Ok folks, we are here to do the first ever BMart Riding School article. When Megan came to me asking me to do this, I couldn’t say no simply because of how important this is – not only in racing but in all quad riding. I’m talking about riding with style. Keeping it steezy out on the race track or trails or dunes on your quad is huge because that is what people will see when you post photos on Facebook. Not the results or any of that useless bull. The local girls that you’re going to be trying to hook up with I gurantee will be scoping all your pics on Facebook.
Number 1: Ride loose. Nothing looks uglier than a guy riding just stiff as a board. Loosen that style up. Move around on the bike. You look scared out of your wits when you ride stiff and that translates into you looking like a little bitch. Nobody wants that.
Number 2: Know where all photographers are on the track. These are the people that will make you look great. Don’t be afraid to style it out a bit for them. Good looking riders make good looking pictures. That will make you and the photographer both happy. A solid styled lookback can make you famous – just ask Timmy Shelman. If you’re the type that can’t make a lookback pretty, you better get good at whips because nothing looks more beginner status than a crappy lookback or a sloppy butt whip. Guys like Ruby Davis, Clay Forenpohar, and myself have this dialed and are sure too reap the benefits of the lurkers out there on Facebook.
Number 3: Keep your knees in at all time. Riding with a knee sticking out just looks dumb. Joe Byrd does this and while he may be fast he looks completly absurd. Look to guys such as Ze’vyer Mott and Drew Lattimar for this as they are always looking stylish with the knees in through all corners.
Number 4: Throw some dirt! This is the reason dirtbikes hate us, but who gives a shit? It looks awesome. Find a berm, plant that outside rear in it a little, and drop the freakin’ hammer. Nothing will get people’s attention like a 10 foot tall wave of roost. Who cares if it pisses of the dirtbikers. They don’t like us anyway.
Number 5: Stretch your upper body out over the bars in the air. It makes you look like you’re going way bigger. Reed Petchnick is a master of this. Probably because nine times out of ten he is going huge.
Number 6: GO BIG! Scared of that big jump on the track? Hit it anyway. You know it is do-able if you have seen the pro’s jump it that day. If you do go down hard? Well that ‘s not the end of the world. One of the track medics could end up being a certified hotty.
Well that’s the end of this months riding lesson folks. Hope you learned a little about looking fast.