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  1. Nothing! Not a trace of anything. I guess it doesn't really matter, I just wanted to go on record with what I found. I've got about 20 hrs. on my bike and still running great... After reading some of the posts, I thought I should check mine out. Easy enough to do, I'll still check every once in a while. The more I ride this bike, the more I love it. I'm so glad I bought it. I'm still trying to find a tall seat and lowboy footpegs. If anyone has the online hook-up, please post the link in this thread. Thanks, Greg
  2. Here ya' go. This is how you do flat landings... http://www.doublezeroproductions.com/videos/jamesstewartvideo.html
  3. Yeah, there is usually a track worker in the area or he checks-in if he doesn't hear my bike running. I'm usually not alone.
  4. I have a brother I didn't know about! I'm glad I'm not the only one that sees riding as a spiritual thing. But, like you, I'm spiritual about most things I do too. I never thought as it as meditation, but you hit the nail on the head. When I'm riding, I'm in the "moment", having fun, and not thinking about much else. There is a book that changed my perspective alot if anyone is interested: "Illusions" by Richard Bach "Johnathan Livingston Seagull" by Richard Bach (If you like Illusions, you should read this one too). Here's chapter one from illusions: There was a Master come unto earth, born in the holy land of Indiana, raised in the mystical hills of East Wayne. The Master learned of this world in the public schools of Indiana, and as he grew, in his trade of a mechanic of automobiles. But the Master had learning’s from other lands and other schools, from other lives that he had lived. He remembered these, and remembering became wise and strong, so that others saw his strength and came to him for counsel. The Master believed that he had power to help himself and all mankind, and as he believed so it was for him, so that others saw his power and came to him to be healed of their troubles and their many diseases. The Master believed that it was well for any man to think upon himself as a son of God, and as he believed, so it was, and the shops and garages where he worked became crowded and jammed with those who sought his learning and his touch, and the streets outside with those who longed only that the shadow of his passing might fall upon them, and change their lives. It came to pass, because of the crowds, that the several foremen and shop managers bid the Master to leave his tools and go his way, for so tightly was he thronged that neither he nor other mechanics had room to work upon the automobiles. So it was that he went into the countryside, and people following began to call him Messiah, and worker of miracles; and as they believed, it was so. If a storm passed as he spoke, not a raindrop touched the listeners head; the last of the multitude heard his words as clearly as the first, no matter lightening nor thunder in the sky about. And always he spoke to them in parables. And he said unto them, “within each of us lies the power of our consent to health and sickness, to riches and to poverty, to freedom and to slavery. It is we who control these, and not another.” A mill-man spoke and said, “easy words for you, Master, for you are guided as we are not, and need not toil as we toil. A man has to work for his living in this world.” The Master answered and said, “Once there lived a village of creatures along the bottom of a great crystal river.” “The current of the river swept silently over them all – young and old, rich and poor, good and evil, the current going its own way, knowing only its own crystal self.” “Each creature in its own manner clung tightly to the twigs and rocks of the river bottom, for clinging was their way of life, and resisting the current what each had learned from birth.” “But one creature said at last, ‘I am tired of clinging. Though I cannot see it with my eyes, I trust that the current knows where it is going. I shall let go, and let it take me where it will. Clinging, I shall die of boredom.” “The other creatures laughed and said, ‘Fool! Let go, and that current you worship will throw you tumble and smashed across the rocks, and you will die quicker than boredom.” “But the one heeded them not, and taking a breath did let go, and at once was tumbled and smashed by the current across the rocks.” “Yet in time, as the creature refused to cling again, the current lifted him free from the bottom, and he was bruised and hurt no more.” “And the creatures downstream, to whom he was a stranger cried, ‘See a miracle! A creature like ourselves, yet he flies! See the Messiah, come to save us all! “And the one carried in the current said, ‘I am no more a Messiah than you. The river delights to lift us free, if only we dare let go. Our true work is this voyage, this adventure.’ “But they cried the more, ‘Savior!’ all the while clinging to the rocks, and when they looked again he was gone, and they were left alone making legends of a Savior.” And it came to pass when he saw that the multitude thronged him the more day on day, tighter and closer and fiercer than ever they had, when he saw that they pressed him to heal them without rest, and feed them always with his miracles, to learn for them and to live their lives, he went alone that day unto a hilltop apart, and there he prayed. And he said in his heart, Infinite Radiant Is, if it be thy will, let this cup pass from me, let me lay aside this impossible task. I cannot live the life of one other soul, yet ten thousand cry to me for life. I’m sorry I allowed it all to happen. If it be thy will, let me go back to my engines and my tools and let me live as other men. And a voice spoke to him on the hilltop, a voice neither male nor female, loud nor soft, a voice infinitely kind. And the voice said unto him, “Not my will, but thine be done. For what is thy will is mine for thee. Go thy way as other men, and be thou happy on the earth.” And hearing the Master was glad, and gave thanks, and came down from the hilltop humming a little mechanics song. And when the thronged pressed him with its woes, beseeching him to heal for it and learn for it and feed it nonstop from his understanding and to entertain it with his wonders, he smiled upon the multitude and said pleasantly unto them, “I quit.” For a moment the multitude was stricken dumb with astonishment. And he said unto them, “If a man told God that he wanted most of all to help the suffering world, no matter the price to himself, and God answered and told him what he must do, should the man do as he is told?” “Of course Master!” cried the many. “It should be pleasure for him to suffer the tortures of hell itself, should God ask it!” “No matter what these tortures, nor how difficult the task?” “Honor to be hanged, glory to be nailed to a tree and burned, if so be that God has asked, "”said they. “And what would you do, “ the Master said unto the multitude, “if God spoke directly to your face and said, ‘I COMMAND THAT YOU BE HAPPY IN THE WORLD AS LONG AS YOU LIVE.’ What would you do then?” And the multitude was silent, not a voice not a sound was heard upon the hillsides, across the valleys where they stood. And the Master said unto the silence, “In the path of our happiness shall we find the learning for which we have chosen this lifetime. So it is that I have learned this day, and choose to leave you now to walk your own path, as you please. And he went his way through the crowds and left them, and he returned to the everyday world of men and machines.
