Tuesday Riding Tip: Using Body English to Make Mid-Air Corrections

Have you ever left the face of a jump with your front wheel either too high or too low? While cracking the throttle wide open in classic “panic rev” fashion can help bring the front end of the bike up if you are doing a nose dive, the most common technique for bringing your front end down in a loop-out situation is to pull in your clutch lever and tap the rear brake. This stops the rear wheel and uses its momentum to help bring the front end of the bike down.

Any top pro will tell you, however, that learning to adjust the altitude of your bike with body English, rather than the rear brake tap method, is something that you should learn to do. “When you tap the rear brake to drop the front end of the bike, it will cost you a millisecond of forward momentum,” explained our buddy David Vuillemin. “When you land, you will have to gas it to get the rear tire spinning again, and that is bad. If you can learn to use body English to get the front end of the bike to drop, you will cut seconds off your time in a multi-lap race.”


We caught Le Cobra using his version of body English (English as a second language) at Perris Raceway a few weeks ago. As Cobra left the face of this tricky double jump, he caught a little too much traction and started to loop out slightly. Using his snake-like reflexes, Cobra promptly corrected his flight by thrusting forward with his hips. The forward motion and resulting momentum caused the front end to dive, and he landed the jump perfectly.

“This is an advanced technique, that only experienced riders should use,” said Cobra. “Young riders, who have not encountered the touch of a woman should not try this jumping technique yet. For some reason, this move became much easier for me after prom night.”

DISCLAIMER: Of course, we’re just having a little fun here, and no one should try this technique on the track. Le Cobra was having a little fun at Perris Raceway last month when Swap was on the track experimenting with his new Canon EOS1ds digital camera, and we couldn’t pass up on the opportunity to share DV’s prize-winning goon style. We’ve been waiting for David to post this photo on his personal web site (www.dv12.com), but have grown impatient. Tune in next Tuesday for our regular, serious, installment of Tuesday Tips.