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The Off Road Motorcycle
Focusing on the motorbike for a moment, one typically needs a bike that offers torque at low revs (between 3000 and 6000 rpm), a gearbox that offers a longer first gear and a maximum speed of less than 180kph. Also high, firm suspension, reasonable off road tyres - (tires USA) and wide, upright handlebars. Typically these types of motorcycles are called enduro, trail or dual-sport with MX bikes being the most extreme examples. Generally tyres are run a bit softer than on the road. A good all round pressure is 1.1 bar (15psi) for the front with the rear being a bit harder (increase tyre pressure above 2 bar however when travelling over very rocky terrain in order to protect your rims and avoid punctures)
ClothingProtective Riding Gear Injury can be avoided by having suitable protective clothing. Helmet, eye and hand protection are obvious but do not neglect the following
1) Boots that offer solid ankle support (sport shoes, sneakers, tennis shoes are a big NO NO)
2) Long pants that are tear resistant (denim jeans are not suitable!)
.3) Knee protection. These can be built into the construction of the pants or worn separately and externally over the knees.
4) Thigh protection. Usually built into the long pants
5) Jacket that offers elbow and shoulder protection Riding off road in Africa is usually very hot due to the low speeds and the strenuous exercise. This should be borne in mind when purchasing a jacket. For the same reason one wears a three quarters helmet with goggles when riding off road at speeds of less than 100kph.
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