Who enjoys just taking it easy off road?

Discussion in 'The Perfect Line and Other Riding Myths' started by mikem9, Nov 23, 2013.

  1. anotherguy

    anotherguy Long timer

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    Just because I enjoy fast doesn't mean I'm better or worse than someone who enjoys putting. Like I said in my first post in this thread. It's about comfort level and it varies by the day. A motorcycle can be many things to many people. I happen to like overkill,lots of power with good suspension,tires and brakes. It's why I ride. Kind of a waste to have it and not enjoy it.

    Nowhere did I say nor imply it was the only way. It's just my way. :evil

    And you may be surprised how I can do single track on a big bore MX bike.
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  2. Canuman

    Canuman Crusty & Unobliging

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    I think there are many levels of equipment and experience. One guy's hot bike is another's exercise in yawn control.

    If you like to ride fast, ride fast. If just tooling along makes you happy, there's a place for that also.

    I used to ride solo a lot. In the past few years, I've discovered the pleasure of riding with a group. One gets exposed to a variety of styles and equipment. One thing I know is that this forum has some very talented riders. I got to ride with Neduro (I saw his tail-light for about five seconds) in Canada a few years ago. I've met Stagehand and Guymanbro is a local, and doesn't mind that I'm kinda pokey.

    I think the thing that differentiates this forum from many others is that we all tend to get along around the campfire in the evening. Some guys rip it, some just plod. We're accepting of everything from 50cc scooters to race bikes. At the end of the day, I don't think I've met anyone that said "Oh, crap, I've got too many good friends and not enough trophies."

    Happy Thanksgiving, all.

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  3. markk53

    markk53 jack of all trades...

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    I'd be more impressed if you did that with the Caprice Wagon or 318! :clap
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  4. rob feature

    rob feature Domain Ranger

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    This is my philosophy. Err, part of it. The rest goes something like...I REALLY like riding and may wanna do it again tomorrow. That won't happen if I fuck myself up today. Getting better comes from experience - not crashes. Crashing only tells me something didn't go well...maybe not precisely how to make an improvement (if I'm even able). I can learn what's physically possible by watching, reading, listening, etc...no need to write my own book on what not to do.
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  5. mikem9

    mikem9 Wanderer

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    Have been trying to remember and live this "taking it easy" philosophy lately. Especially at times when riding with a "charged up" group of riders.

    Went to our North Georgia mountains yesterday to a friend's property where we've cut miles of single track. The trails are built in steep terrain with a lot of elevation changes and good flow in sections. One section we've named "the roller coaster" because that's what it feels like. There are also a few long, steep, loose rocky hill climbs. We call these the "Colorado test hills". It's where we take new riders in our group who want to to know if they have the ability to tackle the toughest sections out West before a trip out there.

    This time of year, and throughout the Winter, I love riding the Southern Appalachians. There are less people in the forest, and since the leaves have fallen, you can see for miles. Once the leaves filled trails are "ridden in", the trails are great. The point with all this description of our trails, is I was able to better appreciate them while kind of taking it easy.

    This "taking it easy" was a blast yesterday. Not slow necessarily, just not race pace. It was so enjoyable, I woke up this morning still charged up!

    Good riding all!
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  6. 390beretta

    390beretta Long timer

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    my wife and I had the opportunity to spend 7 months in Moab a couple of Summers ago. The terrain and sights attract a lot of "riders" of all types, Motos, jeeps, etc. However to think of all those trails as racetracks would be to do a serious dis-service to the sights/terrain. We rode slowly, took it all in, took lots of pics. There are times to go fast....and times to go slow.
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  7. dean-o

    dean-o Dabs often

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    I do like the trials scene, although I'm not a trials rider. It is just stunning to watch how precise a slow run can be. Someone should have clued me in 35 years ago -- no one wants to see a 50-ish bald fat bastard fall over on a bike with no seat.[/QUOTE]

    I'm the 54 year old thinning hair guy that falls down on trials bikes ! Your welcome to join us! Recently rode Granogue in Delaware - some great trials clubs in the northeast - find a mentor or a club with some one to ride with you while you try your first trial or two - get a trials buddy & do some basic turns & small obstacles to familiarize yourselves with the new unusual ride... Oh, don't use me as an example except for get up grinning when your lack of practice shows its colors LOL.
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  8. LittleRedToyota

    LittleRedToyota Yinzer

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    yeah, i know a lot of guys who got into (or are just now getting into) trials riding after age 40 (or 50)...

    i think i'm going to be one of them pretty soon. i've tried out a few of my buddies' trials bikes, and it is just too much fun.

    i wouldn't let age dissuade you from getting into it.

    as for the original track of the thread, i'm certainly not the fastest rider, but i do enjoy pushing myself and getting better as a rider. but i don't really like wide open fast stuff. i like getting better at being smoother (and, thus, going faster) through technical single track. i especially enjoy being able to tackle harder and harder technical single track.

    i do also enjoy occasional days of just taking it easy. but, i like to ride when i go riding. i don't really like stopping to look at stuff, etc. all that much. if i had more time for "riding", i might. but i have limited time to ride recreationally, so i like to get in as much actual riding as i can during that time. (i just love to ride. i really like all the stuff that goes along with riding, but i love actually riding itself.)

