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    Just got some good advice (not)

    So I am going with my gut on this and sticking to what I was taught from my MSF but here goes...

    The maintenance guy for my office rides a Harley Sportster. He is a typical Harley guy. He and I haven't always gotten along, but once I started riding we started talking about bike stuff. He came over to me to ask if he could borrow a charger for his phone and we started talking. One thing I brought up was one of the roads I ride out by me has these bumps that kill my back. They go across the entire road (a 50mph posted). In a car no biggie, on a cheap bike with stiff suspension, they're spine shifters.

    So I told him that it took me a while to get used to lifting myself off the seat while going over (like we were taught in the class with the 2x4) because of the forward controls. He proceeds to tell me that I don't have to do that, but to lean the bike and go over it on the side of the tire. He kept going on how he does it. I wanted to say "I didn't know you can stand on your hands that long and talk out your s$$" but I politely said that I got this down so I'll stick with it. He proceeded to tell me again to try it.

    Seriously???? Yeah I don't think so, but correct me if I'm wrong.
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    Sounds odd, but may just try it on a road bump out of curiosity, it's easy enough to ride straight with a lean do it all the time to quick check motor parts...but not really sure how it would even work...

    edit: tried it, ridicoulous
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    Quote Originally Posted by TwoSpot View Post
    So I am going with my gut on this and sticking to what I was taught from my MSF but here goes...

    The maintenance guy for my office rides a Harley Sportster. He is a typical Harley guy. He and I haven't always gotten along, but once I started riding we started talking about bike stuff. He came over to me to ask if he could borrow a charger for his phone and we started talking. One thing I brought up was one of the roads I ride out by me has these bumps that kill my back. They go across the entire road (a 50mph posted). In a car no biggie, on a cheap bike with stiff suspension, they're spine shifters.

    So I told him that it took me a while to get used to lifting myself off the seat while going over (like we were taught in the class with the 2x4) because of the forward controls. He proceeds to tell me that I don't have to do that, but to lean the bike and go over it on the side of the tire. He kept going on how he does it. I wanted to say "I didn't know you can stand on your hands that long and talk out your s$$" but I politely said that I got this down so I'll stick with it. He proceeded to tell me again to try it.

    Seriously???? Yeah I don't think so, but correct me if I'm wrong.
    Yeah...don't listen to that guy. Makes absolutely no sense. Cross at 90 degree angle, lift your butt, try to keep your weight toward the rear in order to allow the front wheel to be light. Give the throttle a little blip as you cross.
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    I can tell you how to go over stuff, but not unless you can stand up on the pegs first.
    Anything else requires complete faith in your suspension, or lack of therein

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    Quote Originally Posted by TwoSpot View Post
    So I am going with my gut on this and sticking to what I was taught from my MSF but here goes...

    He proceeds to tell me that I don't have to do that, but to lean the bike and go over it on the side of the tire. He kept going on how he does it. I wanted to say "I didn't know you can stand on your hands that long and talk out your s$$" but I politely said that I got this down so I'll stick with it. He proceeded to tell me again to try it.

    Seriously???? Yeah I don't think so, but correct me if I'm wrong.
    Your maintenance guy should remain a maintenance guy.

    Continue to cross an obstacle as you were taught.

    However... There IS a technique used where you DO lean a motorcycle as you ride up a ramp to lessen your flight during a jump in motocross or scrambles type racing. Novices don't need this technique, only the pros that are racing as a career. It's only goal is to lessen "flight time."

    Think about this~ If you lean your bike when you "hit" an obstacle, aren't you increasing the chance of dimpling your wheel rim edge where the bead is? Maybe a pinch flat tire? Brings up another point. Are your wheels designed to accept side loads?
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    Quote Originally Posted by NORTY View Post
    Your maintenance guy should remain a maintenance guy.

    Continue to cross an obstacle as you were taught.

    However... There IS a technique used where you DO lean a motorcycle as you ride up a ramp to lessen your flight during a jump in motocross or scrambles type racing. Novices don't need this technique, only the pros that are racing as a career. It's only goal is to lessen "flight time."

    Think about this~ If you lean your bike when you "hit" an obstacle, aren't you increasing the chance of dimpling your wheel rim edge where the bead is? Maybe a pinch flat tire? Brings up another point. Are your wheels designed to accept side loads?
    even pot holes will do a wheel in, happened to my neighbor a few weeks ago, expensive repair changing wheel.

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    Quote Originally Posted by NORTY View Post
    However... There IS a technique used where you DO lean a motorcycle as you ride up a ramp to lessen your flight during a jump in motocross or scrambles type racing. Novices don't need this technique, only the pros that are racing as a career. It's only goal is to lessen "flight time."
    .....where as adding a cape increases flight time......
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    I generally lift off the seat and use my knees to help absorb big bumps--but then again, I have bikes where i can do that. ;

    I've seen two different youtube videos showing cops getting thrown clear off their bikes hitting a bump while sitting...

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    Quote Originally Posted by Bugguts View Post
    .....where as adding a cape increases flight time......
    Should we use a red or blue cape

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    Quote Originally Posted by bikebitsmall View Post
    Should we use a red or blue cape
    Depends what color your bike is! You may even want a green or orange one.

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