It’s both fun and scary with an unrivaled adrenalin rush, so how do you get your bike to fly without coming crashing down to earth? Ben talks us through the basics.

Probably the most fun, but also most daunting part about riding a dirt bike is jumping. From table tops to triples and doubles, for a lot of people jumping can be very scary and hold you back from either enjoying the feeling or becoming a faster rider. With these tips and a bit of practice, you will have the confidence to conquer whatever jump is in front of you and let you experience that oh-so-good feeling of floating through the air.

#1 Body Position

Probably the most important part to be able to jump safely is your body position. The key is having a nice neutral position to help keep the bike level and not tilting when you’re in the air. In order to keep control while in mid-air, you want to be gripping tightly with your legs against the bike to keep it straight and maintain control. This position is similar to the standing attack position you should be adopting approaching the jump, with strong elbows and your head over the bar pad to keep the bike stable.

#2 Throttle Control

Next is having the right throttle going up and over the jump. Things go wrong when you let the throttle off halfway up a ramp, or come into a jump way too fast and hold the gas on full throttle. After being over the jump a few times and getting a feel for it, you need to determine the entry speed to the face of the jump. Once you reach the up ramp of the jump, you want to hold the throttle wherever it is all the way up the face and until you are in the air. A problem a lot of riders have is that they let the throttle off at the top of the ramp. This causes the rear end to lift up and turn into an endo, which is not how you want to jump. By keeping the same throttle speed all the way up the jump face, it’ll keep the bike balanced and level.

#3 Eyes Open

The third tip is where you should be looking. You want to be looking at the up ramp as soon as possible, scanning ahead to see where the best line for take-off will be. You’ll want to avoid hitting any bumps in the face or possibly the lower line of the ramp to give the bike the smoothest take-off. Once you’re in the air, you then want to be looking where you are wanting to land, and not looking around for other riders or at spectators, as these distractions can cause big accidents. Your control while flying high is limited, so don’t panic if you see a better landing spot than is within your reach, as this too can cause you to come in for a hard landing.

#4 Landing

When it comes to returning to the ground, you want to get your chest and torso as far away from the handlebars as you can. This will make sure you don’t have the wind knocked out of you, meaning you can pin the throttle and head to your next target. Landing the bike itself, you generally don’t want to land with both wheels at the same time (unless you’re doing some serious speed!), as this will send the shock straight to you and probably throw you off. Land slightly on your front wheel if you’re landing on a ramp, or if there is no landing ramp, land on the rear wheel and position your feet with the arch on the footpeg, so that the shock absorber of the bike and your legs take the impact.

Putting It Into Practice

So now you’ve got the basics, the next step is to put it all into practice. So where do you start and what do you do if things start to go sideways?

Start With Table Tops

Tabletops are the best jump to start on, as you can work your way and progress a little further each time until you nail it. They are much safer than hitting a double, where you either jump it or you don’t, usually with quite serious consequences. Tabletops are good for gaining confidence and working your way to jumping bigger and bigger each lap. Once you’ve gained confidence with the safer jumps, you can then progress onto more technical jumps such as doubles or even triples.

If Your Bike Endos

An endo is when the front of the bike is dropping below the rear. Unless you know how to correct this, a lot of the time it ends with a crash which isn’t what you want. But a few quick tips are all you need to stop you from crashing and keep you upright and racing. If you feel the front of the bike dropping, you want to get your weight as far back as soon as possible. Also, twisting the gas full on at the same time and holding it is another trick to get the bike to rotate backwards. This is called a “panic rev” and uses the momentum of the rear wheel to rotate the bike and lift the front upwards mid-air. It’s a technique commonly used by all riders to stop the bike from flipping over the front on landing, and you’ll often hear bikes on their rev limiter at a motocross track as riders try to correct their position mid-jump.

If Your Bike Air Wheelies

A wheelie on the ground is good fun, and sometimes even useful. But if your bike starts lifting the front too high while you are in mid-air, you will quickly find not all wheelies are awesome. If your bike starts to wheelie after you’ve hit a jump, again your body position will need to change, with your weight moving forward as far as possible. At the same time as leaning forward, you need to try and tap the rear brake to help to bring the front wheel down. It sounds ridiculous but it really works, using the opposite of the panic rev to provoke the bike to change its geometry mid-jump.

Jumping is fun and is also a necessary part of racing motocross, so you need to have it sorted. Practice is the key to success when it comes to jumping, with special attention needed on the technique for correcting the trajectory of your machine while in mid-air. Practice a panic rev or dabbing the rear brake and see what happens. You’ll soon discover that these are your most valuable assets when jumping and you want them to become second nature.

 

I’ve always heard good things about Forma boots, and until now I’d put them in the too good to be true / take it with a grain of salt category. But I’ve got to admit I’m glad I finally snagged a pair and found out it’s pretty much all true. As I’m currently wearing the Neo Tucson Adventure riding gear, it made perfect sense to try a set of the matching ADV Tourer boots, which are brought into NZ by Forma Distributors, Forbes & Davies.

