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  1. Yeah...I nice still pic makes it look like you know what you're doing out there!
  2. Brilliant! I wish I had that advice before I bought mine!
  3. When I purchased my 2016 CRF250r...I wasn't doing motocross or racing at all...I was more or less setting it up for trails at first. The stock gearing on my bike is a 13/49. I was struggling to keep up on the wide open sections...felt like I wanted to shift to a 6th gear that wasn't there. I ended up putting a 14 up front to make the gearing taller and possibly take down the off idle snap/lurching in the tighter stuff. Fast forward to today and I'm going to be in my 5th mx race on Sunday. I'm a 49 year old super noob at racing, so I've been doing first gear starts out of the gate for now. My first gear is a little taller than most I actually do ok...but i'm still not getting great starts. It's a vet club so there's no engine displacement classes and there are some 450's out there that blow through me on the starts. I do catch up and pick off some later in the race...but I need to try second gear starts to finish better. Will I have to slip the clutch quite a bit with such a tall ratio? Or will it help a 2nd gear start even more? I'm going to have to get the rpm's up quite a bit to start in 2nd...but I don't get the chance to do practice starts here in Crapifornia. I will be doing a live trial by fire on Sunday trying a 2nd gear looking for advice. Anyone here running a similar gear ratio on there 250F that can offer advice? Thanks!
  4. That's a cool utility miller...thanks for posting! Yeah...I know my ratio and starting in first is getting me beat on the starts. I did 1st gear starts again last weekend...partly because the start straight was super short and also because I know I can get off the gate "decent" that way. I need a practice day on starts cause I'm too much of a wuss to try it on race day for the first Here's a vid from last race. The guy to the right of me on the 13' RMZ450 got in front on both starts but I was able to run him down in the second moto. My camera on the visor slipped down and the footage wasn't too usable...but I have quick shots of the starts and some external shots. I added music since the footage is just meh.
  5. Looks like a beast! Let us know how it is when you try it out
  6. Good deal. You might ask why Camelback doesn't at least try and market their products for off road vehicles/moto folks...basically not actively trying to sell a few more million units. I think it's pretty clear though. I know it's continuing the de-rail but the OP's question has been answered and he's made a decision.
  7. Thought this was common knowledge: If their name is on here wrongly...then they should sue. I haven't heard them deny it though.
  8. I don't buy that BS for a second. Even if we forget about them supporting closures in MOAB for a second. Have a look at their website. Notice anything? They list all the things their packs are used for...mountain biking, outdoors, run (etc). Not one offload or motorized mention or picture on their whole website. They don't want to piss off their Sierra Club/ tree hugging partners...probably too afraid off getting boycotted. Seems clear they picked a side and it isn't us. @2strokenut: Let us know what you end up going with. I race motocross so I never really needed a hydro pack but I have a 45min GP format race coming up and I think it might be a good idea to get something.
  9. My helmet cam on my visor slipped down so I didn't use much of that footage. I very seldom add music but I only had mostly external cel vids so I think it fits. My buddy got hung up on the starting gate and there's a clip of that in there. Just a beginner so set expectations accordingly
  10. That was a crowd pleaser! Good job!
  11. While not giving full protection of a proper neck brace...the EVS R2 race collar is a decent temporary alternative until you can afford a full brace. It does limit some head mobility but I hardly notice anymore. You can find them for about $20. I would think something is better than nothing.
  12. I went ahead and pulled the trigger on the SG10's...they should be in my hands in a few days. They won't make it time for my next race on Sunday but looking forward to trying them out at the race after on March 11th. I also picked up some upgraded knee guards for the time being...the EVS TP199's that dmcgill87 suggested. Way more comfy than my 10 year old $20 fox hard shells. When I was thinking about knee braces I was eyeing the Mobius X8's but at $600 they will have to wait a bit. Between the SG10's and my upgraded knee guards, it should make a more comfortable ride. Might help a little bit when I get to the last couple laps of the 2nd moto when I start to run out of steam. Fatigue can cause mistakes occasionally. Big thanks to everyone's feedback in the thread...much appreciated!!
