Jimmy Lewis is teaching again!!

Discussion in 'West – California, the desert southwest and whatev' started by Cyath, Apr 13, 2010.

  1. NSFW

    NSFW basecamp4adv Super Supporter

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    ron, that's simiilar to what i was thinking (more like jl doing it)....:lol3






    it will be prikin hilarious if i show up on my tw200 and park it next to a gsa1200! :rofl

    certainly an electric start bike is what i would have.
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  2. RandyM

    RandyM Less talk, More ride

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    I really want to take this class but it is the weekend before my finals, and I need to study for two exams on the following Monday. Guess I'll have to wait for another class.

    The Baja bug will be easier to pick up when you drop it and easier for Jimmy to lift up the rear wheel. Bring that unless it is a kick start :lol3
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  3. BiggieFalls

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    Jimmy's still in great shape. He holds the vehicle at it's fulcrum point, so he probably won't have much trouble with the Humvee.



    OK guys. Thank you. As usual, everyone was extremely helpful answering my question and as usual airborndad went beyond the call of duty. (He must be paying for something bad he did once). The thing is, I was kind of being feces shits. (Or is it facetious)

    My example was meant as an analogy. I have neither of those vehicles. Everyone got the correct answer, however. THE BAJA BUG would be better to learn how to drive stick in as well as how to off-road in. Anything you learn in the Baja bug certainly will translate to the Humvee. In the process however: The clutch and stick will no doubt be easier to learn with. If you crash it, it will be cheaper to fix. If it ends up in a ditch, it won't require a helicopter to get it out. It's smaller and more manoeuvrable, making learning everything easier and less stressful, not to mention more fun.

    Those who responded seemed to agree that the smaller, cheaper, simpler, more manoeuvrable vehicle would be better. AND, like I said before, anything you learn in one will translate to the other. So now think of my imaginary Humvee as your big BMW or KTM and think of my imaginary Baja bug as a much smaller, lighter, more manoeuvrable and cheaper bike. I'm going to go on record and say, you will be better off with the smaller.

    Jimmy's class is about learning and internalizing fundamental techniques that are the same on any bike at any level. Learn on whatever you think you can get the most out of the class on. Use what you've learned on any bike you ride.

    Thanks again, and I hope to see some of you at the class. I will be on my ONLY dirt bike.
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  4. traveltoad

    traveltoad Aaron S

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    Exactly.

    That said, if all you have is a big bike, you will still get a hell of a lot out of the class.
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  5. NSFW

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    i assume there will be some hill climbs, klammer suggested 14/48 or 14/50.


    i'm used to having 15/42 and 15/45, having a lower set up would be nice to have, but it means i'm $60 down in the hole deeper.... :cry

    thinking of 14/45 or 13/45 if that will suffice.
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  6. Sam Buca

    Sam Buca a.k.a. Daniel

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    Yabut, if I can stick shift, and I have an electric start, and the Humvee is my only ride, I will take the Humvee to get better on the Humvee. I will certainly NOT take a bug...

    Contemplating seriously, but a new set of shocks, a new helmet, tires and all the rides planned this season will make another $900 a little difficult to justify... :cry :cry

    Enjoy though, Jimmy will not go away and there will be more opportunities later...




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  7. ramjet

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    I would say not to worry about gear changing at all. It won't be any worse than what you did at Titus. Clutch/throttle technique will handle it all and you'll learn more about that from JL's class.
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  8. NSFW

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    thanks for the advise ron. forget the 50T, though i'm tempted to put 14T up front for a slight gain, and mainly it's a cheap investement......:evil


    i still hate chains......:lol3
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  9. Klammer

    Klammer Old and Grumpy

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    Joel, put a 14t on the front and the biggest sprocket that you own on the rear. This will make a big difference on how many times you stall the bike during the day and will aid you while learning most important clutch, throttle, brake techniques at slow speed. You'll find that you've still got first to shift to in those butt puckering situations and your bike will tractor you out of the spot without stalling and falling down. As you said, it's cheap and you'll thank me later. Then let me know which day you took off work the week after Jimmie's class so I can follow you around Rowher while you burn those lessons into muscle memory and $$ knowledge retention. I'll be there just to make sure you don't turn up something that will kill your buzz. No cameras, just practice. Well, maybe a little helmet video !:D
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  10. NSFW

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    i like the way you think and share your experience rich...:beer

    found out last night that if i put bigger than 45T, which i just installed on the 640E, i will have to add a link or 2. the front is 15T however i'm fully convinced the 14T will help me on the slow uphill drills.

    most of my crashes is when i stalled the bike, especially on a tight turn or switchback. i blame the 15/42 set up on the 3 bikes......:deal next is operator error....:rofl
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    Klammer Old and Grumpy

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    Joel, when you put the 14 on the front, you'll get enough slack in the chain to go up at least 2 teeth in the rear. Imo your TW will net you the most from the class and you need to do nothing to it. Electric start, easy to get your feet to the ground, easy to pick up and the thing has a first gear low enough to pull stumps from the ground ! Bring that TW out to Rowher a few weeks in a row after Jimmies class and you'll enjoy your new found confidence while riding that bad ass 640E with real dirt gearing.:super
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  12. J Lewis

    J Lewis Numb Nuts

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    To answer some of the questions here...

    Smaller bikes are better, this is true, but that TW has the fat wheels, right? That might be like cheating on some of the balance drills!

    Lower gearing (14T) will help and make it easier on the clutch, but it isn't something I would stress over.

    Heather has been out of town and will get back to everyone as soon as she returns.

    JIMMY
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  13. traveltoad

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    Joel might be ok with a little cheating!! :lol3 :lol2
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    thanks jl.....there are plenty of guys cheering for me and i have to do what is needed so i don't dissapoint them.....:lol3


    i'm prone to take the xr400 but am afraid i will wear you out.....:hide


    second day...it will be the 640E.
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  15. motocrazy

    motocrazy Been here awhile

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    Brave soul!! :rofl

    I took JL's class several years ago on my DRZ. You'll love it!

    Good luck with the class.:clap
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  16. MtnRider_

    MtnRider_ unpaved roads...ummm

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    I know that it would be MUCH easier on a smaller bike, I figure I want to learn to ride on what I have. Besides I've already have the crash bars:evil .
    KTM 990. the course on their calendar says Sunday & Monday but the registration says the 8th & 9th (Sat Sun).
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  17. J Lewis

    J Lewis Numb Nuts

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    It is definitely Sun, Mon.
    That should be 9,10.
    I'll try and get that fixed.
    JIMMY
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  18. NSFW

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    may 15 and 16 school

    i booked a big room $90/night for fri and sat at paradise cove lodge off hw 178. good for 3 peeps (1 king for eric and 2 twins for jon and i).

    another inmate is staying there too. those who are planning to do the school, call the motel....760-379-2719.






    hope i don't crash and burn.................:kboom
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  19. MJS

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    Wife and I are bringing the small bikes (XT225 for her and DRZ for me) so we're going to drag the toybox up and camp on-site. Call me cheap, I own a BMW.

    I took JL's class about 4 years ago on the GS. No crash and burn allowed.
    We'll see you there. :beer
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    May 14 -15. See you guys there.

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