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Can You and Your Bike Handle Enduro Racing

Enduro racing is not quite the same as hitting the tracks twice a season. It takes a different level of dedication, different fitness level, and sometimes different modifications to your dirt bike. If you’re considering trying out enduro racing, there are a few questions you need to ask yourself before you sign up.

Are You Fit Enough?

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All dirt bike riders know that riding is very demanding. You must maintain proper posture, control your bike, and keep breathing through tricky jumps and turns. Most enduro races are three hours long, and wrap through whatever terrain the area offers. You may be passing over small creeks, under branches, over logs, and through tight turns, so you need the strength and stamina to keep in control of your dirt bike.

If you are unsure of your fitness level, you can test it out by taking a longer off-road ride. Make sure that you bring a partner and ample water, and see how long you can comfortably ride. Keep in mind that even if you can ride at a leisurely pace for three hours, if you are racing you will be traveling much faster which will wear you down even more.

Do You Have Any Injuries?

You can be extremely fit, have good stamina, and enduro racing still might not be the best choice. If you have had knee or back injuries that you can feel when you ride short distances, longer races will further wear your joints and injuries. Your personal safety should be your top priority, so don’t race if you question whether or not your body can handle it. Like with your fitness level, you can test your body by taking a longer ride and see how your injury holds up riding for an extended period.

What Kind of Bike Do You Have?

Enduro racing can require a particular type of dirt bike, and that can vary based on location and terrain. If the race location will involve heavy mud, you will want a lightweight bike. Racers use bikes as small as a single cylinder 125cc two-stroke, while in a drier climate you might opt for a bigger 4-stroke 450cc, or a larger 2-stroke. Common modifications to enduro bikes include a larger gas tank, headlights for use after dark, protective hardware, and narrower handlebars.

How Dedicated Are You?

One of the most important questions you can ask yourself when you are considering doing any kind of racing is, how dedicated are you? If you are not in peak shape but you are willing to put in a few hours a week at the gym, and many hours every weekend riding, you can gain the strength and endurance to be successful. If you are willing to put the time and resources into modifying your bike to optimize it for enduro racing, you can turn the wrong bike into the right bike.

Enduro racing is a great sport to get into, but it is very demanding. Before you pay to enter a race, make sure that you are not only prepared to take on a difficult 3-hour ride, but that you are prepared to win.

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