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Dirt Bike Tips: Basic Body Position

Welcome to OAO’s Dirt Bike Tips! In each post, we’ll break down a basic riding technique. Our goal is to give you quick, simple points you can easily digest, remember, and put to work during your ride. With these posts, we also aim to give you snippets of insight you might not get anywhere else!

ALSO, we’ve collaborated with strength trainer Erika Hurst to include training exercises - a #MotoFitTip if you will - that can be easily added to your routine to help support related muscles and joints! Let’s braaap to it!

BASIC BODY POSITION

Whether sitting or standing, these are the basics of how to position your body:

  • Body should be over the pivot point of the bike

  • Chin over the handlebars

  • Elbows bent, aiming up and out

  • Knees gripping/squeezing the sides of the bike

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Phptp by Megan Maloy

CRUCIAL INSIGHTS

Getting Your Body Over The Pivot Point Of The Bike

Many riders who are new to dirt bikes tend to sit too far back on the bike, with their knees out in front of them. Maybe because they’ve ridden cruiser-style motorcycles, or just relate to how we sit in cars, go karts etc. On a dirt bike this is incorrect, it throws off the center of gravity and can increase arm pump (arm pain and fatigue due to exertion and swelling that affects blood flow).

I know that as an adult starting out on a smaller bike, it can feel strange and unnatural to feel like you have nowhere to fit your legs. Nonetheless, whether sitting or standing on a dirt bike, you need to get your body more forward, over the pivot point of the bike (where the seat dips, close to the tank) and tuck your legs underneath. It will feel weird, require extra balance and strength, but when you master it you’ll be a BOSS. So, next time you get on that bike, SCOOT ON UP.

Learn With Movement, Everything Is Adjustable

Movement and speed play a big role in how you put techniques to work, and how you adjust in different scenarios. For example, in the image below, you can see that my body and head are further back, and my back is slightly curved. This is because I am braking, not accelerating, because there’s a bottleneck of riders in front of me - something you can’t see in the photo. This is simply to illustrate that learning a technique doesn’t mean you’ll immediately meet some rigid idea of perfection. Form and technique are adjustable as you ride and move with the motorcycle.

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MOTO FIT TIP

Because your body needs to be central on the bike the core of your body needs to be strong and mobile to adjust as you ride. Two simple exercises that can help increase hip mobility as well as strengthen core and legs are Glute Bridges and Planks.

Glute Bridges:

These help us learn how to hinge at our hips and engage our glutes and hamstrings rather than our lower back.

  • Set up with your shoulder blades elevated on a bench

  • Drive through your heels and squeeze your butt to lift your hips

  • Avoid arching through your lower back at the top

  • Do these for 3 sets of 8-12 reps

Glute Bridge starting position

Glute Bridge starting position

Glute Bridge top position

Glute Bridge top position

Planks:

These train our core to be stable enough to resist any movement or jarring through our midsection to protect our spine.

  • Set up with your body in a straight line from head to heels, actively pushing your chest away from the floor

  • Tuck your ribs toward your hips to engage your core, squeeze your butt, armpits, fists and quads hard and hold this position (when done correctly, you shouldn’t be able to hold this for very long)

  • Avoid letting your head drop or hips sag and holding your breath

  • Do these for 3 sets of 3 five-10 second holds

Plank Position

Plank Position

Special thanks and (insert praise hands emoji and burrito emoji) to Erika Hurst for collaborating with OAO! Follow us on Facebook and Instagram and join our email list to make sure you don’t miss dirt bike tips to come!

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2018 Event Recap

Our first event was AMAZING! We had 75 female riders come out, which is beyond AWESOME!!!!  Read on for a brief recap of the best weekend of the summer!

Photo by Megan Maloy

Photo by Megan Maloy

From June 22-24, 2018 Over And Out took over 1,000 acres of private property in beautiful Hancock, NY thanks to our partnership with the Bear Creek Sportsmen riding club. The excitement started right away as ladies started rolling in with trucks, trailers and all their rad motorcycles! 

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Photo by Megan Maloy

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Photo by Sarah Van Tassel

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Photo by Megan Maloy

It was really cool watching the girls roll in - some with friends, others completely solo - and set up their spots for the weekend, making new friends in the process!

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Photo by Megan Maloy

Photo by Megan Maloy

Photo by Megan Maloy

Photo by Megan Maloy

Photo by Megan Maloy

The adventure began on Saturday morning with a rider's meeting in the pavilion, while about twenty minutes of rain passed through the area. When it came time to ride, nothing would hold these ladies back; They suited up and hit the trails, lessons and dual sport routes!

