Adventure Riding Skills – Setting up Your Controls

Posted: September 14, 2010 by BlogMaster in GS Anniversary Ride, Rider Training
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On reviewing the information provided by all the riders who have registered their interest for the GS Anniversary Ride it is obvious there is a large range of ability between the riders (based on their own opinion).

I know one of the riders has ridden through South America, Australia and I’m not sure where else, whereas others have had limited experience, but all are welcome.  It will be interesting to see how it all works out and hopefully those more experienced riders will pass on some of their knowledge to the newbies.

One aspect you need to consider before heading out is the setup of your motorbike for Adventure Riding.  A lot of this will come down to personal choice but for those that are unsure then I suggest you grab a copy of Bike Rider Magazine as  John Nick (who will be one of our Lead Riders on the trip) is running a series of articles about setting your bike up correctly for Adventure Riding.

The September issues looks at selecting the right bars and the October issues is all about getting everything adjusted correctly when riding standing up, or in the Attack Position.  For those who have not done a lot of off-road riding, standing up on your pegs will give you far better control of your bike and the ability to look further ahead, however, you need to make sure your bike is setup correctly or you will end up with a very sore back.  It is well worth investing in a set of wide pegs for your bike if it does not currently have any, see the offer from Touratech in a previous post.

Another bonus in getting a copy of the Sept and Oct editions is that John Nick also rides a couple of the trails we will be riding, the Hawkesburn Road between Clyde and Bannockburn, plus the Black Forest Station so you can read up on how adventurous the ride is going to be.

Check out YouTube for plenty of videos on the skills you will need for the trip.

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Comments
  1. Ian Reed says:

    [see the offer from Touratech in a previous post]

    At the risk of sounding like a right old plonker, which post was this? I know I saw it quite a while ago, but I don’t seem to be able to find it anymore. I’m pretty sure I’ve been all the way back to the beginning of the blog.

    Am I missing something? Please don’t tell me I’m being a muppet…

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