I did my first REAL jump today!!!

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And almost my first endo! The biggest jump ive done before today was just barely a foot of air. I found some jumps at a friends, they were about 3-4 ft tall. My first attempt, i hit it in 2nd, and let off before I hit it.. NEVER DO THIS!!! My front end just dropped! I somehow saved it, but i did a little nose wheelie for about 10yards! Then I finally got used to it, and hit it in 3rd pinned, and I got about 10 feet of air. It was sweet! Im sure you guys are thinking "10 feet? thats it?" :D I think its pretty good for my first time, and only been on a real dirtbike for 4 monthes (and 2 were very snowy)

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Good feeling isn't it? Gotta be careful letting off the gas don't ya?
What kind of jump was it? Did it have a landing or was it one of those that throws you up and from there your on your own?
Look at all the question marks I've left!

I remember the 1st time I really caught some air, my daughter said "wow dad," you jumped as hi as the trailer. Of coarse from her angle that was about 5' hi and about 30' in distance. It was great at the time and it keeps getting better. It's a good idea to video your riding and look at it to see how you can do it better. The 1st jump is the hardest I think and you learn how the bike and you react and then it really gets to be a rush.

Congrats on you accomplishment.

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Cool.

As for me I am still thinkin about my first jump lol......Why, you ask? I am scared shi#less to try it. I have seen so many people eat dirt on there first one....but someday I will do it.

I hear the advice of "not letting off the throttle"

Anything else?

Thanks


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don't give to much throttle, I just went of my jump gassing it right while I was going off of it and I almost looped it, its scary when you're about 10 feet high and your bike is verticle.

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Originally posted by Rob_43:
Anything else?
Depending on what type of jump, you need to be standing in the attack position (most likely), elbows up, back slightly arched, knees bent, keep your wrist parallel(sp) with your arms, grip the bike with your knees and ankles and hold a consistant throttle till you are airborn. You can manipulate the bike in the air with your body and if the front is too low gas it, if the front is too hi pull in the clutch and tap the rear brake. Get back on the gas when you land so you are not thrown over the bars, a body in motion tends to stay in motion even if the bike doesn't.

It's ok to land slightly on the front wheel 1st as long as your back on the gas but be prepared when you get traction, it can pull you off the back if your not ready.

Good luck and I hope my description didn't bore you.

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I'm not much of a jumper, but I DO know to gas-it if you're coming down nose first, and hit the back brake if you're going nose high.
The higher you go, the more time you have to think about these things, and to pull off a tear-off, or wave to the croud (only in my dreams lol).

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Its a great feeling! The jump didnt have a landing to it, but the landing was downhill. So it was kinda nice.

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Saturday was my first sucessful real jump too. I want to tell everyone. Even about the rightous endo I did trying to show off to everyone. Thankfully it was a soft part of the dunes I landed in. What made my jumps sucessful was my buddies advice. He said to let the bike do all the work while launching and in the air. Wow those three feet of air really felt like 50. Congrats on the accomplishmant.
Zack

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Like some others here I don't claim to be a jumper but I can remember my first jump well because it was not long ago. My advice would be attack position, 2nd gear, not too fast so that you then feel comfortable to accelerate up the face of the jump. If you start off fast then you will have a tendency to panic and throttle off just at the wrong moment at the top of the jump. It is the acceleration more than the speed that determines your take off angle.Watch others and pick a jump that seems to offer a long floating jump rather than a high jump. My first jump ? Too fast, panicked, throttled off, kissed the front wheel, somehow fell back onto the seat, gassed it while falling, wheelied and flipped over backwards ! Couldn't stop laughing for ages. Great feeling on each jump thereafter and never stopped learning. The most important piece of advice, and the hardest, relax.

