On this website, you will read about leaning and balancing a lot. This is very vital that you do this whenever you are performing stunts. Leaning and balancing is extremely important in Four Wheeling. Also, if you are using someone else’s machine for the first time, it is a good idea to drive around on it and get accustomed to it before you do any tricks. Whenever you perform these stunts based on this content, you do so at your own risk. ATV Tips is not responsible for what may happen as a result to these tricks.
So you’ve learned the basics of how to ride from the Driving Tips page. Now you’re ready to take it another step further. When you start doing stunts, leaning and balancing is the main part. Once you’ve learned that, the rest isn’t so hard. But just remember that leaning and balancing is the biggest factor when performing stunts. No matter what else happens, always remember the leaning and balancing. Balance is everything when it comes to stunts.
For example, if you want to drive on the side of a hill, maintain a good speed so gravity doesn’t tip you over. Lean the opposite way from towards the ground. So if you go on a hillside to the right, lean your body to the right. If you go on a hillside to the left, lean your body to the left.
For your first trick, try drifting. For those of you who don’t know what drifting is, it’s like spinning your ATV around in circles with your back tires slipping out and kicking dirt up all over. The main point of this stunt is to show off, and afterwards, it gives you an awesome feeling. First, start off with a little drift, go slow at first, and then you can start making the bigger drifts and have the dust fly everywhere. How do you drift? Begin driving at a semi slow speed, then immediately turn your steering wheel left or right. Just be sure to lean the same direction of the turn. This is extremely important. When you perform donuts and drifting, this is the easiest way to flip your ATV. Don’t be afraid; always be confident when pulling a stunt. If you don’t feel so good about it, it’s probably best to not, try getting over your fear by doing small tricks.
When you drive fast, it’s much easier to lose control. While driving at high speeds, try keeping your body in the center of the vehicle. Also lean forward, this makes you more aerodynamic. The wind will push you different directions, and the slightest movement of the steering wheel will move your machine left or right by a significant amount of distance. Never turn the steering wheel sharp while driving fast. If you’re at a speed that you can’t handle, or you’re afraid you might tip over, slow down. Do not pull the brakes hard, slowly slow down. If you slow down too fast, an accident can happen.
Now you’ll want to race against someone. Don’t get over excited though, always take stunts cautiously. When you take off, it’s easy to pop a wheelie, (you will learn about these later in this page). If your ATV is an automatic, basically all you have to do is floor the throttle and hold it there. Except when you come to the turns, then you should slow down.
If you have a manual ATV, you need to learn how to shift quickly. Here’s an example; be in first gear, ready to go. When you start, push the throttle as far as it can go. Once the rpm’s are screeching, quickly let off the gas, and shift to second gear. Push the throttle as far as it will go, and once the rpm’s are loud, then let off the gas and shift into third gear. You get the idea, keep repeating this process for however many gears you have. It’s important when racing to have your rpm’s loud. This means you have plenty of power. But if the sound of the engine is low, and you feel that the ATV is losing power, hurry and shift down, while you are still pushing the throttle. Then the engine should get more power back, but if not, keep shifting down until the rpm’s are loud again. Then when the engine has enough power, and the engine is screeching, you can shift up, and go faster. Keep repeating all of these steps throughout the whole race.
Now you are ready to start jumping. This is where all the fun comes in. I know you want to get big air, but sorry, you’ll have to wait just a little bit more. When you’re learning to jump, remember that you have to balance a machine at least twice the size you are in the air. Even the slightest position of movement makes a big difference.
To begin jumping, it’s also important to learn the stance position. The stance position is almost like squatting. Stand with both feet on the foot pads, and squat. Keep most of your body towards the back of the ATV. Also, have your body weight ready to shift at any time. If the ATV seems like it is tilting weird, lean against the tilt. Be aware that you could over-correct.
Try to keep the ATV level, and it’s best to land with your back tires just before your front. On your first jump, look for a small hill to jump off of. Make sure it is less than about a foot.
At first, just drive over the jump slowly to get a feel of it. Once you’re comfortable go ahead and start towards the jump. Gain speed and get ready. Once you’re at the tip top of the jump, just before your front tires are in the air, push the throttle all the way in. This should help you land flat. (Depending on what size of ATV you have, be careful how much you push the throttle in. Some machines have a faster response time, and this could interfere with the stunt). But don’t lean all the way back and gun the ATV right before the jump, especially with a powerful engine. You could accidentally do a half back flip, and have injuries. After you land the jump, that’s it.
Are you ready for the big air? This is the final part, you can add different tweaks to these stunts. These are the most basic, but great stunts. Everyone uses them, even the pro’s. All there is to jumping high in the air is the same steps, just more careful, more acceleration, and more leaning and balancing. Just be careful. Master everything else before doing these big stunts. They can be very dangerous, and suicidal. I don’t mean to scare you, but something could happen. The air doesn’t seem that high, but this is about how much air you should get for now. As you keep doing jumps, you can get more and more air.