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JUNE 2018

A Motorcyclist Lifestyle Magazine

My Life of Roadracing Fay Myers Block Party Full Factory Offroad Riding School A Colorado Adventure Rider In Scotland Local Motorcycle Racing News

Colorado Moto Informer June 2018

CONTENTS Contributing Writers Brandon Blanding Jason Havens

Photographers -Brandon Blanding -Jason Havens -Joseph Achee of Joseph Achee Photography -Butch Baker of Photos by Butch

-Sara Barr of Sara’s Custom Images

You can contact Colorado Moto Informer LLC on facebook @ColoradoMotoInformer A website will be up soon.

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Yours Truly A Letter from the Editor I’d like to start the first issue with a thank you for reading. I need to follow that up with an apology. Glamour Shot by Sarah Smith Throughout the magazine you’ll be subjected to lame dad jokes and my sarcastic sense of humor that is often underappreciated. My wife asked me to remove a lot of it which made me decide it all had to stay.

bikes for CORCS races. My first race ever was with CORCS on that rental bike. I thought motorcycles were an obsession before, I can’t really describe what it turned into after that. It really has become a lifestyle.

The few people that I’ve told about this magazine so far, always have the same question, “Why?” The simple answer, just trying to live the dream. I’ve always read the national publications and couldn’t help but think of how cool it would be to share my experience. One problem is, the amount of people that can do it for a living in the US is probably less than a starting gate at a local mx race. Inspired by I grew up in the northeast starting with dirt bikes at small local magazine’s like Trailrider, I decided to age 4. Riding was always a family thing for us but just start my own. the time riding was on and off because places to There is so much going on in Colorado for motorride were more based on who you knew and who cyclists that it allows for unlimited potential with was willing to turn a blind eye to riders on their this magazine. I’d really like to spotlight local property. Once I got my driver’s license sport bikes manufacturers of motorcycle equipment, clubs, and took over my life. Spent a couple years riding with organizations that allow us the opportunity to ride my family on the street and stuck with it after I left here. Expect a lot more racing coverage in future home. Switching to supermoto several years later, issues. There are a ton of series here and I want to it was a lot of fun riding hard at lower speeds and feature each. This issue was put out quickly and I without all the power. need to coordinate with the racing series so I can Eventually I moved to Colorado and decided it was provide that coverage. Of course, the goal is to time to pick up off road riding again. Big D Motor- make the issue’s bigger and better. Any feedback is sports in Woodland Park used to rent out Italian appreciated, feel free to contact us. Husqvarna’s and once again, I was hooked. The owner Dan was kind enough to even let me rent Christofer Smith

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I’ve been following Brandon’s Facebook page and YouTube channel.. Thankfully he jumped at the opportunity to share his experience with us.

MY LIFE OF ROADRACING By Brandon Blanding Facebook @born2roadrace YouTube Brandon Blanding_916 Brandon’s Sponsors:

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Wow, where do I begin?! At times, I still can’t believe I have this opportunity to pursue my dream of being a motorcycle road racer. Especially since I am still serving active duty in the Navy. Even though I’ve been an avid motorcyclist for over 10 years now I am still new to the track scene starting last year when I put rubber on a track for the first time at the MRA race school. Up until that point I could only dream of being a racer and I would study as much as I could, as often as I could. Luckily, I am currently on shore duty. So I decided to take a shot at it since I had the chance which I may never get again at least for a while.

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Last year I decided to just get my feet wet and see if I would stand a chance in the world of racing by sticking it out in the MRA Superstreet class. Even though in this class we weren’t racing for points, trophies, or recognition I felt like I had a successful season with only participating in five of the classes, with three 2nd place, one 3rd place, and one 4th place finishes. I made the commitment to license up for the 2018 season with three major goals for the season; finish the season with no crashes, earn MRA’s Rookie of the Year award, and earn the right to wear expert plates. My bikes of choice, a 2009 Yamaha YZF-R6 and a 2011 Yamaha YZF-R1.

