Can an east coast rider survive RawHyde's Next Step ??

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  1. Dorito

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    Any riding after lunch or were you in a food induced coma :1drink
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  2. EOD3MC

    EOD3MC What will break next

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    almost....the food was that good :D
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  3. Dorito

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    I bet those chefs didn't try anything as complicated as hard boiled eggs. Wait, no food porn yet?
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  4. EOD3MC

    EOD3MC What will break next

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    After a fantastic lunch, the class gathered up for our after lunch festivities. We started out with a little “get back into it” trail ride. This one included a few more challenges then the previous ones. After looping around the ranch a bit we were back at the hill we left off with before lunch. A couple more times down and we were headed off to a longer, steeper, more rutted down hill.

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    Using the techniques the coaches had provided with the before lunch drills, the hill was actually pretty easy.


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    With everyone getting to practice this down hill a few times we reversed course and started our hill climbing exercise. Balanced on the foot pegs, holding the tank with your knees and leaning into the hill&#8230;it was a piece of cake even with the street tires. Though it was a steeper and longer incline then we had gone up previously, it was still not what I would call really steep.


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    The key item of knowledge the coaches made sure we got was the downhill wheel was the one that controlled the braking of the bike. When you were headed downhill, being able to stop the bike on the decent was only possible with good front brake control, often to the point of threshold braking. Quite a few times, the front wheel started skidding on me. By releasing the brake slightly and reapplying kept things under control.
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    After the hill climbs we were off to the sand pit area&#8230;no not to ride the deep sand but to use the flat grassy area near it to do counter weighting drills. Del set out a couple sets of cones in a square about 3 feet across. The object was to circle the cones in as small of a circle as possible by putting your weight over the outside foot peg. To do this you straightened your inside leg and bent the knee on the outside leg. You also moved &#8220;Moesha&#8221; outboard. &#8220;Moesha&#8221; was what Del referred to when he wanted you to stick your backside somewhere. Yes, he demonstrated&#8230;and yes, every time I hear that name I picture a Del shaking his &#8220;Moesha&#8221; to emphasize his point .

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    Once we had a few goes at going around the cones, he moved them a bit farther apart&#8230;and had us turn inside the cones. To do that, you pretty much had to keep your handlebars turned to the stops and shift your weight to control the turn. Of course Del thought that was still to easy for us, so he had us do figure eights. The key to staying within the coned off space there was to shift your body position pretty quickly and smoothly. Just to make things interesting after that, they open up the &#8220;pen&#8221;. The pen was a fenced in area with very tight S-turns. The turns were so tight that if you tried to turn the bike without leaning it way in, you would go wide and have to back up to make the turn. Very tight, very technical and very fun&#8230;no, I didn&#8217;t make it through without baking up&#8230;a couple times.
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    Then it was time to pick up the pace a bit. Slide turn time&#8230;
    The cones were rearranged into a series of S-turns about 20 feet apart. Del and the other coaches demonstrated the affects of skidding the rear wheel then trying to turn and starting a turn, then skidding the rear wheel. Big difference in the amount of travel of the rear wheel with starting the turn then skidding. The goal was to pick up speed, start the turn and skid the rear end to pivot around the cones. Took a bit of practice, but just about everyone was able to do that fairly well.

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    Every one seemed to do it better in one direction then the other. By One direction or the other, I don&#8217;t mean left or right, I mean coming or going. If they were coming back towards the group, there was a lot of room, not that anyone used it, but it was there. Going away from the group, you were headed towards a ledge. You still had all the room needed to do the exercise, but I think just the thought of going towards it kept the going away speeds a bit lower and we got less pivot out of the turns. A few times during the day, I had missed the brake pedal on the F800&#8230;and sure enough headed into the turn closest to the ledge I missed it again. Nothing like expecting to stop and your foot not touching anything to get a bit of vacuum at the seat. Had plenty of room to slow down and turn, but still got my attention.

