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  • scottiedawg

    Alpacas in the Crosswalk

    By scottiedawg

    Guiding groups of dirtbikers through the Andes of Peru is surreal. First of all, it is a huge privilege to be able to do what I do. I love riding dirtbikes as much as anybody possibly can. Combine that with serving others by leading groups on various trails, providing communication support such as translating a menu, or taking a picture or video to help recall the memory at a later date, these are the things that I do. There are many other tasks as well, but to simplify things, my job isn't much
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  • Paul Olesen

    Four Stroke Cylinder Head Reconditioning

    By Paul Olesen

    It's time to open up a can of worms and talk about a hotly debated topic in the powersport community - four stroke cylinder head reconditioning best practices. I've perused the forums and had discussions with people about reconditioning four stroke cylinder heads and there appears to be a lot of mixed opinion and beliefs on what is right or wrong. I'm certainly not going to say my take on the subject is the only way, but I do want to share my opinion, explain the technical details, as well as to
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  • Paul Olesen

    How The Two-Stroke Exhaust System Works

    By Paul Olesen

    In my last post, I shared details about how the two-stroke cylinder works, in today's post I want to provide an overview of how a performance two-stroke engine's exhaust system works.   Adding a performance exhaust system can be a great way to increase power and/or alter the power delivery of an engine. I would also argue that optimizing a two-stroke engine’s exhaust system is equally as important as ensuring the cylinder’s ports are correctly designed for the given application.
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  • Coach Robb

    10 Body Indicators That Tell You When to Workout & When to Back Off!

    By Coach Robb

    TIME TO REST - Pay attention to these 10 body indicators to gauge when to work out and when to back off!   If you don’t take time to rest and recovery, your body wont adapt to the stress of training and racing – and as a result you won’t get stronger or faster. If you neglect recovery for too long, you will start to lose strength and speed.   Here are some symptoms to look for: First your sleep patterns will be off (tired and you can’t sleep, restless sleep, etc.). Second your energy
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  • Coach Robb

    4 Reason (and solutions) Why Your Training is Making You Fat and Slow!

    By Coach Robb

    Mistake #1: Not knowing YOUR sport specific heart rate training zone Your maximum heart rate number changes specific to the sport that you are training and racing.  For example, your maximum heart rate on the motorcycle will be higher than on a bicycle (because of the amount of muscle you are using).  A frequent mistake athletes make is completing a maximum heart rate assessment within one discipline and then use the established heart rate training zones across all forms of training and ra
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Stay in Shape for Riding

We all know that you have to be in good physical shape to ride or race. Riding is one of the best exercises to stay in shape for riding and/or racing. But most people cannot get enough riding in regularly to stay in good enough shape. Even if you are one of the lucky people that can ride as much as you want, riding alone still isn't the very best way to stay in shape for riding. Even the top pros who make a living racing and have all the time they need to ride as much as they want, they still do

Gary Semics

Gary Semics

 

Supercross Jumps

Another Supercross season will be here before we know it so I thought it only fitting to have another lesson on Supercross riding techniques and this time to explain jumping. All the jumping that takes place in SX and especially those rhythm sections it truly is a thing of beauty and grace but when it goes wrong, it can get ugly real quick. Just like the whoops, the top SX riders make lap after lap doing all the combos of jumps look easy, but we know better, it’s a lot more difficult than it loo

Gary Semics

Gary Semics

 

No More Front End Washouts

One of the most important things when cornering is keeping the front end from washing out. Well, you can when you know what’s involved and know how to practice it. Just like all the control aspects in motocross the front end is controlled by 2 technique categories; body movements and controlling the five controls of the m/c and that’s the front and rear brakes, the clutch and throttle and the gear shift. Body movements relate to always maintaining the center of balance. Of course if you loose yo

Gary Semics

Gary Semics

 

The 3 Most Important Factors About Starts

There are three important aspects of the start. The single most important aspect of the start is the clutch. Excellent clutch control is the key. The other two aspects are throttle control and body movements. Let’s look at each one separately. 1. Clutch control The following are all the techniques that go into clutch control. You have to hold onto the grip and control the clutch independently. This is true for when you’re riding on the track as well, but for the start, clutch control

Gary Semics

Gary Semics

 

