Why I say learn the dirt first
June 21, 2010 at 11:46 am #27106
Was out with a few friends yesterday, practicing and preparing new sections for the National Trial I’m hosting near Arden on August 22nd. I can’t wait to show you pictures of the new rock face we cleared. Jonathan English is the first and only rider to have ridden it so far and it’s roughly twice as high as the one pictured here, so high and vertical that no one has climbed up or down on foot. Truly astonishing what these motorcycles can do with a skilled rider on board and I highly recommend you spectate an event if you get the chance.
As tradition dictates; being the first one to ride it, the new rock face will be named ‘Jonathan’June 23, 2010 at 12:59 am #27135WeaponZeroParticipant
This trials stuff looks interesting to watch but not at all like my idea of a good time. More my idea of a spectator sport than something I’d care to try myself.June 23, 2010 at 1:56 am #27138June 23, 2010 at 2:46 am #27140WeaponZeroParticipant
considering i have to travel well over a hundred miles to find any place that looks anything remotely like that i don’t see that as being a big deal, lol.June 23, 2010 at 3:29 am #27141LanceDParticipant
I know many excellent riders (a few of them MSF instructors) who learned on pavement and have never ridden on dirt. In fact, they assert that dirt riders are (sometimes) harder to teach because they think they already know how to ride and have to break some habits that are dangerous on pavement.
No, I’m not trying to disparage dirt riding. My point is that one way is not the only way (or even necessarily the best ) and education is everywhere … it’s up to the individual to take it in.June 23, 2010 at 11:18 am #27148July 7, 2010 at 11:53 pm #27379
Between the reactions I get from here and elsewhere I think I must be some kinda .01 percentile.
I read today in my motorcycle owner manual the following:
” By selecting a Montesa Cota 4RT as your new machine, you have placed yourself in a distinguished family of owners and riders. ” ( …I like the ‘distinguished’ part, way better than bizarre, strange or anomalous
” The Cota is a high performance trial motorcycle utilizing the latest trial technology. This motorcycle is intended for competition use by experienced riders only. This new trialer was designed to be as competitive as possible. But motorcycle trial is a physically demanding sport that requires more than just a fine racing machine. To do well, you must be in excellent physical condition and be a skillful rider. For best possible results, work diligently on your physical condition and practice frequently. “
Is this not exactly what should be written on the first page of a 600+cc crotch rocket manual !
Try Trials, you’ll like itJuly 8, 2010 at 12:29 pm #27384ranetteParticipant
“Is this not exactly what should be written on the first page of a 600+cc crotch rocket manual !”
I laughed when I looked at my Ducati manual for the first time and read something along the lines of “gently release the clutch while simultaneously applying the throttle”.
Imagine actually trying to learn to ride that way.
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