you plan to ride more challenging trails your motorbike should
have wheel rims with spokes and heavy duty tubes which are able
to resist objects like thorns. Inner tubes should be replaced
every 20 000km even if they have never sustained a puncture. This
is because the area around the valve deteriorates and final tears
causing a puncture that can be impossible to repair. Water that
seeps in through the spokes also causes damage to both the rims,
spokes and tube. Ideally your rims should dry out before you park
your bike. The vulnerable parts
of your bike should be protected by engine protectors, crash bars,
bash plates etc. front and back. This especially applies to the
big, off road boxter BMW motorbikes where the tappet covers stick
out the side and are especially vulnerable. Special equipment
e.g. headlights, brake calipers, turn indicators, radiator etc.
should also be protected. If you are touring off road your luggage
must be packed down low. Piling stuff on the seat behind you will
cause your bike to become top heavy. You wont even notice the
problem as you leave town on the tar. Later when you hit the bad
stuff, it will be too late!
Riding Gear Injury can be avoided by having suitable protective
clothing. Helmet, eye and hand protection are obvious but do
not neglect the following
Boots that offer solid ankle support (sport shoes, sneakers,
tennis shoes are a big NO NO)
Long pants that are tear resistant (denim jeans are not suitable!)
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
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.