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Watching espn this week Motocross Extreme Jumping and such the riders have two extra levers on the handlebars that I see them fiddle with in-between their jumps, what are they?

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post #2 of 10 Old 04-16-2008, 02:10 PM
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I saw that also, they looked like simply mechanical arms that fold back when not in use. I imagine they are used to move the bike around in the air. I seems as though with hands on the grips your wrists or forearms could torque the bike a certain direction using the extra levers. Just a guess though

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them dudes is sick! Carmichael just jumped about thirty feet straight up, came straight down and ate the handlebars, didn't knock the pole off though.

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I know for sure one is a hand brake for the rear wheel. Like mk919 said it would be used to control the bikes pitch in the air. Hard to hit the rear brake in a superman seat grab!

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robbie knievel said once on camera that he has to alternatively use both brakes midair to keep it level

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I can relate to that, use them with my rc cars in the air as well!

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They move those levers up, or down and out of the way, depending on what trick they're about to do. The levers are about the size of small mirrors sticking up. They're padded and only rotate so far forward, so when they do a flip or flip their body forward off the bike, the levers contact their forearms and prevent their bodies from going too far over the front of the bike. I'll look for a close-up pic and post it.

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They move those levers up, or down and out of the way, depending on what trick they're about to do. The levers are about the size of small mirrors sticking up. They're padded and only rotate so far forward, so when they do a flip or flip their body forward off the bike, the levers contact their forearms and prevent their bodies from going too far over the front of the bike. I'll look for a close-up pic and post it.
That makes good sense, pics and info on them is hard to find.

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Are you talking levers, or just brackets that flip up or down? most of them have metal brackets on the handle bars they can flip/adjust where they want to hook their feet into for certain tricks.

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Are you talking levers, or just brackets that flip up or down? most of them have metal brackets on the handle bars they can flip/adjust where they want to hook their feet into for certain tricks.
I don't know what the hell they are, thats why I'm asking. Noticed them up on some and down on others watching the Vegas show last week, never got a close up shot or explaination of them on the show and couldn't find anything online about them. Feet Hooks and Stunt handles sounds good to me.

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