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Old 07-27-2003, 07:30 PM
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well i got my cr250 a week ago and today i had my first crash. i was trying to hit a ramp. it was just a little probably 4 or 5 ft hill, something that needed speed to jump, not steep at all. it is basically a mound that has a hill on the side, flat on top. well i would stand up on the approach and try to preload the suspension. well i got too far back on the bike and my right hand came right back with me. i twisted the throttle way too far back and the bike went vertical with me flying off the back. i was probably going 25 to 30 mph. it could have been worse, but i just wound up with road rash on my elbow, and it knocked the wind out of me. it shook me up pretty good though. i am having trouble standing and riding. i dont see how those guys do it. i cant really keep my balance. when i hit the throttle standing up i get put back a little bit, and if i am hanging on to the grips tight, that is not good at all. i need some tips on standing up while riding. i probably just need a lot of practice. oh well, the good news is i didnt tear up my bike. it did wopperjaw the back fender a little bit when the bike went vertical, but i disassembled tonight and got it fixed. i didnt think my first crash would be this soon, dang!!!!
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Old 07-27-2003, 07:36 PM
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When standing and riding, grip the sides of the bike with your legs.

This helps you have more control of the bike while accelerating.
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Old 07-27-2003, 07:36 PM
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Yep...crashing sucks! Try following someone and try to do what they do. I've heard of taking the seat off; just an idea if you're game. I learned to ride with the spinning wheel of an TM125 beside my head. I was pretty good entertainment for my more advanced friends! :
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Old 07-27-2003, 08:31 PM
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Give yourself some more time, you'll get the hang of it. Practice practice practice
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Old 07-27-2003, 08:37 PM
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Well, well well, welcome to crashing. As you have probably already figured out, crashing sucks, it is the only downside to riding.

As far as standing up while riding as was said gripping with your knees is a good start, just simply squeze the bike with your legs and hang on. It takes alot of practice to take corners at speed while standing, so don't get discouraged, practice practice practice.
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Old 07-27-2003, 09:00 PM
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thanks for the encouragement guys. i will start trying to hold on with my legs while standing. do you guys know of any tracks that are close to paducah kentucky? i would like to practice some on a track b/c there isnt too much to ride around here, other than trails.
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Old 07-27-2003, 09:01 PM
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*sniff* it brings a tear to my eye thinking you just had your first crash. I remember my first time too. You will do it many more times the harder you ride. Good luck and safe crashing to ya!
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Old 07-27-2003, 09:11 PM
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LOL, who doesn't remember their first good crash?

This has inspired me to start a new post....
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Old 07-27-2003, 09:11 PM
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LOL, I saw that one coming
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Old 07-27-2003, 09:23 PM
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LOL, yeah but I couldn't resist.
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Old 07-27-2003, 09:33 PM
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well the lil kids who go in my pit (i wish they would die) put a stump and covered it with mud so we were racing through the mud then BAMMM!!!! bike did a flip i skidded through the mud didnt want to move at all!!!! so my friend looks at the crash and seen someone put it there on purpose GRRRRRRR!!!! i hate it when people do that stuff
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Old 07-28-2003, 03:30 AM
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Ah, yes... being new to the sport I know exactly what you are talking about. I haven't looped it, but I used to have a tough time standing and riding too.

Then I resolved to never sit down. Ride all the time standing for 2-3 rides. Do what every one else suggested, grip with your legs and try to stay as far forward as you can. Some times I am so far forward that my head is over my front fender. This helps a ton.

Again,

Grip with legs and stay as far forward as you can.

Now I stand most all the time with the exception of turning.

AND as everyone stated practice, practice, practice.

Others told me to over grip the throttle too, but I thought, no way, are you nuts... Now I over grip and it is awesome, since I actually am riding the bike and it isn't riding me.

All of this again, will come with practice and more seat time.

Good luck.
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Old 07-28-2003, 04:54 AM
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now you're a dirtbike rider. it comes with the sport. glad you're ok. now you have a war wound story to tell.
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Old 07-28-2003, 08:33 AM
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thanks yardpro, i needed that. when i would watch those FMX guys on the x-games i used to think. that doesnt look very hard, just go fast and hang on. man, was i wrong!!!!!! i have a new respect for those guys. riding a 250 2 stroke rocket is harder than it looks. i am going to start practicing standing and i will get it. thanks for the support guys. later.
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Old 07-28-2003, 08:41 AM
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Thats the spirt dj!!!

You actually thought that FMX looked easy???
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Old 07-28-2003, 09:05 AM
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maybe not easy. but i thought that if you had the balls to jump a dirtbike 30 or 40 yards then you could be a fmx guy. i was lost in my ignorance! hahahaha.
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Old 07-28-2003, 09:39 AM
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I second what everyone else said. Practice Practice Practice.

When I was first learning to ride i had problems with throttle control while standing up and going over jumps... I would loose balance and accdientally twist the throttle some more, sending me off the bike.
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Old 07-28-2003, 09:52 AM
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Jumping is one thing, removing yourself from the bike in mid air and actually getting back on it is another entirely.
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Old 07-28-2003, 10:12 AM
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speaking of which, did anybody read "the baz" article in RacerX this month?

Pretty Funny.
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Old 07-28-2003, 10:26 AM
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Funny you should mention that dell, I just got done reading that this mornig in the library before work.

As you said, pretty funny.
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