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.
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.
Here’s the secrets to clearing those double jumps right out of a corner. Seat bouncing is usually the best techniques to use in these situations.
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.
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.
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.
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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Starts are sort of like gun fighting. A gun fighter has to be quick on the draw but at the same time he has to be smooth and have a good aim in order to hit the target before the target hits him. In motocross you also have to be quick and at the same time you have to be smooth with your clutch and throttle control and your body movements. If you mess up at least you won’t get shot but you may get run over in the first corner. There are three important aspects of the start. The single most important aspect of the start is the clutch. Excellent clutch control is the key. The other two aspects are throttle control and body movements. Let’s look at each one separately and all the detailed techniques that go with them.