Dirt Bike Jumping Techniques

by Philip Foster
Dirt bikes feature a heavy duty suspension for smooth landings.

Dirt bikes feature a heavy duty suspension for smooth landings.

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While some motorcyclists prefer to keep their tires safely on the ground, others opt for a more adventurous approach. Freestyle motocross riders use a specialized dirt bike to perform a variety of jumping techniques off inclined ramps made from metal and dirt. To prevent serious injuries while learning these tricks, wear a full-face helmet that features a polycarbonate outer shell.

Heel-Clicker

The heel-clicker is one of the most elementary jumping techniques in freestyle motocross. You'll need to jump about 6 to 8 feet above the riding terrain to have enough airtime to complete the trick. Approach the ramp with a moderate amount of speed. Lean back slightly as you ascend the ramp. Lift up on the handlebars as you reach the summit. Remove your feet from the pegs as the dirt bike becomes airborne. Wrap your legs around the handlebars and click your heels together. Align your feet back onto the pegs before landing the trick.

No-Hander

While the no-hander jumping technique appears simple enough, it can be quite intimidating at first. Approach the dirt bike ramp with a comfortable amount of speed. Pull up on the handlebar grips as you reach the apex of the ramp. Lean forward to level out the dirt bike in the air. Remove your hands from the grips and extend your arms towards your sides. Hold the no-handed position for a few seconds. Place your hands back on the grips as you descend towards the ground. Bend your knees as the tires make contact with the riding terrain.

Superman

Once you've mastered a few basic maneuvers, move on to a more difficult jumping technique known as the superman. According to FMX School, the superman is an advanced trick that involves kicking your legs behind the seat of the dirt bike. Approach the ramp with a comfortable momentum. Lift up on the handlebars as you reach the top of the ramp. Remove your feet from the pegs as the dirt bike becomes airborne. Extend your legs backwards to perform the superman technique. Quickly place your feet back on the pegs as you descend towards the ground. Bend your knees to absorb the landing impact.

Backflip

The backflip is one of the most dangerous jumping techniques in the sport of freestyle motocross. According to ESPN, professional dirt bike riders perform numerous variations of the backflip in best trick contests. Many riders practice the backflip into a foam pit before attempting it on the track. Approach the ramp with a moderate amount of speed. As you reach the top, lift up on the handlebars while throwing your head and shoulders backwards. Lower your eyes to the ground as you reach the inverted position. Keep your feet aligned over the pegs as you flip around. Bend your knees to absorb the landing impact.

About the Author

Philip Foster has been writing professionally since 2010. His work has been featured in the literary-arts magazine "The PEEL" and the weekly newspaper "The Mountain Xpress." Foster is an expert in various extreme sports. He cooked in a restaurant that offered organic and vegetarian cuisine for over three years. Foster received a Bachelor of Arts in creative writing from Appalachian State University.

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