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Learning to Jump a Dirt Bike? (video)

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First learning how to jump a dirt bike or bicycle is fun and exciting but at the same time can be pretty scary as well. Here’s my strategy for first timers. Basically it’s starting out small and repeating it through repetition, moving up gradually as you improve. In this MX how to video I’m practicing how to jump a mountain bike. Try not to laugh too hard.

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You should like rutted corners, do you?

rutted corners

Watch this motocross how to video and you will. There’s a lot more then just slowing down for the beginning of a berm (rutted) corner. You have to continue to control your speed all the way through the berm. Once your front wheel checks into the berm it’s mostly done with the front brake and throttle. This motocross skills video will give you a better understanding of how to ride a dirt bike through a rut.

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3 Step Braking Techniques

3 step braking techniques

In motocross your ability to stop or slow down is your right away to speed. Good braking techniques are overlooked by all C riders and many B riders. But braking control is just as important as clutch and throttle control. Both front and rear brakes are equally important but this riding tip is just going to cover the rear brake.

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Motocross Braking Control- Front or Rear Brake

motocross braking control

Free motocross riding tip video. Braking in motocross is one of the most important skills to master. Here’s a short video demonstrating how to get in and out of corners faster and with more control. For all the motocross braking skills you need to know go here.

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Motocross…how to get and stay fast!

motocross stay fastMotocross...how to get and stay Fast.  As most of you know I've made a living training motocross riders how to go fast.  I just made another discovery (July 17, 2013) reconfirming what I have always taught. In order to go fast you have to master all the basic techniques (The 55 Absolute Techniques of[...]
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MX tips on Body Positions and Movements

Body Movements

It’s better to keep your elbows up and out away from your sides because it gives you better leverage factors over the bike. Try this simple test to feel the difference. Sit on your bike and hold the handlebars with a low grip and low elbows. Then move your upper body back and forth as hard as you can, then do the same from side to side. Now grab the handlebars with a high over grip and high elbows. Perform the same two tests. Which way feels like you have more leverage over the bike? And keep in mind that factor multiplies when you stand up.

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MX Riding Tip, How To Stick Your Landings

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Consistently hitting your landings just right takes a lot of practice. You have to learn what gear, revs, speed and how hard to hit a jump in order to stick your landing. Two important techniques to practice are launching a jump or absorbing a jump. When launching you help the compression and rebound by spiking your body weight into the footpegs upon compression and then lift your weight out of the footpegs upon rebound. This technique gives you more height and distance.

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Getting sideways by accident on motocross jumps

sideways motocross jumps

Getting sideways off mx jumps when you don’t intend to is 9 times out of 10 because you’re hitting an uneven face upon take off. Think of a quad when it jumps off an uneven face; like where the two left wheels are higher than the two right wheels, your going to get sideways big time. It’s the same kind of an affect with a M/C. If there is a rut, a dished out area, a little rock or anything uneven about the place where the tires actually leave the ground it’s going to make you go sideways.

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Latest Techniques for Motocross

Motocross Seat Bouncing LaunchingHere's my latest Techniques DVD. This video was released on September 12, 2012. Volume 3 Gary Semics Motocross Technique Series DVD # 7 (Motocross Seat Bouncing and Launching Jumping Techniques) This is the 7th DVD in the Volume 3 Motocross Technique DVD Series. In this 37 minute video you'll understand what's involved with Seat[...]
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Motocross Whoops Techniques

Motocross Whoops Techniques

There are three different techniques for whoops
A. Jumping through the troughs of the whoops.
B. Front wheel placement.
C. Skimming the tops of the whoops.
Some key points to practice are;
– When jumping and doing “Front Wheel Placement” keep your weight off of the handlebars. When “Skimming” there is some of your body weight going onto the handlebars when the front wheel makes contact just before the top of each whoop…

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How to ride motocross ruts (Berms)?

MX Ruts

Riding mx ruts (berms) well is an advanced technique. When dealing with these deep rutted lines in the track there is little to no room for error. To do it correctly you have to have all the basics down and have a lot of seat time under your helmet. Some of the keys to pay attention to are; getting lined up ahead of time for the entrance of the rut, controlling the front and/or rear brakes until the transition (where you go from braking to accelerating) then controlling the clutch and throttle and controlling the lean of the bike.