How to Master Bermed Corners

Rutted corners are a pros friend but they can be a beginner’s nightmare. The pros like them because they offer excellent traction. The beginners usually have a difficult time with them because they can’t stay in the rut. One of the most important factors about going fast on a motocross track is traction, especially in the corners. If the ground is pretty hard it’s going to be on the slippery side and not very good for building berms. But even then the good rides will have some small berms in the

Gary Semics

Gary Semics

 

Jumping a big gap for the first time

I have found through my years of teaching that one of the most common questions is how do I jump that big jump (double, triple, tabletop, step up, step down or even far into a whoop section) the first time? How do I know how fast and hard to hit it? It’s not just doubles and triples or other type jumps with gaps in them that can be intimidating, although tabletops are generally safer I’ve seen plenty of them that are also dangerous with sharp, steep landings. Many riders and their parents say th

Gary Semics

Gary Semics

 

Pee Wee To Motocross Stardom

Does Your Pee Wee Rider Have A Million Dollar Future? Advice for Parents With top riders in motocross now earning four, five, and six million dollar salaries riding for motorcycle manufacturers and a lot of outside the industry sponsors, it’s easy for parents to start thinking their son could be the next motocross sensation. Most motocross kids will not grow up and achieve the stellar success of a Ricky Carmichaels or Bubba Stewart. But some young riders, although not quite de

Gary Semics

Gary Semics

 

Understanding Control

At the top pro level the rider's style and even their techniques are programmed into their nervous system's automatic reflex reactions so deeply from the many hours of repeated practice that they fire off naturally. In order for them to change a technique they would have to overwrite the old habit by replacing it with a new one. The only way to do this is to run the new program through repetition long enough to replace the old. At first this reprogramming slows you down and practicing a new tech

Gary Semics

Gary Semics

 

Commitment

There is definitely a balance in being a great motocross competitor. It takes a quality of great stillness, calmness and clarity on the inside while being at battle on the outside. Calmness on the inside (your inner feelings) while in the race (chaos on the outside). There are also great expectations and pressures on the outside while there must be peace, focus and confidence on the inside, that along with a good dose of talent and desire are the bottom lines. Although talent is somewhat of a Go

Gary Semics

Gary Semics

 

Motocross Practice Strategies

I've said many times the foundation of becoming a really good rider is to learn, practice and develop all the absolute techniques of motocross into your automatic, natural riding style (55 absolute techniques). After that there are many other factors that come into play and one of the, if not THE most important, is what goes on between your ears, yes your mind. I've also said many times, it's mind over matter. If you don't mind it don't matter, ha, ha. No but really, once you get to a high skill

Gary Semics

Gary Semics

 

How to Master Whoops

t’s already January 2012? Wow, how time flies! It seems that not so long ago, the Supercross Series was just ending and now it’s getting ready to start again. With all the Supercross excitement in the air, listening to the action on a webcast or watching the action on TV that we’ll soon be feasting on some highly competitive, motivated racers, showing how the world’s best master the art of Supercross. I thought that this would be a good time to explain the important techniques of Supercross so t

Gary Semics

Gary Semics

 

How to have fun practicing

t's common knowledge now a days that it takes a lot of seat time in order to get good and really enjoy riding motocross. Most riders don't get to practice as often as they would like. Unless you have a practice track at your house and don't have to work a regular job this is the case, right? Okay, so let's say this is your case. When you do get a chance to ride you're all gung ho on going out onto the track and having fun, right and that is normal. But, here's the thing, you expect to much from

Gary Semics

Gary Semics

 

Get the most out of morning practice

At most races there’s not much time to practice and get to know the track before you’re going to be on the starting line. The following tips will help you get the most out of your practice time. Get there early enough so you’re not rushed and make sure you have your goggle, gear, bike, and everything else ready for practice. This way you can take your time and sign up and walk the track before your first practice. When walking the track think about what lines you’ll be trying and what obst

Gary Semics

Gary Semics

 

Mental Power, Part V

To ever get to the point of winning you have to feel gratitude and love for what you are doing. Jeremy McGrath loved to ride and race Supercross. He came from a family that taught him to be grateful. They didn't have a lot of money. I first met Jeremy when he was 16. They were living in Sun Valley CA, a desert community inland from San Diego. The only heat they had in the house was a fire place and it gets cold there in the winter. But this upbringing of being grateful and not having all the com

