Top 5 things I learned about off-roading at the Jawa-Yezdi Nomads Trail Attack event

I woke up looking forward to a chilly Sunday morning on May 29, excited to get dirty with Yezdi at the company’s off-road event called “Jawa-Yezdi Nomads Trail Attack.”

The Yezdi Adventure was the mount waiting for me at the event. Having very little off-road experience, I wanted to keep an open mind before heading out, and boy, what an eye-opener this event was!

We covered what the event entailed in our report here. As a novice cyclist thrown into the depths of the mud, here’s what I learned:

Fitness matters:

Yezdi Trail Attack Fitness Matters

Off-roading is as physically intense as on-road riding because you struggle with the bike. More so when a bike falls. Of course, we were taught techniques on how to lift a heavy bike using leverage and body weight. But despite all this, it still requires a lot of strength and energy. Plus, moving a bike when it’s stuck on the trail is also extremely energy-intensive. To help with this, we were made to do some stretching exercises.

I’m not going to lie, the mental block that comes with being short has also made me more anxious about learning to ride off-road. However, as I progressed through the day with each exercise, I was wrong. With enough practice, once you’ve learned the right skills, there’s a big difference in how you approach some of these aspects of off-road riding.

Off-road physics are very different from on-road driving:

On the road, the contact between the tires and the surface remains stable most of the time. However, the driving dynamics change instantly, as soon as you leave the road. But we humans are a resilient and adaptive bunch. Coaches Sunny Dhore and Nilesh Dhumal (AKA Nelly) have mastered the art of off-road riding and they had quite a few nuggets of knowledge to share with us.

They taught us to “hold” the bike with your legs when riding upright, which greatly improves your control of the bike compared to sitting in the saddle. Raising our elbows when gripping the handlebars gave us a lot more control over loose gravel compared to riding with our elbows down. These changes in riding posture helped us feel the loose surface better and also helped us navigate more efficiently.

Having company massively helps:

ADVs and jammers are often associated with exploring the roads less travelled. The very idea of ​​getting lost amidst the chirping of birds, the breath of windswept trees, the clean air made by greenery can seem very seductive. That said, one accident is enough for the whole experience to crumble like a pile of cards. This is why the coaches advised us to always travel in company while exploring unknown paths. Bikes can fall or break down, freak accidents can happen, so it’s always best to have backup to help you in case things go wrong.

In the unfortunate event of being stuck alone, you can always lift the motorcycle by leaning your back against the seat and using your feet to “push” the motorcycle up. Just make sure the side stand is up once the bike is upright.

The dynamic is essential:

Yezdi Trail Attack Momentum

This is one of the biggest lessons I learned at the event, and I learned the hard way by falling three times. We went around a small trail followed by a steep incline and incline. The terrain was muddy and some parts of the trail were loose as several motorcycles had gone through them. I wasn’t ready to accept the change in orientation when traversing such steep surfaces and as a result my throttle inputs were a little too quiet. This led to the motorcycle losing momentum as it rolled over the slope, causing the motorcycle to stop in some respects on the slope and tip over.

Our trainer Sunny knows how to choke her in style. He helped me get the bike out of the sand, and despite the loose surface, he managed to get the bike back up, that too sideways, in style!

The lighter the better:

Yezdi Trail Attack Offroad Physics

One thing I learned from this event is that you don’t need a big, beefy terrain tamer to tackle the trails. A lightweight motorcycle with enough low-end torque will suffice for most of your off-road needs. It also makes it easier to maneuver in difficult places. No wonder Dakar rally bikes only displace around 450cc, yet pack enough punch to outrun a cheetah in the desert.

At the end of the day, the insights provided by coaches Sunny Dhore and Nelly helped me better understand how different off-road and trail riding is from everyday tarmac riding. Understanding how traction behaves on different surfaces and guiding the bike through such terrain with the skills the coaches helped instill in me will help me stay more calm and composed when encountering challenges on the street. Learning off-road will make you safer and better on the road.


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