Four Wheeler Jumps for Beginners

by Nick Mann, Demand Media

    Riding four wheelers is an extreme sport where athletes perform a variety of high flying maneuvers. To advance and acquire an arsenal of tricks, it's important to first learn the basics of performing standard jumps. Following four guidelines should help most athletes learn this trick while remaining safe at the same time.

    Safety

    Before ever trying your first jump on a four wheeler, take the correct safety precautions to avoid injury. This includes wearing boots, a helmet and goggles. While not necessary, many riders choose to wear a chest protector and a long-sleeved shirt, as well. Four wheeling is a dangerous sport, so never go riding without wearing the right gear. In addition, make sure that your ATV is running smoothly with no mechanical problems before attempting any jumps. Start out on small jumps and gradually work your way up to larger ones.

    Approach

    Approaching a dirt jump or ramp correctly is a very important part of the process. You should be in a stance where you are not seated, but not standing up all the way either. Your knees and elbows should be slightly bent as your approach your jump. Keep your knees bent at approximately a 45-degree angle. Approach the jump with enough steady speed to clear it. Then, as your ride up on the jump, give it a little extra gas to propel you into the air.

    Hang Time

    Once you ride off the face of the jump, hold on tightly to the handlebars to establish control. Then, pull back slightly on the handlebars to get the nose of your four wheeler in the air. Be sure to keep your four wheeler as straight as possible during hang time to avoid an awkward landing.

    Landing

    Keep your hands firmly on the handlebars as you land. The back wheels of your four wheeler should hit the ground just before the front wheels do. Bend your arms and legs to absorb the impact when you hit ground. Then, continue riding in a straight line once you are back on the ground.

    About the Author

    Nick Mann has been a writer since 2005, focusing on home-and-garden topics. He has a bachelor's degree in psychology from the University of North Carolina at Asheville.

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