Hello everybody. A new member here. Finally getting my DRZ fixed up so decided to join this forum and give it a whirl.
Quick background on me:
I'm riding Speed Triple. Found out about MotoGymkhana (Motorcycle Autocross basically) this spring, and completely went crazy for it.
After practicing the entire summer, figured I needed something lighter and sturdier (in the drops), than my triple.
Found a beat up DRZ 400 S converted to Supermoto.
Rode that bike for the whole two weeks, and then it got stolen.
Went missing for a week or so, and then got recovered by our finest in blue (completely to my surprise, as I already said my goodbyes to it).
Unfortunately some stuff got banged up on it, and its now at the mechanic, getting fixed.
So here I am, days away from having my DRZ back, and stuck with a storm in NYC.
Here is a quick re-cap on what MotoGymkhana is:
Its an obstacle course, made out of cones, usually pretty tight and done on a parking lot.
Course consists of very tight twists and bends, and a signature 360's around cones.
Speeds are relatively slow, everybody for the most part stays in 1st gear.
Drops are pretty frequent, but at those speeds damage to the bike as well as you, is minimal.
Its also pretty cheap compared to a race day.
Quick and dirty history of the sport:
It seems it originated in Japan, during the 70's.
The idea behind it, was that Japanese motorcycle firms (such as Honda), wanted to give their customers a way to fully experience the potential of their bikes, without killing them.
Speeds are what you would encounter on the street, but you are pushing the entire bike to the limit. Limit of the grip, lean, controls and steering.
Ken Block made Auto Gymkhana famous, but that is on 4 wheels.
MotoGymkhana in its original form does not concern with drifting. Despite the absolute bad ass look of a drifting motorcycle, the lap times are slower. As a competitive sport, lap time is everything. As an entertainment, it can be anything really, so drift all you want.
Right now MotoGymkhana is somewhat popular across the globe.
Japan obviously. There are riders in Russia and Ukraine who practice it. UK is burning rubber as well. Australia, and of course good Ol' US of A. I'm sure there are plenty of other riders out there in different parts of the globe, but these are just the ones I know personally from other forums.
Here is a quick clip (out of many) of very talented and very experienced Gymkhana riders in Japan:
NSR250 seems to be the king of Gymkhana, but there are plenty of thumpers out there who are just as competitive. Bike is not a limitation in MotoGymkhana, pretty much anything can be ridden.
Basically the point, is to have a pretty intense and fun ride, pushing your bike as well as your skills to the limit, within the confinements of a local parking lot, and spending only a bit of cash on some basic protection to the bike.
Plus, no chicken strips.
So if there is any interest in this topic and if anybody wants to try this out, post in, and we can get this thread going.
I have some basic experience from the summer, practicing, but I am not an expert. I can definitely share what I know and learned though.
So yeah... let me know if anybody is interested in trying this, and start asking questions.