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  1. Bob N Lisa Stanley

    Go ahead, I'd laugh at me too!

    Yup, Personally, I don't think they're more important than a helmet but boots are a close number 2. Your snowboarding goggles should be fine. Get whatever is on sale at this point... You pay for what you get but even $100.00 boots will protect you way better than tennis shoes or even still toe work boots cause you need something that protects your shins. I busted my tibula and fibula in 1/2 and that wouldn't have happened if I had been wearing boots. 3) gloves - Can be the thin nylon work gloves you can get at Lowes for $5.00 to start 4) Nylon Pants - keeps you cool and dry. Wet jeans suck... 5) Jersey 6) Tires, chain, sprockets, any parts that have worn out 7) Body armor Ebay, Amazon are good places to find stuff but you can also find great deals at Rocky Mountain ATV, Dennis Kirk, MotoSpport, etc...
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    SCARED of crashing and jumping

    This sounds a lot like me both when I was younger and even now as a 57 year old just getting back into it again last year after 40 years off. When I watched people, I was like "holy cow that looks scary" but when I was actually doing it, my mind was only on competing, going as fast as I could and I was often told by my father after crashing during practice that I needed to back it down some in that section or find a different way to do it. I don't remember being scared while clearing all of the doubles or any part of racing only when I watched other people do it. (They didn't have many if any have triples back in the 70's) I do remember realizing at times that I was going too fast in a certain section and it was actually costing me time but I don't remember being scared. I think the key for me was competition, I didn't have the time to be scared if I wanted to be in front, the actual race was a kind of a blur. I could remember after races who I passed or got passed by but not much else. At 57, and trail riding I do get nervous a little when I realize I've over cooked it and am going to fall. Heights scare the crap out of me and I probably couldn't do the 50' board because I have too much time to think about it... I could be wrong but I think If you wanna overcome your fear, find someone that you really want to beat that can do the things you can't. If you're riding just for fun, just do what's fun for you.
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    125 In The Woods

    I love my 125 in the woods! I have kind of a different analogy but it makes sense to me; I also love my little bass boat with a 250hp motor when I'm going across flat water at 70mph but when I get in water that's shallow or has lots of obstacles, I turn the big motor off and get on the trolling motor. Woods, single track, trail riding doesn't require anything more than a good trolling motor even for climbing decent sized hills.
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    Question on clutch

    I don't know of a simple answer to this because there are a ton of different situations to use or not use the clutch. In your example of using the clutch vs the rear brake or both, you just need to do it and see what works better for you in different situations. Having said that, you don't want to use the rear brake while you're cornering in a rut cause that'll cause the bike to stand up. Most experts teach using the clutch as a 3rd brake, some don't.
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    Issues while jumping

    FWIW, I'm guessing you're already "pre-loading" the shocks with your body but your knees & ankles are too stiff from trying to grip the bike so it falls underneath you. Almost every time I've ever felt like the bike was going away from me instead of it coming to me, it's because I'm too stiff and it's not really falling away from me, I'm actually pushing it away from me. Your knees & your bend at the hips need to be soft.
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    Fast sweepers...?

    Maybe you could pick a different line and not necessarily follow the contour of the whole sweeper. Kind of break it up into sections where you're standing through the large bumps and then sitting & squaring off if the ground is soft enough to create your own rut or sliding flat track style if the ground is too hard in the flat parts... I used to do that quite often. If it's sandy, I'm standing the whole time.
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    My experience with TTR 125 BBR Upgrades

