Hey Andy... dirt riding is LOTS of fun! I went practicing MX yesterday on my brand new YZ450F Unfortunately I have to pay for it out of my own pocket :\ I am limping around at work today... can't wait for the next weekend! I think dean100yz is another dirt/mx guy that I know of on this forum.
Well I am just about to crawl into bed and rest my wiery, battered and bruised, muscles, bones, arse and every other inch of my body!
I can honestly say that after 20 years of service to Queen and country, that was the hardest, most arduous thing I have ever done, I am mentally and physically drained!
I managed to cover 6 out of 8 laps yesterday, and 5 out of 7 today, in the alloted time, 15 kilometer laps over extremely hard terrain. It rained friday and saturday nights continuosly, which turned the course in paces in to a complete quagmire! Runny mud, like custard 45 - 60 cm deep is not nice! 1 in 2 gradient hill runs between trees is also a bit hairy to say the least!
But the good thing is, I survived, first ever competition and the last one I will do too!
We had 2 teams of 3 enter, out of the 6 bikes we had, 2 were written of with both having the head stock fracturing away from the frame!
I survived luckily, but lost count of how many times I binned it into the mud!
Myself and my 2 team mated came in 2nd place out of 8 teams running military bikes, ot bad for a team of novices, but at the age of 39, I think I will bathe in my glory and call it a day!
The question about bikes...well we use Harley Davidson 350cc Rotax engined military bikes that weigh a ton (literally!) and are bloody awful to control!
Well done Andy!! those are heavy bikes... was the race fun though? >D
I went today to a much tighter mx track with the 450... really binned it hard like a fool... most of the time just trying to get the bike set up right to turn better. Learned a cool trick from my friend in setting the sag: instead of hammering the ring to stiffen the shock spring, just turn the spring
Toby, bits were fun, but other were absolute murder!
The worse thing was the rea end sliding all over the place while the front end was going in the opposite direction! Even putting all the weight over the back wheel made little difference, deep sort sand, although nice to fall off in was a pig, especially when you had to climb 100 metre hill climbs in it on such a heavy piece of junk as these Hardly-Ableson bikes are!
Today I have been given the day off work and I am just about to ice my ankle as it has decided it doesn't want to work today, I can't remember doing anything to it, I did here one crack on an off, but thought that was the indicator stem snapping, and I was wearing bloody great Axo MX boots, so hopefully it is just telling me to give it a rest for a few days!
I hope it isn't anything more serious, I am off on a skiing holiday on saturday for a week!!!
hope your ankle will heal soon for that ski strip. I was riding with a swelling left foot yesterday, couldn't sift really well, but with the help of arch support I could at least stand on the ball of my foot... Gaerne SG10 babe! No problem jumping, however problem with right turns... couldn't stay on the peg... next time will use duck tape