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bluebike1999

First grasstrack race

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first official race of anytype for me at the tender age of 34.

Went to Scramble club race in Northern Tasmania.

Raced in modern 4 stroke open class and quickly realised that a 400 today is'nt a big dirt bike. KTM 620s 525 loads of crfs and loads of proper blue bikes , lots of 450's.

didn't shame myself too bad but did have the girliest of crashes in the practice lap, yes the practice lap. stalled bike when i locked up to avoid other bike( turned idle up next race) and when i got it started, clutched off, looked down to hot start button to switch off ( I will learn to do this by feel very soon i think) and hit a rock a little smaller than a football that rolled a little,,,, and off.

Went with good mate who's has raced for years and that made it all a lot easier. the track was very dry and dusty and was watered a couple of times, big ruts over a foot deep by days end, surrounded by powdered dirt( not very grippy and tastes shit).

Didn't win, didn't expect to, but i didn't come last. I think around 10th -12th out of 18 but not sure, don't really care.

6 y/o son had a go in pee wee class on his pw80, he was thrilled also didn't come last but was up against kx65 and ktm's( there are some animal 9 y/o riders out there) and did well, had bulk fun.

Ive got sore arms, i think they may have stretched, but still buzzing from adrenalin.

18 bikes start is scary but fun.

Anyone else grasstrack?

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Got 400 in oct last year after a few years without a bike. used to have xr250(265)

go to Asbestos ranges, Ben Lomond, went to arthur river in Nov, it was great.

have 26 acres where i live and have a couple of tracks and things to play on.

Doing the Pub in the paddock ride later in month, heard heaps about it looking forward to it.

whats your bike?

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Ive got a 03 WR450. I ride asbestos and raggedy jack a fair bit during winter but Ive been riding round Mathinna and St helens lately. I haven't done the pub in the paddock as yet but its spouse to be pretty sic hope you have a ball. :)

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Hi Bluebike

I am over here in Western Australia and have just started riding. I am friggin 40 and going out for riding lessons with one of the states best vets to try and do this without all the falls. I have my own business to run and cannot afford to break bones and the lot so instead decided after a few soft fall-offs to go to a clinic. However that proved harder than I thought as they are not run over here as they are for you guys over in the east. Eventually I got onto one of our states best riders (he is now a vet I think he classifies himself) and he is showing me how to ride without doing the damage. I do not understand what you mean by "grass riding" other than my simple interpretation that it means riding on a grassy field???

Do you have pics of your day out and the sons ride. I am thinking of getting my boys onto a bike and would like to get your feedback on the one your son rides and how he has learned?

Cheers mate

Paul

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Paul

yeah grasstrack title is fairly simple.

the track was approx 800m most races were 4 laps( thank god thats all)

marked out with small lengths of orange conduit and tape around corners.

It was in a dry grassy paddock that was quite grippy, but it changed as the day progressed and got more chewed up. I was suprised at how deep the ruts became. the local paper said there were 120 bikes there.

Cameron, 6 y/o son has been riding about a year and a half. i help him almost every night and he has been on some pretty hard rides and handled them well. he has three tracks to ride on here and did a 29 foot jump on his peewee 80 last week when i wasn't home. how do i know 29 feet? my friend, an experienced enduro rider saw him and measured it. ( not sure i really like that stuff)

Has had a couple of big stacks, one at about 60km on beach and that seems to have loaded some caution into him, yet he still rides very hard. 4 y/o son currently has a fair portion of skin missing from his face from a stack on a pushbike last night, so he's just about ready for a motorbike.

Keep on with lessons from good riders and you will learn by helping your boy/s learn. In fact 6yo seems to have skills i didnt get until my 20s. Crusty Demon videos are not good. bad ideas in simple minds.

pics below are of me overtaking on a creative line

cameron on the grid waiting to start

cam on track.

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1stEvaRACEDAY_0578.jpg

hmmm they arent blue like the others, tell if they dont work and if anyone can see where i ve gone wrong please say.

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here is the one i stuffed up and yes, i can see they turn blue when they go on.

thanks frostbite for photobucket instructions on accelerator arm post

1stEvaRACEDAY_0575.jpg

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In response to feedback about bikes, pw80 is excellent to learn on, but is not a race bike, it's a fun bike. although it's not fun to see him go around a slight corner , standing up with the tail hanging at over 60kph on gravel.

not sure i want him on YZ (he wants a ktm or kx but we'll fix that) i have convinced him that a ttr 125 will suit what we do better, but not till he's around 9-10. he wants to race, we would rather he came and played in the bush tracks with us.

It is a magic feeling going riding with sons, 4 y/o on front of my bike ( he fell asleep 15km from camp last time, just went floppy and i had to ride back hanging onto him) cant wait to get wife another bike so we can all go.

good luck with lessons

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