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Gary Semics

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    Working on my motocross track in Lisbon OH. Riding motos is still my favorite thing to do. I like training on my bicycle, running, lifting weights too. Like working on the computer, especially editing video. Love having leisure time with my family. It's all good. Life is good living the dream on the back 40.

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    Semics vs Dubach

    Dubach's method is more common among C and low level B riders bc it's easier to do, especially on 4 strokes. I believe my, no coasting, method is more efficient and applied more with the higher skill level riders. For example, I've heard that Blake Bagget and some other pros, use a special clutch, so the engine doesn't have any engine braking. This is bc they want to control the brakes, all on their own. I have watched the pros use the brakes many times, and have founded my techniques accordingly. Of course, I have tried their techniques and applied them into my automatic (muscle memory) techniques. Of course, there are exceptions to every rule, as there will be certain types of corners where this will not apply. For example, long, sweeping rutted, corners, where a lot of momentum is carried all the way through the corner. But, in most corners, I believe no coasting should be taking place. Here's a good video showing why this method is best.
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    Winter training

    Running is good because you are using all muscles at the same time, which enables a high heart rate (HR). Over a five month period, I developed a Dumbbell Cardio Workout that is sports specific for motocross. Below is some info and a short sample video. If you are really serious about training for motocross, the only place this four part video is accessible is in my Online Coaching subscription. Motocross Workouts at home – is your fitness up to par? Motocross is one of the most physically demanding sports on the planet! To ride good, have fun and stay safe your physical fitness is a primary key. During a race or even during practice sessions a motocross racer’s heart rate (HR) will max out. Their average HR will be at about 90% of max during a 15 minute or longer moto. Just by lining up on the starting gate most riders will be at about 75% of their max HR. In light of these facts it’s easy to understand that motocross is an extremely physical and demanding sport. For anyone, even seasoned athletes who are in excellent shape, maintaining an average 90% of max HR is very difficult to do; however, doing it while practicing or racing motocross makes it seem easier. Why is this, you may ask? When maintaining a high HR while doing things like, running, cycling or swimming, your HR will raise by the work your body is doing and your mind feels pretty much all of the discomfort, even down-right pain. When riding or racing motocross not only is your body working hard, but also your mind is on high alert. All of your senses are fully activated by your sensory perception. Because of the excitement and the element of danger, this sensory perception is turned on full throttle, so to speak. Since your body and mind are using mass amounts of energy it takes an excellent cardiovascular system to keep all your blood flowing. The flow not only carries blood but everything in your blood: like fuel, nutrients and oxygen. I guess this could be bad or good news. It all depends how you look at it. The bad news could be you have to train, exercise and lead a relatively clean life style. But is that really bad news? The good news is being in good physical shape has many benefits like, looking and feeling better. Again, it’s all in the way you look at it. Most people don’t understand that the body needs movement on a regular basis in order to deliver blood and nutrients to all the muscles and soft tissues of the entire body. The proof of these facts is easy to understand when you consider what happens to an arm or leg that is put in a case for 6 weeks, atrophied! Many riders may think they don’t need to be in very good shape, because they are just riding for fun or they’re races are very short. But they fail to see the fact that by being in better shape they will have more fun. Being in better shape will also allow them to ride longer and better in order to keep increasing their skill levels. To be honest, riders who think they don’t need to be in good shape are just using that belief as another excuse not to train. Riders can have many different excuses for not taking training seriously, excuses like not enough time, no one to train with, they live too far from a gym, or they are too tired to train before or after work. I’m sure all these excuses are very real to them. I say real to them because they have convinced themselves that they are real. For one thing, you don’t need to go to a gym to train. In the time it takes to get ready, go to the gym and get back home you could have done your workout at home. If they have a physically demanding job and they really are too tired, they could do some type of easy cardio training, stretching or yoga that would be mentally and physically beneficial. There are many ways to train at home. To make a real change with your training habits you have to change the way you think about training, change your perception about training. This doesn’t mean just changing your conscious