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I understand that jumping will take a while to learn, but every time I try to get the bike even a little bit off the ground, the bike rolls over the lip of the jump (hill) and my body flies in the direction the bike should be going. I've been told to just give it more gas, but I'm afraid that the bikes going to fly one way and I'll fly another. What is a good (slow) way to ease myself into the art of getting air. I just want to be able to jump a few feet so I can get used to it. Any ideas how to learn this without killing myself?
 
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Your just driving over the top, and not jumping over the top. You need to stand up, weight to the rear, sqeeze the bike with your legs, you can hit the jump slow if you want, but you have to gas it going up and off the top. If your not on the gas, or if you chop the throttle at the top, you will endo. Good luck, wear your gear.
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MY BEST FRIENDS WHEN JUMPING IS THE GAS AND BRAKE. IT JUST TAKES PRACTICE ON KNOWING HOW MUCH GAS TO APPLY AND TO LEARN THE BALANCE OF YOU AND YOUR BIKE. LIKE CAPTAIN MIDNIGHT SAYS, WEAR YOUR GEAR! I HAVE ENDOED AND BROUGHT THE FRONT END UP TO HIGH MANY TIMES. NOW I LIKE TO THINK I LOOK COOL WHEN GETTING AIR. AFTER A WHILE IT BECOMES NATURAL.

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I'm pretty much a newbie myself, but I can say one thing for sure: the mx track isn't the best place to learn. The jumps at my local track are too steep, so you get more height than distance. It doesn't help confidence much seeing kids getting 10' high off these jumps either.

I found the best place to practise jumps was on my parent's farm, where there's grassy mounds of various sizes in one pasture. Jumps where you get 20' of distance, but only 3-4' off the ground are much less nerve wracking than those ones where you have to get 6' or more else you endo. And grass is better than hard dirt to take a spill on
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thanks for the tips fellas. I'm going riding Saturday so I'll let you know if I survive.
 

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yes, I survived. I never really got around to working on jumping too much. I did climb my first "adult size hill" though. I was soooo jacked up that I spent the rest of the day going up it over and over. I didn't have the nerve to come back down it, so I had to make about a 5 minute detour to get back to it again each time, but it all worked out.
 
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Dude just move back on the bike and pin it!

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I Love hillclimbs myself and I have to admit, the downhill part still scares the crap out of me. I'll try the biggest, nastiest hill I can find, but I'll try even harder to find another way down. If there is no other way down, I usually sit at the crest of the hill and pick out my line and say my prayers for about 15 minutes. I know the secret is to just attack it and feather both brakes, but I am still soooo intimidated with going back down the hills. As for jumping, I have given up on that. I have landed a few big jumps, but I have wiped out on more than I've made. The thing with jumps is there are so many different types that require different technique that I just can't master it. I'm only 27, but my body is too old to learn from my mistakes, so I have learned to be content with conquering nasty trails and monster hill climbs.

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You are never too old to learn.
I am 34 and have taken up MX/SX for only the last year. I have gone through the falling more often then not phase and have broken my tailbone jumping.
However, I am getting more confident on jumps of 30 ft or less or on large Table Tops. The big 50ft doubles I have not tried yet.

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I'm 27 too, and just relearning how to ride (switching to a 2 stroke when the last 4 stroke I rode was years ago) I pogoed really bad and took a bar in the chest. It hurt for about a month and a half and I still have a lump. The next purchase I make is something I never thought I'd need. A chest protector, boots, and knee guards. I'm getting too old or something but it takes me twice as long to shake this sort of thing off. Just protect yourself and have at it.

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HAve you seen those Sumu (sp?) Wrestling suits? The ones where they inflate and make you look like you weigh 400+lbs.

Perfect crsh protection.


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I still don't have the nerve to gas it enough to get off the ground. My body wants to fly into the air, but the bike stays low to the ground.
 
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Scott,
Start small. Build a mound of dirt, maybe 2 ft tall. Not to sharp an angle. Practice going over it faster and faster. DOn't just try to goose it as you approacfh it. Work on getting to a particular speed and then maintain a fairly neutral throttle. (I mean the amount of throttle to keep you at that speed but not accelerate).

If you hit the jump with a constant speed, you don't risk jumping too nose high. Work on doig this over and over until you are comfortable with a small single jump. Then you might work on things like more or less throttle to affect your attitude and also how far you launch.

It's really cool to play with an extra blip of throttle to help launch you but don't worry about this until you are comfortable with the jump.


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