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    Another trail ride around the ranch and it was back to the off camber switchback section we started on in the morning. This time we were using a new slide turn skills to pivot around a couple of these switchback turns. If done right, you could make the turn much sharper then trying to round the turn.
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    Time for another trail ride. These trail rides got progressively harder each time we headed out on them. They generally included something new that used the skill exercise we just completed. They got longer and more challenging. On this trail ride we headed down a long, fairly steep down hill the had quite a few twists and turns as we headed down. The whole track down was a mix of hard pack, loose dirt, small racks and grass. It was cool being able to use the slide turns out on the trail. It really proved the usefulness.
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    On this trail ride we ended up stopping near the teeter-totter area. This area also had a few hillclimbs and Del was letting those who wanted to climb the hills. From left to right the hills got more challenging. The first slope was just a straight up run. The one next to that had a small step at the top so you had to get your speed right or you would get a bit more air than a BMW should see. To the right of that was another step up, but this one was about halfway up and consisted of two rail road ties.

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    (Andrew headed to the rail road tie step up)

    Being an unruly bunch of hoodlums, we asked about when would we get a chance to try it&#8230;.No time like the present, so off we went&#8230;It was actually quite a bit easier than it looks. Proceed up slow and steady, hold your position as the other side drops and be ready for the bounce&#8230;then roll off. Easy&#8230;but fun.


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    (Mark and Roman conquering the teeter-totter)


    That ended the class for the day...back to the compound.
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  5. JonnyCinco

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    Base camp alpha is fun....however, I would highly recommend the CV. Includes Base one day out to base camp plus much more!
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  6. Mikehusa

    Mikehusa Been here awhile

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    I took that class last year and came away with a lot of knowlege. I would say it is a must if you have an adventure bike and plan to take it off road. Prior to the class I did a ton of off road riding and some racing, I didnt think I would learn that much going into it. I had about 3k off road on my 800XC and thought I could get around pretty well. The lesson on how to ride in the sand was awesome. I couldn't believe how simple body positioning, clutch control and 2000rpm could get you thru anything. I have 10K+ of riding with a buddy of mine who happens to be one of the instructors. For years he bugged me to take the class and is one of the main reasons I bought an ADV bike. The students, instructors and staff are top notch. The food was great and the open bar was a nice plus. I hope to go back and take another class and or do the CV ride some day.
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  7. EOD3MC

    EOD3MC What will break next

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    Finally got some of the gopro video converted...:clap
    I've gone back and added the videos to previous posts
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  8. blaster11

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    Thanks for posting the videos today Dave!
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  9. EOD3MC

    EOD3MC What will break next

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    More videos and day 2 still to come :evil
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  10. Dorito

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    :tb
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  11. slowpoke69

    slowpoke69 Been here awhile

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    That logo is funny as hell, fits me, I always seem to be on clean up when off road! Nice guy or sucker, not sure which I am!:rofl:rofl

    It could be that you get to see all the mistakes, and uhhh... learn from them, YEAH RIGHT! It's entertaining!

    I hope you're having fun, hell of a prize!:clap:clap
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  12. EOD3MC

    EOD3MC What will break next

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    I like riding sweep because I can see the others ride...being up front, I spend all my time looking back to make sure the rest are still there.

    I had a great time out there...learned a few things I hadn't known, rode some terrain I had never ridden before and certainly enjoyed meeting the others...not quite winning the lottery, but good enough for now
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  13. EOD3MC

    EOD3MC What will break next

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    Another quick trail ride took us back to the compound.

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    After a quick break Del offered up a after class trail ride to any who wanted to go. It ended up being a 15 minute loop out through areas we rode earlier in the day along with a few others. This ride gave you a chance to use just about everything we went over during the day. Some of the areas were a bit more challenging than the class exercises.
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    Tired, t-shirt soaked and feeling great I stripped off my gear, grabbed my shower kit and headed for the rain locker&#8230;they had a couple indoor showers, but the main showers were outside. When I came around the back of the building to the deck the showers were on, I was a bit surprised to find 5 shower heads and an open deck. The view of the back 40&#8230;that was &#8220;the&#8221; not &#8220;Their&#8221; was pretty impressive. The showers had plenty of hot water and a wide open view of the California country side. The combination of hot water and cool breeze was invigorating&#8230;and for the record, I didn&#8217;t see a single bar of soap.
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    After getting cleaned up, I headed to the Dakar Bar for happy hour. As I mentioned before, it was an open bar all weekend. They had a variety of beers, sodas and spirits. Plenty of conversations starting with &#8220;did you see whens&#8230;&#8221; or &#8220;I can&#8217;t believe I did that&#8217;s&#8221;. Everyone had their story from the day&#8217;s riding&#8230;all in all a great bunch that was interesting to be with.

