Definition of "riding smooth"

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4/25/2017 11:37 AM

Just curious how that might be defined? Someone mentioned to me to try to relate my riding to my athletic past (basketball) and try to be smoother, but I'm not really sure how to try to ride smooth...or input that into my practice, etc. I know people say a certain rider looks smooth and I get that.... but not sure if there's a "scientific" approach or method to trying to learn how to ride smooth?! I kinda think that's similar to telling people to 'just go faster.' Easier said than done. Any thoughts?

Edit: that's a tough question to answer....mighta been even harder to try to put in to words to ask.....

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4/25/2017 11:39 AM

Cole Seely.

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4/25/2017 11:49 AM
Edited Date/Time: 4/25/2017 12:02 PM

Try to skip the full throttle on straightaways, hang on the brakes, almost stand still while turning, then full throttle again.

Try to keep a smother pace for the entire track if that makes sense. Maybe when practising go slower on straightaways on purpose but try to be faster than you're used to going into the corners, through the corners and out of the corner. Using less brakes, more motorbreak, and give it a little gas through the corner so you never just roll


Sorry this was hard in english lol, hope it makes sense

Now there is a lot more to it like body position etc but it's a good start imo. Throttle control in a figure 8 is a great practise

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4/25/2017 11:49 AM

Kevin Windham

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@wasummer46

4/25/2017 11:49 AM

KW, Reed, Dungey, DV12.

IMO these guys rarely crashed and make it look easy.

Possibly Langston also. Ferry??

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4/25/2017 12:06 PM

Roczen

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4/25/2017 12:07 PM

They guys who need minimal body position inputs to still ride fast. Usually it's taller guys because they are heavier and have more leverage. They can control the bike with out exagurated movements.

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4/25/2017 12:08 PM

Hansen.

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4/25/2017 12:10 PM

I don't know if it is something you will learn overnight. Seems like it just comes natural to some. Make your own style work, no sense in copying someone else.

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Tomac and/or Anderson for 2020.....

4/25/2017 12:12 PM

Minimal brakes, clutch, wheelspin etc while not riding over your head.

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4/25/2017 12:15 PM

Go on YouTube and type in David Bailey : ) !

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4/25/2017 12:18 PM

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4/25/2017 12:18 PM

Watch any clips of Steve Ramon aka Mr Smooth.

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4/25/2017 12:21 PM

mark_swart wrote:

Go on YouTube and type in David Bailey : ) !

This.

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4/25/2017 12:23 PM

temporarily_locked wrote:

They guys who need minimal body position inputs to still ride fast. Usually it's taller guys because they are heavier and have more leverage. They can control the bike with out exagurated movements.

x2 on this. Jean-Michel Bayle would be a good example. David Bailey. Pourcel. Dungey.

Smooth always looks relaxed and like you're not forcing the bike to do anything. Everything just happens naturally. Sometimes it will look slow until they pass someone you know is going fast.

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4/25/2017 12:25 PM

You don't crack the throttle wide open...and break the back tire loose and slide all over the place

You do roll the throttle on controlled and smooth, maximizing acceleration and traction.

You don't slam into a corner, almost coming to a stop...then go wide open out of the corner

You do flow around corners...braking early...and accelerate around the corner...

You do time the jumps right on...no over jumping...no coming up short...

You do have proper technique...all that that entails

You don't move your body around on the bike any more than is absolutely necessary...



To be "smooth" in my opinion is to maximize efficiency...the bike does all the work and you just float over the top of it.

Watch Windham...or KC66...those dudes were the definition of smooth.



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4/25/2017 12:29 PM

CP377

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4/25/2017 1:04 PM

Everts ,CP377 ,JMB, Bailey ,Ramon and KW

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4/25/2017 1:05 PM

DM18

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4/25/2017 1:44 PM

CP377 in his prime.

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4/25/2017 2:19 PM
Edited Date/Time: 4/25/2017 2:21 PM

There's smooth and then there's Frezno Smooth

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4/25/2017 3:04 PM

mark_swart wrote:

Go on YouTube and type in David Bailey : ) !

Yep. Or JMB. Or Pourcel.

Or anyone else that looks like they're going slow, and then when you hear their lap time, you wonder, when did that lap happen? smile

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4/25/2017 3:10 PM

Musquin, Kalib Russell, Cody Webb and back in the day Decoster.

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4/25/2017 3:12 PM

Pourcel is the fastest man on the planet for 1 lap in qualifying but he looks like he's cruising around effortlessly

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4/25/2017 3:16 PM

Don't forget Lechien. Dude was crazy smooth.

Growing up, I always thought Davey Yezek was as smooth as they came. When he was alone on a track, he looked slow but as soon as he got near anyone, you saw just how fast he was.

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4/25/2017 3:16 PM

Appreciate the responses. I watch plenty... just never quite sure how to emulate the fast guys. He told me to be smoother... I wanted to tell him to be taller!

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4/25/2017 3:18 PM

Marty Tripes, 25 lbs. over weight, when riding Bultaco's 25% less power, and still out race most of his competitors.

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4/25/2017 3:33 PM

I saw Windham ride a bone stock 06 Honda around the local track for a riding caml, if you weren't watching, it sounded like someone was occasionally gassing it on a straight then coasting around casually. But he just built up his speed on the straights and carried it so well aroundaround he corners, he just had to occasionally blip the throttle to keep his pace up. It was amazing to watch. Meanwhile, there would be someone who would be revving the shit out of their bike, blowing up berms, smashing ruts, and be 20 seconds a lap slower.

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4/25/2017 4:47 PM

Josh Grant is smooth as butter, but I'd say Stefan Everts is probably tied with JMB for smoothest ever. When you can pass JS7 in his prime, on the outside, with your feet on the pegs like you're on a trail ride, you're doing something right.

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