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The race prep teardown

Despite having a successful Superstreet season and my years of experience as a motorcycle rider, I went into Round 1 at Pikes Peak International Raceway pretty nervous which actually showed at the start of my morning on the first race day. I was so anxious and nervous of starting off my Rookie season strong that after having an issue with my trailer when leaving the house, it wasn’t until I was five minutes away from the track that I realized I forgot my racing suit!!! Luckily the club had spares. Unfortunately, my bad luck didn’t stop there. My throttle wouldn’t snap back closed after twisting and it wasn’t until I went on a witch hunt under the airbox trying to figure out what was the cause when it turned out that the straps from trailing the bike to the track and pulled everything snug; I ended up missing the whole first practice session and half of the second session which I needed because my I had very little experience on this track. After the practice sessions I needed to swap tires because the previous set was done but I only had enough time to change the rear before my first race would be called which was the first race of the weekend Novice GTU. My nerves played into poor time management and not only did I end up going out on my first race on a front tire with almost no life left but come to find out after checking pressure when I realized I didn’t have time to swap I ended up running the front tire on 25 psi which was 7 pounds lower than what the Pirelli tire vendors recommended.

New aftermarket rearsets, chain, and sprockets

Safety wire is necessary at the speeds reached in roadracing

Lap timer and steering stabilizer

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Colorado Moto Informer June 2018 Needless to say, I was fighting the he opened the door on the last lap bike the whole first race and to make and swung wide going into turn 4. I it worse I went out on the track made the pass on the inside and without my earplugs!! Concentration made it stick to cement taking 3rd took a double whammy. Despite all place, my first podium in my second of that I was able to manage running race! The next three races I would at the top of the pack but once we race in for round 1 I was going to got our second red flag of the race use as learning races and getting necmy tempo was thrown off Photo by Joe Achee and I had to settle for 9th by .011 of a second behind a good friend of mine Tyler Weaver #614 who I battled with quite a bit this race. I believe he and I are going to have quite a few good battles this season. I was able to get my nerves in check and my bike situated by race 2 Novice GTO even though I essary seat time because they were all still managed to forget my earplugs gridded with experts. Even though I AGAIN! And any rider that uses would be going up against far more them will tell you how much of a seasoned racers than myself and two pain in the butt that can be. Even open classes I didn’t let that discourthough I was riding my R6 in an age me as I went out and did my open class I realized I had a chance best. In Endurance Open, I started to fight for my first podium and after in 17th and finished 16th overall and a red flag restart I was chasing the 3rd 9th in class, Amateur GTU I started position (#121) all race who was rid- 20th (first row of wave 2) and fining some good defensive lines until ished 16th, and Amateur GTO I

Photo by Joe Achee

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started in 21st (also first row of wave 2) and finished 13th. All in all, I must say my first race weekend I walked away with a lot of learning experiences. First things first, I would tell anyone don’t be your own worst enemy. Don’t get so anxious or excited that you start making simple mistakes; it definitely steals away from your focus. Try to be as cool and calm as possible in order to keep as clear of a head as possible so that you don’t psych yourself out before you even get started. And then once you’re on the track remember to be brilliant on the basics; smooth is fast, be patient, mind your marks, and remember that you can’t win a championship in the first round but you can definitely lose it. I look forward to having a better run at Round 2 with far less mistakes and a bike that is setup properly so that I can focus more on the race vice fighting the bike. I will be gunning for another podium maybe two this time in both NovO and NovU.

Colorado Moto Informer June 2018 Round 3 at Fountain Creek Pro Class Start

Pro Class Results 1st Ian Blythe (19) 2nd Cody Schafer (1) 3rd Carson Giles (241) 4th Blake Donatelli (2) 5th Mike Smith (5) 6th Warren Healey (18) 7th Ryder Hernandez (111) 8th Dustin Foudray (781)

9th Brandon DuVall (123) 10th Paul Nafziger (3) Photo by Sara Barr

Photo by Sara Barr

Photo by Sara Barr

Photo by Sara Barr

With the first two rounds being dusty Fountain Creek brought a little of everything. The best part of off-road racing is that there are no perfect conditions. The harder the course is, the better.

