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Old 10-27-2012, 07:52 PM   #1
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New to trials in the Chicago area

Hi Guys, After years of mx'ing, road racing and woods riding, I drank the Kool-Aid and bought my first trials bike. I've had my new (to me) '07 Gas Gas 300 Pro for a week and it's the most fun I've had riding in years! I find myself looking for any 20 minutes I can steal away to practice balance, turns and hysterically fun wheelies all in the privacy of my own tiny back yard.

I'm in desperate need of advice before I reinforce my incredibly crappy technique

Anyone in the area to ride with?
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Old 10-28-2012, 06:52 AM   #2
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http://www.nitrotrials.com/Nitro/Home.html

These guys appear to be somewhat nearby,check out their website.

I live in Michigan and there are several clubs around me.I am going to help work on a guys property who is holding an event next Sunday. Just for the fun and learning experience.I don't even own a trials bike but am looking for some local advice and don't want to bore everyone with stupid questions when I can go observe for myself.

I'm diving in head first
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Old 10-28-2012, 07:52 AM   #3
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try this.www.motatrials.com/
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Old 10-28-2012, 03:24 PM   #4
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http://www.nitrotrials.com/Nitro/Home.html

These guys appear to be somewhat nearby,check out their website.

I live in Michigan and there are several clubs around me.I am going to help work on a guys property who is holding an event next Sunday. Just for the fun and learning experience.I don't even own a trials bike but am looking for some local advice and don't want to bore everyone with stupid questions when I can go observe for myself.

I'm diving in head first
I ended up buying my bike from going to Keith's place two seasons ago. Be sure your account has some extra cash, you're gonna want to get a bike for next season!
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Old 10-29-2012, 02:37 PM   #5
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I ended up buying my bike from going to Keith's place two seasons ago. Be sure your account has some extra cash, you're gonna want to get a bike for next season!
I rode a 2001 GasGas 320 and LOVED it.Yup I was at Keithswill probably be back next saturday and sunday,look me up if you go this year,my names George!!
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Old 10-28-2012, 11:50 AM   #6
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Thanks for the tips guys- I'm considering doing the Double Blip class at the Trials Training Center Nov 17/18. Anyone done this?
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Old 10-29-2012, 04:23 PM   #7
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Go For it !!!

Asa member of Wisc. ( Wota ) and Illinois ( Nitro ) you will have a blast, plenty of help if you ever need,
We have several here on the site that chime up once in awhile.
If you are looking at actual trials areas you are all within 1-2 hrs of almost all of them....
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Old 10-29-2012, 06:32 PM   #8
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Get a hold of Smudge. He rides trials and lives near Chicago.
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Old 10-29-2012, 11:08 PM   #9
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Get a hold of Smudge. He rides trials ( HE DOES?)and lives near Chicago.
He is like a vampire , only rain is his nightfall !!!!
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Old 11-27-2012, 06:41 PM   #10
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Get a hold of Smudge. He rides trials and lives near Chicago.

Seems when I ride in Illinois I only ride in the rain!!! Rode Byron, Ottawa and Peoria this year!!
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Old 11-28-2012, 06:33 AM   #11
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Smudge,
PLEASSSSE plan to ride the new trials at Tilton ATV Park on May 4-5, 2013!! I can't promise no rain but we're going to be wishing for good weather for months in advance!! We've already started laying out sections and the loop is set. The Town Mayor (who manages the park as well) is thrilled to have us having the event. We're a part of the Trials Inc schedule and are talking with NITRO about being a points event for their series as well.

DJones - guess what! I was WRONG! That log was a whole 20" not 18!!! don't you feel better now? I sure do! Hope you can come down to visit and practice again soon.
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Old 11-28-2012, 12:14 PM   #12
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DJones - guess what! I was WRONG! That log was a whole 20" not 18!!! don't you feel better now? I sure do! Hope you can come down to visit and practice again soon.
Now I feel better! I looped out the Gasser riding wheelies over my pallet stack and just got the pipe straightened. Looking to ride this weekend- you guys want company Saturday or Sun?
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Old 10-30-2012, 08:35 PM   #13
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Great advice guys- thanks for the responses. Can't wait to get to my learn on!
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Old 11-01-2012, 06:29 PM   #14
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Dave,
It was a real pleasure to meet you today! thanks so much for driving so far to come play around on our farm and have some trials fun with we two trials junkies!

you're doing VERRRY well with the Gasgas, and you'll soon be rocking my world in novice at the events.

PS: extra thanks for spotting me, along with Mike, to try that log for my very first time ever!!!

https://www.facebook.com/video/video...23015876&saved (cant figure out how to embed the actual video, chaps...)



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Old 11-02-2012, 06:11 PM   #15
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OK, Dave and this video convinced me. I want a trials bike!

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Dave,
It was a real pleasure to meet you today! thanks so much for driving so far to come play around on our farm and have some trials fun with we two trials junkies!

you're doing VERRRY well with the Gasgas, and you'll soon be rocking my world in novice at the events.

PS: extra thanks for spotting me, along with Mike, to try that log for my very first time ever!!!

https://www.facebook.com/video/video...23015876&saved (cant figure out how to embed the actual video, chaps...)



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