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Top 5 Things to Consider When Motorcycle Jumping

Jul 21, 2008
Motorcycle jumping seems to becoming more popular among adrenaline junkies these days. That amazing rush that you feel when you get your motorcycle to fly through the air has those both young and old giving it a try. However motorcycle jumping is quite dangerous, and before you decide to give it a whirl, there are a few things that you should take into consideration to ensure you are as safe as you can be.

5. Experience

Do you have any experience motorcycle jumping? For that matter, do you have any experience at all with riding a motorcycle? Riding a motorcycle takes practice within itself. Before you start motorcycle jumping, you should make sure that you are completely comfortable with riding a motorcycle before you start trying to jump it.

4. The Motorcycle

Not all motorcycles can be used for jumping. Small motorcycles, such as sportsters, can often be used for jumping, while larger motorcycles should be avoided. There are many bikes that are made for motorcycle jumping that you can look into getting.

3. Practice

You definitely don't want to think about jumping over a line of cars your first go round. If you've never jumped a motorcycle before, you will need to practice. Setting up small ramps is the best way to begin. Keep in mind, for many people it's not the actual motorcycle jumping that they have a hard time with, it's the landing. Start with a small ramp and get the feel of how to go up and off the ramp. Then work on your landings. You want to be able to come in smoothly upon impact before you start moving towards bigger jumping ramps.

2. Location

It's probably not a very good idea to set up your first ramps in the middle of your neighborhood street. Not only is this a bad idea because you will have to combat traffic, but if you loose control of your bike, you may end up hitting an innocent bystander that has come to watch. And of course, let's not forget the fact that should you loose control your first few jumps, you're going to end up with a nasty case of road rash from the asphalt. It's best to set up your ramps in a remote location, away from people and other traffic.

1. Safety

Safety is the number one thing you need to consider when motorcycle jumping. Make sure that you have all the necessary safety equipment that you need. Even though it may not make you look too cool, outfit yourself with a helmet, kneepads, elbow pads, etc. While you may not think you look cool all decked out in your safety gear, I assure you that you'll look a lot worse if you get hurt and didn't have that safety gear on! It's also important to make sure that those around you practice and enforce safety. Do not allow people to stand too close to your jumping area, and if possible avoid having small children watching since they can too easily get in the way and get hurt.
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