Gymkhana

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

  1. Storm Shadow

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    i think he needs suspension adjustments rather than wheel modifications, and rider training, maybe a clue
  2. ohgood

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    Ohhh shit, bad mechanic, owner asking for advice from a stealership (its a motomag, after all) and bad advice all in one. No one mentioned riding more, or training? Someone shove a gang of cheapskates that ride a shit ton his direction quick !
  3. Motogymkhanaman

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    Nothing to do with the bike I'm afraid. Although different bikes have different characteristics, none of the road bikes you can buy from a dealer will have any nasty handling traits otherwise the lawyers would be all over the manufacturers like a rash!

    This is very much a problem with the rider's abilities and is extremely common, hence all the 'duck walking' you see.

    Would love to have ten minutes on a parking lot with this poor chap so I could fix his problems forever!
  4. TheWall

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    Sounds to me like there might be a problem with the nut between the handlebars and the seat. That's what causes most of the problems on my bike, anyway :rofl
  5. Storm Shadow

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    Nobody mentioned training wheels either

    send on a small touch screen by a guy with fat fingers
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    Motogymkhanaman Been here awhile

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    How cool!
    Notice how many bikes had squared off rear tires? Must be a lack of twisty roads in them parts. Or city riders. I noticed the same in Thailand.

    I hope the organisers down here get their A's into G for a second event.
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    This little group in Vietnam has only been going for a couple of months, but they managed to field 50 riders for their first event. I'm sure you're right about the tyres being a bit square because they don't get the opportunity to whizz around the curves on the road like we do.
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    50 for the first event?

    deep respect, that's huge :freaky
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    A good effort indeed considering they started out using side roads to play on! The chap that runs the Vietnamese group had to put up with the Police chasing them away so they very quickly found a site to use that comprised of the service roads to an industrial estate that was never built.

    As you can all imagine there are huge numbers of small bikes in use every day in these far eastern countries, so it follows that a cheap Motorsport that utilises the machines people ride to work would soon become popular.
  11. shaddix

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    I fear my skills have gotten worse as I haven't practiced in a couple of months :( I looked at some old photos and I was surprised at how far leaned over and how sharp I had the front wheel turned. Can I still do this stuff in 40 degree weather? The last time it was like 80 degrees out
  12. Harvey Krumpet

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    I hope so. They have the right / easiest bikes to use, the scariest traffic & a huge weight of numbers. Gorgeous food too..

    Shaddix, I'm in a similar situation. Been awhile since I did any practice & that ended in a bin. I have taken every opportunity since to use what I have learned. A word of caution, busy, nay, insane shopping mall car parks at this time of year are not the place to do 270o turns..... An elderly genelmun in an old white mitsi nearly had me yesterday as i was leaving with panniers full of pressies. The bugger was in a real hurry, I was as far away from the shops as possible, backed out a bit, had a good look all around & went for the chuck it on it's ear turn to find him hammering down on me. Maybe the result is why I enjoy this so much, one finger on the front brake, a bit more back brake & the throttle still open. I managed to stop the bike more or less up right, whip the clutch in & nod him past.
    I would not have attempted the turn a few months ago, nuckin futs if you asked me, and I would have ended up hitting the brakes on a closed throttle with the whole weight of he bike bearing down. Get your arse out there & make the most of it.
    It's a gazillion degrees down here at the mo, I'm shattered on the bike after a couple of hours wearing Draggin jeans & a ventilated leather jacket, half unzipped. That's at road speed. It's easier in the cold.
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    Nnnnnnnnope!

    There's still traction just not as much :D
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    Just a comment on the cheap low cones. The MSF course I took used those. One day we had some gusty winds that picked up the 2x4 we were using to ride over and moved it about 20 yards down the course. None of the cones moved an inch. The shape is apparently well designed for wind. You can run over them without damage but they are probably a little slick so not suggested in a tight turn.

    As for gymkhana was looking on the forum of some ideas of parking lot courses to try out for practice. I guess maybe I will just try a simple figure 8 to start.

    Craig
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    The GP8 course has all the elements you will ever need to make the perfect practice environment. The best place to start is with riding an oval track around the pylons ensuring that each pylon is at the EXIT of your turn and not at the centre of it. Just as your front wheel goes around the back of the pylon, SNAP your head very quickly so that your nose is pointing directly at the next pylon. Do this both left and right handed and let us know how you get on.
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    Welcome Bogfarth, glad you like our little sport.
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    That is one of the best sigs I have seen bogfarth. Love it. get your Big Boots on & get stuck in. :freaky