Seasoned bikers will already understand the importance of good dirt bike safety and awareness. However, when you’ve just started learning the ropes, it can be all too tempting to ditch good practice and jump straight into gunning it round the trail. Although you may feel like it is, biking in this way isn’t going to get you anywhere. If you want to tackle mountain passes and Andalusian plains, then first you need to make sure you are prepared and willing to learn.
Sure, you run on pure adrenaline, but your motorcycle doesn’t. On a motorbike tour, your engine will be subjected to a number of different terrains. Each of these environments will affect the bike in a different way. Flatter landscapes will use very little fuel, but for uphill and rocky sections the engine will need to push just that little bit harder, so remember to keep your engine well fed at all times.
A mistake many beginners make is to believe they are in control of the bike. An enduro holiday is about perseverance not speed, so take the time to get to grips with your throttle and clutch. Slowly accelerate through a few practice laps, before you start to think about shifting gears. Once you feel you’ve mastered this, then you can head out onto the open road and build up some confidence.
Sounds like a no brainer. But when you’re first starting out on the bike it can be tempting to watch what you’re doing rather than where you’re going. Your eyes, along with your hands, are what steer you through a corner so it’s imperative you keep them firmly on the track. Don’t spoil your off road experience by failing to nail the basics. Practise at slower speeds first and you’ll soon be flying round the Spanish countryside.
Balance is the key to control and without it you will find out the hard way exactly how the Iberian dirt feels. Whilst you may feel settled on the bike before you set off, the weight and acceleration of it can catch many people by surprise. Again, the answer is practise. Get used to the way the bike moves through the corners before you start a marathon trek across Andalucia.
Remember you’re on holiday! If you’re too focused on perfecting everything in the first few moments, you won’t be able to kick back and have fun. Redtread’s motorbike tours are designed to allow you to ride in a safe and pressure free environment. So there really isn’t any reason to fret. We understand you’ll want to test yourself, but bear in mind that no one becomes a master overnight — that’s why we hope you’ll come back next year too!
To kick start your journey through Andalucia, check out the range of tours available to you on our website. For booking, get in contact with us on 0208 1445300 or drop us a message online.