    (also, one thing i have noticed. the more i push myself to get better, the more days end up being "taking it easy days" since the pace and technicality is typically set by the guys i'm riding with...and the pace and technical levels set by a lot of guys i used to struggle to keep up with are now "taking it easy days". and that is a lot of fun and a good sense of accomplishment, imho.)
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  9. DSTEVENS

    DSTEVENS Been here awhile

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    I am too broken up from old incidents of crashing off road to be crashing off road. I still enjoy mild trail riding, but slowly is best for me. I recently tried a SXS and took the wife and a cooler and made a day of it. What an awesome experience, gets your significant other involved, if they are not already. I was surprised at the comfort and speed of the SXS. Best wishes too all. D.
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  10. anotherguy

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    If trials is taking it easy you're most certainly doing it wrong. :D
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  11. Lion BR

    Lion BR I'd rather be riding

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    Well... It all depends on what is your interpretation of good stuff. For some it is the ability to ride great dirt roads with no bags attached to the bike so they can go faster. Not the landscape or history. Nothing wrong with that.

    My challenge is that I can appreciate the landscape. So I force myself out of the riding moment to stop and enjoy the landscape and photograph the area. And I always ask questions about the place to the locals. But the good stuff for me is to ride my motorcycle, that's what does it for me. The landscape is a bonus. And I like riding fast, fast to me, which could be slow to many. It is however the speed that puts me in the zone! To which his/her own.
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  12. mikem9

    mikem9 Wanderer

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    Good points Lion BR. I think I need to better define "taking it easy". Taking it easy does not necessarily mean "slow". I think it means riding well within your limits and creating a decent margin of error. The opposite of "taking it easy" would be riding right up to one's limits.
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  13. anotherguy

    anotherguy Long timer

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    Like I said it's all about comfort level.
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  14. WeazyBuddha

    WeazyBuddha Carbon-Based Humanoid

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    Good thread.

    I refer to my limited offroad riding as motorized hiking. :D

    I don't like to frustrate others who are invariably faster than I am so I am back to mostly riding alone.

    Things are relative though, led a group on a breakfast ride a month or so ago. I was taking it easy. One had a smile saying it was a perfect pace, my riding buddy who did a bit of endurance racing in his younger days was meh, while the cruiser guy was giddy saying that that was the fastest he'd made it to this particular destination. :huh :lol3

    Thing about it was that we had a great time jabbering about a variety of subjects over breakfast and there is something to be said about that. At the end of the day it's about enjoying life while we have it. :freaky
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  15. RideAbout

    RideAbout Mentally Retired

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    Adventure riding is ... well... an adventure. Might as well smell the roses. If your goal is to prove your 'bad-ass-ness", then wick it up and post the carnage photo's!
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  16. JOKER650

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    This past summer I took off for 3 day of exploring.
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    Out on my own I take it easy. Relax and enjoy the scenery, don't want to get hurt out on my own.
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    I think I had 1 "Moment". A moment of mind wandering and came in to a corner a little HOT.
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    Everything turned out ok...a bit of a wobble and WTF moment:lol3
    SO I concentrated on what I was doing again.
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    I find a "Brisk" pace works out best for me....keeps me on my toes!:deal
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  17. westerlywinds

    westerlywinds Two Wheels-Ride it

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    Reading through this thread reminded me of much younger me and my motocross Hodaka with me using only two throttle positions full or stopped! in the off track colorado mountain racing with some friends my main competition was a 12 year old on a 80 cc suzuki with a big rear sprocket. I could beat all of them except a combat wombat ( Hodaka) and this kid who was amazing rider.:freaky
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  18. High Country Herb

    High Country Herb Adventure Connoiseur

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    I like both types of riding.

    Some days, I'll make familiar loops with the goal of improving my time. These are usually 1 hour loops with 75% off road. I'll get into a rhythm on the bumpy sections, sliding into corner as fast as I dare. If I'm on my game that day, it is a lot of fun to see how hard I can push.

    Other days, I'll look for new trails to just putter along. Especially on stormy days, I like to stop for a snack break while I listen to the wind blow through the pine trees. There is something satisfying about being alone in the woods, setting my own pace, and stopping wherever I like to take in the scenery.
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  19. Lion BR

    Lion BR I'd rather be riding

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    This is what I mean by being in the zone. For me it is safer to be in total concentration, riding what is fast for me, which is the speed that requires my full concentration. And that's where I have most fun riding. This is what does it for me. And I'm not into crashing and all my crashes on dirt were at 0-5 mph, out of pure distraction on how I mounted the bike or stopped the bike, or stalled it!

    The landscape? I have to force myself to stop and photograph it, but I do stop a lot.

    In other words, I do not take it easy. But to me it gets easier when going faster.
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  20. Clockwatcher

    Clockwatcher Been here awhile

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    I think that when you are young and unbreakable( you think..) you spend your time trying to learn how to go fast...........
    Then at some point you slow down and enjoy the scenery, go down the roads that you just sped by before, and appreciate where you are and what you are doing.
    I still like to go fast it helps deal with stress, my wife calls it "blowing some stink off", and improves my attitude.
    I think that it comes it stages, like life, good , bad, fast , slow, exploring the new, reliving the old........its all good just enjoy it......:wink: