Taking an ATV out for enjoyment has many benefits, including enjoying the beauty of the outdoors and as an exhilarating form of exercise. Adrenaline Driven Adventures believes in the thrill and fulfillment of this great outdoor activity, but we also want everyone to be as safe as possible while we are out doing what we enjoy.
Do you know how to ride safely? What equipment should you never leave the house without? What about your mentality while you ride? Are there special weather considerations to take into account? In this article, we will go over some basic do’s and don’ts along with some other important considerations.
Although some outdoor recreation is great for all ages, ATVs are a little different as no one under 16 should operate or ride as a passenger on an ATV. It requires a certain amount of strength and acuity to safely operate an ATV and children can struggle with this. Unfortunately, children under 16 account for roughly a quarter of ATV injuries every year. Let’s help keep our youngest adventurers safe by making sure they ride on the appropriate equipment.
The most important safety gear we can have, besides our common sense, is a helmet. Anyone under 18 must always wear a helmet, and that goes for riders of every age as well. You never outgrow head injuries so protect your most important assets by never forgetting to wear an approved, well-fitting helmet.
In addition to helmets, other protective gear and clothing are important as well. Is your footwear going to keep your feet and ankles protected? What about gloves and safety shades/sunglasses? There’s a wide variety of options so be sure to check out what type of protective equipment and clothing makes sense for you.
Last but far from least, make sure you carry a robust first aid kit that can handle the variety of injuries and ailments you might encounter. Check out our article here for a breakdown of first aid supplies and considerations.
Food & Water:
This may seem obvious but dehydration and heat stroke are some of the most common outdoor emergencies. It is recommended to consume three to four liters of water a day minimum but this varies for everyone. If you’re out on a hot day or exercising especially hard while you ride make sure you’re bringing enough to last the day and some extra for an emergency. It never hurts to have extra water.
Regarding food, make sure your selection is well-rounded. It will be difficult to sustain all-day energy if you don’t have well-rounded nutrition, so make sure you’ve got protein and carbs in addition to those energy drinks and candy bars.
Depending on where you ride, it can be difficult to assess the weather as the day progresses. In some areas, storms move exceptionally quickly, and on some trails ridges and mountains can block our ability to see weather changes. Always know what the forecast is for where you’ll be riding and prepare accordingly. It’s no fun to head home in the rain without warm clothing or a rain jacket and it can even be dangerous and lead to hypothermia.
The same caution, although different preparation, can be used for hot sunny days. What’s the predicted temperature high for the day? How much sunscreen and extra water should you bring? Don’t forget the sun hats and sunglasses!
Last but far from least, why not take a class or get a certification? There are a number of opportunities all over the country and learning from a professional is one of the best ways to increase your skill and knowledge in any area.
Always abide by the state laws where you ride, whether you’re traveling or at home.
Thank you for taking the time to read about ATV safety. We encourage all riders to have the most fun they can while also keeping themselves and those around them safe. Feel free to reach out to us and schedule a tour as that can be one of the best ways to get introduced to a new activity or area. Safe riding out there!
Riding a motorcycle is one of the most freeing and exhilarating experiences a person can have, but what about the prudent precautions to take? We all know about helmets and technique, but do you know how to build a motorcycle first aid kit? If not, don’t worry, Adrenaline Driven Adventures is always here for you with the best information possible!
Most commercially produced first aid kits are great for most minor injuries and ailments but lack the robust and situation-specific supplies that a more comprehensive kit provides. Specifically for riding motorcycles, most kits lack severe bleeding control items, burn mitigation supplies, and environmental injury prevention, which should all be considered when riding on the road or a trail.
So what do you add to an existing first aid set up, or what do you include if you build your own? Simple items like bandaids, tape, over-the-counter medications, and gauze are still great to carry with you in appropriate quantities, but what about unexpected trauma emergencies?
One of the most common severe injuries is broken bones, and a three or four-inch elastic wrap with a malleable SAM splint is perfect for field immobilization. They are compact, durable, and do not expire.
