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  1. I really struggled with riding standing up and not pulling on the bars, I don't suffer from arm pump but I did find that i was pulling the bars all the time when standing and I was getting pulled back on the bike a ton. I had a lot of people tell me about the attack position and griping the bike with my legs but the real secret to being able to stand and not be heavy on the bars was balance. when you accelerate you need to lean into the push, let the bike push you forward, the faster you accelerate the farther forward you lean. Same goes for up hills, when standing riding up hills you should be in the same body position on the bike as you would be if you were standing on the hill facing up it. You need to lean way over the front and and let the bike push you. Same when braking, lean back while breaking and the harder you break the more you lean. You will learn to anticipate the lean and do it naturally so that you could ride the bike without touching the bars at all, just using your body position to push you forward. I can tell you if I come around a corner sometimes and get on the gas hard and lose traction I will almost fall forward over the bars. If you can learn to lean then the pressure on your hands goes away and so will the death grip and the arm pump. I hope this helps I was taught this on this forum and it changed the way I ride.
  2. I have found riding high strung two strokes that first and foremost the very best way to control the power on any bike is to cover the clutch and learn how and when to slip it. Slipping the clutch can not only put you in the power if you have dropped too low in the rpm it can also be used to take the edge off of the power you are getting. Secondly make sure you are not riding a gear too low for the speed you are riding, a modern four stroke makes most of its power at the higher end of the rpm range so if you are running a lower gear and revving the bike out then the power can be a lot to handle. Learn the clutch first and keep the rpm low and you should find you will be able to ride anything
  3. Not to revive an ancient thread but after putting in a ton of riding and now standing 100 % of the time livefivetwofive is exactly right. You should teach lol
  4. I have bee. Reading through this tread and I have to say I am seeing something missing. It is all talk about revs and speed and the pros full throttle up a hill and all of that but one BIG part of the technique is missing. Pros like Jarvis and Webb hold the throttle wide open that is true and they do this on every displacent they ride small or big but the way they control the traction and momentum is with the Clutch period. Big four strokes will always feel less nimble than a small two stroke or even a large 2st but it is not the speed nor the weight nor the power that keeps these guys and girls fast and controlled up hills and in the tight nasty stuff it is their amazing control of the clutch. Let's make sure we are talking about that as well
  5. Have to ask. What valves are around the corner?
  6. Last ride I went on was a quick rip at my local dirt bike club. We have a fairly easy 5 km loop and I was taking it pretty easy. I always ride with my fit bit. I rode for 25 mins at an average speed of 23 kph. Not to fast definitely did not get the adrenaline flowing. I was at peak heart rate for 19 mins and cardio for the rest with an average of 160 BPM and I was peaking at 188 BPM I also burned 310 calories. The last hard ride I did where I was running some tight technical singletrack I ran an hour. I was 37 mins peak and the rest cardio average was 150 BPM and I burned 870 calories......long story short I always run with my Fitbit to keep an eye on my fitness and see improvement and the proof is in the data. Riding a dirt bike is very good exercise period.
  7. Already posted here but I just love this pic and had to share
  8. Check your fuel filters both tank and line
  9. I just came from a 2016 KTM 200 to the 19 300 and there is no difference in weight. If anything the 300 feels later and the tpi engine is the smoothest power I have ever felt. Go 300 and don't look back
  10. This guy! Picking up a 2019 300xcw tpi on the 28th
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