View Poll Results: How should we use the MX track at the rally?

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  • Open track time for a very small fee

    5 7.04%
  • Peer instruction with open time

    27 38.03%
  • I ride a GS and am not interested in this activity

    13 18.31%
  • I don't care what we do but I love the idea of using the track

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    Ritalin Poster Boy rob nye's Avatar
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    Calling all GS Riders

    Greetings,

    Perhaps one of the best kept little known facts about the rally site is that there is a full blown MX track on the grounds. Up till now that has been by design.

    Our intrepid rally chairs have made arrangements with the Powder Basin Motorcycle Club's MX course.

    I am delghted to assist them in the use of the track and I would like to come up with ideas how to utilize the facility.

    A few quick thoughts, comments are solicited.

    There will be absolutely no racing or timing used, we can't insure this activity.
    There may be professional rider training but that may would take place off the track. This training might include some exercises on the track but there would be plenty of open time for people not taking a course.

    For open time there should be a very small fee of which 100% would be donated to the official rally charity. Perhaps we could do "laps for kids".

    We could also do a 1/2 "track day" with some instruction and then practice time on the track. It would be peer instruction vs professional training.

    So take a moment to give some feedback in the poll.

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    Do I really want to take an R1200GS wearing BattleWings onto a "full blown MX track?" Still, this a thought-provoking idea and I'm in favour of utilising the track.
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    I ride a GS but dont know anything about taking it in the dirt. I bought it with the intention of learning how to dirt ride. Any instruction would be a great help.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Timber2wolf View Post
    I ride a GS but dont know anything about taking it in the dirt. I bought it with the intention of learning how to dirt ride. Any instruction would be a great help.
    a very popular event for a number of years at the Georgia Mountain Rally has been off-road riding course for beginners. our big problem was having obstacles that were increasingly difficult as students gained skills.

    we've stopped doing it, mainly for that reason.

    an MX track would be ideal, as long at the whole thing wasn't mud and/or sand, since people could choose what they felt comfortable tackling.

    maybe we can coordinate with BMW to bring a healthy selection of the X bikes, and maybe a 450 or three, to play with?

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    I would like to take part in a begginers class. I take the roadster off the tarmack and would like to develop my skills...or develop skills.

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    The track is not suitable for anything other than a GS and will be restricted.

    I am hopeful that considering how far from home just about everyone will be that folks think hard before trying to clear the tabletop on their GS.

    That and there will be enough controls that crazies will only get one lap.

    My goal is to give people the opportunity to gain confidence with their GS's in the dirt. Ideally as many people as possible.

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    Quote Originally Posted by The_Veg View Post
    Do I really want to take an R1200GS wearing BattleWings onto a "full blown MX track?" Still, this a thought-provoking idea and I'm in favour of utilising the track.
    The track is suitable for pros on 450's and 6 year olds on 50's.

    For example you can run down the side along the whoops or you can go over them.

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    I know where the horse track is by the grandstands in the Cam Plex, but where is the mx track in relation to or IS this the mx track you're talking about?

    Spectator stuff could be a great event in it's self!

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    I have visions of someone actually believing BMW's hype that the GS's are dirt worthy and trying to double jump one. I'm sure it would do fine, right up until it lands with a mighty THUD.

    Old guys with really heavy bikes on a track. That aint gonna end well!
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    Hmmmm, I'm not even sure I'll be going, but this sounds like a very cool idea Rob.

    I would be interested in giving any hands-on-training that would benefit a lesser rider and think that an MX track would be ideal for certain elements that the GS should be very adept at.

    I'll keep an eye on this thread and see where it goes.

    Hopefully I'll be there, with not much else to do, other than ride...
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    ROB? Missing one thing here!!!

    I've not heard a thing mentioned, other than beginners on GS's? Some of us, perhaps many, many of us already have skills to teach these courses and have the ability to ride the "BIG GS's" just about anywhere. A dirt guy all my life, with more experience than mentioned here and I would love the opportunity to ride my GSA1200 all over that track for fun. The "49er Rally of CA" has been doing "English Trials" at their rallies for as long as I can remember, on BIG BMW's and its a hoot, with the largest attendance at the rally. I mentioned this activity a while back, with no response from the National Rally folks and figured it to be to risky to include. I am assuming! The 49er Rally has done it for years and years, with no hitch. Participants are competeing against one another for trophies and best dirt rider, over some tough obstacles. Beginers have a shot too, as spoke here if it gets off the ground, no pun intended. Don't dismiss the bigger GS class as something not capable of some tough riding, with the best of riders in the saddles. Those beginers riding GS bikes will have a new perspective, watching pros and/or riders with years of dirt riding handle the big bikes through it all. NO, I don't jump mine as a much smaller m/x bike and rider, BUT I do take it where most would quit. Try to get this available for all to enjoy. Its a fantastic spectator event! THX.,Randy13233"Polarbear".

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    Quote Originally Posted by Polarbear View Post
    Try to get this available for all to enjoy. Its a fantastic spectator event!

    Yes, I believe it would draw a huge crowd - sell beer nearby and watch some grown men cry. While others have a really great time showing what the "PIG" can do, and if getting booted means making "Pigs Fly" well that might be worth the price of admission - Free right?

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