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Marty1028 Marty1028
11/18/2017 6:17 PM

Im sure all you guys in Illinois, Indiana, and Ohio are feeling the wrath of this rain we have been getting for the last two weeks. My question for yall is there any better riding tips i should know of while mud racing? I absolutely hate the mud. It always feels like i have no traction and i have the constant fear that im gonna wash out. Any tips for gaining traction and getting over my washout fear?

2009 RMZ 250 (sold)
2004 LTZ 400
#nukethequads

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Johnny Ringo Johnny Ringo
11/18/2017 6:28 PM

Hold it wide and send it

Alright Lunger, Let's Do It

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MxKing809 MxKing809
11/18/2017 6:33 PM

Pin it, and hang over the back. Look ahead and let the bike move underneath you.

Washed up moto and enduro weekend warrior.

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r.sal923 r.sal923
11/18/2017 6:57 PM

Put 16 psi in front and rear. Cuts through the mud much better.

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mattyhamz2 mattyhamz2
11/18/2017 7:01 PM

Keep those wheels moving and your feet on the pegs. Just keep going forward

2017 RMZ450
2005 YZ250-sold :,(
1998 YZ250
2005 KX250F

80% of the time it works every time
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drenmaster drenmaster
11/18/2017 7:17 PM

Clutch is your friend.. or get a rekluse

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rmoto003 rmoto003
11/18/2017 7:25 PM

Step 1) Dont

Step 2) ???

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UpTiTe UpTiTe
11/18/2017 7:56 PM

Ride the mud like you ride sand.
Don't over rev it. Ride it the meat of thr power to keep the wheel tracking. You dont want to spin thewheel nor do you want to bog it.

Keep a finger on the brake and drag thefront brake in turns to keep it planted.

Stiffen the fork compression and add a few clicks of rebound to the shock, this will allow the suspension to ride on top of the mud.

The best advice I can give about mud riding is, dont do it unless you really like bike maintenance.

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Teej317 Teej317
11/18/2017 9:28 PM
UpTiTe wrote:

Ride the mud like you ride ...more

Great tips here. Keep it a gear higher and weight back, no need to rev it.

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fox1nz fox1nz
11/18/2017 10:58 PM

Be fit and have a strong core for balance.

Riding is Freedom, Freedom is Riding!

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#434 #434
11/19/2017 1:26 AM

If the mud is sticky, go stiffer on the compression front and rear. The bike has to feel balanced with all the mud on it. Then there is no need for hanging of the back of the bike and you can ride like you would under normal conditions.

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Robgvx Robgvx
11/19/2017 2:16 AM

You really should ask a Brit.

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doofy doofy
11/19/2017 2:45 AM

Stand up, click up a gear. Dont rev too high. Momentum makes it easier

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nascarnate326 nascarnate326
11/19/2017 3:10 AM

Make sure you ride loose and try to have fun. A fresh rear tire helps too. I love the mud.

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KMC440 KMC440
11/19/2017 6:25 AM

Put some type of treatment on everything except seat and controls. Muddoff, WD40, furniture polish or even duct tape under the fenders and over the exposed air intakes, whatever it takes to make cleaning easier. I hate mud but unfortunately I do well in it.

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Acidreamer Acidreamer
11/19/2017 6:35 AM

Im no expert rider but fresh mx3s tires and riding a little faster than normal helps a lot for me. I also have a rekluse auto clutch so that helps a lot too.

2009 Kawasaki KX450F
2009 Kawasaki KX250F
2002 Suzuki GSXR 600

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Marty1028 Marty1028
11/19/2017 11:14 AM
r.sal923 wrote:

Put 16 psi in front and ...more

I thought it was to run lower but ill try that.

2009 RMZ 250 (sold)
2004 LTZ 400
#nukethequads

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r.sal923 r.sal923
11/19/2017 11:24 AM
r.sal923 wrote:

Put 16 psi in front and ...more

Marty1028 wrote:

I thought it was to run ...more

More psi cuts thru the mud . That's what I have always done

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mx621 mx621
11/19/2017 11:25 AM

Stay home.

2010 crf450
2002 cr125
1993 Yamaha waveblaster
1993 Kawasaki 750sx

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fins227 fins227
11/19/2017 11:26 AM

I like to stay in the ruts when it's muddy.
Question. Are you riding track or trail.

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Monk Monk
11/19/2017 4:50 PM
doofy wrote:

Stand up, click up a gear. ...more

Pretty much spot on...

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wildbill wildbill
11/19/2017 5:31 PM

You can still do jumps if you remember the speed required to clear them, just don't blitz it up the face, use your mo. Get used to both ends slipping around, and don't panic when they do, just ride it out while standing up and looking ahead while following all the fine advice already shared. Doing this will make you a better rider in prime conditions too.

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sticecube sticecube
11/19/2017 6:13 PM

#1. Bike Prep is everything. I keep a cut down case saver in my tool box along with hand guards and foam to pack under my skid plate and by my break and shifter. Ill also Spray pam under my fenders and if its really wet, like standing water on the track, ill often tape up the hole in the bottom of my airbox to help eliminate some water entering through the bottom.

#2. you can't give up your vision or your grip; so ill always tuck two towels into my pants incase I fall and need to wipe my hands/grips and run as many tear offs as possible

#3. When riding, its all about carrying your speed and not abusing the bike. Ride a gear high, avoid as much standing water as possible, and avoid the deep spots. I usually don't change my riding style for the mud. I still ride in the attack position as much as possible and will counter balance myself as much as possible to keep from dabbing my feet. I usually will only hang off the back on uphills and downhills to keep the rear wheel digging when I'm on the gas or using the rear brake to help get the tire to bite into the soil.

#4. The best advice I've ever been given is TO HAVE FUN! Its muddy, its gunna suck for everyone but often the guy who enjoys it the most will ride the best so make the most of it!

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Donovan759 Donovan759
11/19/2017 6:23 PM
doofy wrote:

Stand up, click up a gear. ...more

This! Especially standing. Much more traction.

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TheGetFresh TheGetFresh
11/19/2017 6:52 PM

Standing was mentioned, but nobody’s really talking about weighting the pegs so I throw that in here. You want you pay more attention to how your weight is distributed on the pegs and you need to stay standing to do this. Good control through your feet will give you more confidence when battling that ice skating sensation.

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Tim507 Tim507
11/19/2017 7:22 PM
doofy wrote:

Stand up, click up a gear. ...more

Monk wrote:

Pretty much spot on...

Yes this covers it pretty much. Stay loose and ready for the unexpected. In the mud I always ran 10 #'s or less as it let the tire squat better for more tire on the ground.

Growing up in the NW, gotta say I loved the mud!! Not so much anymore.

Germany 1975 250 CZ Centerport, laydown shocks, mikuni with reed valve, Marzocchi forks with me as the motopilot

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Mr Happy Mr Happy
11/19/2017 9:11 PM
Robgvx wrote:

You really should ask a ...more

u wot m8? Tracks around here don't open if it has rained in the last month, or when it's too sunny, or if the weather looks a bit iffy and they post on Facebook 30mins before the gates open that the track isn't open WHEN YOU'RE HALF WAY THERE.

Only time I get to ride in mud is when I'm back up north.

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Robgvx Robgvx
11/19/2017 10:04 PM
Robgvx wrote:

You really should ask a ...more

Mr Happy wrote:

u wot m8? Tracks around ...more

Actually you're absolutely right.

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DoubleA DoubleA
11/20/2017 1:34 AM
Robgvx wrote:

You really should ask a ...more

Mr Happy wrote:

u wot m8? Tracks around ...more

Robgvx wrote:

Actually you're absolutely ...more

Tracks are normally more sandy based up north and can normally take more of a beating, or the fact that the track owners don't care when the tracks get destroyed. Preston Docks and Leisure Lakes can take some beating with weather and still make for a great days riding.

My Tips for riding in mud would be you have to be loose and just let the bike go where it wants most of the time, stand up over the middle/towards the back or the back so you keep traction. Also a lot of the time it is good to follow the dry line but if you find yourself sliding/losing control completely I would suggest to switch up your lines and move a little bit away from the dry line into the slop and see if you can get better traction and find a better line for yourself. If the track your riding has banked up corners use them probably the easiest way you can get round using them.

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aaryn #234 aaryn #234
11/20/2017 2:11 AM

The final round of the Aus Supercross will be online later this week.

Make sure you watch that for tips on how to and how not to race and ride in the mud!

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