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  1. linusb212

    Finding the perfect supermoto - help?

    XR650R if you can get one titled in Calif.
  2. linusb212

    Should I buy a DRZ 400 SM

    It's not just about changing oil. There should be a reasonable expectation with the higher-strung race bred bikes of having engine rebuilds at certain intervals. Maybe I'm wrong, but that would be my expectation.
  3. linusb212

    How do you back it in?

    I'd love to learn to back it in. I haven't had the cojones to really try aggressively. I need a track or somewhere that I might could practice. Sometimes when I do stoppies, the back end wants to swing around on my a bit. I wonder if it's that same sort of principle. To back it in, do you brake so hard that the rear end is just barely touching pavement allowing it to swing around that much easier?
  4. linusb212

    Should I buy a DRZ 400 SM

    Find a tarded XR650R. I'm biased, but from what I can best figure...it makes the best all around street supermoto. Not the best in any one category, but is good in everything: Power, handling, durability, low maintenance. 2 hours is okay to do on it...much longer and the arse gets pretty sore.
  5. linusb212

    supermoto 1/4 mi. times

    G-moto...I don't think anyone with an SM would lay claim to it being the fastest thing on two wheels in a straight line. SM's are fast, not in the way the numbers show, but in the way they feel. It takes some experience on different bikes and maybe even a little age to appreciate maybe.
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    Need help with my landings..

    Man, that's some big air in that second pic for having only ridden less than a year! How old are you if you don't mind me asking? I've been riding for 2 years and don't have the gumption to get that high. Course I'm old...34.
  7. linusb212

    MX Preparation Quiz

    LOL. Not even going to add mine up. Probably score around a D! Guess that is what class I'll be stuck in!!! :cry:
  8. I think you have to buy both from the dealer. I kept watch on Ebay and managed to get the left case for something like $30 which was a steal. Usually they go for about $70.
  9. linusb212

    Is counter steering applicable to MX?

    There is a lot of confusion here about countersteering. Countersteering is one of them compound words that you think you know what it means when you really don't. I'm an MSF instructor and can tell you all that there is a lot of misunderstanding and confusion when it comes to the topic of countersteering. It is a lot easier to explain how to countersteer than to explain what it is. In simplest form, countersteering means: Press left=go left Press right=go right Next time you are play riding on your bike going at a decent rate of speed, do the above. Ultimately, you countersteer whether you know it or not. It's when you make a conscious effort to countersteer that you should notice much improved handling of your motorcycle. The effect is more noticable on the street IMO, because of the faster speeds involved. I often question my cornering technique in the dirt however since I'm only a D rider. I try to make a conscious effort of countersteering by pressing in the directoin of the turn to quickly initiate a lean. I'm afraid that I'm focusing too much on countersteering and not enough on actually turning the handlebars (which you really don't do at all on the street). When cornering on an MX track, I still can't confirm in my own mind which is that primarily turns the bike: a) Lean Turn of the handlebars I would have to say it is the lean as evidenced by the pros dragging handlebars in the dirt. The only way to get that kind of lean I would think is to apply firm pressure of that handlebar toward the ground (aka countersteering). Anyone got any good photos of the above so that we can look and see if the front wheel is actually turned or is the wheel straight?
  10. linusb212

    do u need to?

    I seem to forget what gear I'm in, especially on a fast track. I'm not too disciplined and on a good straight away I'll upshift more than I should and lose track of where I'm at. I also do the downshift to first at earliest opportunity so I know what gear I'm in. Sucks approaching a jump a gear lower than you need to be.
  11. linusb212

    YZF 426

    I'll second that. I've never had a problem starting mine.
  12. linusb212

    2000 yzf426- reliable?

    I have an 00 and it is solid also. The clutch seems to be the biggest issue...mine had a Hinson when I bought it last fall, and it has been good to go. I do the oil and filter changes and little else other than replacing parts from normal wear. Checked my valves recently and they were in spec. I don't believe that had ever been checked. The gas tanks are prone to cracking. Mine was cracked when I bought it and the kid I got it from didn't think he needed to tell me that he had it duct taped just enough so it wouldn't leak when sitting still. I replaced the tank and just cracked the new one yesterday when I overjumped a jump and I came down pretty hard on the front of the seat. You could see how it bubbled out on the sides and subsequently buckled underneath which is where the other one cracked.
  13. Man, I have my doubts that you can beat a sport bike, even short distance. He'll be doing 60+ in 2nd gear. Let us know how it turns out.
  14. linusb212

    Frustrations of a Beginner

    I think your expectations are very unrealistic. You want to be as good as 75% of the riders in a few months? 75% of the riders on the track have probably been riding most of their lives. It takes time. Most of the fast guys probably got most of their skills when they were young and fearless. It's a little slower learning curve when you're our age. One thing I'd add is to start racing as soon as your abilities are good enough for the slowest class. I think racing has improved my skills the most just due to the competetive drive during the race. Not to mention that it steps up the fun and excitement factor a notch over play/practice riding. You also can track your progress better when your racing. I've been riding 2 years (I'm 34) and am a mid-pack D rider. My goal is to be a competetive C rider one day. I think the biggest thing holding me back is I only get to ride or race about once a month, twice if I'm lucky.
  15. linusb212

    scared to ride.....HELP

    First I gotta say, D@MN!!! That was a nasty looking BRUISE!!!! I started riding dirt bikes when I was 32, rode for about a year and quit because I got freaked out after a guy died from a crash while I was out on the track. I kept my gear because I knew someday I'd ride again. I only lasted about 6 months before getting another bike (that was this past October). I've crashed dozens of times, 95% have been in corners with no serious injury. I started racing this year and at times question the wisdom of engaging in this sport. Comparing the risks of slipping on a grape in a grocery store to launching a 250 lb motorcycle 30 feet or more in the air is pretty silly. Obviously this is a risky sport that rivals most others in the danger factor. I find myself thinking about getting faster and trying new jumps. It scares me to know that the faster and better I get, the higher the risk. I'm glad for threads like this as it helps keep me grounded and to help me remember my limits. Don't feel pressured to continue riding. If your scared of being injured, take a break from riding. Maybe sell your bike and see how you feel about it after several months or more.