CORCS offers an affordable way to race if you’re located on the front range. The close proximity of races cuts down on the cost and the race fees are minimal for the amount of seat time. For more information visit and on Facebook @CORCS

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Open Pro Motorcycle For more info look up their group page 1st Eldred Bristol #96 2nd Erik Bland #33

Colorado Speedway & Flat Track Racing

3rd Jet Underwood #0

Division A Speedway 1st Mike Jaudon #12 2nd Redmond Bohanon #101 3rd Pat Litt #28

Photo by Butch Baker Colorado Speedway and Flat Track races are held at the IMI Motorsports Complex in Dacano. There’s a knobby class for people that would like to try out Flat Track racing. AMA membership required.

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Round 2 at Grand Junction Motorsports Park

Pro Results 1st Gage McAllister (25) 2nd Tim Velasquez (838) 3rd Ryan Richardson (485) 4th Travis Newbold (747) 5th Brandon Moses (131) 6th Mike Eller (47)

Photo by Butch Baker

7th Richie Soroka (19) 8th Will Sequino (429)

9th Thomas Harrison (101)

Race Report Round 2 brought a lot of exciting race action to the series. While missing some fast guys like the Hoppers and Sean Butterman, Tim Velasquez and Gage McAllister were there fighting for the win. Harrison recently entered the national series but a DNF in the second mo- Photo by Butch Baker to due to an old injury caused him to finish 9th. Riders from the Utah also showed up pushing some Colorado riders back. Richardson and Moses finished 3rd and 5th overall.

The Colorado Supermoto Series offers asphalt only classes and a sportsman class that only requires DOT tires making it affordable for new riders to try the sport.

Drake on the TE300 2st

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Eller doing a real wheelie

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Fay Myers Block Party Jason Britton was asked if the stunt show would still happen with the bad weather. Jason quickly replied, “We’re not fair weather riders.”

The COHVCO was out there to discuss current trail issues.

Team No Limit stunt show.

The Honda rig was out there with a full fleet of Gold Wings to test ride. Unlike Jason Britton, I’m a fair weather rider on street bikes.

Can’t say I’ve ever seen a mobile barber shop but it was full all day. My wife was left wondering why I came home looking like a bum. Too busy checking out all the bikes.

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Plenty to check out and this was just a small portion of vendor row. Due to the weather the freestyle mx show was cancelled. Unfortunately I missed the Trials rider show. Overall, this event was still amazing. Tons of MRA volunteers were out there vendors, demo rides, free food, and shows throughout the day. showing off the series.

Impressed by his talent as I was watching over his shoulder. Even more now as I’m having a hard time aligning these pictures on a computer with my hands shaking. You may have missed out on this event put on by Fay Myers Motorcycle World but the shop is still worth a visit. They have bikes on display that I’ve only seen in magazines or articles online. They even had some bikes prebuilt the way you would probably dream it up. Another cool part worth mentioning is the motorcycle racing memorabilia covering the walls in the parts and accessories area. I could have done a full magazine worth of coverage but you’ll have to keep an eye out for their future events. Is there a special event coming up that you think we should cover? Let us know! If you have attended one and feel inclined to write an article about it, please contact us.

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Scotland’s North Coast 500 Written by Jason Havens

Every time I give Jay a call he’s going on or has just completed his latest adventure ride. While I used to be surprised, I’ve come to expect it and always look forward to the latest story. I gave him a call to ask if he’d be interested in writing an article. Little did I know, he would be calling me back from Scotland. Surprised again to say the least. All photos in this article are from Jason Havens

For the first adventure ride column in this new publication, we won’t be doing any dirt tracks, rock climbs, or fun sand sections. Actually, we won’t be getting dirty at all. The terrible fact is that the UK has very little to offer for dirt riding. They do have green lanes, which are relatively short sections of off road tracks scattered throughout the country. I am not saying it is impossible to have a good time off road in the UK, but there is just a lot less of it to ride. I would even venture to say that I have more dirt riding within a 20 mile radius of my home in Colorado than they do in their whole country.

dirt riding for the past 10 years. I only realized this when it came time to pack. It was kind of nice to not try and pack light and just bring whatever I want, though that was still limited to what I could carry on the plane and fit into one checked suitcase. Renting a bike was a new thing for me and it made things a lot easier. It was about $1100 US dollars to rent a Honda Africa Twin for nine days. The price included insurance. They let me pick up the bike early and drop it off late, so I was able to squeeze another half day out of the deal.

