Nice one! Keep em coming A follow on topic for positioning (especially
standing up) Bar Risers. My arms and sometimes back get very taxed on huge
rides were I am required to stand for long periods. Had a crack at a bike
that had them and it felt nice. Thinking of getting a set for the CRF now
One more thing, sorry, and you might be planning it as a separate lesson,
is the weighting of the pegs and counterbalancing and using the legs
against the bike too. That’s related to position but probably needs a
Thanks for the tips. Standing is definitely helpful. It also lowers the
center of gravity on the bike and keeps things more stable. One thing that
I think would add to the value of these kinds of lesson videos is a
demonstration of the technique you are describing. The seeing eye is a
better pupil than the hearing ear. Keep up the good work!
Great video! At a riding class I recently took, the instructor had us
practice riding position, sharp standing turns, and riding in sand. I need
to put a video of it together, but basically, ride up in the seat cradle,
and get up on the pegs often. While up, bend your arms and keep an
aggressive stance. Keep your eyes up. Look forward, not down. Squeeze the
bike with your legs and use your knees to steer your bike (like a skier
points his knees to turn). Hold your handlebars with flexibility to guide
them, but steer mostly with your legs and weight. In sand, get up on the
pegs and lean back. Give it constant throttle plus some and you will glide
right through it.
Good stuff man, as always!!! Wonder if my buddy Joey knows the Baja Beast,
he has done the Baja 1000 a couple times. You can also weight the inside
peg to help initiate turns while standing, but if the turn is anything more
than 45 degrees I usually sit down and point with the inside leg.
Good video! A couple of comments… One is that the right spot to sit on a
bike most of the time is over the center of gravity. That way, as the bike
bounces, it’s rotating around a point that you are close to. That keeps you
from being bounced too much. It’s like a see-saw: the place you don’t get
bounced is the pivot point.
Why is not bouncing good? It’s harder to control the bike when you are
being thrown all over the place and it makes the suspension work harder,
handling your weight.
Where is that center of gravity? Somewhere around the center of the engine
like at the back and bottom of the cylinder(s). Straight up from there is
almost on the tank as you said!
The other thing is that a good rider looks like a strand of over-cooked
spaghetti draped over the bike. By that I mean, a good rider never looks
tensed. His shoulders and back are always a little droopy looking and his
joints are relaxed. This means when the bike kicks, twists, and bucks he’s
not wasting energy resisting it. He’s like a surfer on a big wave: smooth
moves and going with the flow.
Not resisting the bike also means he’s not adding to the energy inputs the
bike is having to deal with. I’ve seen more than one wreck where the bike
and rider looked like a cowboy on a bucking bronco and, once the rider was
flung off, the bike smoothed out and rolled away on its own.
I started riding in 1972; my friends and I always had a saying that made
people look at us twice but it’s true “the bike doesn’t want to fall down
any more than you do”. By that we mean, don’t fight the bike. Tell it where
you want it to go with a gentle application of the bars, throttle, and
weight shifting but don’t fight it, if it goes a little sideways along the
way, that’s fine. The gyroscopic effects in the wheels and pure momentum
will make everything stable again, if you relax.
Great tips. For me the trickiest bit is accurate braking and shifting while
standing. I tend to get all panicky if I’m standing and need to brake
suddenly for a turn, or downshift for some quick engine braking.
Very good information video.Last season My son and I bought DR650’s to ride
and its been awhile since i rode a off road bike and this helped. Check
them out on his channel if you get a chance
I think the only exception to the “over the tank” body position is on big
bikes in soft sand. Even a bike like my DR will completely plow itself into
the sand if you put too much weight on that front tire. For soft sand, I
think the accepted technique is to get your weight on the back to help it
dig in and then gas the living daylights out of it to muscle through. I’m
sure smaller bikes can skate right across it though lol. Definitely one of
the things I don’t pay enough attention to when I’m out there so the
reminder is always great.
Great video man glad you showed baja dude video again that boy is a beast
he can ride I love watching him go through there full blast with total
control the whole time even where he should have crashed but didn’t because
he knows how to ride and truly becomes 1with his bike