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 Post subject: Safe Riding #5 Knee and Heel Grip
PostPosted: Fri May 05, 2006 4:24 pm 
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Knee Grip
Use your knees to hold onto the bike in whoops or other bumps that try to pull the bars forward with a yank. Instead of pulling with your arms and wearing them out, grip with your knees. This absorbs the force with your legs, and keeps your arms from getting worn out. Knee and boot grip is also critical to avoid swapping in the whoops.

Knee grip eases the transition from standing/braking to sitting into a corner. Control your sit-down by pressure on the tank with your knees, so friction controls your sit-down motion (instead of using your arms to control the sit-down).

These correct techniques may not feel right to you at first, but soon enough you’ll develop more control and become much, much better.

Lock your heels in against the frame. Put your insteps on the pegs, and rotate your toes out some. This pressure with your heels helps keep you positioned without having to clamp so hard with your knees. Also, your feet can work the brake and shifter by just rotating in.

Once you learn to peg balance and heel lock, practice on small jumps. Have the bike lift you only with the pegs, not the seat or bars. When you get it right, it helps you relax at takeoff and in the air.

This will help on jump landings too. Unless you stay balanced forward on the bike, throttle on, when landing, you will get yanked and/or jarred on landing, wearing you out and causing arm pump. Watch yourself jumping on video. It will really open your eyes. Stay forward in the air.

Avoid the old school, butt back, arms extended habit. Video cures that. It is absolutely necessary to become a better rider. It keeps you from backsliding into bad habits.

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Avoid the old school, butt back, arms extended habit.


OK... Don't be attacking my namesake bro. :hmm:

Good stuff though. I've been working on this exact technique recently and have noticed arm pump go to pretty much nill. I'll be getting in 4 hours of this technique tomorrow on a private arena cross track. I can't wait. throttle, jump, break, turn repetitively. You don't carry much speed, but it sure makes you learn how to do all aspects rather quickly.

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OK... Don't be attacking my namesake bro. :hmm:

throttle, jump, break, turn repetitively.


Oops, didn't mean to harsh on ya dude :D

Oh, I hope you were kidding about the "breaking" after jumping. That sounds painful :)

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Whoops. Brake rather. :hmm:

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Old School wrote:
Whoops.
Oh, it has whoops too? OK, it is alright to stay back for those. :D

It is ok to have the tail back *old school* look through the whoops. Shoot, even RC does that :D

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As a side note from experiance, this practice will also help keep the rider securely mounted on the machine. After riding alot of desert terrain, I've learned that little bumps get a lot bigger at 50mph or more and holding the bike as stated may earn you some skidmarks on the side # plates, but not a lump on your head!

Practice, practice!!

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Bump to order/sticky these.

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