Okay, the ADV Tourer boots aren’t your fully-fledged Adventure boot like the Forma Adventure boots Chris recently tested, but for a balance between protection and comfort they seem to have the chops for the riding I’m likely to put them through. Slipping them on for the first time, I honestly couldn’t believe how comfy they are. I’ve had some pretty comfortable riding boots in the past, but these Formas are a step ahead. And while I’ve only had the chance to wear them out and about a couple of times, I’m already kinda in love with them.

They offer decent amounts of protection, look stout, and (again) are super comfortable. The sole is probably the standout feature so far, with plenty of grip for trudging through mud, but with enough flex to allow for comfortable walking. The only downside so far is the fastening system, which takes a little bit more effort with its buckle, Velcro strap, and Velcro upper system, but I’m pretty sure I’ll get used to it.

Stay tuned for the next review to see how they go.

FEATURES

  • Outer

Full-grain oil treated & suede leather upper

Specific adv riding/touring compound rubber sole

Reinforced front plate

Plastic gear pad protection

Lower buckle plastic protection

Padded front and rear collar for added comfort

Personalized suede leather heat protector

Double velcro and lower adjustable/replaceable GH plastic buckle closure

Double rear reflective insert

  • Inner

Personalized Forma Drytex tubular lining (waterproof and breathable)

Shin and ankle TPU moulded plastic protections

Soft polymer padding with memory foam

PP Mid Dual Flex with antishock EVA midsole

Anti-bacterial replaceable footbed with A.P.S. (Air Pump System)

 

Tester: Mat | Price: $379.54 | Distributed by:  Forbes & Davies | Check it: www.forbesanddavies.co.nz

 

This weekend is going to see Auckland invaded with motorcycle fans of all forms, with both the NZ Motorcycle Show being held at ASB Showgrounds on Saturday and Sunday, and the Monster Energy SX-Open at Mount Smart Stadium on Saturday afternooon/evening.

The SX-Open have released a schedule of events, packed with entertainment for spectators:

Saturday, November 24

  • 12:00 pm – Pit Party Commences (*Open to all Ticket Holders)
  • 12:05 pm – 1:00 pm – VIP Track Walk (Grass-only next to track due to weather conditions and available only to VIP ticket holders)
  • 1:00 pm – 2:00 pm Autograph Signing (Pit Party) with all Supercross and FMX riders available to all Ticket Holders
  • 3:00 pm – Corporate Suites & SuperLounge Open (Cash Bar service from 4:00 pm)
  • 3:00 pm – VIP, Ultimate VIP & Corporate SuperLounge Entry to grandstands open for afternoon sessions:
      • SX2 Free Practice
      • SX1 Free Practice
      • SX2 Qualifying
      • SX1 Qualifying
      • Supercross rider interviews
      • KTM Junior Challenge Practice
    • FMX Free Practice
    • FMX rider interviews
  • 4:30 pm – Ultimate VIP & Corporate Track Walk (pending weather conditions, this may be held beside the track if track is too wet)
  • 4:45 pm – 5:30 pm Monster Energy Rig Riot in Pit Party
  • 5:00 pmPublic Doors Open
  • 6:00 pm – 2018 Monster Energy S-X Open Auckland – Event Officially Commences & Includes:
    • SX1 Heat Races
    • SX2 Heat Races
    • Boost Mobile International Showdown (ANZAC vs International)
    • SX1 Yamaha SuperPole
    • Boost Mobile Best Whip Contest
    • KTM Mini Challenge
    • Monster Energy Best-Trick Freestyle Motocross
    • SX2 – Main Event Final
    • SX1 – 3 x Triple Crown Main Event Finals
  • 10:15 pm – Event Finishes & Pyrotechnics

 

Tickets are still available, but get in quick before the last ones are snapped up! See you this weekend!

https://www.sxopen.com/tickets/

 

New Zealand fans are in for double the dazzle in March 2019 when the world’s biggest action sports show performs its jaw-dropping new tour in five stadiums nationwide.

The all-new You Got This Stadium tour (formerly known as the Next Level Tour) showcases Nitro Circus fearless riders braving the biggest ramps ever seen in both FMX and BMX, and once again New Zealand is set to reap the rewards of this boundary-breaking insanity.

Not resting on their laurels, the Nitro Circus crew has created not one, but two all-new ramps which will now make their way to New Zealand this summer.

As the tour organisers were unsure how the colossal new ramps would travel, New Zealand was due to see the proven Next Level tour setup to New Zealand – a show that has been touring Europe, Australia and North American cities in 2018.  But after unveiling the re-imagined 55-foot Giganta ramp in North America in September, complete with a takeoff kicker more than three metres taller than anything Nitro Circus has toured before, the results were too good to pass up.

