Seat Bouncing

The Nationals are done and dusted.  It was certainly a crazy 250 race for the championship and it was all Dungey and the Suzuki freight train for the 450s.  However, now we are getting geared up for the 2011 Supercross season and the focus changes from all out speed to more technical, precise riding.  The style and whole way you ride the tighter Supercross tracks forces you to use a few different techniques.  One of these techniques is the seat bounce.  Perfected by McGrath, this simple method can help you leap over low speed obstacles much easier.

As with any new jumping technique, you want to start small and slow.  That is my disclaimer because this can get ugly quickly if you are not careful.  So, now that is out of the way, you want to approach the face of the jump straight and sitting down.  You want to apply a steady and smooth dose of throttle to maintain power to the rear wheel.  This ensures you have plenty of drive to help keep the front end from diving and throwing you over the bars.  To help counteract this endo process even further, you want your elbows squared up and grip with your legs as usual.  Pulling back on the bars really helps pull that front end up and keep it there when you start flight.  In addition, it is a good idea you want to continue a strong, steady dose of throttle up the face of the jump.

There are a few things to determine before you go and start seat bouncing.  First, the speed at which you hit the jump determines how far you sit forward or back on the seat.  The rule of thumb is that the faster you go, the further you want to sit up on the seat.  If you were to sit on the fender, hanging off the back of your bike, you have the shock loaded with a tremendous amount of weight.  When you hit the face of the jump, that shock compresses even more and the high speeds sling shot anything upwards.  This results the dreaded endo.

Another factor affecting the seat position is the steepness of the jump.  This combines the speed you’re going as well because as I said before, you don’t have to be wide open, hanging off the back of your bike approaching a massive double.  If it is slower and steep, you can sit further back to load the bike more.  For less steep faces, I would start out just in front of that slight dip in the seat and work your way back.  Again, this takes time to get used to, so take it slow and start small!

Here’s a great example of a textbook seat bounce by the GOAT:


Posted on Nov 11 2010, under Riding Techniques | 1 Comment »


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