: Practicing on a Dirtbike!
06-08-2002, 07:12 AM
Well, never rode one before. But I know that most of the guys that race well started on them, so I decided it was time to get my skills better and start riding in the dirt. The bike slides around alot, and makes for some exhausting riding. I guess thats good though.
I got my confidence up though, here are some pics from my first day. (Dont laugh)
06-08-2002, 07:35 AM
Hi, well as most of them i've driven dirtbikes too. About 7 years actually, in the last year i did a bit of supercross (jumpy stylish).
It was getting a bit expensive, i was still in college ... and my parents stopped sponsoring me When you start getting faster, the elements are meant to wear out quite faster .. so i had to give it a rest.
Anyway, it's a nice practice, it helps you control the bike a bit better from my point of view. On dirtbikes the rear brakes are quite important, you won't do any damage if you lock'em or so, so you'll be able to hit it like a maniac and practice sliding in a corner :eek:
BTW, just a few more runs and you'll jump over the pool :p
06-08-2002, 07:59 AM
Yea, actually my last jump I finally got the balls to twist the throttle and I just clipped the edge of the pool with my back tire. It just feels so wierd flying through the air like that.
I was practicing trying to slide the back end in some sand but its kind of hard. I guess I need to give it more gas? It feels like the bike is going to fall over or shoot out of my hands. ( I kept getting stuck)
06-08-2002, 01:49 PM
That being afraid to drop it and not having as much balance as wanted is due to the fact you aren't very confident atm. As you'll drive it a few more times you'll get the hang of it :)
Actually, you rev the engine a bit with the clutch 'just a flic' and go full throttle through the turn, this is when you're secure of your balnce point. It will pull you through the corner by gravity ;)
Just make sure you're high in the rpm's while in a corner, you should be in the right gear when you entered it, not having to shift while you're in the middle of it. One thing at the time for now.
Wack the gas in loose sand, it will not flip over, only dig a hole :p
Hope it helps for next time ..
06-09-2002, 10:28 PM
dude! thats awesome!
I was thinking about picking up some cheap ass dirst bike and just go out and have fun without worrying about dropping it or anything like that heheh
that looks like a blast though..:jump
06-09-2002, 10:38 PM
kneedragger.......I was just curious where you were from?:cool:
I was out on by buddys 250 kx kawa. Thats really much fun, and as you say its exhausting. Really good balance training. But man its a different feel.
06-10-2002, 09:54 AM
Eventually you can move up to this... :) http://www.ncoffroad.com/album/album27/aae.jpg
06-10-2002, 01:20 PM
dirt bikes are great practice for street riding. sand doesn't hurt nearly as much as pavement.
I actually just got another dirtbike to practice for stunting. I'd rather learn how to 12'oclock on the sand than on the street. also great for wheelies.
Is that an CR-80 or 125 you are riding? looks small in the pics. Ur balls get bigger & bigger as you ride on. Soon, u'll have 10 feet of air under that thing.
06-10-2002, 01:31 PM
Looks like an XR actually. And yeah, dirt riding rocks, it's a whole different level of fun compared to street riding. It will sharpen your road skills too.
06-10-2002, 01:49 PM
yep, you may be right. That looks like a giant old 4 stroke motor. damn red & white color automatically sparks "CR" .
The pictures are ok Kneedragger77 that didn't make me laugh what did was your expression about the sport being exhausting.You can bet your ass on that.It is one of the most demanding sports around and any body who thinks its a walk in the park is surely in for a big surprise.I've raced MX for some years before and I'll tell you,one of the best training grounds for all you guys who are serious about riding IS dirtbiking.:fact
06-10-2002, 03:07 PM
for those that wanted to know, I am from Hawaii originally but I reside in Oklahoma.
Yea, I plan on Dirt Riding more often. Hopefully at least once per week if possible. I know that the skills learned in the dirt are definitely transferable to the track.
By the way, I'm not sure of the exact classification of the bike, but my friend just bought it new. Its like a Honda 200 or something. I was trying to bounce it up in first to get it to come up, with no luck. I think you gotta clutch that thing:D
I will probably go out on Saturday morning again. By then I will have another pic of me hitting the same jump, getting mad air this time!;)