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  1. Hi all, I'm usually a woods rider so I'm not the greatest at track. However, I take it upon myself to do a few laps on the mx track during each ride. I used to be able to ride the track no problem, could send all but 1 jump. However, My track screwed up one nice jump and turned it into a insane kicker. The jump is pretty decent size and requires mid-high rpm third gear to clear. My track turned the lip into a crazy kicker and I've been doing endo after endo. Each time I thought I saw Jesus looking into my eyes. After that I decided to swallow my pride and go to the woods instead of risk getting injured. Anyways, to the main point does anyone know how to handle these kickers? I think I had an idea, I know if you blip the throttle before the rear goes of the jump face your front tends to go high. So if I'm correct If I purposely blipped the throttle going of the kicker would this counteract the kicker making my bike almost even in the air after the jump?
  2. I recently got a 06 yamaha yz250f and was riding it on the golf course by my house because it is currently closed. I went through a sand pit and it comes to a pretty sharp slope shape. I landed a little nose down the suspension took it and i was ok this time. How should i try to hit the slope so i land more flat.
  3. Hello everyone. I feel like I've been very back and forth with this topic and I'm trying to get a dedicated answer for it. Essentially I am a novice at riding, I only have been doing it for 1/2 a year and have been practicing jumping a lot. Everything for jumping seems very straight forward except for gas sequence for the landing. These are the three sequences I have heard of: 1.Gas it the second bike touches the ground (what I originally did for jumping) 2.Gas it in the air then let off gas for landing 3.Gas it before landing and keep gassing for the landing and let off when you want. I've talked to a lot of people and the answers are very mixed. The only thing I've really figured out is the first sequence is wrong because you don't really get time to get your rear wheel spinning and it'll send your wrist to heaven with one wrong move. I plan to ride this Friday, my second ride of the spring and plan to completely rework my jumping technique for the better of me. If anybody could give me advice on what I should do or what they do that would be great! 🙂
  4. I’ve been riding track for a couple of months now getting pretty decent but has anyone got tips for when your riding a really muddy and slippery track to have more control and stop your bars from wobbling so much. My positioning on the bike is generally pretty good. Should I try put my weight back a heap more?does going faster help?
  5. I was wondering if you guys can tell me on how to better control my bike, better body positions to be more agile and or drills to use In order to better myself. For instance, for every turn now and then I tend to go too low on the bike towards the way that I’m leaning to turn and end up falling and sliding with the bike. What are things I can do to prevent that. Do I give it throttle while doing so? Etc etc. I just want to read you guys experiences and things you done in order to better yourself.
  6. Hi everyone. I'm still pretty new and goony too riding, and I don't even halve a full year of being in the game behind me. I've started hitting jumps a while ago and for this new season I've promised myself to hit some of the big jumps at my track. So here comes my question. I've been practicing mid air adjustment technique and when I land I always give it gas as I land, so the second I land I gas it. However, I noticed that this has been causing a lot of whisky throttle. Is this incorrect and am I suppose to gas it before landing or am I doing it right and just weak.🙃 I got into the habit as I was thought that giving it gas before you land stops your suspension from wanting to kick back so much and makes landing a whole lot easier, was I taught wrong?
  7. I'm not sure if this is asked a lot, but I haven't found much on this. How do I learn to crash/dismount the proper way?! I have been riding for three years now, and I've picked it up quite quick (Not to brag, just from what other riders tell me). That being said, I think I could and want to be learning faster. I ride mainly enduro (technical/trails) and desert (so no mx atm), and while I ride often, I don't crash often. I believe that is a good think for the faster stuff (i don't want to roach my body at an early age), but I think it is holding me back from progressing in the technical aspect. I see videos of people trying (and failing) at some crazy stuff, and they usually seem to be able to jump off the bike w/o tearing their knees or spraining their ankles. Is there a way to "practice" this? I feel that once I figure this out I could progress my technical riding immensely because I will be able to push myself and try new things. Thanks for any help you can give! P.S. Haha is there a way to properly crash at speed? That would be helpful too. Cheers!
  8. When standing up on the dirt bike, trail riding and mx riding, are you supposed to lean forward to accommodate acceleration so that you’re not really pulling on the handle bars with your hands? I assume so, but it’s not made clear in the videos that I’ve watched to learn from. I’ve ridden my friends dirt bike at the track, holding a strict standing position no matter what level acceleration, forcing me to hold onto the bars pretty hard, and it just felt totally unnatural.
  9. I’ve always used my clutch when shifting up and shifting down. I currently ride a crf250r 2016. From the videos I’ve watched, I’ve come to a conclusion that when shifting up use the clutch and when shifting down it’s ok to not use the clutch. Will this still wear down my transmission quicker? I’ve also heard that shifting up or down in the air is fine without the clutch because the gears should be freed up enough when your in the air. Would somebody be able to back this or share there opinion. Thanks👍🏽
  10. I have been riding dirt bikes for the past 15 years and all my riding life I have always pulled in the clutch in order to brake, when entering a corner. I know that not using the clutch and letting the bike “clatter” when braking into a corner is smoother and more effective. I was wondering if this technique is hard on the bike and if it will cause significant mechanical problems down the road? I am not a Racer, just a motocross enthusiast whom likes to improve technique and lap times; However, I do not want to have to spend a couple hundreds of dollar for a second off my lap time. I am fine if it tends to wear the clutch out a little quicker because that is an easy fix, but I do not want to be shaving down the gears in the transmission at the same time. Any help is greatly appreciated!
