1. Short, steep jumps tend to kick the back end up in the air because by the time the rear tire hits the jump, the front tire is already in the air. You really have to be on the gas and even pull back on the bars for short, kicker jumps.
2. When you hit a jump, the front of the bike goes up. The natural inclination is to keep your body in the same position, so the bars come toward you and your wrist rolls forward. A conscious effort and frequently re-gripping the throttle can help this.
3. Like me, you're scared and let off.
When you find the cure for this one, let me know.
Thats a great freestyle move! And the bike seems to be very well trained especially since it was Orins first try. I have seen this trick done before but only with horses in the circus. Do you have to whisper to the bike?
(How does the story end?)
Special-K D X
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Orin was the luckiest man alive that day. He did end up eating most of the front tire and then getting run over by the "very well trained bike". All he received for his spectacular get off was a nasty 5" in dia. bruise on the thigh that hit the bars while returning from orbit. He is doing well and still rides with me as long as there is no flight time involved.
BTW: This was taken by Hi-way 175 in Crandall Tx. A very concerned elderly lady happened to drive by and see this in person and called 911 to the scene. I had captured this on a digital camera for their arrival. The Crandall Police have a print out of this hanging up in the station. We were all hurting pretty bad from laughing so hard.
Orin doesn't sit down much while riding...
I do have some after shots that my son took while we were trying to make sure he was alright. If all of you would like to see those.
Thump aren't you here in dallas. I can call Orin up and see if he will do it again so you can see.
Accually you can open the picture up with winword and see that it is the original by looking at the headers. You know right click on the file after saving it to your desktop. Then choose "open with" choose "notepad" then click yes to the next screen. You should see the date it was taken on and the camera etc.... If it was a fake you would have adobe headers instead of OLYMPUS CAMERA headers.
BTW: I am the fat spode climbing out of the riverbottom in the other pics.
Tex; Maybe Orin and Seth should team up for a Americas Freakiest Home Videos or a "How Not To ...Series. Theres money to be made I hear. (And if they don't live to collect it you just make sure your name is in the fine print somewhere as the owner of the rights)
Well Thump whadya think - Is it live or is it Memorexed?
Special-K D X
It is better to have rode and crashed, than never to have rode at all.
I am not calling anyone a liar but here is why I think it is doctored.
This is a color enlargement of the superman. Notice the pixelation around the body. Yes this can happen when you use JPEG compression. Jpegs have a hard time going from light(sky) to dark(rider) areas, but the same distortion is not occuring around the trees or horizon line, again light to dark.
This is the Red channel of the image. Basically I isolated only the reds that occur in the photo, RGB being a subtractive color format you are looking at a negative. The distortion is again evident.
This is the Green channel of the image. Basically I isolated only the greens that occur in the photo, again you are looking at a negative. The distortion is evident here as well.
This is the Blue channel of the image. Same story...
Another thing that leads me to believe this is a hoax is the lack of a rider shaddow.
As for the headers.... I live in computerland, anything can be done, even headers and it does not take a brain surgeon to do it, it can't, I do it and I am not the brightest bulb on the tree.
Is it a fake? I say yes, but I could be wrong. I would have to see it downloaded from the camera to the computer to beleive it though.
Tex, yep I am in Dallas, going riding Sunday at the Badlands if ya wanna go.
Not a problem. I respect your opinion. I can assure you it wasn't faked. I did notice that it did that after I clicked on "instant fix" in the Camedia software that I used to download the camera. It does the adjustment on the brightness and color. http://www.nuthin.org/phillip has a few more pictures with the same thing on them. Do you know if there is anything I can do to stop that distortion from happening. I am the fat spode in blue on the 99' YZ250
As for riding Sunday, We are going to Murry Lake on Friday evening till Saturday. I will see if I can talk the wife into letting me run out to the badlands on Sunday. If I do I will probably be hurting by Monday morning....
Was up at Lake Murray 2 weekends ago. It was awsome, though trees aint my thing.
The distortion could very well have been caused by the camera making adjustments. In general don't do it, Photoshop is a lot more powerful. Open the uncorrected photo in Photoshop and run the filter "Unsharp Mask" not too much though, you just want to get you edges a little less blurry. Jpeg is what is known as a distructive compression format, it tries to use the fewest colors possible. Blurry edges have thousands of minor gradations in a very small area and as a jpeg it sees the small areas as the least important and will drop those colors first and fill them with other colors it has decided to keep.
Just a thought on the shadow debate...If you look closely you can see that there are definitely two different shadows in the shot. It looks like the sun was directly overhead when it was taken. One shadow is just to the right side of the bike on the ground. There is a small light space in between that shadow and the other one (probably the airborn rider) that is located around the front wheel of the bike. I think it's real. Just my opinion.
"Don't mock me because I ride a green bike!"