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Old 07-08-2012, 07:37 PM   #6436
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Rode up in Evart today for the first time.

Wow.

Wish I had more skillz. How do people ride that twice or more in one day? It sort of whooped my ass.
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Old 07-08-2012, 08:26 PM   #6437
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Rode up in Evart today for the first time.

Wow.

Wish I had more skillz. How do people ride that twice or more in one day? It sort of whooped my ass.
I love that trail. I rode it backwards on a wheelie once.
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Old 07-08-2012, 08:48 PM   #6438
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Evart is fun. Tomahawk C is better. Or maybe Hunt Creek.
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Old 07-09-2012, 05:55 AM   #6439
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Evart is fun. Tomahawk C is better. Or maybe Hunt Creek.
And while I agree with the above statement, I have to throw Lincoln hills into the list of favorites.
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Old 07-09-2012, 06:31 AM   #6440
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Rode up in Evart today for the first time.

Wow.

Wish I had more skillz. How do people ride that twice or more in one day? It sort of whooped my ass.
I hear you. The first time I rode it, I thought it was tough because it was one of the first times riding a trail. The second time several years later, the whoops just kicked my ass. I was passed by a group that reinforced the idea that I have a lot to learn.
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Old 07-09-2012, 06:51 AM   #6441
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I finally bought a full sized van to go to more GLDS rides... On the way home, the van died on me.Oh the anger I feel right now.

To be fair though, I got it for half of the bluebook price.
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Old 07-09-2012, 08:52 AM   #6442
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Evart is a favorite of mine. Good training and you can even take a dip in the lake to cool off.

Tomahawk B & C are favorites too, a lot further to go for me though.
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Old 07-09-2012, 12:41 PM   #6443
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Evart is a favorite of mine. Good training

I find myself overall frustrated, being new to trail riding, that I can't the motorcycle to do the things I'm comfortable doing on my mountain bike. I busted the hell out of my wrist when I was 14 on a motorcycle and pretty much didn't touch one again until I bought a KLR 4 years ago, and now the XR400 this spring.

What kind of "training" does a person do? Do you session certain areas or work specific skills? Or just go like hell?

That's the important part of my question- how does a non-competitive type person work through a skills progression when they start riding in their late 30s?
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Old 07-09-2012, 12:57 PM   #6444
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I find myself overall frustrated, being new to trail riding, that I can't the motorcycle to do the things I'm comfortable doing on my mountain bike. I busted the hell out of my wrist when I was 14 on a motorcycle and pretty much didn't touch one again until I bought a KLR 4 years ago, and now the XR400 this spring.

What kind of "training" does a person do? Do you session certain areas or work specific skills? Or just go like hell?

That's the important part of my question- how does a non-competitive type person work through a skills progression when they start riding in their late 30s?
Best training is here http://gldsmc.org/index.html Just join up and ride as much as you can. The more you ride, the better you will be. Just remember to ride at a pace that you and your bike are comfortable at. There will always be somebody faster with more skills but keep riding and you will get better. BTW, I restarted in my 50's so it is possible to get back into it and have a ball, especially with you being wet behind the ears yet
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Old 07-09-2012, 02:04 PM   #6445
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Best training is here http://gldsmc.org/index.html Just join up and ride as much as you can. The more you ride, the better you will be. Just remember to ride at a pace that you and your bike are comfortable at. There will always be somebody faster with more skills but keep riding and you will get better. BTW, I restarted in my 50's so it is possible to get back into it and have a ball, especially with you being wet behind the ears yet

I'd like to get up and try that. Scheduling is always a bear.

I'd also like to get up for a trail work day or two. Just did a Stihl chainsaw safety seminar to keep the DNR happier when cleaning up bicycle trails around here. Carrying one on a motorcycle has to be quicker than on a bicycle
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Old 07-09-2012, 04:43 PM   #6446
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last time I rode in Rose City area it was a big group , BentWheels put it on anyway the fast guys pass you and you will pass someone your group will end up together . You will get to know them !!!

It all works out Just ride at your level so that YOU can enjoy it !!


BRUNO T,

Yes the two older kids and I rode all of Tomahawk one year with CCC and had a blast at the time my girl was ten I told her she one the Iron butt award . It was frigin Sweet !!!!!

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Old 07-09-2012, 08:18 PM   #6447
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I find myself overall frustrated, being new to trail riding, that I can't the motorcycle to do the things I'm comfortable doing on my mountain bike. I busted the hell out of my wrist when I was 14 on a motorcycle and pretty much didn't touch one again until I bought a KLR 4 years ago, and now the XR400 this spring.

What kind of "training" does a person do? Do you session certain areas or work specific skills? Or just go like hell?

That's the important part of my question- how does a non-competitive type person work through a skills progression when they start riding in their late 30s?
Evart is a bad choice for a rookie rider, imo.

Practice your balance on the motorcycle, at slow speed. Balance is extremely important.

There are many aspects you will come to realize that require specific practice and focused training. Analyze what you do right and wrong and work on your shortcomings.

Ride with someone more skilled than you, preferably someone who will not tell you what you want to hear, but rather will be critical of your riding thereby helping you to identify and improve on specific things.

You already have a huge advantage, you have the desire to improve and you don't seem to suffer from the biggest of all handicaps - the "i'm a rock star rider and David Knight would eat my dust" syndrome.

Ride a lot. Get back up. Ride some more.

You can do it !
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Old 07-10-2012, 11:48 AM   #6448
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Ride with someone more skilled than you, preferably someone who will not tell you what you want to hear, but rather will be critical of your riding thereby helping you to identify and improve on specific things.
I find this to be one of the best ways to learn, especially following them to watch their lines and body position. But remember not everyone has the same riding styles and there is no right or wrong style just whatever feels best to you.

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Old 07-10-2012, 08:32 PM   #6449
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Bruno and the rest of the guys in GLDS are fantastic. After just one weekend they taught me more then I would have learned in a year on my own. I really regret missing the last couple rides but I have my vacation time scheduled for the one in 2 (3?) weeks.
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Old 07-10-2012, 08:52 PM   #6450
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Riding the two East Portions of the CannonTrek UP route this weekend, will unfortunately have to pass on the Rainbow Lodge,,,, will not miss the sand in that section.

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