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Re: An Englishman Abroad
« Reply #15 on: July 22, 2012, 10:52:34 AM »
An on-board from our competition at the Manchester City football ground stadium. It's quite amazing how challenging you can make a course even if you only have an access road to play with.


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« Reply #16 on: July 22, 2012, 05:24:52 PM »
This is what the Manchester course looks like from the outside. It's such a shame that the two huge Tarmac car parks either side of this access road are covered in a layer of gravel which makes them unusable.



The location is very intersting what with the stadium itself and the huge gasometer frame dominating both ends of the roadway.

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« Reply #17 on: July 25, 2012, 06:51:04 AM »
As if by magic, one of the riders that came along to our recent Experience Day at North Weald managed to get similtaneous outside and on-board shots.


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Re: An Englishman Abroad
« Reply #18 on: July 26, 2012, 12:41:03 PM »
 Cool videos!
Gravel parking lot? Wonder why they did that?

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« Reply #19 on: July 26, 2012, 01:00:56 PM »
Apparently it's all to do with the very large numbers of buses that are parked there on match days. The gravel allows them to make tight turns without the wheels ripping up the Tarmac and it also helps stop frost damage in the winter. A great shame as they would be a fantastic place to lay out a course.

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Re: An Englishman Abroad
« Reply #20 on: July 30, 2012, 04:58:14 AM »
Another video from the Manchester Sportcity competition.


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« Reply #21 on: July 30, 2012, 05:05:06 AM »
Our friends in the Ukraine don't let a little thing like the onset of night stop them from getting a little Moto Gymkhana practice in. Perhaps they have invented a whole new version of the sport!

 

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« Reply #22 on: August 05, 2012, 05:47:17 PM »
Some photos from our Experience Day at North Weald airfield in Essex.

http://www.flickr.com//photos/motogymkhana/sets/72157630624394094/show/

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Re: An Englishman Abroad
« Reply #23 on: August 06, 2012, 02:23:04 PM »
More photos only this time from the Experience Day at Donington Park.

http://www.flickr.com//photos/motogymkhana/sets/72157630931615032/show/


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« Reply #24 on: August 07, 2012, 02:01:42 AM »
The weather forecast for the Experience Day at Donington Park was supposed to be for lots of rain and thunderstorms. As it turned out we had one storm during the day and one as we were packing up to go home. Jonathan Morris one of our regular riders gets a quick attack in before the first storm really hits.

 


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Re: An Englishman Abroad
« Reply #25 on: August 07, 2012, 07:53:00 AM »
I've seen multiple videos of riders in the rain.  Do you guys run, rain or shine?
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« Reply #26 on: August 07, 2012, 11:54:09 AM »
Tyres don't know it's raining, only the rider. We here in sunny 8) England have to deal with every sort of weather even during our so-called summer. Riding in the wet really sorts out your throttle and brake control as you have to be ultra smooth otherwise things start to get pretty horrible fairly quickly. Just to give you an idea of the sort of conditions you can ride in, I have found a little video of our friend Nakamura-san hustling his Aprilia around during the end of a typhoon. Fairly impressive I'll think you agree.


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« Reply #27 on: August 12, 2012, 11:13:37 AM »
Found this video taken by a member of the public of a little demonstration that we put on at a small bike show a few weeks ago.

This is a great way to promote the sport as show organisers get an activity in the arena for little or no cost apart from some free space for the display stand.


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« Reply #28 on: August 13, 2012, 02:54:39 AM »
Although Moto Gymkhana is supposed to be strictly limited to road bikes on road tyres, one of our members couldn't resist having a whizz around a practice course on his Stomp pit-bike.



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« Reply #29 on: August 13, 2012, 03:35:05 AM »
At the Donington Park competition, we took the opportunity to mount a new data capture device onto one of the bikes, just to see what sort of useful data we could get. The device features a couple of cameras that sync video to the data stream which makes it perfect for analysing people's rides. being able to compare attacks between different riders helps to show where time is being gained or lost.

Will let you have more news about this gadget as we learn more about it.