Dirt Bike Riding Tips: Riding Table To Table

When you’re riding the tracks you will sometimes encounter what’s referred to as a “rhythm section”, or a section of concurrent slopes and plateaus. You can try riding up and down every slope, but it doing so is inefficient and unpleasantly bumpy. Instead you can try what’s referred to as riding table to table. Essentially what you will be doing is riding up only the first slope, and jumping the slopes between plateaus.

Learning to ride table to table will make your track experience a whole lot easier, and will save you time and energy trying to navigate the rhythm section.

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The First Table

Approach the first slope as you would any. You don’t want to jump the slope, but instead ride straight onto the plateau. Don’t take it at top speed, but don’t be afraid of the forthcoming drops. You’ll want to leave the first table with an extra burst of speed, so hit the gas right before you reach that first drop.

Knuckles & Bunny Hopping

Some tables will have knuckles at the end, which is a little bump right at the lip of the drop. This will help you soar over the drop and onto the next table. Don’t worry if there is not a knuckle though, all you have to do is bunny hop right before the descent, hit the gas, and you will have no problem making it to the next table. All you need to do to get a good bounce at the end is compress the suspension, apply throttle, and pull up on your handlebars as you leave the lip of the table. You need to get good drive off the table in order to make the next one, so don’t be afraid to push your speed a little.

Body Position

Body posture is very important for control and safety when you’re riding table to table. You want to have your weight centered, and you want to be on your toes in an athletic position. It will be a bit of a bumpy ride especially as you are practicing, so you want to be prepared in case you are thrown or jolted from your dirt bike. Balance and control are key to avoiding personal injury and damage to your bike.

Riding to table to table is an easy way to improve your performance at the tracks. This technique is not something you can really practice at a slow speed, so make sure that you are familiar with the steps you need to take in order to be successful. The key is to get good drive off of the edge of the table, and you will have no problem making these micro-jumps like they are nothing.

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