All Things Moto! Dirtbike Forums

Go Back   All Things Moto! Dirtbike Forums > Dirt Bike - ATV - Suspension Forums > Dirt Bike Riding Tips

Reply
 
LinkBack Thread Tools
  #1  
Old 09-24-2012, 09:28 PM
Welcome To ATM
 
Join Date: Sep 2012
Last Online: 09-29-2012 09:48 AM
Location: Canada
Posts: 3
Default Trade the mountain bike in for a dirt bike

     

Eh

Any tips for people out there who started out riding mountain bikes and then transitioned to dirt bikes?
I've gone out with friends on a borrowed CRF250R probably 10 times or so, and had an absolute blast, but found I wasn't that fast, especially in the tighter areas.

Let me know
Cheers
Reply With Quote
  #2  
Old 09-24-2012, 10:15 PM
FRODAD393's Avatar
Pro Class
 
Join Date: May 2011
Last Online: 03-19-2017 10:03 AM
Location: Dallas TX
Posts: 1,499
Default

I feel like my downhill speed and technical abilities translate well onto an dirtbike. Dirtbikes take tje win as far as fun is concerned.
Reply With Quote
  #3  
Old 09-24-2012, 11:53 PM
Mainjet2001's Avatar
ATM! Addict
 
Join Date: Dec 2002
Last Online: 07-28-2017 10:28 AM
Location: Surf City. Huntington Beach Calif.
Posts: 5,149
Default

Quote:
Originally Posted by xcracer View Post
Eh

Any tips for people out there who started out riding mountain bikes and then transitioned to dirt bikes?
I've gone out with friends on a borrowed CRF250R probably 10 times or so, and had an absolute blast, but found I wasn't that fast, especially in the tighter areas.

Let me know
Cheers
All it takes is desire and practice. Those 2 things will bring the speed. The tight stuff will come the more you master the throttle.

Eli Tomac is a good example of a mountain biker turned dirt bike racer, course his dad had a little to to do with it.
Reply With Quote
  #4  
Old 09-25-2012, 10:16 AM
rockwarrior5's Avatar
Intermediate Class
 
Join Date: Jun 2011
Last Online: 12-28-2013 04:03 PM
Location: idaho
Posts: 260
Default

Quote:
Originally Posted by xcracer View Post
Eh

I've gone out with friends on a borrowed CRF250R probably 10 times or so, and had an absolute blast, but found I wasn't that fast, especially in the tighter areas.
If you were as fast as your buddies in your first 10 rides than you need faster buddies. Buy a bike so you can set it up the way it suits you best, and then go and ride it. The best way to get better is to ride with people who are faster than you and watch what they do. Also look ahead. In the tight stuff I try to see what is beyond the turn so I know where to be coming out of the turn. If your seeing your front tire your wrong. Just go have fun.
Reply With Quote
  #5  
Old 11-13-2012, 09:09 AM
Beginner Class
 
Join Date: Oct 2012
Last Online: 03-10-2013 07:11 PM
Location: pennsylvania
Posts: 6
Default

I didn't give up my DB Response Sport, but the big differences is that the throttle can roll unexpectedly when hitting a rut, so clutch control is critical, which gets tiring when standing on pegs if not accustom. On wet downhill gravel/rocky/leafy roads in curves, it may work to go wide (straighter than the curve), then slow down with the bike nearly square and almost in the woods at apex, then take the rest of the curve from a new angle in 1st gear, but on my DB, I'd slide and skid and rock crush through lol.
Reply With Quote
  #6  
Old 11-13-2012, 09:51 AM
Intermediate Class
 
Join Date: Feb 2012
Last Online: 04-19-2017 08:04 AM
Location: Montreal, qc
Posts: 112
Default

I rode downhill for quite a few years before buying a motocross bike. It sure is a very different feel especially in berms. As much as they are similar, a lot of what you know from DH you haveto forget and start fresh on an mx bike. The first couple times I took out my first mx bike (KX250f) I was so frustrated in the trails, because I was still riding it like a DH bike. The other thing is getting usedto back braking with your foot, and throttle control. The main thing you haveto remember is your on a 200lbs + bike not a 35-50lbs DH bike, so you can't flick it around the same. You really haveto think ahead more on a mx bike and pick your line. Then if there are things you want to hop over like you would a dh bike, give it a blip of throttle and it'll get you where you want to be. Good luck and just have fun with it! Both mountain bikes and Mx bikes are great, and a great workout both mentally and physically
Reply With Quote
  #7  
Old 11-27-2012, 05:37 PM
Beginner Class
 
Join Date: Nov 2012
Last Online: 09-08-2013 07:24 PM
Location: Torquay, AUS
Posts: 8
Default

I have just done exactly this, I race Downhill MTB and bought a CR125 for a bit of cross training. I find the biggest issue I have with it is that I always feel I am way over the front. Does anyone else get this? I have been told I should get higher bars, is this likely to help?
Reply With Quote
  #8  
Old 11-27-2012, 06:27 PM
wFo250's Avatar
will fall over
 
Join Date: Jun 2004
Last Online: 12-03-2017 10:41 AM
Location: NTX
Posts: 3,455
Default

Too far over the front depends on what your trying to do
Stay at it and get comfy. I'm the opposite whenever I ride my mtn bike I'm freaked about going over the bars all the time GOG being so high and no rake.. EEEEE gives me the heeby jeebies just thinking about it. I've gon e over head a couple of times and its a long way down...even though I'm almost stopped lol
Reply With Quote
Reply

  All Things Moto! Dirtbike Forums > Dirt Bike - ATV - Suspension Forums > Dirt Bike Riding Tips


Bookmarks

Thread Tools


Similar Threads for: Trade the mountain bike in for a dirt bike
Thread Thread Starter Forum Replies Last Post
Want to sell/Trade my restored 84 Goldwing for Maico Dirt Bike ccra92 Classified Ads 1 07-25-2011 11:21 AM
Trade for Dirt Bike- Kawasaki KZ650 ccra92 Classified Ads 1 07-12-2009 01:58 PM
OT: My Mountain bike (How Fast) Freak General Discussion 27 02-21-2008 05:29 AM
Honda Mountain Bike MxMike393 General Discussion 12 08-22-2004 05:45 PM
Honda Mountain Bike yz250guy General Discussion 7 06-18-2004 03:49 PM


All times are GMT -6. The time now is 07:26 PM.


Powered by vBulletin® Version 3.8.8
Copyright ©2000 - 2017, vBulletin Solutions, Inc.
Search Engine Optimization by vBSEO 3.6.0 PL2
Copyright ©2002-2017, JDub Consulting, Inc. All Right Reserved.