<b>OFF-ROAD ADVENTURE RIDING TECHNIQUES</b> WITH BRET TKACS

OFF-ROAD ADVENTURE RIDING TECHNIQUES WITH BRET TKACS

Renowned U.S. riding instructor, Bret Tkacs, shares some pro tips on how to take your off-road riding skills to the next level.
07-08-2020
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BRET TKACS
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Bret Tkacs is a freelance writer, world traveler, travel guide, professional ADV instructor, and former host of MOTOTREK. His students range from U.S. Army Special Forces soldiers to novice adventure travelers. As the Co-founder and Lead Curriculum Developer for PSS Off Road, he has earned a reputation as one of the U.S.’s top experts in motorcycle safety and training in both the street and off-road arenas.

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UPGRADE YOUR SKILLS
GO OFF ROAD

Off-road adventure riding is one of the most fun things you can do on two wheels. And we know there are a lot of options to choose from! It’s getting more and more popular for a reason. Who doesn’t want to leave the beaten path behind and discover unfamiliar places in beautiful environments atop a motorcycle?

But riding off-road on an adventure motorcycle is not easy. At the beginning, it can be very overwhelming. After all, it takes practice, requires confidence, and can be very stressful and/or dangerous of you don’t feel comfortable. 

To get you comfortable with your machinery, the first thing to do is to upgrade your off-road riding skills, or learn the proper techniques from the get-go. There are various methods that can help you become a better off-road rider. With this new-found knowledge, you can start riding your adventure motorcycle off the road in safety and with confidence.

To help you along your journey, we’ve selected the best adventure riding technique videos by REV’IT! Ambassador and Training school instructor Bret Tkacs.

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5 USEFUL TIPS FOR RIDING
DIRT AND GRAVEL ROADS

Any motorcycle rider that owns an adventure bike has dreamt about riding their bike down that local dirt road or trail. But dirt and gravel roads can be challenging and scary to even the most experienced paved road motorcycle riders. It doesn’t feel natural at all, the lack of traction and a bike that dances around all over can be overwhelming. The usual road riding techniques don’t work anymore when riding on unstable surfaces. So, what do you do?

Here are 5 valuable instructions to take your adventure bike off-road with confidence while keeping things safe. Stay relaxed, adapt your leaning in corners, stay to your side of the road, take it easy, and keep your eyes up. We know it’s easier said than done, but practice makes perfect. And don’t forget, it also takes time. Have fun regardless!

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GET BALANCED BY LEARNING THE
WEIGHTLESS RIDER TECHNIQUE

When you feel you are ready to take it to the next level and try some more difficult trails, it’s key to have a good balance on your motorcycle. The weightless rider technique is the secret to mastering traction. After learning this proactive riding position, you can respond faster to anything you might encounter on the trail. 

This technique will help you ride longer, and you will feel less fatigue when the going gets tough. It will help you have less impact damage on your bike, will make your bike feel lighter and your suspension will be used in a more effective way. This is probably the most helpful video Bret has ever made. Practice this!

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PEG WEIGHTING VS BODY POSITION

Many riders try to help out beginners by offering advice, and giving various riding technique tips. Weighting the foot pegs to steer the bike is one of those tips that pop up. Though that riders means well, this is a myth. Pressuring the inside or outside foot peg does not affect motorcycle steering or balance. Not even a little. 

What does affect the motorcycle is your body position, so you need to focus on your mid-section and your knees to steer the motorcycle. Bret Tkacs is here to tell you why, and shows you how to turn your off-road adventure motorcycle effectively using your body. After watching this video, you can forever forget about weighting the foot pegs.

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HOW TO GET YOUR BALANCE BACK BY DABBING

Putting your feet on the ground - or paddle walking - while riding your motorcycle off-road is wrong. It is dangerous and you should not do it! You need to stay on your foot pegs to keep full control of your motorcycle. When your bike starts to slip out from underneath you, it might not be too late to save it. There is a technique you can use to get yourself out of trouble.

As an adventure rider, you should dab. Dabbing is a reactive technique you can use when you lose your balance and, with a short dab, you can quickly get yourself back into the balance point. Bret explains the dabbing technique, and shows you how you can use it to get back into balance on low-traction trails. That way you can stay on the pegs where you should be.

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OFF YOU GO

We hope these few tips help you advance your off-road riding. Or at least give you some new techniques to practice when you’re out there adventuring. 

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