Dirt bikes are built to endure some pretty rough terrain and conditions, so a lot of riders enjoy riding uncleared trails. No matter how tough a bike is, though, there are some obstacles, such as logs and thick brush, that a rider has to clear. That's why some riders choose to carry a chainsaw with them on their dirt bike - and if you're thinking about doing the same, it's not as difficult to manage as it sounds.
Most dirt bike riders only need or want to carry a small saw in their backpacks when they go trail riding. However, if a rider wants to carry a chainsaw on his or her bike, he or she can install a chainsaw mount onto their bike.
If you want to ride uncleared trails, you might need to mount a chainsaw on your bike.
Mounting A Chainsaw
Carrying a chainsaw onto your dirt bike is not as hard as it sounds - as long as you get a decent mount. Chainsaw mounts that are specifically made for dirt bikes will keep your chainsaw steady and close to your bike. Sometimes, riders will choose to simply strap a chainsaw to the rear of their bike, and while that can work, it is a much trickier process. I'll get into why you might do that later on in this article, but right now, let's talk about how to use a mount.
First of all, if you're anything like me, you may be thinking that a mount will give you the ability to use a chainsaw while you're riding your bike, video-game style (?). That would be pretty cool, right? Unfortunately, that's not exactly how it works. A mount is basically just a way to store a chainsaw while you're riding; you'll still have to get off your bike every time you want to use it. The main thing a mount should do for you is secure your chainsaw and balance its weight properly.
You can make your own mounts, but it's easier to buy one, especially if you've never used one before. You'll just need the included instructions and some basic tools to install it. After that, it's a matter of taking it off or putting it on again depending on whether you're going to need your chainsaw that day.
Whatever mount you get, make sure that you choose what will work best for you and your bike. Depending on the weight and make of your bike, a rear mount can throw off your balance while you are riding. However, a front mount can do the same thing. It really comes down to how your bike balances weight already, as well as how heavy your chainsaw is.
It can also be more difficult to install a chainsaw mount on the front of your bike if you have a headlight or if the design of the mount means you'll have to navigate around your bike's wiring. But, since a lot of enduro bikes don't have a strong enough subframe to handle a rear-mounted chainsaw, a lot of riders find it's easier to get a rear mount anyways.
The Best Chainsaws and Mounts For Your Bike
So, what are your options for chainsaw mounts? There are quite a few on the market, but before you start looking for one, you'll want to make sure you know what kind of chainsaw you're going to get, as well.
You'll want to look for a few specific things when you're getting a chainsaw that you plan to mount onto your bike. Chainsaws are inevitably bulky and heavy, which are both things you normally would avoid when it comes to dirt biking. That means you'll want to look for the lightest, most low-profile chainsaw that you can find.
A lot of mounts only work with specific models of chainsaws, too, so pay careful attention to the product descriptions on both chainsaws and mounts. You don't want to spend a few hundred dollars on equipment that you can't even use!
What should you do if you don't want to spend hundreds of dollars to outfit your bike with a chainsaw and mount? If you're only planning on needing to take a chainsaw with you one time, or if you don't usually encounter any really big logs or other obstacles, you probably don't actually need a mount. Depending on the situation, there's a couple of other things you can try.
If you're planning to ride a trail where you know you'll need to do some serious track clearing, but you don't plan on riding it again, you can always rent or borrow a chainsaw. Of course, you can't exactly rent a mount, too, so your best option is to just strap the chainsaw to your bike. You can do this with whatever you have - rope, tie-downs, etc. - as long as you use something tough and durable.
If you don't plan on riding where you'll encounter actual logs or whatnot in the middle of the trail, but still would like the option to cut through bigger branches or heavier brush, you can try carrying a small handsaw in your backpack. My dad and I always did this on camping trips just in case there was some deadfall that needed some simple trimming on the trail.
Carrying a lot of extra weight on your back can throw off your balance, especially on loops and tight curves, so you'll want to look for something as lightweight as possible.
My father and I love to go trail riding, and we had some old mounts for the front of our bikes that were there for extra gear. He retrofitted them to fit over the fender of our bikes, and that type of thing would work great for a chain saw.
No matter how experienced you are with operating a chainsaw, it's still a good idea to use protective gear. This is especially true when you're out riding in the middle of nowhere.
Since you're riding a dirt bike, you've probably already got protective gear for your eyes - if you don't, that's the first thing you should take care of! Chainsaw chaps are
Of course, riding with other people is always a good idea, as well; there's safety in numbers and all that. If you can, it's less risky to go trail riding with others if you plan on using a chainsaw.