    I know there are a ton of posts about upgrading with BBR fork springs, rear springs and cradle but thought I'd share mine since they're a little different and recent. 2005 TTR 125 LE 19/16" Tires Fork Springs were super easy. I did most of this work on a stand. 10-15 Minutes. 1) Remove the handlebars. 2) Remove the cap from the top of each fork. Be careful that the flat spacer that sits on top of the spring doesn't go flying off somewhere when the cap is removed. You do not need to remove the preload screw from the cap. removing the cap will bring the preload screw with it. 3) Remove the springs but have a rag ready to catch the little bit of oil that may drip from them. You can compress the fork slightly to get hold of the spring. 4) Put the new springs in with the flat spacer on top and add a little new fork oil to replace what came out with the springs. 5) Loosen the preload screws in the caps. Mine had a cotter pin in the bottom of each preload screw so I loosened until I got to it. I did not remove the cotter pin. 6) Make sure the fork leg is extended. You'll still have to push down with some force to thread the cap back in. Torq to spec. I'll add those numbers later on. I can't remember off the top of my head... 7) Adjust the preload screws to taste. I'm 160lbs & have mine with 2 lines showing and right on the 3rd. Rear Spring. 20-30 minutes. 1) Remove the seat, side panels, rear mud flap, and tire. There is not enough room to get the shock off with the rear tire still on. The rear mud flap doesn't have to come off but it's 2 small bolts and makes it easier to maneuver the shock out and back in. 2) Snip the tie wrap under the gas tank that holds up the tube going from the shock to the nitro canister on the front of the frame. Do not snip the tube 3) Slide the Nitro Canister off the front of the frame by loosening the hose clamp. 4) Loosen the top spanner nut on the shock by using a punch and a hammer. Loosen is counter clockwise. 5) Loosen the next spanner nut. 6) Remove bottom bolt from the shock that's attached to rear swingarm link. Then slide the link down from the shock. 7) Remove the top bolt from the shock through the frame. I needed an 18" Torque Wrench for this since it's torqued on to about 35lbs. ğŸ˜Ž Remove the fuel line from the petcock so you can slide the Nitro tube and canister back through the frame with the shock. 9) Once the shock is off, Loosen both spanner nuts all the way off. This gave me just enough room to pull the bottom spacer off without having to compress the shock spring. 10) Once the bottom spacer is off remove the old spring and put the new one on. Again, I did not need to compress the. spring 11) Using a hammer, tap the bottom spacer back into place. 12) Thread the spanner nuts back on. 13) Run the tube from the canister to the shock back into it's original position, remount the canister and the shock. Top shock bolt is 35lbs and bottom is 22 I think. 14) Re tie wrap the canister tube and put the fuel line back on. 15) Tighten the spanner nuts to adjust your preload to taste. I have about 3/4 inch of thread showing. 16) Put the mud flap, tire, seat and plastics back on. Cradle. 15 minutes. I pretty much followed the directions that came with the cradle. However, I did take the 3 bolts all the way off before "gently" laying the bike on its side, shifter up. I did not have to remove the pipe. But I did have to wrangle with & thread the bolts back in/through. It wasn't enough wrangling that it pissed me off though I absolutely love these upgrades and think they're all well worth the money. The bike handles my weight much better and I'm able to be way more aggressive. Hope this helps anyone that decides to get these upgrades.
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    Riding Scared…

    I think racing is a lot different than just riding. I just got back into it at 56 after 35 years but I remember I could never tell anyone how I did a certain corner, jump or whatever right after a motocross race. I could tell you who I passed or got passed by or if I'd made a big mistake but the rest of it was just a blur to include whether I was ever "afraid" of something or not. I don't remember being afraid. You just kind've instinctively know how fast you can go in any given circumstance. Just trail riding is a lot like a practice session, you have time to think about what you're doing and if something is scares you. So if you're just riding for fun, don't scare yourself too much if you don't want. If you're gonna compete, and you're competitor's are doing something that scares you, you're going to have to find a practice method that gets you past that... Look at Musquin, he's not great at Whoops and obviously not comfortable with them which means there is some fear there. He hired a guy in the off season to work on his technique that will get him more comfortable or over the fear he has of taking it up a notch...
  9. This. Putting weight on one peg or the other can only be accomplished by moving your hips. Try this: With your bike on the kickstand, stand on it with your head and hips centered over the bike which is leaning to the left so your head and hips will be also tilted left the same amount as the bike. Now press on the right foot peg without moving your hips or head from being centered. Nothing will happen. Now move your hips to the right and press on the right foot peg and the bike will stand up. It's where your butt/hips are on or above the seat that matter not what foot peg you're pressing on that matters. The other parts about berms/banked corners is also true, this is why a flat tracker sits on the outside edge of the seat and you stay in the center of your seat for a rutted/bermed/banked corner....
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    Old rider - new tricks

