Ijust can't seem to jump
Posted October 12, 2002 - 07:02 AM
Posted October 12, 2002 - 07:19 AM
Jumping takes a LOT of practice. try to find a small table top type jump someplace and work on it. You want to keep a neutral or slightly forward stance when jumping. dont lean back going off the jump, that may be part of your problem with the wheelies.
Posted October 12, 2002 - 09:58 AM
Posted October 12, 2002 - 11:29 AM
Start small and work your way up to larger jumps.
Posted October 12, 2002 - 12:58 PM
Posted October 12, 2002 - 06:53 PM
Posted October 13, 2002 - 04:39 AM
Posted October 13, 2002 - 04:52 AM
Go to your local track or riding area and watch a jump or two there, watch all jumpers good bad or indifferent.
Just sit and Watch for different approaches to the face of the jump, watch the mistakes and the success's.
Listen for the motor especially Thumper vs 2smokes This will help you understand how to get through the jump face.
Watch the style or ride technique, meaning as Bill said above, Knees bent, standing elbows and so on.
Once you get the ethics of this then practice practice practice. It all takes time and is fun. Start out with small controlled jumps nothing fancy just enough to get both wheels off the ground and back SAFELY
Posted October 13, 2002 - 06:03 AM
Obviously start slow and small.
Stand up on the pegs with relaxed legs.
Approach the jump with a steady throttle, don't blip or let off the throttle (although this may not be best for your 125).
When you launch, allow the bike to come up to you (i.e. allow you legs to bend).
On larger jumps or when you progress a bit - when in the air stand up (straighten you legs a bit) ready to help absorb the landing.
A lot of my first attempts I was obviously very stiff legged so the bike was not going up in the air properly and the nose was coming down first. Allow the bike to come to you and it should fly straight and you should land flat.
Posted October 13, 2002 - 10:25 AM
Posted October 13, 2002 - 04:34 PM
Posted October 13, 2002 - 05:45 PM
By the way I'm sorry that I wrote my post in like all of the post places, this is my first time to post and I really don't know what I'm doing so I'm going to have my dad to help me out...
I really got some good advice from you TT members. I can't wait until my dad takes me to the track again.
Thanx again for all the help...
Posted October 14, 2002 - 08:57 AM
A few more tips
Dont go to slow!!! going slow off a jump gives you little contorl and can cause the front of the bike to drop before the back ever gets off the ramp! The faster you go the smoother the landing often is because your coming in at a much less steap angle rather than just ploping straight out of the air.
Use the throttle to adjust your landing pitch. Apply the throttle in the air to bring the front of the bike up and hit the back brake with clutch in to bring the nose down. On my WR I usally need to apply throttle the keep the nose up on longer jumps, it seems to naturally want to nose down in the air and if you figure the CG of the bike it is nose heavy in teh air with you in ideal standing position.
Defiantly find a table top jump where the ramp is a good 4 to 6 foot face that lands on a flat platue at the same level as the top of the jump. This is the safest type of jump to go slow off of becuse you dont have to worry about flying down the 6 feet you went up. Then just use a stick or rock to spot your landings and keep moving it furhter out. It gives you an idea of what gear to be in and at what rpm you need to be at to clear what gaps.
Most 2 storkers when asked how do you hit that jump will reply in gears such as 2nd gear flat out, or third gear mid band. They are talking about what gear they are in and What RPM they use on the face of the ramp, remember 2 strok motor cross bikes are geared higher than our trail TTR and WR bikes on the lower gears so a KX 125s 2nd gear is like our 3rd gear. If I try to hit a jump flat out in 2nd compared to a CR 250 in Second I will not clear the same distance . Good luck and be carefull, keep the nose up a bit and hit the ramp square and straight.
Posted October 14, 2002 - 01:30 PM
02 wr426, crap removed, gray wire snipped
83 cj7 w/304
Posted October 14, 2002 - 02:57 PM
I posted this on the YZ side and also wanted to thank the WR riders.