|Who needs to consider dirt bike safety?
Dirt bike safety is something that absolutely every rider and
possible rider must consider before getting on a bike every
time. The massive rise in popularity of dirt bikes, ATVs and
motocross bikes has meant that is now possible to do courses in
dirt bike safety, and if you are a new rider considering taking
up the sport or you are looking into it for your children then
you should seriously consider taking part in one of these
courses. Dirt biking can be a very dangerous sport for the
ill-prepared and those who have no regard for safety. It’s not
only your own safety that you’re messing with but the safety of
everyone else on or near you when riding.
The danger associated with dirt biking is hardly surprising.
Dirt bikes are powerful machines and when you consider jumping
ten feet into the air, if you’re not wearing the proper helmet
and your bike kicks out you have very little or no protection
for your head.
What are the important aspects of dirt bike safety?
The most important thing to consider is getting the right
equipment. Only the most haphazard of tracks will let you ride
without the proper safe equipment; this equipment consists of a
helmet to protect your head, a jersey to protect your torso,
trousers for your legs and boots for your feet and ankles. If
these clothes don’t have the proper padding or are made on
inferior quality material you are running a very high risk of
seriously injuring yourself.
You must also make sure that the clothes fit properly, not only
for comfort but to ensure that loose clothing doesn’t flap
around and get caught in wheels, engine parts or pull at your
handle bars. A snug fitting helmet that isn’t too tight and
isn’t too loose will offer the best protection and be the most
What else apart from clothing?
You should regularly check your bike to make sure that it’s in
good working order and that none of the parts are likely to
break. While in some cases a broken part may lead to loss of
power, in other much more serious cases it can lead to a loss
of braking or a loss of steering and this can have dire consequences if you’re traveling at massive speed.
The obvious parts to check are the brakes, the steering and the
suspension (a ten foot drop with no suspension is going to cause
you to crumple on impact.) and many race organizers will want
your bike thoroughly checked and even tested before you are
allowed to compete.
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for lots of information about dirt biking.
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