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Old 07-23-2013, 10:56 AM   #1
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My first time at a MX track

Killing time until a meeting this afternoon so I thought I'd write a little review of my first MX outing. So I've been riding motards for a few years after getting bored with street bikes, and got into trail riding with a proper dirt bike not long ago so decided to give mx a try. Been wanting to do it for a while just haven't had a chance to go. Finally decided to take last Friday off to go as I'm out of weekend hall passes. LOL.

Got to Ultimate MX in Alvin at about 9am when they opened and got set up waiting for Tony1k to arrive and tow me around. Asked a few of the guys already there for some tips on my first time out as I was a little nervous because everything looked twice as big as it did on video. "Don't attempt to clear anything, don't get cross rutted in the back section, and go slow." So basically try not to die, well that reassuring. Went out and rode for about 15 minutes and it is definitely much much much harder than it looks. Arm pump set in after 3 laps and I went down once in a berm.

Tony finally arrived with breakfast sandwiches, fans, and a pop up tent thingie. He suggested using my legs more and to make sure I get my nuts on the tank and weight the front. Next session out I try it and it works. Arm pump after 4 laps instead of 3. Haha. But I am able to carry more speed in the berms without the front washing out.

Next couple sessions I start trying to clear the jumps other than the two big tabletops and one where the landing is in a small kicker. Am able to clear most of them just not all in one lap. Still totally lost at this point as to which jump is which on the track but am trying to concentrate on clearing one or two of them each go around. Finally linked up like 3 in a row and what an awesome feeling. It is much less tiring when you actually land correctly.

Start feeling more comfortable with the controlled chaos of it. Bike getting sideways out of the berm, landing crooked, getting crossed up when braking hard, etc. Able to carry much more speed throught the turns just after a few sessions. My nervousness had gone away after the second session and I was having more fun that I've had in a while. Was actually yelling in my helmet a few times "Woohoo". LOL. Had to head home soon to pick up my daughter from day care so was on my last lap and feeling really tired and getting lazy. Bad idea.

Landed kind of weird dropping off the back face of a jump and got lazy and wasn't gripping the bike with my legs like I should. Started to slide towards the rear fender and at that point I was barely holding on to the bike as it caught me off guard. WHISKEY THROTTLE! That 250 revved to the moon and was suprised how quickly the front end came up. I haven't been able to do third gear power wheelies that high in the rpm until now. LOL. At that point the little 250 decided it was tired and wanted to lay down for a minute. I landed right on my and my bony dug into the dirt stopping me instantly. Horrible pain shot up my lower back and I can't breath. Arms...check....legs....check....can still feel my toes...check...aware of my surroundings....check. Now get off the track before you get run over I thought. After the rolling around like I was on fire and zombie noises subsided I get back to the truck and load up. Ended up just spraining my lower back and bruised a kidney. Both of which I've done numerous times so wasn't too big of a deal. Hurt like but I'm fine today although I'm taking it easy for a few weeks to I don't irritate my lower back.

Other than my little get off I had an awesome time and can't wait to go do it again. Learned way more than I thought I would the first time and would like to thank Tony for towing me around and Longboarder for coming over to get my bike off the truck.
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Old 07-23-2013, 11:04 AM   #2
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I got to get another dirtbike....even if it only means 2 or 3 rides a year. Consecutive jumps are awesome...hitting doubles feel even better. I never did a triple. 3 laps on a big GP track will kill the forearms....beware, dirt looks softer...but it isn't. Keep it safe, that daughter needs her daddy mobile.
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Haha good write up brick...If I remember correctly u were always crashing your SM when we started up on those.....

Guess what? Ill be off Fri-Sat next few weeks so Im ready for some MX!!!
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Old 07-23-2013, 11:16 AM   #4
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Haha good write up brick...If I remember correctly u were always crashing your SM when we started up on those.....

Guess what? Ill be off Fri-Sat next few weeks so Im ready for some MX!!!
I think I crashed my Husky once a week for the first year or so. LOL. And have yet to be on a dirt ride where I haven't crashed. This was definitely the biggest hit I've taken in a while. Thankfully I don't do that very often.
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Old 07-23-2013, 11:16 AM   #5
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Old 07-23-2013, 03:10 PM   #6
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Old 07-23-2013, 03:29 PM   #7
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Old 07-23-2013, 03:31 PM   #8
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Old 07-23-2013, 03:39 PM   #9
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I enjoyed reading this so thank you for posting. Alot of people here on the forum tend to see me pop up in the dirt bike and MX threads because I rode/raced for years. I was literally addicted, like a crackhead, to the sport for a long time. I could not get enough of it. I used to work 3 jobs to afford racing every weekend and practicing at the track once or twice during the week. Spent every dime I made on riding and racing with no regrets.