  11. Hi everyone, So I have been riding dirt bikes for about 9 years (started at 12 and Im 21 now.) Though throughout my riding time I was not always serious about racing. My first races took place about 5 years ago on a 2008 crf250r which I no longer have. During those races I found I could keep a great pace for about two laps, then my hands would cramp so bad I couldn't hold onto the bars anymore. At that point I pretty much said "forget racing, Id rather just go trail ride if it's that hard for me." But I kept trying to improve my speed and work on my technique, but would still run into arm pump every time I tried to go fast. Arm pump is a huge problem for a lot of riders and it can be very discouraging also. Now that I have a bike i truly love (2012 kx250f) that has suspension valved for me, bars that fit me perfectly, good grips, good gloves, etc. I thought my arm pump issues would be over now that I have a perfectly set up bike. Nope. Arm pump was still an issue. So i took it upon myself to get my arm pump fixed by a professional rider just LAST WEEKEND after all these years. I'll share with you my victory against arm pump below: A local track owner in my area has been racing for 43 years and is very fast and has perfect technique. He also offers training courses on his track seven days a week, so i expressed to him my issues. 1. He watched me ride a few laps on his track and he instantly noticed I was using to much of my arms to steer and maneuver the bike. To fix this, he had me stand on my bike with the bike shut off and him holding me up. He had me loosen my grip and had me watch the bike fall with a loose grip. Then he said " stand on the balls of your feet and squeeze the bike your legs as hard as you can" and instantly the bike straightened up. I was in more control of the bike instantly. Work on the attack position when you ride, head evenly over the bars, elbows up, one finger on the brake, one finger on the clutch. 2. Cornering and turning technique: He then had me do figure 8's (all while standing on the bike) in a open field practicing shifting my weight and weighting the outside foot peg. He said "i want the foot pegs scraping the ground while you're standing on the bike and turning." Your knees should never lift out of the squeezed and tight position while you're turning (standing or sitting.) The center of gravity on your bike is at the foot pegs. Use the pegs to steer the bike. They are there for a reason. Also another key body movement that gets overlooked: Look where you want to go, point your chin where you want to go. Your body will follow your eyes and your chin. 3. Throttle and clutch control: "once your transmission and engine start braking for you, you've lost all momentum" He had me practice my figure 8's while keeping the throttle in a fixed position, never letting off the throttle (keep in mind i was in first gear so you dont have to be going that fast, just smooth.) Smoother throttle control = smoother riding. When it came to shifting, I practiced no clutch shifting (up or down.) If you're going to stall in a corner, give the bike a little clutch and accelerate out of the corner but don't lose your momentum. 4. Braking: Charge hard, squeeze the bike as hard as you can with your legs. Let your legs act as extra shock absorbers. Use the front brake and the rear brake at the same time but avoid locking up the front or the rear wheel while you break. Downshift when you brake to be ready to transition from braking to accelerating as soon as you hit the rut or the berm. These 4 key areas of riding the bike helped me tremendously. You can watch hundreds of videos saying "use your legs more on the bike" but that doesnt mean anything until you evaluate and practice the proper techniques. While doing simple figure 8's, I could feel myself becoming one with the machine and hand loosened up on the bike. I was just flowing with the bike, letting it work under my legs, the way it should be. In conclusion, if you suffer from arm pump, take a buddy with you and just have he or she watch you ride. Practice the basics and change your riding style if need be. Make sure your bars are in a good position, your clutch is adjusted properly, your brake levers are at the right height, and you're steering with your legs. Don't try to fight the bike, let it do the work for you always stand up more on the bike. Be more efficient on the bike; smooth is fast. Try to remember to breathe, don't get worked up. Don't death grip the bars. For the rest of the day and since that day I have not suffered from arm pump once. For those suffering from arm pump as bad as I was, there is still hope. Ride on.
  12. hello, I have been riding this bike since June. Its my first bike and I think I am doing pretty good on it. I hopped on my buddies 2006 ktm 250 exc and first thing I noticed without even riding it was the riding position felt like it put me in way more control. It put me in an 'attack' position much more naturally than on my bike. My initial thoughts are that somehow getting my bars further forward would help that. Compared to his bike, my bike seems harder to really keep weight into my bars. Like my body's COM is further back. I am thinking changing the bars would help. What do you think? I'm not sure how much more I can rotate them before they start pointing up into the air too much. I have YZ highs on it right now. My friend has the same on his KTM. Maybe to add to this since I didn't see a good recent post: What are your favorite bars for your YZ125?
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