How To Hit Whoops On A Dirt Bike

Today we’re going to learn how to add some whoops in four sorts of easy steps. The first step is going to be knowing your whoop. You’ve got to know what you’re up against you got to know the distance between you got to know the steepness of the whoop we’re going to get to that.

The second is going to be line choice. What side of the track are you going are we going to the middle of the side, if there’s going to be body mechanics may be the most important. The fourth step of this sequence is going to be I don’t remember. The fourth step of this sequence is going to be throttle delivery. Just how much speed are we taking in and how much speed are we taking out and what’s the safest way to do it. There’s a pro tip at the end so stick around.

Step number one is going to be knowing your whoop. How far apart your whoops are what they’re designed to do like what approach you take to get through the whoops it’s going to be completely different based on the length of the whoop the height of the whoop.

Obviously you see a guy at Millville like doing like the rolling motion and getting the front end up and then in Supercross or right across the topmost of the time at your local motocross track you’re not going to see it Supercross whoop so to speak. But you may have something like this which is a little closer together with a little more rolled out you can jump skim or pull the front wheel up at certain speed.

So it’s really just being able to pick apart what you have in front of you and knowing what technique to apply. Step number two is going to be line choice. The biggest thing you got to know here is that there’s no perfect line that I could tell you guys that’s going to work every time. So what happens is during the day when you’re riding and practicing or racing whoops are going to break down.

So your mainline what you see right here it’s going to be starting inside and then connect you down to the other inside to straighten that line out it’s going to get super chewed up okay. Once it gets chewed up it’s going to be a little easier making mistakes or a crash or fall or whatever it is get the line and lose speed so you might want to move over one way or another.

Alright, the biggest thing that you got to think about is how can I maintain speed through the end of the whoops or gain speed through the end of the whoops ‘cause that’s what’s going to keep your bike straight that’s what going to keep the speed coming out of the whoops into the next section. So make sure that you’re paying attention to how the tracks developing how it’s breaking down and move around accordingly.

Make sure that you’re finding a line through the whoops no matter what way it is that you can maintain like a straight line coming through. Okay, one of the most common mistakes that happen is people get a little off kilter and they know they have to move to the other part of the track to get back towards the middle of the track or the mainline and they start to have the swapping action.

So if you choose a line know that whatever line you choose is a straight shot to the end and whatever that is it’s going to put you out on that side of the straightaway. So for instance, how we have here if you started on the inside and you make a straight line you’re going to end up on the inside down there.

If you start on the outside over here which is coming out of an outside turn which you’re going to carry a little more momentum just know that it’s going to point you towards the outside of this straight away if you’re going in a straight line. You’ve got to make sure that you’re thinking it had enough to know where you’re landing so to speak when you’re coming out of the whoops based off of where you’re coming into the whoops.

So on the step number three body mechanics, knowing where to put your body while we’re riding through the whoops. So we’re going to start from the ground up as we always do the most important thing in this is your point of contact at the lowest point of the bike. Right at the center of gravity your lowest point at the center of gravity that’s going to be at your feet.

You want to be riding on the balls of your feet you want your heel soft that doesn’t mean you want your heels dropped way down bit real bad but you don’t want to point them both okay. So you want to soften in the heels that way the first point of contact has a little suspension to it. Your second point of contact is going to be at your knees. Your knees should be tracking over the footpegs okay and they should be squeezing the bike as tight as you can maintain through the whole set of the whoops.

As we move up from there we’re going to stack our hips right over our heels okay. A little different than when we’re jumping and we’re powering through the face we’re trying to maintain a neutral weight from front to back so the bike is working together in this scenario of whoops okay it’s a little further back in rollers but here we’re trying to maintain a balance bike.

A big thing that I noticed with a lot of people is in their hips they lock their hips underneath their upper body rather than shifting their hips back. And what that does it separates your lower body from your upper body and also allows you to engage your core. So me standing in this position like this unlocked from the upper body allows me to engage back in the front and my core and hold my upper body up there rather than here it makes me feel like I want to fall into my arms.

