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On Track How To: Seat Bounce With Ryan Hughes

Once again we caught up with Ryan Hughes of RynoPower to break down one of most important skills- the seat bounce. Ryno takes you through the "Three T's" of the seat bounce. Technique, Timing, and Trust. Watch as Monster Energy Pro Circuit Kawaski rider Dean Wilson shows us how it's done and listen to Ryno as he gives us the do's and don'ts.

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Hi. I'm Ryan Hughes. We're out at Milestone. I'm with Dean Wilson watching him do some seat bounce. We're going to dissect what it takes to seat bounce a triple, a double or whatever is on the track.

There's a few things that you have to look at when seat bouncing:

  1. Technique
  2. Timing
  3. Trust

Technique, you have to be in the right places so you can get that bike to compress and rebound at the right time. Timing, you have to sit or lean back a little bit at the right time. And trust, you have to trust yourself that it's not going to kick you over the bars, and being able to be relaxed.

Right when you're coming up to the jump you want to be one with the motorcycle because that bike needs to compress right at the base of the jump and then rebound as it comes off.

You need to do the same thing by putting weight into the rear of the motorcycle or into both ends of the motorcycle and compress the suspension so that when that bike extends or rebounds off the face of the jump, you're extending with the motorcycle. You're standing up. You cannot just sit down and then continue to sit down. You need to sit down, seat bounce and then stand up and come forward with that motorcycle to get that front end to come down.

Right when you see Dean cone out of the corner, he is sitting, but then right when he gets to that face of the jump, he sits and puts weight to that rear end of the motorcycle to get it to compress.

Right when he hits the base of the jump, he gives it a little more gas and blasts the clutch. Once that bike compresses and rebounds, he's coming off the pegs, standing up, going with the motorcycle. His body weight going forward is now going to put that front end down.

Once you take off, that front end is high because you're weight is going a little bit backwards. As that bike extends and coming up, you need to extend and come forward with that motorcycle to get that front end down. Every landing of every jump is this way to get that front end to come down that way.

To me, the best seat bouncer out there is James Stewart. James Stewart has great technique that way, because his chest is straight and his hips are out. When he compresses and seat bounces a jump, he goes out instead of up. Someone that rounds their back, their whole body is going to be kicked off the foot pegs. James Stewart hips are out and chest is high so his body is stabilized and he has a little bit of movement in his body. Right when he compresses that bike and rebounds, it shoots him out instead of up and it doesn't kick his feet off the foot pegs.

A few things:

  1. You've got to come into the jump, triple, step up, whatever it is, and have good technique by straight chest, hips out and be able to put weight into the back of that bike.
  2. You need to have timing by sitting right at the base of the jump to get that bike to compress and extend at the same time.
  3. You have to trust in yourself. If you trust in yourself, you're going to relax. If you don't trust in yourself, you're going to be tense. If you tense up off it, that bike is usually going to control you by throwing you over the bars or doing something weird.

Those are the three things that I say to seat bouncing. Take it slow. Start with a small jump. Get that technique. Get that form. Get that trust. Right at the base of the jump. Then start building your way up to bigger jumps, longer jumps. Take your time. The immediate over the ultimate ... all day long.

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