WEAR PROPER SAFETY GEAR
The absolute minimum is a helmet and eye protection.
In California, helmets are required by law. When we get to
states that don’t require helmets, far too few participants are
wearing them. You need eye protection, long sleeves, gloves
and boots that go over the ankle.
LEARN AND FOLLOW TRAIL ETIQUETTE
Stay to the right side of the trail, go slow near campgrounds, don’t haul butt into blind corners, stay on marked
trails, and so forth. We routinely hold up fingers indicating
the number in our group to oncoming drivers, and often-times they give us a smile and a thumbs up in return. Don’t
be clueless. Be educated about what is expected on the trail.
Don’t be the problem for your riding area. Have the correct
paperwork, flags, exhaust and stickers for your riding area.
SPEND MONEY ON SAFETY
BEFORE SPEED OR BLING
Don’t be that guy who has a stereo, a trick graphics
wrap, a loud exhaust or other accessories but your tires
are worn. Make sure you have safety handled, especially
if you plan to drive hard. Have a good helmet, five-point
seat belts, a roof, doors and whatever equipment is correct
for your riding condition. Safety also includes a machine
that is maintained and working correctly. If you have those
things taken care of, then you can get the fun stuff.
DRIVE WITH A GROUP
You should always travel with at least
one other machine along. If you drive
in a popular area where there are many
other enthusiasts, you are probably safe
to ride alone, but try to find a group
to ride with. We recently got 12 miles
from the trailhead, and the car we were
with shorted out the electrical system.
Without a second machine along, that
would have been a long walk back.
Do things right. This driver has a flag, food, water, spares and
tools that he needs. He also has a spotter out for this difficult
section. He made this drop look easy and handled it safely.