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Old 10-31-2019, 07:57 PM
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After being out of the dirt for so many years, it seems like what I thought would come back hasn't. Case in point...berms. Either my front wheel goes high and over the top, or I go too low trying to avoid it happening.
Been trying to look more ahead and just forget about going over the top but I think I have target fixation.

Could really use some help in how to set up and proceed through the berm correctly.

Thanks for any ideas.
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Old 11-05-2019, 09:25 AM
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I think you are right on with the target fixation. Your body will follow your eyes, so if you can slow down and try to focus on looking where you want to go, once it starts to come together at slower speeds pick up the pace.
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Old 11-05-2019, 03:38 PM
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Thanks.correct me if this is wrong:
Brake ahead of berm
pull in clutch and roll through it (shift if needed)
release clutch and accelerate out
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Roll on power through the berm. Never pull in the clutch and coast.

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Here's my recommendation. You should be in the attack position approaching the corner (standing up but legs bent with your elbows up) As you're coming to the berm slide your body forward as far as you can and sit on the seat or gas tank. As your doing that you should be applying the front brakes a little to squat the forks. They'll compress more when your weight is full transferred to the front. Next, move your inside boot forward to the front wheel. At this time you'll have the most control over the front. As you get the bike to turn you can get back on the throttle pretty hard as the berm holds it in place a little better than a flat corner. When you get on the throttle you can start moving your weight to the back to get better traction to take off. Remember, when your weight is in the front the back tire isn't as planted and you can have a lot of wheel spin. That's not a bad thing as sometimes you can use it to "steer with the rear wheel". It'll take some practice but I've found this to work out great for me. There's a few other tricks to go faster but I think this is the basics you need to make you feel more comfortable.
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Old 11-06-2019, 06:59 PM
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Thank you both. That advice helps
I've been doing it all wrong.
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