So think about as if you were doing a deadlift what the perfect position would be hips unlocked back straight and that’s going to be your strongest muscular position. From there head drops down okay shoulders are going to be just in front of your knees so you’re leading with power and you’re pushing forward through the whoops. The lower body is balancing the bike upper body is moving with power.

And you want to be soft in your arm soft in your hands have a grip that the bike can’t jerk away from you but you want the bike to be able to move up and down to your chest without you feeling like you’re having to force it one way or the other. It should feel pretty free underneath your stabilizers in your core and your hips legs and your feet. And lastly, in our body mechanics we’ve moved up to the top of our body, it’s going to be your vision where your heads out.

Your heads down low in the front of the bike you must take the helmet from here and look up and out so you know what you got coming up against you alright. You need to be able to anticipate what’s coming up give a big hole in the whoops or the whoops are ending and you can’t get back on the gas harder you need to know.

And a nice rule of thumb that I like to use and it’s hard to kind of manage me you don’t have a speedometer but you can kind of feel. Every 10 miles per hour that you’re going faster needs to be another 10 feet out. So if it’s a slow to set of whoops you can look 15 feet in front of you and maintain that because you have time to process the information and make the decisions.

If you’re going really fast you need to look further down so you have time to adjust the body accordingly and make the right decisions. Step number four we’re going to talk about throttle delivery and also speed delivery I feel like this is kind of the same thing. The big thing here is that you want to make sure that the exit of your whoops we’ll call it the last five whoops you’re able to maintain the bike in the meet of the power and also maintain the speed you’re going if not accelerate out.

Like in Supercross, for instance, you’ll see that guys shift up to two gears in the air of the triples before. Alright they’re going from likely second gear to fourth gear on a 450 the reason for that is they’re taking those woops out of speed where they could potentially tap out of that gear halfway through and the bike starts to unload.

Remember the bike suspension works the best when the RPMs are lower the suspension works more free. Okay, so you want to think about how am I giving the bike gas what gear man and what kind of speed is enabling me to keep the bike in that good meet of the power and the suspension to float nicely.

Another thing that really helps with that is being able to manage your throttle and give gas so to speak at the right time and you’ll notice when I’m riding through here that I’m managing how my bikes staying on top of these whoops with how much gas I’m hitting every time I had to whoop bop-bop-bop. And if it’s dropping down in I may let off a little bit and let it get back on top of the next one and then get back on the gas bop bop bop.

So you’re going to meet you’re going to have that issue where the front end drops down in and whoops like these because they’re uneven once higher than the next so you kind of have to feel the bike and feel the throttle in order to get back on top and continue to skim out of the whoops. Don’t come into a set of whoops and think that you just need to hold the gas wide-open all the way through because that isn’t the answer.

There may be a sand whoop section where that works a roller or they’re a little further apart you don’t have to manage to be on top of them or manage to drop in between them or that works. But in a set of whoops like this is what you’re probably going to come up against more often then not you definitely have to manage the throttle by coming on and off and timing your whoops correctly.

Alright, guys your pro tip thanks for sticking around to the end. We’re going to show you something that may help you make a pass or use the inside of the track cut off some track and still maintain some momentum through the whoops. If it were me I would take the inside of this track and come into the whoops right here rather than going way around the outside losing a bunch of track.

How I would get my speed up in the middle of these whoops is I would use this first roller here and you can see how on the practice that they were doing there’s a rut coming in right here. I would use this first roller and kind of soak this upright and then try to get my back wheel to stay on the ground coming down this first one so I could pick up speed off of this little downslope.

So you come in you soak this up you pick up these and then you start maneuvering your way through the whoops okay. So you use that first one especially if it’s a little more rolled out as a momentum gainer right. You come out of turn inside turn kind of soak this one up and then really get on the gas rather than getting on the gas real hard here and slamming into that first one and losing all your momentum.

Remember we’re trying to gain speed especially if we’re coming from the inside throughout the whole set of whoops to maintain a straight bike in a stable position. Alright, guys hope you enjoyed the video we hope you stay safe and straight down your next set of whoops at your local track.

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