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Motocross Riding Tips with Gary Semics: Steering with the Rear Wheel

It wasn't until the late 70s that riders and mechanics started referring to rear wheel steering. Of course, the pros were doing it long before, but it became a common phrase in the late 70s. Before that time, it was called backing it in. Which...

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Motocross Riding Tips with Gary Semics: Is Cycling Good for Motocross Training?

Cycling (road and mountain biking) have become popular for off the MX bike training. I have discovered that many trainers and riders overdo this form of supplement training. This is because they do too much cycling instead of more Motocross...

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Motocross Riding Tips with Gary Semics: What Gear Should I Be In When...?

You would think that this is a beginner question, and it usually is an entry level question. If you're above the beginner level, you would think you'd know what gear to be in at all times. But in reality, I have witnessed many riders making the...

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Motocross Riding Tips with Gary Semics: Riding Motocross on the Back Nine

How Old is Too Old to Ride Dirt Bikes? Older people have asked me many times (emailed) if they are too old to ride Motocross. Obviously the people who ask this question are older and have never ridden dirt bikes before, or at best, have ridden...

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Motocross Riding Tips with Gary Semics: Motocross Line Selection

Are Motocross Tracks Alive? Did you ever think of a Motocross track as being alive? In some ways, it is a living, ever changing substance of organic material. Of course, not all Motocross tracks are created equal. A top notch mx track has to...

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Motocross Riding Tips with Gary Semics: Differences Between 2-Strokes and 4-Strokes

By now, everyone who rides a dirt bike knows that there are a lot of differences between the smokers (2-strokes) and the thumpers (4-strokes). Obviously, the thumpers are easier to ride because of smoother power and engine braking. But, there are...

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Motocross Riding Tips with Gary Semics: Top 5 Bike Setup Adjustments

It doesn't matter if you're riding a 65 or a 450, there are many adjustments that are necessary in order to have your bike fitting you like a glove. Here are the top five: Setting the rider sag on the rear shock spring. Setting the pre-load...

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Motocross Riding Tips with Gary Semics: Winter Motocross Practice

Unless you live in the south, you're not riding during the winter. Maybe, you get out to an indoor track a few times, maybe you're a diehard and ride the snow and frozen ground anyway, or many you even have a snow bike. But most riders are not...

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Motocross Riding Tips with Gary Semics: Braking Part 3 - Putting the 3-Step Braking Techniques Together

Parts 1 and 2 covered how to use the rear brake while standing, and how to control it while going from standing to sitting. Once you have those techniques down, Part 3 is pretty simple. When you are using the rear brake while sitting and you...

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Motocross Riding Tips with Gary Semics: Braking Part 2 - Standing to Sitting

Last month, in Braking Part 1 - While Standing, you learned how to brake hard, while standing. So now, how do you control this increased entry speed? Part 2 will not only explain how to control it, but also, how to hit your exact transition and...

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