Depending on where you start, you could get this ride done in 4 to 5 days if you were pressed for I have been strictly adventure and time or wanted to spend less

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money on renting a bike and accommodation. Camping is also another option. I picked up the bike in Manchester, England and had to quickly adapt to riding on the left side of the road. Luckily, I was following a friend who was a local, so I wasn’t completely thrown into the lion’s den. You need to pay attention or pay serious consequences. By the end of the ride, I was lane splitting with panniers and overtaking slow traffic just like the local riders. This ride, as the title states, takes you to the northern and more remote parts of Scotland and well worth whatever cost it takes to get you there.

Colorado Moto Informer June 2018 The NC500, as it is also known, is getting more and more popular and it is a relatively new concept that is grabbing ahold of many other hobby sectors like bicycling and sports car clubs. They all share the road well, mostly because they have to. “B” roads and some “A” roads are only wide enough for one vehicle and there are pull offs to let oncoming traffic by. There are several of these on the route with many blind corners. Sheep and cattle also roam freely on some sections. Oh, and something else, Scotland can throw down the rain. Prepare for cold, wet riding. We were lucky and had mostly good weather in May.

After preparations were made, our ride starts at a friend’s house in Sandbach, England. Three of us left from there and met up with another three riders about an hour up the M6 highway at a “Services” area. These are small spots off the highway that offer gas, food, and coffee along with other necessities. They are very efficient at getting you off the highway to get what you need and then promptly spitting you right back on the highway. We continued up the M6 to Scotland where it turns into the M74 and then took a detour below Glasgow to avoid the city and headed west to the coast and had some lunch. After lunch we rode up the coast and took the ferry from Gourock to Hunter’s Quay. We ended day 1 in Inveraray. This was a pretty good ride, but not anything like what was to come

Day 2 started out quiet leaving Inveraray and then quickly got very busy around the touristy Glenco and Fort William. Fort William is a good stop for anything you might need or forgot to bring on your trip. It didn’t quiet down until we got off the A887 at Auchtertyre. This, in my opinion, is where the magic begins. Tornapress to Applecross over Bealach na Ba pass is fantastic! We headed North from Applecross to a B&B in Talladale off Loch Maree for a good night’s sleep and some great

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Colorado Moto Informer June 2018 Day 3 takes us from Talladale to Bettyhill. This was our most scenic and best ride day. Things get very quiet up this far North. I absolutely loved it. Great and scenic riding with good friends at somewhere in the world I had never been. We met a pair of couples in Bettyhill where we were staying. They had good tips for the ride ahead and we took notes since they were very pleased with a couple places they had stayed. We were quite lucky to meet them because we had no idea where we were going to stay the following night. It was the only night that we had not booked our accommodation and they recommended we stay in Dornoch. There were no more rooms at the Inn they recommended, but we did manage to find a place to stay quite easily and at a good price.

We will be getting back to our roots and doing some local rides right here in Colorado in the next couple issues on our light weight adventure bikes. These will be 3 to 4 day rides with some camping in some more remote parts of the state, providing that plans don’t change. Weather, time, and life will decide our fate, but we look forward to bringing our adventures to you and hope to see you our here!

