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Taking Up Two-Wheeled Off-Roading?

Heather Gribbin

Heather Gribbin

April 15, 2020

Heather loves Land Rovers and spending time in the great outdoors.


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There’s no denying that the mighty Land Rover Defender is an excellent piece of engineering. It’s a competent vehicle of tackling all kinds of driving and road conditions, and it’s adept at going off-road.

But, many Defender owners also have a penchant for two-wheeled traversing around the countryside. If you love your Land Rover but also enjoy riding your motorbike, should you consider two-wheeled off-roading adventures? In a word, yes! Here’s how to get started:

Choose the right bike for the job

You don’t need anyone to tell you there are all kinds of different motorcycles that you can buy. When you decide to go trail-riding off the beaten track, you need to have a bike that is fit for the purpose.

As you can imagine, there are plenty of examples on the market. So, it’s just a case of how much you wish to spend and what power and features you’d like from your off-roading motorbike.

Going prepared for your two-wheeled adventures

Only a fool would go trail-riding on their motorcycle without preparing for the excursion first! With that in mind, you need to make sure you’ve got the right gear on to suit the conditions. For example, wear some good quality motorcycle gloves to protect your hands outdoors.

You should also ensure your clothing can withstand the elements or should we say the riding conditions. Plus, it makes sense to have a backpack with essentials like a first aid kit, food, and a fully-charged mobile phone.

Equipping your Defender to take your bike

It might be tempting to ride your motorcycle to the location of your off-road trails and back. But, what happens if your bike gets damaged when you’re out, and you can’t ride it back home?

For that reason, it’s a better idea to drive to the trail location in your Defender. You can fit your motorcycle inside your Defender, or you can transport it on an attached motorbike trailer.

You may wish to consider taking some spare parts and tools in your Defender in case you need to carry out any roadside repairs on your bike.

Finding the best trails to ride

You can’t randomly ride your motorcycle on people’s land without permission. The same goes for land owned by local authorities, for instance. To that end, you must take the time to research trails that you can legally access and traverse.

If you’re stuck for ideas and inspiration, you may wish to join your local Trail Riders Fellowship (TRF) group. For an annual membership fee, you can take part in organised trails every week or month at numerous locations across England and Wales.

Get some expert tuition

One final point to consider before you begin your two-wheeled off-roading adventures is to get some expert tuition. Many riding schools exist that will teach you how to properly handle your motorcycle in some of the most demanding terrain and riding conditions.

If you’re new to off-roading on your bike, it makes perfect sense to get shown some tips and tricks so you can enjoy your trips out.

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