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Mud in Your Eye

Does More Speed Really Equal More Fun?

Wednesday, November 18, 2009

Will this be me?
We’ve been testing the 2010 450 Motocross bikes this week and these things are absolute rocket ship! The pure acceleration and thrust is hard for the brain to comprehend at times, but it makes me wonder whether or not it’s even necessary. I’m on a whirlwind trip to Moto Mecca here in Southern California, and during my time so far I’ve chased Malcolm Smith across the desert and sampled the baddest motocross machines known to man on four different tracks. But tomorrow I’ve got another day of riding scheduled and I probably won’t go faster than 20 mph, but it’s the most exciting part of my trip.

Gary LaPlante of MotoVentures has invited me out to his ranch in Anza, CA for a day of instruction on motorcycles that don’t even have a seat. Trials riding is one of the smallest facets of two-wheeled motorsports, right there with hillclimbing and speedway. It’s goofy, slow and breaks every concept of normal dirt bike “style.” I think there’s really something to this trials gig, seeing how the top European enduro riders all seem to have some history with the sport. Traditional trials has expanded to indoor competitions and these days there are some freestyle guys who are doing ridiculous things outside the box. Try searching for trials on YouTube and see what pops up, just be prepared to waste a lot of time.

I have no idea how well I’ll take to the sport. I’ve heard that you need to start young in order to really master the balance and throttle/clutch control, but I’ll give it hell anyway. Stay tuned for a report.
Post Tags: motocycle trials, MotoVentures, Gas Gas motorcycles
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JC -Awesome... and hard. November 24, 2009 09:39 AM
The trials instruction went great. It was a ton of fun but surprisingly frustrating. Gary said I picked it up better than most, but I sure didn't feel like it. The basics are critical and you can't make up for them with a willingness to smack the throttle. Anyway, it was rad. I'll throw up another blog with a couple pics.
ilya_scoob -Trial rules November 23, 2009 04:49 PM
JC - as you mentioned - just look at world hard enduro and usa endurocross top guys - Blazusiak, Aaron, Lettenbichler and European cool freeride-stunt guys like Dupont and Pfeiffer - their skills are unreal... So I think you will like it anyway)) wish I could get some trial skills for woods)
x2468 -trial November 19, 2009 05:37 PM
i think you'll really like it. Trials, a long with mountain bike riding, is one of the best ways to cross train for off-road riding.
Paul -Good Luck! November 19, 2009 08:22 AM
Good Luck JC!