As you come off the face of the jump, take the pressure off of your
leg that you are to be doing the can can with. Practice pulling your
knee strait up in front of you. When you have got this down, try
putting your foot on top of your gas tank. You will probably soon
feel comfortable putting your foot on top of the gas cap, so now its
time to stick it over on the other side of the bike. As your foot
comes up to the gas can, rotate your hips to the side you will be
putting the foot over. Extend your leg over that side of the bike by
straitening out your knee. (Some people like to kick down towards the
opposite footpeg, but the transition to no footed can cans will most
likely be easier if you practice kicking your leg strait out.)
Kick it out as strait as you can, and if you wanna really get it out
there, tilt the bike (by pushing on the bars) to the opposite side
that you are kicking. This will almost undoubtedly be weird the first
time, but it will make for a good transition into the realm of the
you only sick out your leg to the point where you will be able to get
it back over safely before landing.
Step by Step
Approaching the jump like normal - knees & elbows bent in the
attack position. My eyes are focused on the face of the jump, and I'm
thinking about what I am about to do.
My body compresses (due to my front wheel hitting the jump), and I
turn my attention now to the air in front of me.
My front wheel is leaving the ground here, and my body is beginning
to straiten out as I decompress on the face. I've already began to
relieve pressure from my right foot because it will soon be coming up quickly.
Very quickly, I pull my foot up to my gas tank/front of the seat.
That is my target area for the first motion of this trick.
When I know my foot is high enough to clear the seat/gas tank, I make
the smooth motion of pushing it sideways so that it will go over my
tank. I'm not worried about extending it more here; I'm worried about
it being pulled up enough to clear my tank.
Allright! I was confident in my leg clearing the tank/seat, and it
did. I now have extended my knee so that my foot kicks out past my
tank and underneath my handlebars.
I enjoyed that moment, and now I am contracting my knee so that my
foot will be brought back in. As my knee bends, I must use my hips to
raise that leg higher, so that my foot will maintain its elevation
above my gas tank.
My foot was high enough to come back over, so I rotate my hip muscles
in my right leg in order to rotate it over my seat. As I have it past
the side of my bike, I can relax the muscles holding it up.
If I'm in a bind for time, I can kick my leg out to force my foot
back to the peg. I know I'm okay here, so I just relax and allow my
leg to drift back slowly.
I have a flat landing
here, so I've lifted my front wheel up with my arms to prepare for
My feet are
secure, so I just focus on landing safely.