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  1. I was very impressed by this guys how to wheelie videos, especially considering that as a motocross guy, his how to slow wheelie vids are better than almost every enduro guys' tutorials I've seen.
  2. I don't know if this video would help, but you mentioned wishing for a vid with someone's hands. This is one of my old videos shortly after I got the trials bike.. At around 1:14, as well as near the first bit of the vid with the picture-in-picture stuff, you can see my hands pretty clearly. I wasn't wearing gloves shooting this video so it would be easier to see my hands. Yes it's a trials bike, but the clutch is absolutely the number one thing that carries over, I use the clutch exactly the same way on the dirt bike whether 2 stroke or 4 stroke - at the end of the day it's about maintaining traction and not stalling. You'll notice when pulling wheelies for the obstacles, my clutch finger releases pretty quickly. Often times these days I'll keep the clutch slipped for obstacles instead of full release but either way works. Please disregard my absolutely horrible lever positioning, I have come a long way since this video. And yes you could have done all the stuff in the vid with no clutch at all, it's just that I forced myself to use the clutch from the beginning so that I could be competent with it, since it is an instant on/off switch where as throttle is a far slower control mechanism.
  3. Fair enough. It's just that, as I think some of us have talked about somewhere in this thread, us engineers tend to over analyze everything. When it comes to dirt bikes that can be ok, but is often bad also. These are probably good questions to ask at first, but at some point when you find something that works for you, it's time to just do what feels natural and not think about it, let muscle memory take over and don't think. That is what I have to remind myself anyway, after I realize I'm screwing up on a move that I thought I had mastered last year. Also, it helps tremendously to ride with and closely observe someone who is good at this stuff, you'll notice things that you would never spot on video.
  4. If you're trying to do wheelies like to the balance point, just let the clutch all the way out for the wheelie then feather as needed to maintain, especially slow wheelies where you can stall if you don't keep feathering the clutch. I would actually suggest quit thinking about the clutch so much and just focus on looking ahead. Working the clutch just takes seat time and persistence, eventually your hands will do stuff without you thinking about it and itll become second nature. That is, if you keep riding with the clutch and don't give up and resort to just throttle or worse, those good awful recluses. Not that good throttle control is a bad thing. But what's better than good throttle AND good clutch control? Nothing, not even sex.
  5. jacob429

