ADVrider

Go Back   ADVrider > Riding > Racing
User Name
Password
Register Inmates Photos Site Rules Search Today's Posts Mark Forums Read

Reply
 
Thread Tools Search this Thread Display Modes
Old 07-23-2009, 09:02 AM   #1
5Chord OP
No Short-Term Memory
 
5Chord's Avatar
 
Joined: Jul 2008
Location: Westchester, NY
Oddometer: 1,016
47 year old off to Motocross School

Well I'm not sure where to put this, but I'm sure GB will find a good home for it:-)

One day a few weeks ago while sorting mail in my kitchen, a divine mandate was laid before me.

God: GO TO MOTOCROSS SCHOOL Me: What??

It's not every day that the good lord asks something of you and I was a bit surprised at the demand. I have a BMW G650Xcountry, I can't take that to motocross school and my TW-200 has the will, but not the capability. When I posed this problem he said:
God: GET A 2 STROKE 85CC CLASS RACE BIKE FOR $1000 AND TAKE IT TO MOTOCROSS SCHOOL. Me: Umm..........OK

To Be Continued
__________________
Mr Tod's Wild Rides

5Chord screwed with this post 07-27-2009 at 04:04 AM
5Chord is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 07-23-2009, 11:15 AM   #2
David_Moen
Beastly Adventurer
 
David_Moen's Avatar
 
Joined: Apr 2006
Location: Salmon Arm, B.C. Canada Eh!
Oddometer: 1,167
Why does God hate you so much?
David_Moen is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 07-23-2009, 11:18 AM   #3
Motodisiac
Moto Terrorist
 
Motodisiac's Avatar
 
Joined: Jan 2006
Location: City Of Angels
Oddometer: 3,451
85cc two smoke? I hope you don't weigh more than 120 lbs

D.
__________________
Beach Moto - my baby and your connection for quality motorcycle gear
Rev'it Gear for ADV Riders - the thread that started it all

Ducati Multistrada 1200 S - Adventure, Commuting, Track, Fun
CRF450X - Dirt Toy
Motodisiac is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 07-23-2009, 01:07 PM   #4
5Chord OP
No Short-Term Memory
 
5Chord's Avatar
 
Joined: Jul 2008
Location: Westchester, NY
Oddometer: 1,016
So, I ask the lord;
Me: Dude, I'm 155lbs, why such a small bike? What about a 125?

God: 'CAUSE I NEED YOU AROUND AWHILE............AND REMEMBER YOUR GRANDFATHER'S YZ-80?

Mmmmm, well that was good enough for me. My grandfather (yes my grandfather) bought a brand new YZ-80 somewhere in the neighborhood of '76 or '77. It was the first year of the Monoshock. Many people thought it strange that a 75 year old man would buy a high performance dirt bike, but not me. He was unique. And short like me.

To me, the YZ was a fire breathing monster. I had a Kawasaki KD100M at the time and it wasn't even in the same league. Simply rolling on the throttle in 2nd gear would raise the front tire of the YZ and the few times I rode it I never even got to 6th gear. It could keep up with ANYTHING on the tight trails and coal roads we were riding back then.

So, a few days later I'm catching up on some emails and,
God: DID YOU GET A BIKE?
Me: Nah, there's nothing on Ebay under $1500
God: TRY CRAIGSLIST

To be continued
__________________
Mr Tod's Wild Rides

5Chord screwed with this post 07-27-2009 at 04:05 AM
5Chord is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 07-23-2009, 01:35 PM   #5
Motodisiac
Moto Terrorist
 
Motodisiac's Avatar
 
Joined: Jan 2006
Location: City Of Angels
Oddometer: 3,451
Hello, this is Lord speaking. Get 125 and I will bless you son.

