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Module 04 - Rider Skills
Straight up (pun intended), some hills are just too steep for your machine to climb or for your skill level to handle. You should start small before attempting to climb any monster hills. Always know your limit, rider.
Before climbing a hill with your machine, take a moment to evaluate what you’re up against and decide if it’s better to go up or around the hill. Going up? Here’s how it’s done:
Keep your feet planted firmly on the footrests.
Shift into a lower gear and increase your speed slightly to build some momentum for the climb.
Move your body forward and shift your weight toward the upward side of the hill - this will weigh down your front tires and help ensure your machine doesn’t roll backwards. If the hill is steep, it may be better to stand up and lean your weight right over top of the front tires.
Traveling with a passenger? Make sure they’re experienced and know how to mimic your movements (so they don’t end up offsetting them!).
How to Shift Gears While Riding Uphill:
- Keep your body weight forward.
- If necessary, shift to a lower gear to prevent your machine from ‘lugging’ or stalling out on you (you can listen to the sound of you machine lugging).
- Release the throttle and shift quickly – once the shift is 100% complete, reapply the throttle to prevent your front tires from lifting up.