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Old 11-26-2012, 02:29 PM   #8956
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Balance,throttle control,clutch control?

I usually point it where I want to go and hold it wide open
A wise man once said... "if your mot.in first. Your last."
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Old 11-26-2012, 03:03 PM   #8957
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If you want to be a better off-road rider buy a secondhand trials bike and either learn to ride it well or get into competition with it.

If you want to see just how bad a rider is put him on a trials bike and see how he does. What you'll find is that most riders with no trials experience use momentum and bravado to cover rough terrain and not throttle control and balance. A lot of people can ride a motorcycle fast--but slow the pace to a walk and see how they do. For a lot of guys it's a real eye opener. Everything you learn riding trials will make you a better off-road rider.

Two of the best off-road riders in the world, Taddy Blazusiak and David Knight, both started out as trials riders.

Trials riding is also relatively cheap (getting beyond the initial purchase of the bike) and easy on the equipment. Engines last almost forever and even as soft as the radial trials tires are they last a long time, too.

All of this applies to the "adventure riders" as well, maybe more so. The ability to control a 500 lb. bike at low speed using balance, throttle and clutch control might make the difference between motoring through a particularly nasty section or straining your back picking the beast up when you biff.
Tim is right I've had a couple of trials bikes and talk about a work out in a small backyard......actually if I could take the vibration from the 2 stroke I would still have one.
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Old 11-26-2012, 03:24 PM   #8958
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I really want a trials bike. Can't afford one right now but a lot of my training involves slow speed control that is similar to trials. If you can do it slow it gets even easier going fast.
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Old 11-26-2012, 04:55 PM   #8959
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I had a buddy get hurt pretty badly on that creek jump a couple of years ago. His first time there and he rolled up on it and ended up in the creek with the bike on top of him. Spent several days in the hospital.

I've never been there, but have always been curious what it is like. Is there a fee to ride there? Can anyone post directions on how to get there? I might try to take the Husky down there if we get another warm weekend...

Had hoped to get out and ride today with some friends, but I was busy helping my daughter with a science assignment at the North Fork Waterfowl Resting Area for a large portion of the mid-day and then had to finish up a paper that is due for my own classes tomorrow...
Hey Jeff,
The waterfowl continues to rest in my front spokes.
I am afraid that it may someday put me over the bars in a terrible endo.
I am cooking them on my powervalve as I ride, I built a nice fry rack on the side of my cylinder.
Does your daughter have any mango salsa recipes ?
PS- got another 99 380 and have a rekluse clutch for it also.
Looking like 2 plated 380s for spring.
Hope you are well, best wishes.
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Old 11-26-2012, 06:11 PM   #8960
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... The only catch is when everything goes wrong and you end up with a 550 lb. wrestling partner....
Have seen that same thing happen after a bad night at the bar...
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Old 11-26-2012, 06:22 PM   #8961
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was at moto last Fri and got several thumbs up but I guess it was because I was in a place that I should not be on a klr 650 the creek jump is marked but a little vague the bottom is way down there but enjoyed the time.
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Old 11-26-2012, 06:24 PM   #8962
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Have seen that same thing happen after a bad night at the bar...
Damn......beat me to it
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Old 11-26-2012, 06:26 PM   #8963
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Damn......beat me to it
To the wrestling partner or????
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Old 11-26-2012, 08:18 PM   #8964
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Hey Jeff,
PS- got another 99 380 and have a rekluse clutch for it also.
Looking like 2 plated 380s for spring.
Hope you are well, best wishes.
Sweet that you picked up another 380, and even sweeter that you have a Rekluse for it... Really been considering one for my KTM 640... Just need some spare coin to make that happen... Christmas is not a good time for spare coin... Come to think of it, neither is graduate school...

Hope you had a Happy Thanksgiving... Sound like you had a great place to cook the Turkey while riding...
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Old 11-26-2012, 08:19 PM   #8965
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There's a nice two-track that goes through there that you can access off of Knight Ridge Rd. Catch it at the right time of year when the water isn't too deep and it's an interesting connector to Friendship Rd.
You must show me this spot of which you speak oh wise one...
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Old 11-26-2012, 09:49 PM   #8966
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Easy. Old 446 to Duke Rd. and then east. Turns to dirt, drops down the hill, into the waterfowl resting area and then on to Friendship Rd. With the lake down it ought to be easy right now although I've been through it when it was tank deep.









Oh yeah, don't get caught.
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Old 11-27-2012, 06:07 AM   #8967
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Although I've been through it when it was tank deep.
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Old 11-27-2012, 12:02 PM   #8968
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So the trials bike idea is burning in me. What should I be concerned about with a '95 gas gas 250cc trials bike I'm looking at?

Don't tell my wife, she has not gotten over me owning two bikes yet.

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Old 11-27-2012, 12:18 PM   #8969
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So the trials bike idea is burning in me. What should I be concerned about with a '95 gas gas 250cc trials bike I'm looking at?
Only that you can get parts for it. We have owned a gas gas or two and they can be a real burden to get parts for. Halls Cycle in IL was our best source. Good bikes for sure. Didnt Frank post a trials bike a few pages back that was for sale?
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Old 11-27-2012, 12:30 PM   #8970
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The trials part of this fourm is very informative and a good place to ask quesitons. I had a 300 and really liked it.
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