When I first got my bike and began riding, I didn’t know the first thing about braking and had no idea which techniques would be best. In fact, I would mostly just sit down — needless to say, my junk took a tremendous beating. This isn’t exactly what I would call fun. As I kept riding, I would notice a number of more experienced riders lead into corners. After talking to them and getting some practice in, I began to employ some of the following techniques as I braked and eased around corners.
Here are some important tips:
Don’t forget about line selection. The harder the section of ground the better, so make sure that you keep this in mind whenever possible.
• Put your bike in the most ideal central standing position, making sure that you lean your weight toward the back
• Squeeze your knees together firmly in order to get a grip on your bike. This way, you won’t have to worry about your foot sliding off of the pegs when you are riding across bumpy land.
• When possible, make sure that you are using your front and back breaks in conjunction with each other. You will always have your front brake doing the bulk of the work since that is where your momentum is going. When doing this, be careful not to lock up your wheels, because this can have you get into a nasty spill, creating injuries.
Make sure that you always downshift in gear as you are slowing your momentum. When you do this, it will also put you in the right gear when you need to speed out of a corner that you are turning.
The greatest tips for beginning riders
if you are a beginner, make sure that you pinpoint some flat ground. From here, you will be able to gently apply your front brake so that it begins to lock up on you. When this happens, all you need to do is boost the throttle so that the bike is not stall out. At the locking point, make sure that you release the break and continuously repeat this. This will help you get a comfort level for the bike and all of its mechanisms. This way, you will be in a better position to try it on the open road.
A great riding tip for riders who are more experienced
When he returns are tight, you should employ a break slide. This is also a lot of fun! Make sure that you lock up your back wheel as you slide forward. This will create it. That allows you to move toward your direction, at which point you can boost the throttle and accelerate.
Article by dirtbikinguniversity.com