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Old 04-23-2014, 05:22 AM   #1
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Dirt riding, enduro & cross training skills

i'm not a hot shot rider but have been inspired by riding with ruben chadwick, australian junior endurocross champion for 2014. he's passed on a pile of tips and researched others to create this website:

cross training: applying trials techniques to dirt riding.

it covers a pile of different techniques, how to set up your bike, and generally apply trials techniques to dirt riding as all the top extreme enduro riders have done. it's also got biographies on jarvis, walker, birch etc and links to their websites.

i'll post the videos and links to the written articles here as we knock up new ones.

BEFORE YOU START
Cross training - an introduction
Which is the best bike for cross training?
Making an endurocross track
Bike setup for cross training
Protective gear
Setting up your suspension


BASIC CROSS TRAINING TECHNIQUES
Develop your balancing skills
Full lock turns
Body positioning for cross training
Braking
Feathering & dropping the clutch
Riding across a camber or slope


INTERMEDIATE CROSS TRAINING TECHNIQUES
Wheelies cross training-style
U-turns & tight corners
How to jump your enduro bike
How to ride in ruts
Riding in rocky creek beds
Hill climbs
Hopping over logs
Balancing at a stand still
Hill climbs



ADVANCED CROSS TRAINING TECHNIQUES
Pivot turns & floater turns
Jumping gaps, ditches and ruts
Flat track turns & power slides


These were put together from a wide variety of sources, including tips from the masters of endurocross and extreme enduro riding: Graham Jarvis, Chris Birch, Jonny Walker, David Knight, Taddy Blazusiak, Dougie Lampkin and Andreas Lettenbichler who are all ex-trials champions - may their names and bikes be blessed forever, amen.


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Old 04-23-2014, 09:14 AM   #2
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Thanks for the links. Looks like good stuff.
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Old 04-23-2014, 10:01 AM   #3
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Nice collection of information...Thanks for putting it together...
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Old 04-24-2014, 02:42 AM   #4
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Great list, thanks for putting it together. The cross training video has some incredible riding in it, I have to try trials....
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Old 04-24-2014, 06:11 AM   #5
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Thanks for taking the time to put this together! I saved the link to this thread for reference.
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Old 04-24-2014, 12:26 PM   #6
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Great list, thanks for putting it together. The cross training video has some incredible riding in it, I have to try trials....
hope the vids and tutorials are useful. the young guy on the ktm 200 is pretty amazing. he's only fifteen and was the junior champion in our state last year.

a national endurocross series only started here in australia this year. he started training only two weeks before the first event and won the junior division. a few months later he took out the national junior title!

it's amazing to film what he can do on that bike given he only started applying these techniques to a dirt bike a few months ago.





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hope the vids and tutorials are useful. the young guy on the ktm 200 is pretty amazing. he's only fifteen and was the junior champion in our state last year.
Very useful, I have been scouring your website. I found a local dirt/trials training facility (www.motoventures.com), going to give it a go (though being the inverse age of this talented young rider, I certainly don't expect to be nearly as nimble ).

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Old 04-25-2014, 12:27 PM   #8
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Great info, thanks.

... now if only I could do that log pivot maneuver on my 990.
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Old 04-25-2014, 12:28 PM   #9
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Thank you for putting the time into this. Nice work and I know there will be plenty of us that will collect from it
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Old 04-26-2014, 09:49 AM   #10
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Thanks for the post!! I have been looking for something like this for a while. I saw the video you had recently posted on youtube. Great channel.
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Old 04-27-2014, 03:33 AM   #11
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thanks for the post!! i'm very knew to this whole dualsport / enduro game and i'm very thankful for every tipp that is out there to improve my riding. the "take it slow" and uturn stuff is what i tried today on an empty parking lot. it sounds easier as it is, definitely have to practice such stuff more often :)

also a cool video, allthough really advanced stuff:

http://youtu.be/HbU43cQiqA0
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Old 04-27-2014, 05:59 AM   #12
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Very useful, I have been scouring your website. I found a local dirt/trials training facility (www.motoventures.com), going to give it a go (though being the inverse age of this talented young rider, I certainly don't expect to be nearly as nimble ).
he's ridiculously talented. to help him out with future sponsorship i strung together a pile of clips of him in action and talking about the cross over between trials and other forms of motorcycling.

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Cool2 Awesome!!!!

Im saving this ...
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Old 04-27-2014, 11:59 PM   #14
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here are the first two tutorials, an intro one on balancing skills and an advanced one on pivot turns...




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latest video on body positioning. i've actually started working this stuff in the adventure riding with good results. er, this is some silly stuff toward the end of the vid though.

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