Ducking Under Logs On The Fly With Shane Watts

Story By Pete Peterson Photos By Dave Scearce

I’d heard of this Shane Watts technique, but seeing this in photos is still pretty shocking. Shane dived under this low log in second or third equipment and going about 15 mph, but he does this on higher speeds in more open places with slightly higher logs. “You want to approach in the correct equipment that allows the engine to be in the lower part of the rev range but not lacking that you bog out. If the acceleration are too high, you have a big chance of looping out when exiting the obstacle because when you extend the body way back you have the tendency to, and actually need to, get on the gasoline significantly. ”

Step 1: Ducking Under Logs On The Fly With Shane Watts

1 . “It is extremely critical that you look for the highest point of the log to squeak below. Don’t go too slow that you get wedged underneath the log, but also do not go too fast that you don’t have enough time to execute the necessary techniques and activities. Standing up, legs straight and fully extended, gives you better body expansion and weight usage to ‘squat’ the bike down and allows for better balance retention. This is one of the few times on the trail you’ll need to be standing on your toes. ”

Step 2: Ducking Under Logs On The Fly With Shane Watts

2 . “The front end can be compressed somewhat with a quick dab of the front brake, slight decrease in throttle placement, and an abrupt push down on the bars from your upper body weight movement. The correct timing is imperative. You can see that the rear end is jacked up higher [here]. Right now start the downward swing of your midsection body weight by bending at the hips and straightening your arms to get your butt back toward the rear of the bike to get it compacted down. Keep focusing ahead to assist with maintaining balance. ”

Step 3: Ducking Under Logs On The Fly With Shane Watts

several. “Again, timing is critical; as the bars are just clearing the underside of the record they’re starting to spring back up as the rear continues to compress down. My head is still not low enough, yet that’s no worry, as I possess about another foot before hitting the log. The suspension stays compacted for a very short time, so break the throttle back on again to get you out from under there rapidly and to help provide the necessary last body extension and rear end lift by throwing you back somewhat. ”

Step 4: Ducking Under Logs On The Fly With Shane Watts

4. “With your butt dating back to possible, your body should be almost flat against the seat. Tuck your head down and try to kiss the middle of your seat to ensure that you don’t clean your own clock and come out 3 inches shorter. My toes are pointing up from rotating my foot back on the pegs. This helps along with lowering my overall body height and assists with overcoming the lack of flexibility (due to scar tissue tissue). The goal is to time your body’s actions so that the cheapest trajectory of each part of the bike plus body is right when it goes underneath the log. Don’t forget if you decided to wear a backpack because the log will soon remind you! ”

Step 5: Ducking Under Logs On The Fly With Shane Watts

five. “Now that you’re through, slip your body up to the front of the bicycle as you get back hard on the right hand and refocus on the following obstacle. You will have made up a lot of time on riders who got off their particular bike to lean it over and walk it through. Maybe you are able to stop and watch your mates huff and puff, skin their knuckles, and make a right mess of it, or you can ask them to obtain medical assistance because you pulled a hammie! ”


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For more info about Shane Watts, his DirtWise Academy associated with Off-Road Riding Schools, and his training DVDs, check out shanewatts. com.

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