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Old 06-16-2013, 09:12 AM   #1681
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I posted some over on the AR camping thread...
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Old 06-21-2013, 07:07 PM   #1682
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Old 06-22-2013, 07:39 AM   #1683
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Old 06-23-2013, 01:13 PM   #1684
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anyone planning to attend Queen Wilhemina camping July 19th?
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Old 07-09-2013, 09:32 AM   #1685
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Learning to ride

I got my son a CRF80 for his 10th birthday this weekend. I was wondering if anyone knows of a good place to learn to ride for a beginner. We went out to the NLR Ott Park, but it's not really a good place to learn. I was looking for an open area, grass would be nice. He has already learned to start (with clutch) and stop pretty well. He needs some work on the shifting part. Throttle control, clutch and toe shifter is proving to be the challenge at this point. He always wants to look down at the shifter and needs a good open area to practice.

I know about the Ross Foundation and Hy 89 locations but was hoping to find something a little closer to home for some afternoon riding lessons.

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Old 07-09-2013, 10:11 AM   #1686
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I got my son a CRF80 for his 10th birthday this weekend. I was wondering if anyone knows of a good place to learn to ride for a beginner. We went out to the NLR Ott Park, but it's not really a good place to learn. I was looking for an open area, grass would be nice. He has already learned to start (with clutch) and stop pretty well. He needs some work on the shifting part. Throttle control, clutch and toe shifter is proving to be the challenge at this point. He always wants to look down at the shifter and needs a good open area to practice.

I know about the Ross Foundation and Hy 89 locations but was hoping to find something a little closer to home for some afternoon riding lessons.

Thanks in advance, Phil
I can't remember, do you live in Cabot or Conway? I don't know if Highway 89 is open for riding anymore or not (southwest of Vilonia). They used to run hare scrambles down there and it would definitely be a good area for a beginner to learn. We have Craighead Forest up here in Jonesboro, but I wouldn't make a drive up here for that since it would probably be as close to go to Ross (which is way nicer).

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Old 07-09-2013, 10:33 AM   #1687
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I can't remember, do you live in Cabot or Conway? I don't know if Highway 89 is open for riding anymore or not (southwest of Vilonia). They used to run hare scrambles down there and it would definitely be a good area for a beginner to learn. We have Craighead Forest up here in Jonesboro, but I wouldn't make a drive up here for that since it would probably be as close to go to Ross (which is way nicer).

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Old 07-09-2013, 10:36 AM   #1688
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I got my son a CRF80 for his 10th birthday this weekend. I was wondering if anyone knows of a good place to learn to ride for a beginner. We went out to the NLR Ott Park, but it's not really a good place to learn. I was looking for an open area, grass would be nice. He has already learned to start (with clutch) and stop pretty well. He needs some work on the shifting part. Throttle control, clutch and toe shifter is proving to be the challenge at this point. He always wants to look down at the shifter and needs a good open area to practice.

I know about the Ross Foundation and Hy 89 locations but was hoping to find something a little closer to home for some afternoon riding lessons.

Thanks in advance, Phil
I note that you said that Hwy 89 was further than you wanted to travel for an afternoon ride, but it has exactly what you are looking for. There is a large smooth grassy area way to the left (as you are driving in, across from the practice mx track).
As he gets more experienced with the bike, the "lower" trails next to the grassy area are great for "breaking him in" before you try the tougher trails up higher and on the other side of the ridge.
I don't know of any public place in the LR area where you can find what you are looking for, unless you can get a farmer to let you use his pasture.

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Old 07-09-2013, 11:49 AM   #1689
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I note that you said that Hwy 89 was further than you wanted to travel for an afternoon ride, but it has exactly what you are looking for. There is a large smooth grassy area way to the left (as you are driving in, across from the practice mx track).
As he gets more experienced with the bike, the "lower" trails next to the grassy area are great for "breaking him in" before you try the tougher trails up higher and on the other side of the ridge.
I don't know of any public place in the LR area where you can find what you are looking for, unless you can get a farmer to let you use his pasture.

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Hy 89 does meet the criteria. I was hoping for a place we could spend 20-30 minutes at a time in the afternoon. I think I'll just head out to Mayflower early on Saturday before the heat set in and spend a few hours with him. He would enjoy that.

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You are very welcome.
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I know about the Ross Foundation and Hy 89 locations but was hoping to find something a little closer to home for some afternoon riding lessons.

Thanks in advance, Phil
I missed that you included Highway 89.

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Old 07-10-2013, 09:06 PM   #1692
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Old 07-14-2013, 02:06 PM   #1693
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My daughter wanted to ride on back of the street bike so we went to Magazine for lunch. The food was excellent.

First ride over 30 miles with her. She had fun. I stopped several times each way to let her walk around for a bit.
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Old 07-14-2013, 08:50 PM   #1694
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My daughter wanted to ride on back of the street bike so we went to Magazine for lunch. The food was excellent.

First ride over 30 miles with her. She had fun. I stopped several times each way to let her walk around for a bit.
That is the way to do it. Well done. Keep it fun for her.
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Old 07-15-2013, 08:05 AM   #1695
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Hy 89 does meet the criteria. I was hoping for a place we could spend 20-30 minutes at a time in the afternoon. I think I'll just head out to Mayflower early on Saturday before the heat set in and spend a few hours with him. He would enjoy that.

Thanks for the advice, Phil
We went out to Hwy 89 on Saturday and had a great time. Weather was nice and there were a lot of folks out riding that day. This was my sons first real riding beyond doing some loops around the yard and driveway at the house. He started out on the dirt road from the hwy back to the MX track and then we moved over to the flatter track for a few loops. After that he got a little confidence and hit the mid sized MX track and stayed on that for at least an hour (off and on). Finally he moved up to the full sized MX track and was having a great time until he hit some mud (they had just taken the water truck around to cut down on the dust and left some mud holes here and there) and broke his clutch lever. At age 10 I debated if I should start him off on a 3 speed automatic or get the CRF80 with the 5 speed. He's a little jumpy starting off with the clutch but all in all he's picking it up pretty well. I was a great father son day and he's chomping at the bit to get back out there.
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