The key to riding a motorbike on a desert is preparation. A ride in the desert is full of surprises; you can get lost, injuries can happen and bikes can breakdown. It is imperative then that you set up your bike and learn a few survival tips.
You can set up the bike with desert tanks, durable handlebars, off-road tires, hand guards, and levers. Also, radiator guards, steering stabilizers and skid plate must be upgraded. Here are few tips that will help you prepare better.
This is one of the most important equipment you need to include on your motorbike. A desert tank will increase the range of the fuel and a blessing most of the times. However, if you have never installed an aftermarket fuel tank you will have to learn to fit it properly. Ensure that you loosely fit all the brackets, mounting equipment, and radiator shroud first. This will allow you to reposition or change anything if the need arises.
Fix the handlebars according to your riding style and height. This will allow you to be in a comfortable place during the long desert rides. Normally, you end up standing up more in the desert and as long as you ride on the pegs, the bars must be high and levers should be within your reach.
As the rides in the desert can be really long and tiring, getting soft comfortable grips can go a long way. Perfect grips will also help prevent blisters.
Although Levers should match your riding style, they must be loose enough to rotate if you hit the ground hard. Also, it is recommended that you carry some spare compatible ( if you are using aftermarket levers) lever in your tool kit.
Hand guards are a must as they protect your hands from cactus, rocks, debris and a brush.
A good steering stabilizer is a luxury item but if you are serious about desert riding then investing in one will hold you in good stead. It will protect you from deflection in the rough terrains and hidden rocks in the desert.
In addition to the above, make sure that you have good tires, air filter, skid plates etc and you are good to go!