One problem typically encountered with 4x4s is cargo. You
can move your own weight as much as you want, but it’s
hard to compensate for a static load on the racks. Worse, if
the cargo isn’t tied down properly, it can shift in the exact
wrong direction at the exact wrong time. The lesson is to
travel lightly when you can, and always secure the load.
Be aware of your wheels! When you’re in tough terrain, keep
your wheels as straight as possible. When you have to straddle look way ahead and take it slow.
Chances are a set of stairs will not be
in the middle of your trail, but steep
descents require the rider to scoot to
the back of the seat and keep a firm
grip on the bars. Avoid hitting obstacles
that can stop you abruptly and send
you over the bars.
When an off-camber trail is too extreme, don’t take a chance. Put both legs on the
uphill side and hang off like a human counter-balancer. This way, if the quad starts
to tip, you can safely step off before getting trapped. ❏
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