Day 4 from Bettyhill and the road opens back up immediately to a two-lane A road and quickly brings us back into the normal world. This would also be an extremely wet day. We stopped at John O’Groats to get warmed up and found a great little coffee shop. There were a few coffee lovers in our group including myself. Good coffee and food, in my opinion, is not hard to find in Scotland or England. You don’t hear much good about the food in the UK, but it was mostly fine with me and, as always, an integral part of the travel experience. Three of our riders would not stay long and separate from us at this coffee shop due to work responsibilities. Us remaining three would stay awhile and enjoy the coffee shop and then walk around in the rain for some photos and take in some sights. Our pace quickly slowed after departing with the others. We rode on to Dornoch and had much of the day left to walk around and find some food and drink. It was nice to pause and take things in a bit. When we pulled into our hotel, a group of kids surrounded my bike and had a hundred questions. I answered as many as I could, had them pose for a photo around the bike, and then caught up with the others. This was an instant reward for not having to keep a pace and set the tone for the rest of the ride. It would also be the official end to the NC500. Our remaining days in Scotland were spent on a leisurely tour of Lock Ness and the Isle of Skye along with a small detour to a stay in the Lakes District in England on the way back to Sandbach. A whole different story that I hope to share with you later.

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Colorado Moto Informer June 2018 I’ve even spent good money purchasing a headlight from a well-known manufacturer to avoid the previous issues. The unit was one of kits that is supposed to fit any dirt bike. I learned the hard way We visited Motominded, a small that one size fits all means you finish the engineering. I ripped the stock headlight off my WR250X in manufacturer in Colorado Springs a crash. While installing the new headlight it designing and manufacturing parts wouldn’t fit properly and I ended up breaking the to ensure you can see the road and new headlight. After a lot of four letter words I searched for parts I could find around the house so trail in front of you. I could rig a mounting bracket. Couldn’t help but How often have you bought parts for your bike and think, “If I manufactured this, I would have…” This is where Motominded comes in, they’re riders. have been disappointed by the quality? Speaking Their passion for the sport and experience shows in specifically of lighting equipment for dirt bikes, I know I have. We’ve all done some online shopping every product they produce. debating whether we should be Walletminded and Motominded sources quality parts from other manbuy the cheapest thing available or be more Moufacturers and develops solutions to meet your tominded looking for quality equipment. I’ve done needs. Their lighting kits range from plug and play both, the cheaper stuff really is a get what you pay products you can easily install to complete custom for kind of thing and it will be a throwaway item setups. You can learn more about the developshortly after install. If it doesn’t burn out on its ment, manufacturing, and products in the upcomown, it will fall apart or break easily. ing July issue.

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Never Quit Without a good excuse

Most racers are good at making excuses for their poor results and I’m no different. If you race, I know you’ve heard just about everything and have come up with some good ones yourself. I’m not much better but I have no problem admitting I’m just slow. Conditioning, seat time, and just being a plain old wuss is the truth of it. Years ago, a friend of mine quit during a CORCS race at Fountain Creek. I couldn’t believe it, I finally beat him! When the race was over I saw him in the pits and had to rub it in. We joked back and forth about it but in the end, I only won because he quit. A win is a win and he’ll hear about that one the rest of his life. I never understood why anyone would quit a race, granted these are hours long but all you need is a finish to salvage some points. Also, I’m just too cheap to throw away the cost of entry. During our conversation I said, “I may be slow but I never quit” and I’ve used that line ever since. As of round 1 this season at CORCS, I can no longer use my saying… Just 32 minutes and 28 seconds into the race at Aztec Raceway and I pulled off the track. The first race official I saw was Jud and I was just going to inform him that I didn’t finish. As I did the walk of shame something changed, I immediately spit out that the reason was because I came from third shift. While it was true, it’s amazing how natural an excuse comes out. I’ll admit, it made me feel better about myself for a split second. Jud just smiled and said, “We’ve all been there.” Signed,

This part of the season is always exciting because all the bike manufacturers release info on their new bikes. The latest big news is that Kawasaki’s 2019 kx450 will have a hydraulic clutch and e-start. With the recent large rebates on the 18’s I think we all assumed some big changes were coming. Team Green may make the sea of orange a little smaller. next season.

