Are you a Motocross fan looking to experience the thrill of exploring the rainforests at first hand? Or maybe you just want a try at one of those ‘adrenaline days out’ you have heard of? Well, whichever one fits your needs the best, you don’t get much more fun than an off-the-road experience day with Bali Dirt Bikes. I had the opportunity to challenge our limits on a dirt bike to get off the normal roads and venture deep into the unbeaten forest trails of Tabanan.
We started our adventure at 9.30 AM and suited up with the safety equipment, including helmet, goggle, boots, gloves, elbow and knee pads, chest protector, top and pants. A short safety briefing and introduction about the track was given, as well as some basic off-road riding instructions, such as body positioning, standing on the foot pegs, and breaking cornering up hills and down hills. Throughout this experience, we were expected to build our confidence gently until we were capable of things we never thought possible at the beginning of the day, such as hill climbs, ruts and loose surfaces.
Ideally, the participants must be able to ride a motorcycle with clutch and gears. But worry not if you are a scooter rider, as a 115CC Yamaha X-Ride Automatic Scooter can be catered for by prior arrangement. In terms of the bike, I was on Kawasaki KLX 150, an easy-to-ride bike for beginners. Riding on this sort of bike is about one thing – the thrill. With biking about you and the machine against the terrain, no track will ever be exactly the same. So, this is all about flexibility and skill!
Thanks to its dense vegetation and high level of humidity, Tabanan is good to ride all year long. Our dirt biking in Tabanan jungle was all about views of lush green landscapes. As we proceed with our dirt biking experience through the jungle trail, the real Bali came to life in front of us. While zooming around the trail and adapting to the riding level, we experienced the local customs including the culinary conducts. The trail went through villages with rice fields, providing us a glimpse of the farming activities in the surrounding areas of the jungle. Friendly people greeted us along the way as we passed by their villages. Thanks to partnerships between Bali Dirt Bikes with the local villages and communities, so we could ride through areas with usually restricted access. The access provided by the local people helped us ride through areas that would not be possible with the normal tour operator.
The Tabanan Jungle trail also offers natural obstacles like rocks, rivers, wooden logs and lush vegetation that make the experience extremely rewarding for all levels of bike riders. During the wet season, the jungle provides some degree of challenges to even the advanced bikers due to the muddy and slippery nature of the ground beneath the bikes. But the ultimate joy of exploring rainforests and passing through scenic rice fields will make you forget these natural obstacles. This section of the track also allows you to stop at the UNESCO world heritage rice field of Jatiluwih.
The Tabanan Jungle trail offer packages that start with half a day to two full days. Half a day trip is usually for limited fun time that takes you to gain the flavour and experience of dirt biking in the jungle. The one or two day’s activity involves more intense travel through the trails in the rainforest of Tabanan. Local guides and motor trail experts help everyone on the dirt biking expedition to gain sufficient knowledge to discover the lush green interiors of the rainforests. Each of the package comes with option of local culinary experience during lunch time, which is perfectly setup amidst scenic surroundings.
Presenting a break to explore the natural wonders in a better and fun way, dirt biking stimulates an opportunity to engage yourself in an adventure that is both sensational and captivating. While you meet and interact with friendly locals, the jungle trail presents challenging natural terrains. The natural scenic beauty on offer, the easy to extreme trails, the hospitality of the villagers, and the professionals tour operator, Bali Dirt Bikes have it all covered!