Another trauma concern for motorcycle riders is severe bleeding. A nasty laceration can cause life-threatening loss of blood within only a couple of minutes. Sometimes, a deadly bleed can come from a broken bone, such as the femur nicking an internal artery. The US military has done a fantastic job developing treatment protocols and equipment for these injuries, so it is best to follow their lead. The most commonly recommended supplies for treating severe bleeding are a 4” roll of gauze, a military-grade four-inch emergency bandage, and a manufactured tourniquet. For those with a bigger budget, the roll of regular gauze can be exchanged for gauze that promotes coagulation with what is called a hemostatic agent. The combination of these items has proven to be lifesaving the world over.
In addition to breaks and bleeds, a nasty burn can happen while you’re out riding. Ask anyone who has ever bumped bare skin against a hot exhaust. There are various gels and bandages that cool and protect burns and can even be used on sunburns.
Speaking of sun damage, does your kit prepare you for environmental concerns? Dehydration, burns, and cold can lead to severe issues such as heat stroke and hypothermia. Make sure to include sunscreen, electrolyte powders, and emergency space blankets when filling out your kit.
Another aspect to consider is special medication situations, such as glucose for diabetes or an Epipen for severe allergic reactions. Over-the-counter medications can only do so much, and certain individuals have very specific needs.
Another crucial consideration is the wisdom in the saying, “the best first aid kit is the one you carry on you.” What bag or case will your motorcycle first aid be stored in? How easy will it be to access your kit if seconds count? Be sure not to keep it in the bottom of your saddlebags or carrying location of choice.
Last, but most important, no first aid supply will save a life on its own. It requires a trained person to use it effectively. There are a variety of courses that can help you learn medical care. From very in-depth courses like the Wilderness First Responder, to more basic first aid with Stop The Bleed classes, there are health care courses available for all levels. Whatever interests you, be sure that you know the supplies in your kit and how to use them safely.
Your friends at Adrenaline Driven Adventures wish you all safe riding out there, and remember, always be prepared!
Fall in Colorado is one of the busiest times for many towns in the colorful state. While most people will go to the big-name mountain towns like Vail, Telluride, or Aspen to try and get their share of the fall colors, Grand Junction and the Western Slope offer equally stellar views without the crowds.
Fall in Grand Junction is, without a doubt, one of the best times to visit the Western Slope of Colorado. Temperatures still cater to getting outside and camping under the stars while not getting too hot during the day so you can do all the wonderful activities the Western Slope has to offer.
Check out this list of 5 ways to enjoy the fall colors in Grand Junction and the surrounding Western Slope area.
1) Take a guided ATV/UTV tour of the Grand Mesa.
The Grand Mesa in Colorado is the largest flattop mountain in the world, encompassing more than 500 square miles and standing over 10,000 feet above sea level. The Grand Mesa Scenic Byway winds 63 miles through the national forest, providing beautiful views of the National Forest's lakes, wildlife, and geological features. Get your leaf peeping in and enjoy the fresh mountain air while enjoying Western Colorado's beautiful colors with an all-inclusive guided tour of the Grand Mesa with us here.
2) Enjoy a wine tasting at some of Colorado's best Vineyards.
Sitting in the valley between the Colorado River and the book cliffs and mesas surrounding Grand Junction and Palisade, the Grand Valley is home to 27 wineries and vineyards that produce some of Colorado's best wines. You don't need to be an expert to enjoy a wine tasting, winery tour, or the annual Colorado Mountain Winefest, which happens every September. Interested in taking your wine tasting experience to the next level? Adrenaline Driven Adventures offers a wine tour like no other which you can learn about here.
3) Visit the Colorado National Monument
"Colorado National Monument preserves one of the grand landscapes of the American West. But this treasure is much more than a monument. Towering monoliths exist within a vast plateau and canyon panorama. You can experience sheer-walled, red rock canyons along the twists and turns of Rim Rock Drive, where you may spy bighorn sheep and soaring eagles." Located just minutes from downtown Grand Junction, Colorado National Monument is one place not to miss regardless of the season.
4) Camp at Highline State Park
Tucked into the high desert just 25 miles west of Grand Junction, Colorado, Highline State Park feels like an oasis hidden away from reality. The park is home to two lakes, Highline Lake and Mack Mesa Lake, and provides excellent options for waterskiing, fishing, swimming, and camping. Camping is offered year-round, with partially shaded sites for both tents and RVs. Taking in the fall from the comfort of the outdoors is one of the best ways to spend some time on the Western Slope.
