Riding off-road often means getting wet, even in the middle of summer… So why stop just for winter? And if you don’t work up a sweat despite the cold, you’re no trying hard enough.
By getting into green-laning, you can easily keep riding in the dirt when the weather turns. We regularly speak about how riding in the dirt can sharpen your road skills, and it actually gets better in the wet. Dealing with a loss of grip at front and rear, modulating throttle and brake inputs when the tyres are spinning – these are all super-advanced skills on the tarmac, but commonplace stuff in the mud. And regularly heaving a 250kg adventure bike out of big puddles is one way to stay warm.
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- A version of this article was published in November 2016.