GET YOUR BIKE READY FOR THE SAND
Always run your rear wheel as far back as you can in the
swingarm. The longer wheelbase enhances stability, but also
puts more leverage on the shock, allowing it to settle more.
This makes for better sand manners!
On carbureted machines we always run a slightly bigger main jet. The last thing you want when the engine
is under a load is a lean sensation that can cause the
piston to seize. At least one on the main and one position richer on the needle is a good rule to adhere to.
A good sand tire can make your day! Not only does it help
with acceleration, but this transfers into handling gains
since, under acceleration, the machine stays straighter
and will hold a line.
Don’t over-pressurize your tires;
12 psi works for us.
Deep sand is the most offensive when you
chop the throttle. The fork dives, the rear
gets light, and control becomes vague
at best. Try to stay straight, and
remember to push your forks
down (level with the top clamp
works for us) and make sure
that you’re not over-preload-
ed on the shock. You want
it to settle, not dive! o