learn to ride trials series

Discussion in 'Trials' started by B1, Feb 19, 2014.

  1. B1

    B1 Carbon-based bipedal

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    we had enough video footage in our club to start stitching together some learning trials videos for our members here in australia. the vids are getting a lot of views around the world so we are keeping them fairly general but making it clear when the australian rules etc might vary compared to other countries. more will be added throughout 2014.

    the text for all of these can be printed out from the website here if needed.

    GENERAL TRIALS INFORMATION
    Setting up your trials bike
    How to walk a section
    Pre-competition mechanical inspection & other pre-ride check lists
    How to spot for another trials rider
    Building man made obstacles & a practice course


    BASIC TRIALS TECHNIQUES
    Balancing on a trials bike
    Full lock turns and pivot turns
    Body positioning
    Wheelies on a trials bike
    Riding in rocky terrain and creek beds
    Riding in soft sand
    Ride with confidence


    INTERMEDIATE TRIALS TECHNIQUES
    Intermediate balancing skills
    Double blips and zaps
    Hopping the rear wheel
    Hopping the front wheel
    Using the bashplate (or skidpan)
    Steep climbs & ascents
    Steep descents & drop offs
    Creek beds & wet rocks


    ADVANCED TRIALS TECHNIQUES
    How to splatter (or splat)
    Holding pressure
    How to do floater turns
    Jumping gaps
    Flip turns
    Hopping for traction


    EXAMPLES OF SECTIONS IN VARIOUS GRADES
    these are specific to queensland australia but should still serve as a general guide. i'm told that within australia queensland clubs tend to make sections a bit harder compared to other states.
    Intro grade
    Clubman grade
    C grade
    A & B grades


    CROSS TRAINING: TRIALS TECHNIQUES ON DIRT BIKES
    A lot of guys suggested a series on cross training as Graham Jarvis and most of the top extreme enduro riders are ex-trials champions who recommend cross training to apply trials techniques on their enduro bikes. I've just started the series here.

    This is our intro video to the trials series...
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  2. laser17

    laser17 Been here awhile

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    Nice Job! Always a great idea to have videos to help folks get started on the right foot. (or peg)
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  3. B1

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    thanks. i'm posting it as text as well on the western districts trials club website here. if i missed anything critical in the vid i can always add it into the text version.
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  4. slicktop

    slicktop Been here awhile

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    Nice vid. Keep em coming.
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  5. lamotovita

    lamotovita Ageing Adventurer

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    Nicely done.
    Clearly you guys aren't promoting no stop Trials.
    I've always thought that there should be a video showing novice riders having fun in sections. I've talked to lots of prospective riders that are intimidated because think they'll be expected to climb six foot walls in their first event.
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  6. B1

    B1 Carbon-based bipedal

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    yep, we don't know if down under this will be our final year of stopping or not, most in the club aren't keen to swing that way.

    i think you hit the nail on the head. there are plenty of trials dvds floating around but it can be discouraging watching the top riders do every move effortlessly. especially one vid i remember he whips the bike around on the rear wheel and says "see? it's easy!" :lol3

    i also posted a series of vids showing examples of each grade so noobs won't think they'll be doing those six foot jumps straight away. the intro section vid is here.

    here's the next one, just put it up yesterday....

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  7. Chuckracer

    Chuckracer Jerkus Maximus

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    Excellent! Thank you! This will come in very handy this summer!!
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  8. TE 450 Pilot

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    This is great, thanks :clap
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  9. motojunky

    motojunky Professional Idiot

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    Very nice!
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  10. B1

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    just posted the first vid on advanced techniques. i've set up the channel here with basic, intermediate and advanced sections so our club members (and anyone else) can sort through the stuff they want easier.

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  11. Lotus54

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    I like the training vids- even if the skills are way beyond me.


    I did my first trial recently (never even been to one). The Novice course was all about balance and turning- only quite small logs to ride over- no big deal at all.
    Just to encourage others, here is a sample of a very raw novice (me) on a novice section. It did have a couple off camber tight turns (snow made it more interesting) but the worst thing would be you put a foot down. No scary cliffs or anything. I didn't know what to expect at all. It was great because much was like what I ride all the time on trails.
    (I even won't be class!)

    http://youtu.be/8_sBd6LKRtU


    I'm not sure how to imbed video with this forum.
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  12. Wallrat

    Wallrat Been here awhile

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    Love the vids! Just got my 1st trials bike a couple weeks ago and these are definitely useful. Have the bike in 20 pieces right now to bring it up to my standard but as soon as it's whole again I'll be back to practicing. :clap
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    Great stuff! Please keep them coming. :deal
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  14. B1

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    cool, i only started six months ago and still remember the struggle just to balance on the bike... last weekend i suddenly realised a few times i hopped the rear wheel up on to a log and balanced there for a while without even thinking about it.

    it's great when it all starts coming together... :clap

    if anyone wants the text, i've put that on the trials site here along with the videos. here's the latest one i just uploaded.

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  15. motobene

    motobene Motoing for 44 years

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    Very nice videos. Lots of right verbal and slow-mo detail for how to do the techniques well.

    Love the down undah accent too, like 'guy-ro-scopic' effect :clap
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  16. Huzband

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    Good stuff right there. A great complement to the Ryan Young vids I have. Love the humor , too. That's awesome! :lol3
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  17. B1

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    :lol3 i was thinking of doing the fake yank accent i tried in my DR650 vs KTM video but apparently i sounded like a drunk texan!

    kind of went overboard on the humour (or humor in your hemisphere) in that video too....
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  18. B1

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    just posted the latest vid...

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    i'm really having trouble with the double blip, i keep chickening out of landing the front wheel into logs to get the suspension compressed and get some decent lift. :cry
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  19. Purch23

    Purch23 Dirtbiker

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    Wow, great videos! I'm fixin to learn me some double blips quite soon. Still working on the basics though.
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  20. ridenm

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    I'm thinking this thread would make a good sticky.
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