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    Pretty soon after the cooks brought out appetizers, and a bit after that it was time for dinner. I&#8217;m not one of those &#8220;food porn&#8221; guys so no pictures of the fantastic food. But it was damn good and if you went away hungry it was your own fault. Stephanie made sure everyone was happy and got enough to eat.
    After dinner, Jason explained to us the tradition of &#8220;highs and lows&#8221;. Everyone was asked to give their &#8220;high&#8221; of the day and their &#8220;low&#8221; of the day. As we went around the room, people found it easy to come up with their highs, but the lows seemed to take a bit more work.

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    For me, my high was the &#8220;ah-ha&#8221; moment of learning about either engine braking or foot braking on the down hills. My low was getting used to the rental bike.
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    After dinner, people either headed to their bunks or gathered by the fire. I headed to bed&#8230;I was whooped

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  14. Reislust

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    Thanks for posting all the pics and vids, some good footage on there! :D
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  15. Dorito

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    Sigh, first world problems. Having to ride a BMW :rofl
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  16. EOD3MC

    EOD3MC What will break next

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    Guess you recognize the rider in most of them.. :lol3
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  17. blaster11

    blaster11 Challenge X-cepted

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    So let me get this right....the thing Rawhyde brags the most about is the Cordon Bleu chef who cooks this awesome food and you weren't nice enough to take pictures. :norton Inquiring minds want to know! :D
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  18. EOD3MC

    EOD3MC What will break next

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    Slept much better Saturday night, not sure if it was the lack of wind or the fact that I was worn out when I headed to bed&#8230;either way I work up on East Coast time&#8230; about 5 am local..
    No worries, the coffee was ready and I got a couple pictures in before breakfast.

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    After a hearty breakfast and sucking down some water to make sure I was hydrated, It was time to gear up and get ready for day 2. We gathered up and headed out on a warm up trail ride around 8:30 and ended up at the Sand Pit&#8230;

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    It was Del&#8217;s plan for us to hit it early so no one had any &#8220;I was tired&#8221; excuses when they dropped their bikes in the sand.
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    Del had recently reworked the sand pit, apparently it wasn&#8217;t challenging enough the way it was. Well, it certainly didn&#8217;t look easy. It was about 20 feet wide and 30 yards long. Walking in it, your feet just sunk in the deep soft sand.

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    Del started out with demonstrating the effects of using the front brake, the rear brake and clutching to stop&#8230;front brakes just buried the front wheel. Using the rear wheel was better, but made it hard to get started. Pulling in the clutch stopped you about as fast as the brakes but without the wheels digging in as much.
    Lots of power wasn&#8217;t needed to keep the bike moving through the sand&#8230;you just needed a &#8220;blip&#8221; of throttle now and then and to keep &#8220;Moesha&#8221; in motion balancing the bike.
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    It seemed the harder and faster you entered the sand, the fast you were laying in it.

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    (photos by Kyle Johnson)


    After we got comfortable with going straight, Del had us try to keep our balance going straight while &#8220;dabbing&#8221; a foot. He also had us go along a log on the return trip and dab that with our foot as we went by. I got frustrated quick. Going along the log, I could dab a foot and keep the bike going straight with ease. But every time I tried it in the sand, I would veer to that side&#8230;I just couldn&#8217;t go straight and dab a foot in the sand&#8230;
    Then Del let us in on his secret. The next exercise was to slalom around cones he put out in the sand. To turn, dab a foot. To turn the other way, dab the other foot. Two or three taps of the toe and you were around the cone&#8230;5 or 6 and you did a 180 around the cone.
    No handlebar steering, just dabbing the foot.
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    Here is a compilation of some of the sand riding clips I got including my own digger into the sand. I&#8217;m guessing handing your GoPro camera to someone to film you is kinda like saying &#8220;ya&#8217;ll hold my beer and watch this&#8221; because it was my only fall in the sand.

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    After playing in the sandbox, it was a short trail ride over to the meadow for feathering the clutch&#8230;
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  19. Dorito

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    Primo job on the Ninja-Foo roll!
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  20. blaster11

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    Agreed....very nice roll!