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Recreational vehicles (RV) can be more fun when a rider takes into account some of the experiences of others who enjoy the same sport, whether you ride a snowmobile, an ATV or dirt bikes or off-road motorcycles. Without consideration given to some of the basics of recreational riding, falling off your bike may result in more than just a simple bruise.
Some helpful information and tips on recreational vehicles:
Geographic Groundwork: Before riding or driving in an area unfamiliar to you, be certain you have a map with you, whether on a roadway or in the wilderness. A sudden change in the weather could obliterate from view local landmarks you have counted on to help steer your course. A map and a GPS unit are two items worthy of RV equipment inclusion consideration.
Overcoming Obstacles: If you are an ATV rider, be aware that just because your vehicle has an engine and three or four wheels does not automatically entitle you to use a public or private roadway. Once that’s clear to the rider, another tip to keep in mind is that obstacles, such as fallen trees, are best-approached straight on and slooooowwwllly. Once your wheels are touching the obstacle, increase the throttle just enough to slowly crawl over the obstacle¾and also make certain your ATV has enough ground clearance to manage this task safely.
Heading For High Ground: You are a dirt bike rider… and this means a steep uphill means nothing to you. You trust your skills and your bike. But it certainly doesn’t hurt to take into account the knowledge of professionals in this sport. You might believe caution in approaching an uphill is best ¾ not so! Most riders slow down too much, which then requires they have to pump up the throttle, and then it can be too late and you’ll be in a wheel spin or wheelying. In this case, speed saves.
Icy Endings: One of the leading causes of serious injury and even death when riding a snowmobile is drowning. Ice conditions are never a safe bet ¾ it’s best to never ride on frozen lakes or rivers. What may have been a stable, iced-over pond a few hours earlier may now be a tragedy waiting to happen. The best advice is “If you don’t know, don’t go.”
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There is a great deal of fun and sense of personal accomplishment when engaged in any of the RV sporting activities. Whether riding any of the power sports vehicles, from snowmobiles to motorcycles to ATVs, make certain you have the necessary equipment to ensure a safe, enjoyable time and keep a firm grip on your helmeted brain. And donít drink when riding if you wish to thrive.
Written by Hartley G. Lesser for Up North Sports
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