“Our new and bigger Giganta ramp has been such an unprecedented success on our just completed North American tour – with audiences being blown away by the mind-boggling new tricks the guys have been able to throw down – that we made the decision to bring this ramp and show to New Zealand,” Nitro Circus President Andy Edwards explained. “So in one insane show, Kiwi fans will now get to witness not one but two new setups in FMX, and BMX/skate.  We all cannot wait to bring this show to New Zealand.”

More than 30,000 tickets to shows in Auckland, Hamilton, Napier, Wellington and Christchurch have sold already, with Hawke’s Bay and Canterbury audiences proving they are Nitro super-fans – racking up unprecedented pre-Christmas ticket sales.

Taupo’s Jed Mildon, the world’s first triple and quad backflipping BMXer, and arguably the biggest name in New Zealand action sports, campaigned to bring the double-ramp show to his home crowd, adamant that New Zealand sees the very best version of the Nitro Circus show.

“I just knew from the moment I first hit this ramp six weeks ago in Montreal, that New Zealand had to have this ramp,” Mildon said. “The FMX boys have done such a great job progressing their sport over the past 12 months, it’s now our time to catch up on the Giganta side. With this brand new ramp technology, I cannot wait to throw down in front of my people, in what will be the best shows New Zealand has ever seen. It’s going to be epic.”

“I may be biased, but I’m not the only one on tour that says it – New Zealand fans are the most wild and passionate fans anywhere in the world. So it’s only right that they get the very best version of our show and I am honoured to have played a small role in making this happen,” he adds.

Combined, these new ramps – one a radically expanded version of Nitro’s infamous Giganta Ramp, the other the massive FMX Next Level ramp — will ensure that the March 2019 tour will be the biggest New Zealand shows in Nitro Circus history, as the best athletes in FMX, BMX, and Skate push themselves to their absolute limits on the biggest ramps in action sports. Adding to the fear factor, in true Nitro Circus style, You Got This will feature a host of new crazy contraptions that have no business flying through the air, along with a few other surprises that will be revealed as the tour dates near.

For the ultimate experience, Nitro fans can purchase the premiere seats as part of the all-new Nitro VIP package, which also includes a behind the scenes look at the show set with an exclusive pre-show track walk, allowing the VIPs to get up close and personal with the biggest ramps in action sports. A souvenir poster is also included in this package

The Nitro Circus: You Got This Stadium Tour is a wild, electrifying night of action sports excitement Kiwi fans do not want to miss.

DATE CITY VENUE
9 March Auckland Eden Park
10 March Hamilton FMG Stadium Waikato
15 March Wellington Westpac Stadium
17 March Hawke’s Bay McLean Park
23, March Christchurch Christchurch Stadium

In the true style and philosophy of READY TO RACE, KTM have decided to give their customers the opportunity to score themselves a mean KTM 450 Rally Replica. Almost identical to those ridden at Dakar, these machines are a must have for the Extreme Off-Road enthusiast.

The 450cc SOHC fuel-injection engine now provides increased engine power, thanks to a newly designed cylinder head, extended durability and an improved transmission that are complemented by a new engine management system, which includes a newly developed throttle body.

A new air filter box offers more room for the electrics and battery whilst also enhancing the centralisation of masses – a key point in the development of this new machine. The 2019 KTM 450 RALLY REPLICA enjoys a brand-new chassis, tested and developed with factory riders for the perils and style of Dakar we have seen in recent years, as it combines improved agility with enhanced stability for braking, whilst retaining the incredible straight-line stability that the KTM rally machines are renowned for.

 

A new swingarm in conjunction with a reworked linkage and shock absorber, along with WP XACT PRO 48mm closed cartridge suspension with sophisticated Cone Valve technology, provides improved traction when accelerating, as well as increased bottoming reserves. New bodywork utilises sophisticated aerodynamics to increase rider comfort while improving the visibility past the innovative carbon tower, which houses the navigational elements of the bike, to the front wheel.

A new, softer seat, revised fuel tanks, and new Akrapovič exhaust, which also contribute to mass centralisation and improved weight distribution, reiterate the design goal of a lightweight, agile, comfortable and stable bike.

Stefan Huber (KTM Factory Rally Team Leader): “The all-new KTM 450 RALLY REPLICA is based on our already-successful new factory machine that we began racing at the end of last year, which was specifically developed to win the Dakar. With the latest generation, our goal and focus was to develop a bike around the style of our current factory riders, who required something with more comfort, more agility and improved stability. We looked for an improvement in handling, a lower weight, as well as a bike that also meets the demands of the conditions and intensity that we now find at Dakar. The KTM 450 RALLY REPLICA machine is almost identical to those raced by our athletes, and is available for customers to get the opportunity to own and ride a really premium, purpose-developed rally machine with high-quality components and maximum innovation. It’s been truly revised from the ground up, and we are looking forward to seeing these bikes being raced by our customers.”

 

Selling at an impressive price of EUR 26,000 (NZ$45,800) these bikes may be for those with deep pockets and lots of time to spare!