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Discussion in 'The Perfect Line and Other Riding Myths' started by Vulfy, May 6, 2012.
The purple ninja don't play around.
Sorry for last minute notice, but we have a session going tomorrow (Sat, 24th).
9:00 am - 2:00 pm, same place as usual.
Be there or be square.
love that ns50 would be fun on the gymkhana course
PM sent yesterday. Potential weather issues looming however
Hey Stoke, interesting question on the crossover between Gymkhana riding and dirt riding, but I'm not sure there is a definitive answer.
The guys over in Japan reckon that you can be good at dirt riding, road racing or fast road riding, but that won't make you good at Moto Gymkhana. On the other hand if you're good at Moto Gymkhana then all those other disciplines are easier as a result. This is certainly true of road and circuit riding, but as I don't do a great deal of off-road riding any more, I can't really say for sure whether it does or not.
My G/F has been lucky enough to start riding with a clean slate, practicing the techniques we talk about here from day one. Her bike handling is better than mine now IMHO, I have too many ingrained habits. Stuff like full lock turns she does not even think about & regularly leaves far more experienced riders paddling around in the road if we miss a junction or something.
She is also learning dirt techniques... Standing up, using the legs for suspension, sliding on brakes & power, letting the bike move & find it's way etc.
The two disciplines do not really overlap, different dynamics, so she struggled again at the beginning. But. What gymkhana does bring is the awareness of the value of practice & learning the correct techniques. this gives confidence & trust in the bike. She is learning very fast as a result.
Still struggles with wheelies, though.
Having said that, core stuff like using your body weight & looking where you want to go help hugely. It's automatic.
I give you the start of the San Diego Chapter.
The two noobest of noobs to MC Gymkhana haha
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From ADV's Killboy thread....
I think we are using wrong bikes
I lurve little bikes! We race buckets down here, up to 150cc, just brilliant fun & ultra competitive.
Not sure about the speed between the cones, though.. maybe the wee things are a bit slow on throttle response.
Miles away, I took the TDM in to get the front brakes fettled today, totally forgot your issues Vulfy, sorry.
I could not ride it for toffee. Hardly ridden for months & felt terrible. By the end of my day visiting folks, things started to come together again.
Funny how my perspective on the bike has gone from open road ability to parking space ability.
That's ok, I think I sorted mine out.
I bet it does, and Harvey Krumpet raised some really good points too. So key to learn the right way, the first time which is why getting back into bikes and dirt, I signed up (with Shooby) for a bunch of riding courses. All dirt at this point in time.
Gymkhana, besides looking fun as shit, looks like it gives you some awesome crowded city riding skills. Plus it forces you to practice, but it doesn't feel like practice, it's a good time.
Shooby and jeepbandit: I couldn't access the facebook link, I think it's marked private or something? I'd like to check it out if you can fix it. I'll be at the next one for sure.
Probably best it stays hidden...
Alright. Lets try that again
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Figures an industrial park is the way to go for an unused lot. Why do they always have to have those damn medians?!
Looking forward to joining up and getting this going in SD
Well, not so much, We were just getting started when a bored security guard asked us to leave... :ddog
PCC & CSSMU are running MSF courses, I'll contact them this week.
We got a few runs in before that happened.
we had a really good meet this week. 23 bikes were present, and almost 23 riders ;-)
got to ride a harley flxtr (i think) which was nice. then i stole a ktm 450 smR, which was -fantastic-, so much better than a drz.
also played on a fz6, fz1, a couple other drz's, and... i think that's all. a slow night for me ;-)
as it gets cooler i expect we might outgrow our little parking lot with more folks coming out to play. they're really believing in themselves, and their improvements now. it's so cool to watch folks ACCELL over just a few sessions.
here's a short video... that first black harley was my buddy larry's. it's nicer than you'd want to believe. with a radio. and anti-lock.
oh, did i mention tim showed up on his cop bike again ? ya, wait till the end.
Really great clip! Loved it.
Police bike is a nice touch.
Had a great competition day in the car park at Kempton Park, a horse racing track to the south west of London.
Dave Pinto shot this nice piece of on-bike footage of his first timed attack.
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About 25 riders, or more if you show up