  13. So...I have my 50th birthday coming up and I've had my heart set on getting some Gaerne SG10's for my B-day. I had an old pair of SG10's given to me second hand (from 2004?) but I left them at the car wash and that's the last I saw of them. I bought some cheap Oneal rider boots for $99 to get me through until I could get some better ones. I've always heard priorities of importance are: Good helmet first (I have a Fox V2 I'm happy with) then boots, then knee protection. I'm currently using some old Fox hardshell knee pads...and they've done OK in my get off's so far. Just wondering if I should skip the Gaerne's and go for knee protection instead. I'm about to enter my 6th race ever...but I also trail ride as well. Thoughts?
  14. Wow...I never heard of those. They seem pretty nice and a good knee guard until proper braces can be purchased. Thanks for posting!
  15. Yeah...I've watched a lot of vids. I'm racing on Sunday and I figured I might try it on the first moto start. Hell, this racing club is all about fun so why not. I'm 3rd in points so far this season so I don't have much to
  16. Yes...we've had this discussion before. Getting by with the R2 race collar for now...which I know you've used in the past and somehow survived.
  17. You make a good point. I will say that while knee braces will cut down the risk to the knees somewhat...they're not foolproof. The first race of the season a few weeks buddy (in one class up from me) got in a wad up in the first corner of the first moto and tore is MCL and ACL and he was wearing expensive knee braces. I will probably get them eventually but I'm going with the boots first. Missing shifts because of boots right at a jump face can be hazardous as well with an over the bars situation.
  18. Aint that the truth! Add the fact that I've only been riding a dirt bike for 2 years and you have a recipe for I guess maybe there's a misconception when I said I race...with all this inferior gear. If anyone's seen my race vids I've posted here...they would realize the term "race" is used rather loosely at the 50 year old beginner level. It's not so much a race...more like a Sunday cruise with a gate drop at the beginning.
  19. No issues with my knees at all. They feel the same as they did in my 20's...never had any injuries to them. The only soreness I feel after a race or long trail ride is sore muscles in my thighs...but that's normal I would think.
  20. Hmmm... Sure seemed to me...that my gear isn't cutting it so I should ride slower or not at all.
  21. I hear that Gaerne's run pretty much true to shoe size...maybe a little on the roomy side. I wear a size 11 shoe so I figured I would try an 11 first. You can always compensate a little if they're slightly roomy with thicker socks/insole. If they're too small you're returning them.
  22. Maybe with some lubricant and a prybar I could squeeze into them? lol
  23. I've been looking on Craigslist/Ebay...not too many folks giving up their SG10's! I'm a size 11...I have found a couple but not the right size. I plan on upgrading the knee guards to better ones. Just can't swing another $700 for proper knee braces for awhile.
  24. Thanks's good to hear another side to the question. I'd say the boots are in fairly good shape. I wish the boots were a little more flexible...I feel like I've missed some shifts that I wouldn't have if there was more flex at the ankle (hinge). There not exactly comfy either. Something to think about though...thanks.
  25. Alright...let's break this down from the top. Here's what I've been wearing since I started racing: Fox V2 Helmet Fox Air Defense goggles EVS R2 race collar Well ventilated moto jersey Fox LC proframe roost deflector Fox Airframe Pro Sleeve with built in elbow, bicep and shoulder protection Fox kidney belt/spine protector Fox Pawtector gloves Bilt Dominator CE Armored Shorts Fox 180 riding pants Fox Knee/shin guards Oneal rider boots (soon to be SG10's!) So what doesn't make sense to the thought process that unless you're geared up like a factory rider on the pro circuit with disposable're not protecting yourself and shouldn't be racing in the Over the Hill Gang at the beginner level? If every racer had to meet your requirements...race day would have about 30 riders and the sport would be all but dead. Even with the most expensive will get hurt eventually. It only takes 5lbs of pressure to break a collarbone...don't care what you're wearing, that will go if you land hard enough on it.