Any person that rides dirt bikes ends up in an intimate relationship with mud. Whether you are riding on the track or on the trails, you are eventually going to pack every nook and cranny of your bike with wet, sticky mud. Because of this, it is vital to understand how mud affects the performance of the bike. An engine packed with mud will tend to overheat more quickly, and the added weight from the excess mud will negatively impact your bike’s power, suspension tuning, and overall handling. Additionally, it covers up your numbers and blocks important sponsor stickers.
Historically, riders have used screwdrivers, sticks, or their bare hands to try and free their bikes from a thick coat of mud—all of these methods are inefficient and slow. Even when using a power washer, removing the majority of the mud first is a huge time saver, especially when water is in limited supply at the track. Luckily, Risk Racing now offers an alternative to screwdrivers and sticks with the new Mud Axe.
(1) Plastic mud axe