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 Post subject: Help Paul, I'm SO Confused About Standing
PostPosted: Fri Jan 29, 2010 6:44 pm 
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Where should my feet be placed when standing up?

I've heard ride on your heel so you can pivot your toe in to hit the brake or shift. But that not only seems harder,but people warn that you'll catch your toes on trails. Plus this places your knees away from the bike.

I heard ride on your arches and you just kinda cover the brake and shifter. This is easier, and while I'm not "riding" the brake, I have knocked my bike out of gear a time or two.

Then I heard ride on the balls of your feet. This seems easiest and more shock absorbing, Also it'll save your toes on trails, but people say not to do so while jumping or you'll hurt your ankles. Also then you have to move your foot forward to do any braking or shifting.

This seems very elementary,but when you're getting riding advice from a dozen different sources, sometimes you wonder what's right. Figured I'd finally get it straight from the MAN himself. ::up::


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 Post subject: Re: Help Paul, I'm SO Confused About Standing
PostPosted: Fri Jan 29, 2010 7:11 pm 
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BTW, the thread and video that started this was this - viewtopic.php?f=5&t=40091

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 Post subject: Re: Help Paul, I'm SO Confused About Standing
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Jeff and I are saying balls of your feet...but he (Jeff) said to look through the magazines and see where the riders were placing their feet.

Funny story, he was looking through the mag pics and asked me what was the same in every picture. He had noticed that in every pic, every rider had their fingers on the cluch - usually engaged - way more often than the brake.


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 Post subject: Re: Help Paul, I'm SO Confused About Standing
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You should ride on the balls of your feet, and move your feet forward to shift or brake. BUUUUUT... there are always exceptions to the rule, one of the most common being when you need to cover the brake pedal, working it on and off in tricky situations.

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Funny story, he was looking through the mag pics and asked me what was the same in every picture. He had noticed that in every pic, every rider had their fingers on the cluch - usually engaged - way more often than the brake.

"Momentum is your friend" and "The clutch is your friend" - two of my favorite sayings when coaching! :)

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 Post subject: Re: Help Paul, I'm SO Confused About Standing
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Awesome! Thanks for finally clearing that up.
Appearantly I'm not the only curious one as this thread got over 60 views. :p

And thanks Konaku, but we only have sportbike magazines and I don't think I'm supposed to drag a knee in dirt corners ;)


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 Post subject: Re: Help Paul, I'm SO Confused About Standing
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BTW, the more you make momentum your friend and the clutch your friend, the less you will need to move your foot up to the shifter. Instead of downshifting for a turn or short hill, use the clutch and throttle instead, anytime you can, and you will be a lot smoother rider. Shifting up or down can often upset the bike a little, as well as your position on the bike. Smoother = faster + less energy expended. ::up::

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go to youtube and watch no noise motocross and he will show you the right way to do things.... Would have posted the link but there is adult language in it

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 Post subject: Re: Help Paul, I'm SO Confused About Standing
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I learned riding on the balls of my feet works best for me... when I first started riding and didn't know how to place my feet - If I was on my heels I would go over jumps and my right foot kept coming down on the brake; almost sending me over the handlebars! I've since learned getting sent over the handlebars is not the best thing to do on a dirtbike ::duh:: lol

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SSGHopkins wrote:
go to youtube and watch no noise motocross and he will show you the right way to do things.... Would have posted the link but there is adult language in it


"Allow me to demonstrate." ::screwy:: LOL


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SSGHopkins wrote:
go to youtube and watch no noise motocross and he will show you the right way to do things.... Would have posted the link but there is adult language in it


"Allow me to demonstrate." ::screwy:: LOL



Jason, we could film a better video than that kid.

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 Post subject: Re: Help Paul, I'm SO Confused About Standing
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yes we could and on the 20th we will show it lol

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 Post subject: Re: Help Paul, I'm SO Confused About Standing
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ReXRacer wrote:
Paul Wright wrote:
Smoother = faster + less energy expended. ::up::


Kinda like, "slow is smooth....smooth is fast" when referring to pistol drawing among shooters.


...or autocross car racing...


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