Here are the RawHyde sand pointers that I try to keep in my head:
– Don’t look at the sand in front of the bike – focus on where you want to go. The ridges will confuse your brain and the bike just plows through. What works well for me is to focus on the helmet of the guy going ahead of me. Mike Drew’s big noggin got me through the worst sand at the RawHyde ride in Colorado.
– Stand on the pegs and shift your weight back
– Loose hold on the bars and just let them dance around. You really steer by shifting your weight on the pegs.
– Keep on the throttle with steady blips to control speed. You need the gyroscopic stability of the rear wheel spinning and to keep the front light. You don’t need to go fast, but you do need wheel spin.
– Don’t stop – just power through
Michigan sand should prepare you to ride anywhere.