HOW TO RIDE WET TERRAIN & MUD ON DIRTBIKES: Cross Training Enduro


Muddy conditions can be fun or terrifying cuz the wheels are slipping around more than they grip and the rear end wants to overtake the front Hopefully, these tips will reduce your chances of taking a mud bath Body positioning As with riding in soft sand or rocks Stand on the pegs when possible with your weight to the rear This keeps the front end light so you’ll be more in control when the front slips and slides around It also puts weight over the rear to give you a bigger tire patch for traction Crouch low to keep your center of gravity down Use your legs to keep your tire planted over bumps and use your body to correct the bike as it loses traction When traction is poor, try riding a gear higher and slipping the clutch Apply throttle carefully to get traction and go light on the brakes It’s all about being super smooth Remember though, if riding in tacky mud that clogs up your rear tire it may be best to keep the rear tire spinning with high revs to keep your tire clean and the knobs biting away Know your types of mud and how to treat them In fact, know your dirt as well Often you can ease off the brakes on a muddy downhill but hit the brakes hard where you know you get better traction Your basic skills are very handy when both wheels are sliding around Practice your balancing skills, figure 8’s, and braking hard with the front wheel locked up You need to be able to wheelie over bog holes, puddles, and wet logs without needing huge amounts of throttle Momentum is your best friend in mud It’s counterintuitive but more speed keeps the tires clean of mud and the top enduro riders fly through mud with seemingly ridiculous speeds As your skills improve, try increasing your speed and you should find your traction improves as well Another counter-intuitive aspect, don’t try to control your bike too much as it slides around Similar to riding in rocks and sand, you need to let the bike do its own thing to an extent Stay loose, relaxed, and be as smooth as possible It’s a fine line between portion and power and it’s a mind game too The more positive you feel, the better you’re going to ride Look ahead more than normal to pick your lines carefully The sides of the track will usually have less mud than the center and think outside the box You can usually go off-track and completely miss a huge mud hole where you might get stuck for 20 minutes Use the terrain to your advantage Little banks, ruts, and roots can be used as berms when cornering You can just slide into them and shoot off in any direction It can be better to sit on the bike in some situations Such as cornering on very slippery clay where you can stick your foot out flat-track style for balance And when cornering, try to rely less on turning the front wheel It will just want to wash out in muddy conditions Try using throttle and rear brake to steer with the rear end of the bike more It’s much easier to recover from the rear wheel sliding out than the front Keep going slow and peddling with your legs Keep weight on the rear wheel whether you’re standing or sitting on the pegs And if it looks like you are going to get bogged, don’t dig such a deep hole that the bike will get stuck Jump off the bike and lay it on its side before the mud will get a chance to bury the wheels If it’s too late, drop the bike from side to side to try to free it from the mud And if all else fails, get a tow rope and a bunch of guys or another bike to pull you free Tires clogged with mud? And you got a really steep downhill? If you chicken out, turn the engine off, put it in gear, and use the clutch as a rear brake to ease the bike down the slope You can lean against the bike and just slide down on your boot soles if it’s really slippery And if it gets out of control, look out for yourself and just dump the bike The handlebar and foot peg will dig in and stop the bike Bike Set-up Riding in mud can be easy with the suspension a bit slower on the rebound and softer on compression Try experimenting with your clickers Fresh tires with a good edge make a big difference and usually the more aggressive and wider the knobbies, the better Running 6-8 psi tire pressure for a big footprint makes a big difference but avoid slamming into rocks and tree roots if those Finally, use silicon spray or cooking spray on all those parts of your bike where mud will stick and start to weigh the bike down as the day goes on So there you have it, make a pig of yourself and enjoy your mudfest

Author Since: Mar 11, 2019

  1. Well, I'm out, I can't ride rocks and sand worth shit…so if mud is like those…oh, yeah, I had to pause and replay your tip a few times to, ah, read it!  LOL!

  2. You slipped my tip in after the nekkid chicks and i almost missed out of sheer flabbergastation! lol

  3. Come to the Pacific Northwest.  We'll teach you everything you need to know mud….and river rock…. and slippery tree roots… and banana slugs… big squishy banana slugs.    See, we don't really know what dust is.  Might have to get one of you Aussies to send us a sample.  😉

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=46jyRVO4Qus

    This isn't my video or my group but it shows Tahuya (in Belfair, Washington) on one of its drier days.  This is one of the many wider quad trails but it'll give you an idea of how much river rock and water we have. (There are also lots of tight single track and 4wd trails out there, too.)  

