I think we can all agree that dirt bikes are some of the most versatile machines out there. You can take them anywhere and have a heck of a lot of fun doing it – even in the sand.
Dune riding for sure is a beast in and of itself. Riding on sand offers even the most expert rider a significant challenge and a completely whole new experience for anyone who has only spent time on the track or trail. Without a doubt one adventure every dirt bike owner must try is a day on the sand dunes.
What makes it even more special is, for most dirt bikers, the sand dunes aren’t exactly right in their own backyard. For most, a day in the sand is the road less traveled and it’ll be an all-day affair. But, whenever you decide to try your hands on the sand be it the beach or desert remember you can’t just take your dirt bike off the trail and rip it in the sand without some prep work.
If you’ve ever been to the beach whether to lay out in the sun or simply stroll along the breakers one thing is quite evident – sand sticks to everything and finds every nook and cranny of your shoes, clothes, towels and anything you put on it. The same applies to your dirt bike.
Your bike can manage the muddiest of trails so it can certainly handle a day on the sand dunes. However, you’ll need to do some prep work before you head out for the dunes to ensure you don’t just spin your wheels and your bike survives to ride another day. In this guide we will cover the following tips for riding sand dunes:
- Paddle Tires
- Chain Lube
- Air Filter
- Safety Flag
Sand or Paddle Tires
Change out your regular knob tire in the rear for a paddle tire. These tires essentially paddle your bike through the sand and give you much more traction. Be prepared to throw around a lot of sand because, well, that’s why they are called paddle tires.
If you don’t have a paddle tire or don?t want to spend the money on a tire to play in the sand once a year you can still use your regular knob tires. The key here is to let a lot of air out and run them between 8 and 12 psi. The lower pressure flattens the tire which gives you grip and floatation in the sand.
A note on using a paddle tire: consider running one tooth up on your rear sprocket with the paddle since it could make the bike lug.
Posted by Andrew T.