Rocky trails, like those you’ll come across on some mountainside trails, are one of the most fun and most challenging terrain types for riders (and for machines). If you’re up for it, follow these safety tips to stay safe and protect your machine:
- Be prepared for rocks and logs to shift under the weight of your machine and your spinning tires.
- If someone is riding ahead of you, keep a little distance to avoid getting a rock in the head.
- Watch out for any slides, loose rocks, or holes that another rider’s machine may have created.
- Operate at a safe, controlled speed. You don’t want your machine to bounce around too much as it could damage the axle, tires or suspension. Take it easy on rugged terrain.
- Watch out for rocky slopes with small, loose rocks. These will be VERY slippery and dangerous to ride on.
RIDER SAFETY TIP: TRAIN UP FOR THE BIG BUMPS
When it comes to big obstacles, like rocks or logs, you can often ride right over them so long as you approach the obstacle at a 90-degree angle. Practice by setting up an obstacle course for your machine with a variety of different sized obstacles and get to know how it feels to get bumped around before hitting a rugged trail. Be sure to have an experienced rider nearby to help you out.