Top 5 Beginner Motocross Mistakes & How To Avoid Them


Hey, everyone chases here from Rocky Mountain ATV/MC. And today we want to share with you five mistakes that beginning motocross riders make and how to correct them. Alright, everyone. We've all been that one point or another beginner rider, maybe you're still a beginner rider, you're learning to ride motocross. And right now you're just trying to develop the techniques and the habits that are going to give you good form.

But even your top riders out there, they have riding coaches. So it just goes you to show. That it doesn't matter how much how long you been riding, how good you think you are, you can always learn and always kind of refine the skills that you've been taught and make yourself a better rider. I think you should always be striving every time.

You go a ride focus on your fundamentals, your techniques and always just be trying to improve on the bike. Now for me, you know, I've been riding for years. And so I've learned a lot of things over the years, but I still need reminders, and I'm still. Learning every time I go out and ride new tips and new techniques to help me make me a better rider. So today, in this video I, just want to share with you, you know, five common mistakes that beginner riders make when it comes to technique we're going to show you those give you great examples. And then we'll just show you the proper technique that way you can take these. You can practice these when you're out riding and that's going to create good habits to make you a better rider in the future.

Alright, everyone so tips. Number one, the first common mistake that we see with beginner riders is they sit too much. Now I will admit when you're a beginner rider, it is way more comfortable and less intimidating than standing to sit down on the bike.

But as you get faster, here's the problem when you're sitting down you're going faster, every time you hit a bump that bumps going to go through the bike and then into the riders body. And at that point, you need the bike to be able to work underneath you. And do its job use a suspension, but if your body's reacting every time, the bike hits, a bump it's going to be really hard to control the bike underneath you. And also every time you hit those bumps if that shocks going in your body, it's going to do some wear and tear on your body over time. So it's actually going to make you even more tired and sore in the long run.

So when it comes to a bike important as you're, riding as you're, getting more comfortable, you want to start standing up as much as you can. Now in certain situations, if you're in a long straightaway or something that's relatively flat, it's totally okay to sit down. But when you start getting a bomb, and you're doing that more refer, adding you want to be in a standing position in here is why as I stand up. Now, my legs are actually working as a secondary suspension for the motorcycle. So this way the bike can work underneath me. It can move back and forward, and I can use my knees to control the bike.

But if I'm sitting down the bikes, Controlling me so that's. My first tip is it's. Okay, to sit in some situations, but try and practice as much as possible to get comfortable standing. Because when you watch your top level riders, these guys stand probably 90 percent of the time so that's tip. Number one is tried not to sit too much. Alright, everyone so tips. Number two is now that you've learned that you need to stand up as much as possible.

Let's, talk about the correct technique in that standing position. So a common mistake that I see a. Lot of riders make when they're standing is, they stand too straight up and down. And the problem with that is if you're standing too straight up and down when you accelerate that bike wants to go out in front of you. And next thing, you know, you're hanging off the back, and you're fighting just to hold on so here's, the correct technique in the standing position you want to have your hips out. So you want to bend at the hip stick your butt out there.

You want to make sure your back is nice and flat and. Then your elbow position, your elbow position, you want to be about 45-degree angles with your elbows that's going to give you a pleasant wide base, that's going to give you good stability. And then when we talk about chest and head position, this is important, you want to make sure that your chest is over your handlebars. We've all watched the pros ride, especially in a whoop section. You can see a lot of times their head is over their number plate, and it does not move as they go through those. Whoops because they're in that correct position and by doing that allows the bike to do all the work underneath them while they stay steady so chest over the handlebars.

What I always say is a good rule of thumb. If you can see the numbers on your number plate, that means you're in a good attack position on the bike. So proper technique there. And then as you work your way down past the hips from your knees, all the way down to your ankles, you want to be squeezing that bike as much as possible. Okay, by. Squeezing the bike you're going to help control it. So it doesn't want to go side-to-side.

Every time you go. Bowlegged, you're gonna completely lose control, the motorcycle and that's. The first step to hitting the ground. So keep your knees in nice and tight. You want to keep your toes pointed. And the reason I say that is because you stand up straight, and you point your toes out, try to touch your knees together, you probably can't. Does it point your toes in makes it much easier?

You can easily touch your. Knees together so toes pointed in. So this is the correct body position again when you're standing, but now feet are crucial. So it leaves it's a tip number three, which is the correct feet position on the foot peg all right. So now that you're standing up, you've got the correct body position that good attack position.

Let's, talk about feet position on the foot pegs, common mistake that beginner riders make and even some of your top riders again, you got to refresh yourself, is they have their feet too. Far forward on the foot pegs. In other words, the foot peg is more on the arch of their foot. You want your feet and those foot pegs to be on the balls. Now, the reason for that that's going to help you keep your toes pointed in.

But also you can see by having my balls of my feet on the foot peg I. Am I adding suspension to the motorcycle so that's, allowing the bike to work, and it's, allowing me to kind of move with the bike when you're on the arches of your feet. Well, you can't do that you can't, flex. Your ankles nearly as much. And so that way what happens is when your bike hits, a bump are you going through save some whoops? Well, you're going to feel that a lot more, so it's, very important. You want your balls of your feet to be on your foot pegs.

