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39 Most Common Dirt Bike Terms You’ll Hear Everywhere (2023)

Dirt bike riders tend to speak their own unique language and, unless you grew up in the sport, you’ll want to know some terminology.

Some of their sayings and terms are clear, while others aren’t so obvious. Instead of you scratching your head the next time you meet up with a bunch of riders, we’ll give you some of the basics.

1. Brrraaap

This refers to the sound of a 2-stroke, or less commonly, the sound of a 4-stroke. You’ll often hear it within conversations or to help relate a situation, or simply for comedy. It’s most commonly used as a catchphrase by those aged 15 to 30 when talking about dirt bike riding at full speed.

2. DNF (Did Not Finish)

During races, riders who simply didn’t finish the race earn the ‘title’ of DNF, or Did Not Finish. This could either because they broke down, crashed and injured themselves, or in the case of some genuinely tough races such as the Dakar, simply gave up due to exhaustion.

3. Pinned

This means the rider has their throttle all the wide open and no chance of them holding back, with pinned sometimes also called ‘wide open’. They’re literally giving it everything they’ve got for a corner or straight-line speed. The slight variation is ‘5th gear pinned’ which refers to absolutely maximizing their top-end speed which is much more common in open country races as opposed to closed-circuit MX events.

4. Rutted

When you’re coming across a track that has many deeply in-grained lines from previous motorcycles or 4×4’s, it means the track is rutted. Too many people have used the track in the past and it’s certainly in need of some TLC.

5. Scrub

Have you ever seen riders lean heaviliy to one side when jumping? They are doing this to stay low on the track and to land as quickly as possible. As they do this, they’re able to regain momentum on the gas while their competition is still airborne.

6. Whiskey Throttle

This is a common mistake done by a newer rider who hasn’t mastered the art of throttle control. It’s here where a rider will apply too much throttle, start losing control, but their hand is still twisting on the throttle. They aren’t able to twist forward with their body leaning too far back and eventually they crash.

7. Corrogations

Popular in country areas especially in Australia are corrogated roads. As heavy trucks use these roads, they cause them to be bumpy for 4wd and dirt bike enthusiasts. These corrogations can only be eliminated by a grader, and in the interim, it’s best to ‘glide’ over the top at high speeds.

8. Whoop Section

Have you seen those areas of the MX track that have many micro-bumps and dirt bikes keep jumping? That’s a whoop section and best conquered with a good strategy and NOT with simply jumping over them. Most riders keep their speed low and continue pushing down on their front tyre in order to maintain momentum.

9. Back Slapper

This is when you’re riding with your backside too low to the seat and your seat eventually knocks. Most commonly this happens when you’re in a whoop section. Crouching is important, but you don’t want to crouch too low otherwise you’ll certainly know about it.

10. Lapper

Most common on longer races are those who are overtaken at least once, especially the person in first position overtakes the individual in last position. Being lapped reminds us of how much work needs to be done in order to become more competent riders.

11. Hoon Rider

Typical of those dirt bike riders who cruise unlicenced and unregistered along residential streets. These hoon riders (also called hooligans) cause a bad name for the more law-abiding citizens who are in the dirt biking world for the love of the sport, not merely to claim some attention on YouTube.

12. Clapped Out

Have you seen vehicles which have seen better days? Something that’s still running when it should’ve been scrapped long ago? That thing is clapped out, man!

13. Roosted

Copping a face full of another dirt bike rider’s mud seriously hurts and blinds the goggles. Getting roosted either kills our confidence or motivates us to overtake the person in front.

14. Sand Pit

A Sand Pit refers to sections of enduro race areas which are full of sand. Riders will have a hard time maintaining full control of their dirt bike unless they’re fully pinned and leaning back to keep the front wheel light.

15. Power Band

A Power Band isn’t a physical thing, but a characteristic of each gear where the power is the most aggressive. Most riders in racing circuits optimize their gears to always stay within the power band. For instance, they won’t be revving too high or too low in each gear, so as to get the most out of each revolution of the engine.

16. Steam Engine

A term recently created by electric dirt bike owners to poke fun at dirt bikers who still use the petrol equivalents. Electric dirt bikes are becoming mainstream in racing circuits and soon enough, conventional dirt bikes will be considered steam engines of yesteryear.

17. Yard Sale

Used to describe a dirt bike that is dead in the water and should be seperated for parts on Craigslist, Gumtree or eBay. Chances are that the frame has had a major breakage of the engine is simply swamped with water and with no life left.

18. Plastic Princess

Used to describe a rider or their dirt bike (likely both) that is too precious to get dirty. You’ll see them rock up with perfect plastics, shining tyre tread and all the gear…but not much of an idea. Sometimes you’ll see them finish a race while being almost spotless, while the rest of the competitors are a mess from head to toe.

19. Bark Busters

These are mainly used on trail bike and enduro riders who venture into the forests. It protects the hands from being clipped by tree branches, while also protecting the break and clutch levers from damage when crashing. They may be referred to the actual brand name, or simply as a generic term to describe hand protectors.

20. Tearoffs

These very thin plastic goggle strips are used by motocross riders to clear debris from their goggles caused by roosting. Some riders may have 10 to 15 strips layered on top of each other for each race while removing a freshly coated strip every 20 seconds or so in order to enhance visibility when competing.

21. Widow Maker

May refer to a stake in the trail that’s pointed up and could cause massive bodily harm and possible death when riding. May also be a low hanging yet thick branch or a sharp and unexpected drop off. In racing, these may be hard objects which are located very close to the track.

22. Tank Slapper

When you’re going too fast and suddenly hit a rock which unsettles the dirt bike. As the dirt bike rocks side to side, it slaps both legs hence the name ‘tank slapper’. This is more-so common in high speed racing motorcycles on closed circuit loops.

23. Sweep Rider

This is a rider whose job is to close out the rear in both group rides and enduro races. They ensure that riders are accounted for and connect with riders who have broken down or are injured. Often the Sweep Rider will be in regular contact in group rides with their polar opposite – the Lead Rider, who keeps the line moving.

24. Monkey Butt

Used to describe the state of a rider’s butt cheeks after a few hours of riding. As sweat builds up, it causes this stinging sensation which irritates the rider. Funnily enough, a company created a product of the same name to combat this very issue…and it works!

25. Ritchie Rich

Used to describe a dirt bike rider who has all the money in the world, so they’ll rock up with the best and newest gear around. It’s not uncommon to see them completely replace all their riding gear, or even their dirt bike, every few months…just because they can.

26. Lemon

A dirt bike which is utterly unreliable and continues to break down. Most commonly this happens on older dirt bikes which need a lot of upkeep. It’s at this stage that the owner will generally cut their losses and get a new one, or give up on riding altogether.

27. Tunnel Blindness

Dirt bike riders who only see in a straight line and don’t look around corners prior to entering. By looking around the corner and planning 5 seconds ahead, riders can maximize race times but also look out for hazards ahead.

28. Amateurs

Those who are new to riding or racing in a particular location. They haven’t quite got the conditions figured out yet and are likely to be passed by more experienced folk pretty easily.

29. Egged On

When someone was encouraged under peer-pressure to attempt something like wheelie despite knowing that it wasn’t a good idea. Generally speaking, those who are ‘egged on’ to do something beyond their comfort zone generally don’t fare well.

30. Cruiser

A rider who sits down on their dirt bike almost all the time, despite there being corrugated sections of track where it’s very uncomfortable to sit and casually ride. These riders are also typically newer to the sport and can be quite slow as they develop their skills.

31. Fan Boy (also called Fan Boi)

Owners who believe in only one brand of motorcycle and discount the value or advantages that another brand might provide. The biggest fan boys in the dirt bike world are those of both Honda and Yamaha who are often in a friendly debate about who has bought the better bike.

32. Rodeo

Used to describe going over large rocks at slow speed which is common in rocky outcrop areas. As the dirt bike bounces around, it’s much like riding a bull in a rodeo.

33. Weekend Warrior

The rider who loves heading out on the weekends but is trapped at their workplace during the week. These riders are often between amatuer and professionals in their skills development, and will make the very most out of their riding areas…rain, hail or shine!

34. Lost It

Used when a rider pushed beyond their abilities in either racing or casual trail bike riding scenarios. As they crashed, they were evidently going too fast for a corner and proceeded to ‘lose it’ as they weren’t able to maintain full control.

35. Nailed It

The opposite to ‘Lost It’ is where a rider was able to accomplish an especially difficult task such as a gnarly hillcimb. They’ll generally command respect from other riders as they continued to power through and remained in complete control.

36. Soiled

A rider who is completely dirty from head to toe from riding their dirt bike. Being ‘soiled’ is a testament to how hard the rider rode and how much mud they had been through. You’ll generally find soiled riders posting their photos on social media when others would’ve stayed at home because of the rain.

37. Canned

When an event such as a race or organized group ride is cancelled, often unexpectedly. When they ‘canned it’, most riders are unsurprisingly disappointed at the outcome but understand the reasonings, such as bad weather or track access issues.

38. Meerkat

A rider who stands unusually high on their dirt bike and scans the horizon, just like a meerkat. While standing on the pegs is encouraged and at times, absolutely necessary, the attack stance is generally easier and safer than standing tall with the knees locked.

39. Wringer

When you’re testing out a dirt bike for the first time and want to do an extensive analysis or review, you’re putting a dirt bike through the ‘wringer’ to ensure it lives up to expectations. You’ll be quite tough on the dirt bike. Generally, YouTube review channels and magazines use this term to demonstrate aggressively testing dirt bikes instead of being soft and gentle.

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Where To Get Adventure Motorcycle Training in Australia

Australia is spoilt for choice as a mecca for adventure motorcycling. There are literally tracks galore for beginners or experienced folk.

If you’re new to this extremely fun sport that speaks of freedom and inner fulfilment, then we can highly recommend getting to one of the numerous adventure motorcycling schools around the country. These training workshops essentially help novice riders become more confident offroad.

Having done the grunt work, we’ve created this list of the best training schools in Australia.

Note: None of these is in a specific order yet each provides different experiences for various riders out there. Let’s begin.

1. Stay Upright

We love Stay Upright and you’ll find them running offroad courses across various states. What we love about Stay Upright is that some of their students actually carried through from previous courses as they teach complete learners.

You’ll find general adventure riding courses as well as courses for motocross and trail bike riding. You’ll want to stick in the ADV lane for sure and really learn how to master that big bike of yours. Additionally, they run lessons exclusively for women too!

2. Academy of Off Road Riding

It doesn’t matter how much you’ve ridden, there’s always space to learn more. That’s the case with Kinga from OnHerBike who, before she got YouTube famous, took a course at the Academy of Off-Road Riding.

It’s certainly an eye-opener and a chance to see how to properly ride in a controlled environment. You’ll be learning braking, clutch control and handling the heavier weights offroad. And yep – you’ll be learning how to pick up your motorcycle!

3. Simon Pavey’s Off Road Skills Course

While Simon lives in the UK, he still runs tours and skills acceleration courses in Australia for keen adventure riders. These are generally held around Merimbula and you’ll get training from one of the most experienced in the field of adventure riding.

After all, Simon Pavey is a Dakar Rally racer and thus, he’s certainly someone who knows how to throw a bike around. In addition to off road skills, he also runs a seperate adventure bike maintenance course designed to keep your bike moving when you’re a million miles away from a mechanic.

4. Honda HART Australia

Yep – Honda runs their own training and you don’t need to own a Honda bike to join in. They’re half-hoping you’ll bike a Honda down the track though, and you probably will when you realize what these bikes can do in the hands of a confident and experienced rider!

You’ll find them running regular courses across NSW, VIC and QLD. In these courses, they cover riding posture, low speed manuvers, going up and down steel hills and how to plan your expeditions. Definitely worth heading along to!

5. Top Rider

Based on the Sunshine Coast, Top Rider has advanced courses specifically for adventure riders. You can join them on a 1 day adventure training skills course followed by a 1 day adventure ride. Bring your camping gear and make a weekend of it!

You’ll find these starting from Mt Cotton which is east of Brisbane. Even if you live south of the border, it’s worth the trip up as they take their riders through some stunning scenery and epic offroad tracks for all skill levels.

6. Maschine

We think we’ve left one of the best until last! Maschine runs tours and training across Australia for those who are big-bike enthusiasts. Don’t expect to be surrounded by MX riders here as it’s genuine for 600cc and up. While they certainly love training, it’s the tours that have earned them a solid reputation in the ADV riding community.

They have been running since 2011 and their crew has been riding offroad bikes since the day they got out of the nappies. Maschine is clearly enthusiastic about showing fellow Australians tracks that so few people can access.

You’ll find organized adventure rides along The Tanami, Kakadu National Park, Victoria’s High Country and the Gulf of Carpentaria. In addition, they’ve organized several international expeditions.

In Summary

Group rides are perfect for those who are newer to the sport. You’ll be accompanied by the professionals and have a group of like-minded riders to chat to each night, instead of a lonely ponder at the camp fire by yourself.

Instead of dealing with headaches and trying to plan each day, you can offroad the repsonsibilities so you can simply enjoy the ride and take it all in. These are perfect for those who have been holding themselves back for some time.

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How to Build a Motocross Track At Home

We wanted to create a beginner’s guide to building a motocross track at home where you can ride around all day long for free.

After all, who wants to haul up their bike, gear and camping equipment for a few nights away. If you have the fortune of having a few acres of land available, then building your own backyard motocross track is certainly appealing.

Now, we’re not talking about building the next AMA super track ready for competitors and 20,000 spectators by next weekend. That’s quite the overkill. We simply want you building your first motocross track at home.

How to Build a Home-Based MX Track

It’s quite an exciting proposition to construct your own dirt bike track in the backyard. When your buddies come over one afternoon and check it out, you can have the pride and admiration that you built this thing yourself.

The best part? It isn’t hard. Just follow these steps and constructing a dirt bike track at home is pretty easy:

1. Seek Neighborhood and Local Government Permission

One of the biggest concerns is the noise of your dirt bike going around and around for hours each day. Needless to say, you’ll want to consult with your neighbors first.

They are going to want to know how you plan on reducing noise and what hours you plan on riding. We propose 10am to 3pm as a guideline as this is when people are at work and also when the sun is at the highest point in the sky. There’s nothing worse than having the sun coming straight into the goggles at 50 miles per hour.

The noise issue isn’t just one that affects humans but livestock and pets too. No one wants their dog barking for hours each day because your dirt bikes are disturbing their peace time.

Pro-Tip: Electric dirt bikes are becoming quite affordable and KTM sells a seriously powerful machine. You can buy one of these and use it as a selling point.

The other main issue is dust. You don’t want to be whipping up dust and having it land at your neighbors house. If you’re in a dry area, then you’ll need a dust management plan.

2. Draw 5 Potential Designs on Paper

By knocking out some potential designs using traditional pen and paper, you’ll be able to let your imagination from your childhood run wild. Our recommendation is a design that is quite compact, given that you probably don’t have much space.

There should be a couple of long sections out the side with some tight technical loops in towards the middle. Add in some table tops and whoop sections, and you’ll have some good idea as to what you’ll want to build.

Also consider the orientatoin of your track. If it’s primarily windy in one direction, then keep this in mind so you can have the back to the wind in the fastest sections of the track and can reach quick lap times, while you’re pushing into the wind in the tighter corners.

3. Finalize 1 Motocross Track Design with Variations

While your final motocross track design is what you’ll be setting out to build, we recommend adding in some variations. These variations allow you to modify your track over time by adding in new corners or shortcuts, or even closing off particular sections.

Essentially, you’ll want a dynamic track that you don’t get bored of. Whereas you may be riding at your local MX track often, you’re not riding there enough to get bored. Your track at home will be great for the first 3 months before you’re pretty well over it.

By having these track modifications in place before you start construction, you’ll be able to retain much of your natural landscape. We don’t want to simply kill all the bushes and scrubs, do we?

4. Hire a Front-End Loader and Bobcat

While some people say that you can build a motocross track with just a bobcat, we believe that you’re going to need two machines. The front-end loader should do the bulk of the work given how heavy the bucket at the front is. Further more, the bucket is heavy and is ideal for compacting the soil in certain areas and has enough reach to build a decent-sized table top.

If you hire both machines from the same company, they’ll only charge you one pick up and delivery fee. Plus they might even give you a discount on hiring out both machines at the same time. Remember to ask for any additional attachments they may have such as a grader blade for either machine. These will save you a ton of time.

Aim to hire both machines for 48 hours at the same time. These will be advertised as wet hire (includes fuel) or dry hire (excludes fuel) so it really depends on how much you need it. Most of these machines are used in construction sites yet they sit idle on weekends, so this is where you’ll get the cheapest rates. Aim for Friday afternoon to Sunday afternoon.

Now, couldn’t you just use an excavator to build a motocross track? Not really. While you can, this will be a very slow experience given the size of the bucket that it has. Also, their tracks (the things that make them steer) will keep ripping up the MX track you’re trying to build. Excavators are better suited for digging trenches and that isn’t what you’re trying to accomplish here.

5. Hire Some Beer Buddies to Finish It Quicker

So you’ve committed to hiring two machines but there’s only one of you. Well, you’re either going to be working all day and night before the machines need to go back to the depot, or you’re going to need to rope some buddies into the mix. Pay ’em with beer, of course.

Remember that your buddies may need to be licenced to operate these machines and this depends on your state. At worse, someone could just be using a hose around the track construction to keep the dust down. Try and segregate the machines by letting the bobcat do the lighter work and away from the front end loader.

Your buddies will probably just be as excited as you are to get this all finished and looking sick. Needless to say, you’ll want to offer them unlimited riding opportunities too and being the first crew to use the track late on Sunday afternoon.

6. Use a Shovel to Edge the Corners, Then Start Riding!

While we marvel at where we have come in 100 years as humans, and the developments in the earth-moving space, you’re going to want to finish parts of your MX track construction off with a shovel. This is especially at the top and bottoms of your jumps, cleaning the edges on the corners and levelling out the whoop sections.

Shovels will become a routine part of your track maintenance and probably something you’ll whip out daily to fill in the rutted sections. Sure, it gets a little annoying but get yourself a good quality shovel too that doesn’t break when you need it the most.

You may also want to buy a backhoe in the future if your savings allow for it. They have an excavator arm at the back which also allows for fence-post construction borers. The front bucket has enough capacity for routine track maintenance including padding down and moving soil.

Tips for Track Construction Success

Now you have the basic process down-pat, let’s share some tips to ensure you have a great time:

  • Consider the types of soils you’re working with. Sand is very different from loam and gnarly rocks, which is different again to mud.
  • Don’t put the landing of jumps near trees or buildings. This is a dangerous situation if someone stumbles coming off a jump and hasn’t got full control yet of their dirt bike. You can just imagine exactly where they are going to go.
  • Slow water drainage is a big issue with most soil types. You’d hate to be waiting 3 days for the track to dry out, so consider installing some sub-surface water drainage ponds when using the earth-moving machines.
  • Use an old rubber conveyor belt at the start of any jump. You can find these on Craigslist or Gumtree. This stops ruts from developing. While tempting, it’s also tricky to use these in corners as they move around way too much.
  • Find some old tyres for the corners. These are both a great idea to keep your track from prematurely wearing out as well as for safety to provide a soft landing if you come in too hot and bounce.
  • Go in reverse as much as forwards. This way you’re able to spend less time doing maintenance and more time riding, plus you get to experience 2 tracks in 1.
  • Don’t use star-pickets for fencing. These are highly dangerous for MX riders even when they’re capped. Instead, get yourself some soft plastic fencing.

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Stay Upright Review: Are They Any Good?

Stay Upright are one of Australia’s most well-known motorcycle training schools with centres across QLD, NSW, VIC and ACT.

The question is: Are they worth it?

We’re providing an unbiased review of Stay Upright so you guys can get some insights as to whether you should enroll into one of their motorcycle centres.

Let’s begin.

Stay Upright Review

When you’re learning to ride a motorcycle, you shouldn’t skimp on the training. This is serious stuff that’s designed to keep you alive. Additionally, you can’t expect to simply get your P’s and you’re done.

In our experience, learning to ride a motorcycle safely is a lifelong pursuit. You’ll often hear of people who have been riding for 10 years and they are still picking up tips and ideas that can keep them alive.

This is why Stay Upright offers a range of motorcycling courses that aren’t just designed to get your licence. As dirt bike and adventure riding enthusiasts, Frontaer became especially interested in their off-road riding skills day which turned out to be exactly what we were hoping for.

Instead of watching some ‘tips and advice’ from a YouTube channel, you’re in the trenches literally practising what the trainers preach. You’ll learn how to actually do effective cornering procedures, hill climbs and managing big ADV bikes offroad.

In addition, they offer tours which are super helpful if you’re new yet aren’t quite confident to go on a trip by yourself just yet. Or perhaps you don’t have any friends that share the same passion and enthusiasm towards seeing your state or the entire country on 2 wheels.

Things to Consider

Stay Upright isn’t the only motorcycle school in Australia, but they are the largest with HART coming in at a very close 2nd place. When you are choosing a motorcycle school, you should be considering some important factors.

These are:

  • How long have they been in the business of training?
  • Will they postpone things if the weather turns bad?
  • What do they provide in their lessons for protection?
  • Do they provide bikes if you don’t want to use your own?
  • Is there a location near home so you don’t have to travel far?

These things you should be considering instead of the price. In fact, the cost of the course is one of the least things you should worry about. Stay Upright’s pricing is a little higher than average but the bang-for-buck you get is a key reason why we went with them over their competitors.

They have an open area where you spend most of the time develping your skills. If it’s a dirt-orientated course, then you’ll be out in the scrub and learning skills first-hand.

In Summary

There are thousands of people who use Stay Upright every year yet so few actually leave a review, either good or bad. In our experience, they are one of the best places to learn or upskill your motorcycling skills in a controlled environment.

They welcome beginners as well as seasoned riders all the time. With almost 40 years now in the business of motorcycle training using a mindset-first approach to reducing accidents, and thus, saving lives.

Would we use them again? In a heartbeat.

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Stamina for Dirt Bike Riders: What To Eat and Drink

Having the stamina to ride a dirt bike all day long is a rarity among us novice dirt bike riders. This comes down to nutrition.

We have all the intentions to keep going and going….and going….like a Dakar Rally competitor, yet we often fall short.

It’s wilpower + stamina that keeps you going on your dirt bike

So how do we really keep ourselves going? Well, through fueling ourselves with some good food and staying hydrated. Of course, Frontaer cannot provide you with specific recommendations as we aren’t medically qualified, but we can give you broad outline so you can stay out there for longer.

Nutrition and Dirt Bike Riding

Most people don’t see how both dirt bikes and nutrition can go hand in hand, but they certainly are inter-related. What you eat and drink has a huge impact to your riding ability whether you’re competing or simply enjoying a day out on the riding trails in your area.

Competitive dirt bike racers need the right nutrition to finish, let alone get a spot on the boards.

The best food for dirt bike riders to eat is obviously that which can actually fuel your body. We’re talking wholefoods here like salads, clean meats, fruits, vegetables and even some superfoods. Some of us wouldn’t want to be caught dead in an organic supermarket or *that* vegan health joint down the road, but we also don’t want to be last in a pack of riders either. Eating that dust is never fun.

So if you are planning to go for a decent ride, don’t just start on the day itself. Aim for a few days out where you start running, eating properly and drinking lots of water. This could be integrated into your diet permanently for general health, given the typical overweight nature of dirt bike riders globally.

Hydration is Key

Some dirt bike riders we know actually head out on the tracks without any water at all. Zero. No CamelBak or anything! Even if you’re riding in winter, you need to have water with you.

This hydration keeps you mentally awake and focused on the track ahead. This way you aren’t feeling sluggish and in need of yet another rest break. If you’re in a group ride, then keeping up shouldn’t be a problem at all.

Not hydrated or focused? This can happen.

Our best tip for hydration is to put your hydration pack with half ice in the freezer overnight. On the morning of your ride, fill up the rest with water and you’ll have chilled water for much of your ride. Keep in mind that this could make your back become super cold or even a little wet.

Some of the stamina mixes work well and others are complete garbage. Hydration drinks like Gatorade are mostly sugar and so it’s best to look for proper endurance athlete drinks or shakes to consume while you’re out there to prevent muscle cramps.

Getting Enough Vitamins

Are you really consuming enough vitamins? This is why we eat food in the first place. It’s not for the protein or carbs as much as the vitamins and nutrition itself. For the dirt bike rider who’s looking to improve their performance, this is very much needed.

You may wish to consider some nutritional vitamins to supplement your diet. Your doctor would be the best source of information to provide a recommendation.

Then again, we can’t be too reliant on these and need to focus on real foods that provide real vitamins too. Science shows that foods like tomatoes, spinach, carrots and celery are fantastic for nutrition that our bodies need.

Removing The Nasties

Dirt bike and general riders typically drink their fair share of alcohol, which the University of Minnesota shows is a bad combination. Going for a weekend camping trip with the dirt bikes? The last thing that anyone will forget is a slab (or 3) of beer.

Unfortunately, hang overs do impact our ability to ride a dirt bike properly, or any other motorvehicle for that reason. Alcohol then is one nasty that you can and should remove even for just a few weeks if you’re planning a trip or racing competitively.

In addition, takeaway foods aren’t helpful for the body and won’t lead to gains in your mental state. Before ordering that next pizza on UberEats, consider how much this could negatively impact your riding.

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