Hello and welcome to 1000 PS TV! Welcome to “How to ride a motorcycle”! This time a special chapter for adventurers! With the Adventure bike in the countryside – accelerating, braking, cornering. Everything in this video for ya’ Well, adventure bikes are a category in our market place that range from a 1000 € up to almost 30k And especially expensive adv bikes are a little tinged – people say “those folks don’t go off roading anymore” and ” well, these bikes can do it all on their own. That’s not real adventuring anymore!” I have to say even expensive and premium equipped adv bikes are tremendous fun off-roading and offer many possibilites But maybe because of fear and awe some don’t dare to ride This is the reason why we made this video, to inspire and tell folks “hey, come on! Dare and go off-roading!” Because in my view the most intense form – the most fun in riding – is off-roading simply because the number of riders is less and you can soak up the freedom and the loneliness in nature much more Now the thing is, we made this episode with the background of an adventure bike, well equipped and with much technology and money inside But in the terrain it’s quite reduced In fact only very few assistances stay on How you use those optimally, how you ride a heavy adv bike off-road, for this I talked to a lot of folks in this video. Go ahead and watch it, it’s a real asset for riders who might want to do this some time Which problems could occur during off-roading? The big problem in the terrain I don’t ride there, I ride on unpaved roads with different conditions Rocks, gravel with different grain size Washed out roads. Many roads are washed out by tempests Here we have to watch out not to ride on the sides of the lanes. Also not in the middle of the road You have to ride it like a single trail to not slip on the shoulders These are points that don’t matter on asphalt Quickly the experience is lacking that falling over is possible. What’s also different to asphalt: On asphalt I can ride tight corners very slowly if I use counter-weighing and my body correctly But if I’m too slow on loose ground it’s a big problem – falling over In the end it’s the smaller problem if I drop the bike compared to being to fast and then falling Fascination off-roading. Why ride in the countryside? It’s not stable, everything moves and when you ride faster you start to slide. And if you stand you put the weight on the front wheel but with the throttle you push the bike forward and this is almsot like flying on gravel And of course when it gets tougher, over roots and stuff, when you have to use the tip of the clutch – you have to do it all before the obstacle, closing the throttle and clutch to have the tyre go nicely over it. Since when you accelerate on the root, you’re gone What beginner’s mistakes are made in off-roading? Well, off-roading is simply more sensitive It more sensitive and it doesn’t hurt to stand up because you can counter much more Also it doesn’t hurt, and we teach this road riders as well, to have 1 or 2 fingers on the levers because you can act much more tactile Thus I can only recommend anybody to go off-roading Robert: The most common mistakes are you want too much too soon This means small steps often bring the results earlier then pressed big steps I have to confess to myself if I ride 50000 km a year on road I am a good and safe motorcycle rider If I get to off-roading, never done a course before, then I theoretically start at zero. That I have to admit And the better I build up the base and take my time, rather practice one thing to 100 %, then it’s better than packing 8 things into a short timespan That’s why courses over multiple days are
actually the better preparation The biggest mistake however – it’s as if the baker says “eat more bread!” but it’s just the truth. Most people invest a lot into bikes, gear and vacations but very little in themselves But the best riding investment is in the upper half, into the rider Thus I’d recommend, just as you’d do if you got on a racetrack, getting a good instruction and riding skill first There are always these cracker-barrel philosophies where you hear what, where and how from a friend It’s always better to get professional help and be safe that what is teached is done so correctly and in case of an accident Is gravel riding taught in driving school? Gravel riding we can’t take into the instructions as there is also no request. We live in a place where everything is paved This means wherever there is gravel, there is a driving ban anyways But if you want to do it, an enduro course in Echlingen or with Joe Lechner or else is surely a great investment to find out if it is fun and manageable for you In driving school if you have a country road lesson and there is constructions going on, well, then you roll over it but inherently there is a 30 kph speed limit at Roadworks in Austria. Hence we aren’t allowed to ride on gravel roads like you’d do in Patagonia Why is exercising on Trial bikes sensible for all of us? It’s the best practice for any kind of motorcycle rider because there is a lot of balance schooling, the bikes are very light and reduced to the basics So you can completely focus on riding skills When the bike falls over it’s not