  4. Love the disclaimer once more!
    Great vid, great tips !!
    Got a couple more to add
    a: throttle control. Take some time to practice moving the bike with 10% throttle.
    That with low air pressure gives a super non-slippery result where others slip around
    b: Tubliss! The only way to get your air pressure down to 0 PSI by only making a 2 min stop and continue hitting rocks and logs when you find them. 100PSI at your rim assure the integrity of your rim even with no air in your tires.
    You should see the traction then…
    Check that tech out man. i am in love with it!

  5. Great advice… knowing how to ride in mud can make a possible nightmare into an enjoyable ride!

  6. Awesome stuff!  I am currently riding on a 1 and a half year old trials tyre, some some situations lately have been getting a bit tricky!

  7. I hope you all are doing ok after the cyclones running through the areas. Stay safe and keep your head up.
    Cheers from New England.

  8. Thanks for posting these videos…. I'm getting my first bike(2009 exc 200 yay) and i am going to practice practice practice your tips

  9. Hey guys, been following your tutorials for about 6 months now and just entered my first hare scramble this past Saturday, man am I beat! I finished 7th out of 10 so I consider this good for a first timer, but the thing that really kept my speed down was how close the branches were to my bars. I use bark busters, I am just worried about hitting them, every time my pace got faster, I usually hit a branch. Any tips at how to deal with this problem? thanks!

  10. There's no problem in being single for years. Great video. Mud in pussy friction must be a pioneering experience that I'll happen to enjoy if my wife goes for it in our next holidays in a muddy village near here (Rio de Janeiro).

  11. love your videos. also wen applying the brakes (mostly front ) it helps to do it in pulses like abs which avoids looking the wheel

  12. Watching this because of a fail today on my V-Strom. Coated in mud, with damage to a hard case and the rear break which somehow buried itself. Was caught by surprise and had touring tires on that just could not deal with it.

  13. ohhh the gorge at 3:05 I've killed a bike there in the middle of summer and dislocated my knee multiple times one day there in the mud but I still ride it every time we go out just about

  14. Good vid. I went on a 2 day ride in the SW of WA a few weeks ago and as i knew it was going to be a wet ride, I re-watched this for some pointers and I am glad I did. Riding one gear higher really worked and the 450 pumpkin tractored its way up everything I pointed it towards.

    On a side note – I get rid of the big girl and got myself a '12 TE 300 Berger two weeks ago and now have to change the way I ride. Lucky that there is a You Tube channel that I subscribe to that will help me with tips on riding a smoker……….

  15. I learned the hard way to carry two or three strops and a decent pulley to winch the bike out. Usually backwards. Not much to carry but a godsend when the bike is tank deep in clay bogs.
    Mark, got your reply on another vid, you ride a YZ. Conclusion, I still need to grow a pair. Cheers.

  16. Great tips, but I think you missed the most important one…
    Grip the bike with your knees and give steering input with your legs… I can understand why you left it out if you know about this, because to explain it, it sounds contradictory to you saying "let the bike do what it wants".

  17. I was told to use the throtle to pass mud an when I did it it was a miricle. The bike goes on rails if you open the throtle in mud.

  18. One of my riding buddies did a mud race in a cr85. So every time you see some mud, say a little prayer to Jason, because he sacrificed himself for our sins.

  19. hi there again! love this video. just went riding today. so thinking of something we talked about earlier. instead of cooking spray or silicon spray. how about you try some Rust-Oleum NeverWet spray!!!! I was talking to my father in law about how sweet it would be under the fenders and around the bike to inhibit mud sticking.

  20. According to Bernie Schrieber'r book (circa 1982), when riding in mud you should pull up on the handlebars.  Hard!  Hard enough to make an ugly face.  Pulling up on the bars puts more pressure on the pegs, thus weighting the rear end, giving the rider more traction.  Bernie Schrieber (U.S.) was World Trials Champion in 1980.  Even though his book is now 34 years old, everything in it still applies.   Ha!  I can read the book a lot better than I can ride my Trials bike.  I suck at riding in mud, we don't ever have any in Southern California.    Great vids, by the way!   Thanks.

  21. Probably for a short section of mud.  In long sections of mud, you can maintain constant throttle, but you may need a lot of traction to get out, which is uphill.  So this method should be used toward the end of a long mud section.    Where in Australia are you?  I'd love to ride with you guys.

  22. #CROSSTRAININGENDUROSKILLS

    hey,
    you can create a video you need to / can do when your engine in the water has fallen.

    So water has gotten inside

    There is one movie on the internet but they do it in a two stroke.
    I'd love to see what you can do locally if your engine e.g. have fallen into a stream. How sure can ensure that you can still drive on.