5) Take a bike ride along the Audubon trail on the Colorado River
This is just one more perfect way to take in the views of the changing colors of the beautiful Colorado landscape. The 1.4 mile Audubon Section of the 30 mile Riverfront Trail takes you alongside the Colorado River, beneath a canopy of trees offering spectacular access. It is also a tranquil setting for bird watching and spotting many of the other species of wildlife that live near the Colorado River.
These are just a few of the fantastic things to do in Grand Junction and the Western Slope of Colorado. If you are interested in any of the activities listed above, contact us here or give us a call (970) 623-3UTV.
Dirt biking; motocross, trials, enduro, trail, dual-sport, supermoto. Every single one of these is a different style of riding. While all this can make dirt biking seem like a very complicated sport to get into, it is pretty simple regardless of what style will end up being your favorite.
First, let’s break down what you need regardless of the type of riding you will do, and then get into what each discipline offers.
Gear you will need:
Once you have all those items taken care of, whether you purchase them or rent them, it is time to decide what kind of riding you want to do. Starting out, trail/open space riding will be your best bet to get comfortable just doing the basics. Of course, there will always be some crossover from each type of riding, but the kind of dirt bike you use can help dive further into each of these specific disciplines once you’re comfortable doing the basics.
While that is just a brief overview of dirt biking, sometimes the best way is to learn in person. If any of this sounds like something you would like to try out, contact us today! We offer an intro to a few types of riding with our experienced guides to help you along the way. From beginner to expert, ADAC is there to make sure you have the best time possible out in the dirt! (970) 623-3UTV
The Western Slope of Colorado, where we at Adrenaline Driven Adventures are lucky enough to call home, is also home to some of the best off-road adventure trails in the nation. While many people will flock to Moab and its surrounding areas or the Mojave Desert of California, we like to think that Grand Junction, Colorado, is right up there with the big dogs with none of the traffic.
1) Mt. Garfield & the Little Book Cliffs
Located just north of Grand Junction, Colorado, Mt. Garfield, and the Little Book Cliffs are sure to amaze everyone in your group. This vast high desert area offers adrenaline-filled roller coaster-style looping hilltops and is within minutes of our headquarters. Grand Junction's North Desert trails are an excellent option for everyone and every skill level. From small roller hills to sandy wash crevasses, you will get to experience some of the steepest trails you could imagine or just get accustomed to off-road riding. However you choose to enjoy them, this vast network of trails will lead you to some of the most breathtaking views within the Grand Valley.
We use this location as our signature ride for a reason! Not only does it offer you the fastest way to enjoy your Polaris RZR, but when you book through us, you also get a professional off-road tour guide and a guaranteed good time.
2) Cactus Park and the Uncompahgre National Forest
Interested in getting the best views possible at a slightly slower pace? The trails of the Cactus Park area are ideal for people looking to enjoy the Western Slope from the best seat in the house. Located in the Uncompahgre National Forest, the mountain terrain consists of narrow, rocky trails with sandy swooping stretches. While spending time on these trails is still a thrill, the terrain requires a steady pace to be safe. Spending time on these trails offers awe-inspiring, larger-than-life views of the Dominguez Canyon and Uncompaghre National Forest.
If you are interested in getting a professional tour of Cactus Park, just let us know! You will have to book at least 24 hrs in advance so we have time to trailer everything you will need to the trail so you can enjoy as much time possible riding.
3) Bangs Canyon and the Tabeguache Trail
Bangs Canyon and the Tabeguache Trail are two of the most famous trail systems this side of the Mississippi. These trails offer an experience comparable to our neighbors in Moab, Utah, without the crowds. Providing rocky terrain for a crawling experience like no other! These trails will give that thrill of flexing out your RZR and climbing surfaces you never thought would be possible. This location gets you out of your comfort zone and lets your heart do the driving!
If you are interested in getting a professional tour of Bangs Canyon & Tabaguache Trail, just let us know! You will have to book at least 24 hrs in advance so we have time to trailer everything you will need to the trail so you can enjoy as much time possible riding.
