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Video & Pics / A reminder why engine/frame/radiator guards are important.
« on: October 06, 2012, 06:40:12 PM »
Trying to get the hang of the 180 degree turn with my new bike after fighting with 8's for a while, first time out practicing with the SV. I was hot, worn out and down she goes. No damage except for a slightly tweaked clutch lever, but they're a dime a dozen. Thank you, Motosliders, for protecting my big ol' goofy wide radiator and shift lever. Not to mention my tank and tail section. Without a pair of even simple sliders like I have, it looks like I would have damaged the radiator, tank and tail section.

Our Japanese brethren have some outstanding frame protectors for the sport; Sport Bumpers as they're known, but they are prohibitively expensive at about $700 USD for the cheapest pair I've found (That's a third of what I paid for my bike! Or half of a month's rent. Or nearly all my monthly bills added up. Ugh, stupid bills.). I'm actually currently working with a local cart racer and fabricator buddy of mine to begin making some US-made sport bumpers for just this reason.

But for now, we work with what we have. MotoSliders make an outstanding product and in one down they've already paid for themselves in prevented damage.

This is a screen capture from the video of the incident. It is so sad to see a bike on it's side like this. It's like seeing a turtle on its back, waving those tiny little feet around. Yes, I'm strange, I know.

General Discussion / Standard practice and techniques?
« on: October 04, 2012, 11:39:27 AM »
Much to my own disappointment I haven't done much with learning Japanese yet, so it sometimes makes it hard to browse through Japanese Moto Gymkhana sites and understand what's going on.

I'm curious if someone is aware of a website or websites that may have sets of common practice techniques, practice layouts, goals, etc... I've seen such a wide and varied mix of videos from several people that I follow on YouTube that I find it hard to believe that nobody has put pen to paper with the same enthusiasm that this fledgling movement we have going here outside of Japan to teach and show others. Or is it really rooted mainly in word of mouth and hands-on teaching?

I had also read that when laying a course out that it is important to include certain Gymkhana principals and to use all of the specific obstacles/techniques one finds in Moto Gymkhana, but not specifically what those obstacles/techniques were. I had also seen somewhere that there was a "course catalog" coming from somebody?

I could just throw cones down and create a random pattern in my head, which I've done before with varying success, but I want to make sure that if I'm working on bringing others into the community that I'm giving them the correct initial impression of the sport as well as common and practical knowledge that we all use. GP8 is about the only rock solid standard that I know of. Are there actual standards that we should adhere to, even loosely?

Video & Pics / Some older pics
« on: October 04, 2012, 10:23:54 AM »
I just thought I'd share some choice pics from some of last year's practice. I do have a pair of good leather riding pants and real boots at this point for riding.

Quintessential Gymkhana.

I'm going to stare a hole into my next obstacle.

Looking to the next turn.

Look where you want to go. My bike will quickly flick left, right where I'm looking.

Zipping on over towards the next turn.

Another full-lock turn.

It happens to everybody. A lot in the beginning.

Working the rear brake.


Stay focused.

Back to the start.

Early cheat sheet.

Early layout. Before I had some cones.

This ugly, wonderful motorcycle has taught me so much about riding. Right now it's garaged with a shifting issue. It's a real joy to ride. 1986 CB700SC. Nighthawk.

Start a Chapter in your state / Southern California, Orange County Area
« on: September 23, 2012, 03:32:42 PM »
I've been riding down here for about 2 years in an abandoned Boeing parking lot (have passive permission from the guards!).

I've recently found myself on a more familiar and popular bike, which lends me access to a broad audience of fellow SV riders where I'm going to post and hopefully start to draw some attention and to set up some meet and greets.

But, a SoCal chapter of moto Gymkhana is something that I'm very interested in starting up.

Introduce yourself / Greetings from a (former)SoCal Gymkhana rider!
« on: September 23, 2012, 03:24:33 PM »
UPDATE! I'm no longer in SoCal. I've actually moved to Sandy, Oregon. Now that my work life is a less hectic I may be able to reach out to local riders in my new home state as there do seem to be quite a lot of us out there on the roads. Lots of cruisers and even more dual sport riders it seems given the difference in environment and immediate access to a lot of off road riding.

How about that, in the little hiatus I took from riding due to no running bike, a US organization for Gymkhana riding has taken form. I am as pleased as punch to see this!

Hi there! I'm in SoCal, riding an SV650 now but have been practicing Gymkhana for about 2 years on my old CB700SC. It sure as heck helped me become a much better rider and is such fantastic stress relief.

With that said, I've actually been interested in starting up some Southern California meet and greets for a while but never really had the traction or knowledge on where to start. Now that I have access to a large SV rider forum, that might help me out, and now that there is a US-based Moto Gymkhana org, more traction yet.

My old, early-on videos can be seen here:

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