dramatic. There won’t be outright damage and you don’t likely injure yourself The standing position is what is new when you get into off-roading For many riders it is unknown, how do I steer a bike with the foot pegs while standing? How do I balance it? The feel for it or the quick actions with clutch and throttle is best learned here Why should you stand up while off-roading? Standing up for one has the advantage of a better overview You can see your line, the rocks and the bumpholes better And while standing you are much more flexible to react to the surface Off-road steering. What is different to on-road steering? Well, it’s not exactly the same since you steer your bike a lot bike with the pegs while off-roading. This means with weight shifting on the bike you steer it. This doesn’t happen while sitting or rather let’s say it doesn’t happen a lot Something similar happens through your hips if you go into detail Riding in a stand and steering with the pegs, you have to get used to it However we often see at enduro courses riders standing on the tarmac as well since they are so excited and feel how flexible the bike suddenly is What’s the best way to accelerate and decelerate on loose ground? Let’s assume that – since my experiences on loose ground are with the Africa Twin, a modern bike with TCS In the beginning I did it with the highest TCS setting Until I couldn’t ride up slopes anymore because of it, as it didn’t take any gas since there is too much slack in the back. Then you just turn it down one level or maybe two I took a lot of practice runs and time before I turned off TCS Because if you then make a mistake and the rear slides away you’re down again. Therefore you need to take your time and gain experience, just as on the road, just ride Well, braking, especially off-road braking is a challenge, foremost a psychological You don’t get consistent asphalt, where you just brake and it stops somewhere But rather you have to precisely observe the surface It makes a big difference if it’s a stretch of gravel or gras, maybe an elevation, a hole or something else This is a challenge first for the rider and secondly for the systems Adventure bikes meanwhile have multiple riding modes You can turn off ABS or leave it on. There are bikes where you can turn off
the rear ABS and have an anterior off-road ABS Trying these out makes a lot of sense. But it often depends on what tyres are mounted. Are they off-road tyres or, as it is often the case with adv bikes, you just have standard road tyres mounted but want to ride a gravel road or section With adventure bikes this works sensationally well With how many fingers do you brake? In my case the racing sports just drummed it into me I always used only 1 finger to brake and I do this off-road as well because it’s precise and much easier. On the road when I have to emergency brake, then of course 4 fingers have a lot more force and I grab it quickly. I don’t always ride with the finger on the lever As soon as I’m on the track however, I always have one finger on the clutch and brake, not matter if I accelerate or brake What are the advantages of low weight in the terrain? It depends on what you want to do Here at the Enduro Action Team we have a lot of slopes which are to steep for such a machine here Where a light machine – in tendency to Erzbergrodeo, as everybody at your place knows – creates a lot of fun and this bike won’t be ridden because it’s no fun. These are the clear differences in what I want Small bikes for tracks, for the extreme And with big bikes I can ride some 2-3-400 km through South Africa I don’t need to ride this far, we can ride at our places too What are the challenges in riding heavy bikes off-road? Well, the challenge in off-roading with a big bike is unlike in the past it’s not about jumping higher or farther but it’s about wandering, touring, far lands that have the possibilty to be discovered by bike. But that doesn’t mean you jump or do something similar which you would be doing with a small bike Master unpaved hairpin corners in the Alps! Play with the clutch, not the throttle Don’t open and close the throttle continuously Rather keep the throttle 3 mm open and regulate with the clutch And of course with the knees. While sitting, when it gets hairy, close your knees Then it’s more stable and secure. Then when the left corner arrives then you press into it with the left foot Basically like skiing Can a modern BMW Enduro ABS brake better than a pro? YES! I can comfirm this. We have 2 settings: an Enduro Pro setting for lugged tyres, the other is for road tyres And within the scope of legislation which forbids us turning off ABS we had a lot of discussions with the core question of “what for do I need a blocked front wheel?” There are only a select few Motocross pros that might be using it but those ore the only ones Since we don’t build such bikes we came to the conclusion we can omit the switch and have no disadvantages since our Enduro ABS brakes so well by now, that no instructor wants to turn it off AND we still can lock up the back wheel in this mode, meaning you still can drift the bike What impact do modern assistances have on off-roading? Modern riding assitances work in a way that ni terms of traction they let some slip happen And everything you ride in the terrain, with a few exceptions, you can do so with the TCS in Enduro Pro mode, as we have set the bikes up And the ABS as well When do lugged tyres make sense? In our trainings we have a lot of customers with only road tyres As long as the presure is lowered – to about 1.8 bar – there is a lot you can do with road tyres. As long as it’s dry If it gets sandy, soft or muddy then of course a road tyre hits its limits But on hard gravel road tyres have a long working span HOwever it also always depends on the user If, let’s say, the user rides 95% on-road and only 5% trails then he hasn’t mount a lugged tyre because of it