4) Rabbit Valley and McInnis Canyon
Rabbit Valley is the adventure your looking for to get off the beaten path and explore Western Colorado at its fullest! Located near the Colorado and Utah border, this massive off-highway vehicle (OHV) area offers miles of desert trails that wind through sandstone formations. This trail system provides sandy stretches, steep rocky cliff sides, and stunning canyons overlooking the Colorado River!
If you are interested in getting a professional tour of Rabbit Valley and McInnis Canyon, just let us know! You will have to book at least 24 hrs in advance so we have time to trailer everything you will need to the trail so you can enjoy as much time possible riding.
5) Palisade Fruit & Wine Byway
Want to have a food and wine experience like no other? Take your dining experience to the next level and take our tour of The Palisade Fruit & Wine Byway and enjoy dinner in style. This route is a favorite of automobile travelers and bicyclists worldwide. Experience the beautiful orchards, lavender gardens, world-class vineyards, premium wineries, and fresh farm fruit stands along the way. Leave the driving to us and the wine tasting to you while traveling in style in a 2021 Polaris RZR Turbo S4. Not only will this be a unique dining experience, but you get a little thrill thrown in the mix as well. So, sit back and hold on while our professional tour guides show you what these machines are really made for.
4 TIPS TO GET THE MOST OUT OF YOUR ATV RENTAL
Whether you are going out on your first ATV/UTV ride or a seasoned expert visiting without your own machine, it's always a good idea to know what you can do to have the most fun experience. Check out the following 4 tips to get the most out of your ATV rental so you can be sure you will have the best time possible.
1) Safety First
You hear it a lot, but the reality is we often place this critical factor below fun and adventure. One of the biggest dampers on a day filled with excitement is an accident that could have been avoided or handled better. Taking time to complete a safety training or refresher course is an excellent investment in ensuring that everyone safely and healthily returns home! Safety training may be as simple as taking a guided tour and asking questions. Yet, it could be as advanced as getting your Wilderness First Responder certification if you spend lots of time in remote areas. There are many levels of experience, so don't be afraid to play it safe.
2) Bring The Right Gear
While Adrenaline Drive Adventures provides most of the gear you will need, there are still things that you should have with you to ensure a fun time. The following list is just a starting point:
Remember, this is not comprehensive. Never be afraid to bring something and ask our skilled staff if you should include it on your excursion. It is much better to have it and not need it than to need it and not have it.
3) Familiarize Yourself with the Area
We will help familiarize you with the Western Slope Backcountry (where we operate) and the endless possibilities awaiting you and your group. Whether you want to explore historic mines, experience breathtaking views, or challenge your off-road driving skills, we will help you plan your mission. Of course, we will provide you with:
Even though we do our best to provide you with the most effortless guidelines, having that extra knowledge is always helpful.
4) Wear the Right Clothes
Function or fashion? This age-old question is pretty simple to answer for us, function. Riding ATVs, Dirt bikes, and UTVs is active work and having full range of motion and protection is critical in having fun. You can definitely still look good while doing these activities, at least we think so. Look here for proof. While it might seem simple, this really can make or break a day out on the trails. Wearing clothes that are comfortable and allow movement is crucial to enjoying your day.
At Adrenaline Driven Adventure, our passion is to help you have a safe and adrenaline-packed adventure. If you still have any questions about what to do before you show up, click here or call (970) 623-3UTV.
Have you recently booked an ATV Tour or are thinking about going on an ATV adventure? Good for you! But, do you have everything you need for a long day in the great outdoors? It takes experience to come up with the perfect list. Every detail matters, whether it's your first time riding on Adrenaline Driven Adventure Company's (ADAC) 500,000+ acres of trails, or your millionth. There are many elements to consider while riding, like the weather, the duration of the journey, the terrain type, and so on. Even though we will provide you with as much as possible, it is important to be well prepared for any possibility. While it can seem overwhelming, our knowledge and skills, as well as this list of what to pack on your ATV adventure, will ensure that you have the best time possible.
Proper Riding Gear
When it comes to riding, safety is your number one priority. Always be prepared and make sure you have the appropriate attire. Helmets (provided with rentals), goggles, gloves, and boots are all required riding gear. However, you should be ready for any conditions that may arise. Wearing a long-sleeved shirt and pants will protect you from burns, cuts, bites, and even injuries. If it's cold outside, bring an extra jacket or a hat. Clear lens glasses and shield protection are recommended if the paths are muddy and wet. Finally, bring sunscreen to protect your skin from UV Rays. For an extended list, view this article.
