(ELECTRIC) DIRT-BIKE RIDING ETIQUETTE

Written by T-admin

November 13, 2019

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There are few things as liberating as getting on your electric dirt bike with a pack of your friends and conquer the wild slopes of the remote wilderness.
But as free and wild you might feel in the heat of the moment, there are still rules of etiquette you should follow. Some relate to your treatment of the environment, some to your fellow riders, but all of them will assure you an invitation to next the joy-ride.

PREPARE FOR YOUR RIDE

Before hitting the tracks, make sure you are well prepared for the adventure. Check your tires and charge your battery. Take a spare battery with you, if possible. Since you are heading to the wilderness, where you can’t count on the phone-signal, make sure you let your loved ones know where and for how long you’re leaving. Pack warm clothes, enough food and drink, extra sock, riding gloves, and a helmet. Check the location of the trail in advance and make sure it matches your skill and fitness.

RESPECT THE ENVIRONMENT

Off-road riders, be it motorcycles, e-bikes or MT-bikers, are often frowned upon due to the mess they leave after their shenanigans in nature. Don’t leave trash or cigarette buds behind. If you have room in your backpack, you can also pick the trash you find along the tracks. Don’t rework the landscape or cut your own trails. Don’t widen a trail unnecessarily, either. Go over the log, not around it. Cross streams where the trail crosses them. Follow the signs if there are some. Try to leave as little trace of you riding, as possible.

YOU ARE NOT ALONE

Even in the remotest areas of the woods, you can still stumble upon the hikers, horse-back-riders, cyclists, hunters or fellow dirt-bike enthusiasts. Tracks are often narrow, so slow down and move to the side when passing by. Electric bikes are quieter then dirt-bikes, which means you will not disrupt the wildlife with the noise. But this also means you will probably sneak-up on hikers or other riders, which can be dangerous. Also, be very mindful of blind hills and turns in two-track, because those are areas we all tend to add some juice. Two dirt bikes passing each other will be just fine, but if you crest a hill and find yourself nose-to-nose with a quad or a Jeep, your chances of surviving a tangle dwindle fast if you’re both carrying speed.

MIND YOUR FELLOW RIDERS

The power is in numbers and we must agree it’s way more fun and safer to ride in a group of friends, then to ride alone. But there are also some rules when joining the group of dirt-bike enthusiasts.
Firstly, choose the route together and have in mind the fitness and skill of your weakest group member. This might sound like a wet blanket on your riding fun, but imagine how the injury that could be prevented, ruins the trip.
Keep an optimal distance between yourself and other bikers. Don’t stay too far behind, so you could get lost, but also don’t be too close, so the driver before you has enough space to hit the brakes if necessary. Wait on your group when reaching a fork or a turn. In the woods, it all looks the same and you can get lost easy. Follow your group and don’t cut tracks. It destroys more soil than necessary and you can easily lose your way.
Be careful where you stop your bike. When conquering the steep hill, don’t stop right on top, but move further along, so riders that come behind you, don’t run into you. The same goes when taking a rest: always get off the tracks, so you don’t get hurt.
Pull over if you see someone stopping on the side of the tracks. They can be hurt or need help. Remember, in wilderness fellowship is important and can save lives.

These small tokens of care of yourself, nature and others, will assure you the stress-free and smooth-riding you are ultimately looking for.

COMMUNICATE

They say that communication is the key and we couldn’t agree more. There is a simple rule on how to signal other drivers how many of you are in a group. If you are the group of three and you are the first in the pack, you should greet the riders you encounter coming your way with two fingers, indicating two more riders behind you. The last biker should greet with the closed fist. This simple signing can save lives.

ENJOY

This all might sound like a boring list of rules, but these small tokens of care of yourself, nature and others, will assure you the stress-free and smooth-riding you are ultimately looking for.

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