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Old 11-27-2011, 12:03 PM   #1
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Tried my hand at flat track racing last night. Drove down to the fair grounds in Salem with the guys from Mt. Scott Motorcycle Club. We were running our dirt bikes in the Modern Knobby class.















The facility was nice. Being in the pavilion, everything was out of the weather. The track was good with a smooth surface and consistent traction.











Practice went well. I warmed up to the concept and left my CRF450R in third gear. The tail would pivot out as I exited under power. Tried a few different lines. Caught the front end once or twice and rolled back to the pits a survivor.










Spoke with the veterans. Consensus was that second gear starts were the hot ticket. Never having done this, I ran out into the dark parking lot and practiced a few. Lower revs / slight clutch slipping resulted in astonishing acceleration. It was disorienting. More power or too much clutch resulted in wheel spin.











Race one. Nod to the starter. Wait for the light. Way too much noise to hear my own bike. Way too much adrenaline to modulate the clutch. Rode a fender-dragging wheelie into the first turn. Nice.

Pushed it for several laps until the fear-factor kicked in along with the realization that I wasn’t going to catch up.











Main event: Started from the end. Better start. Clicked into third. We’re rolling. I stayed right with the pack. A few times I thought I could pass, but had trouble compensating when somebody took my line. Our pack of riders stayed tight and pushed hard. White flag waved and I threw abandon out the window. Last turn I got my front wheel by the next riders back wheel. On the gas, both of us sliding with boots down. It was not enough. Last place. Rats.








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Old 11-27-2011, 12:08 PM   #2
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winter schedule for Salem???

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Old 11-27-2011, 02:39 PM   #3
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winter schedule for Salem???

http://www.albanymx.net/?page_id=1639

They said they would be adding more dates to this.

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Old 11-28-2011, 02:12 AM   #4
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Wow, that looks like a lot of fun! maybe i should tow the tard down there for a try! (also waste a day grooving a pair of hardened slicks)
How long did it take you to get used to sustaining a slide like that?

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Old 11-28-2011, 07:39 AM   #5
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I Ride: 990 superduke | KTM 625 smc | TL1000S/R | wr450 (x2) | CB350 | xr100 | CRF50/88 | TTR50 | your mom
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Old 11-28-2011, 07:11 PM   #6
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How long did it take you to get used to sustaining a slide like that?

We never did the big slides on the knobbies. It would come out when exiting under power. Sometimes it would just come about.

I was wondering if a skilled rider could do those slides on knobbies or if it's a tire thing. My survival instinct had me reeling it in.

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Old 11-29-2011, 12:38 AM   #7
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Hmmmmm....waiting for a seller to get back to me on a used WR450.

I would think a tire like those crap Trail Wings that DRZ400's come with new, might slide a lot better.

btw, there's an outdoor track near Bellingham Wa that runs from spring to fall. Mount Baker MC club runs it.

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Old 11-29-2011, 12:40 PM   #8
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We never did the big slides on the knobbies. It would come out when exiting under power. Sometimes it would just come about.

I was wondering if a skilled rider could do those slides on knobbies or if it's a tire thing. My survival instinct had me reeling it in.
Mostly tires, although some knobs are better than others, but none compare to 19" Goodyears!!

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Old 11-29-2011, 01:01 PM   #9
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Sweeeeeeeeeeeeeet!!!!!!!
They run in Puyallup too. My brother ran his Supermoto on slicks last weekend. Looked like fun.

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