Riding a dirt bike well requires commitment. Whether it’s a corner, a jump, sand whoops or,
in this case, a nasty rock waterfall, halfhearted
attempts will get you into big trouble. So how do
you avoid hesitating and second-guessing? It’s all
about the confidence that comes from practicing
the right techniques.
Taylor Robert is a talented rider with a newfound
passion for trials riding. In this series of photos,
Taylor demonstrates how to tackle extreme terrain.
These were shot at the recent King of the Motos
and show Taylor attacking a waterfall section that
very few attempted. It was the challenging shortcut
at a trail split that forced riders to face their fears
or take the longer, easier path.
PRO RIDING SECRETS
The key here is attacking the base and doing so with
the proper stance. Taylor picks a point to hit, lofts the
front and accelerates into the face. He says it’s important to relax here, but keep your body hinged at the
hips and knees to help absorb the impact. Also, don’t
over-rev or lug the engine too much. Staying in the
meat of the powerband is crucial. After the initial hit,
your body will naturally collapse to absorb the blow.
Having a good, strong core will keep you from smashing into the bike and allow your legs and arms to work
like suspension. Dial back the throttle, but stay close to
the clutch and fight for traction. You don’t want a wildly spinning rear tire. It’s important to keep in mind that
it doesn’t have to look pretty. The goal is to get up and
over with your machine—no matter what.
Taylor Robert on attacking obstacles
THE ART OF TOTAL COMMITMENT