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Practice, Practice, Practice / Re: Riding position
« on: May 11, 2016, 11:14:46 AM »

I'm still scared of full lock.   :'(

Practice, Practice, Practice / Re: Post your GP8 times
« on: May 11, 2016, 10:46:52 AM »
Hello fellow gymkhaners.

  I am trying to get motivation to polish my moto-gymkhana stopwatch project ( Right now it is quite usable for me (see video, but I was wondering if someone would want to buy it. I mean making a working prototype of an electronic device and making a production one are completely different things, and I'm wondering if finishing this is is worth the effort. The current state is:
  • There are 2 devices : transmitter and receiver, and both have standard tripod mounts like cameras
  • 1000mAh batteries last for 5-10 hourts (? to be verified)
  • range to be verified. On cloudy weather I was able to achieve ~10m (30ft), but direct sun tends to make *lots* of trouble
  • Both devices are charged from micro USB type wall-warts

What I plan to do, and know how to implement it :

- Receiver when connected via USB to a PC would show all recent lap-times.

What I would want to implement, but it is difficult:

- Bluetooth LE (smart) proximity profile. I see this like this: a group of friends on bikes gather on a parking lot, and are about to practice say GP8. Every rider has a bluetooth smart enabled cell phone with an application running. They stand in a queue couple meters / feet from the stopwatch and wait for their turn.
- When a rider approaches the device, It connects with his cell-phone, and rider's nick name gets stored in stop-watch memory. This way, lap-times are assigned to riders.

After training, owner of the device downloads the results, and post them to FB, or somewhere. Everybody knows their times.

Please tell me what you think. There are tons of work to do to make this come true, and I have (like all of us) only limited time. But every time I return home from gymkhana practice with friends I recall this project, and want to work on it.

That sounds complicated!   Have you worked on it any more?

We just have a timer that trips when you cross the line to start the GP8 and stops counting when you come back across it.  And I think it was plenty expensive.    :o

Equipment / Re: Cones
« on: May 11, 2016, 10:25:04 AM »
I am going to make a bunch of blue red and yellow bean bags for now. I will invest in cones incrementally.

I like those short ones that don't slide with you when you run over them. 

I figure I'm the only one who actually runs over the cones.   :'(

Introduce yourself / Re: New to moto gymkhana
« on: May 11, 2016, 10:23:23 AM »
I started motorcycle riding in 1981 and driving couple of years later  ;) Most of the time I've been an all-year-rounder.
As I've always been trying to waste my time with different hobbies  and decided to quit martial arts after 40 years, I suddenly had some time "un-wasted".
I was searching for a new hobby and found moto gymkhana. Unfortunately I found no body else in my region to practise with  :'(
I asked the board of my motorcycle club if there is any interest in starting a moto gymkhana section, the answer was NO.
I searched for a club nearby who was offering moto gymkhana and found none in the town, none in the county, none in country and none in the whole of northern Europe. (I guess I'll have to try to persuade my wife to play with me ;D )
Luckily I found this forum and I hope to get some tips for exercises and driving.

I have a bunch of course layouts I can send you.  Email me at  I'll fix you up!

Introduce yourself / Re: hello from Long Island
« on: May 11, 2016, 10:22:29 AM »
Hello,just discovered motor gymkhana and figured this was a good place to start learning.
I'm located in Suffolk County NY
That's on long Island for those who don't know NY.
Contact me if your interested in riding and practicing or know of any local groups
Thanks and safe riding

Good for you!  Post up pics of where you live, what you ride, yourself, and what you're practicing on! 

General Discussion / Re: What motorcycle do you ride?
« on: May 11, 2016, 10:21:24 AM »
I've been doing my practicing on a 2007 Suzuki GS500F, but I just got a 2011 BMW F800R.  Time to start practicing on that beast... right after I get engine guards! 

Introduce yourself / Re: Hello From Boston
« on: May 11, 2016, 10:20:15 AM »
Thanks, I know things will start hopping with the warmer weather.

Things are hopping, but we haven't had any gymkhanas this year!  And as long as I'm strapped down taking care of my Dad, I'm not able to put anything together. 

I did take a Ride Like a Pro class a few weeks ago, which was SORTA like a gymkhana. 

What are all y'all doing this spring?

Video & Pics / Re: Hitch practice
« on: October 28, 2015, 09:00:30 AM »
Got it faster than 3 days ago by 0.7sec/lap.

Killer.  You are doing great!  I can't believe you don't wind up with spectators when you practice in this lot.  I know my eyes would pop out if I ever rode by a parking lot and saw a rider practicing with cones.  Of course, I'd have to turn in and play.

What kind of camera do you use?  That vid was nice and clear.  And your course is elegant.  I have drawn it up and will be laying it out and practicing it ASAP!  Thanks for taking the time to share it! 

Video & Pics / Re: 7 cone drill
« on: October 27, 2015, 09:03:26 AM »
Ha!  That's me in the white jacket, doing a crappy job.  I miss those days...

Video & Pics / Re: Hitch practice
« on: October 27, 2015, 09:00:43 AM »
Ah, man, that makes me want to get out and do some practicing.  This video reminds me that you don't need that much space to practice and have a blast doing it.

I was looking at your body position.  It looks like you have your weight on the inside of the circle, as opposed to being above the motorcycle and sort of pushing it down under you.  But I can't argue with success.  Those were pretty tight circles you had going.

And I like the way the hitch lets you practice your tight circles both directions.  I definitely have a good side and a bad side.  What kind of bike are you on?

Keep the good vids coming!  Great work! 

Introduce yourself / Re: F'n new guy
« on: October 26, 2015, 09:24:03 AM »
Unfortunately, it does not get a lot of activity.  We're sort of an offshoot of BamaRides, which had a huge site crash in late August/early September.  We've been so focused in rebuilding the membership and site, that we've all but forgotten about this one.  Plus, the guy who set it up sold his house, bought a school bus, put his dirt bike into it, and hauled buggy.  So we don't have anyone really taking care of it.  It's probably not backed up either.

And to that sad story, I will add that I can't really do anything to help get gymkhanas set up because I have the full time care of my Dad, who has dementia.  So I'm home bound and can't ride or hardly even go anywhere. 

But I will try to watch it better.  When I lose Dad I'll be able to stir this pot a whole lot more.

Meanwhile, I need some of you guys posting up pics and vids of the stuff you are doing!   

Introduce yourself / Re: Hey folks.
« on: September 09, 2015, 10:24:09 PM »
Some of you might know me. I go by, well... scrappyjon over on bamarides. I'll camp out here for a while since bamarides seems to be m.i.a.  Maybe I'll stick around.

Can we post motorcycle cliches here and not get attacked by Joseph Stalin the robot?

Testing. Live to ride... I forgot how the rest goes.

Glad you are here!

Introduce yourself / Re: New member from Alabama
« on: September 09, 2015, 04:22:40 PM »
Greetings,  Klaviator!

Ha!  I've gotten too used to Facebook.  I'm looking for the "like" button.   :o

Video & Pics / Re: GP8 videos and pics
« on: September 09, 2015, 03:00:11 PM »
That's great!  My best time is 52.  Bleh. 

Introduce yourself / Re: New member from Alabama
« on: September 09, 2015, 02:59:05 PM »
I just now found out how to be in touch with Chuck.  Hopefully we'll have a date for a fall gymkhana pretty soon! 

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