Nirvana. A simple word. How do you capture it? I had the pleasure of attending Doc (Harry) Wong’s dirt riding workshop and clinic during Nov 4th & 6th . I have a 2003 BMW F650GS and decided I needed to push my dirt riding skills to use the enduro term properly with my bike. I ride mainly street roads on weekends, commute to work on it every day, and enjoy riding on dirt when the option arises. I knew the basic dirt ride positions and technique from my kid days of learning to ride motorcycles. However, I also knew I needed more training; especially on my heavy 650cc thumper.
Joe (JoefromSF on Pashnit) clued me into Doc Wong’s dirt clinic. Right up my alley so I signed up. Best decision I ever made. The workshop portion was to discuss some fundamentals as prerequisite to riding the dirt down at Clear Creek. It was held at Doc’s medical clinic up in Redwood City, CA. Pretty packed house, all cool people, and I was glad to see Joe and then Tyler (Dangerous Curves and SBR) there. Doc is one of those people who can change your life. Very out going, friendly, enthusiastic, and a master communicator. I paid attention as he explained his 10 skills in detail.
1. BODY POSITION - where to put your body, weight distribution, foot
pegs, balance--sitting and standing
2. HANDLE BAR CONTROL: input only, arms up, hanging
3. HOW TO BE LIGHT ON THE BIKE letting the bike do what it needs to do
and you just guiding it.
4. UP HILL techniques - The easy way and the hard way
5. DOWN HILL techniques - Body position, braking and steering.
6. TURNING in the dirt - use of the pegs to steer.
7. ACCELERATING: use of stomach muscles not handlebars, light pressure
on the bars - standing-use of knees to pinch tank
8. WHEELIES – how to clear obstacles
9. Off CAMBER situations - peg weighting and steering
10. HOW TO MAINTAIN TRACTION IN LOOSE, KNARLY NASTY PLACES:
SLIPPING that clutch - Do bikes have automatic transmissions?
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