    Yeah, unlocked hips are definitely worth noting. It's interesting because my 10 year old grandson does it naturally but his 35 year old dad, my son-in-law doesn't. Maybe riders with good position and balance can do things instinctively where others have to be taught it.... So, I still don't think teaching my grandson to think about gripping with his knees is the right thing to do or he'd over think it & do it more than he should. A while back he landed sideways off a jump that would've tossed 9 of 10 riders. He literally did a tank slapper each way but still saved it. He seems to have great instincts so I haven't taught him much more than riding position and some general controls work.
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    Old rider - new tricks

    Yes, I think you misread. I stand quite often but even when I'm standing, I control the bike with my hips and butt. My knees are always close to the bike because I keep my toes straight or pointed in but I don't ever consciously grip the bike with my knees. I brought up too many subjects at once. Sorry....
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    Sand riding

    The bike is fine. Most people that don't have experience riding sand find it hard because they can't totally control the bike. You have to be prepared for a bike that wanders. Get your butt back and stay towards the middle of the trail so the bike has some room to skate around a bit.... It's fun when you realize you can't be precise but just flow with it...
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    Old rider - new tricks

    Nah, I just took too many words to describe what you just said I knew I was weighting the outside peg, just a different way of thinking about it by moving my butt instead of pressing down with my boot. In a nut shell, The faster you're going the further ahead you're looking, hands and feet work the controls, the arms are loose/along for the ride, head always stays pretty much over the bars, toes in helps your knees stay close & allows your butt to control the bike. Those are the basics in my mind. Weighting the peg, squeezing with the legs, all that stuff is over-thinking...
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    Old rider - new tricks

    Thanks for the replies Gents 😃 Locked, Guess, I should've been more clear. I was only referring to squeezing with the knees through a whoops section. I never consciously gripped or squeezed with my knees for any reason especially to the point of wearing holes in my knee braces. I did back in the 70's and still do keep my legs close to the bike but I don't squeeze them. Granted, the whoops in the 70's weren't like they are today at a supercross track but I still don't see a reason to expend the energy to squeeze your legs. I'm sure there were times when I unconsciously squeezed with my legs trying to keep my butt centered on the seat but my focus was always on where my butt was in relationship to how I wanted to handle the bike. It wasn't very technical at all and required almost no thought. We agree on seat bounce except I never ever 'pull' on the bars as that's just something else that expends energy that isn't required. Butt back and throttle work was always enough. Doing that, I've never had a problem getting the handlebars to come to me. Often, I have to get my butt forward in the air to compensate for a front wheel that's too high. I guess what I'm saying is that what I'm reading a lot today is a bunch of technical tips that in my mind really just adds to expending unneeded energy and over thinking; weighting the outside peg through corners, pulling on the handlebars and squeezing with the knees are the 3 biggest and in my mind that can be accomplished just by focusing on where you want your butt to be. Having said all of that, I'm open to someone convincing me I'm wrong and why.
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    Old rider - new tricks

    At 56, I'm just getting back into riding again. In the 70's I raced in FL progressing from 80's to 125's in the expert class and won my fair share of trophies. My grandson, son-in-law, and son all have TTR's since last Christmas and we're having a blast. Anyway, I've been reading these forums for a few months now and watching stuff on Youtube and notice there are a few things different from back in the day; 1) Squeezing the bike with your knees. For whoops, I was taught to keep my toes in, knees close, and butt centered over the seat but no one ever talked about squeezing the bike with your knees. I always just thought about using my butt, hips and legs to control the bike but had the feeling of always being lite & relaxed. I've tried squeezing the bike with my knees and it seems to add stress and wear me out faster as well as not allow me to intuitively flex with the bike. Am I missing something? 2) I was just reading a post about seat bouncing and Gary Semics chimed in about "pulling up on the bars". I respect the hell out of the guy, he's been around forever and agree with most of his stuff but that's another thing I never ever did. I can't think of a situation in which I consciously used my arms to do anything more than use the controls. It was all about the butt. If I wanted to compress the rear suspension, I moved my butt down and back either sitting or standing. Same for the front suspension. If I wanted to weight the outside peg, I moved my butt over. If I wanted to wheelie, I moved my butt back and gassed it. Did the same thing moving the bike around in the air. It was a really simple way to learn and do. It served me well back in the day and still seems to but maybe I missing something...? I doubt I'll compete again and I'm just having fun with my boys but my grandson might compete so I don't wont to teach him anything that could hold him back...