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Are you having trouble touching the ground or maybe having trouble gripping the bike behind the gate? Or maybe looking for an advantage on getting your feet back on he pegs as soon as the gate drops? Aden and I have been experimenting with start blocks for quite sometime and have made our own out of wood and even purchased a few different styles of blocks for him in order to try and get batter starts.
We ended up purchasing a set of Motosport Products starting blocks and have been having some better starts as of late. The Motosport Products blocks are adjustable and can be adjusted from 3 inches tall through 9 inches tall. The cheese grade surface works great for cleaning mud off boot bottoms as well. The blocks are stackable with a single carry handle and are made from high quality aircraft aluminum.
If you are able and your racing sanction allows it, try running the blocks as high as you can/desire to your footpegs, so that the distance from the blocks to the pegs are almost flush. This can help the rider get his feet back on his pegs soon and on the throttle harder/sooner than the competition. The key to this technique is that you need to squeeze the bike as much as possible and get your feet back on the pegs as soon as you cross the gate. After several tests back to back with and without the starting blocks the starting blocks gave my son more consistent exits out of the gate. If there are big enough ruts behind the gate (pending if you’re on dirt starts) and you have somewhat average to long legs, you will not need the blocks as you should have a small amount of distance between the dug out dirt and the footpegs.
If you’re on a grate starting gate this is where the blocks are really beneficial. With start grates there is maximum amounts of traction at the rear wheel so locking your feet in font of the pegs is crucial. Getting “that lock” in is made much easier with the Motosport Starting Blocks than with out. You will just have to dial in the desired height for your rider and make sure they are placed correctly near the bike before the start. Overall this has been a huge game changer for my kid’s starts. I personally have tried them and have seen improvements in my starts and I am 6’0. If you’re looking to get some more leverage for your child (especially on mini bikes) or maybe for yourself look into these adjustable Motosport Products Starting Blocks.
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