Tips for riding on slick rock.

Discussion in 'The Perfect Line and Other Riding Myths' started by w33b8t1, Mar 26, 2014.

  1. w33b8t1

    w33b8t1 Been here awhile

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    Hi, I am a bit of a lurker, but finally joined a few days back. I have a history of riding a bagger and a klr, but I just bought an 03 ktm 300.

    I went to the motorcycle shop and to buy a helmet and I had enough for one other thing, so I asked the guy what would be the next most important safety item. He sold me some boots. I would like one of those neck braces sometime.

    Anyway, I haven't been on a full dirt bike in probably 15 years, the last one I owned was an '86 yz80. I almost high sided the ktm yesterday after about 2 minutes of riding it. I learned you can't just grab a handful of throttle because these things go EXACTLY when you tell them to, they don't take time to wind up.

    All that being said, I am going to take on a couple of the easier trails in moab this weekend. Hells revenge and fins and things. My wife will be driving in a sxs.

    And basic tips for taking a drop or climbing a ledge? I have been you-tubing, but some of the skills they talk about require quite a habit. Load the front end, gas it, lean forward, blip the throttle, etc. that's a lot of steps to remember on day one.

    Any advice?

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  2. 1911fan

    1911fan Master of the Obvious

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    Start out small. Find a place you can practice hopping and leaping off ledges. Step it up when you're comfortable. AND: Buy more protective gear. You will fall, often, on the rocks. It will hurt without armor.


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  3. crofrog

    crofrog Long timer

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    Do NOT ride off-road without boots! You're crazy if you don't wear them.

    I'd not exactly say the 300 is the easiest bike to learn on either. Stick the green power valve spring in it and fatten the jetting up some to tame it out.
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  4. Gripsteruser

    Gripsteruser Got a handle on it

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    Slick rock is only slick to horseshoes.
    Amazing traction.

    Oh, and if you fall off bare skinned - it's really good at scraping your skin.
    Long pants, long sleeves, full gloves, full face helmet.

    Dress for the fall.
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  5. XR650L_Dave

    XR650L_Dave Long timer

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    Best way to ride wet slick rock on a 2-stroke- if it's peaky mellow out the powerband a bit, or add some flywheel weight.
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  6. CopaMundial

    CopaMundial Wow, that broke easy

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    And bring a bag full of shift and rear brake levers.
    Eight of each should do it. :rofl
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  7. eatpasta

    eatpasta Lawnmower Target

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    glad to see you finally got a real bike!

    :lol3

    take some tips from Graham Jarvis though, who is basically on the same bike

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  8. khager

    khager Long timer

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    Yeah, who came up with that name anyway? Slickrock, must be an oxymoron:lol3

    It feels like sandpaper
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  9. Gripsteruser

    Gripsteruser Got a handle on it

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    People on horses wearing iron shoes named it.
    For them, it's really, really slick.
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  10. khager

    khager Long timer

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    Interesting, every once in a while, I still learn something new. I just thought, I already knew everything.:lol3
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  11. Gripsteruser

    Gripsteruser Got a handle on it

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    You can take over any time now. I'm starting to forget stuff....
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  12. judobiker

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    +1 on the green/mild power valve spring til you get used to the bike. The power can come on fast on the 300. In tight stuff, ride a gear higher than you think you need to. If your bike is set up right, it should have no problem chugging through and over obstacles at low rpm's.

    Elbow pads and knee protection are a great idea too.
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  13. hardwaregrrl

    hardwaregrrl ignore list

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    Get a pressure suit, wear knee/shin armor and hip armor. I wouldn't ride off road without it. Yer a lucky dog!
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  14. eatpasta

    eatpasta Lawnmower Target

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    + a billion. I know an inmate that nearly had to have his leg amputated after an incident where he didnt even go down AND he was wearing knee armor. He would have lost his leg for sure had he not been wearing it.
    Ballistic jersey and knee armor EVERY time you ride. It will be the difference between you saying something like "Whoa that was kind of crazy crash" or going to the hospital.
    I like the Six Six One - it's kept me out of the hospital I dont know how many times.....the back protector and kidney belt combo makes it a really solid package

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  15. w33b8t1

    w33b8t1 Been here awhile

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    Well I survived. Did hells revenge and fins and things. I did a lot of extra riding too since one of the people with us was in a jeep and I had time to kill.

    I only dumped it once right at the end. I got thinking I was good and tried to jump off a ridged rock. My front tire went up and off but the rear got kicked off to the side and I landed a little too far from straight.

    Had a blast, the wife wants one now too, she rode a bit as well.
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  16. MKJ

    MKJ Married w/ Children

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    Put a trials tire on that bike (Pirelli MT43). You may never go back to a knobbie.
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    w33b8t1 Been here awhile

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    This probably should turn technical, but anyone know where I can cross reference engine numbers to see if this bike has the right engine for an exc.

    The vin is vbkexk2323m422187
    The engine code says 3-556*47624

    A couple people there were telling me it is an mxc. I am guessing cause it doesn't have a headlight, but I would think someone would have just taken it off at some point.
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  18. jjustj

    jjustj cum petris et choris

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    those in the know........:freaky
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