ATVsmart! USA Knowledge Base
Module 04 - Rider Skills
When riding on new trails, or when you’re hard-core off-roading, you might come across unexpected obstacles that you’ll need to swerve around really quickly. In this situation, you’ll need to make a sharp turn safely. To do this, keep your feet firmly on the footrests to maintain proper control of the machine and remember that sharper turns will require quicker weight shifts. Shifting your weight is often easier if you lift yourself slightly off of the seat into posting position - just don’t stand up fully.
Turning quickly (and smoothly) requires the correct combination of smoothly applying throttle and shifting your weight. Again, if the ATV begins tipping over, you should slow down, lean more of your body weight towards the inside of the turn and straighten the handlebars slightly to widen the turn.
Turning at Higher Speeds?
This technique is similar to making a basic turn, but you’ll need to shift your weight even further towards the inside of the turn to counteract the momentum and force that happens when you change direction at high speeds.
RIDER SAFETY TIP: BE THE SWERVE MASTER
You should practice making quick turns in a controlled area, with an experienced rider to supervise you. Set up an obstacle course for you and your buddies and go for a rip! Once you master a homemade course you’ll be better prepared to tackle a tricky trail, and you’ll be much more comfortable with your vehicle's turning ability.