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Discussion in 'Trials' started by Brewtus, Dec 12, 2010.
I put a new O~Ring chain on my Gas Gas 280. It's fun primping.
Met Wetsidedan at Walker Valley and got both Montesas wet and muddy. Big time fun.
When I got home I made this to go on Dan's bike as his plastic one broke.:eek1
Fun to play in the shop. Will see how it works next ride.
Cool, Kelvy's fab shop
Looks like you need new chain soon.
Nothing but as I am reading this cool thread I was thinking about our last ride (July 9th) at Hutto Tx (Austin guys) and thinking about how friendly and helpful trials people are (Neilking you were probably one of them I just haven't met you yet) It was my grandson's first trials (he's 4 years old) and everyone was helping and cheering him on. My son riding up a class (Vintage Expert) and thinking how fast he is improving and finally how LUCKY I am to have a son and a grandson who enjoy a sport I have loved for thirty some years. It doesn't get any better than that!
I don't remember being very helpful, but I was there.
Trials is different than vintage motocross or vintage motorcycle rallies.While there is certainly competitiveness, people have a tendency to share what they know to help others become better. Just my observation, but it seems like beating someone else comes secound to beating yourself, doing better next time or finaly cleaning that section on the third loop. Sounds crazy but I think that's why I enjoy it!
Yep going to O-ring it asap.
Look like this...
Not posted on here for a bit.
But in the mean time I have played whenever I can, which is not too often.
Today we went to an old quarry, loads of clay, mud and chalk there, and been raining 2 days.
Perfect day out, and I only dropped the bike once toward the end of the day.
Pic does not show mud, sticks and leaves caked into and onto bike.
All clean again now, after spending an hour or more cleaning it.
On trailer after the day.
I had mud caked into the swingarm on my KLR650 once just like your there and rode the asphalt home. What I did not know was that a rock in that mud was wearing at the tire tread the whole time. What you have there looks pretty tenacious.
Getting my Gas Gas fixed up so much I might just hang on to it.
Sirloynz rode the GG at Mark's place[in shorts] and tested to see if the bare pipe got hot. Well now it might stay a little cooler for him/or who ever rides it next. I put this heat wrap on it, will report how it works if it ever quits raining.
any pics of the area you weere riding
Hi Grizzly, no pics, as it was wet, and I had left the camera at home.
I have found that unlike other times and places, I do not have time to take pics now, and nowhere to really carry the camera safely.
Jon and Pete both commented yesterday that I should have had the camera there.
I will try to get some pics next time, keeping in mind the camera never gets the depth of what you ride.
Also, this quarry is not a rock quarry, but rather lime or similar, so having been disused for a long time, it is now just overgrown, with loads of challenges.
This is the place www.theoldquarry.co.uk
Some pics from their site.
I just did the 2-day Ryan Young class. Hugely helpful, I couldn't imagine a better course. Tons of fun and by the end he had me doing splatters, getting up a shoulder-high rock, zaps, double blips, standing zaps etc and of course lots and lots of instruction on turning, throttle, clutch, and brake control. I'm a noob too - this was my 3rd time on the bike other than a couple of hours in my (very small) yard.
BP, nice meeting you at the school.
Ryan's class is top notch.
That I believe........
Holy cow! I need to sign up for one of these schools.
And in the mean-time we need to ride together so you can pass on all of this new info!
Yep and yep, it was amazing. I still have sucky balance, but I think I'm now squeezing every last bit of capability out of my presently meger skills. Going over big rocks, at least with a bit of space and maybe a kicker, is now dramatically easier and once I get my timing down and can place the front wheel a bit more precisely it'll be better still.
It was also astounding watching Ryan show off/demonstrate technique up close then trying to ride the same things myself. Such extraordinary, physics-defying ability :eek1
One thing he taught us that really amazed me (amazed that it worked and I did't blast myself into oblivion that is) was a standing zap where he had us plant the front wheel into a ledge and stop there then throw our weight forward and at the same time dump the clutch in 2nd gear with the throttle pretty much wide open. It seemed to me that nothing good could come of this, but sure enough the bike hopped up the ledge as pretty as you please (once I got the clutch dump and body movement timed somewhat correctly). The hardest part was balancing against the rock and Ryan held the fork leg so folks with crappy balance like me could still learn the technique and be ready to implement once my balance is better.