AJ: keep head over bars over big gaps - why

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8/30/2021 5:40 AM

In one of his latest vids AJ mentioned that he teaches all riders to keep their heads above the crosspad or further forward when hitting large jumps. Can someone explain what this does to body positioning that makes us safer on bigger gaps?

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8/30/2021 5:40 AM

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Ride like a girl!!!
2016 KTM 500 EXC-F
Current project: 2007 Kawasaki KX250-R7 retro build
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1989 KX125 resto
1987 RM250 resto

8/30/2021 5:48 AM

To keep from doing a massive Ronnie Mac-style air wheelie

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8/30/2021 5:52 AM
Edited Date/Time: 8/30/2021 5:52 AM

You gotta unlock your hip

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8/30/2021 6:03 AM

Because you should practice proper technique at all times. You shouldn’t sacrifice technique because you are doing something for the first time

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8/30/2021 6:41 AM

I can't remember if it was one of his own videos or someone else's I'd seen before but the reason is that if you hang further bars with your arms extended you have less control over the bike to correct the pitch and direction. Having your head over the bars with arms and knees bent allows you to control the bike much better. Smaller jumps this isn't as big an issue but always a good idea to implement the same correct technique over every jump you do.

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8/30/2021 7:28 AM

I thought you kept your head over the bars all the time except hard braking..

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8/30/2021 7:43 AM

Thanks I am a life long rider and very occasional racer, and slow.

There's a 65foot-ish tabletop at our local track I want to clear solidly. I'm consistently landing 3/4 of the way, just too afraid to hold it on. Having the right technique will help my confidence in clearing it.

I appreciated hearing AJ mention that half hitting jumps is actually more dangerous than hucking them clean.

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Ride like a girl!!!
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Current project: 2007 Kawasaki KX250-R7 retro build
Current project #2: 1987 Kawasaki KX250-E1 rider/racer resto
1989 KX125 resto
1987 RM250 resto

8/30/2021 8:11 AM

I’ve been struggling with orientation jumping after a long break.

That video single handily solved my problem. Even sent the fat 90ft uphill at Jordan River vet track yesterday with zero issues.

Another thing I was doing wrong was not pumping my arms right before take off. Ass back and head forward is the ticket 🙂

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8/30/2021 8:34 AM

Yeti831 wrote:

I’ve been struggling with orientation jumping after a long break.

That video single handily solved my problem. Even sent the ...more

That jump is fun👍🏻 To me hitting it with the right speed feels like you are going to the moon and overshoot but ends up perfect

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8/30/2021 12:29 PM

If any of you are at scrubn' dirt one weekend when I'm there and wanna help lead me over it, I'm down.

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Ride like a girl!!!
2016 KTM 500 EXC-F
Current project: 2007 Kawasaki KX250-R7 retro build
Current project #2: 1987 Kawasaki KX250-E1 rider/racer resto
1989 KX125 resto
1987 RM250 resto