Top Tips: Often Overlooked

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It’s not a popular dirt-bike part, but it is extremely important. What could this part possibly be? It’s our footpegs. Yep, our footpegs. Here is some simple information that will help you understand footpegs a little better. You can never have enough knowledge and, hey, this could be yet another thing that saves you time in the long run.

Construction: There are steel, aluminium and titanium footpegs that are cast, machined, forged or stamped. Some are anodized or heat-treated. Some have been drilled, sawed, ground or polished with the pieces welded or bolted together.

Dimensions: Wider is better. Most aftermarket foot pegs are 57mm wide, which is much wider than most OEM pegs. A larger platform for the feet spreads the load of impact over a larger part of the foot. It makes the peg easier to find when straightening out of a turn and makes for a more comfortable ride and more positive interface with the bike in general. Peg length is rarely discussed, but a longer peg can give a rider more leverage to control the bike. Some riding coaches teach foot positioning on the outside of the peg for that reason.

Grip: The grip of a peg on a rider’s boot is determined by the sharpness, number or shape of the teeth. The easiest way to get more grip is to sharpen the teeth, but be forewarned: Sharper teeth can wear through boot soles significantly quicker and lacerate a rider or mechanic on contact.

Position: Raising and lowering foot pegs are a compromise. Lowering foot pegs gives the rider more bike to squeeze between his legs, lowers his center of gravity and effectively raises the bars when standing. The downside is that the pegs will drag on the ground sooner and the seat will hit his rear sooner. There are several clever methods that manufacturers use to create adjustable-height foot pegs.

Camber. When a rider leans his bike over for a turn, his body doesn’t always follow. He often sits on the side of the seat or stands bowlegged to stay atop of the bike. In these positions, maintaining grip on the pegs can be difficult. Changing the pivot stop so that the top platform of the foot peg is not level but angled in toward the bike is sometimes referred to as camber. Fast-way pegs have a threaded stopper for adjustable camber.

Peg Care: During installation, be sure that each end of the spring’s coil is properly seated against the mounting bracket. Don’t grease the pivot point: It will attract too much dirt. Polish the pin with steel wool or fine-grit sandpaper instead. Don’t forget to install the cotter pin.

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Top Tips: Mental State

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Stay Positive: Mentally tough riders tend to have very positive attitudes. They encounter challenges like everyone else, but when the trials come they push through. The strongest riders enjoy the challenges because they know they’ll gain mental strength conquering them. The first key to becoming mentally tough is realising that challenges will come. The second step is tackling them head-on.

Visualisation: Pre-race visualisation is as simple as closing your eyes and riding a lap in your head. The more detailed you are, the better you’ll ride. Envision getting the holeshot and completing the perfect lap. That way, if you do get the holeshot, you’ll feel like you belong at the front and won’t get tight. Also, envision getting a bad start and plan two or three different alternate lines on the track where you can make passes. Doing mental laps in your head prepares your mind and body for what it’s about to encounter. 

Stay Focused: Everybody who rides makes mistakes, especially if they are racing hard and trying to win. It’s easy to get frustrated about a crash but it’s important not to dwell on it. Getting frustrated only leads to negative thoughts and more mistakes. The best riders can forgive themselves for the mishap no matter how big or small it was – and rebound from it. There are many examples of riders in supercross who have had a big crash in practice and rebounded to win the main event that night.

Set Goals: Set goals you want to achieve and have a plan of attack for each day to accomplish them. Goals give you something to shoot for and a reason to push through resistance. Reasonable and achievable goals have a huge impact on your mental strength. When you accomplish a realistic goal, you’ll gain confidence.  

Practice Makes Perfect: Most people are not naturally confident. For example, spelling bee winners are flustered when they are asked to spell a word they don’t know but with each spelling bee they learn more words and get more confident. It takes work to gain confidence, whether it is spelling or skimming the whoops. By accurately assessing your abilities and then working to improve them, you will build confidence. 

