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Jeffrey Torgalski

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    How does my form look?

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    How does my form look?

    Hey, based on how you might be feeling this, you could be right. I can't help much with this because some jumps are right out of corners and you could be in the transition stage as you crest it. You can try squaring the bike up to hit the jump face more straight-on. Can you describe what you're asking in a different way? It sounds like you're asking how to seat bounce, but I don't think that's what you mean. You will be riding differently on an MX track because there will be harder braking and accelerating. You will want to get your facepeice closer to your number plate when seated. You can ride standing up, but knowing when it's ok to sit down can help you to put less weight through your arms, which can help you relax a bit and conserve energy. Standing up over the bars or standing up a little behind them will depend on traction, but, if it's smooth, it's ok to be seated while you search for traction. When I've ridden off-road, I am standing more often. You are ready, and the unexpected is what you're ready for. MX is a little more repetitive, so, standing isn't always ideal or necessary. Also, it would be a lot safer if you had your finger over the clutch. Here is a YouTube example of what can happen when you don't do that when you ride. If you look closely, the clutch lever has no fingers on it when the magic happens. All you need to do is clench your hand a little if you keep your fingers over the clutch. It is a pretty instinctive reaction when you start losing control, anyway, so, why not take advantage of your instincts?
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    What can I improve on please help

    Here are some things for you to work on: Get off the center of the saddle in the turns; use the edge of the seat as the contact patch for your butt. This gets the bike leaned over more and puts your body less leaned over. This is advantageous because your bike leaned over can be corrected much more easily than when your entire body is committed to being leaned over. There is advice out there telling you to lean your body into banked turns and ruts, but you can get away with leaving your body upright and letting the bike do the leaning. You will get a good feeling for where the tires will break loose but still stay on top of it if done this way. At the same time, push into the outside peg. This almost feels like you are pushing off to get into the stand-up position, but you don't go all the way up. When you use the ball of your foot in the turn, it will help a lot because the foot is almost constantly pushing off of the peg like a coiled-up spring. In terms of the front/middle/back of the seat, find the best spot where the front wheel and rear wheel traction is best. Experiment with how far you need to get forward into a turn (all the way on the tank is not always ideal, for example). This is going to change from bike to bike, and what traction dictates (based on tires and track conditions). Learn by feel. Feel the bike slide, experiment and get to know how it feels when you do this or that. Spend lots of money on tires, chains, sprockets, grips, and levers. Repeat.
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    Do i Clutch when downshift?

    I missed some very important bike time this year because of my clutch failing and because of it not properly engaging when shifting. Shift fork bent. Gears were grinding. Essentially, because my clutch was failing, it was clutchless shifting that caused this accelerated damage. If you ride the bike hard on the gas during shifts and don't engage the clutch (how much you engage it is your choice), your transmission will fail. If you look into bent shift forks on this website you will find evidence of the same fate I suffered. Any other information you get from this topic should be disregarded because I see a lot of absolute sh!t advice being dished out, here. I know that it's coming to you with the intention of helping, but they haven't had to deal with the experience of a transmission failure. A shift fork is $55 (at least), plus over 150 bucks in circlips, gaskets and a LOT of time in engine teardown and reassembly before you can ride again.
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    JASO Explained Part 1: 4-Strokes

    I just looked my recommended oil up on Amazon and compared it to your list, and the ratings from the bottle weren't the same as what's on the list; https://www.amazon.com/dp/B008MISDII/ref=olp_product_details?_encoding=UTF8&me=
  6. Hi, All; The snow just melted at the beginning of last week and next weekend is race #1 for the season. Being faced with that, I am trying to get the most out of my practice. What I did this week was get out on an awful slag heap to get bike time. I live in the city, and all I have is old rail yards and small patches of isolated woods. I have this spot where trees and railroad ties are lying about an abandoned woodland, and I have been blitzing it back and forth because it's super technical and it makes me have to keep my head up and spot my lines way early. On the slag heap I mentioned, I have been getting as creative as possible to get my corners back to speed. I throw in as many different-sized turns as I can in a plot of land; it ranges from super tight switchbacks to a sweeping 180 berm to flat sweepers to whooped out straights into a tight 180 lefty to a 270 righty and then I run that backwards. SO, what are some of your favorite drills that have produced results for you in the past?