    In my view, it is best to ensure that the engine comes back to running as quickly as possible. So that all the water is pumped out.

    it might be a very good video / tip

  23. I have a question about the tyre pressures. Im pretty sure the weight of the bike and the rider matters. You recommended 6-8 psi, and I think the bikes you ride weigh around 220 pounds or something. I have a Honda nx 650 that weighs 340 pounds or so, so I think the tyre pressure could be a bit higher than yours, because the tyre print is already wider due to the heavier weight. Don't take it wrong though, I don't ride in places like you with a Dominator 650… It's just a simple question of does the bike weight matter or not, when setting the tyre pressure 🙂 Nice video though, keep it up

  24. It would have been good if I saw this beforehand I went riding in the rain and water up to my hip so I went for a mud bath

  25. great video!i just watched it not for offroad/sport,but just for bike riding tips for when the weather isnt so good outside.subscribed!

  26. We have the sticky clay over here in Alberta, sometimes a coat of cooking spray oil under the fenders and body helps keep the mud from getting too heavy. I have noticed most enduro guys are not keen on steep descents, my downhill mtn bike racing history helped me overcome this. Now a blind drop off is no problem. Grip it and rip it mates!

    Thanks for another great video Barry.

  27. I was thinking of this video and applied many of your suggested techniques through a muddy weekend of riding at Hollister Hills SVRA. My EXC 200 was in need of work, so I brought my CRF230L and was amazed at how well it did….even with Trail Wing 302 tires. Having a more powerful bike to spin that back tire to keep it clean would certainly have been beneficial though as both tires were so caked at times that it was nearly impossible to stay upright. I also got to practice some wet rocky riding and applied your "keep your legs loose and let the bike move around" techniques and they proved valuable. Only fell on the rocks once and knocked my steering out of alignment, but didn't break anything. Success! Can't thank you enough for all the work you've put into these videos!

  28. for low traction training, I like to ride my yamaha vino 125 scooter (with slick street tires) in my alfalfa field after rains or frost… almost zero traction and if you slow down the wheels cake up with mud and glue themselves to the fenders, so there's no pussy footing around…

    I'm not even joking.

  29. today i had an awful crash with my big trail, a bit of mud made front tire lose traction and i just face palm the ground, i was 10 mph though. the bike has crash bars and therefore no further damages.. just a scratched exhaust. sadly.

  30. From my gumby experience on the mx track when it's properly muddy, i get better grip so i don't slide sideways when im in a lower gear and between low to mid rpm. Higher gear and slipping the clutch is very unstable and the bike just wants to slide sideways.

  31. Alright lads! We get 6 months of monsoon over here in Cambodia and the dual track/single track just turns to deep muddy ruts. In those conditions we always advise staying in the rut as trying to get up on the side often you end up getting crossed up which can get oretty messy…. maybe that could be abother vid: riding ruts in muddy conditions? def a good skill to learn.

    great vid though with sound advice. love the channel keep up the good advice..learnt alot!

  32. In loose big gravel I let the bike do it a thing as you instructed, but I find In mud, traction is consistently so limited, I have to steer the bike, but let the rear end loose… maybe because I'm not being smooth enough on the throttle

  33. I have a question. I ride a 250f motocross bike, is cluching in for traction/power any use? Because when I try it it feels pointless and its like im better of not doing it, mabye im just doing it wrong…

  34. The good thing about these videos it teaches you how to ride ,not telling you what's wrong with you bike, spending time and money on your bike,but yet there is nothing wrong with your bike, in the end!
    Keep riding 👍

  35. I disagree in one point. I always position my body up front to weighten the front tire for more traction. Rear end is free to move around.
    But I'm no single track rider. My experience comes from the dirt roads I commute on. On the rest I totally agree.

  36. very interesting to hear u say high rev rear for evacuation when u are so against high rev tire for grip in other videos.

  37. The disclaimers are always the best…! If I have an overnight change in gender orientation….! Classic!

  38. Follows advice #1
    Step1 ·Get in bed wife full of mudd
    Step2 ·Wife starts crying.
    Step3 ·Give her a hug
    Step4 ·Gets kicked out of the bed
    Step5 ·She opens the doors
    Step6 ·Get outside
    Step7 ·Let her close the door behind
    Final Step ·You hear the door lock

    Congrast! Like If you read this dumb comment step by step and loss 10 seconds of your life

  39. Where I live the terrain has alot of rocks in the earth and Clay is rare. So mud bogs very rarely give me issues. I test them with a stick. If the bottom feels solid and doesn't go above the tires I go through. Also it may be better to go "through" the mud not around if the whole trail is flooded. As you end up widening the trail by going off the trail.

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