Motoventures Trials Training

Discussion in 'Trials' started by Ron_Luning, Sep 13, 2017 at 5:55 AM.

  1. Ron_Luning

    Ron_Luning Adventurer

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    I'm scheduled to take the 1 day trials training course at Motoventures in Anza, CA the last weekend in September.

    Has anyone attended before?

    I'm a trials sub-novice, so any advice on what to practice before going to maximize the return on training?

    I'll post my thoughts on the course after I get back.

    Thanks.
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  2. mung

    mung Been here awhile

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    The better your physical condition the more you will get out of the class. Being whipped is not the best condition for paying attention and learning.
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  3. Buschog

    Buschog Been here awhile

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    I'd be practicing slow turns (figure-8's) as much as possible. It has given me the best return on investment for my practice time.

    As slow as you can possibly go, and then slower. As tight as you can turn a figure-8, and then tighter. It teaches me balance, clutch & throttle control, and balance. Did I mention balance? If you have a hill so you can practice off camber turns, all the better. If you can't turn successfully a tight section, you'll never make it to the obstacles that are so much fun to surmount.

    I used to try to practice balance at a standstill in my garage, but it was too frustrating and became counterproductive for me. Riding super slow, you will eventually find yourself stopped, and balanced for a moment. That moment becomes longer and longer.
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  4. Hyperbolic22

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    Gary and his son do a great job at Motoventures. After your class you should try to find trials people to continue riding with. Look on SoCaltrials.com for info regarding where people ride in Southern California. There is also a SoCal Trials Facebook group. There are groups that ride consistently every weekend in different locations. Also, there is a 2 day trials at Motoventures at the end of October.
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  5. Ron_Luning

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    Thanks for the reminder to update my profile location! Sadly, I'm rarely in SoCal anymore.
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  6. modeselector

    modeselector Common as muck

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    Agree with this post. Work on your legs and core so you can last the day to get the most of it.

    If your close, bring your own gear so your most comfortable.

    Stop at the nearby gas station and grab a trail bar and fluids. Gary will provide some but keeping fueled with your own will help.

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  7. Harry Potter

    Harry Potter Been here awhile

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    I did a two day trials class with Gary a few years ago and learned he has a great place to trail ride in January and that was about it. I do highly recommend his book for dirt riding though. Definitely better trials training with Motobene, Trials Training Days (or any day with Charlie) at Trials Training Center, and of course Ryan Young.
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  8. tahoeacr

    tahoeacr Long timer

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    I didn't care for it. And my wife really didn't like the training. She was in a separate class than I.
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