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Old 11-10-2010, 04:12 PM   #361
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Thanks Joel

Thanks Joel, Great pictures!
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Old 11-10-2010, 04:41 PM   #362
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See, I've seen how these guys operate, nice pretty pictures to draw everybody in, then they throw out the ones of you crashing and me picking my nose. Sit back...

And yes, we will be doing more schools in the near future, I just got some very positive news about my Nevada permits.

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Old 11-10-2010, 05:15 PM   #363
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I NEED THIS CLASS.

Maybe I would be riding a keyboard for the last month.

Two more weeks, then a couple of weeks of getting the leg stronger and I am ready to go do some hard
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Old 11-10-2010, 06:33 PM   #364
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See, I've seen how these guys operate, nice pretty pictures to draw everybody in, then they throw out the ones of you crashing and me picking my nose. Sit back...

And yes, we will be doing more schools in the near future, I just got some very positive news about my Nevada permits.

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Old 11-10-2010, 07:58 PM   #365
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See, I've seen how these guys operate, nice pretty pictures to draw everybody in, then they throw out the ones of you crashing and me picking my nose. Sit back...

And yes, we will be doing more schools in the near future, I just got some very positive news about my Nevada permits.

JIMMY

ok jimmy, i have a 2 in 1 special, near and far.....




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Congratulations, good news Jimmy

hey john, nevada ridng means....lots of sand and hills....


IN for some more


i luv sand......
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Old 11-10-2010, 08:26 PM   #366
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Hey Joel, is this your bike all the time?
You have no respect for this marvelous piece of technology :)
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Old 11-10-2010, 10:10 PM   #367
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Hey Joel, is this your bike all the time?
You have no respect for this marvelous piece of technology :)

you're killing me bj....


you're a cold and heartless fella. you only see the bike and never the person. i'm a very compassionate man, everytime my steed goes down, so is the rider, we always work as a team and had plenty of drills......


pic was taken the following sunday by the blood thirsty traveltoad!
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Old 11-10-2010, 10:46 PM   #368
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Hey Joel, is this your bike all the time?
You have no respect for this marvelous piece of technology :)
I keep telling him that he should give that bike to someone who will care for and love it the way it should be.

I am waiting for Joel to drop by and kick my butt any day now.
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Old 11-11-2010, 09:48 AM   #369
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I keep telling him that he should give that bike to someone who will care for and love it the way it should be.

I am waiting for Joel to drop by and kick my butt any day now.
I'm sure, one day they will develop a mutual respect and understanding.
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Old 11-11-2010, 11:00 AM   #370
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I keep telling him that he should give that bike to someone who will care for and love it the way it should be.


how about $4K for the bike and all the leftover parts from the 640A, including motor w/ 12K....just for you bob....




then, we need to come out and do the "training day la" before the next class.



hope you're healing quickly and see you soon bob...


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i've been working on it man........but the law of physics has a stronger influence......
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Old 11-11-2010, 01:02 PM   #371
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Sorry guys, I had to spend yesterday practicing my new skills on some nice single track.

Where were we, at lunch? Yeah, lunch. I just want to say that the guys in this class really blew it at lunch. They were sitting with a riding legend who knows more about riding and bikes than probably anyone they will ever meet in their lives. He has probably ridden in or spectated every every big race there is all around the world. He has placed in most of them. Not to mention, he's a pretty good guy. Yet everyone chose to talk to each other instead of him. I'm not sure if they were intimidated or thought they would be bothering him or what. Luckily, I don't have those issues. I'll bother anyone that gets close enough to me. I can tell you guys from experience, Jimmy is more than happy to sit and talk with you about anything you want to talk about but he's not going to initiate it. He's very humble.

After lunch things got a little more exciting. We were starting to put together different sequences of skills we had been practicing in the morning. Sometimes our front wheels even left the ground.

At one point we ended up at a little embankment. You always see pictures from this part of the class. I knew ahead of time what would ultimately happen, but it never occurred to me to stay away from my bike during this part of the class. As you have already seen, this eventually led to me adding a new brown layer to the inside of my riding pants.

