Moto Tip | Braking Bumps
Welcome to the new Answer Racing Moto Tips feature! Answer Racing has been producing the highest-quality motocross and off-road gear since 1976, and this month launched its new line of 2020 apparel. With riders like Alex Martin, Ryan Villopoto, Nick Wey, and Mike Sleeter flying the Answer flag, there is a wealth of knowledge and know-how when it comes to riding a dirt bike efficiently and effectively in the Answer camp. Each week, Answer will bring you some riding tips to help you become better at the sport you love! Have a specific skill you’d like to improve? Comment below and we will cover it in a future post!
Braking bumps are an unavoidable obstacle that you will face on any track and how they develop is completely determined by the riders and conditions. Riders that lock up the brakes are often to blame when the bumps get really big, and soft soil will shape up much differently than rock-solid clay. “Braking bumps can be some of the most challenging obstacles on the track. There are a lot of techniques that you can use, all of which depend on the conditions,” explained motocross expert Nick Wey. As always, Wey’s advice puts importance on being easy on the brakes or throttle, maintaining a neutral body position, and always thinking about what comes next on the track, which is perfectly displayed by Fredrik Noren in the photo above…
When you enter into braking bumps, it’s best to not to downshift or grab too much of the brakes, because that will upset the suspension. Wait until you get closer to the tighter part of the corner for that.
If the track has a small rise or some elevation before the corner, you can use one of the bumps as a jump and launch into the section.
When you’re nearing the corner, it’s time to turn your head so that you can look at where you are about to go and decide when you should accelerate.
It’s always important to maintain a strong grip of the bike with your legs, especially when you’re in sections that will cause the bike to g-out or will have a lot of moving force, like a corner with braking bumps. This is when you need to grip the bike with your legs and maintain a neutral body position the most, just so you can react if you do hit a bump or the bike kicks unexpectedly.