Albeit if he rides 95% trails and 5% roads then I’d definitely put my money into lugged tyres The cons of lugged tyres on roads? What I noticed myself is the grip is distincitvely worse If I ride very ambitious on the road, they enter a temperature window where they easily reach their limits and slide away – when I ride very ambitious in the Alps. On the other side we had fun the entire day on the kart track with the lugged tyres because they drift much earlier Don’t have to be too fast here. It’s definitely something for the kart track However, you drift more and see more of the corner What product of you shall we mount for which use? If the adventurer wants to do off-roading then it’s absolutely TKC 80 It is THE tyre that worked for 32 years now If it’s less off-roading than you could switch to TKC 70 Rocks or TKC 70 But if it’s a 100% off-roading with little road segments he is looking at TKC 80 What rider gear do you recommend for off-roading? Clearly it starts at the rider’s gear, the safety clothes Reasonable enduro boots. Protectors on knees, hips,back, shoulders and elbows Ideally also on your chest Because if a mirror or a branch gets close it can really hurt on your ribs A neck protection would be very supplementary to avoid injuries This should definitely be the base Then – we love the onion principle. Rather airy if it’s warm and a rain cover over it in case it gets wet Personally I like very thin gloves to have maximum feel for the bike An enduro helmet which grants me lots of ventilation. But also real enduro goggle which protects me from rocks and branches This is very important if you think of rider gear What I always should have on my bike when I’m touring is a first aid kit Maybe even a more comprehensive kit which I know and can use Because there is always the chance of an accident or maybe I need to help somebody else. Thus we always have a FAK in the backpack as well as a little tool kit with a bit of wire, heavy duty tape, tyre repair kit, booster cables for help So a small tool kit so I can help myself – and if it’s only a tension belt for towing – with little measures Personally I also learned from experience to never even start with the bike without a bottle of water and an apple or a snackbar because it could happen you strand somewhere and there is nothing for miles when I’m off-roading. Thus it’s not bad to have water and something small to eat with me What bike gear do you recommend? Of course it’s recommended to prepare the bike Crash bars and skid plates are definitely useful I would also think about the tyres and the terrain, where do I want to ride? In which season will I ride there? If I ride in the wet season to Romania I have to consider that it is going to be muddy, clayey and dirty In the Dolomites it’s more rocky, thus I need to choose tyres accordingly Else I don’t need much equipment A proper tailbag and paniers for my first aid kit and tool kit is good enough For off-roading an ergonomic adjustment is also recommended. Every body is different What handlebar, which position, what brake lever Foot pegs should be wide with a lot of grip so that my feet won’t slip much. Sometimes I have the option to pull of the rubber and get a serrated peg which is nice And that’s basically it. I don’t have to spend a lot of money or mount some covers amd other gimmickry A proper engine protection – skid plate is important – at any rate The rest is nice to have With which exercises can you imrpove off-road skills? For one it’s all about balance, which I personally realised due to
racing in the past, where it was only about cornering as fast as possible It stressed me immense and still challenges me when I try to ride slowly Trying to find the balance slowly with such a bike It’s the thing that breaks any experience rider, but it’s the key factor If I have the balance and know how to use the bike with weight transfer, than all of a sudden a bike like this with way over 200 kg rides like a toy Thus it’s absolutely about balance Well, my dear viewers, cross your heart: Could we convert anybody? Is there one rider – than it would’ve paid out already. Still I’d be happy if it were hundreds. Do you dare to ride off-road? Do you want to try? Ride a gravel road with your adventure bike, dare it! It’s a completely new horizon And everybody else, who already loved to do it, off-roading with the adv bike, please post down below. Raise the flag for gravel freedom with the adv bike! Post your best experience, your most awesome moments, so that many people get inspired and dare this intensive form of motorcycling!