Small Jump Technique
Posted April 21, 2003 - 08:29 AM
The "fatboy" rear spring is installed and helps tremendously!!
Now, when taking the small jumps/bumps....those that are less than a bike length...I always get the backend kicked up. I probably don't have my weight far enough back, but, I am concerned about the front wheel looping out on me.
What am I missing on this?
Any advice is appreciated.
Posted April 21, 2003 - 10:12 AM
Posted April 21, 2003 - 10:23 AM
giving it gas all the way through the jump will cause the bike to throw the front end down and kick the back end up.this
I believe if you tap the rear brake in the air, that will drop the front end down. If you gas it thru the jump your front end will come up and may cause you to loop out on landing.
Posted April 21, 2003 - 10:48 AM
That stiffer spring might be causing it to kick but then what do I know, it's just a guess!
Posted April 21, 2003 - 10:53 AM
...I always get the backend kicked up
I think these two guys w/ their advice were answering the wrong question.
When the jumps are short and steep, the back end will tend to "kick", the reason being the forks compress taking the impact of the jump face. Your bike has just shifted it's momentum from moving forward to now moving forward w/ a nose down attitude.
I think if you keep the power on HARD just as you start on the face of the jump, and (maybe) shift your weight back to lighten the forks, you can get your bike straightend out.
It's tough to practice some of this stuff because a bad move can cost you 2-3 months in a cast.
If possible, start w/ a less brutal kicker jump.
Posted April 21, 2003 - 11:02 AM
Posted April 21, 2003 - 11:15 AM
Posted April 21, 2003 - 11:27 AM
Posted April 21, 2003 - 01:10 PM
Oh and yes I vote for the setting of your rebound correctly..it has dramatic affect on the way your rear end follows the front.
Posted April 22, 2003 - 09:21 AM
Posted April 22, 2003 - 09:53 AM
Posted April 22, 2003 - 10:05 AM
Do you preload and then "bump" as the front tire leaves the bump or the rear? Keeping in mind that the bumps that I am talking about are all LESS than a bike length long. You can visualize them as short lonely whoops.
I think you are correct in your advice and also I think I do need to adjust the rebound, but if you can give me a clearer timing picture I would be interested.
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Posted April 22, 2003 - 10:56 AM