Train Hard: It’s harder to be mentally strong if you aren’t physically strong. Whether you are 14 or 40, a novice or pro, on a great bike or a mediocre one, you will still benefit from a regimented training program. Each rider should train his body for the level of exertion he must endure. That doesn’t mean that a vet novice needs to go to the Baker Factory, but he needs to show up in as good a physical shape as possible with his busy life.  

Have Fun: You are always going to wish you had more time or money. Most rich guys are slow (except for those who got rich winning races). Some of the slowest riders at the track have the fanciest bikes. Truth is, you’ll never be fully ready. There is always someone with more time, money, resources or skills. The fun part is trying to beat that person.

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Top Tips: Buying Bikes

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Buying a new bike can be an extremely exciting time, which then leads to us to think with our hearts rather than our heads. How many times have you bought a second-hand bike and got home to the realisation that it is not quite as advertised? Exactly. An expert explains what you should watch out before completing a purchase in this new video from the 24MX Garage. Remember to save the link, as this will probably become useful time and time again in the future.

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Top Tips: Enduro Racing

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Each discipline is unique – that is not breaking news though! There is a reason why most Grand Prix riders cannot just jump into a round of Monster Energy Supercross and immediately shine. It is a completely different ball game! The same goes for those in enduro – they are masters at their particular discipline and would struggle when chucked into a different environment. If you want to put effort into enduro though, how can you make sure that everything is perfect and you are set-up well? Following the steps outlined in this ’24MX Garage’ video is the first step! Learn how to set your bike up correctly below.

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Top Tips: Changing Lenses

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Changing a goggle lens can be an ordeal, especially if the product has not been designed too well. Luckily that is not a case with the Raven goggles – including the recently redesigned Raven Edge range – as thousands and thousands of the riders across the globe have found out. If you need a bit of extra help though, this video with Raven rider Kevin Gallas should help a lot. Watch and learn! Do you have a question or need help? Just contact those of us at 24MX and we will be happy to assist.

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Top Tips: Autumn Riding

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The summer sunshine is inevitably coming to an end and the nights are drawing in, for some that means it’s time to put the bike away but that need not be the case!  By following these simple tips you can ensure you are prepared for whatever autumn and winter decides to throw at us.

Accessories

We have previously explained the benefits of having a race tent with you and, in less predictable weather, this is even more essential. There are also a few additional considerations that will allow you to enjoy your day at the track no matter the weather.

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Whilst riding in poor weather can be great fun it’s always a good idea to have an area undercover when you are back in the pits. With the side walls added to the 24MX Race Tent you can ensure you are protected from harsher winds, they also provide you with more privacy when you need to change out of your dirty riding gear. Speaking of strong winds, its also wise to invest in some good quality tent pegs to ensure your tent is well grounded whilst you’re out on track. The ProWorks Anchors for tents are made of 5mm stainless steel and you simply connect them to the tent poles of the 24MX tent and screw them into the ground. They go down 20cm making your tent fully secured.

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It’s also a great idea to consider getting a trolley case for your tent, this will help you save space in your van/tuck whilst also making sure any dirt/rain on your tent doesn’t mess up your vehicle. The 24MX Premium Tent Trolley Case is a great way of protecting your vehicle and your tent!

Gear Bags

Chances are you are going to hit with some unexpected rain and poor weather over the coming weeks and months so one of the best ways to make the big clean up easier is to invest in a second gear bag.  Having a ‘clean’ and ‘dirty’ gear bag can help to keep your clean gear clean whilst also allowing you to keep kit separate if you are riding on consecutive days where cleaning kit in between may be impossible.

The 24mx All-in-One Gear Bag is a cost effective purchase here as its size gives you plenty of storage space whilst it robust construction will ensure you gear is safe for years to come.  If you need something a little smaller then the 24MX Transformer Gym Bag has you covered!

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Top Tips: Clean Air Filters

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Air filters are one of the most essential components to your bike running smoothly, and often is also the most overlooked. Keeping your engine full of fresh air is so important to your bike being able to operate at its full potential. The air filter directly effects your engine, the fresh air is what helps burn fuel to create maximum power and that is why we all got a motorcycle in the first place.

