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Top 5 Motorcycle Sand Dune Riding Tips

Top 5 Motorcycle Sand Dune Riding Tips

– What’s up guys? I am Chase
here at Rocky Mountain ATVMC and these are my top 5 tips
for riding at the dunes. So if you’ve ridden at the dunes before, well you don’t need me to tell you just how much fun they are. I think they’re an absolute blast. Really, I think it’s something that every rider should experience. They’re really just unlike anything else. And I’ve got 5 tips that
I want to share with ya to help get you and your
bike ready so you can have a fun and safe trip to the dunes. So my first tip is you gotta
have a paddle tire on your bike I’m gonna tell you right now, to get the full dune
experience on your motorcycle paddle tire’s gonna be the way to go. I’ve ridden on a traditional
knobby tire in the dunes before and I’m gonna tell you right
now, they don’t even compare. Paddle tires give a lot better traction, a lot better drive, better handling. And does stay on top of
the sand a whole lot better And you can do wheelies for days. Now the one that I really like,
that I’m running right now this is the STI Sand Wedge. The reason I like it is
it has center ribs between the scoops, which just helps
with straight line stability. It also just helps with cornering. So you’ve got to have
a paddle tire on there. Now if you go to the dunes a lot, I always recommend just
having a separate tire or separate rim with a paddle
tire mounted up on there. If you’re like me, I don’t
like to change tires a lot so it really is convenient
just to have a separate rim and just have that tire ready to go. As far as the front goes,
I honestly just run a soft intermediate front tire that you know any really front tire is gonna get you by. And we do offer sand specific front tires so if you do want to take that route, you do have that option. But that’s gonna be my first tip, is you gotta have a
paddle tire on your bike. So my second tip is gonna be
gearing down on your bike, and what I mean by this
is adding teeth to the rear sprocket or taking
them away in the front. Now the reason I say this is important is because when you’re
riding in the dunes, it puts a lot more load on the motor ’cause it takes more power,
more torque to accelerate and gearing down a
motorcycle makes it easier for your bike to accelerate. Now for your 454 strokes,
252 strokes your big bikes, really these bikes have so much power and torque already. You know your stock gear
is usually pretty good I might go one to two
teeth higher in the rear on one of those bigger bikes. But for your smaller
bikes, your 254 strokes and your 125’s this can
make a big difference. I know a lot of riders that
will add two to three teeth in the rear or they’re take
away one tooth in the front. If you have questions about
gearing and how that all works, we have a gearing guide, I
talk about everything in detail and that will answer your questions. But that’s gonna be my second tip, is gearing down your motorcycle. So my third tip is gonna
be with your air filter. Now when you’re riding the dunes, you gotta remember it’s super fine sand. It finds it’s way everywhere and the last thing you wanna do is suck sand into your air box. So when it comes to your
air filter make sure you’re really doing a good job of getting plenty of oil on there. If you have questions about
air filters maintenance, we have a great video that shows you how we like to treat our air filters. But a couple nice accessories
that you can put on your bike to help prevent any sand or dust from getting in your air box. Well one of them are filter skins. These are actually really nice to have they’re inexpensive, they
come in different sizes and what you do, is you just
oil these just like your air filter and it just goes
right over the top. It just creates a second barrier. And it just helps prevent any
sand from getting in there it just gives you the added peace of mind. And what’s nice is they
come multiple in the pack so when one gets dirty,
you can just take it off and put a different one on. So it really prolongs the
time that you actually have to change out your air filter. So I always recommend if you’re
gonna be in sand or dunes, filter skins are a must have. Another nice one is if
you’re rocking twin air air filters, they actually
have an air filter cover that goes over the air
filter and does just what that filter skin does, it
just adds that second barrier and it just helps prevent
any sand or any dust from making it’s way past your air filter. Now another little tip that I have for you is actually just taping off your air, the holes in your air box cover. Yeah, you’re gonna lose
a little bit of airflow, but you’re gonna really
minimize the amount of sand that’s gonna work it’s way in there. So if you wanna do that,
that’s another great option. But that’s gonna be my third tip. Is taking care of your air filter and preventing sand from
getting into your motor. So my fourth tip is gonna
seem like a no-brainer, but you gotta have a
flag on your motorcycle. And I say this for two reasons, first check your state and local laws ’cause it’s most likely required that you have a flag on your bike. And the second is a huge safety factor. There’s been a lot of accidents
at the dunes that I’ve seen caused just because riders
don’t see each other and a flag’s gonna give
you the best chance of being seen by other riders. So if you’re coming up the face of a dune, and someone’s on the
backside or vice versa, it’s gonna give you the
best chance of being seen and help prevent those accidents. So when it comes to your flag,
if you go to the dunes often a nice little accesory to have, is our tusk flag mount holder. It’s a quick release so
it makes it super easy to get your flag on and off. Another cool one to check out, is actually it’s called ZenXTen and that’s a universal flag
holder and those are designed to actually go just on the rear fender of just about any motorcycle. So check those out or if you
just want a traditional flag you can get that and go with that tusk quick release mount holder. But either way, that’s my fourth tip is you’ve got to have a
flag on your motorcycle. So for my fifth and final tip, it’s gonna be all about safety.
You’re gonna have a really good time at the dunes. So you gotta make sure that safety’s gonna be priority number one. And the first part it,
is never ride alone. If you’re out riding by yourself, it really doesn’t take
long, you can see just how big the dunes are behind me, to become separated and secluded. And now if you have a bike
problem, if you got hurt it’s really difficult for
friends and family to find you, and it can be hours before
somebody gets to you. And when you are riding,
you just want to cautious of your surroundings so when
you’re coming up a dune, to the top of one, or to a peak you always wanna know
what’s on the backside before you ride up over the top of it. I’ve seen a lot of accidents that happened and could be prevented, if
riders were aware of what was on the other side of a dune and they didn’t go off a drop. And that leads me to my
second part of safety, which is always have a spotter. If you’re like me, a lot
of riders come out here, they’re looking for jumps cause
that’s what they love to do. But jumps, you gotta have
a spotter with those. A spotter, he’s gonna
stand on the top of a dune and he’s gonna make
sure the coast is clear. So he’s gonna be checking the backside and you never wanna go off a jump until your spotter gives you the thumbs up and you know the coast is clear. And if you’re spotting for a friend, well you wanna make sure that he sees you and that he knows exactly what’s going on. Cause you gotta remember,
when you’re going off a jump or your friend is, their focus is forward they might not see up
the top waving them down So the best advice I can give you is if the situation becomes dangerous, do whatever it takes to make sure that that rider sees you. But that’s gonna be my fifth tip, is never ride alone and
always have a spotter. Alright guys so those are my top five tips when it comes to riding at the dunes. Now I do have one little bonus tip for ya. It might sound simple but
just have lots of liquids. Whether you have a hydration pack on your back when you’re out riding or just make sure you have
plenty of liquids at the truck That’s just another way
to make sure your buddies and you are gonna have a good time and you’re also gonna be safe. Now I’d love to hear it,
what are your guys’ tips and suggestions when it
comes to riding at the dunes. Make sure, write your comments
below and then head over to our website at to pick up all the parts and accessories you need to get you and your bike
ready to come hit the dunes. I’m Chase here at Rocky Mountain and we’ll see you on the trails.