Maps, Cellphone, GPS
Unfamiliar paths can be daunting at times, especially if you are riding alone. Come prepared with useful items that will guide you to safety. A map of the terrain will show you the different routes available, as well as the safe paths that will lead you back to the start. A fully charged telephone will allow you to communicate with others and call for assistance if you become lost. It also prepares you for great photo opportunities. Also, a spare portable charger is useful if your phone's battery runs out or if it dies. Remember that cell service isn’t always guaranteed so having a GPS or paper map is worth the peace of mind.
Additional ATV equipment
You might be thinking, “But doesn't the ATV come with everything we need?” While we do provide most of what you will need, taking extra precautions adds another layer of safety for you and your party. If you are going on a long ride, extra gas is crucial to get back home. Storage containers will provide security and ensure that nothing goes missing or is lost. On top of that, bringing straps to secure all of your belongings is a great way to prevent everything from falling off the ATV. We practice Leave No Trace, if it goes out with you, it comes back with you. Lastly, accidents can happen. Come prepared and bring a well-stocked first-aid kit so you are ready for anything, no matter how unlikely.
Enough Food and Water
This might seem obvious, but many people do not realize how easy it is to get worn out while having fun. We recommend that you bring foods that are high in energy and nutrients. Snack packs, trail mix, sandwiches, and fruit, are all excellent examples. Make sure you have enough water to last you the entire day. There is a good chance that there will be no water sources available on the trails, so bringing several bottles will be beneficial. No one ever complained about being over-prepared.
Extra Useful Items
Aside from the essential ATV equipment and supplies, don't forget to bring some extra fun items. You will be stopping along the way, so be prepared. Cameras, books, music, day packs, identification, money, extra clothing, bug repellant, sandals, or even radio are all useful goods to have on hand. Make sure the trip is a memorable one!
With summer here and the sun charging up the landscape with warmth and long hours of daylight, it’s time to get out and play. The natural beauty surrounding Grand Junction, Colorado has a wide variety of stunning geography, and we are fortunate enough to have access to a number of incredible trails.
Here at Adrenaline Driven Adventures our goal is to provide you the perfect balance of fun, adventure and safety. Taking a guided ATV tour is a great way to explore the natural world and get your adrenaline going. By utilizing our tour service you can be sure to not only have a great time, but learn from our professional guides. We offer this service for first timers who need to rent equipment and also for experienced riders who already have everything they need. Here are our top 10 reasons to go on a guided ATV tour:
1: Tis the season: As Colorado is a true four-season environment, it’s always best to take advantage of the good weather from spring through autumn. With the flowers blooming, green trees and blue skies, now is the perfect time to get out.
2: Family friendly: Not every adventure can be a family affair, but that’s not the case with a guided ATV tour from Adrenaline Driven Adventures. Young and old can comfortably explore a variety of terrain, and the experience will make fun memories a family can look back on for years to come.
3: Experienced guides: Although we live in the high speed age of information with a YouTube video for just about everything, nothing beats the clarity and convenience of learning live and in-person. Our professional guides will have you up and rolling with confidence in no time.
4: Stress relief: The beauty of the natural world and a good old fashioned shot of endorphins can help reduce stress levels and elevate a person’s mood overall. Given the hustle and bustle that most of us live with everyday, don’t you think you deserve to let off a little steam?
5: Exercise: More engaging for your muscles than driving a car, an ATV tour will give you the chance to use your body as you ride along the trails, and elevating your heart rate can have a similar cardiovascular effect as traditional exercise.
6: The great outdoors: John Muir once said “Keep close to Nature's heart... and break clear away, once in a while, and climb a mountain or spend a week in the woods. Wash your spirit clean.” That about says it all.
7: Safety: What better way to learn how to safely navigate trails and operate new equipment than under the experienced eye of a professional guide? Safety first, as they say, and our team will ensure your adventure has plenty of adrenaline in a safe environment.
