THIS is why one needs to know how to loft the front!

Discussion in 'Face Plant' started by SteelJM1, Nov 4, 2013.

  1. SteelJM1

    SteelJM1 Undercover KTM rider

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    Sure does. Wish i didn't have to work for a livin cause then i'd practice more! As far as the 'berg, yeah. Thing's unreal. Any failures of offroading adventures can be atrributed 100% my fault. There's very little this bike can't do, so it's never the bikes fault when something goes wrong.

    Otherwise, yeah, I've been trying to get the practice in while riding. I liked and have taken COX650's advice on doing little power/clutch wheelies whenever while riding to just get the feel for it. As I get better I think i'll be able to loft that front in ever shorter sections of straight trail. Then loft in slick conditions, so on and so forth. Perhaps I'll even be able to get the slow balance point wheelie down someday.

    I'm really thrilled about getting back to offroading where one can practice and push limits and learn and crash without getting TOO hurt (hopefully). Street riding.. with the bikes and traffic these days, it's tough to push those limits without losing one's license or life.
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  2. robtassie

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    May be I,m missing something here ..but isnt coming off on dirt all part of trail riding .I couldnt count how many times I have been thrown or come off in the bush and it was all good fun . lol Most times probably was rider error but hey thats dirt bikes. most people seem to push the comfort zone in dirt .[ its inevitable ..guaranteed ] even the best come off on dirt to many variables and the unknown .
    skills can be gained for sure but coming off especially on dirt ..all part of dirt bikes.
    lifting the front is skill but also getting it down in a hurry or stop yourself from over balancing / [tap the back brake lightly ] while in mid air will do this .180 360 on the spot turns [donuts ] helpful in tight tracks and bit of fun ..using the rear wheel slide to change directions Need to be standing on pegs to do this. good for steep slow descents combining engine drag ..
    Balance is most important on any bike but critical on dirt bikes.. good luck ..
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  3. ObiJohn

    ObiJohn Screaming Banshee

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    I don't think falling is the best way to learn. Practicing slowly enough to get and groove the action is the best way, and considerably shortens the learning curve. I personally don't mind trying out new things, but I'm not going to push to beyond my current abilities... I'll be approaching them but not exceeding them. That is how you get better, more quickly. And it saves on the insurance deductibles and bike repair bills, too.
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  4. GR8ADV

    GR8ADV Pow right in the kisser

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  5. robtassie

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    I don't think falling is the best way to learn...

    No one is saying its the best way to learn . by staying in your comfort zone is very slow learning curve .Best way to learn is ride with more experienced riders /friends ..and push your self past the comfort zone that little bit each time .Or a dirt riders course ..?
    Why are the kids who start riding at early age so experienced at early teens ?
    simply because they very little fear ...they constantly push there limits.
    My opinion is dont buy an expensive bike to learn on ..Very simple .
    Really ..Definitely not a good way to learn
    a] Always stay in a comfort zone for fear of damaging it.
    [ harley rider on dirt ] :lol3
    Was your first car a top of the range /expensive car ?
    The odds are simple
    [ IF YOU RIDE BIKES OFTEN ..AT SOME POINT IT IS INEVITABLE YOU WILL HAVE SOME TYPE OF ACCIDENT.]
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  6. chrisparker966

    chrisparker966 Adventurer

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    Here's the view from the other angle

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZojxA6XzmzI
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