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#4486242 - 08/14/19 11:53 PM Re: My first open practice on a mx track [Re: Fracture]  
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Originally Posted by Fracture


Just so we're clear, when I say power-shift I mean once you get to full throttle, you stay at full throttle and just bang through the gears.
I always used clutch for upshifts, which I considered more crucial, and would downshift without clutch.



Yeah...that was my understanding wink

At my skill level, the only time I'm really wide open and rowing through the gears is on the start straight...power shifting could probably help me gain a little there. Other than a couple of tracks that have some decent straights, I'm not wide open that much.

This club doesn't care about engine size, so the majority of the bikes on my gate are 350's and 450's or 250 2 strokes. It hurts me on the starts the most cause my little 250F can't keep up with their straight line speed. I will run em' down eventually as they get tired of hanging on to those beast's though. thumbsup

I know you don't have to be full throttle to power shift...so I will take a crack at trying next race. Sometimes...I don't use the clutch when upshifting, especially a late race when the track is choppy as hell with acceleration bumps. I wan't full grip on the bars...lol

I appreciate the advice as always!


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#4488301 - 09/03/19 06:05 PM Re: My first open practice on a mx track [Re: Force10]  
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Some footage from my 4 moto weekend at the Bay National at Argyll mx. It was hot hitting 97 degrees for the motos!




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#4488323 - 09/03/19 09:59 PM Re: My first open practice on a mx track [Re: Force10]  
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Looking good there, a lot more confidence in your riding compared with your first videos.


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#4488354 - 09/04/19 01:24 AM Re: My first open practice on a mx track [Re: Force10]  
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Thanks! Small steps but feeling more comfortable out there.


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#4489660 - 09/16/19 01:01 PM Re: My first open practice on a mx track [Re: Force10]  
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Crashed twice in this practice on Sunday.

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#4489668 - 09/16/19 04:10 PM Re: My first open practice on a mx track [Re: Force10]  
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I am very enthused about you racing now. Always good to take up a new challenge and not get stagnant. Hope you didn’t get injured. We don’t bounce back like when we were in our 20’s.


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#4489692 - 09/16/19 07:20 PM Re: My first open practice on a mx track [Re: oldgrognard]  
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Originally Posted by oldgrognard
I am very enthused about you racing now. Always good to take up a new challenge and not get stagnant. Hope you didn’t get injured. We don’t bounce back like when we were in our 20’s.


Thanks OG! At 51, it probably wasn't the smartest hobby to start on...everyone gets hurt eventually. At my age I still "Bounce" pretty good...bouncing back is another thing entirely as you said. wink


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#4489697 - 09/16/19 07:37 PM Re: My first open practice on a mx track [Re: Force10]  
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Hobbies don’t need to be smart. In reality, they seldom are. But they feed our souls with passion. And that is hard to beat.

My rather recent (11 years now) hobby of flying isn’t really smart. Hefty financial cost without any financial benefit. But I wouldn’t give it up now.

And look at Dart’s hobby of building and flying a 7/8 replica of a WW1 Nieuport. Smart, no - fulfilling absolutely.


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#4489787 - 09/17/19 05:10 PM Re: My first open practice on a mx track [Re: Force10]  
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Very true OG!

One possible obstacle for a lot of us guys and our hobbies...the wife. Mine isn't exactly thrilled with my mid-life crisis hobby. I get where's she's coming from...your 50 year old husband announces out of the blue "I'm going to try and race motocross" after only owning his first dirt bike a couple years prior is a bit of a surprise.

It does cost quite a bit...probably not anywhere near what flying a plane for a hobby costs...but I spent $6k-$7k chasing the Ironman award last year (racing all 42 motos with no DNF's in a season...got it too). Then of course the danger aspect. One 2 day National she went to...3 riders were medevac'd out by chopper and another 2 by ground ambulance.

But that's what health insurance is for! lol.

Oh well...the hook is set deep for me with this sport...want to make the most of it while my old body can still take it.

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#4492815 - 10/14/19 06:32 AM Re: My first open practice on a mx track [Re: Force10]  
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I raced at Hangtown...track got rough:



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#4496062 - 11/05/19 06:08 AM Re: My first open practice on a mx track [Re: Force10]  
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Some clips from moto1-2 with a little music at the beginning. Pics courtesy of Mad photos and my wife...lol eek



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#4496166 - 11/06/19 05:48 AM Re: My first open practice on a mx track [Re: Force10]  
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Originally Posted by Force10
Not too many dirt riders here...but here's a 50 year old rookie trying a muddy track with traffic. I did alright and came off the track in the same shape as I went on, so a good day overall.
They only have two classes, Pro and Novice...I probably could have used a beginner class since I got passed so much.



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Originally Posted by W-Molders

youre crazy lol.. and youll learn when you break something... LOL good luck .. may the force be with you... always...


Oh man...that 1st one is hard to watch...I was so slow. Yeah...not the wisest move to take up this sport at 50+ years old...but that video is over 2 years old and I've been racing and I'm still here!

I will break something eventually...happens to EVERYONE...nobody is immune in this sport. I just accept that fact and have fun thumbsup


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The season is over... had a lot of fun!




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Trying out the new layout at my local track.



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My first ride of 2020. Club Moto mx:



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I got promoted to the Novice class...this is my last chance to practice before my first Novice race on the 9th.



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Odd...I posted the above last night on the 10th...it says the 2nd?


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My 2nd Novice race:



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