8: Try something new: Trying something new can not only create great lifetime memories, but also introduce someone to a new passion. Is your next favorite pastime waiting for you on one of our guided tours? You’ll have to try it to find out!
9: Clear your mind: Stepping away from the regular responsibilities of everyday life can be rejuvenating, and taking some time off from our phones, emails and social media can have a beneficial effect on our regular life. Isn’t that reason enough?
10: It’s Simple: We make it straightforward and convenient for anyone of any experience level to enjoy a guided ATV tour. Simply contact us and we can answer any questions you might have and get you set up with everything you’ll need.
These are just our top 10 reasons to go on a guided ATV tour. If any one of these resonates with you, or if you still have questions, definitely reach out to us and schedule your next adventure. Let our experienced guides lead you along one of the many majestic trails that crisscross this natural playground we call Western Colorado. Adventure and the spirit of the West are calling...
So you’ve just rented a UTV or dirt bike from Adrenaline Driven Adventures (ADAC) and you’re ready to officially hit the trail. Whether you’re a first-time rider or seasoned pro, it’s important to know the basics of Colorado trail etiquette and rules. All of Colorado’s OHV and ATV trails are in danger of being closed due to the irresponsible acts of a few. You can help protect our available trails by setting a good example while out in the backcountry. Trail riding is all about letting loose to enjoy and share our natural spaces. A little common sense and common courtesy will go a long way in helping to protect our available lands for future use while ensuring that everyone has a safe and fun experience on the trail.
Don’t Block Access Points
When staging, be sure not to block the trail or the trail’s access point. Safely pull your vehicle off to the side of the road near the trailhead to unload and prepare for the ride ahead. Avoid driving over parking lot barriers including rocks and other objects and be mindful of both your trailers and ramps as well as those of others.
Only Ride on Designated Trails
One of the most critical things you can do to protect Colorado lands is to always stay on designated trails. This rule is especially important when riding on public land. In addition to staying on designated trails, a good rule of thumb is to only ride on trails that are wider than your vehicle.
Only dirt bikes should be on single-track trails. By adhering to this rule, you’ll be helping to preserve the integrity of the trail system for long-term sustainable use.
Know Your Speed
Vehicles traveling at a slower pace should always yield to faster-moving vehicles. Pullover safely in a designated space free of vegetation to allow faster moving vehicles to pass. Always be careful to not widen the trail – find a location with added width.
King of the Hill
When two vehicles meet on an incline, the vehicle that is ascending (climbing) has the right of way. This is one of those common-sense situations, the vehicle traveling uphill will likely need to maintain momentum to make the climb. Additionally, it’s often more difficult and dangerous to back down a steep narrow trail. However, if it is easier and there is room for the uphill vehicle to pull over, it doesn’t make sense to expect the downhill vehicle to back up the hill. In some situations, it may make sense to send a spotter up on foot to make sure the trail is clear and to warn oncoming vehicles.
Additional Rules of Right of Way
On multi-use trails, remember to yield the trail and be prepared to stop when passing a non-motorized trail user. Mountain bikers, hikers and trail runners have the right of way and be especially careful when approaching horses and other livestock. Also remember to mind your dust, slow down when you pass other vehicles, hikers, bikers and campsites.
Make A Pass
Always pass on the left side and signal to the vehicle you are passing to inform their party of how many vehicles remain in your group. For instance, two fingers indicate that you have two riders behind you and one finger means that there is one more behind you. If you are the last rider in your group, a closed fist indicates that there are no more vehicles in your group.
Leave No Man Behind
When out on Colorado’s trail system everyone relies on each other, especially in remote areas. If you see someone stopped on the side of the road, ask if help is needed and be prepared to give it. As a motorized user, you may have the ability to call for help or to seek help much faster than hikers or bikers. When a breakdown or problem occurs within your own group keep your crew together until the problem is resolved. Leave no man (or woman) behind to fend for themselves.
Never Drink and Drive
This one should go without saying, but just to be clear, save happy hour for the campfire. Drinking alcohol while operating a UTV or dirt bike is extremely dangerous, endangering not only you but everyone else on the trail.
Leave No Trace
No one wants to ride on a trash-covered trail. Follow the principles of the Leave no Trace campaign, if you pack it in, pack it out. Or, better yet, carry a trash bag with you and leave the area better than you found it. This includes picking up your brass if you plan to do any shooting and the area allows it.
