May 11, 2021 5 min read
You got your dirt bike to take on great adventures with you. You know all about the excitement of just racing around or doing laps on the track, but you may not know all about riding on water. It may seem like a movie trick and you may be wondering if that’s something you could do.
You can ride on water, as long as you have the right equipment. This is possible by:
Reading on, you can learn all about whether or not your dirt bike can ride on water. You will also learn how to handle it if your bike gets submerged in water.
You can get dirt bikes wet, but this shouldn’t be something that you allow to happen for the long term. You also shouldn’t let your dirt bike go through water that is too high, otherwise, you could run the risk of water entering into the engine.
Stick to water that is not higher than the engine frame of the bike to stay safe. This allows you to get the thrill of riding through while mud and water fly around you, without the risk of any serious damage to your bike.
Did your bike fall in water? Get the bike back onto dry land as quickly as possible. The longer that the bike remains submerged, the more potential damage can be caused. Then, you will need to go through the process of fixing your drowned bike as soon as you get to dry land.
In general, there are typical steps that you should take if you have a drowned dirt bike. Before anything else, you need to make sure that you get your bike back on land as soon as possible and keep it upright. The steps that you would take include:
These are steps to take immediately after the bike drowns. When you get home, there are some other steps to take to ensure the bike recovers fine.
It does take some practice and special equipment, but it is possible that your motorcycle can ride on water. The thing that you need to remember is that if your bike gets submerged, that can be a major problem.
There are a few ways that this is possible. One approach is through “surfing BMX”, where the bike has skis that go around the front and rear tires. This helps to keep the bike buoyant, but it can take some practice to get the skis on right and making sure that they stay on.
Then there is aquaplaning, which is something that can be done on shallow pools of water. This happens when the front tire creates a wedge of water underneath the leading edge, causing the tire to lift up and glide along the water.
Before anything else, you should know that two-stroke engines tend to be better for this task than four-stroke engines. One of the biggest reasons for this is because it’s harder to save a four-stroke engine if the bike becomes submerged.
There is a process that needs to happen to be successful in riding on water.
It’s really important that you go through the process and start out on land. But starting out on the shore isn’t good enough. You need to start out some distance away from the shore, building up speed and momentum so that you can ride along the water for a period of time. Ideally, you want to get to around 60 MPH on land before you make it to the water. Though, this might not be fast enough.
While getting started on land and building up speed is an important part of the process, it’s also very important to maintain the speed once you hit the water. This can be somewhat difficult as the bike will naturally slow down when you leave dry land. On the water, most experts say that they can only really maintain speeds of between 30 and 35MPH. This also requires you to have a smooth transition from the land into the water. There shouldn’t be any bumps into the water.
Anytime that you see videos of people who succeed at riding on the water, these are usually professional riders that have mastered the craft on the track as well as riding on water. In many cases, they even have bikes that have been custom-made specifically for this purpose. If you are an experienced rider that wants to move onto the next challenge, this can be a cool place to start. Otherwise, you should wait until you get some more experience under your belt before attempting this.
As previously mentioned, you will need special equipment to accomplish riding on water. Water skis are one of the most important pieces of equipment that you will need. Whether they are attached to the tires or the hubs of the tires, these are essential to have. You should consider the materials before you purchase skis, as plastic is typically the better choice for this purpose. You should also get modified tires. There are tires that can be modified to have rubber blades on them, similar to propellers that help boats move.
Riding your bike in extreme conditions can make riding even more thrilling. However, things can go wrong especially when trying to ride on water or ride through water. Fortunately, there are things that you can do that can help you save your bike from severe damage.
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