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Thread: Gymkhana open training, Sunday Feb 15

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    Default Gymkhana open training, Sunday Feb 15

    There's a gymkhana training session in Okegawa, Saitama, this Sunday.
    Details are similar to:
    http://www.gaijinriders.com/Forum/sh...light=gymkhana

    If anyone is interested or wants more details, let me know.
    Neil

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    Does anyone do this with knobbie tires?
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    I did, ( not Okegawa ) many years ago on my RMX250R with nobbies. Was faster
    than about 80% of the class but could not go beyond a point. I fell off twice trying.
    You can still push pretty hard.

    I was thinking to do a bit of trail exploring on the weekend, but if some are thinking
    to do the gymkhana then I might pull out the KTM, join you and scratch some panels.

    Jav
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    I'll be doing it on the DR. The center knobbies on the rear tire are worn down enough that I want a new one for off roading anyway, so I'll try to use it up on pavement. I think I ran with it under inflated for too long.
    Neil

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    This should be fun.
    Last edited by sprocket; 14-02-09 at 07:36 PM.
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    Neil,

    Is there a good intersection to meet a near the facility?

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    Monsieur Jinbaiquerre,

    You should try it. You could use the skillz...

    Neil

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    Jav, sorry, the MiniStop isn't going to work.
    Go to this 7-Eleven a little farther north.
    http://maps.google.com/maps/ms?ie=UT...1cafa6882363f4

    Google Directions
    http://maps.google.com/maps?f=d&sour...8&z=10&start=0

    7-Eleven telephone Number for navi input: 048-625-8166
    Neil

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    Corrected directions. Let's meet at the 7-Eleven at 8:25

    If you:
    - take the Tomei from Machida
    - continue on the Shuto (3)
    - turn onto (C1) heading for (5), (S5), Omiya,
    - turn onto (5) which continues on and then is called (S5)
    - exit at Yono IC, you'll be heading northwest on rt17 Omiya Bypass
    - from bottom of offramp go 700 meters and turn diagonally left at the light
    - go 200 meters and there's a Mini 7-Eleven on the left
    Neil

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    Domo.

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    Quote Originally Posted by ni-kito View Post
    Monsieur Jinbaiquerre,

    You should try it. You could use the skillz...

    Hey, I would do it if I had a bike I didn't mind dropping.
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    It was a good day. Nice weather.
    A cacophony of bike engine music filled the day.
    The DR with knobbies was not the ideal set up, but still heaps of fun.
    As usual, it took me a while to work up my pace.
    The knobbies have a lower grip limit, but when the occasional slide did happen, it was much gentler than when on road tires. The front pushed a few times and the rear swung out a bit a bunch of times. Good practice I think for getting the feel of breaking traction on pavement. In hindsight I think if I would have thought to muster up a little more courage, I could have played with the traction limit more. Oh well, next time.
    All in all a pretty fun day. Though tiring.
    Neil

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    What a great day of riding. Neil and Jav gave me heaps of pointers on how to ride a knobby clad bike quicker than I previously thought possible. With their help, I went from a klutzy, clutch-burning, slow-moving road-block, into a somewhat average rider, and the third fastest in the knobby class.
    It was a great day outside in wonderful weather, with a big bunch of bike nuts.

    Thanks guys!
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    Quote Originally Posted by Guy Jinbaiquerre View Post
    Hey, I would do it if I had a bike I didn't mind dropping.

    Bring your scooter. That thing would be an absolute blast.
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    Quote Originally Posted by sprocket View Post
    Bring your scooter. That thing would be an absolute blast.
    I've been scooterless for a while now. Sold it 'cause my back couldn't take the upright, feet-forward riding position anymore.
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    Were there four bikes in the knobby class.........
    Great day, beautiful weather for such activities and a safe place to learn to ride.
    Which is what I did.

    Have forgotten so many techniques and lost skills I once though I had.
    Talk about rusty................

    But after a few hours of practice, there was improvement, so I look forward
    to participating in more gymkhana training throughout this year.

    Nice to see so many female riders out there and more than that,
    so many fast female riders!

    Jav
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    What types of bikes were people riding?
    I went to a gymkhana event out in Fussa last year. There were mostly NSR250s and drz400sms, with a few Monkeys and gixxers thrown in for good measure. Actually, if memory serves, one guy on a Monkey did surprisingly well. A short wheelbase definitely helps.

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