  5. That's for sure! But, there's still a few good people left out there.
  6. People with tact don't go onto threads about bikes they don't own and tell everybody how much their bikes suck!
  7. Thanks. I'm really glad that some of you may have got something out of that. I really get something spiritual out of riding weather it's trails or tracks. But, especially tracks. I'm not trying to be the fastest guy. I just like to ride. I get a rush when I make a perfect jump, or rail a turn. It's kind of like golfing or surfing to me. It's that one awesome move that you pull off where for that tiny moment, you ARE James Stewart or Ricky Carmichael. Just like catching that awesome wave for a few seconds or hitting that perfect golf shot. You may not golf like Tiger Woods, but for that one moment, you hit that shot as good as he could have. That's what keeps me coming back for more. I have alot more fun riding since I've taken more of a spiritual approach. I've also found more help about riding and my bike from this forum than ANYWHERE else! I have a schedule that allows me to go to the track on weekdays when I go. Usually, I have the entire track to myself. I like to sit and look over a certain section I want to do, visualize how I want to do it, then do it! Just like a surfer sitting and waiting for a wave... I have more fun riding now than I ever have! Since I've taken this approach to riding, my skills have improved more this year than all my years riding. I'm so thankful that I'm healthy and I can afford to ride! Well, if anyone else is going to be riding in Illinois and want to take a fun laid back approach to riding. Hit me up anytime!
  8. First of all, I'm no pro but I've been riding since I was about 7 (I'm 35 now). As a kid in Ohio I didn't have access to alot of tracks. Now I do and I've been riding tracks alot. I wanted to reply to some other posts, but I figured I would just make this thread. Take my experience with a grain of salt as there are some really fast riders/racers on this site. Here are my thoughts. There are alot of new riders asking very technical questions regarding jumping and riding and sometimes getting advice that is really advanced for someone that my still be a beginner. First, if you want to do some jumps THERE IS NO SUBSTITUTE FOR SPENDING TIME ON THE BIKE! Even if you're not jumping. JUST RIDE! You may not be jumping or jumping big jumps, but you are always learning about throttle control and balance. You are getting more comfortable with how the throttle and bike acts. You are learning about clutch and break control. You will begin to gain confidence going faster. All of a sudden, you are going faster and it doesn't feel scary or as fast as it did before. This is key. You have to feel comfortable at speed. Stick with easier areas at first, just try to ride them faster and faster. You will feel more comfortable as you jump. You will have better balance, throttle control, body position, etc. You won't get as worried about ruts or bumps on the approach because you have better bike control when it's on the ground. Second, practice standing while riding. Try to ride standing as much as you can just for practice. Ride slow laps around your track without sitting at all just for practice. You are almost always standing when you jump and you have to be comfortable now with your balance and throttle control while standing. Third, start small. Find a nice tabletop you are comfortable with. Look for a jump with a nice smooth approach and take-off. Role it a hundred time if you have to. With time and confidence, you will feel comfortable hitting the jump faster and faster until you clear it. Once your clearing your jump, start trying different things with the same jumps. Try different gears, lines, body position, etc. Once your clearing it comfortably in different gears and different situations, move to something a little bigger/challenging and start over. Here's a few random things that have helped me (nothing new to this board): -Strength/Conditioning: I do my best riding when I feel energetic and strong. As I begin to get worn-out, my confidence goes down. That's when I start fighting the bike and track. That's also when I either take a break or just roll around the track easy. Remember, there is NO SUBSTITUTE FOR JUST GETTING TIME ON THE BIKE! -Grip the bike moderately with your hands, knees, and feet. Don't put a death grip on the bike, but keep it straight and in control. -Different jump require different body position. I don't think there is a standard rule. Your body position can be different for the same or different jumps. Neutral position is usually a good start to see how the bike reacts. Same with throttle. -Land with the gas on! Just before your wheels touch down, crack open the throttle. It will bring the front end up a little and carry your momentum forward instead of more down making the landing much smoother and faster. This is where the time on bike/practicing throttle control comes into play. -Practice wheelies. Practice them sitting, standing, through ruts/bumps, up-hills, down-hills, etc. You will be greatly improving your throttle control and balance. Very important things while jumping and once again, you will be gaining more confidence. I think trying advanced methods such as brake tapping, seat bouncing, bike setup etc. is not good until you learn some of the above. After a while, some of the more advanced stuff will develop naturally out of riding ALOT. Well, these are just a few random thoughts I've had while reading other posts and watching others ride at the tracks. You could really sum all of this up by saying just get out and ride. Track time is best, but as long as you are riding, you are learning, improving, and gaining confidence. Above all, be safe and just ride!
