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Dirt Bike Riding for Beginners

Clawson Motorsports | 06/02/2021

Learning to ride a dirt bike for the first time might feel intimidating. However, Clawson Motorsports can help get you on the right track. If you put in the work when you are in the beginner's stage, you will have a successful future in dirt bike riding. Check out more information when you visit our location in Fresno, California, serving Fresno and Modesto!

Getting Your Dirt Bike Started
The first step in any beginner's course on dirt bike riding is learning how to get the bike started. Before you can start the engine, make sure the battery is on. In warm weather, you will not need to use the choke. However, if you start your bike when it is cold out, you may need to use the choke to warm it up.

To start the engine, follow the manual on your dirt bike to determine what gear to have it in. Once it is in the proper gear position, either kick start the engine or use the electric start on newer bikes.

Shifting and Braking
Learning how to shift gears and to use the brakes are two necessary lessons for beginners. You will want to practice moving between the different gears before you take your first ride. If you are not careful while learning to control the throttle, you may panic and end up ramming into something.

The best tip we can give for braking while riding a dirt bike is to ease into the hand brake. Grabbing the hand brake too hard may result in your dirt bike seizing up dramatically. Stick with the foot brake, which is easier to use for beginners.

Learn How to Crash
Learning to crash a dirt bike is mostly about avoiding injury. Do not put your foot out to brace yourself before a crash. You will also be safer wearing the right gear. Crashing is inevitable, especially for beginners. But you don't want a leg or foot injury to prevent you from practicing!

Use the Correct Riding Position
The trick to success at the beginner's stage is to develop the correct riding position. Instead of sitting back comfortably on the seat as if you were riding a bicycle, lift your butt. Keep your back straight, and stick out your elbows parallel to the handlebars. The ball of your foot should rest on the pegs, and your chin should stick out over the handlebars. This riding position is essential to absorbing the shocks of bumps and uneven trails.

Always consult the manual for your bike or ask questions of our team at Clawson Motorsports. As a beginner, remember that practice and patience are the two best things to keep in mind when you are learning. For more information, visit our location in Fresno, California, serving Fresno and Modesto.

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Why Buy a Trike?

Clawson Motorsports | 06/17/2021

three-wheeled motorcycle offers a unique riding experience that you won’t get on a traditional bike. If you aren’t sure if a trike is for you, keep reading! We’ve created the following guide with all of the benefits of these vehicles. Read on to learn more, and call Clawson Motorsports in Fresno, California for more information. We are proud to serve Modesto too!

A Comfortable Ride

One reason to invest in a trike is the enhanced comfort. Some motorcycles sacrifice rider comfort in favor of speed or style. With a three-wheeled motorcycle, you will be able to build up endurance as you comfortably ride for hours on end! It doesn’t take much physical exertion to control and steer these models, so you can ride for longer without taking a break. The riding position of a trike is also more natural, which is beneficial for those who have back or joint pain.

Increased Safety

Another benefit of riding a trike is the increased safety. The extra wheel adds stability which makes it less likely that your three-wheeled motorcycle will tip over. This extra stability is especially important on windy days or when navigating winding roads.

Trikes are also larger in nature, which makes it easier for other motorists to see you on the road. The increased visibility will help you stay safe!

More Storage Space

Considering three-wheeled motorcycles are bigger than standard bikes, you’ll get more storage space. You’ll be able to pack everything you need for a successful and comfortable trip. Bring along waterproof outerwear, extra snacks, drinking water, and more.

Ride With a Passenger

Trikes are also great for riding with a friend! Many models can accommodate a passenger comfortably. This means you can share the road with a loved one. Having company during a trip can make the time go by faster and they’ll be able to help with navigation too. You won’t feel cramped when you hop on a three-wheeled model!

The Ideal Owner

Still unsure if a trike is for you? The ideal owner is someone who likes long-distance rides. The enhanced storage space, comfortable riding position, and room for a friend makes a trike perfect for hitting the road on a cross country trip. However, a three-wheeled motorcycle can also work just as well for your daily commute. This style of vehicle can accommodate many different lifestyles.

Are you ready to hit the road in a brand new trike? Contact Clawson Motorsports today! We have a great selection of models for sale at our Fresno, California location. We also proudly serve nearby Modesto. Our friendly staff can’t wait to help you find the perfect vehicle for your next great adventure!

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