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Post by Hippo on Sun Jun 22, 2014 8:52 am

Hi All,

Just wanted to share some of advice and exercises I got on the ADA (http://www.adasa.co.za/) Off Road Basics course. This is very basic, so may be old news to many of you. For the beginners like me though…

Mounting/Dismounting
This sounds so obvious, but…
Align the handlebars with your shoulders when getting on or off, and it becomes so easy even when you’re really tired.

Balance
Experiment until you find that spot where the bike balances on the tip of your finger. This means that you have that point where the bike is weightless and balances perfectly. This helps understand how to balance the bike when standing.
Look up when braking and resist the temptation to see where your wheels are stopping - your balance when fighting a sliding bike improves a lot.

Throttle and Clutch Control
Walk next to the bike and control the speed using clutch and throttle so you get a good understanding of the ‘release point’ for your clutch.
Do this on both sides of the bike.

Seated Position
The ideal spot when seated is sitting on the spot where the spring meets the frame. Someone will have to help you find this spot. I found this to be a lot more forward than I expected.

Standing Position
Acceleration position – standing forward so that you can see the headlights of the bike (energy saving stance and helps avoid that feeling of being thrown back when the bike takes off)
Deceleration position – crouched position to place your weight over the back wheel

Hope this helps…

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Post by Rooster on Sun Jun 22, 2014 6:40 pm

Thanks Hippo, never though of the spring thing. Will try that!!

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Re: ADA Off Road Basics course

Post by Cindy Bear on Mon Jun 23, 2014 6:31 pm

Great tips, tfs Hippo.
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