36 comments on “Top 5 Motorcycle Sand Dune Riding Tips

  1. FUEL! And LOTS of it! I have a separate chain and sprockets for the dunes for my bikes, (KTM 525sx currently). Expect to run a longer chain to clear swing arm with a paddle and have an extra shock mudguard as it will be eaten by the paddle. Dune chain is a DID ert2 that is barely lubed and well cleaned before sand ride. STIFF suspension set up is key. Run an 8 paddle for 125s and 250f bikes and 10 for built 250s and 450f.

  2. Don't even ride a 2 stroke in the dunes not worth it, also don't use this whip setup he has it's terrible just breaks off or gets caught in the wheel and it sits to low to be helpful. Drill a hole in a old side panel by the seat above the exhaust pipe and mount it in there with washers. Also a huge riding tip lean back alot in the sand and ride loose.

  3. Cheapest and in my opinion best air filter skins of all time… pantyhose! And one leg dose about 3 filters. Multiple color options to choose from too (Honda red limited edition)

  4. Don't mount the flag on your bike! If you do be prepared to get frustrated I've tried it for years. Zip tie it to your backpack or chest protector.

  5. I absolutely disagree with tip 2 for 250 2 strokes and 450's. I have always rode and raced 2 strokes, I have done 6 dune trips, all on 250 2 strokes, and I recommend gearing up (go 2 or 3 teeth less in the rear) if you want to keep your speed and like going for big hits. If you keep your same gearing, 5th tapped on the dunes with a paddle will be like 4th tapped on dirt. I went from a 48T to a 45T rear sprocket a few months ago just for the St. Anthony Dunes in ID. with a beefy 8 paddle on my KTM 250 SX and was very happy with that choice. I would use 1st gear to get moving which would get me on top of the sand and 2nd gear and up was all hauling balls, still plenty of torque. If you don't go for big air or are an intermediate or less rider in the sand, then yes, you might want to keep or lower your gear ratio. Me, I prefer higher. Please check out and subscribe to my channel!

  6. You have to run a filter on your vent tub to because when you back off the gas it starts to suck sand in your motor..

  7. Poor title, this has no riding tips, just bike set up tips. Decent video with good info though. Are you doing another video about how to ride in dunes/sand?

  8. 6th tip is trying to avoid every jackass in a razr that walked into their dealership 5 days before their first dune trip slapped paddles on their shit and doing their best to kill everyone

  9. 250 two strokes work amazing at the dunes with a paddle. 450s work so much better with sand knobbies, you get way more feel in corners and overall better handling. Sure, you might be not be able to beat the guys with paddles in a uphill drag race, but I think it is worth it.

  10. My tip: FIRM UP YOUR SUSPENSION. If you ride trails and sand like I do, you’ll need to ramp up a lot of your clickers to make the handling respond better in soft/dry conditions! Wet sand is a whole different story.

  11. Yamaha bikes with the reverse engine (11 and up i think) work amazing in the dunes. My air filter looked near new…being up front, it doesn't suck up all the sand your rear tire kicks up.

  12. here's a pro tip,
    twin air filters are not as good as the genuine factory items,
    if you want to dust your engine then fit a twin air

  13. You missed the single most important tip there is to riding dirt bikes in the dunes; TAKE MOST OF THE AIR OUT OF YOUR TIRES!

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