So, I just got into riding dirt bikes a month ago, after 25 years of not riding a motorcyle, and only the Honda Trials, not a real dirt bike. I bought a CRF 250R. I love the bike, though it scares the ###t out of me sometimes.
So far, I have been to 8th street, Renyolds Creek, Blacks Creek, and Pleasant Valley on the track, last Sunday. I do fine on the trails because I have experience riding them in Idaho. But….
Pleasant Valley…yeah, well, I thought that somehow riding the track would be easier and I could focus more on getting to know the bike vs. navigating techincal trails, etc…I was wrong. It kicked my ass. 5-6 laps and I was exhausted. That is the first time I have caught air, and it was nerve racking. There were some really, really good riders there literally flying off of those jumps and riding really fast. I don’t know how they do it. I am not there yet, but I hope to be eventually.
I really need someone to meet me there this weekend and help me out, or at another place that has some jumps like a track but isn’t an actual race track. The problem is that when I go off those jumps it the impact totally kills me when I land…my wrists especially, and like I’m going to knock my teeth out on my handle bars or something. It just feels like I am coming down like a ton of bricks. My techinque must be all wrong.
Or I started thinking about the physics of riding and wondered if taking jumps faster lessens the impact, becaues you have all that forward momentum when you land, vs. coming down hard more vertically. Maybe I’m not going fast enough? Going off those jumps reminds me of diving off the high board for the first time when I was a kid at the swimning pool. Cripes.
Plus it is nerve racking trying to learn this with these 20 and 30 something crazy MFs behind me and in front of me, riding like madmen. If I fall, I am screwed.
Any tips would be appreciated. I want to be able to totally fly off that last, long jump at Pleasant Valley before coming back to the entrance.