how much do you guys weigh and height?
Posted April 21, 2002 - 06:39 AM
Posted April 21, 2002 - 11:19 AM
I was in the same position as you. A long dirt layoff and several years of street riding. Don't get discouraged, it just takes a lot of practice. Riding dirt bikes is about the most humbling sport there is. I was a fairly competitve road racer, but I am a terrible dirt racer. Just keep at it. I would suggest that you invest in some good protective hand gaurds. They will save your levers and keep you riding instead of limping your bike back to the truck.
Posted April 21, 2002 - 12:30 PM
Do any you guys feel totally comfortable on a bike or is it just me that seems to loose the front tire alot and it seems to go where it wants sometime?
i'm sure alot has to do with my riding skills and little experience. I found a little place around here that has some hard dirt and sort of a track, i just go there and go left five laps and right five laps. once this place gets easy and i'm use to it i'll move on.
thanks for all the info
Posted April 21, 2002 - 02:25 PM
[ April 21, 2002: Message edited by: 426thumpers ]
Posted April 21, 2002 - 05:10 PM
5'8 3/4" before race
5'8 1/4" after hare scramble!!!!
151 w/o gear
This thing is a ROCKET under me!
The only complaint I have is that it seems like I have to always hang on like a B%&*@h!
People alway ask me why I have such a big bike.
I think I have the experience and ability to control it and handle it. Sometimes that is worth more than strength. Riding smart always seems to pay off for me in the end! I have always had this sort of mentality. In high school I was only 5'8" but did pretty good at cross country because of my attitude and endurance. I have tried different styles and stategies in the last 3 1/2 yrs of hare/hound and hare scrambles.
1. Ride fast and hard the first loop
Just maintain the 2nd loop
2. Ride easy the 1st loop
Ride super hard 2nd loop and try to make up ground on dog-tired riders
3. Ride above avg. but w/o making mistakes and staying within my abilities.
I would have to say the 3rd has worked out the best for me in most races! I think racing is probably
I am required to ride smart because any mistake I make takes me a lot more effort to correct.(ie getting stuck on a hill or stuck in a wash or stalling the BEAST)
Riding the 4HUN has made me a more efficient and smoother rider. Although sometimes I find myself getting lazy. After I picked up that 2SMOKER 93'RM 250 , it actually helps me to ride it and then ride my 4HUN. It makes me more aggressive because that is what the 250 requires!
I think it is funny when people ask me why I need a Big ol' bike like the 400 and I say "If you think the weight to HP ratio is small on this , You should have seen me on my 95' CBR900rr w/121HP and 398lbs!!!!!
4200' above sea level
[ April 21, 2002: Message edited by: THUMPIN' ROCK HUCKER ]
Posted April 21, 2002 - 05:13 PM
If you still have a Dunlop 739 in front, get rid of it. Get a D755 or a D756 or equivalent.
I've been riding only since September last year. I told myself to give it 6 months before I got discouraged. It was good advice. I am now clearing doubles, tabletops, etc., that were waaaaay above my ability when I started.
Find a friend. Make yourself ride tracks that are "too hard." There are "easy" tracks here where I ride. I started out there but moved to the tracks that have weekend races, etc. It will force you to learn quicker...
Above all - don't get discouraged. It is a difficult sport. Give yourself at least a year!
Posted April 21, 2002 - 06:04 PM
Posted April 21, 2002 - 07:56 PM
Posted April 22, 2002 - 01:52 AM
Posted April 22, 2002 - 03:01 AM
im kidding but most of it muscles... as i do 2-3 timesa week gym and swimimng
Posted April 22, 2002 - 03:53 AM
My 2 cents.
Posted April 22, 2002 - 08:04 AM
As for the sand riding, come ride in wonderful florida, i really have no choice around here and no it isn't any fun to ride in the sand. I'm just going to have to start loading the bike up and taking it somewhere to ride.
Funny how when i was buying this bike i was told by numerous people that the 426 is so much better in the sand then the lighter bikes, they all said it would power it's way through. But it seems now i have the bike i'm finding that alot more seem to think that soft sand is harder to ride in then a lighter bike, i will 100% agree on this one, especially when your learning to ride and not going full blast. And it seems you need to go full blast to get through the sand. I guess just turn the throttle and hold on and hope for the best
Posted April 22, 2002 - 09:07 PM
Posted April 22, 2002 - 09:17 PM
I'm not a racer, kinda slow in fact, but getting faster every ride, and enjoying myself more and more.
General dirt advice:
Relax. relax, relax. Get rid of the death grip on the bars. Remind yourself to relax while riding. Saves a huge amount of energy, makes you a better, faster rider.
Ride with people that are better then you. Follow their lines. Watch what they do.
Look where you want to go, not where you don't want to go. AKA: target fixation. Look down the trail/track, not right in front of the front tire.
When in doubt, gas it! The bike will get you through.
Stand up as much as possible, let the bike move under you, use your body to help absorb bumps.
Consciously weight the outside peg in turns. It works!
Go slower to go faster. Give yourself a little time to learn these new skills. I was crashing all over the place when I started in the dirt again. Now I go on trail rides and watch my new dirt buddies crash all over the place, and come back to the truck exhausted! Hee hee!
For longer rides, try a camelback thing. I was dehydrating, and losing energy real fast. My first ride with the camelback thing and I was a believer. Small sips all day long made a huge difference in the endurance area.
Ride the 426 for a while. Once you get your basic skills down, if you still aren't enjoying the 426, sell it and get something else.
And the #1 rule. Have fun man! That's what its all about!
Posted April 22, 2002 - 09:18 PM
Originally posted by 426thumpers:
Do most of you guys race or ride MX or hare scrambles? Being 32 seems a little rough to be getting into MX, especially with all these 16-18 yr olds jumping over my back, not ragging on the younger guys either
I'm 36 and ride MX only up to now (only 7 months of riding). Hare scrambles is just not for me though. I like the airtime in MX. Maybe I'm just a glutton but I'm also a skater (boards, not fruitboots) and ride on old man's night (Tuesdays) at the local Van's skatepark. It's funny, I never thought anything would be as fun as riding a skateboard in a swimming pool - but MX has it beat.
[ April 22, 2002: Message edited by: skthom2320 ]
Posted April 22, 2002 - 09:24 PM
Pure scotch and beer..!!!
Well, i'm on diet to be 175, no more, no less... so good bye iced cold beer's
[ April 22, 2002: Message edited by: Victor Delgadillo ]
Posted April 22, 2002 - 02:10 PM
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