400 Tips & Tricks | Part 8

Key Advice Every Rider Should Know

The June 2016 issue marked Dirt Rider’s 400th issue, and to mark the milestone we put together 400 tips that might save the day, or just make the day go easier. We thought we’d show them to you again online, ten at a time, to help instill the wisdom into your brain so when the time comes you hear an expert bit of advice in your head.

Note: Tips that came from a specific source will have an attribute listed. Tips with no attribute have been pulled from Dirt Rider’s extensive library of content, including back issues of the magazine, dirtrider.com, and The Total Dirt Rider Manual. Enjoy!

400 Tips & Tricks Part 8
400 Tips & Tricks Part 8Dirt Rider

71: Use Tuf-Skin spray and tape to prevent blisters. —Randy Hawkins, AmPro Yamaha Team Manager

72: Andrew Short pulls up his pants at the thigh when getting into start position to take the slack out and get better connected to his bike.

73: Want a high-tech/low-cost rim strip? Use shrink-wrap plumber’s tape from a home supply store.

74: Go slow through water, even in a race. You want to minimize splashed water on your grips and into your airbox.

75: Make sure your carburetor overflow tubes are not kinked or clogged.

76: “When you put a master link on you always want to make sure the opening is facing backwards from the chain’s travel, so when it’s rotating it can’t catch on anything and pop off.” —Brian Kranz, Eli Tomac’s mechanic

77: Considering a neck brace? Start your research here: dirtrider.com/features/the-neck-brace-should-you-wear-one.

78: Always check for unrestricted movement of the handlebar and controls after installing a new cable.

79: If you remove your battery, keep it off of a cold concrete floor. Put it on a block of wood instead to protect it from the cold.

80: Venting is key in a riding jacket. Find one with zippered vents you can open or close while you ride.