Photo by Megan Maloy

Photo by Megan Maloy

Photo by Megan Maloy

Photo by Megan Maloy

Photo by Megan Maloy

Photo by Megan Maloy

Photo by Sarah Van Tassel

Photo by Sarah Van Tassel

Girls who signed up for a lesson with coach Mitch Schappert got rolling in the rain using their own bikes, or riding a Yamaha TTR from the Hanover Powersports demo fleet!

Photo by Megan Maloy

Photo by Megan Maloy

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Photo by Megan Maloy

Photo by Megan Maloy

Photo by Megan Maloy

Ladies who signed up for a guided dual sport ride gathered with guide Victoria Zandonella to head out for a three-hour exploration on two wheels! 

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Photo by Megan Maloy

Photo by Megan Maloy

Photo by Megan Maloy

Photo by Megan Maloy

Photo by Megan Maloy

We had a mid-day lunch break in the pavilion with healthy, organic and locally-sourced lunches sponsored by REV'IT! and it was an awesome scene to see all the bikes and ladies pulled up to take a lunch break together...

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Photo by Megan Maloy

Photo by Sarah Van Tassel

Photo by Sarah Van Tassel

Photo by Sarah Van Tassel

Photo by Sarah Van Tassel

After lunch, the sun came out and it was time for more riding, fun and exploration!

Photo by Megan Maloy

Photo by Megan Maloy

Photo by Megan Maloy

Photo by Megan Maloy

Photo by Megan Maloy

Photo by Megan Maloy

At the end of the day, all the girls who signed up to compete in the WEBIG Inc. Mini-mx games got ready to riiiiiip on the mini track on bikes less than 125cc, to compete in a poker-run style game all to win some killer prize packs from WEBIG Inc!  

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Photo by Sarah Van Tassel

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Photo by Megan Maloy

Followed by our raffle, which was filled with some amazing items from our sponsors and a variety of generous raffle contributors including Babes In The Dirt, WLF Enduro, Raven Customs, BH&BR, REV'IT!, WEBIG Inc, and many more!

Photo by Megan Maloy

Photo by Megan Maloy

Photo by Sarah Van Tassel

Photo by Sarah Van Tassel

Photo by Megan Maloy

Photo by Megan Maloy

Photo by Megan Maloy

Photo by Megan Maloy

Then we popped the tops on some Brooklyn Brewery beers, courtesy of Motorgrrrl and gathered 'round the hottest bonfire ever with some delicious s'mores thanks to BH&BR!

Photo by Sarah Van Tassel

Photo by Sarah Van Tassel

Photo by Sarah Van Tassel

Photo by Sarah Van Tassel

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It's nearly impossible to capture all the fun, adventure and magic of this first event in one short recap! Stay tuned as we add photo galleries and continue to share exciting news and images via the blog, Instagram and Facebook!

Sign Up for Dirt Bike Lessons at Over and Out

We're excited and grateful to have MSF-dirtbike school coach, Mitch Schappert, join us at Over and Out, leading dirt bike lessons on the Yamaha Demo Fleet from Hanover Powersports!   Mitch has been an MSF-certified coach since 2006, and will be leading group lessons throughout the day on Saturday June 23rd at OAO, with the support of his two daughters, Erin and Mikayla.

Mitch Schappert

Mitch Schappert

Lessons are all levels, whether you've never been on a motorcycle before, or you're looking to learn some intermediate or advanced techniques to improve your skill set. Sign up to take a lesson on the Yamaha Demo Fleet, OR using your own bike! 

ABOUT THE BIKES

Sign Up for a lesson on your own bike, or on the Yamaha demo fleet made up of TTR 110, 125 and 230 trail bikes.  These bikes are perfect for new riders, so if you've never been on a motorcycle before, this is the ideal scenario for you!  

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ABOUT THE LESSONS

Mitch will be conducting a shorter version of the courses he teaches at the MSF's dirt bike school.  Riders will cover everything from the basics of learning controls to cornering techniques, figure-8's and going over obstacles.

All lessons will be conducted in a grass field, with access to some mowed grass tracks.  Helmets, goggles and gloves will also be available for use in the lesson.

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WHAT'S REQUIRED? 

Riders must wear long pants, long sleeves and boots that cover the ankles. Please read all information on the SIGN UP PAGE, and fill in the form! Riders will be slated on a first-come, first-serve basis, and a schedule emailed to ticket holders just prior to the event.  

