Preparing your bike for sand riding
If you ride a motorbike then you understand the particular type of freedom and exhilaration it provides. Of course this is more in relation to recreational riding rather for daily commute purposes. Similar to it taking practice to be perfect on the road, it takes practice to become a professional dirt biker, which presents its own energizing challenges. These challenges can be further amped up by choosing to ride on varying surfaces such as sand. Riding on damp or soft sand presents you with fresh obstacles to overcome with wit and practice. But just like you need to prepare and practice for riding on different surfaces, focus on preparing your bike for sand riding is of great importance. Here are some of the simple steps you can take prep your bike for sand riding.
Why do you need to prep your bike before sand riding?
Unlike riding on normal terrain, riding a dirt bike in sand puts a huge strain on the engine and a lot of wear and tear on the bike overall. To completely enjoy the experience and perfect your riding experience, preparing your bike for the sandy terrain will not only benefit your bike in the long run, but it will also help you save money on unnecessary costly problems that can occur.
A sand ride causes your bike to rev much higher, creating a lot of heat so that the bike radiator can’t cool as well as it should. The sand also gets into every possible space in the bike which causes the moving parts to wear out quicker.
The right type of tyres
You cannot ride in the deep sand with worn out tires that do not have threads for proper grip. Your tires will just spin, and your rear wheel will be buried in the sand. Before sand biking invest in a good set of tires, for both the front wheel and back, that will provide you good traction. Another good idea is to buy a paddle tire for your back wheel when sand dune riding. It will help negotiate riding on top of the sand with ease. Remember though that paddle tires are not suitable for normal terrain as they will rip apart on hard surfaces.
Checking the radiator
It would be wise to flush your radiator coolant before you ride on sand, especially if you haven’t done it in over a year. The bike gets intensely hot when ridden on sand and it is important that your cooling system operates at its best, if not you could end up with a blown engine.
Oil changes as required
If your bike is close to an oil change requirement, get it done before you go sand riding. After the ride it would be advisable to change it again because the bike engine runs so hot, it breaks down the oil very quickly.
Cleaning air filters
This is very important because your bike needs a clean air filter to function properly, and sand is far worse than dirt. If it gets into the engine it starts grinding down on the engine parts and causing severe damage.
Washing immediately after riding in the sand
Sand gets in everywhere and causes damage, which is why it is vital that you wash your bike thoroughly after riding in the sand. If you spray your chain with a light CRC it will stop the sand from clinging to your chain, which could happen if you used a thick chain lube.
Giving your bike the proper prep and care will allow you to enjoy yourself without fear of costly damage. As you become increasingly experienced with sand biking you will learn the best way to grip the bike and body position. This together with a bike in tip top condition will be the perfect combo for an adventure motorcycle ride thrill all dirt bike riders love.