Trying something new often has a new level of excitement to it. Perhaps also nervousness. Especially if you’re going into an unstable environment, much like off-road riding can be. Whether that’s dirt, gravel, rock, or anything in between, equipping yourself with the knowledge of how to take on the trails head on is vital. But if you’re new to this genre, where do you start? What do you need to know to make that transition from the pavement to the unfamiliar? You’ve come to the right place for the answers.
Bret Tkacs is a freelance writer, world traveler, travel guide, professional on-road and off-road instructor, radio host, video creator, and more. His students range from U.S. Army Special Forces soldiers to novice adventure travelers. As the Co-founder and Lead Curriculum Developer for Puget Sound Safety 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. His videos will take you on a wild ride of new terrain and information, equipping with you with the right tools to help you get started or improve upon your existing skills.
With all the information out there about off-road riding for beginners, it’s hard to sift through what works and what does not. What’s true and what isn’t. Bret takes the guess work out of all your research.
Transitioning from the pavement to a surface less stable can be a big step. Whether you’re on dirt or gravel, learn the essentials of the best seating position, braking, tire pressure, and more.
One of the most fundamental skills of off-road riding is learning when and how to stand. And learning this not only helps you become a more stable rider, but one with more confidence on various slippery surfaces.
Standing while tackling technical terrain is essential, but not all off-road riding is done while on two feet. Learning proper sitting technique, as well as knowing when to sit, can make a long day’s ride much more enjoyable and much less exhausting. Here’s how to do it.