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Old 03-26-2014, 06:13 AM   #1
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Tips for riding on slick rock.

Hi, I am a bit of a lurker, but finally joined a few days back. I have a history of riding a bagger and a klr, but I just bought an 03 ktm 300.

I went to the motorcycle shop and to buy a helmet and I had enough for one other thing, so I asked the guy what would be the next most important safety item. He sold me some boots. I would like one of those neck braces sometime.

Anyway, I haven't been on a full dirt bike in probably 15 years, the last one I owned was an '86 yz80. I almost high sided the ktm yesterday after about 2 minutes of riding it. I learned you can't just grab a handful of throttle because these things go EXACTLY when you tell them to, they don't take time to wind up.

All that being said, I am going to take on a couple of the easier trails in moab this weekend. Hells revenge and fins and things. My wife will be driving in a sxs.

And basic tips for taking a drop or climbing a ledge? I have been you-tubing, but some of the skills they talk about require quite a habit. Load the front end, gas it, lean forward, blip the throttle, etc. that's a lot of steps to remember on day one.

Any advice?

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Old 03-26-2014, 06:24 AM   #2
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Start out small. Find a place you can practice hopping and leaping off ledges. Step it up when you're comfortable. AND: Buy more protective gear. You will fall, often, on the rocks. It will hurt without armor.


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Old 03-26-2014, 06:24 AM   #3
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Hi, I am a bit of a lurker, but finally joined a few days back. I have a history of riding a bagger and a klr, but I just bought an 03 ktm 300.

I went to the motorcycle shop and to buy a helmet and I had enough for one other thing, so I asked the guy what would be the next most important safety item. He sold me some boots. I would like one of those neck braces sometime.

Anyway, I haven't been on a full dirt bike in probably 15 years, the last one I owned was an '86 yz80. I almost high sided the ktm yesterday after about 2 minutes of riding it. I learned you can't just grab a handful of throttle because these things go EXACTLY when you tell them to, they don't take time to wind up.

All that being said, I am going to take on a couple of the easier trails in moab this weekend. Hells revenge and fins and things. My wife will be driving in a sxs.

And basic tips for taking a drop or climbing a ledge? I have been you-tubing, but some of the skills they talk about require quite a habit. Load the front end, gas it, lean forward, blip the throttle, etc. that's a lot of steps to remember on day one.

Any advice?



Do NOT ride off-road without boots! You're crazy if you don't wear them.

I'd not exactly say the 300 is the easiest bike to learn on either. Stick the green power valve spring in it and fatten the jetting up some to tame it out.
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Old 03-26-2014, 06:31 AM   #4
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Slick rock is only slick to horseshoes.
Amazing traction.

Oh, and if you fall off bare skinned - it's really good at scraping your skin.
Long pants, long sleeves, full gloves, full face helmet.

Dress for the fall.
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Old 03-26-2014, 07:57 AM   #5
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Best way to ride wet slick rock on a 2-stroke- if it's peaky mellow out the powerband a bit, or add some flywheel weight.
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Old 03-26-2014, 12:46 PM   #6
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And bring a bag full of shift and rear brake levers.
Eight of each should do it.
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Old 03-26-2014, 04:14 PM   #7
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glad to see you finally got a real bike!



take some tips from Graham Jarvis though, who is basically on the same bike

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Old 03-26-2014, 06:09 PM   #8
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Slick rock is only slick to horseshoes.
Amazing traction.

Oh, and if you fall off bare skinned - it's really good at scraping your skin.
Long pants, long sleeves, full gloves, full face helmet.

Dress for the fall.

Yeah, who came up with that name anyway? Slickrock, must be an oxymoron

It feels like sandpaper
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Old 03-26-2014, 06:34 PM   #9
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Yeah, who came up with that name anyway? Slickrock, must be an oxymoron

It feels like sandpaper
People on horses wearing iron shoes named it.
For them, it's really, really slick.
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Old 03-26-2014, 07:08 PM   #10
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People on horses wearing iron shoes named it.
For them, it's really, really slick.
Interesting, every once in a while, I still learn something new. I just thought, I already knew everything.
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Old 03-26-2014, 07:13 PM   #11
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Interesting, every once in a while, I still learn something new. I just thought, I already knew everything.
You can take over any time now. I'm starting to forget stuff....
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Old 03-27-2014, 04:33 AM   #12
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+1 on the green/mild power valve spring til you get used to the bike. The power can come on fast on the 300. In tight stuff, ride a gear higher than you think you need to. If your bike is set up right, it should have no problem chugging through and over obstacles at low rpm's.

Elbow pads and knee protection are a great idea too.
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Old 03-27-2014, 05:45 AM   #13
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Get a pressure suit, wear knee/shin armor and hip armor. I wouldn't ride off road without it. Yer a lucky dog!
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Old 03-27-2014, 09:07 AM   #14
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Get a pressure suit, wear knee/shin armor and hip armor. I wouldn't ride off road without it. Yer a lucky dog!
+ a billion. I know an inmate that nearly had to have his leg amputated after an incident where he didnt even go down AND he was wearing knee armor. He would have lost his leg for sure had he not been wearing it.
Ballistic jersey and knee armor EVERY time you ride. It will be the difference between you saying something like "Whoa that was kind of crazy crash" or going to the hospital.
I like the Six Six One - it's kept me out of the hospital I dont know how many times.....the back protector and kidney belt combo makes it a really solid package

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Old 03-30-2014, 07:44 PM   #15
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Well I survived. Did hells revenge and fins and things. I did a lot of extra riding too since one of the people with us was in a jeep and I had time to kill.

I only dumped it once right at the end. I got thinking I was good and tried to jump off a ridged rock. My front tire went up and off but the rear got kicked off to the side and I landed a little too far from straight.

Had a blast, the wife wants one now too, she rode a bit as well.
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