 Braking
Chapter 6 Turning
Chapter 7 Throttle Control
Chapter 8 Hillclimbs
Chapter 9 Downhills
Chapter 10 Hillside Turns and Sidehills
Chapter 11 Steering While Standing Up
Chapter 12 Wheelies
Chapter 13 Whoops
Chapter 14 Jumping
Chapter 15 Brakeslides and Powerslides
Chapter 16 Terrain and Conditions
Chapter 17 Riding Etiquette and Responsibilities
Chapter 18 Bike Preparation
Chapter 19 From Dirt to Street
Chapter 20 Motocross
Chapter 21 Trials
Glossary of Terms
About the Author
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