Jimmy Lewis is teaching again!!

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

  1. tex_downey

    tex_downey Been here awhile

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    that is cool
  2. BiggieFalls

    BiggieFalls b00b

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    Pretty inspiring watching him demonstrate all that stuff on a 500# beast, isn't it? I'm glad the weather and the class worked out for you guys. The key now is to not revert back to your old ways.
  3. GalacticGS

    GalacticGS Motorcyclist Supporter

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    Great pictures fudgypup!

    The best thing about the class for me was Jimmy teaching how to do so much more on the bike with so little effort - it's all about using the right technique to get the bike to do the work. I took the class on a little bike (TE310), but all the skills will transfer to when I ride the GS too.

    Everybody will become a better rider after taking Jimmy's class!!! :thumb
  4. NSFW

    NSFW basecamp4adv Super Supporter

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    nice pics eric....i totaly agree, it's one of the best investments for adventure and dirt riders alike...:thumb



    looks like a gorgeous day. dirt looks dry. did it rain there at all?
  5. traveltoad

    traveltoad Aaron S

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    Ahhh yes... the verticle challenge...
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    I still remember my first JL class... jeesh, it was 7-8 years ago.


    Hmmm, I just noticed that I still wear that XD...
  6. FYYFF

    FYYFF Forever young...

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    After taking the class, I totally agree with Joel. Best investment you can do for your riding... :clap
    Most important thing I learned from the class is I can ride my 500+ bike just like a small bike once I master on the technique. Very low speed turns, figure 8's MX style and while spinning the rear tire... It was fun...
    But dont worry, I'll still fall, drop the bike here and there but this time I'll be much more confident and I'll know my and my bike's limitations.
    Thanks Jimmy and all your wonderful crew.
  7. Sasquatch2112

    Sasquatch2112 Old Angry White Guy (OAWG)

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    I'll post up with pictures later today. Thanks for AAA locks the keys in the truck :baldy, I guess once a n00b, always a n00b. I managed to get out of the class w/o breaking any levers. I wish I could say the same for the liscence plate. :huh Pictures to follow, so you it did happen, but I looked cool doing it! :lol3

    I wish I had done this class earlier.



    Jimmy, Heather, Scott, Rob and the other JL staff :thumb
  8. NSFW

    NSFW basecamp4adv Super Supporter

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    ersin, see you just saved yourself tons of $$$; now you have no need for a small toy bike and pickup truck.....:evil


    i'll let you ride my exc if you want to play.




    looks like you did good.......congrats bob...:thumb
  9. FYYFF

    FYYFF Forever young...

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    Let me quote it before he changes his mind and nuke the post... :rofl
    Did everybody hear that??? When is the next Rincon ride??? :evil
    Thanks Joel. :clap
  10. Sasquatch2112

    Sasquatch2112 Old Angry White Guy (OAWG)

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    So this means that I can ride your hotrod Ersin? I'll show you how do wheelies. Maybe you should take your plate off the back first. :huh
  11. FYYFF

    FYYFF Forever young...

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    You got it. :thumb
    I cant get the front wheel up 4 inches where you tear of your license plate with wheelies... :bow
  12. NSFW

    NSFW basecamp4adv Super Supporter

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    :eek1 toad, that's one fat pig.


    so, you've been adving before ewan and charlie made the gs famous.....:bow




    whaa!....

    loopy yay oh.....:smile6
  13. fudgypup

    fudgypup Banned

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    Yeah, Ersin couldn't get it up.

    Wait, did I just say that?
  14. FYYFF

    FYYFF Forever young...

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    :(:
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    fudgypup Banned

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    :rofl Just kidding! You had that 990 dancing around in a circle real pretty.

    I took some notes on the plane today because I wanted to wirte it down before I forgot all I learned:

    Generally:

    • Balance! Balance is really the key to everything. You shouldn't really be expending that much effort most of the time. The bike (even a GSA) can be balanced w/1 finger.
    • Properly gripping the clutch. Left pinky and ring finger on the handle, middle and index on the clutch.
    • Throttle control. That little blip will often correct your course and keep you upright and out of trouble.
    • Ergonomics. Your bike should be properly fitted. Most dealers don't give a rats ass about this and won't spend a second explaining it.
    • Relax.
    • Look ahead and not down.
    • Keep the elbows out.
    • Easy power up the hills, not spinning the wheel
    • Rear brake is for control and to help slow a bit, not to stop. Front brake is to stop but know when to let the front brake go.
    • A GSA will NOT handle like a dirt bike. It will have to be ridden slower, corner slower and brake slower (longer) than a dirt bike. A GSA is NOT a dirt bike. Ride your own ride, etc...
    • Specific instructions on leapfrogging. Don't take off until you see the next guy and he sees you give him and he's acknowledged your "L" had signal.
    Drills that I can recall:

    • Slow speed throttle/clutch feathering. Teaches: balance, throttle control, clutch feathering
    • Front wheel drag. Teaches you to sense when the front wheel loses traction and teaches you to let the front brake go when that happens to regain control (if you're not yet eating dirt).
    • Low, medium, faster circles to learn balance. Figure 8's to practice flip flopping.
    • Emergency braking (both front and rear w/proper body position)
    • Stopping on a hill and techniques to control and get out of that situation
    • Getting unstuck from sand
    • Rear braking, rear braking w/turn.
    • Barrel race
    • Wheel lofting
    • Much more...
  16. Sasquatch2112

    Sasquatch2112 Old Angry White Guy (OAWG)

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    nuff said

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  17. FYYFF

    FYYFF Forever young...

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    Ouchhh!!! That hurts. :)
    I had one extra on each day for you Joel. :thumb
  18. tbarstow

    tbarstow Two-wheelin' Fool Super Supporter

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    Just saw this one.

    Too much info about Ersin, Fudgy. Kinda glad I missed you guys in Vegas now.

    Still, looks to be a good investment into riding.
  19. FYYFF

    FYYFF Forever young...

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    This was supposed to be our "little" secret. :wink
  20. fudgypup

    fudgypup Banned

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    You really missed out.

    Ersin was up like $25k when the "dancers" started to gather around. We kept telling them the man w/the most interesting mustache in the world was about to show up and they were going crazy.

    We showed them your picture and they were all saying "we must meet this Timmmeh!"

    The rest is.... Well let's just say what happens in Vegas