There's no better feeling than riding on a track. Clearing that double or tabletop for the first time, flying into a soft berm to just destroy it, there's nothing like it. One of these days, i'm going to get another MX bike and start riding again. Riding my supermoto like a hooligan will only hold me over for soo long.
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Killing time until a meeting this afternoon so I thought I'd write a little review of my first MX outing. So I've been riding motards for a few years after getting bored with street bikes, and got into trail riding with a proper dirt bike not long ago so decided to give mx a try. Been wanting to do it for a while just haven't had a chance to go. Finally decided to take last Friday off to go as I'm out of weekend hall passes. LOL.

Got to Ultimate MX in Alvin at about 9am when they opened and got set up waiting for Tony1k to arrive and tow me around. Asked a few of the guys already there for some tips on my first time out as I was a little nervous because everything looked twice as big as it did on video. "Don't attempt to clear anything, don't get cross rutted in the back section, and go slow." So basically try not to die, well that reassuring. Went out and rode for about 15 minutes and it is definitely much much much harder than it looks. Arm pump set in after 3 laps and I went down once in a berm.

Tony finally arrived with breakfast sandwiches, fans, and a pop up tent thingie. He suggested using my legs more and to make sure I get my nuts on the tank and weight the front. Next session out I try it and it works. Arm pump after 4 laps instead of 3. Haha. But I am able to carry more speed in the berms without the front washing out.

Next couple sessions I start trying to clear the jumps other than the two big tabletops and one where the landing is in a small kicker. Am able to clear most of them just not all in one lap. Still totally lost at this point as to which jump is which on the track but am trying to concentrate on clearing one or two of them each go around. Finally linked up like 3 in a row and what an awesome feeling. It is much less tiring when you actually land correctly.

Start feeling more comfortable with the controlled chaos of it. Bike getting sideways out of the berm, landing crooked, getting crossed up when braking hard, etc. Able to carry much more speed throught the turns just after a few sessions. My nervousness had gone away after the second session and I was having more fun that I've had in a while. Was actually yelling in my helmet a few times "Woohoo". LOL. Had to head home soon to pick up my daughter from day care so was on my last lap and feeling really tired and getting lazy. Bad idea.

Landed kind of weird dropping off the back face of a jump and got lazy and wasn't gripping the bike with my legs like I should. Started to slide towards the rear fender and at that point I was barely holding on to the bike as it caught me off guard. WHISKEY THROTTLE! That 250 revved to the moon and was suprised how quickly the front end came up. I haven't been able to do third gear power wheelies that high in the rpm until now. LOL. At that point the little 250 decided it was tired and wanted to lay down for a minute. I landed right on my and my bony dug into the dirt stopping me instantly. Horrible pain shot up my lower back and I can't breath. Arms...check....legs....check....can still feel my toes...check...aware of my surroundings....check. Now get off the track before you get run over I thought. After the rolling around like I was on fire and zombie noises subsided I get back to the truck and load up. Ended up just spraining my lower back and bruised a kidney. Both of which I've done numerous times so wasn't too big of a deal. Hurt like but I'm fine today although I'm taking it easy for a few weeks to I don't irritate my lower back.

Other than my little get off I had an awesome time and can't wait to go do it again. Learned way more than I thought I would the first time and would like to thank Tony for towing me around and Longboarder for coming over to get my bike off the truck.
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Old 07-23-2013, 09:08 PM   #12
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Ultimate is an awesome track. The dirt is perfect. Glenn doesnt play around about keeping that track prepped. Too bad I live so far away from it. Heard there's something new going up down that way. They're going to build an endurocross track. I've been wanting to try that for a long time. Be safe dude.
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Ultimate is an awesome track. The dirt is perfect. Glenn doesnt play around about keeping that track prepped. Too bad I live so far away from it. Heard there's something new going up down that way. They're going to build an endurocross track. I've been wanting to try that for a long time. Be safe dude.
It was prepped nicely. Only one small section with ruts but it wasn't in a jump or turn. Are they going to build an endurocross track there or somewhere else? I would love to try that out.
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