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Old 11-04-2013, 06:36 PM   #1
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THIS is why one needs to know how to loft the front!

And why the fact that its illegal on the road is stupid, but I digress. Didn't get seriously hurt, just sore.

Also, i DONT have video of me killing a jumping cholla about half an hour earlier. That pain was more acute, but shorter lived.

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Old 11-04-2013, 06:37 PM   #2
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Old 11-04-2013, 07:08 PM   #3
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And why the fact that its illegal on the road is stupid, but I digress. Didn't get seriously hurt, just sore.

Also, i DONT have video of me killing a jumping cholla about half an hour earlier. That pain was more acute, but shorter lived.

Ouch.....
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Old 11-05-2013, 03:13 PM   #4
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ouch for sure. glad you were okay!

we've had two riders go over the handlebars in the last year from similar ditches. i've been working on that trials-based bunny hop techique. get the front wheel as high as possible then as you are about to hit the ditch throw your weight forward and back off the throttle. this lifts the rear end up and you can clear surprisingly large gaps on a dirt bike. it even works on a DR650 surprisingly....
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Old 11-05-2013, 04:03 PM   #5
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I hate when that happens.. Kinda off topic, but your bike sounds a little lean in the middle?
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Old 11-06-2013, 03:40 PM   #6
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That or be able to brake within the distance that you can see.
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Old 11-07-2013, 10:36 AM   #7
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I hate when that happens.. Kinda off topic, but your bike sounds a little lean in the middle?
Is it? maybe a touch, cooler weather than when I jetted it. Probably should rasie the needle a notch.

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That or be able to brake within the distance that you can see.
Well the problem is that I didn't realize the ditch was as deep as it was until I was too close to stop. And too unskilled to loft. This weekend: lofting practice.
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Old 11-07-2013, 12:11 PM   #8
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That or be able to brake within the distance that you can see.
yeah. being able to wheelie is a key skill, but even more so is riding at a safe speed for the terrain ahead. any A-level enduro rider will tell ya, don't over-ride your braking ability.
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Old 11-07-2013, 12:16 PM   #9
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Well the problem is that I didn't realize the ditch was as deep as it was until I was too close to stop. And too unskilled to loft. This weekend: lofting practice.
then you are riding too fast. period.
the fast guys are fast because they know the terrain.
how about this weekend practice your panic braking skill 1st!

even if you did loft the wheel properly, that ditch could have bucked your rear up and launched even worse. or the ditch could have been way deeper and wider and a wheelie could have resulted in a broken back.

i sure hope you're ok dude.
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Old 11-07-2013, 03:16 PM   #10
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Steel': thanks for sharing, and I liked the vid clip...good wipe out, hope you're good-to-go
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Old 11-09-2013, 12:36 PM   #11
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even if you did loft the wheel properly, that ditch could have bucked your rear up and launched even worse. or the ditch could have been way deeper and wider and a wheelie could have resulted in a broken back.
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agreed. i should qualify my stuff about ditch jumping by saying you'd want to go out of your way and practice it until you know what you can and can't jump if suddenly confronted on the track with something you can't stop in time for. and yep, if riding the conditions that generally shouldn't happen.
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Old 11-13-2013, 11:40 AM   #12
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Ouch. I think I did something similar at a motocross track. I screwed up a jump and the rest looked and felt like your video.
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Old 11-13-2013, 01:35 PM   #13
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Yow! Glad there was no permanent damage.
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Old 11-13-2013, 08:41 PM   #14
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dang. Sometimes think riding on the street is safer than the dirt..
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Old 11-18-2013, 10:03 PM   #15
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Glad you came out of that relatively unscathed. Looked like a great trail up until your crash. Where is it? Oh, so how did the practice go?
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