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  1. I didn't get flamed for posting the enduro bike video for my last how to here. I'm doing this on the dirt bike because of its universal appeal, lots of folks crosstraining. Pretty much works the same on the trials bike. I always see folks confused over the japzap vs double blip so I put a back to back slow mo comparison of my interpretation of the maneuvers in the video. Hope it helps someone.
  2. I seriously underestimated the physical challenge of trials when I got my bike this year. Racing in a 2 hr hare scramble is nothing compared to going thru a section over and over nonstop, no way I could ride the trials bike doing japzaps over logs for 2 hours straight! I think with more experience I'm starting to loosen up. Riding slow and focusing on my balance trying to do stuff as slow as possible is what gets me tired. If something isn't challenging enough, just do it slower haha.
  3. There's a lot of confusion about Double blip vs jap zap. The terms seem to have become interchangeable but this video is about what is traditionally called a Jap Zap, popping the clutch and trying to get lift with the rear wheel. My trials bike is broken so I filmed this on the enduro bike.. It all works the same but looks slightly different with body positioning and you won't get near the same lift. General rule of thumb regarding body positioning that I didn't mention in the video, stand in front of the obstacle and jump up to it - then just do the same thing on the bike; jump up with your body and the bike will follow. Hope this helps someone. I'll try to reduce the rambling if I do anymore of these haha.
  4. I think was actually the lever bottoming on the frame or something solid on the bike causing trouble on my beta too. I'll have to look at it again, I may be able to get enough clearance by a very small amount of grinding on the lever itself, along with trimming that bolt like you suggested. Thanks for the tip
  5. Holy crap I know this is an old post but this is exactly what I'm battling with now. When doing zaps or splats, I don't cover the rear brake because it's near impossible in some situations. I have started getting better with the clutch to control the height of the wheelie on the obstacle, but still if it's a very small platform for the rear tire I have sent it a couple times because of not covering the brake. Normally I have trained myself to pick up my foot and move it into position after the 2nd throttle blip, before rear wheel impact, but this has drawbacks. I'm just finding it hard to remember to move my foot over after impact when I'm so focused on feathering clutch, throttle, etc. Then again the way I normally do it took repetition to get decent at too. The other thing that makes it harder is I cannot adjust my brake pedal low enough on this bike unless I were to bend it. It doesn't even go as low as the foot peg, and I like to have it right about level, but damn they make these high on some of these trials bikes. That's the main reason I trained myself to pick my foot up off the peg.
  6. Lol! Didn't mean to shout, guess I'm too high strung.
  7. I tried it both ways today, I have some sand and dry leaves in my back yard which are very easy to wash out in. My results are non-conclusive, I need to spend more time on it. Both seemed to be pretty decent, I think leaning the bike and counterweighting is easier for me since it's what I'm used to. What I did learn though was it's much easier to find and keep my balance after a turn with the keeping the bike upright and weighting the outside peg. I will be turning like this from now on but will continue to try both ways in loose terrain and report back.
  8. Maybe my understanding was wrong! I thought for loose terrain you would weight the inside peg, lean the bike in, and lean your body out so that you can achieve the same turn radius with less handlebar turn, thus avoiding pushing the front along the ground and washing out.
  9. Hey mcman, I'm new to trials and got my first bike back in February, so I'm learning myself. I found it easiest to learn the timing with flat ground bunny hops. I crouch into the pegs as I get on the throttle, then jump as I get off the throttle and pop the clutch, allowing the flywheel energy to propel the bike evenly off the ground. If the bike wheelies, it means you didn't get off the throttle soon enough. I'm on and off the throttle before the back tire even leaves the ground. I've seen footage of trials schools where instructors teach this method as well. Someone was asking me to try to get better shots of my hands doing this. This was the most recent video I recorded to try to show my timing. It may help. Spend your next session or two just doing flat ground bunny hops and you'll get the timing down. I'm already bottoming my too-soft suspension so if I want more lift I just give a bigger pop of the clutch at higher revs to dump all that stored energy instantly.
  10. Good info jonny. You've been following this from my first post and you've been very helpful
  11. Yeah I think I'm definitely not counter-leaning my body enough. I was wondering about peg pressure though. On the flat or uphill floaters with no obstacle, I know you need a jab of the inside peg. But for bouncing the wheel off, I've heard someone say to keep even peg pressure which seems odd to me. If you also jab the inside peg when bouncing off the obstacle, do you jab on initial wheelie, or jab after front wheel impact? I don't have any uphills to use to practice on either unfortunately.
  12. Went through some footage from last Friday's practice, working on floaters and roll-ups. Also trying to work on that balance, I'd like to stop on top of the platform and balance. Also bonus clip of a crash while attempting to hold pressure. Then some footage testing my new action cam on a local trail with my dad and uncle.
  13. Hey guys, Here's footage from my past 2 training sessions on Thursday and Saturday, now with more fail! (Funny crashes on the 2nd vid) I had a good long session with the trials on Saturday. For the first half of the session I was doing quite poor, checked the footage and caught myself not committing at all to the technique. Just a reminder how much of it is mental!
  14. Ok, latest video progess.
  15. Wow this poll is surprising. I'm 24 and just got my first trials bike. I'm actually into enduro racing, and a big fan of extreme enduro. Seeing as how enduro has actually made a comeback, I had kind of hoped trials would be up as well, considering how well the skills crossover to the enduro bikes. I will add that trials has been some of the most fun I've ever had. Got my first '08 Beta Rev 3 250 in January.