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Old 02-13-2010, 02:41 PM   #1
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Are dirtbikes supposed to handle mud good?

Because I just crashed HARD.


Was only going about 25 and there was mud and my back tired was literally sliding around, and was drifting me towards water so I tried to brake a little (obviously probably too much) and the bike just slid out like nobody's business.

Made me do a flip and the bar end went straight into my leg. It's bruised like a tomato right now, and hurts like a . Bike is fine though.

Good thing I was wearing a helmet. This is my first dirtbike and I know nothing about riding dirt, and I was by myself in the mud. The first time I took it out, I didn't wear a helmet
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Old 02-13-2010, 02:46 PM   #2
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No, dirt bikes do not handle well in very much mud. Especially if it has ruts. You can keep it up by hovering your feet out along the ground so when it falls to one side you can catch yourself. This won't work well with a heavy bike. Sucks you learned the hard way.
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Old 02-13-2010, 03:16 PM   #3
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A dirt bike handles mud better than any other bike!
Congratulations new dirt rider, you've just survived your first real learning experience about dirt riding!
1. Always have a friend near by
2. the rear tire steers the bike 50% of the time
3. NEVER use the front brake until you learn traction control
4. explore the terrain slowly before you ride out of control.

Have a great time and protect your head and eyes, you will need them someday.
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Old 02-13-2010, 03:20 PM   #4
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A dirt bike handles mud better than any other bike!
Congratulations new dirt rider, you've just survived your first real learning experience about dirt riding!
1. Always have a friend near by
2. the rear tire steers the bike 50% of the time
3. NEVER use the front brake until you learn traction control
4. explore the terrain slowly before you ride out of control.

Have a great time and protect your head and eyes, you will need them someday.
HAHAHA

I didn't do ANY of those things

But, also my tires don't look super knobby, they look like 70/30 or so, but i could be wrong. They are the stock tires on the WR450F.

But thanks for that advice
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Old 02-13-2010, 04:56 PM   #5
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a dirt bike works best in dirt! sloppy mud, nothing can do well in!
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Old 02-13-2010, 05:26 PM   #6
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riding in soupy mud sucks....

warpbender got it right though, never ride without a friend.
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Was only going about 25 and there was mud and my back tired was literally sliding around...
Sounds like fun. Eating dirt is part of the deal. Dress accordingly.

There's a reason off-road front brakes are a lot smaller than street front brakes. How and when you brake vs steering with the throttle is all different than the street. You'll learn the foot-down mash-the-gas steering.
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Old 02-14-2010, 02:40 PM   #10
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somebody's got that photoshop mash-up with the busa tail R1 front and dirt bike tires, right!

post that one, it's perfect
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Well, they are called DIRT bikes not mud bikes.
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I've never had any major problems riding a MX bike through mud. Lean back, keep the front light, keep on the throttle, forget that the bike even has brakes till your across the mud.
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Old 02-14-2010, 07:45 PM   #13
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I've never had any major problems riding a MX bike through mud. Lean back, keep the front light, keep on the throttle, forget that the bike even has brakes till your across the mud.
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You go straight for the big bike. Take it easy until you get used to the bike and do some searches on dirt bike riding techniques. It is very much different from the street. Good Luck man.
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Some mud is just too slick to ride through. But if its not TOO greasy and slidey...

keep the front wheel light by staying on the gas on sitting a little farther back on the seat.
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Dont sit down and ride. As stated keep the front light, lean back, ride through it...
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if you are throttling a 450 as a beginner through the mud your going down. We go out specifically to ride in the mud. Its basically a controlled loss of traction, like drifting. The more you ride dirt the more you will understand and be able to predict what the bike will do in different terrain. But in short,, yes dirtbikes are great in mud, once you get some hours under your belt. As far as never riding alone, thats BS, just have a phone with you. If you only ride with someone that cuts out alot of chances to just jump on and go. Dirt ridin kicks a$$
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if you are throttling a 450 as a beginner through the mud your going down. We go out specifically to ride in the mud. Its basically a controlled loss of traction, like drifting. The more you ride dirt the more you will understand and be able to predict what the bike will do in different terrain. But in short,, yes dirtbikes are great in mud, once you get some hours under your belt. As far as never riding alone, thats BS, just have a phone with you. If you only ride with someone that cuts out alot of chances to just jump on and go. Dirt ridin kicks a$$
Sorry man, but that's the dumbest thing posted in here yet. Good luck grabbing your phone in the middle of the woods after you just snapped your leg in half...I'd imagine it may take a while for help to "locate" you as well.
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