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  • 3 Step Braking Techniques

    3 Step Braking Techniques

    In motocross your ability to stop or slow down is your right away to speed. Good braking techniques are overlooked by all C riders and many B riders. But braking control is just as important as clutch and throttle control. Both front and rear brakes are equally important but this riding tip is just going to cover the rear brake.

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  • Secrets to Motocross Corner Speed

    Secrets to Motocross Corner Speed

    Free motocross riding tips. Understanding the secrets below will enable you to have a lot more speed and control into and through the corners. Most times what you think you know isn’t enough. Many times the rest of what you need to know has been right there the entire time…you just didn’t recognize it.

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  • Facts about Motocross Riding Skills

    Facts about Motocross Riding Skills

    Free motocross riding tips: Being a descent motocross rider and having fun with it maybe a lot easier and fun than you think. Becoming a successful pro is a lot harder than you think. But let’s face it, most riders want to do well and have fun at an amateur level. The 1% that end up making a living at it, well that’s a whole nother story. What level you end up at, only time will tell. In the mean time everyone has to start somewhere and make improvements one week at a time. And those improvements will come way faster when you know the facts about how to practice.

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  • How to Train for Motocross

    How to Train for Motocross

    Free motocross training tips: It’s no mystery that you have to be in great shape in order to be competitive in motocross. Let’s face it, training off the bike is the hardest thing to do because it’s just plain old hard work. It takes a lot of discipline to keep doing the workouts week after week. So it only makes sense that you would want all the hard work to pay off. In this case, make you a better rider, not just a little better but a lot better. I’ve spent over 30 years with this goal in mind. Not only on myself but for many other pro riders, such as: McGrath, Windham, Lusk, Dowd, Fonseca, Roncada, Jesseman and Villopoto. All these riders combined have won 26 AMA Pro Championships. I’m still doing that, for 5 months in 2013 I trained 28 riders at The Club MX Training Facility in SC, including Geico Honda rider Zach Osborn. At 59 I’m still training like a mad man myself. It’s my passion and I like sharing what I have discovered.

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  • Motocross Braking Control- Front or Rear Brake

    Motocross Braking Control- Front or Rear Brake

    Free motocross riding tip video. Braking in motocross is one of the most important skills to master. Here’s a short video demonstrating how to get in and out of corners faster and with more control. For all the motocross braking skills you need to know go here.

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  • Motocross…how to get and stay fast!

    Motocross…how to get and stay fast!

    As most of you know I’ve made a living training motocross riders how to go fast. I just made another discovery (July 17, 2013) reconfirming what I have always taught. In order to go fast you have to master all the basic techniques (The 55 Absolute Techniques of Motocross)  How did I reconfirm this fact? Well, after I won the 50 Masters class at Loretta’s last year I haven’t ridden much. I’d say maybe about once a week on average. […]

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  • How to Clear Jumps out of Corner

    How to Clear Jumps out of Corner

    Here’s the secrets to clearing those double jumps right out of a corner. Seat bouncing is usually the best techniques to use in these situations.

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  • MX tips on Body Positions and Movements

    MX tips on Body Positions and Movements

    It’s better to keep your elbows up and out away from your sides because it gives you better leverage factors over the bike. Try this simple test to feel the difference. Sit on your bike and hold the handlebars with a low grip and low elbows. Then move your upper body back and forth as hard as you can, then do the same from side to side. Now grab the handlebars with a high over grip and high elbows. Perform the same two tests. Which way feels like you have more leverage over the bike? And keep in mind that factor multiplies when you stand up.

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  • MX Riding Tip, How To Stick Your Landings

    MX Riding Tip, How To Stick Your Landings

    Consistently hitting your landings just right takes a lot of practice. You have to learn what gear, revs, speed and how hard to hit a jump in order to stick your landing. Two important techniques to practice are launching a jump or absorbing a jump. When launching you help the compression and rebound by spiking your body weight into the footpegs upon compression and then lift your weight out of the footpegs upon rebound. This technique gives you more height and distance.

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  • Getting sideways by accident on motocross jumps

    Getting sideways by accident on motocross jumps

    Getting sideways off mx jumps when you don’t intend to is 9 times out of 10 because you’re hitting an uneven face upon take off. Think of a quad when it jumps off an uneven face; like where the two left wheels are higher than the two right wheels, your going to get sideways big time. It’s the same kind of an affect with a M/C. If there is a rut, a dished out area, a little rock or anything uneven about the place where the tires actually leave the ground it’s going to make you go sideways.

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  • Motocross Whoops Techniques

    Motocross Whoops Techniques

    There are three different techniques for whoops.

    A. Jumping through the troughs of the whoops.

    B. Front wheel placement.

    C. Skimming the tops of the whoops.

    Some key points to practice are;

    – When jumping and doing “Front Wheel Placement” keep your weight off of the handlebars. When “Skimming” there is some of your body weight going onto the handlebars when the front wheel makes contact just before the top of each whoop.

    – Clutch and throttle control along with body movements are what gives you control.

    – Keep the balls of your feet on the foot-pegs.

    – Your handgrip should be in the accelerating position (high over grip). This is so your body movements can work through your whole range of motion over the bike.

    – Hold onto the bike with your knees.

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  • How to ride motocross ruts (Berms)?

    How to ride motocross ruts (Berms)?

    Riding mx ruts (berms) well is an advanced technique. When dealing with these deep rutted lines in the track there is little to no room for error. To do it correctly you have to have all the basics down and have a lot of seat time under your helmet. Some of the keys to pay attention to are; getting lined up ahead of time for the entrance of the rut, controlling the front and/or rear brakes until the transition (where you go from braking to accelerating) then controlling the clutch and throttle and controlling the lean of the bike.

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  • Motocross Inspiration!!!

    Motocross Inspiration!!!

    From an article in “Inside Motocross Magazine” with some of my additions. Motocross riders are like one big family who share a unique fun loving life style. A life style consisting of all life’s up, downs, risks, challenges, defeats and victories. In motocross money talks and BS walks. There is no truer measure of one’s abilities than the starting gate and the checkered flag. Bikes change colors and styles, go from 2 shocks to 1, from right side up forks […]

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  • What are the Differences Between 2 and 4 Strokes

    What are the Differences Between 2 and 4 Strokes

    Ever since sometime in the early 80s two strokes have put to good use the development of a power valve in the exhaust port. This power valve has smoothed out the hit of the two stroke’s power band a great deal. But in order to get a lot of horsepower out of that two stoke engine they still have a certain amount of hit to the power band. This is the biggest difference between the two and four stroke. The four stroke is just smooth tractor like power right off idle all the way upstairs. This is why the four strokes depend less on the clutch and more on throttle control. You don’t have to help it into the power with the clutch nearly as much as with the two strokes.

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  • Free Motocross Tip  “How to get the Holeshot”

    Free Motocross Tip “How to get the Holeshot”

    Starts are sort of like gun fighting. A gun fighter has to be quick on the draw but at the same time he has to be smooth and have a good aim in order to hit the target before the target hits him. In motocross you also have to be quick and at the same time you have to be smooth with your clutch and throttle control and your body movements. If you mess up at least you won’t get shot but you may get run over in the first corner. There are three important aspects of the start. The single most important aspect of the start is the clutch. Excellent clutch control is the key. The other two aspects are throttle control and body movements. Let’s look at each one separately and all the detailed techniques that go with them.

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