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Old 06-16-2009, 12:32 PM   #1
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questions about racing MX....

i am interested in maybe doing an MX race.....is there a local series like CMRA is for road bikes?

i hear there are a lot of sandbaggers in the MX world, so being that i don't have much MX experience, i still don't wanna look like an idiot out there and get lapped by the whole field.

any safety wiring of the bike needed? or any other requirements? blah blah blah.....

thanks in advance for your help.
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Old 06-16-2009, 12:38 PM   #2
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just show up on race day and pay. its dirt bikes. as long as it has two wheels and a motor you can ride it
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I think MX is more dangerous than any other type of racing you can do. I would think hard about it before you get into the racing. I flagged for a race out at SWMX and wish I would have raced. The races were a promotion deal and did not affect points or anything. It was just a little series. After flagging I wish I would have been out there ridding.
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let me know when you do your first race...i'd like to do my first MX race too...i can't believe i haven't done one yet either.
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I think MX is more dangerous than any other type of racing you can do. I would think hard about it before you get into the racing. I flagged for a race out at SWMX and wish I would have raced. The races were a promotion deal and did not affect points or anything. It was just a little series. After flagging I wish I would have been out there ridding.
yeah, i hear ya on the dangerous part. i'm not into gettin serious about it, but i'd definately like to do at least 1 just to say i did it.

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let me know when you do your first race...i'd like to do my first MX race too...i can't believe i haven't done one yet either.
will do cliff.....i think it'll be a good experience. especially the first corner.
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i raced at ultimate in mini 4 stroke class on a 150. its really alot of fun and the races were at night. big adrenaline rush with the shadows rushing past you and everything like that
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ya there are a few different texas series that go on year round. Yes there are the occasional sandbaggers but not all that bad. The even have night races at certain tracks. The begginer class would be perfect for you. You would be surprised how many people out there are at the same speed you are or slower. There's no real bike prep needed. Your 250F is built race ready. All you need is to slap some numbers on your number plates. I would give my bike a once over to make sure nothing is loose, etc. But that's about it.. I was nervous about my first race becuase i just didn't know what to expect. But after the first moto, i was hooked and raced for a few years. I couldn't get enough of it. Just go out and have fun. Ride smart and not over your head.. That's when you might get hurt.
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Wow Tony, bored much?

Godspeed if you decide to ride, you know I'll be cheering on the side.
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Old 06-16-2009, 01:33 PM   #9
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ya there are a few different texas series that go on year round. Yes there are the occasional sandbaggers but not all that bad. The even have night races at certain tracks. The begginer class would be perfect for you. You would be surprised how many people out there are at the same speed you are or slower. There's no real bike prep needed. Your 250F is built race ready. All you need is to slap some numbers on your number plates. I would give my bike a once over to make sure nothing is loose, etc. But that's about it.. I was nervous about my first race becuase i just didn't know what to expect. But after the first moto, i was hooked and raced for a few years. I couldn't get enough of it. Just go out and have fun. Ride smart and not over your head.. That's when you might get hurt.
thanks kdog....very sound advice.
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Old 06-21-2009, 09:59 AM   #10
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sup tony,

As far as bike prep, you need nothing but numbers on your plates. Like kdog said, look everything over a couple times just to be sure your bike is ready to go. Lube your chain, clean your air filter, etc; just the usual maintenance.

The most important thing is stay mellow going into it. If you go up to the line super tense and nervous, then you are more likely to choke and chance getting hurt. Just stay calm, and tell yourself it's just any other practice day. Ultimate is a great place to start a race, no expert riders for the most part, and the track is very beginner friendly. But most of all, just have fun and be safe.
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beginner class is the most dangerouse class! i used to always wanna watch that clas cause it had the biggest amount of people and usually the best crashes lol
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Tony... ever consider doing some hare scrambles? it's basically a one man 1 or 2 hour endurance race through the trials. 1 lap is typically 8 to 10 miles long.

You can get your race license, buy a transponder, and race weekend enrty(1 hr practice on sat, 1 hr practice on sun, and 1 or 2 hour race on sun) for under $100, and each event after that is under $50
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Tony... ever consider doing some hare scrambles? it's basically a one man 1 or 2 hour endurance race through the trials. 1 lap is typically 8 to 10 miles long.

You can get your race license, buy a transponder, and race weekend enrty(1 hr practice on sat, 1 hr practice on sun, and 1 or 2 hour race on sun) for under $100, and each event after that is under $50
I raced motocross off and on in the middle to late 1980s, with the occasional hare scramble tossed in when I was looking for real pain. I got back into it for a short time in the late 1990s. Hare scrambles is very tough on you, a serious workout. Skull Creek and Point Blank still have some of my body parts.

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there are a bunch of sand baggers at highlands, or at least when i raced
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beginner class is the most dangerouse class! i used to always wanna watch that clas cause it had the biggest amount of people and usually the best crashes lol
I have to agree. Beginner's class has alot of kids trying to go fast and riding out of their skill set. Lines all over the place, runnin into each other. I would do novice. The overall pace will be faster but the guys will have more consitent lines.

Work on your starts.

Try out three palms. I couldn't imagine going from road racing back to dirt.

Like the guys said, no real prep is needed, run what you brung.
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Sandbagger for sure. You can bet on that one. make sure you prep your bike. Stay calm and have fun. I raced MX for 15 years. It is fun.
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beginner class is the most dangerouse class! i used to always wanna watch that clas cause it had the biggest amount of people and usually the best crashes lol
It has changed these days, nows the biggest class is nervous I mean novice
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sand baggers everywhere. Highlands has alot of regulars that only ride there , so they are really fast on that track only. Problem is if you race up there you have to race up everywhere.
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I have never experienced a greater adrenaline rush in my life. . .25 bikes wide at the starting gate, clutch in and engine pinned waiting for the gate to drop, and then all out WAR trying to make it around the first turn before everyone else does!!!
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I have never experienced a greater adrenaline rush in my life. . .25 bikes wide at the starting gate, clutch in and engine pinned waiting for the gate to drop, and then all out WAR trying to make it around the first turn before everyone else does!!!

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