Step two: Once you have backed off, it is time to give
your bike a burst of power. You want to arrive at the
face of the ramp with the motorcycle gaining speed, not
maintaining one speed or slowing down. To get big air,
your bike needs to be accelerating, especially as the
wheels go up the face of the ramp.
Step three: Houston, we have lift off! With both wheels
on the face of the jump, turn the throttle wide open and
keep it there. It is vital that you do not shut the throttle off
until the rear wheel has left the ground. Your torso should
be leaned forward. Because you are accelerating in a
straight line up the angle of the ramp, all of the speed you
gain on the ramp will be converted into additional height.
You won’t cover as much distance because you slowed
your entry speed, but you will go up.
Step four: Remember to chop the throttle once the
rear wheel is in the air (do not chop the throttle while the
rear wheel is still in contact with the ground unless you
want the front end to drop like a rock). When you chop
the throttle in the air, the bike will rotate the front end
downward nice and slow. Because you accelerated the
bike up the ramp, the front of the bike will have a tendency
to get out of control. To keep the front wheel from getting
too high, you have to intervene, either by chopping the
throttle quickly or tapping the rear brake.
HOW TO FLY “OFF THE
To fly the furthest possible distance over the same jump
and at the same entry speed, you’ll need to think of every
piece of moving mass (you and your bike) as energy that
must be directed towards the same goal. You’ll need a
good amount of height, because the longer it takes you to
fall to earth, the farther your ground speed will carry you.
But, you must avoid too much arc or you will run out of
air speed before you are back on the ground. Jumping for
distance is a lesson in energy management. Here are the
three steps to going long.
Step one: Speed is your friend. Choose a gear that
will allow you to accelerate smoothly all the way
from the flat to the top of the jump. It is very
important to be accelerating at a steady
rate while you are on the ramp to
get enough height.
When the front wheel
leaves the ground, the
forks extend and release
their stored energy
harmlessly into space.
Not so with the rear