Pikes Peak International Raceway Bike Bash The Bike Bash was going to be a weekend full of cool events. Vendors, live music, road racing, supermoto, and even trials riders were set to attend. I first heard of the cancellation from another local motorcycle publication. They claimed the shutdown of the event was a win after having an issue with PPIR’s ban on clubs wearing their colors there. I’m torn on how I feel about this because on one hand most clubs are full of good people just looking to attend as a group but on the other there are the gang like clubs that are out to ruin it for everyone else. It’s difficult for me to see it as a win when so many people miss out on the opportunity to attend a large scale family friendly motorcycle event. There was a shooting at another local event years ago presumably because of this topic. We’d like to hear your opinion on this.

You need to know that Jud is one of the nicest people you’ll ever meet and just an all-around good person. I on the other hand am not. While I’d never wish harm on anyone, I couldn’t help but laugh hysterically when I saw a picture of Jud at the Fountain Creek round. You can see his picture in the “The Crash Report” section of this issue.

Photo by Sara Barr

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Colorado Moto Informer June 2018 2019 Honda Monkey stock photo

2019 Honda Grom stock photo

Whether you wear skinny jeans or adult diapers, Honda makes a minibike for you.

I would like to ad articles about the organizations that support our sport. I’ve run out of time with this issue and am already working on July. There was a post shared on CORCS about this and wanted to take the opportunity to share it with my 7 readers. I have a family of 7 that I’ve forced to read this issue

“Billet Racing Products and many other local businesses have partnered with The Trail Preservation Alliance. We have designed t-shirts in an effort to raise money that will go support TPA’s efforts to save our sport here in Colorado. The TPA is a non-profit volunteer organization that survives on donations and contributions from motorcycle enthusiast. The TPA works extremely hard to protect and ensure the future of motorcycle access to OHV trails in and around Colorado.


BRP and the supporters shown on this shirt are the reason the TPA can do what they do. Make sure you check them out and if you can’t make it to BRP’s shop, place an order with them online. Not very often buying a shirt can help support the sport and you’ll look a lot cooler with this shirt on.

If you would like your shirt (max qty 2) shipped usps flat rate please add it to the comments of your order. We will happily refund you the difference in cost.” From

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Colorado Moto Informer June 2018 Factory model 4 strokes come with an Akrapovic exhaust system while the 2 strokes use FMF. Sherco 4 strokes use the Synerject fuel injection system found on Betas.

-Galfer Rotors -Brembo Brakes -WP XPlor forks valved for Sherco Coolant recovery system is on every model except for the cross country models.

-Neken Triple Clamps

Two strokes have a Keihin carb and Vforce.


-Electronic Power

Brief History

Pro Racers

Sherco Was founded in 1998 by Marc Teissier who also bought the rights to the Bultaco name. Originally called Bultaco Shercos, the Bultaco part was dropped later. The original US importer was Ryan Young for both trials and endure bikes.

With Sherco Factory riders in Europe like Matthew Phillips, Wade Young, and Mario Roman producing big results they have shifted some focus to the US. The Sherco factory sends one of their European riders each year to race the TKO in TN. Nick Fahringer is a support rider here in the US focusing on eastern series. Mitch Carvolth recently left Erzberg to have a strong 4th place finish at the Last Dog Standing race in CA. You’ll see him competing in the Endurocross

Sherco now has separate importers for trials and enduro models. Ryan Young still imports the trials bikes while Clay Stuckey (the former importer of GasGas) imports the enduro models. The trials factory is in Spain and enduros are built in France.

