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  1. Double post
  2. If you assume bike weight to be 250 lb, that 50% difference in rider weight is only a 19% difference in combine rider /bike weight. Noticeable? Yeah. But in practice it makes little difference for amateurs. On 90 percent of jumps, if you can corner well , you can over jump so far to flat it's disgusting. Even if your on the husky side, weight isn't going to hold you back.
  3. Sitting allows you to lean the bike over further. The more you are leaned the faster you can change direction ie turn. This is most effective when you have something to bank off of, like a rut or berm.
  4. Op said he only trail rides. So this may be one of those situations where you just have to twist it in 1st gear. Cutting the corner isn't a bad idea to get the jump figured out if it's possible
  5. So here is some physics for you. You are pulled down at the same rate regardless of weight. Acceleration from gravity is constant and independent of mass. As soon as your rear tire leaves the face. Your weight makes no difference in the actual air part of jumping. What happens on the jump face and the few bike lengths before the lip are what determine your parth. Speed, suspension rebound and body movements are what control your trajectory. If your cornering at the same speed as you friends, and they are jumping further then you, then it's probably them being on the gas harder and leaving the lip going faster then you. You being heavier does mean your bike wont accelerate as fast as light riders, but that isn't relevant to amateur riders. The speed difference between 450's and 300's isn't going to be enough to make one jump further then the other due to power. so don't worry, it's not the bike.
  6. Rev out 1st gear further
  7. 2nd gear is the most commonly used choice.
  8. It keeps your arms in a good position to resist any forces you will receive from the bars. The one it makes the biggest difference with is probably forces directly into the fork under forward acceleration. Elbows down and i picture a kangaroo trying to ride a bike, there aren't any pictures. your not using your shoulders and core.
  9. I was sure it wouldn't seize back when I was on two stroked and purposely tried to get it too. It never did and I've never heard of it happening in practice. You don't have to worry about it.
  10. Sandy loamy tracks and necessity. I don't ever get 3 months out of them and my budgit isn't very large.
  11. Yeah their done by 30 hours if I'm riding mx. I'll stretch it to 40 hours if I'm riding off-road.
  12. I've found the oring chains stretch just as fast as the normal chains. I just use the normal chains and do more maintainance. They always last about as long as my rear tires.
  13. Elbows are easy to keep up IF the rest of your body is in the correct position. If you are having issues, not being able to keep them up is a byproduct of your issue, not the issue it's self. Things like leaning too far back, standing up strait and not hinging at your hips and knees, too tall of bars, ect. Will all make it harder to get your elbows up. It's also more difficult for tall people
  14. Suspension set up and practice. If the most difficult sections your riding are on the race courses, your not really going to improve in what ever deficiencies your struggling with in those sections. You have to find equally difficult sections or worse sections with the same features on non race days, isolate the sections and put in work. The best guys find the best places to practice, ride different places often with different people and travel. It's not just ignoring consequences.
  15. My guess is you are miss timing your standing to sitting transition. In sand you need two things, entry speed and lean. You should be standing in the higher speed section leading into the corner. Stay standing as you start to brake, this is the only time you will want to get have your weight back at all. As you get close to the apex you will start braking less and leaning more. Just as you let off the brakes you transition to sitting. Sit as far forward as possible, up against the tank. Sitting and being forward will allow you to pull the the bike down and get it leaned over as much as possible, and puts you in the right position to roll on the throttle smoothly and accelerate out of the corner.