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About GoneDirtBikeN

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    Wakeboarding, dirt bikes (MX Track), skiing, snowboarding, backpacking, camping, motorcycles.

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  1. GoneDirtBikeN

    Gripping the bike

    I have this same issue. Going to the garage, put boots on and practice to see how it feels. I've actually been trying to hold the bike with my thighs... Thanks!
  2. GoneDirtBikeN

    Here's Great Drill For Novices

    That is a great drill. A long time MX guy told me that is the drill to make you faster. Maybe I should do it a lot more often. :^(
  3. GoneDirtBikeN

    2017 hours and problems.

    Clutch went at 65 hours. Replaced with Hinson plates in a new stock basket and felt much better (most likely due to eliminating the judder spring crap). It's got 87 hours and I feel the loss of compression when kicking it so due for a top end.
  4. GoneDirtBikeN

    Not using rear break enough, doesn't feel right

    I'm at a point where I don't think it is possible for me to enter the turn without the back brake. Once you get the feeling of steering with the rear wheel going into the turn it becomes horribly addictive because it just feels good. Also I feel it make the back end of the bike squat going into the turn which I seem to like as well. Oh yes, sand and the back brake makes it even more fun to do.
  5. GoneDirtBikeN

    MX at 50

    At 54 was the first time I threw a leg over a dirt bike. Any dirt bike. Really nil experience riding any motorcycle. A year later I move from beginner to novice. Haven't raced over the winter so not sure how I progressed to this point. Then again I race in OTHG (Over The Hill Gang, starts at30 yo) which is a kinder, gentler version of racing. But it's still very much racing. Don't want to kill you for the $7 trophy but banging bars in the corners is cool... Anyways, what I try to keep in mind is the only person I'm really competing against on the track is myself. In other words, keep the excitement in check and you'll be happier (less time rehabbing injuries, minor as they can be, or not) with more riding time.
  6. GoneDirtBikeN

    How to jump higher

    No doubt the conversation we way off track from the original post...
  7. GoneDirtBikeN

    How to jump higher

    I enjoy both. Especially when I go home driving myself <- #1 goal every day on the track. But it is so fun taking someone in the corner I must admit I'd rather do that than clear a triple. Roost them bad too if I can.
  8. GoneDirtBikeN

    How to jump higher

    Oh, they were bad enough to double. Deep. A bit wide enough (well one or two was) to make you think, maybe, but then say naw. LoL I like the track like this though. It was gnarly enough but still ride-able - respect the track!
  9. GoneDirtBikeN

    How to jump higher

    OK, I guess I see and understand that. No way my mind is able to wrap around that enough at this point. I've got another fish to fry - a triple. Winter riding has already arrived here. Ruts are to die for but that tends to make me limit my jumping a bit. Like the triple had ruts on the landing yesterday - I took the double happily and powered through the straight ruts.
  10. GoneDirtBikeN

    How to jump higher

    I really don't follow that. You let off throttle going off the face? Really?
  11. GoneDirtBikeN

    How to jump higher

    There was a case of a turn and subsequent jump where scrubbing just happened a little naturally. First couple times it freaked me out until I realized what was going on. Then I just let it happen more and more. Then I started to make it happen a little more. Pretty sure it wasn't much but wow it felt good. Yep, about a month later the track changed.
  12. GoneDirtBikeN

    How to jump higher

    Man, I would so love to be able to scrubb. Some day, maybe. I'm in no hurry to get hurt (again).
  13. GoneDirtBikeN

    Would like some honest opinions

    @temporarily_locked 's comment on line choice always help me to remember that piece of advice while on the track. Especially when the track starts to get gnarly (the best). However, I have to laugh a bit. What line choice, I don't see any good ruts on that track. I guess I'm spoiled with how I happen to like a track.
  14. GoneDirtBikeN

    looking for people to ride with in NorCal

    I really have to end my "I only ride MX" thing this winter season.
  15. GoneDirtBikeN

    How to make a table top

    Here's the link. https://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PLxR86UD-Ub2qidml9_sQCDW95LW7pvhAe But since it shows in the post it must be correct. Try cutting and pasting the link. It's worked in the past when I passed the playlist along. It's got some that have good advice for beginning jumping and how to progress.