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Old 09-26-2014, 03:33 PM   #1
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talk to me abour hare scrambles

I've never owned a dirtbike. I've had fullsize and mini tards, but no true dirties. Want to purchase a dirty and maybe get into hare scrambles with a side order of motocross over the winter. What should I be looking for bike wise? Where do I practice? What gear do I need?
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If you search threads by me or CarbonJames, utilizing hare scramble as the key word....lots of those threads have info you are looking for...these threads should shed some light, hit up CarbonJames for recent series info with TORCS, TORN, or TORO events....

For gear, you need a helmet, gloves, goggles, long pants and long sleeve jerseys. Don't forget your camelback for 1 and 2 hour races and I, PERSONALLY, HIGHLY suggest knee braces. Expensive knee braces, not knee/shin guards. ACL replacement on one knee was somewhere in the $60k range (not including therapy), the braces would have been cheaper. I'm sure James or those still racing will chime in.

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this website has several of the local texas series and info you may need.

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Work on your cardio and get your forearm strength up...I ran a GNCC race at Barnwell Mountain (2004 or 2005, wish GNCC would come back to Texas!!!) on an ATV and my forearm pump was intense. I was accustomed to running 15-30 minute MX motos, the 2 hour race really opened up my eyes to how unprepared I was.
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Yup cardio and forearm strenght is an understatement!! Ive never hare scrambled but I ride MX and SHNF trails. I can only ride about 30 min straight till I want to pass out so the thought of hare scrambles frighten me


KTM250XC-W FTMFW!!!! 2-stroke all day long baby!!most 2008 and newer ones are electric and kick start.
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Old 09-26-2014, 04:54 PM   #6
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Here is an 250 XC.....make sure to get an XC or XC-W model not SX which is motocross only.

Ive been wanting to hit some SHNF trails since the weather has cooled down finally.
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Electric start is a must. The last thing you want to do is kickstart a bike a bunch of times when you get tired and stall on obstacles. I figured that out the very first race I did when I stalled on a big hill. I almost threw up mid race.
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Work on your cardio and get your forearm strength up...

That was my whole point for riding dirt: not taking a 3 month hit to streetbike endurance.
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.make sure to get an XC or XC-W model not SX which is motocross only.

That's good info. I am looking for something a little less expensive, though.
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I've never owned a dirtbike. I've had fullsize and mini tards, but no true dirties. Want to purchase a dirty and maybe get into hare scrambles with a side order of motocross over the winter. What should I be looking for bike wise? Where do I practice? What gear do I need?
I've been wondering this myself. I've been riding dirt bikes since I was 5, but never have raced. I'm wanting to get my son into it when he comes of age, which what I can see starts off at 4 yrs old. I'd also like to race and learn the ropes before he gets there.
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That's good info. I am looking for something a little less expensive, though.
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I've been wondering this myself. I've been riding dirt bikes since I was 5, but never have raced. I'm wanting to get my son into it when he comes of age, which what I can see starts off at 4 yrs old. I'd also like to race and learn the ropes before he gets there.
You have the upper hand on a lot of ppl if you have been riding dirt since that age. I wish I would have started that early in life on dirt. Most of the guys I know that grew up riding dirt bikes are insanely fast on dirt and street.
I started riding when I was in my 20s...

We have some pretty good MX tracks around houston and you cant beat the Sam Houston national forest trails!!!
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this one!!!!! Man I get excited and I am not even the one lookin.....If I buy another bike because of you my wife is going to kill u!!
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this one!!!!! Man I get excited and I am not even the one lookin.....If I buy another bike because of you my wife is going to kill u!!
That's more in my price range, but is a 300 legal for hare scrambles?
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That's more in my price range, but is a 300 legal for hare scrambles?
I dont think they go by CC class.......its by age group or Rider level...not 100% sure
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So they have a greybeard suckshit class?
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They call it over 30d....or open d. Depends on which series you run. Most adult classes are by skill...not displacement. Plenty of kids will whoop that on kx80.... aggravating. Ha!
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Y'all have me convinced that a KTM 300exc is the right choice. Does the e mean electric start? So they'll all be that way?
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Y'all have me convinced that a KTM 300exc is the right choice. Does the e mean electric start? So they'll all be that way?
No KTM 2strokes didnt have electric start before 2008....Im not 100% on that...

EXC is an older model KTM....
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That 300 is a freakin beast of a bike. You need to be careful on it if you are a beginner in the woods, it can rip your arms right off with the low end snap. I personally would recommend a 200exc/mxc. Still plenty of power, but more manageable (and easier to kick too, no electric start on older 2 strokes). You'll see grown adults on 125's owning a lot of bigger bikes in the woods. It's purely rider skill.

Stay on top of your top end rebuilds. It's cheap insurance. Also, I completely agree on the knee braces. I've torn my acl/mcl/meniscus/broken tib and fib/shattered talus and now have cadaver bone, 7 screws and 1 plate in my leg from just ONE bad wreck in the woods. Wear your braces.
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