Thread: Gymkhana
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Old 05-25-2012, 03:21 PM   #96
Harvey Krumpet
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Mornin all.

It appears that my fascination with gymkhana is shared by my better half. I have sent her some of the videos posted in this thread & last night, out of the blue, she said "I really want to do that!" Hehe, I know I'm a lucky man.
Any hoo, she is a novice, only been riding for a few months & even then sporadically. She is a little challenged in the inside leg department & riding a trail bike. Another lady in almost the same situation (very n00b) is interested too, she is riding a 2ft tall cruiser with the turning circle of the Exxon Valdez & similar ground clearance.
I want to get the girls into this to develop their skills & confidence but want to keep it fun & safe for them, their reactions are still very considered not natural yet. Things like panic braking pop up in a minor way.....IYKWIM. I really do not want their confidence or their bikes to suffer at this stage.
I intend to start with figure 8's, slaloms into u-turns etc just like the basic test but would also like to lift the bar a little for them. Speed is not on the radar.
Any lateral thinkers who could give me some ideas out of the box to get them rolling? I liked the vid that was posted with the wee ramps etc. Good idea or no? Or just stick to bike control, riding position etc...
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