How to Whip a Dirt Bike & Bring It Back

by Elle Hanson
Whips may look simple, but are actually quite tricky for beginners.

Whips may look simple, but are actually quite tricky for beginners.

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Successfully whipping your dirt bike is the first step toward more advanced tricks and arial moves. Although it may look like a simple jump, whips require subtle adjustments throughout the entire maneuver. Before even starting to practice on a whip, it is important to be absolutely confident as a rider. To practice whips, start small and move to larger jumps as you become more skilled.

Items you will need

  • Helmet
  • Protective riding gear
Step 1

Put on a helmet, elbow and protective riding gear before you begin practicing. You should expect to fall a lot at first, so gear is strongly recommended.

Step 2

Find a smooth, steep place to practice. You may want to start by jumping off tabletops. The best jumps are those from smooth surfaces. At least initially, avoid jumps that are rutted, too shallow or too high.

Step 3

Lean forward on your bike as your approach the jump. This will tip the center of gravity forward, helping your rear wheel leave the ground during the whip.

Step 4

Ease off the gas and pre-load the suspension as you get closer to the edge of the jump.

Step 5

Angle your bike toward the left edge of the lip. Blip your throttle once you reach the edge of the lip. This will help lift you off the ground.

Step 6

Let off the throttle as soon as you are airborne.

Step 7

Aim for your landing point. Use your head and shoulders to stay balanced while guiding your bike and lower body into a landing.

Step 8

Relax and let the bike flow naturally through the whip. Use your handlebars to control the whip. You may use your right foot to hold on to the bike, but your foot should not be involved in directing the landing.

Step 9

Turn your head and shoulders toward your landing point. Give the bike more gas just before the landing to straighten the bike back up.

Step 10

Continue to apply gas as you hit the ground and move forward. That's your whip.

Tips & Warnings

  • Practice under the supervision of a accomplished rider to receive helpful feedback and speed up the learning curve.
  • Failure to wear appropriate safety gear during a whip could result in serious injury or death.

Photo Credits

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