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Description: The photos above are sequence shots of a whip. We're trying to document/demonstrate the mechanics of a whip. They are simple in description and execution, practice makes perfect though. Anyway drag your mouse over the thumbnails above and the large photo will appear in the center, from beginning to end. You'll see two angles, one from each side of the bike, and that helps demonstrate bike/body position. Remember I'm on a 4stroke here and they do respond differently. 2strokes are easier to whip so be patient on the big thumpers. It's helpful to find a jump that you're comfortable landing nose-down on. Load the bike into the face of the jump, pull the bike over while pushing the nose down and twisting your body towards the down side of the bike. Do not try to "kick" or push the bike over with your legs. Let the weight of the bike push it outward. Anyway there are more detailed instructions below so read those and maybe it'll make sense. Be careful and ride within your limits.
Rider Aaron Remkus
Photographer Tex Thayer
Date: 09-09-2003
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Whip - How To Step One
Description: I've had a few people ask me how to do whips, so I thought I'd throw a few photos up that help demonstrate the key techniques. Keep in mind I am no whip expert and what works for me might not work for others. Anyway: Notice my head and body position? Notice the bike position relative to the take off of the jump? I'm weighting the "downside" of the bike heavily while letting it drift wide and letting the nose begin to drop. Twist with your body and continue to weight the bike's downside, this is when the bike goes flat (just past this stage). The more you weight the downside, the flatter it gets. Keep a steady hand on the throttle, give it gas to keep the rear from drifting too wide.
Rider Aaron Remkus
Photographer Charles Biel
Date: 03-04-2003
Filesize: 20.9k, 640 x 480

Whip - How To Step Two
Description: Keep in mind all these photos are taken on the same jump (different riding sessions obviously). Anyway this is the next phase (middle) and when the bike goes flat. Keep twisting the bike with your hips and upper body. Keep weight on the downside of the bike and push outward and upward on the rear. Think of it like you are railing a berm. Also keep your head pointed to where you want to land as the bike will apex in the direction you are looking. Once you get comfortable you can begin looking around, taking your feet off, nac-nac's, etc..
Rider Aaron Remkus
Photographer Charles Biel
Date: 03-04-2003
Filesize: 20.9k, 640 x 480

Whip - How To Step Three
Description: This is the very end of a whip. Notice the bike position relative to the landing: it's past horizontal. I'm hard on the throttle right here and beginning to pull back with my outside leg while twisting my shoulders/upper body in a countersteering motion to get the bike straight. Be careful, it's possible to over-correct these and the landings get a bit goofy. At any rate, there ya go... enjoy and be careful.
Rider Aaron Remkus
Photographer Charles Biel
Date: 03-04-2003
Filesize: 20.9k, 640 x 480

Whip - How To Step Four
Description: This is the reverse angle of step 3. It's basically showing the opposite body position and noting that you really want to keep your weight centered over the bike (head/shoulders) as it's the only way you can leverage the bike back to straight. If you feel like you are not going to be completely straight on the landing, stay on the gas hard (apply throttle before backwheel makes contact with ground) and the acceleration will do the work for you.
Rider Aaron Remkus
Photographer Charles Biel
Date: 03-04-2003
Filesize: 20.9k, 640 x 480


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