Moto Gymkhana?

Discussion in 'Racing' started by Thanantos, May 11, 2011.

  1. Thanantos

    Thanantos Ride hard.

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    We've all seen the videos, and most of us realize that this is an awesome sport. Extra awesome because although the skill level remains high you can use any bike, you don't need much space and the speeds are low so the risk of serious injury is low.

    So why don't we have this in the U.S. and the midwest specifically, or do we have it somewhere and I just am unaware of it? Fill me in!

    I'd even spoon some slicks on the KLR to get in on some of this: :deal

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  2. Dan888

    Dan888 Been here awhile

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    :D I've never seen the videos. Thanks for the heads up. It does look like an awesome sport. I'd like to try it too.
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  5. wiseblood

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    Every year the International Motorcycle Show has a "stunt show" in NYC. It would be SO much cooler and more interesting if they did this! Say, a gymkhana show and a trials riding show? How awesome would that be?

    Best of all, it might encourage the kids to get some REALLY applicable skills! Any :asshat can twist a throttle in a straight line. Vision, throttle control, brake application, etc... Those are things which save lives every day.

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  6. RichBeBe

    RichBeBe All Hail Seitan!!!

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    Buell did something like this a few years back, called the Battletrax series. It was tamer, but pretty much a tight course in a parking lot. The problem imo is that it often took place in Harley dealer's parking lots.
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  7. Mr.Goose

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    we had battletrax here and the insurance ended up killing it.

    same old story, US loves to sue everybody, we're a nation founded by mostly lawyers and governed by them as well.
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  8. Jason F.

    Jason F. Will Ride for Beer...

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    Yup this pretty much nails it. I did the books for a regional club of the Sports Car Club of America for a few years. We did our autocross events twice a month and at least 70% of the entry cost went directly to cover insurance costs. Insurance was the single largest cost even after all competitors and spectators had to sign a waiver of liability to even set foot on the grounds of the event facility.

    When it is not insurance cost killing things it is the inability to even get a property owner to consider renting a parking lot to a group since they live in fear of being sued. How many pansy morons with no sense of personal responsibility have to sue a business/property owner over a hang nail before folks wake up and realize what it is doing to the country.
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  9. Bill_Z

    Bill_Z Dude! chill,...

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    Jason F: I'l like to find out what it would take to make this happen here in the US. Would your auto club experience be relative?
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  10. Jason F.

    Jason F. Will Ride for Beer...

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    Relative, I guess it would be in the sense that I know the easiest path to pulling things like this off is to have a national organization behind you. For the auto club we were buying our insurance through the national organization which had the negotiating power, staff, and volume to work the deals needed. Buying the insurance for a small group do do this type of event on a local scale would take some serious leg work and a very cooperative insurance agent/company.

    My first thought would be to contact someone with the AMA, the MSF, and the police organizations that put on the moto officers rodeos. If you can get some info from them regarding insurance and property lease/rental concerns and how they operate it would probably be a big help.

    Also you could contact someone at the national offices for the SCCA and/or NASA (National Auto Sport Association) they may be able to talk a little about the operational concerns of the local events. They would not have any specific motorcycle information to pass along but I bet there would be some translation.

    The SCCA actually has some good reading on site aquisition and insurance on their website.
    http://www.scca.com/downloads/
    http://scca.cdn.racersites.com/prod/assets/2012 Landowner's Packet.pdf
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  11. Bill_Z

    Bill_Z Dude! chill,...

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    Excellent Jason; thanks!
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    Hey folks, been reading ADV rider for a while but never signed up. Check it out, Bay Area peoples. If you need something to do this weekend, the dual sports and sport tourers take the win a lot of the times.

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