God.
__________________
Beach Moto - my baby and your connection for quality motorcycle gear
Rev'it Gear for ADV Riders - the thread that started it all

Ducati Multistrada 1200 S - Adventure, Commuting, Track, Fun
CRF450X - Dirt Toy
Motodisiac is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 07-23-2009, 01:40 PM   #6
5Chord OP
No Short-Term Memory
 
5Chord's Avatar
 
Joined: Jul 2008
Location: Westchester, NY
Oddometer: 1,016
Quote:
Originally Posted by Motodisiac
Hello, this is Lord speaking. Get 125 and I will bless you son.

God.
Hey, you look suspiciously like the guy who said I need to lose weight a couple posts ago!
__________________
Mr Tod's Wild Rides
5Chord is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 07-23-2009, 01:41 PM   #7
BikePilot
Beastly Adventurer
 
BikePilot's Avatar
 
Joined: Jul 2005
Location: Tampa
Oddometer: 11,099
I agree, if you are a full-sized person a 125cc two stroke could be the way to go and is similarly inexpensive. I have a lot of time on 80/85/100 and 125cc bikes - if you have any questions just ask.

If you do go for a mini, at least go for something like a KX100 if you can find one.

The smaller bikes are an absolute blast and an excelent learning tool, but in some ways are less forgiving (somewhat less suspension, less stable, shorter wheelbase etc). They are also a bit hard on your back as they are just small. Note, I'm 5'10" and 160lbs and have ridden a stock KX85 on various MX tracks and had an absolute blast, but its not a clear choice for someone who is learning, especially if you are thinking about getting airborn. The stock suspension will be seriously under-sprung for your weight. The suspenders are quality units and still remain more composed than they have any right to with just about 2x the rider weight they are intended for, but you definitely need to make sure you nab the downslop of all the ramps every time.

If you primarly want to focus on cornering and engine management, the mini is a great way go go, nothing is as easy to corner!
__________________
'09 Buell XB12XT, TL1000S, H1F, M620, CR250R, KX100, XR650R, Cota 315R

Summer 2009 Ride Report http://advrider.com/forums/showthrea...1509c&t=507038
Summer 2008 RR. http://www.advrider.com/forums/showthread.php?t=367703
BikePilot is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 07-23-2009, 01:43 PM   #8
kenaroo
I am because i ride
 
kenaroo's Avatar
 
Joined: Nov 2005
Location: Austin Tejas
Oddometer: 802
I guess god thinks your a big pussy. J/k

sorry.. I couldn't resist..

I think this is a great idea.. you'll be such a better rider for going to GB school

I'd also recommend a 125cc mx bike.. as you will come to like that much better than an 85cc mini bike.

but...If your getting an 85 cc bike.. just make sure it's the big wheel model. with the 19" front tire and the 16" rear tire..

there are plenty of big teenagers that weigh over 150 lbs racing those things around..
__________________
--------------------------------------------------
--------------------------------------------------

what does your garage look like
http://www.garage-interiors.com


kenaroo is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 07-23-2009, 02:04 PM   #9
5Chord OP
No Short-Term Memory
 
5Chord's Avatar
 
Joined: Jul 2008
Location: Westchester, NY
Oddometer: 1,016
So the Big Guy is getting a little impatient......I text someone about a mint 2003 YZ-85 for $800........SOLD.....Another guy has a 2006 KX-85, FMF pipe, with 20 total hours on it all light trails.....SOLD....It's getting a bit discouraging.........An RM-85 with Renthal bars, graphics package, $900....SOLD.............Near the bottom of the page an ad catches my eye like a modualted headlite....

.....A 2004 CR-85 Expert with FMF Powercore 4, lots of extras, $1000 about an hour away. It's like a regular CR-85, but it has a 16" rear wheel which brings the seat height of the bike up to a manageable 34 1/2" and can handle the big-air landings a bit better than the standard kiddie model. I'm about to text this guy when....
God: ASK HOW MANY HOURS ON THE TOP-END
Me: What???
God: HOW MANY HOURS SINCE THE TOP-END WAS REBUILT???
Me:Umm....I'll ask

So I text the guy if it's still available. A few minutes later he answers that it is........He confirms that the Top-end was rebuilt recently and has been broken in for about 6 hours. I tell him I'll meet him with cash and a trailer tomorrow.........

