10 Top Tips For Adventure Riders using Michelin Adventure Bike Tyres
Over the next few months, we will be covering our top tips for various riding styles such as trial, enduro and motocross so you are fully prepared for the 2020 season. This month, we are focussing on adventure riders. Keep reading on for our top 10 tips!
1. Choosing the right tyres
Before you think about getting out on your bike, you need to make sure you have invested in the right tyres. With so many on the market, it can be tricky to know where to look, but to narrow it down for you, we would always recommend Michelin adventure bike tyres. In our opinion, they tick all the boxes for reliability and performance. Our top adventure tyre picks are listed below:
Michelin Anakee Wild
Ideally suited for big trail bikes such as Africa Twin, the Michelin Anakee Wild tyres perform well on sustained road usage, as well as on stony and muddy tracks. Versatile and adaptable to varied climates and terrains, with Michelin Anakee Wilds on your bike, you can easily and comfortably go from tarmac to off-road.
Michelin Anakee Adventure
Mainly for road use, the Adventure tyres are now being used as OE on the BMW 1250 GS and Moto Guzzi V85, so they are an extremely popular choice for many riders. Plus, they can still hold up to the hardcore riding you may want to do.
2. Invest in yourself and your safety
If you are committing to being an ‘adventure rider’ then you need to consider your safety whilst you’re out too. Okay, so we know it may sound a bit boring, but by investing in yourself you will get much more from your ride.
Get yourself some decent protection – hardwearing bike clothing and knee pads may seem expensive at first, but the saying ‘you get what you pay for’ comes to mind. We would recommend the Pod Active knee braces. They are long-lasting and made using the best materials that have been tested and used by many riders around the world. They also still allow a huge amount of flexibility so you won’t feel caged into uncomfortable braces.
3. Pack light
Your bike is plenty heavy enough, so the last thing you want to do is weigh it down even more, and essentially impact the performance of your bike. When you are packing for your trip, really consider what is a necessity during your ride…
We’d recommend the following items:
- First aid kit – particularly important if you are going out on your own or without an organised group. It doesn’t have to be massive, just the essentials will do.
- Tyre inflation kit – whilst we hope your Michelin adventure bike tyres will hold their own on the tracks and trails, you can never be sure you won’t get a flat tyre.
- The correct clothing – you may not need to think about this too much depending on the time of year, but if you’re thinking about riding in the winter, the UK weather can be a little unpredictable and you don’t want to be adding weight to your bike with wet, heavy clothes.
- Plenty of water – this is an obvious one, so we won’t dwell on it too long, but STAY HYDRATED PEOPLE!
4. Look into local groups you can join
Have you ever heard of the TRF (The Trail Riders Fellowship)? If not, we’d recommend you head over to their site and check them out… We’ve been members for many years now and they are a great group for trail and adventure riders.
You should be able to find your local group and information on any events that are happening in your area. They also have a great forum group that may answer some of your questions around adventure riding.
5. Plan your journey, don’t just wing it
Whilst it may sound fun to just see where you end up, chances are you’ll come across some impossible obstacles, and end up having to turn around resulting in you feeling completely deflated about your whole ride. As mentioned above, the TRF has many established routes across the UK, so you know that they are adventure bike-friendly.
6. Loosen your grip
When you’re coming across some tricky obstacles such long ruts your natural instinct may be to hold tighter to your handlebars, in fact, this is the exact opposite of what you should be doing.
By loosening your grip on the bars and gripping the tank with your knees, you will be far more relaxed and less tense, allowing your bike to move more freely.
7. Learn to stand
If you are new to adventure riding, then one thing everyone will tell you is the importance of learning to stand. Sitting securely on your seat should be kept for the roads, you need to be fully in control of your bike and standing will give you the best possible chance of this.
By standing, you are moving your weight from the centre of the bike to the footpegs, so you are in control of where your bike goes. By keeping your knees loose when standing, you will be in a much better position to go uphill, across sand, rocks and generally tackle harder obstacles you may face. After a bit of practice, you will feel much more balanced and ready to handle whatever your route hands to you.
8. Controlling your bike
Understanding how to control your bike properly can be the difference between a disaster and the best ride of your life. Knowing how to use your brakes properly is hugely important.
- Use your front brake for stopping
- Use your back brake for steering
9. Adjust your body position to reflect the terrain
Whether you are riding on flat tarmac or hitting the trails for some off road riding to tackle some of those challenging obstacles, adjusting your body position to reflect the terrain you’re riding on is potentially one of the most important lessons you can learn and implement on every ride.
10. Buy online from Endurotyres or get in touch for more advice
We stock a huge range of Michelin tyres including all sizes of the Michelin adventure bike tyres that are mentioned in this article. If you are, however, just looking for some advice at this stage, our team are perfectly experienced in adventure riding to give you some pointers.
Here are some of our adventure specific blogs we’ve written which you can take a look at too: