This page is a guide to how you should prepare for one of our rides. There are few things you should check off your list when preparing.
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We aim to get you off bitumen roads, out of your comfort zone and see some of the best hidden trails in Australia. Weather also plays a major role in our tours which means that we have to be flexible and always have various contingency plans in place to ensure we maximise your adventure every time. Our fully supported rides allow you to experience and access some of Australia’s most exciting and remote trails and unpaved roads in a safer environment. Each ride is meticulously planned and pre run and then plotted to a GPS route for the customer to navigate with friends. During the ride, lead riders’ head out and check the trail and mark obvious dangers. A sweep crew follows the field and assists any riders having difficulty. The rides are also supported with 4X4 vehicles with trailers to pick up any bikes that cannot finish the ride. You know that you are riding with friends and have a professional team with you on the trail. This can often make the difference of enjoying and completing a route or giving up when it all goes pear shaped. We can also hire you a Yamaha WR250R all setup for adventure riding if you require (limited numbers).
- Know the fuel range of your bike and check the route notes for the ride. There are a number of ways to carry spare fuel, if in doubt check the forum or email firstname.lastname@example.org
- Check your accommodation, most rides require you to book your prior to attending. Check the forum for more information. There are usually a number of options you can take ranging from camping to motel accommodation and the phone numbers are generally in the ride notes on the forum or event page.
- Make sure you have good tyres. How often are you going to get a chance to do hundreds of kilometers of premium off road riding this good? Throwing a new set of tyres on the bike will ensure you get the most out of your adventure. Semi-knobby tyres similar to the TKC-80 and Kenda Big Block are the sort of knobby we recommend for the bigger multi cylinder bikes. Check the forum and event page for more info or contact TB.
- PACK LIGHT AND LOW. If you don’t absolutely need it, don’t bring it. What you do pack onto your bike try and keep as low as possible, a good set of side bags is a perfect start. The lighter you travel the more fun you will have on the trail.
- Keep a close eye on the weather forecast, throw in some wet weather gear and something warm if there is any chance of rain.
Here some quick tips for things to check before you leave.
- Fluids and Filters. Oil, Water,brake and clutch fluids and air filter.
- Tire pressures! Most adventure bikes work well off-road between 20 and 30 PSI depending on the weight of the bike. See your dealer for specific information on your model or check out the forums.
- Drive-line. Chain Tension and sprocket wear, brake pads and lever freeplay.
- Tyres and Suspension. We recommend knobby style aggressive tyres for all our rides unless written on the ride brief. Check for good tread, bleed the forks if bleeders fitted and ensure suspension operates smoothly without any binding.
- Check lights indicators and mirrors
- Check all main bolts and nuts to ensure they are tight. EG. Axle, fork mounts, brake caliper bolts, linkage, side and centre stand bolts, kickstart and gear lever and brake lever bolts and engine mounts.
Recommended Safety Gear.
Top piece of safety gear for every rider would be the spot tracker device with emergency beacon. Not only can your friends and family track your progress in realtime as you ride, but, in an accident situation emergency services can pinpoint your exact location very quickly and send help. These devices save lives and we recommend them for every rider whether on our rides or not. This is equipment that professionals use and it is very cheap insurance.
Gloves, boots and helmet. Given the amount of off-road riding a set of adventure boots is highly recommended as a minimum. Standard road riding boots are not as strong and do not have as much armor around the ankle and shin. http://www.adventuremoto.com.au has a range of safety gear available online.
RideADV cater for a wide range of GPS units. We use and recommend Garmin motorcycle Our favorites are as follows:
Garmin ZUMO 660, Garmin Montana 650T, Garmin 62 & 64s and the Garmin Montana 680T
What our sweeps carry
Our sweeps that will be riding behind you carry basic tool kits and years of experience with them
Spare tubes, spare fuel, tire plugs, sat phone, first aid kits, spanners and sockets etc to perform basic track-side repairs to get you going.
Ride Grading – What are the special sections?
Our rides cater for riders of many different skill levels from beginner to expert. Some riders like a challenge and the special sections are optional routes for experienced riders to get the adrenaline pumping. These sections may include, very steep declines and ascents, loose rock and very rough terrain, moderate to deep water crossings, mud and other fun stuff.
If you have a serious sense of adventure and the off-road skills to tackle the red sections, they are great fun and we hope you enjoy them as much as we do.
If your not sure if that’s for you, don’t worry, the rides are still amazing with plenty of challenging sections. Remember also that the Special Sections generally add extra time to your day.