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  1. And now I'm on what I think will be the final chapter of bikes in my life... but one never knows! I'm not getting any younger, but I plan to keep riding when I am a LOT older. The latest and GREATEST: a 2018 Husqvarna TE 150. I totally LOVE this bike! The Freeride is fun and all, and it really helped my riding evolve. It got me out of my comfort zone (and ladies, if you want to get better, get out of your comfort zone, ride a different bike, something totally different... it forces you out of old habits and routines and pushes you). It was fun to ride the Freeride. It's an easy bike to ride, which allowed me to push more. That translated into some new learned skills, some better habits, stronger braking and throttle. It was really confidence inspiring, even if it wasn't the most comfortable bike ergonomically. Tall seat and pivot pegs helped me a lot, but it is still a smaller scale bike. It would be awesome for a smaller rider! Suspension is also lacking, but still totally rideable and I could still push it, it just made me ride it to the ability of the bike and work around the shortcomings. Anyway, on to the "Screaming Bee"... The TE150 is so light, so flickable, so responsive! The Mikuni carb is crap, though. If you get one, get a Keihin Airstryker, Smart Carb, or even a Lectron (Lectron is a fuel hog, though, and has some shortcomings... but it IS easy to dial in and the simplest of the carbs if you are less mechanically inclined... make sure you get the short body... I think Slavens is the only place to purchase it). I'm running the Airstryker with a Stic, Thunder Products Quad-Flow Torque Wing, and a custom head designed and made by my machinist hubby. We run race gas, and the bike absolutely RIPS. After he did all the mods, my first ride out I told him it felt like the bike was going to rip my arms out of the sockets! lol I've since adapted and don't even notice it. I can lift the wheel in pretty much any gear. It also hauls around his 200+ pound frame with ease. We also lowered it 1.5", and I don't miss any of the suspension travel... it doesn't bottom at all. It's a great next step for me!
  2. You'll want to post this question in a forum specific to your bike. This is a thread in the women's forum.
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    What dirtbike next

    2005 KTM 200EXC - came off a TTR125 to the 200. A great bike with nice, easy power. Lots of aftermarket and replacement parts available for them. If seat height is an issue, pre 2007 is shorter. You can also get an X Bushing or lower seat. A few mods to "tame" the bike that are also easily removed as you get more comfortable: flywheel weight, Rekluse clutch (I wouldn't bother with the FWW if you go this route), and G2 makes a throttle cam. Flywheel weight (FWW): reduces throttle response due to more weight to spin, but also helps reduce stalling for same but opposite reason (once it's going it wants to stay going). Rekluse clutch: this is an auto clutch. Makes life easy on the clutch hand. Clutch as normal or not at all. Little to no stalling, even when you drop the bike. Throttle cam: this is a throttle tube that has an eccentric cam where the throttle cable rides. It makes your throttle turn just a little further to achieve the same amount of pull, so you have more precise control. None of them are necessary, but they all have their nice features. And as I mentioned, can all be changed back easily enough as you get comfortable.
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    Women riders

    I should also add: start a Facebook group for your state. Vet the people you let be members carefully (don't want any creeps). Ours is private so we can plan rides and not have strange guys show up that just happened to see a ride happening. Word of mouth is a good way to get started. You'll be surprised how many other women are out there who will be thrilled to find another lady to ride with.
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    Women riders

    With 63 members in a Michigan women's dirt bike group, I'd say there are a few of us out there. Our group stumbles upon other ladies out on the trail all the time. There are a few moto riders in the group, but most of us are trail riders.
  6. OK, so here we are, nearly 10 years from my original post and starting this whole thing. WOW! 14 pages of women adding their input on their rides. It's GREAT! I guess it's time again for an update... I've done a few more mods to my KTM 200. I added an auto clutch (NOT Rekluse, company is now out of business, but works the same and have had zero issues since install). I've raised the suspension a bit and also went with an X-Bushing and a tall seat (to stretch out my knees some as they get sore when bent too much, though knee braces also have helped there as they keep pressure off my knee caps). Bike is working awesome and I still love it. We added another bike to the stable too. We picked it up as a spare for friends and a tight trail bike for me. I'm liking it more the more I ride it. Seriously, it's a sweet bike and might be one to consider for other ladies as it is a lower seat height and really light weight. 2016 KTM Freeride 250R This bike is considered a "play bike". It's kind of a hybrid between an enduro bike and a trials bike. It is a two stroke, but has very linear power (though it is REALLY snappy right off idle, so I added a throttle cam as I have friends/family who aren't regular riders and don't want them to get into trouble). Second gear on this thing pulls forever. It's strong off the bottom and keeps going. I only shift into third when the trail really opens up, otherwise I can pretty much keep it in second. We added a Rekluse, and I also got a tall seat for Christmas (though haven't ridden it with it yet... can still tip-toe and should be happy with it without lowering). I'm also digging the trials tires and may be going that way on future bikes... seriously! Pros: Smooth linear power, light weight, low seat height, electric start. Cons: Expensive, cramped ergos for taller riders. Now all that updated and said, my dear husband is already promising a new bike... so I guess I may have to update yet again...
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    indoor tracks in michigan