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Jumping is fun! If it wasn't for jumping, I'd quit riding. Well, maybe not, but they are a big part of riding for me. I have a table top as my jump so the landing is flat but it's good to get used to my new bike. I started tearin' it up tonight. I had a friend watching. He says I'm getting about 7 to 8 feet up in the air and about 15-20 of distance. That's alot more than I was able to do on my XR...safely. About a week ago I turned spode and tried to jump all the way across my table top (35 feet across, dumb huh?) and my suspension just didn't hold out so I landed and the bike bucked me off. It hurt, I got a huge gash on my arm but I had some air! The tips about revving to bring up the front end and pulling the clutch in and hitting the rear brake work but that only works if you're in the air long enough for your brain to figure it out. I probably have enough time to do it, I just don't. :). I've found that if you sit a litte back on the bike you can keep the front end from wandering up and down and land flat, or in my case, the front wheel lands just a little before the rear. Try this out a couple times and get positioned where you can get the bike to land in the position you want it to. It might take a couple times to get it where it's most confortable. It works for me. This actually works, just don't get too far back or forward.

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I was actually getting in the air this past Friday. Only about 2/3 feet, but hey you have to start somewhere. Later in the day after hitting this same jump, I decided it was time to step it up a notch. Well, here I go, about 3/4 of teh way in 3rd. Going pretty fast, position was perfect, speed was good, but forgot one thing. I let off the throttle and like everyone said, landed nose first. I didn't wipe out, the bike didn't buck me off, but DAMN does my neck hurt. I have no idea how high I was, or how far I went. I'm guessing about 6 feet up and maybe 15 feet long. I also landed in a rut, that didn't help. But I felt pretty comfortable. This weekend the video camera is coming out, so if I have the *cough* balls *cough* to try it again. Maybe you guys can critique me :)



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I remember my first real jump. It was about a year ago on the first day I got my KDX. I was riding it up to a 45 degree slope that went up maybe 3 feet. I was just coasting up over it and maybe lifting the front tire. I was going half 1/4 throttle in first. So I wondered what would happen if I hit it at half throttle in 1st.

I came up to the jump at half throttle, but I forgot the first gear part. I was in second. I was going up the ditch and gunned it. I must have flown 4 feet in the air, and only about 8 feet foreward, all while pointing almost strait at the sky. When I got in the air, I paniced and let off the gas, then as I came down I hit with the rear wheel first and landed hard. The front end started to come down but I somehow panic-grabbed the throttle and floored it. It lifted the front end back up again and I rode a wheelie until I could get my head together and let off the gas.

Wow! I will always remember that one. My brother-in-law watched it happen and was laughing too! It was pretty funny now that I think about it. But it was one scary ride for about the 4 seconds that it lasted.

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I remember my first jump. It was right before the winter and I was so amazed that i could jump. I dragged my yuppie dad out of the truck and made him watch me do my jump which got about 2 feet off the ground for about 10 feet. He was underwhelmed and that really pissed me off. So i got my friend to show me how to jump and i am really good at this one with about 25 feet between the gap and 12 feet of height. My dad was to "yuppied up" to come out of the truck and watch this one. I bet he thinks that i am jumping 3 feet now. Ohh well he'll know what hes missing when i ty him to the truck bring out the dirtbike and forge his signature on the application then tie him to a fence post near the track. He will see the light and understand baseball is boring as heck compared to the most amazing sport in the world. Im talking about harness racing! Jk mx more like it

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I'M FAIRLY NEW TO JUMPING ALSO BUT I HAVE FOUND THAT WHEN YOU HIT A JUMP YOU NEED TO BE CENTERED ON THE BIKE ON THE GAS AND AFTER YOU HIT THE JUMP DEPENDING ON THE POSITION OF THE BIKE INDICATES WHAT YOU NEED TO DO.
IF YOU START TO COME DOWN ON THE FRONT END STAY ON THE GAS IT WILL LEVEL THE BIKE OUT AND IF YOU START TO COME DOWN ON THE BACK TIRE HIT THE REAR BRAKE AND IT WILL BRING THE FRONT WHEEL DOWN AFTER A WHILE IT BECOMES LIKE SECOND NATURE.

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