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do you guys practice slow speed balance exercises? where i ride that's usually all i do because otherwise im just riding in circles. I work on full lock turns as slow as possible, wheelies as slow as possible with as little throttle as possible, stoppies (still learning), riding up and down steep hills as slow as possible and stopping then restarting on the hills. my newest thing im trying to learn is to ride up to a berm and roll backwards a few feet and then take off without touching the ground. (ITS HARD but super awesome when it works) basically a 3 pint turn on a bike. 

 

post up your weird exercises you do. post vids. i may take some vids so everyone can tear it apart :lol: 

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do you guys practice slow speed balance exercises? where i ride that's usually all i do because otherwise im just riding in circles. I work on full lock turns as slow as possible, wheelies as slow as possible with as little throttle as possible, stoppies (still learning), riding up and down steep hills as slow as possible and stopping then restarting on the hills. my newest thing im trying to learn is to ride up to a berm and roll backwards a few feet and then take off without touching the ground. (ITS HARD but super awesome when it works) basically a 3 pint turn on a bike. 
 
post up your weird exercises you do. post vids. i may take some vids so everyone can tear it apart :lol: 


In loose dirt, lock the front tire and then try to get going (and keep going). Great balance and clutch control skill builder.

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I like going through washes, lots of tight turns around cacti and bushes. Also enjoy jumping off the steep sides of washes

It only sucks when you stall out and there's is only a foot of flat space in the wash and each wheel is on either side of the wash

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Static balance in my garage when in between rides. I bring a tablet out there with me and watch some netflix and just practice static balance. 

I made a frame to help with this as concrete floor is hard to balance on for a beginner, the frame is just 1x4 strapping in a square that the front tire seats in to give a bit of stability. 

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On 10/13/2018 at 6:32 AM, Husquire said:

Static balance in my garage when in between rides. I bring a tablet out there with me and watch some netflix and just practice static balance. 

I made a frame to help with this as concrete floor is hard to balance on for a beginner, the frame is just 1x4 strapping in a square that the front tire seats in to give a bit of stability. 

I like that idea. I have been practicing and improving my balance lately around the house. I tried balancing my bike on concrete with low tire pressures with no success in balancing the bike.

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Not a lot of riding around by me so I spend quite a bit of time in the backyard doing slow speed stuff between weekend rides.  Lots of lock to lock figure eights, static balancing (I'm not so good at that yet) and blip wheelie practice over the kids' toys!  Need to bring some logs back there at some point to start practicing the real thing.  

Good topic.

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On 10/13/2018 at 9:32 AM, Husquire said:

Static balance in my garage when in between rides. I bring a tablet out there with me and watch some netflix and just practice static balance. 

I made a frame to help with this as concrete floor is hard to balance on for a beginner, the frame is just 1x4 strapping in a square that the front tire seats in to give a bit of stability. 

This is a great idea... reminds me of practicing BMX starts.

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I love this thread because of the interest the contributors have in practicing. I just posted this thread because of how important practice is to riding safely:

 

Practice, in my view, is trying hard things, but where the consequences are less severe than having to learn the same lessons at full speed.

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On 10/11/2018 at 4:13 PM, MCRIPPPer said:

do you guys practice slow speed balance exercises? where i ride that's usually all i do because otherwise im just riding in circles. I work on full lock turns as slow as possible, wheelies as slow as possible with as little throttle as possible, stoppies (still learning), riding up and down steep hills as slow as possible and stopping then restarting on the hills. my newest thing im trying to learn is to ride up to a berm and roll backwards a few feet and then take off without touching the ground. (ITS HARD but super awesome when it works) basically a 3 pint turn on a bike. 

 

post up your weird exercises you do. post vids. i may take some vids so everyone can tear it apart :lol: 

I just ride regular trail, bush, and hills, very slowly. About 2 kilometers, without putting foot down, riding crawl speed. Frequently stopping and static balancing on the pegs for a second.

Crawl 3 meters, stop, static balance for a second, crawl 3 meters, stop, static balance for a second, for 2 kilometers.

Looks ridiculous, but those static balances every 3 meters helps improve static balancing while improving hand control skills at the same time.

I ride a KTM Freeride 250R, it's the perfect bike for this stuff.

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