  9. If they're tresspassing, they probably won't have much chance with a lawsuit. Even if they do try to sue you, your insurance company will have their lawyers deal with that. I wouldn't sweat it. Even if they sue and win by some miracle. Your worst case scenario is probably a higher insurance premium or being dropped by your insurance company depending how many claims you've had in the past. Even so, if everybody got scared of possible lawsuits, there would be no riding anywhere. It sucks what happened to the guy, but it wasn't your fault.
  10. For around the same money, you may also want to consider this... http://www.gmfleet.com/gmfleetjsp/us/detail/2006ChevroletExpressCutaway.jsp I use one and love it. I would never use a pick-up again if I don't have to. It not only can haul alot, but I have a ton of cabinets and shelving for tools/parts. It also is great because I can stand-up and walk around inside. A big bonus. It makes a good changing room, bathroom, and I can set-up a cot or air matress in back if I'm staying overnight. I have a different box than the one in the picture. Mine is a little more sleek.
  11. I can imagine how that made you feel. But, the same injuries can happen riding a bicycle, skateboarding, football etc. Be thankful that he'll recover. The only thing that can make this a bad thing would be to quit riding. Although we would like too, we can't protect and sanitize the world for children. Riding is a great activity. I'm a firm believer that getting kids involved with such interests as motocross is a good way to help them develop mentally and physically. He'll make friends with the same interests. Think about it. Would you rather him make friends with riders, or car thieves. With that said, don't beat yourself up over this. Ultimately, these things tend to work themselves out as a positive experience later on.
  12. The slow customer service is enough to keep me from buying any SIDI products. I don't mind paying top dollar for products that are made by companies who care about, and take care of their customers. Example: I have size 15 feet. As you can imagine, I have an awful time finding a good selection of shoes/boots that fit me. I found a site called zappos.com. They have an amazing selection and website. I order shoes, choose regular shipping, and they still ship them overnight at NO CHARGE for any shipping. I order today, I have shoes tommorrow. If I don't like them, or they don't fit, they have a 1-YEAR return policy and they pay all shipping. Awesome customer service for shoes. No, I don't work for them and am in no way associated. I like to talk about great customer service too. We usually only hear about bad service. I would expect alot more after spending $400.00 for boots. Even if they do come through, this is awful customer service. Several phone calls, you have to ship the boots back on your dime, no/slow responses, waiting... Thanks for the warning. As for boots... My first $179.00 pair of Alpinestars lasted me a few years. I still wear them somtimes, they just have one small hole in them. I bought some Tech-8's this year. They feel great and I have no complaints yet. Maybe you stand-up too much. Try sitting more while you ride
  13. Who makes these things and where can I order them for my KX450F? Thanks.
  14. I'm 6'4", 215. I can't make an honest comparison between the other 4-stroke MX bikes because I haven't ridden them. But my KX450F fits me better than any other bikes I've had. I'm still riding it completely stock, but I'm thinking about trying some lower footpegs, higher bars, and a taller seat. Although I really don't have any complaints the way it is. I just want to see if it's any better with any of the add-ons. Suspension-wise, I'm happy. So happy that I don't want to mess with it. I think suspension set-up also has just as much to do with your skill level as it does your weight. Maybe more. I feel that the fork and shock are moving through their travel, but I'm not bottoming out. I did add some pre-load to the shock spring and adjust compression and rebound to my liking.