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Old 02-11-2014
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Exercises for the Youth to Learn the Basics??

Morning all,

After a fairly hectic day on the trail yesterday for my youngens maiden voyage, we have decided he is not yet ready for the bush tracks after having some slow speed offs. We didn't scare him too much, and he has a solid appreciation for safety gear now. Nothing a long soak in the bath and some mum cuddles couldn't fix.

He has no ambition on racing motocross, and my wife and I feel bush riding will increase his low self esteem, self confidence and change some of his behavioural problems we are experiencing at school.

My question is what sort of exercises should I do with him to improve his abilities and confidence?

I have a large park across the road and have been getting him to ride gently around it, and he seemed to be getting the hang of it, but once out into the real world he and I quickly discovered otherwise.

I have picked up that he is over using his front brake over his back brake, saying he cant feel the back brake. This is if he uses brakes at all. He was taking dodgy corners too fast and washing the front wheel out.

I was thinking about taking some witches hats over to the park and make him ride around a more complicated track than before.

I was never taught I spose, I guess I was lucky to have an element of natural talent and picked things up myself. I am not finding this to be the same with my boy, so after some advice on what worked with your youngens.

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Get the fundamentals down and then start to introduce the obsticals. Your idea re the cones is good. Set up some circuits/loops and once they are getting around it comfortably the pace will come naturally. Once they demonstrate good fundamentals (brakes, throttle, steering) put in some challenges, bumps, sticks etc to negotiate.. and then into the bush.

Kids are strange creatures. Our little fella couldn't get the concept of riding his pushbike for a long time. Lots of explaining, lots of try this, try that, and not a lot of progress.. then one day he just put it together and since then has been carving it up with minimal issues.
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Practice locking the front wheel to get a feel for brakes, ditto the rear.

Big brake slides are fun , I've never seen a kid not look back to see how far it went (probably not very park friendly)

Then he can practice emergency braking using both brakes.
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http://www.motoxschool.com/

Anyone used this website??
I might give it a go if the testimonials have anything to go by

Cheers for the advice..

I think I need to start back at the basics as said.

Brakes, clutch control, throttle control.. these I can offer assistance.

What about positioning? When to stand up etc? any advice
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I'd be more inclined to look at something like Shane Watts dirtwise vids. Will give you more drills to work with too.
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I found a 4 DVD box set, but they look like a more advanced rider skill booster

Is there something orientating around basics?
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?The DirtWise with Shane Watts Academy of Offroad Riding is an excellent opportunity to gain experience and improve your skill level with off-road riding situations, whilst in a controlled environment and under expert guidance. The DirtWise Academy of Offroad Riding school is an exceptional learning institution that focuses on offroad specific riding situations and instruction, however the skills we teach apply to both offroad and motocross riding/racing.?

?The majority of our students are of the novice and intermediate skill level, however what we teach applies to all skill levels right from the beginner all the way through to the Pro level. We just set up the skills exercises with varying degrees of difficulty according to the skill levels present at each individual school.?

?Our school focuses on increasing bike control which results in a safer, more confident and skilled rider. Ultimately, this allows each student, if they desire, to easily ride faster without greatly overstepping their skill limits. Having greater bike control and confidence are key ingredients to achieve this!?


...I've watched a couple and the way they are structured is definitely around the fundamentals and how to refine, and then incorporate them into more advanced techniques. Lots of drills and skills on stopping, starting, turning. Very clutch throttle and brake oriented. End of the day, theres no real subsitute for seat time though.
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awesome.. cheers for the reply

for the sake of $100 I will give it a go anyway
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Maybe put him in a riding school, even if it was at an MX track he will still get lots of out it. We threw our 5yos on peewees into a school and by the end of it they pretty much had all the basic techniques down pat. How old is he?
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Toby is 10 years old, but he struggled on his push bike, and really has no confidence on his dirt bike.

He rode a PW50 for a while, but by the time he had a real go at it, he was too big for it.

Now he has a CRF80F

I thought about the MX track thing. Might ask some mates what the go is here locally.. country bumkin here!
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