thoughts about training but changing your beliefs about training at the core, in your sub-conscious mind. If you’re not already training regularly, it means you have negative thoughts and therefore negative beliefs about training and exercising. This causes you to not want to do it and it’s easy to find excuses for not doing it. Once you change these negative thoughts and beliefs into positive ones you will want to train and exercise on a regular basis it will become a habit, a life style and your enjoyment of motocross, along with your riding skills and safety will increase big time! The bottom line comes down to, what’s important to you, if your motocross riding/racing is toward the top of your list, then except the facts, change your thoughts and beliefs about training and make it a life style. Changing your beliefs is easy to do and just takes a little ambition and know how. It helps to start with some every day, short and long term goals. This first step is very important, so take some time and write out your goals. Then put them in a place where you’ll see them every day. Doing this not only will remind you but also makes them more real. For some people going cold turkey and changing everything at once works, but for most this is not the best method. It’s usually better to change things gradually, like one or two things per day. This method is a lot less stressful on your mind and body and you will be more likely to make lasting changes. Of course getting the desired results from changing your thoughts and beliefs will most likely take time. Until this happens and you really want to exercise you’re going to have to use commitment and will power. Your brain will come up with all the excuses you can image and you’re going to need to ignore them and workout anyway. The import thing is to start out gradually with your frequency, duration and intensity and be consistent. It’s better to workout a little 5 days a week then to workout too much 2 days a week. If you haven’t been training you shouldn’t train too hard in the beginning. Just do what’s comfortable and keep building. If you’re not used to training and you go too hard, chances are you won’t stick with it. The first step is making it a habit. Then according to your goals, you would increase the frequencies, durations and intensities in order to reach your goals. Once exercising becomes a habit you’ll be like the millions of other people who have kicked their bad habits and replaced them with good, healthy habits like exercise and eating smart. Don’t think of why you can’t do this, rather think of how you can. One step at a time. Discover how fun motocross really can be! Ok, so once you make the commitment to start training how do you know you’re training methods and strategies are effective for motocross? All sports have different training methods. This is known as “Sports Specific Training”. Motocross is one of the sports where this is the most complicated because motocross uses all the muscles of your body at the same time constantly. Not only do all your muscles get worked at the same time but they also get worked both aerobically and anaerobically, meaning both cardio and strength is needed. There’s a fine line in the way these two forms of exercise need to be done in order to get the best benefits on the mx bike. More bad and good news, in order to understand and apply the most effective ways to training for motocross, you would need a personal Pro motocross trainer or how to videos and books. The good news is we have videos and manuals available. We have two MX Conditioning DVDs, we also have an Instant Access Video On Demand Streaming platform… Riders can choose one of three subscriptions, with one being an “Online Coaching” subscription. This one has all the most important mx practice drills, fitness workouts, weekly routines, the mental side of training and racing, stretching, strength, nutrition and pretty much everything that goes into a rider’s weekly preparation plans. It has a wide verity of Weekly Routines for the Weekend Warrior to the full time Pro. I hope this article gives you some motivation to keep training or if you haven’t already started to get started. Whatever your goals may be, I hope you ride and train smart, stay safe and have fun! https://youtu.be/s6GLwqyWSCQ
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    head shake

    The main reason you get head shake is because the front end is too low in relation to the rear end. Check the rear shock spring's "Rider Sag". It should be between 105 and 110 mm. If the measurement is lower, you have too much p reload on the spring. This will make the front end too low. Or you're rear shock spring's preload maybe okay, but your front fork springs maybe too soft or not have enough preload. Another way to fix this head shake problem is to drop the forks in the triple clamps. 3mm will make a noticeable difference. There's always a happy medium with chassis and suspension setup. You have to try one adjustment at a time until you like it. You maybe interested in my Bike Set Up DVD.
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    Bike Kicking to Right

    Is there any type of rut or dished out area, where you are taking off from the jump? If so, you have to stay leaned over as you take off from the jump. If you stand the bike up, from the way you were leaning, as you take off, it will swap.
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    Front or rear brake

