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Need help with my landings..

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I´m new to mx. Bought a 2001 426F as my first bike in Januar and i love it..

I wouldn´t say that i´m absolutely fearless, but when i´m out there i don´t mind taking the big jumps that people who have been riding several years don´t take..

My problem is controlling the bike while in the air. Sometime my rear starts to go to the side as soon as i leave the jump.. Most of the times i can save my bacon by wacking the trottle and put my weight back just before landing. But, a lot of the times i don´t make it and it all ends up in a seriusly fast slam to the ground when landing.. I think i´m lucky that i haven´t broken anything yet besides a few handlebars..

How can i prevent it from turning around its center as soon as i take off?? I useally starts if i hit a small bump on the top of the jump.

This is my body possition in the air..

http://www.ribe-rep.dk/jesper/photos/photo_49.html

Here you can almost see how it has started to rotate..

http://www.ribe-rep.dk/jesper/photos/photo_55.html

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You need to grip the bike with your legs more. Its really obvious in the second picture.

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mikes right grip with your knees.

I've been gripping harder with my heels/ankles and knees, and if the bike still goes sideways, i ungrip my knees and move my body or push in on the bike in the oposite direction that its going to try to correct it (still gripping madly with my heels/ankles).

hope this helps.

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I couldn't see the pictures, bad link. You mentioned that it starts if there is a bump on the top of the jump. Sounds like a "kicker" jump. How about trying a different line. Almost every jump face has different charachteristics on any given portion. Try different lines. I memorize every portion of any track I ride on making mental notes of its characteristics, then I ride only the lines that I like.

"When in doubt, go long."

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Man, that's some big air in that second pic for having only ridden less than a year! How old are you if you don't mind me asking? I've been riding for 2 years and don't have the gumption to get that high. Course I'm old...34.

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Knees in and get them elbows out. You have more control if your up over the bars with elbows out. If a jump kicks the rear to the right, turn your handle bars to the right to get the rear to swing back to the left.

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Man, that's some big air in that second pic for having only ridden less than a year! How old are you if you don't mind me asking? I've been riding for 2 years and don't have the gumption to get that high. Course I'm old...34.

I´m 27

Last year i rode a Yamaha R6 for a season, that´s my only experience on a two wheeler. Haven´t even had a moped..

Here is some pics of me and my bike:

http://www.bike.dk/fotografier/visa-stor.php?bild=33_jesper_petersen01.jpg

http://www.bike.dk/fotografier/visa-stor.php?bild=32_jesper_petersen01.jpg

Here in Denmark each track is only allowed to be used 7 hours a WEEK due to noise pullution... BVAAA

All tracks are open saterday from 1pm to 6pm, some from 10am

The rest of the week you can only ride one day at each track in Denmark. For instance monday i can ride at the local track from 5pm to 8pm, if i want to ride the other days also, i must drive 50-100km depeding on which other track is open the day i want to ride..

Therefor i haven´t been riding more than 30 times this year and that is also the total amount of mx rides in my life.

I´m not good at riding but i try not to be afraid of it when i ride. Taking the jumps straight over really saves me a lot of power instead of landing hard 2/3 over or taking a double to short like many other riders at my stage do. I am learning some things fast i think that´s my luck in this case.. Otherwise i would have been to the hospital by now acording to the people watching me riding sometimes.. :cry:

If you look at this picture:

http://www.ribe-rep.dk/jesper/photos/photo_66.html

You can see the entire jump, it ends at the small bush.

It useally goes wrong when my bike decides to change (what do you call it?? The line from all the previus riders) or if my backwheel hits a bump on the face of the jump just before leaving the jump. I can feel it right away that it is wrong but no matter what i try it keeps rotating. I just wack the trottle and hope the best..

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