Steep downhills aggressive square edge bumps/boulders
Posted 12 March 2012 - 12:31 PM
My question is what technique(if any) should I have done to prevent that....I know the best would have been not hitting the rock but it wasn't very visible in the sand.
Posted 13 March 2012 - 06:21 AM
Posted 13 March 2012 - 02:21 PM
Posted 13 March 2012 - 05:17 PM
Posted 13 March 2012 - 05:38 PM
I (kinda) figured out how to ride 1000cc road bikes before I got into dirtbikes.
When I was first learning to ride offroad I realized fast I had better control and confidence in my front brakes than the much more experenced riders that I was learning from.
I use the front brake as well as the rear on very steep down grades.
I'm FAR from a pro enduro rider believe me. I have gone over the bars more than once.
Edited by adam500, 13 March 2012 - 05:41 PM.
Posted 13 March 2012 - 06:10 PM
Posted 13 March 2012 - 07:07 PM
Posted 14 March 2012 - 02:43 PM
Posted 14 March 2012 - 02:51 PM
Posted 14 March 2012 - 02:59 PM
You nailed it. The rear tire couldn't roll over the object because of the brake. Learn to ease up on the brakes when going over obstacles. I also sounds like you may have been covering the front a bit. That rear kick may have caused you to tap the front.
I am learning to just let the bike roll downhill and try to be on the gas if I can. You have to stand up and grip with your knees. When you do that, you can roll downhill almost as fast as you want and handle the obstacles.
We all have been there. As a matter of fact, I still do it!
Posted 14 March 2012 - 03:03 PM
Posted 15 March 2012 - 06:24 AM
LOL We've all been there (and will again from time to time)!
Posted 15 March 2012 - 09:03 AM
Yea somedays things just don't start off right and usually I try and turn em around but end up hurt lol. Lucky this time. Last time I had a day like that we got to the track had a pinch flat...changed the tire there at the track...realized we left rim lock out so changed again....forgot goggles at home so borrowed a buddies.....I was determined to race no matter what lol Long story short dislocated shoulder first lap.
Posted 15 March 2012 - 08:50 PM
Posted 16 March 2012 - 04:49 AM
Not the best idea. Learn to use your rear brakes, thats why they are there.
Edited by dmikel, 16 March 2012 - 04:51 AM.
Posted 16 March 2012 - 03:03 PM
The only time I use that technique is on failed hillclimbs where I have to bulldog the bike back down to a point where I can hop on and ride the bike the rest of the way. Used the technique quite a bit the last time out since we were busting trail and developing some new hillclimbs that hadn't been ridden before on a piece of land my club has access to.
If you're still on 2 wheels and actually riding the bike down, I can't think of 1 scenario where it's better to have a stalled motor and no abilitiy to blip the throttle as needed.
Edited by CBus660R, 16 March 2012 - 03:03 PM.
Posted 17 March 2012 - 01:49 PM
Posted 25 March 2012 - 03:34 PM
Posted 26 March 2012 - 09:10 AM
We go down a few really really long down hills(ears pop from elevation change)...and that is the only time I ever turn off the bike.....I put it in neutral and use only the brakes. Partially because my bike gets hot just idleing for 5min and because I can let go of the cltuch and cut down a little on that arm pump.