Respect Others and Have Fun
While many of these tips are common sense, be sure to keep them in mind whenever you venture onto our Colorado trails. If everyone does their part, follows the rules and has a good time we can preserve our trails for years to come. If you’re ready to put these etiquette tips to use stop by to see us today! We rent dirt bikes as well as 2 person or 4 person UTV’s and on-road slingshots too! Whatever type of thrill you’re after Adrenaline Driven Adventures has a toy for you!
There’s no better way to enjoy Grand Junctions’ natural beauty than on a set of wheels designed for dirt, mud, and everything in between. And here at Adrenalin Driven Adventure Company (ADAC), you don’t have to own your own wheels to experience the thrills. We have dirt bike rentals for riders of all skill levels ranging from newbie to pro. If you’re ready for a little off-the-beaten-path adventure, we have just the bike for you. But, if you’re a beginner there are a few tips and tricks you’ll want to know before you leave the rental lot. Follow this advice, and you’ll be a dirt bike legend in no time. Well, maybe not a legend, but with this sage advice you’ll be tearing up the trails without delay.
You Can’t Cut Corners When it Comes to Safety
Both the trail and the weather can be unpredictable here in Grand Junction. When you rent a dirt bike, some corners just can’t be cut, and safety is one of those corners. Always tell someone your travel/trial plans and your expected return time. Remember that cell coverage can be spotty on our trail systems. Be conscious of your clothing and dress accordingly, sturdy shoes, preferably riding boots and long pants are required. We also rent additional gear packages that include boots, pants, jerseys, helmets, goggles, gloves, and PPE.
Start Slowly (Paddle Along)
We know that you’ve rented a dirt bike to get some speed, but while learning to get moving, start out slow. As you gain forward momentum on the bike, don’t be too quick to pull your feet up. Riders who put their feet on the pegs too quickly tend to let out the clutch too quickly. Instead, paddle your feet along the ground with the bike as you get up to speed.
A Dirt Bike is NOT a Bicycle
Dirt bike rigging is a whole body sport. On a bicycle you sit heavy in the seat with your elbows down. Dirt biking is not a leisure ride through the park. A dirt bike stance should be alert and aggressive to soak up bumps and give the rider better control. Sit forward on your dirt bike with your knees gripping the bike. By squeezing with your knees, you can use your leg power to tilt and turn the bike. Your weight should be on the foot pegs and your back should be straight. This will give you more power for quick turns and better control if you start to lose traction.
The Clutch isn’t Like a Car’s
The clutch on a dirt bike is an amazing thing. The first thing you’ll want to learn is that you can use the clutch almost like a panic button. That’s because when you pull the clutch, it disengages power to the rear wheel. A dirt bike's clutch is your best friend if you’re a new rider. Remember to keep your fingers on the clutch whenever the bike is moving forward. This is a good practice to develop starting with your very first ride. Another thing to remember is that unlike car, you don’t need the clutch to downshift, only when switching up gears. If you’re learning to downshift for the first time, this article could help.
Know Your Limits
Avoid bravado and don’t give in to peer pressure. When you first take a foray into dirt bike riding, focus on enjoyment and refrain from trying to show off skills you haven’t fully mastered. Don’t be tempted to rent more bike than you can handle. For older beginners we recommend the CRF 110, younger riders should look at the CRF 50. Adult riders should consider the CRF 250F or the CRF 125 BIG WHEEL.
Follow The Rules
At ADAC you must be 21 to rent a dirt bike and have a valid driver’s license. Children are allowed to ride, but they must be accompanied by adults. You will also be required to provide proof of insurance. Extra riders and pets are not allowed so plan accordingly. You can find a complete list of rules here.
Book a Guided Tour
Spending a day out on the trails with a dirt bike or UTV is one of the best adventures you can experience in Grand Junction. We hope this list of tips and advice will help you to make the most of your dirt bike ride. At Adrenaline Driven Adventure Company, we recommend first-time riders book a 1/2-day guided tour which includes instruction from a knowledgeable guide. But whether this is your first time out on the trails or you are a seasoned pro we have the bike or UTV you’re looking for. Contact us today!