Gary Semics

Gary Semics

 

Mental Power, Part IV

The first exercise is to notice your thoughts. Until you master this exercise you will tend to look at the world and yourself from your thoughts instead of looking at your thoughts. In other words you will tend to identify yourself with your thoughts instead of being a third party and looking at your thoughts. We are not our thoughts but most people follow their thoughts. Good or bad they are taken for a ride tied to their thoughts. It's like standing by a road, a car goes by and you attac

Gary Semics

Gary Semics

 

Mental Power, Part III

There are many beliefs that your thousands of daily thoughts group together into ending beliefs of your situations and things in your life. Let's look at one example. Your bike is over a year old and getting a little loose. You choose to focus on your bike being old, you think you can't afford a new bike. You continue to think about the short comings of your bike. You don't think it's fast enough, doesn't look good and so on. These types of thoughts, cause the same type of feelings which attra

Gary Semics

Gary Semics

 

Mental Power, Part II

Science is beginning to understand that there is more space and energy (electrical energy) in our bodies that we ever imagined. The heart and brain has more energy than any other part of our body. Since radio waves can travel from Mars to Earth with massive amounts of data and here on Earth all you have to do is tune in your radio to hear music. Would it be too difficult to believe that your brain, through it's electrical current, also has a frequency. It too transmits signals. These signals wor

Gary Semics

Gary Semics

 

Mental Power, Part I

You've heard the saying racing is all in your head. It's even deeper than that, life is all in your head. You've heard the glass half empty, the glass half full, think positive, look at the bright side, have a positive attitude and so on. In order to be happy and successful in anything I believe all these things and even more are true. It's not just the way you think but the way you feel that is most important. Just your thoughts alone are very important because they are the first step in creati

Gary Semics

Gary Semics

 

Talent Characteristics

A. TEMPERAMENT: Characteristic or habitual inclination or mode of emotional response. Having a good temperament is a quality that will enable you to stay calm under pressure. B. ATTITUDE: A mental position or feeling with regard to a state or fact. How you view and interpret things. It’s not just what happens or doesn’t happen that’s important; it’s HOW what happens or doesn’t happen affects you. C. DESIRE: A strong wish, longing, craving. How bad do you want to do well? Are you will

Gary Semics

Gary Semics

 

How to Whip

This flashy maneuver has several names; getting sideways, the clicker, cross ups, tail whips and pancaking it. Not only is it a flashy kind of show off move but it does have some benefits in motocross and any pro rider should be at least somewhat good at the whip. There are three main reasons for this; 1. When you have a turn at the landing of a jump you can set up for the turn by whipping it sideways in the air. 2. If you happen to get sideways in the air by accident you will know

Gary Semics

Gary Semics

 

Motocross Racing in the Mud

About this time of year (March) most of the Northern Hemisphere is beginning to thaw from winter’s frozen grip. When two feet down in the ground all that frozen moisture begins to thaw it spells MUD, mud. Of course, even at other times of year mud can be a big factory. You just never know when Mother Nature is going to through a mud race in the mix. Anyone would prefer no dust, no mud ideal conditions but there are some riders who always manage to shine in the muddiest conditions. Like Josh Wood

Gary Semics

Gary Semics

 

Winter Motocross Training

For most of the riders in the Northern Hemisphere, there’s very little if any riding in January. But, that shouldn’t stop you from staying in shape. As a matter of fact, that should give you the opportunity to get in even better shape. Sure, in the spring and summer you can get a lot of riding and racing in and of course this is a great way to stay in shape but it also can be hard on your body especially if you are taking frequent soil samples and you know what they say, if you’re not crashing o

Gary Semics

Gary Semics

 

Big Factors In Your Diet

I remember one time when Jeremy McGrath and I were coming back from a long hard workout at the gym, we were driving pass a common fast food burger stand and Jeremy said we could go in there and ruin everything we just did. By now Jeremy knew that not only the training but also the diet was a necessary discipline for performance. You see, the bottom line of what training actually does is put a stress on your body which triggers an adaptation response. This adaptation response forces your bo

Gary Semics

Gary Semics

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