Here, Jimmy pulls halfway up this embankment and stops. He calls us over and begins talking to us as if he's standing on flat ground.


He explained some of the dynamics of going up hills. He demonstrated how balance on a hill was much like it is on flat ground, very important.


He even did a cool trick where he pulled the front wheel of the bike up and rotated the bike around on its rear wheel, setting the front down on flat ground.


I think Joel wants to try it.


To show that you don't need a 200 pound bike to do this stuff, he demonstrates most of it on a 450 pound bike.


What goes up, must come down.


Ideally, we all go up or down a hill with no problems. But what happens when you get stopped somewhere in between? It doesn't seem to bother Jimmy in the slightest.


Jimmy's as comfortable on hills and rocks as a mountain goat.


These are drills that are hard for me to practice, but key, because we all get stuck and who wants to learn this stuff on the side of a gnarly steep hill where you have much more to lose?

It's all about understanding the forces at work and controlling them.


Any questions?


Good, line up over there where I will make Mark and Eric cry.


I didn't get any pictures of the next part, but others did. Let's just say they desensitized Mark and I.

When I regained my composure, we all took some time practicing on varyious parts of the embankment.


Then we all had a little fun.


This guy will get it eventually.


John on his 990.


We also rode over to a sandy part of the racetrack and worked on some of our sand skills. Luckily for us, the sand had some moisture in it so it wasn't too bad. I forgot that I had a camera during that part.

We also spent a long time doing the motorcycle equivalent of wind sprints, where we used many of the things we learned throughout the day in different combinations in short intervals of time, repeatedly. This wore us all out but really helped to embed these skills into our muscle memory.

In the end, we were totally worked after a long day of learning and practicing drills and extremely grateful for an awesome class.


Thanks Jimmy.

Back Row: Joel (h8chains), Turin (grinder96), Chris (foul plug), Paul (loner), Jimmy Lewis (J Lewis)
Front Row: Luanna, Mark (MJS), Les, Eric (BiggieFalls), BJ (DirtTrailER), John (jnyrav), Jeff (JAB)


Having ridden the next day around Arrowhead, it amazed me how this stuff just sneaks into your riding instantaneously. The next day I was already riding better. This happened to me after the last class as well. Everyone needs to take this class at some point.
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Old 11-11-2010, 02:03 PM   #372
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sheez, i never realized paul was there in the class!


that's all you got big guy?........

nice rr eric...


jimmy gave a lot of attention to each and everyone of us. i learned a lot, and if i have the proper credential, i would love to help others too.


i agree, the arrowhead riding the day after school was the perfect follow up.

i'll post more pics tonight when i get home.
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Old 11-11-2010, 06:14 PM   #373
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more pics

students all anxious to learn




while everyone was doing the balancing drill, paul was busy picking up coins scattered in the area




if jimmy recalls everyone for the next drill




i realized thare are colors other than orange; go blue...my next color..




hello





chris sporting a nice and colorful tld jersey




the gsa is one awesome looking bike with a lot of growl




riders on steel horses







jimmy showing the power of the front brake









anyone noticed the adv banner that i brought along?.....




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Old 11-11-2010, 06:30 PM   #374
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next up is the turning exercise



the right peg broke off and jimmy almost fell to the side



actually, he's just exagerrating the body positioning and still be able to balance the bike while turning




ok kids, our turn



back to the formation for the next lesson









i forgot what we're doing here, but i think it was the rev limiter thing



jimmy didn't let us loose and ride wildly; after a few drills, we regrouped so he can load our brains




how come when a pro dresses up like this, he looks cool, but if i do it....i become a clown.....
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Old 11-11-2010, 06:47 PM   #375
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the part i enjoued most was the lofting the front wheel, some sort of a wheelie but not in a showing off manner


load up the front fork



can be done while sitting down




or standing



i had some degree of success but having a clutch cable, my left hand gave up soon; then on the next morning ride, the cable snapped.




demo on how to get off the bike on an uphill position









then turn the bike sideways; this is one skill i will be using a lot...




then downhill position, switching from one side to the other








hmmm...i see krack attack....
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