Second Try on the BRC This Weekend!
August 17, 2009 at 12:03 pm #21673
Good job Jammer!
Looks like we both had a lil’ trouble on the right U-turn. I noticed in practice I could do the left-hand one just fine, but I kept having a heck of a time with the right one. I asked the rider coach what was up with that. She said it’s because the right side is where the throttle is, and my right side is trying to press down while coaxing the throttle. That could also be why the state on-cycle test only has a single U-turn in a box to the right. Evil.
Capt Crash or anyone, got advice?August 17, 2009 at 12:45 pm #21676JtownJJAParticipant
I also took my BRC on a Nighthawk. Same problem, very difficult to get into neutral!!! When I got my GS500F, I was amazed at how easy it was. I still occasionally don’t pull up hard enough when switching from first to second, and end up in neutral by mistake.August 17, 2009 at 1:44 pm #21682
Although it might be annoying not being able to easily find neutral on a range bike, on the road, it’s a very good thing. When I took BRC the first time, I rode a Nighthawk for parts of the class. Eventually, I got so sick of tinkering around finding neutral, I just cut the engine and tinkered with finding neutral with it off. That’s some advice to you folks taking BRC– if you want to keep your rider coaches happy, when they give the cut-it signal, use the engine cut-off switch. You can figure out getting it into neutral with the engine off.
I’ve hit neutral a few times riding on the 250. Hasn’t happened in a while. It’s not a big deal, just don’t panic. Give it more boot next time.August 17, 2009 at 2:58 pm #21688MunchParticipant
well I could tell you to just do like we were told when learning to ride bulls….. find a playground with swiveling see-saws and spin to the right. It’s a mental thing for most people. For me it was going left and not right as I would have to lean slight more forward to get my arm to extend far enough. Just let the opposite arm pretty much relax and it will come to ya. Practice practice and again practice.August 17, 2009 at 4:56 pm #21701eternal05Participant
If I’m having too much trouble torquing the throttle during a turn, I’ll use the opposite bar for steering instead. For instance, if you’re doing a tight U-turn to the right and need precise throttle control, really clamp in with the legs, focus on being light and loose with your right arm/hand, and do the steering with your left. That means, obviously that you will have to reverse your inputs (to turn right, pull left, or at slow speeds, push left).August 17, 2009 at 5:41 pm #21705CandiceParticipant
Good job, both of you!
I had a girlfriend get into the class this past weekend and she didn’t finish. First of all, she dropped the bike with herself on it in the first hour and half, she’s fine. She was a trooper and said she wanted to get back on but the bike’s front break lever was broken from her fall. They had one bike available to give her and it was too big, she couldn’t get her leg over. They should have had her switch with someone, I’m sure they could have worked something out but they didn’t help her out at all. She also said it was so hot and everyone was sweating so badly that they weren’t feeling good and there was no break for 2 hours to get a drink of water. It was quite hot on Saturday in Chicago, so anyways, she dropped out but she is going to try to get in somewhere else.August 17, 2009 at 5:54 pm #21708
That’s a shame. We had breaks after an exercise or two. It was hot!
I went through 2.5 bottles of Poweraid alone on Sunday and had a headache for most of the night.
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