It’s good to practice consistent habits when it comes to taking care of your bike and cleaning your air filter. When is it important to check your air filter? It’s recommended to check your air filter often. You should check it after long rides, races or an oil change. You should check to see if you need a replacement or just a good old fashion scrub down of your air filter. The more you do it, the more you’ll know what it’s supposed to look like and when it’s time for a new one.

Just like us, our bikes need to be able to breathe. If your bike’s air filter is clogged or dirty, you can experience a multitude of problems that can include rough idling, power loss, reduced gas mileage as well as many other issues that could come from having a dirty air filter. Not only is cleaning your air filter important for your bike to operate at its full potential but it also effects many other parts. Practicing routine cleaning will help ensure that your bike is performing at its best, which at the end of the day is what we all want.

The purpose of your air filter is to trap material such as dust and dirt, to help stop it from entering into your engine. That is why it’s so necessary to clean it, because if it’s doing its job then you can guarantee that it will be dirty. Your bike will thank you! You will thank yourself too when you have a bike that sounds good, runs good and performs at its best.

Air filter maintenance is something most riders prefer to put off, since this is a dirty and messy process. However, a clean air filter is probably one of the easiest and single most important parts of proper engine care and really performance. Don’t wait to clean your air filter, the damage being done is not visible but can be expensive to correct. If you have or haven’t set your 2018 goals there is still time to add one more. Make sure that this year and season you make a consistent effort to take better care of your bike and its air filter.

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How-To: Change Brake Pads

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Motorcycles whilst fun and exciting, come with maintenance and care. Part of being a good rider or even just a safe rider is continually taking care your bike. Treat it like your baby, because it is. Part of good care is replacing your brake pads when they need to be replaced. If you are uncomfortable with this make sure to ask the right people for help. We believe in your abilities to change brake pads, so we put together a list of steps.

#1: Step One

Remove the brake-pin plug. This is a small screw-plug that protects the brake pin from filling up with mud and gunk. Then, using a tight-fitting Allen key, unscrew the brake pin and encourage the pads to drop out. When I tried changing these disc pads, the only thing that came out was a long chain of swear-words… There was no way on earth those pads would drop out, so I had to remove the brake calliper bracket first.

#2: Step Two

While you have the brake system exposed, it pays to clean all the compacted dirt and crap out of there. Failure to do this can affect your braking performance. Once clean, apply heat-resistant lube or grease to the two brake calliper pins.

#3: Step Three

Gently push back the two pistons using a screwdriver and fit the new pads. Allow enough room for the unit to fit back over the disc.

#4: Step Four

Clean and lube the brake pin and reinsert. Screw in the brake-pin plug, then reattach the entire unit to the fork.

Potential Products

Brembo Carbon Ceramic Off-Road Front-Brake Pads. Click here.

– Ceramic brake pads from popular Brembo are for those who make high demands. These are very reliable brake pads that provide a smooth and nice braking effect regardless of the weather.

Twenty Sintered Race Long Life Brake Pads Front. Click Here.

– Fully sintered front brake pads with excellent braking performance in both wet and dry conditions. Twenty Sintered brake pads are designed to offer a good combination of braking grip and durability.

Braking Sintered Front Brake Pads. Click here.

– If you want a great brake developed for those who want pads that are better than the originals in terms of both performance and wear resistance: You want pads from Braking! The CM44’s are Braking’s sintered brake pads offering excellent braking performance in all weather conditions! These Brake pads have high abrasion resistance and deliver stable and smooth performance.

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Cole Seely: CR250 Build #1

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Cole Seely is currently injured, which is a great shame. This is an opportunity for fans to enjoy more videos from the elite athlete! Seely has taken a keen interest in bike builds over the last twelve months and preparations for the fast-approaching Red Bull Straight Rhythm have begun. A CR250 is being constructed, by the man himself, and that process is being documented in the form of a vlog series. Episode one can be found below.

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