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Old 12-23-2013, 08:05 PM   #1591
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Wish there was a Gymkhana group near here. It looks like fun. Maybe I'll get some cones & tennis balls and look for a vacant parking lot to play in.

I've got a little XT225, which will be perfect for threading through & around the cones.
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Old 12-24-2013, 12:03 AM   #1592
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GO FOR IT!

That is a good way to get a group started!
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Old 12-24-2013, 12:26 AM   #1593
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Wish there was a Gymkhana group near here. It looks like fun. Maybe I'll get some cones & tennis balls and look for a vacant parking lot to play in.

I've got a little XT225, which will be perfect for threading through & around the cones.
Yeah, just do it. It's not a major spectator sport & in my experience a lot of riders shy away from it for whatever reason. IMHO finding a groove somewhere is unbelievably rewarding & fun. It's changed how I ride & how I think about riding, all for the better.
I've been tying the 2t equivalent of your XT in knots, it's hilarious what you can do.
My personal test is a 1 mtr gate, how many times through the gate in a minute, it's all about entry, exit, lean & throttle.
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Old 12-24-2013, 01:14 AM   #1594
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More proof that it really doesn't matter what kind of bike you ride in Moto Gymkhana.

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Old 12-24-2013, 02:29 AM   #1595
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That's commitment.
Big bikes are like big women, great fun to ride until they start riding you.
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Old 12-24-2013, 03:12 AM   #1596
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Toyoaki Ohtaki, Winner of the 2013 Moto Gymkhana JAPAN Cup.

Watch and learn.

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Old 12-24-2013, 01:39 PM   #1597
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Yeah, just do it. It's not a major spectator sport & in my experience a lot of riders shy away from it for whatever reason. IMHO finding a groove somewhere is unbelievably rewarding & fun. It's changed how I ride & how I think about riding, all for the better.
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One of my best experiences was stumbling upon this very thread. Suddenly I found out that, for what I was doing -in a primitive way-, there was a name, a framework, and an awful lot of top people to have for teachers.
Overnight everything changed: now I had training schemes and goals to set and examples to learn from. For that to everyone: big thumb. and

Here is my playground


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Old 12-26-2013, 12:01 PM   #1598
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Old 12-26-2013, 02:39 PM   #1599
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hmmm... still not quite sure what I'm looking at here. That it can turn within two parking spaces? Anybody who can read French (I think its French) would be kind enough to translate?
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It is french indeed and you were correct.
L'ultime virage: the ultimate corner.

He can turn within two parking spots!
Yes sir, ie 5m (16') across, as per manual!
He will be subject to serious g force: 1 to 2.5g!

Now I dare you!

Don't be hard on him, think of the Season.
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Old 12-26-2013, 03:28 PM   #1601
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(i don't know french)

is he doing it this way to try and getting the turning radius down or ____ ?


looks very awkward, very exagerrated, very not efficient in speed or momentum.

i'll give the guy credit, it's a BIG BIKE, and he's slamming it down with countersteer, which takes balls.
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Old 12-26-2013, 06:17 PM   #1602
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Yes. It's French. It had me confused because, why would you do that? And it might make some of you tilt your head like dogs (mission accomplished). It certainly made me tilt my head.
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Old 12-26-2013, 06:42 PM   #1603
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I checked out his channel on YouTube, there is some really good riding there.



Jerry was doing same thing this summer on our courses.
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Old 12-27-2013, 01:50 AM   #1604
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Let's not be too hard on our French friend on his FJ as he's pretty good at turning the bike, he just needs a little coaching in the proper techniques that's all.

His biggest problem is speed control as he's too fast at the start of the turn and too slow at the end of it whereas he would be better off slowing the bike right down at the beginning of the turn and maintaining a similar speed all the way round.

2.5 'G' is unlikely as the bike would fall to bits under that high a loading!

Compare the techniques between the chap on the FJ and a Japanese Policeman on a similar sized bike.

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Old 12-27-2013, 02:21 AM   #1605
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Let's not be too hard on our French friend on his FJ as he's pretty good at turning the bike, he just needs a little coaching in the proper techniques that's all.

His biggest problem is speed control as he's too fast at the start of the turn and too slow at the end of it whereas he would be better off slowing the bike right down at the beginning of the turn and maintaining a similar speed all the way round.

2.5 'G' is unlikely as the bike would fall to bits under that high a loading!

Compare the techniques between the chap on the FJ and a Japanese Policeman on a similar sized bike.

No one is beating him up that I've seen. Everyone is asking "why".
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