I’ve been working on my technicals this spring. Most recently that’s been turning techniques for tight trails.
It seems riders with a dual-sport or dirtbike have a few more options to “throw it around” with wheelies or manually, whereas riders of heavier adventure motorcycles tend to need techniques to wrangle the additional weight of their bike. Riders like Chris Birch are apparently unaffected by weight.
But for the rest of us, I’d love to know what techniques you favor, and dont.
MX/Dual Sport U Turns
This video from BeRAD shows 8 techniques for a dirtbike in tight places, including a “floater” that looks epic and definitely not something I’m trying on my GS.
Adventure Bike U Turns
Both styles make use of the overlapping “slide pivot” (using a combo of brakes to initiate slide and clutch slip to continue spin through the rest of the turn) and hill-turn/j-turn to back down a missed climb.
Otherwise ADV uturns tend to be much more like a road u-torn, slow, a little wide, and counter-balance.
I’m working on my pivot turn, but more usually I use side of trail, turn to climb up, and push me backwards to turn around.
Anyone have a different more handy way to u-turn they recommend?