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Old 09-24-2009, 09:32 AM   #1
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Dirtbikes in the off-season

I see a lot of racers talk about riding dirtbikes all winter as if it helps them with their streetbike racing. What are the benefits of winter dirtbiking? Is it just a fitness thing?
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Old 09-24-2009, 09:34 AM   #2
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Cuz it's fun as ****. That's all that matters lol
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it's fun...and not only in the winter...however, winter makes it more tolerable bc of cool temps. It is much more physically demanding than track riding. Not sure the advantages of it compared to streetbike racing, but it is fun and that's all that matters to me.
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Old 09-24-2009, 09:40 AM   #4
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Cuz it's fun as ****. That's all that matters lol
I second that

And it does give a decent work out too. Hmm I think I need to ride more

In fact, I think I'll go buy one tonight

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Old 09-24-2009, 09:41 AM   #5
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Not much winter to talk about. Two months, and their full of Holidays anyway.
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Old 09-24-2009, 10:27 AM   #6
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It is much more physically demanding than track riding.
LOL, I just remembered the first Dirty Riderz ride at SHNF with all the folks there. I was ready to spit a lung
Fun days, hopefully we are able to repeat this year
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keeps your body loose for riding , and its a blast to get muddy as t and practice losing traction as much as possible
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Old 09-24-2009, 10:31 AM   #8
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LOL, I just remembered the first Dirty Riderz ride at SHNF with all the folks there. I was ready to spit a lung
Fun days, hopefully we are able to repeat this year
I'll be trying to make a weekend date for late Oct./early Nov. We'll see how much interest we get.
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motocross riding anytime keeps you in shape, it's fun as and for a regulard sportbike racer, would be good to mix things up a bit. I've actually been seriously looking at getting another MX bike here lately.. Whichever comes first, a stunt bike or a good deal on a 2-stroke 250 MX bike. Right now it's looking like another MX bike.

I been going through withdrawels for the past 2 years without one.
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Old 09-24-2009, 10:48 AM   #10
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Dirties teach all kinds of things. It's one of the reasons I've got one now.

Throttle control in dirt (especially loose dirt) is a skill and can translate to controlling your bike on pavement when it wiggles on you. Probably more of a confidence thing though, you get more comfortable with the bike moving around and you practice control.

Shifting weight on the bike is a practiced skill too- moving yourself around on a dirt bike will affect handling and suspension and is a worthy skill of street/ track as well.

I also think there is no substitute for seat time, and that is what riding dirt bikes does too
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what do you mean winter is off season. summer is off season. Sheesh you are wearing cow you should be able to ride alll our wussie winters here.

I also think it is more fun riding a cr85...its easier to kick your leg over. If I get another one for me it will be a 125.
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Old 09-24-2009, 10:53 AM   #12
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I'll say one thing...dirt riding seems to cause bad habits for me when I take to the track. Often I find myself crossing up my body position as the 2 riding styles are pretty different. It certainly teaches you throttle control, and even braking. Now if I could just learn to back it in on the pavement.
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oh one more thing it helps you learn how to brake slide in paddock area too. as long as no official is looking.
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oh one more thing it helps you learn how to brake slide in paddock area too. as long as no official is looking.
brake sliding always brings a joy, be it on dirt or pavement.
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I'm picking up a little 150 tonight. I want something bigger but I had a blast on some trails this past weekend on a little XR100, so this should do for some easy and cheap fun. I'd like to get a 2 stroke sometime later on.
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brake sliding always brings a joy, be it on dirt or pavement.

NO DOUBT it is soo cool feeling especially when you get totally side ways like a crossup in the air.
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it's fun...and not only in the winter...however, winter makes it more tolerable bc of cool temps. It is much more physically demanding than track riding. Not sure the advantages of it compared to streetbike racing, but it is fun and that's all that matters to me.
is winter FENCE BUILDIN' weather?
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There's nothing like the feeling of flying into a deep berm and just destroying it and tearing it to shreds...Everynow and then you'll find that berm that's just perfect for it and when it's just right, you parellel to the ground stuck in that berm like velcrow showering people behind you with roost... Or flying through the air sideways at 45-50 mph. I love it.
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Yeah, what they all said. Also one of the best things for your emergency situation reflexes, dirt riding is one emergency after another. Also teaches you how to slide and crash...

I just bought a vintage basket case to rebuild just for this.
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