    Yep, Michigan Mafia MXC. Stopped in the other day. It is similar in size to the one that was in Fenton. Nice folks.
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    The only girl in the pack :D

    We have a good group of gals who ride. We even let the guys come along. We don't have much in the way of places to ride where we can choose to ride a harder or easier trail. You show up, you ride the trail loop that's there (a couple have a parallel quad trail, but that is extremely rare). So far my most favoritest trail is the hardest one I've ridden. Well, maybe not 'hardest', but most overall physically demanding. Of course I have 3 that I like a lot, but my true fave not many like it too much. lol Our group continues to grow... we add a rider or two every year. Every spring we have an official 'Women's Ride' weekend where everyone tries to show. Otherwise we just do impromptu "hey, I'm riding this weekend, who wants to go?" shout outs. We mostly connect via Facebook, because it is easy.
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    Riding Technique

    Invest in lower rise bars. Bars are not too expensive and they will help you a LOT. You are right about that. Nothing wrong with the older style bikes, you can still get up on the tank, just not as far as the newer ones. Riding styles have changed and adapted over the years and bikes have changed right along with them. Everyone agrees on the general 'attack position', but if you watch (just for an example because most everyone can watch due to the broadcasting) pro motocross, every rider has a slightly different style. It is OK to have your own style and your own way of riding if it works for you. Just don't get way out of the basic attack position. Several of the photos posted you will see the gals are riding 'correctly', but there are variations of correct. Now that all said... you will find 'old school' woods riders don't ride with their elbows out quite as much as motocrossers. Their elbows will be down a bit, so they bend out less. Why? Simple... they rode back in the day where there weren't groomed trails. If those elbows stuck out wider than the bars, they were getting whacked on trees! My hubby is of the 'old school' and he's pretty damn fast, and don't tell him he's riding wrong. I'm not set in my ways either way. When I am fresh I am elbows up more, as I get tired, my elbows are 'old school'. I don't feel like I am at any disadvantage riding that way, but either way, my wrist is NEVER down.
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    New to me bike!

    shaved seat = different ergos. In my case, I want the longest seat to peg dimension possible, cuz my knees don't like the bent position much. The less bent the better. I even went so far as a tall seat. If you can tippy toe and start the bike, you might be just fine. Where 'bouts in Michigan are you? Do I already know you? (haven't been on here and forget who I have met and who I have not) I'm Karen, live in the thumb. Shoot me a PM if you want to hook up to ride sometime!
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    Dirtwise Riding school - Barryton, MI (August 19/20)

    Sign up! It's worth it! Shane is a great instructor, and by the end of two days you'll be doing things you never thought about trying.
  12. Agree 100%. I know the non-riding public probably saw it like the OP said, but those gals rode GREAT! That was a brutal course with not much room to shake the kinks out between obstacles. The guys also ran heats prior to the final, whereas there were only enough women to race it to fill a gate. THAT is the truly sad part. All the men on the gate get a pretty nice paycheck to ride their particular series (and many the endurocross series), whereas the women don't get the sponsorship or support like the men do. How much better could they be if all they had to do for a living is ride?
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    Kinda bummed

    Yeah, I'm YamaMama who rides a KTM, so I know the feeling! lol I had two Yamahas, now still own one, but haven't thrown a leg over it since getting my 200. Best move I ever made!!!!!
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    Update to my "season"

    Good luck on healing up fast! Dirtwise is an awesome class. Wish ours could have been closer to home with terrain we would normally encounter, but it was still a great learning experience. Shane is a GREAT teacher, and when he looks at you with those eyes and says "you can do it, I know you can", suddenly you CAN! lol How can you let him down?
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    Leota trail conditions... anyone ride it recently?

    We did have a great time, and yeah the crowd thinned appreciably once we were out a ways. There were some nice sections out there... loved the rocks! Hubby hated it, but I was fine with it. I'm happy so long as I'm riding. OK, hate is maybe a strong word... he was missing the trail it used to be. He has not ridden it in 15 or so years, so what did he expect? lol The river was a nice refresher after the ride, and nice you can just walk to it from the parking lot. I got to test out some bike mods, and now can't wait to give them a try in some tighter stuff (though prefer the tight stuff for a little bit cooler weather). Trying to figure out where to ride next weekend that has nearby water to jump into. Thanks again for the directions... made riding the loop easy peasy... just kept it to the right!