Gymkhana

Discussion in 'The Perfect Line and Other Riding Myths' started by Vulfy, May 6, 2012.

  1. Motogymkhanaman

    Motogymkhanaman Been here awhile

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    Sill here! As we slide into Winter, It's up to our friends in the southern hemisphere to keep the flag flying!
  2. GISdood

    GISdood Been here awhile

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    Roger that.... snow in the forecast for the weekend in my neck of the woods. :cry
  3. Harvey Krumpet

    Harvey Krumpet Been here awhile

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    Gardening........ grrrrr. Just bought an old cottage on an acre of noxious weeds. I've found out that Jasmin, the creeper, is actually made from a natural version of Kevlar. It's indestructible!
    On the bright side, once the US air force have dropped some defoliant the garden is perfect to set up some sections for a trials bike.
    Still have to sell our old house before we can move in, so time & money is exceedingly tight. We may need to clear out the cob webs this weekend & go for a wobble.
    Anybody like to buy my house in the beautiful Bay of Islands, hmmmm? Got a huge garage.......
  4. Harvey Krumpet

    Harvey Krumpet Been here awhile

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    Pffffft! Get some spiked tires.
  5. Storm Shadow

    Storm Shadow Thread Ninja

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    somethings can only be killed with fire harvey
  6. Storm Shadow

    Storm Shadow Thread Ninja

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    i think you should all crate up your bikes and migrate here for your winter then ;-)
  7. TheWall

    TheWall 0 miles and counting

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    It's not *my* traction that I'm worried about (even though I live on the side of a mountain). It's all the other idiots who are still driving as if it were summertime that keep me off my bike in the winter! :eek1
  8. Harvey Krumpet

    Harvey Krumpet Been here awhile

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    Funny you should say that........... I'm building a fire pit this weekend. Gonna be of Satanic proportions!!
  9. Storm Shadow

    Storm Shadow Thread Ninja

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    i like the flame thrower idea better :-)

    always thought of making one :-)
  10. Harvey Krumpet

    Harvey Krumpet Been here awhile

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    That is exactly what prompted me to sit my driving test after riding through 12 Scottish winters, a coach coming at me sideways.... Oh, I still cringe at the thought.

    SS, I would be made to stand in the corner if I rolled out a flame thrower. More's the pity.
  11. Storm Shadow

    Storm Shadow Thread Ninja

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    i wonder if you could do some indoor motokhana got any indoor go cart, or rollerskating rinks?
  12. Harvey Krumpet

    Harvey Krumpet Been here awhile

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    Multistory car park.... I've seen motards racing in them.
    I have to ride an hour to remind myself what a traffic light does. Where I live we have a round about, a small one, right by the beach, close to two avocado trees. Very proud of it we are too. It's close to Countdown, my only indoor option.
    Fortunately the worst we get is wind & rain.
  13. Storm Shadow

    Storm Shadow Thread Ninja

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    you just need the right equipment then,

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  14. liquid_ice

    liquid_ice Been here awhile

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    After the success of our first gymkhana meeting...

    This Sunday, we are hosting our 2nd dutch gymkhana meeting.
    It's in Krefeld, just over the German border.

    For anyone who is interested in our dutch gymkhana group:
    http://www.facebook.com/groups/346956898713362/

    photo's will be shared
  15. TheWall

    TheWall 0 miles and counting

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    Training wheels?!?! :huh :rofl
  16. nuggets

    nuggets Fries with that?

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    I am still riding in my back yard. I rode a little bit today, but we have had some rain, and it is slick out there. The bike was sliding everywhere, and I kept dumping it. It was so slick that I was losing the front end even on the slowest turns.

    The super slick stuff is kind of scary, especially when you suddenly get a lot of traction but are pointed the wrong way :lol3
  17. Vulfy

    Vulfy Been here awhile

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    So going back to the basics with the 24 foot circle, and combining my obsessive love for getting dizzy in the endless figure 8, made this little course. Simply combined the two circles to make the figure 8.

    Getting some good results out of it. You can see that the left turn is a lot more "chunky" than the right, but its getting better, I can feel it.

    Next step is to learn to flick the bike into this low position quickly, and without braking too much from speed.
    Also keeping the speed up in the turns, so not to use clutch at all.

    These were done with just the tiniest bit of clutch slipping, and at the end, no clutch on the right turns, and just a bit on the left.

    <iframe width="560" height="315" src="http://www.youtube.com/embed/N--WbTwdMrw?rel=0" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen></iframe>


    need.... moar.... speeeeeeeeeeeed !!!
  18. Harvey Krumpet

    Harvey Krumpet Been here awhile

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    That's lookin real good Vulfy, quick, good lean, looks like your more mobile on the bike & smoove. The left's do stick out, your a bit tense, less smoove & I would say slightly slower through the turn. You do look competitive.
    Weird how we are wired to work naturally one way & not the other. I have to spend a lot of time on an exercise before I stop noticing the difference between left & right. Next time i do it, back to square one. Have you tried the 1 mtr gate?

    Have you noticed how some of the Japanese riders flick their heads about in 360's rather than just keeping looking around? I wonder if it helps to achieve a more comfortable & tighter left turn.
  19. Vulfy

    Vulfy Been here awhile

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    completely randomly stumbled on these.... The youtube user has the whole set of these police lesson videos. This one is on the use of the front brake into the turn, the same technique used in Gymkhana, as it comes from Japanese motorcycle training, only to an expert degree. Look at how much the bike dives down, from heavy front braking.

    Great videos, and broken down into lessons, to practice. Unfortunately no explanation of the technique, so have to reverse engineer them, but I think this is a golden find.

    <iframe width="560" height="315" src="http://www.youtube.com/embed/3ONDot75ECU?rel=0" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen></iframe>

    PS: first 20 seconds of each video is their title sequence, so skip forward, as it is exactly the same for all of them.
  20. Vulfy

    Vulfy Been here awhile

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    http://www.bikebros.co.jp/vb/ridetech/police/ride-06/

    Translate it with Google's Chrome to English... Its broken, but comprehensible. Nothing new though. Strong front brake well into the corner, and rear throughout, opening fully at the end, and still applying rear to minimize slide.... That part is new.... From one of my times on DRZ, opening fully out of at tight corner, the rear will wiggle like crazy, making my own rear, pucker like crazy. HAHA!