Step by step below.
To do a no hander, you
must first learn the one hander. The motions involved in
learning a no hander are pretty much identical to learning a one
hander, only you must do this with both hands. Start working up
to the no hander by removing the pressure from your hands when you
are in the air. Just jump the jump and open your hands, but don't
move them away from the bars at all. Do this repeatedly untill you
are comfortable with the mental and physical feeling of having both
hands not in control of the motorcycle at the same time. It may take
some getting used to. When you are ready, the next step would be to
slowly moving your hands away from the bars, little by little each
time you jump. When you come off the face of the jump, lean
forward over the bars a little. This will help with several things:
Your balance as you throw your hands back, as well as with your
ability to maintain your bearing over the bike while your not in
control of it because your arms are removed. It will also help you
when your bike starts to naturally pitch down towards the landing. If
you lean forward, it will be a lot easier to get your hands back on
Okay. On the ramp, just
as you've been hitting it when not doing any tricks. Head over the
handlebars, elbows & knees slightly bent, ready to push off. On
this trick, you really won't be "popping" off the ramp, but
it's a good habit to be ready to pop off the bike every time you hit
a ramp. A good freestyler has good pop. All of the basic tricks
discussed here do not require you to pop off the motorcycle, but
"popping" is what separates the adanced tricks from the
more simple, basic moves.
Just off the ramp, I'm making sure my bike is flying strait and
level. I'm pausing here because I have plenty of time (this is an
FMXSchool ramp at 65-70 feet) to pull off the no hander. I want to
use that time to ensure I have everything in order.
Just before releasing the pressure my hands have on the bars, I will
lean forward slightly. This will help me maintain my bearing as well
as offset the forces of me throwing my hands back.
I am beginning to open up my hands here, and I maintain focus on my
flight path (I'm actually looking at the ground just past my landing
- it's all I can really see from this angle, and it's good practice
to be aware in case something suddenly gets into your way).
I have decided to throw my hands back here, opposed to just lifting
them up. This is called a "suicide no hander," and I like
the way it looks. I just need to be focused on where I want my hands
to go, so I don't get confused and forget what I need to do.
Got 'em all the way back. I have time, so I plan on holding them here
for a minute. I keep focused on the ground in front of my landing,
and using the feeling of my feet and my knees against the bike, I
stay aware of my bike's pitch. I don't want to allow my front end to
drop too much here - that can happen because you have no leverage on
I know my bike is good and that I have time, so I keep my arms
extended. I enjoy this feeling, and focus on what I have to do next -
get back to the bars and allow my bike to pitch down slightly for the landing.
I'm bringing my arms back, and I actually crouch over a hair more to
help lower my center of gravity. This isn't really necessary, but I
just feel more comfortable before I land to have my legs, arms, and
chest all in one close spot.
Okay, I'm completely back on here, so I'm getting ready to land. My
bike natually wants to pitch down here thanks to good setup on the
takeoff, so I just don't prevent that. I have a good landing (super
steep) so I don't need to brace myself. I stay bent up a hair and
just stay focused on what's to come.
Ahhh! I'm done, but I'm not relaxing yet. I still have to maintain my
composure as I touch down, and be careful (as always) not to
"wiskey throttle" the bike. I'm also looking toward my
run-off area to make sure it's free from any obstructions.