had arrived far more quickly than expected. The weather forecast for the weekend promised sunshine and unseasonably high temperatures of 28째C / 82째F, so provisions for the day included 3 litres (6 pints) of water each for me and my son Adam. On arrival, with paper work complete, we were all kitted out with substantial off road protection by way of knee / upper shin pads, elbow / forearm pads, kidney belt, chest / back / shoulder armour, very sturdy high leg boots, helmet, goggles and gloves. Once dressed, Geoff provided a detailed briefing on how to operate the bikes we'd be riding and the techniques required for motocross. Geoff urged caution, especially as most of us were beginners, dispelling some of the motocross riding myths, like 'just gun it'. The riding techniques Geoff explained have some similarities to road riding techniques. The most notable being the smooth application of the throttle, in both directions and the use / application of both brakes. Being told only to use the clutch to set-off and stop and not for gear changes once on the move, was difficult to get used to! The other techniques being to keep your body and head vertical / slightly forward at all times even whilst ascending / descending slopes and accelerating. Cornering techniques being the most different to road riding due to putting the bike down in corners, sitting as far forward on the seat as possible to keep as much weight over the front wheel and extending your inside leg as far forward as possible. The other technique being standing up, which should be done with relatively straight legs.
The bikes we'd be using were Kawasaki KX single cylinder, 125cc two strokes, The SAM Observer November 2011
The November 2011 edition of "The SAM Observer"