    Here's a short video that better describes and shows why both brakes are equally important.
  7. This is a short video of the two hour motocross and off-road riding tips seminar I did at the Triumph/Yamaha of Warren, Ohio dealership. This video covers the most important thing you should know about riding your dirt bike! One of my Pro racers, Michael Hand was on hand, ha, to help me out. We covered riding techniques, practice strategies, fitness training, nutrition and the mental side of training and racing. We even had Rocket Rob Buydos do the introductions. 47 riders attended.
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    Winter training

    I haven't done much swimming, but cardio is the most important for motocross. Don't waste your time and energy doing heavy weights. If you are going to lift weights, do light weight with at least 15 reps, and super-set everything! Never be lacking on cardio training!
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    Hit a plateau

    I haven't seen you ride but chances are that you're not getting enough quality practice each week. Don't just go to the track and practice what you already know how to do. To keep improving you need to work on your weak points, set up practice drills that will allow you to work on them over and over and over again and again, until they become your strong points. Free riding tips here.
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    What rpm do you ride at on 4 stroke

    Anywhere below and up to the rev limiter. If you go into the rev limiter it's hard on the piston, rings and especially the valves.
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    Jumping 2 strokes

    With the 4 stroke, it's pretty much always in the power band, so to speak. On the 2 stroke the power band is more narrow and sensitive. Therefore, the 2 stroke can be more difficult to manage, not only when jumping but everywhere else, as well. You have to be a better rider to go fast on a 2 stroker!
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    Need help with holeshots

    Starts are sort of like gun fighting. A gun fighter has to be quick on the draw but at the same time he has to be smooth and have a good aim in order to hit the target before the target hits him. In motocross you also have to be quick and at the same time you have to be smooth with your clutch and throttle control and your body movements. If you mess up at least you won’t get shot but you may get run over in the first corner. 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 and all the detailed techniques that go with them. 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 is even more important then when riding on the track. Therefore I teach using your three outside fingers on the clutch while you hold onto the grip with your index finger. This way your three outside fingers will allow you to have good strong clutch control while your index finger can pull your body position forward as you shoot out of the gate. If you didn’t use any fingers on the grip you couldn’t pull and hold yourself forward. Or if you only used one finger on the clutch you wouldn’t have good strong clutch control for a perfect start. If this is awkward you can use your first two fingers on the clutch. With your three outside fingers or first two fingers on the clutch pull the clutch in and select first or second gear. Then let the clutch out until it just starts to engage. Then pull it back in just the slightest bit under engagement. This is where you want to hold the clutch. This way it will begin to engage as soon as you start letting it out. With this clutch setting technique you will know that the bike is in gear and your clutch will be set and ready, not too far out and not too far in, but just right for the real thing hole shot. It’s very important to control the clutch all the way out. Don’t just start slipping it out then let it go. And don’t release the clutch in a jerky motion. When done correctly it’s just one controlled smooth release all the way out. You are pretty much holding the throttle in one position according to traction and feeding the power to the rear wheel with the clutch. You see, when you feed the power to the rear wheel with the clutch the response is instant. If you rely on the throttle the power has to go through the carburetor and the response at the rear wheel can be delayed and not as actuate. Even after you are pretty far out of the gate, if the front wheel starts to raise slip the clutch a bit to bring it back down. Control the clutch all the way out at all times during the start. While seated in the proper position, grab the handlebars with a lot of over grip. This is important so you can keep your upper body open and work from over the handlebars not behind them. This will allow you to get more of your body weight up and over the front of the bike enabling you to keep the front end down more effectively. This open body position will also give you better leverage for moving your body position from side to side across the handlebars, which will give you the control to keep the bike going straight out of the start. This body position will also give you better leverage factors between your body and the motorcycle. If you fail to do this and start with a low grip you will have less control. There are usually ruts behind and in front of the gate. Make sure you are lined up straight in the rut. If you are a little crocked or the rear wheel is not all the way down in the center of the rut you are going to get sideways and loose a lot of time right from the get go. It helps to prepare the rut before you set your bike in there. Kick the dirt around and make it smooth and packed. Build up a little ramp at the front of the rut where it meets the gate so you get better traction as you spin over the gate. If you want the entire scenario check out my Vol II DVD # 2 (How To Win Starts). It has all the starting techniques. See a free preview and order the DVD online.