May 27, 2012 – Budds’ Advanced Rider Training Trumpet and I decided to give the Budds training day a go again this year. I assume there were more returnees this year than in the past, because, although the day was designed to be progressively more difficult, we started at a higher level and moved up from there. The grass course, still slippery with morning dew, was first up. Sidehill on damp grass They also watered down a section so we could practice how to use balance and weighting to deal with losing traction going uphill. From there we did some balance exercises riding over narrow beams. With all of this slow speed work, Trumpet’s bike started to overheat. One of the benefits of engaging with a higher end dealership, they had spare bikes on hand and loaned him an F650 while they worked on his F800. It turned out to be a jammed fan they were able to easily fix on site. We ended the morning on the motocross track which included my favourite, the seesaw again (June 26, 2011 – Budds’ Advanced Rider Training). Getting the balance right on a loaner bike After a well prepared lunch, we headed for the woods and some single track. It was reported back to us later that the locals found it odd to see headlights where they are used to only seeing dirt bikes. Failing to look far enough ahead The afternoon included an optional jump, which the F650’s shocks were not up to. The landing seemed to bottom them out every time. As before the day’s training ended with the mud puddle, which I attacked with much more gusto than in previous years because the bike was shod with more appropriate rubber. How much momentum should you carry?