To be continued
__________________
Mr Tod's Wild Rides

5Chord screwed with this post 07-27-2009 at 04:06 AM
5Chord is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 07-23-2009, 02:28 PM   #10
ADK
____
 
Joined: Dec 2005
Location: ADK's (formerly Bannerman's) Castle
Oddometer: 7,976
I recommend using your TW so you can concentrate on technique instead of keeping an 85 on the pipe.
ADK is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 07-23-2009, 03:03 PM   #11
5Chord OP
No Short-Term Memory
 
5Chord's Avatar
 
Joined: Jul 2008
Location: Westchester, NY
Oddometer: 1,016
Quote:
Originally Posted by ADK
I recommend using your TW so you can concentrate on technique instead of keeping an 85 on the pipe.
When I brought up your suggestion, the TW locked itself in the bathroom and won't come out! All talk:-)
__________________
Mr Tod's Wild Rides
5Chord is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 07-23-2009, 03:16 PM   #12
nachtflug
infidel
 
nachtflug's Avatar
 
Joined: Jan 2002
Location: New York
Oddometer: 44,713
Quote:
Originally Posted by 5Chord
Well I'm not sure where to put this, but I'm sure GB will find a good home for it:-)

One day a few weeks ago while sorting mail in my kitchen, a divine mandate was laid before me.

God: GO TO MOTOCROSS SCHOOL Me: What??

It's not every day that the good lord asks something of you and I was a bit surprised at the demand. I have a BMW G650Xcountry, I can't take that to motocross school and my TW-200 has the will, but not the capability. When I posed this problem he said:
God: GET A 2 STROKE 85CC CLASS RACE BIKE FOR $1000 AND TAKE IT TO MOTOCROSS SCHOOL. Me: Umm..........OK

To Be Continued
you're in westchester count yourself lucky you've got 5 tracks within relatively close distance. I photograph MX every weekend in the Hudson Valley and a few thigns of note.

1. Forget a 85cc unless your pretty short.

2. Definitely consider a 125 they are cheap and all over the place.

3. don't drive 6 hours for a bike its not necessary.

4. Come on up and watch lots to learn.

5. 2 races this weekend - Walden Playboys Saturday. Ace on Sunday.
nachtflug is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 07-23-2009, 09:09 PM   #13
ADK
____
 
Joined: Dec 2005
Location: ADK's (formerly Bannerman's) Castle
Oddometer: 7,976
I saw your ride report where you had trouble crossing the train tracks. A trials school would be better for trail riding skills. ( they rent bikes too )
ADK is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 07-24-2009, 01:53 AM   #14
5th-Elefant
Beastly Adventurer
 
5th-Elefant's Avatar
 
Joined: Jan 2007
Location: UK
Oddometer: 1,253
85s make enough power (similar to early 80s 125s) but... they're tiny. Child sized.

Get a 125.
5th-Elefant is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 07-24-2009, 05:36 AM   #15
5Chord OP
No Short-Term Memory
 
5Chord's Avatar
 
Joined: Jul 2008
Location: Westchester, NY
Oddometer: 1,016
Quote:
Originally Posted by ADK
I saw your ride report where you had trouble crossing the train tracks. A trials school would be better for trail riding skills. ( they rent bikes too )
I'd LOVE to (and probably will) go to trials school. The closest one I've found is in Tennessee and highly recommended. Got didn't mention anything about it but he did comment on the track crossing........God: DUMBASS!
Attached Images
 
__________________
Mr Tod's Wild Rides

5Chord screwed with this post 07-27-2009 at 04:08 AM
5Chord is offline   Reply With Quote
Reply

Share

Thread Tools Search this Thread
Search this Thread:

.
Display Modes

Posting Rules
You may not post new threads
You may not post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is On

Forum Jump


Times are GMT -7.   It's 07:54 AM.


Powered by vBulletin® Version 3.8.5
Copyright ©2000 - 2014, Jelsoft Enterprises Ltd.
Copyright ADVrider 2011-2014