5 Off-Road Riding Tips From Racing Legend Jimmy Lewis
Champion racer & rider coach shares tips for taking adventure bikes off-road.
One of the big draws of riding Adventure Motorcycles is the freedom they offer to travel off-road. And who better to get off-road riding tips from than racing legend Jimmy Lewis, who podiumed at the Dakar Rally, won the Baja 1000 overall and is also a 4x ISDE Gold Medalist. As his racing career began winding down, he started the Jimmy Lewis Off-Road Riding School where he now teaches Adventure Motorcycle off-road skills to riders of all abilities.
In this recent video, Jimmy outlines 5 off-road riding tips for adventure riders. Tips include fundamental skills like proper balance, body position and clutch control. One tip that stands out is Jimmy’s advice to take your hands off the bars to test if you are in the proper riding position. Staying light on the bars not only allows you to react quicker and improve your control, but can also help save you from frequent flat tires or a bent rim.
Jimmy also talks about the advantages of practicing on smaller dirt bikes to develop your skills. If you have an opportunity to rent or borrow a dirt bike, it can put your learning curve on the fast track. Another fundamental off-road riding tip we would add is to always remember to look far ahead. So often new adventure riders look down at what they are currently riding over, which leaves them completely unprepared for major obstacles that are fast approaching.
Once you get the basics, there’s a whole new world out there to explore. As your off-road riding skills improve, you’ll have the confidence to travel further off-road and safely take on more challenging terrain. Jimmy’s quick off-road riding tips are a great first step, and learning directly from trained professionals can take you even further in developing your skills. Check out our global list of off-road training centers for adventure bike riders to see which ones are in your area. And remember to get good protection for your body and bike before you hit the dirt!