Seat Bouncing for Dummies

As much as I love the outdoors nationals, watching supercross makes me pumped and want to go ride.  The riding style required for motocross is quite different than supercross.  You use different gearing, suspension, and motor settings, as well as techniques.  The most common technique used in supercross is seat bouncing.  Although, you can seat bounce in motocross, it is mainly used to get over jumps right out a corner.    

Don't try this your first time seat bouncing!When you first start to seat bounce, you have to be careful with your speed and seat positioning.  A good place to start would be on small table top or even a single.  A good rule to remember is that the faster you go, the further forward you want to sit on your seat.  If you are wide open in 4th gear and sitting on the rear fender off of a jump, chances are, you’re going to endo.  This is because you have placed too much load on the rear shock and it pushes back too fast, too much.  So, find a slow speed jump and figure out your speed and seat position “ratio”. 

Now, you found your jump and got a good seat position.  This next part takes some getting used to.  As you feel the front wheel come off of the face of the jump, you want to pull and lean back.  This gets enough load on the shock to get you over the jump, but not too much to send you over the bars.  You will get the feeling of how much force is needed.  Each jump is different, so get a good foundation of the balance needed for small jumps before you move up.  Another important aspect of seat bouncing is steady throttle application.  You want to keep the gas on all the way up the face; don’t chop it or let off.  This will put added force on the front end, which will increase the chance of an endo.  A constant throttle also ensures that you will have enough power to clear the obstacle. 

Seat bouncing is something that takes a little bit to get used to.  If you have been doing this for a while, try to implement it on high speed rhythm sections or on jumps you have trouble clearing.  However, remember the basics and don’t get cocky, as this will technique can throw you to the ground fast.  So, find a good seat position, lean and pull back, and have a steady throttle up the face and you should be good to go.

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Posted on Aug 18 2009, under Riding Techniques | No Comments »

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