The Hump game

Supercross testing is well under way.  Teams are getting solidified and riders are testing out the new bikes.  The wide open pace of the Outdoors is behind us and a smoother, more technical riding style is needed for the SX tracks.  One thing that you see some riders doing, is taking the inside on turns.  Sometimes track builders incorporate a little “hump” in the turn to ensure riders don’t just take the inside.

These types of obstacles are not meant to be jumped.  Instead, you want to use your suspension to soak up the hump.  You want to approach the obstacle in the attack position and eyes ahead.   When you feel your front wheel touch the face, you want to apply the back brake and begin to sit down.  As your front wheel comes to the peak of the hump, your rear brake should be completely locked up.  This requires timing and lots of practice.

At this time you want to be leaning over and sitting down on the seat.  When you lock the back brake up, you unload the rear shock and there isn’t as much rebound.  When you have less rebound, the rear won’t kick as hard/high whenever you ride over it.  Sliding the rear out slightly acts much like scrubbing over a jump; you force the remaining rebound out to the side, instead of it vertically pushing you up.  You want to be in a neutral position so you can keep a good control of the amount of sliding and traction.

As you feel the rear wheel come over the peak of the hump, you can start to get on the gas.  Most of the time you will still be leaned over, so you want to keep the outside elbow up and applying lots of pressure to the outside foot peg.  Like I said before, this takes practice and you won’t get it your first time, but keep with it and it will save you plenty of time from the outside.  If this hump gets too many braking bumps and a crater behind it, try the outside or even standing through this process.  Experiment a little and remember not to follow!

Here’s little glimpse:

At 37 seconds you can see Broc Hepler, Josh Hill and James Stewart go through it. Stewart opts to stand so he can be ready for the whoops.

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Posted on Nov 30 2009, under Riding Techniques | No Comments »

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