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

not a lot of work on so thought i'd start stitching together some how enduro skills with a trials flavor (hence the cross training tag). all the text versions are below and will slowly do video versions too.

some of this stuff is useful for adventure riding, i know i've been riding the DR650 better in gnarly terrain since taking up trials.

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

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


INTERMEDIATE CROSS TRAINING TECHNIQUES
Wheelies cross training-style (Click here for the text file)
U-turns & tight corners (Click here for the text file)
How to jump your enduro bike (click here for the text file)
How to ride in ruts (click here for the text file)
Hill climbs & ascents
Downhills & drop offs
Riding in soft sand
Riding in mud
Riding over rocky ground
Mid-speed turns & cornering


ADVANCED CROSS TRAINING TECHNIQUES
Pivot turns & floater turns (click here for the text version)
Hopping logs & up rock ledges
Jumping gaps, ditches & ruts
Using a kicker to jump obstacles
Riding over whoops
Flat track turns & power slides (click here for the text version)

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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Old 04-30-2014, 02:30 PM   #15
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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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