You must be an OAO ticket holder to sign up, so if you haven't gotten your ticket yet, get on it!

Event Schedule and Terrain Options at Over And Out

This post is to help you get acquainted with the variety of riding options at Over And Out!

Thanks to a long winter (and zero Spring!) we'll be prepping trails and routes for Over And Out into the coming months to ensure we have the perfect variety of terrain and that everything is safely rideable.  Read on below for descriptions of each option!

Schedule last updated on 5/22/2018

Schedule last updated on 5/22/2018

First, don't think you need to adhere to any schedule!  Aside from the mandatory riders meeting, it's completely up to you which riding activities you take part in.  Also note that the above graphic is primarily for Saturday the 23rd.  Read on below so you can plan your best day ever at Over And Out! 

Mandatory Riders Meeting: ALL riders must be present at the mandatory rider meeting Saturday morning at 8:30am in the pavilion.

1-hour Group Lessons (All levels):  Thanks to Hanover Powersports, we'll have an MSF-certified (Motorcycle Safety Foundation) coach on site with a fleet of Yamaha TTR trail bikes! These bikes are perfect for learning on, and lessons will be done on grass. We'll slate you according to level (never ridden before, novice rider, intermediate, or advanced) and assign you a TTR-110, 125 or 230 based on your height, while availability lasts. You're welcome to ride your own bike as well. *Full Sign up details & instructions posted to the events page.

Grass Tracks / Woods Loops (All Levels - on site): The grass tracks are perfect for beginners, and fun for anyone that just wants to cruise. The Woods loops range from shorter novice loops to lengthy intermediate & advanced loops.  

2-hour Advanced Guided Ride (We'll say it again: Advanced!): Advanced riders can sign up for a 2-hour guided follow-the-leader style ride. *Sign up for this is on-site only, and you'll have time in the morning to ride the other loops first.

3-hour Guided Dual Sport Rides (Intermediate): Sign up for a guided group dual-sport ride that goes off-site on local routes. Ride your own plated dual sport or adventure bike. One in the morning and one in the afternoon, each accommodating roughly 10 ladies. *Full Sign up details & instructions posted to the events page.

Mapped REV'IT! Routes (Beginner-friendly, off site): We'll be creating a mapped route that explores some of the area's most beautiful country roads and local sights.  Grab a REV'IT! route map, and head out on your own. This route has finalized at a total of roughly 85 miles, taking approximately 2.5 hours in total ride time.  

WEBIG Inc. Mini-MX Games (All Levels):  Bust out those little bikes and HAUL ASS! Have some fun and win prizes in our mini-mx games. 

After all that riding, it's time to win some awesome goodies in the raffle and chill while the BH&BR bonfire heats things up!

Also, there will be food service on site for breakfast, mid-day snacks and dinner. 

FAQs

Q: What if I have a dual sport and want to do the 3-hour guided ride, but also want to take a dirt bike lesson?  

When it comes time to sign up we'll allow you to select a preference: morning or afternoon.  If you select morning for one activity, make sure to select afternoon for the other. 

Q: I'm bringing a street-legal dual-sport bike, but also a small dirt bike. I'm pretty comfortable riding them both. What type of riding can I do?

The world is your oyster! You can sign up for a 3-hr guided dual-sport ride. You can ride your trail bike on the grass or in the woods (if you have full gear). You can take a route map and head out on your Dual Sport bike for part or all of the day. You can even take the map with you and ride it on your way out after the event! If the dirt bike is under 125cc you can also ride it in the WEBIG mini-MX games! ;)

Q: What if I don't have a bike?  

Any ticket holder can sign up for a 1-hour lesson on a Yamaha 110, 125 or 230, thanks to Hanover Powersports! (while availability lasts). This is a great way for new riders to get started, as lessons are on grass, led by an MSF-certified coach.  

Q: How advanced is the advanced ride? I'm nervous about it, wondering what it will be like. 

Some of the terrain at Hancock is known for being very challenging. Super gnarly. For example, they have one spot called "Hamburger Hill", as in it chews men up and spits 'em out haha! We will likely not be using this hill, but 'advanced' will still actually, truly mean ADVANCED!  

Sign up for this will be on-site only, and we've left time in the morning so that riders can check out other trails first and see how they're feeling! 

To register NOW click HERE!

Schedule as of 5-22-18 may be subject to minor change as route and trail prep continues..