Remember, again, can't reiterate. This enough toes point it in you are squeezing as much as you can and a good idea to know if you do have the correct feet position, because you want to be looking down on your feet while you're, riding look at the souls of your. Boots if you have where on the arch of your foot probably means you're standing on the arch is too much so work on putting your feet on or you the balls of your feet on your foot peg that will put you in the correct position each and every time you're standing up so that's, my third tip, make sure to get those feet, get the balls your feet on your foot peg. So the next tip we want to talk about is a pitfall for a lot of beginner riders, myself included, which is not looking far enough forward when. You're, riding what I see a lot or beginner riders doing is looking right down over the front fender, almost right at the ground in front of them and here's. The problem when you're doing this when you're looking straight down in the ground ahead of you everything is coming at you so quickly that it's hard for your brain to process that, and you can't anticipate what's coming next.

So you need to really practice and focus on looking forward. So you can see what's coming up gives your brain time to. Process that, so you can react to that now I might seem intimidating at first because if you're on a track or in the section that's, pretty rough or in a rut coming up. Yeah, your mind wants you to look right in front of you. So what you need to do is you need to look ahead. If there are ruts coming up already know what rut you're going to be going into. So you need to plan ahead.

And then once you get into that rut, I know, it's kind of hard, but you almost want to forget about that and focus what's coming up. During that right, or at the end of it or even farther ahead. So you always want to be looking forward planning your next move and giving yourself time to anticipate what's going to happen that way you're going to stay under more control, and it's going to help you just be a better rider in general so that's, my fourth tip, and just make sure always be looking farther ahead all right. So my fifth and final tip is the correct position sitting down and going through a turn.

This is really important. This is. Something that a lot of riders struggle with, and I still struggle with the times, and it's a perfect reminder, but anytime you're coming through a turn left or right-hander. What I see a lot of riders doing is as they come into a turn, they drop their inside elbows. So it's, the left-hand turn, the rider drops her inside elbow. And as they start to lean the bike, their head will actually follow the bike and lean inside. So it doesn't matter which direction you're turning the problem that this causes.

As your bike starts to lean over if you drop that inside elbow and lean your head. Well, we've been told this from the time we were little your body will always follow where your head go. So if you lean well now you're, just compounding the lean of the bike, and it makes it much easier to fall or tip over, or in most cases to save it. You got to put your leg on the ground, dab your ankle, or you got to try and give it more gas to accelerate out. So to remedy that and to act as a counterbalance for the.

Bike and have better proper technique anytime you're coming into a turn elbows out like we've already discussed, but let's say, you're going through a left-hand turn, the bike starts to lean over outside elbow up. And you want your head, basically what I call it to Cam Newton down. You want to just stick your right, shoulder and your right shoulder on a left, turn and left ear left shoulder on a right turn that way as the bike, leans you're, staying upright on the bike. Your head is staying upright and.

Your shoulders to your ear and your body's acting more as a counterbalance to the bike that way you can keep your leg out in the rut, you're, not going to have to worry about dabbing. If you're not trying to accelerate to correct yourself and your much miss much less likely to tip over. So just remember as you're going through a turn doesn't matter if it's a flat turn or Etta, turn elbows up ear to your shoulder act as a counterbalance and keep your body upright while the bike does the work and goes. Through the turn, alright, everyone. So those are our top five tips when it comes to beginner motocross, riders and helping you have better technique.

Now, remember it doesn't matter that you watch this video, the most important thing you've got to go out and practice everything that we talked about today. So I have a couple drills that I'll share with you that I think will really help you out or a couple tips. So first off when it comes to standing, what I was told from, you know, for many years is. Practice standing by standing up get in that correct body position squeezing and ride the entire track, or wherever it is that you're a tea without sitting down. So when you're coming through a turn, I know, you're your instincts going to tell you want to sit down on the bike, but stay standing that way you just really reinforce the idea of standing up on the bike.

And also what you can do is have your friends. Watch you when you're riding. So they can actually see where you're standing on the foot pegs. So if you're on the arch on the balls of your feet, so you can correct that right away. And when it comes to the turning technique, what I say go out to an area, whether you have a turn track in a field or out a track, find one specific turn and just practice repetitions. You don't have to ride the entire track every single time you go out there, that's, how you get better as you practice sections.

And you practice certain little drills, one at a time and that's just going to drive home those good. Techniques that are in a form, good habits. So find one specific turn find a left.

Turn first go through that turn 10 15 20 times as long as it takes for you to kind of feel what it's like to have that correct form and develop those habits and then go do a right turn and do the exact same thing. So I just can't reiterate enough, practice makes perfect. But remember, even the top riders they have their coaches, they're, always practicing, so you're, never going to be perfect. But it's always best to always be. Practicing and reinforcing those drills. Now, if you have some techniques that we didn't really talk about today, or maybe some drills that you've done that, you think really helped out well, a lot of riders would love to hear what those are myself included. So make sure comment below, if you have any questions about anything we've talked about today, ask those we'll get your questions answered.

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Dated : 18-Apr-2022

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