    The Kenda AMA Tennessee Knockout Extreme Enduro

    I was there spectating. Just uploaded some of the video I got here.
  6. I would prefer to go a bit faster than the guy in the vid. But regardless just smooth constant throttle until your rear wheel is off and you will land fine, pretend the log isn't there and it's the same technique as landing level off any other platform. The only difference is your front wheel will kick off a bit and come off high, but then as long as you stay committed and keep the throttle going gently, the rear wheel will kick and level the bike out, just like any other kicker on flat ground. You only endo off this if you over think and don't commit.
  7. Also Jarvis uses the rear brake to get extra compression and thus more energy back from suspension, that's how he can wheelie a bike to balance point without even going above idle speed on the engine. Leave the brakes out for learning but it's not hard to get used to. In fact using the rear brake for compression can be part of one fluid move that you would do anyway - dip the knees down to compress forks, and if your brake pedal is adjusted correctly you will just about automatically hit it as you dip the knees. Though for trail riding you shouldn't need to use brakes to get more compression since the idea is to carry momentum, this is good for super slow wheelies and certain trials moves.
  8. I shattered my collarbone and attributed it to big wheel swap due to having the clickers all the way out to test the range of my clickers. Riding technique should be adjusted a bit for the soft setup, and I was compensating for that until I decided to try and keep up with an A rider on a faster trail. And keep in mind this is to make it good for the most extreme of terrain. He said he wants it to feel like a trials bike so he can feel the terrain and keep the wheels tracking on the ground as much as possible instead of getting bounced around everywhere. He did mention he breaks suspensions from time to time, combining the soft suspension with the extreme shit with hard hits he does.
  9. Ha, that's what he kept saying is you will look like you're dancing on the bike.
  10. Had the opportunity to take an extreme enduro riding school with Mario Roman yesterday, after the TKO. It was tons of fun. We got to ride on the obstacle course at TKO, as well as a couple of the riverbeds and hills. Here's some good takeaways I gleaned from it, although there's a lot to be learned just by watching and a lot of that can't be put into text. Keep in mind that this advice is centered on extreme enduro riding, and some of his advice would be different for other types of riding. General techniques and tips: - Don't grip the bike with the knees. This was one of the most interesting takeaways as this is what everyone is usually told. Keep in mind that this is for extreme enduro, where you're using trials principles. If you're riding extreme stuff and at trials speeds, keeping the knees open gives you more control and balance. For faster riding continue to grip with knees when needed. - Look at and deal with what's immediately in front of you. Again, this goes against the grain but this is based on trials stuff. And this is a question I've had for a while now. For instance, in a log matrix where you have multiple logs spaced around a bike length apart, regardless of whether you do 1 at a time, or double or triple, you're looking at the first log, not ahead to the 2nd or 3rd. Obviously this doesn't apply to fast riding, and the faster you go the farther ahead you need to look. When you go for the double or triple you should already know how much throttle, speed, clutch, etc you need to clear it and keep focusing on the first log so you can get all that stuff timed correctly. - Know where both the front and rear wheel are tracking. Often times Mario will look down at his rear wheel after approaching a challenge to see if it's clear of debris and such. Another thing I never thought of - if there is loose stuff that might affect his take-off, he'll give the throttle a few little blips to clear the loose stuff out of the way. - If stuck on a hill climb, change lines instead of digging ruts. Get creative with line choice and if you're stuck against a root or rock, you can just pivot the bike to point it in another direction and get on a different line to continue the climb. - Don't use brakes. In enduro part of conserving energy is riding smooth and keeping momentum. It's often faster to just not use brakes since it's very hard to use them properly. He mentioned even MX riders will train without using brakes and lose about 2-3s lap time, to train themselves to carry more momentum through corners and such. - Mental battle. Often times thinking just gets you into trouble, I have a bad habit of overanalyzing everything. This is why many people tend to do pretty well when they're flowing through the woods and clearing gaps or logs without thought and with ease. Hell I even surprised myself on their obstacle course, how easy everything was with a couple exceptions. The 1 thing I was struggling with was due to the overthinking thing, and the only advice Mario had was that I wasn't committing. Mario mentioned struggling with this after a bad crash he had. I think the way to overcome this is just seat time and not getting in over your head, so starting small if needed. Bike Setup: - Mario runs his suspension clickers all the way out, and even said he still feels like it's not soft enough sometimes. The key in extreme enduro is to gain time in the sections where everyone else gets stuck, you don't gain much time in faster sections by having a faster setup. - Extra sag (don't have exact numbers, assume another 5-10mm) - Get the bike as low as possible. He mentioned cutting and lowering the subframe to preserve steering geometry. His setup always depends on the race, but he also mentioned he has had lowered forks (lowered internally) as well. He really wanted to get the point across that you need a low bike, and should be able to flat foot for extreme enduro. - He runs a drilled out mousse bib type tube, but has also ridden tubliss and said it is a great alternative. Not everyone can afford to go through 2 mousse's a day in a race. - Other common setup issues: Handlebars too high (risers are bad) or rolled forward or back too much. For extreme enduro he runs his about perpendicular to the ground. Clutch and brake levers should be around 10 degrees down or so - running them low might make standing more comfortable but often you're sitting on the back for traction and would barely be able to operate the levers if they're too low.
  11. jacob429

    New 2018 300rr Pinging/Detonation

    Ha, yeah even though I fixed it with a simple adjustment of the mixture screw I hated how rich it felt. The bike is very picky to find that sweet spot where it doesn't ping and yet has a very crisp and fast revving engine off idle. I think higher octane would help. Will try that octane boost stuff even though it sounds like snake oil.
  12. jacob429

    Battle of the Goats 2018

    Don't knock HS too much. Still takes fitness and skill to be able to have the speed and consistency to do well in a 2 hour scramble. I seriously underestimated this race format until I did it. Just a different discipline but just as challenging in its own way. And they can be surprisingly gnarly, usually faster but still lots of tight single track that somehow the good riders can just fly through, bar checking and shoulder checking trees along the way.
  13. Don't feel bad stuff happens. I should have known better than to be trying out brake taps over a jump with a flat hard landing without having practiced the technique on something smoother/easier. I'm learning that I need to find a balance between riding outside of comfort zone vs outside skill level. As I've gotten better and faster some of the stuff I do has actual consequences for messing up. Shattering my collarbone on a trail trying to keep pace with an A class rider while testing odd suspension settings (full out on rebound damping) is an example of riding outside my skill. You need to push your comfort zone to get better, but stay within your skill level when the bar is high enough for the consequences to actually matter, ie don't test unfamiliar techniques in a potentially dangerous situation. Aside from the extreme enduro class coming up I'll be done with trials and enduro while my ankle heals. I'm just gonna focus on the MX track. It takes a specific motion to RE injure my ankle which I won't have to worry about at the track.
  14. All the more reason to come check it out! Seriously let's go!
  15. No joke you really haven't been that far? It's about an 8 hour drive for me. I'm really just going for the class Monday but hoping to catch part 2 of the race Sunday it'd be really cool to observe.