Wow, Incredible Help & Advice, From All!!!
Andrzej, and 762SPR,
Good catch & call on the front wheel of my bike just skimming the sloped portion of that log. Thanks for pointing that out; it's much appreciated! Either hitting it slightly lower (from the side I went up in the video), or going to the more round oppoosite side should help compress those forks. Mine weren't really even compressing at all! What a goober I've been! And 762SPR, I got a huge chuckle outta your comment about about
"And don't worry too much about not wheelieing and smacking straight into it... I've done that and it ain't too bad! "
It had me cracking up! [color=#011a4d] [/color]
I actually got to see a a guy at a Poker Run years ago launch himself over a log (w/o his bike!) doing just that. He did the "unweighting thing" to the max, hee hee....
2PLY & Gandalf, You guys really Rock!!!
I've pretty much realized that I haven't had a clue about the "unweighting the rear wheel thing".
I just hope that I can figure out how to do that.....
Gandalf, Excellent advice, sir! My embarassing thing that I have to admit to was that I already thought I was
But you made some very valid points, and my next practice ride, I'm plan on trying everyone's advice! (we have thundershowers & lightning now; it's a "no-ride" afternoon...)
2PLY, Thanks, Man! All your written advice, and that last video (the one with Robert Schwenke; hope I spelled his name right) with the correctly progressing technique & slow mo helped a bunch. Side note: My wife really liked that music in that vid-who dunnit??? (In EDIT: I found it in the text at the bottom of your vid, 2PLY!)
Okay, the inevitable questions:
1. When you unload the weight off the rear wheel, you're pulling up on the bars also?
2. Are the feet supposed to come off the pegs?
3. Is this motion/movement similar to how Ryan Young teaches the Bunny Hop in his dvd? I ask this because I've been scratchin' my head trying to figure out a way to practice this without actually going over a log. Or......
4. In the first video, is Tim purposely stuck on the log? Is that how he learned the way to unweight the rear wheel? Is this what you're describing, Gandalf?)
5. The motion is every bit as much forward as upward? (okay, I did some re-reading, and 762SPR pretty much answered this in his post. 2PLY did also....)
Stroup, I look forward to seein' ya Sunday! You got that big tire for free? How heavy is that thing?
Again, thanks for your patience with all of us Trials Newbies, and especially for your answers & help!
Edited by Mr. Neutron, June 04, 2012 - 06:06 PM.