For more information visit You can see the bikes in person at Apex Sports located in Colorado Springs. Page 20

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I’ve always wanted to attend a rider school and there are so many to pick from here in Colorado. I started seeing posts from Full Factory Offroad about their school and tried to make it work a couple times. Life got in the way and I slowly forgot about it. It wasn’t until Round 1 at CORCS that I started thinking about it again (read “Never Quit” on page 16.) After my finish there I was sitting at home talking to my wife about my results when she said, “Why don’t you sign up for that school you were talking about?” I’m pretty sure I sent the email out to sign up for the next class before she could even finish her sentence. Going into this, I wasn’t sure what to expect. Figured it would be reinforcement of what I already know. After all, I’ve finetuned my lack of skill with YouTube videos and have read various forms of media. Part of me just felt like there wasn’t much to learn. This class was at Jewell Motocross in Watkins, CO but he does them at several locations. Sitting at the gate I was fully committed at this point I couldn’t help but get nervous. I was worrying about my skill level compared to others that would be there. The gate opened and we all followed the FFO van to the parking lot. The morning was off to a slow start as people unloaded their vehicles and geared up. Once everything was set the class did some warm up laps on the mx track. Not being a moto guy myself, it was still a good way to loosen up.

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After about 15 minutes we were called off the track and asked if there was anything we would like to have covered. Most everyone wanted to focus on turns. Riding across the park, the instructors met us at a turn track. For those that don’t know, it really is just a track full of turns, no jumps. We were taught some hand gestures so we didn’t need to stop every time they wanted to communicate with us. Carson hopped on his bike to demonstrate the do’s and don’ts of cornering while Bryon explained what we were seeing. We did the drills for about 15 minutes and were pulled of the track so they could reinforce what was originally discussed. I found myself pushing harder and screwing up. Being in front

of instructors is a lot like being in front of a photographer or crowd during a race. All the sudden you’re trying to look your best and go as fast as you can just in case anyone’s watching. It’s the wrong mentality when you’re there to better yourself. I slowed down to a snail’s pace and focused on the attack position and where my feet were on the pegs. I’ve never felt comfortable standing while riding hard and finally found out why. I stood straight up like you would to stretch out during a long ride. The attack position puts your head over the bars and you basically squat. Another thing I’ve done wrong forever was the way I’d awkwardly grip the tank with my knees. They explained to me that you point your toes in and it

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made it a natural feeling. Turns out, I was learning a ton and we were only in the first set of drills. Asked again what we wanted to go over the younger kids in the class shouted, “Jumps!” You could see the life immediately sucked out of everyone else in the class. Jumping was probably the last thing we wanted to learn whether it was concern of injury or just being exhausted already. Bryon decided we would avoid the mx track that was already filling up and took us to a natural terrain jump somewhere else on the property. It was a big confidence booster because you could do small jumps and land gently on a slightly uphill surface or go bigger and land on the other side of the jump smoothly.

Colorado Moto Informer June 2018 Next up was some single track and I couldn’t be more excited, this is where I was going to shine. I couldn’t have been more wrong. This area would probably not be found unless you really knew the facility. Weeds and tall grass covered the small and tight turn track. The line in a lot of spots really was just tire width with turns and some areas being about two feet wide. Yet again, I found myself pushing too hard. I was falling out of ruts and just blowing the turns. Bryon was giving me hand gestures to slow down and I quickly took his advice. The track was tight so the group split and did sessions of discussion and seat time. This time it was Brad Haskell (a guest instructor) that pulled me aside. Being a short track, I found myself sitting rather than standing in the attack position. With Brad’s trials background he explained it to me a little differently while reiterating the training we received. The little pep talk helped a lot and I was feeling better. After that I even began looking through the turns like I was supposed to. We moved over to a steep hill where we could train on the importance of body position and bike control. All of us took turns practicing from a standstill. I like to think hill climbs are something I’m good at but doing it without momentum is a skillset I never considered. It really makes it complex and everything they taught us can help a lot in a more extreme environment. In the end, I expected to have a short piece in the magazine to review the class but I didn’t want to cut it short. It wouldn’t have been fair to the readers or the Full Factory Offroad team of instructors. It was more than just a school, it was an experience. The class size was small with about 10 riders. One instructor could have handled this but we were lucky to have three. I learned a lot and received much needed refresher training. Anyone could benefit from rider training like this and I look forward to doing it again after I practice on my own. Make sure you contact them and see how they can make you a smoother, faster, and safer rider.

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The Crash Report Photo by Butch Baker

Photo by Butch Baker

Photo by Sara Barr

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