normally aspirated and 250cc four stroke, fuel injected models. A 250cc engine in a road bike doesnâ€™t sound too difficult to handle but I'll be the first to admit that they are more than adequate for motocross, especially given my lack of off-road riding experience.
It was time to get out on the circuit, the first few laps being on a smaller loop at the top of the circuit. I practiced the techniques Geoff had described, experimenting with standing up, cornering, seating position, the effects of acceleration and braking had on the bike and on my nerves! With confidence building it was time to attempt a few laps of the full circuit. It soon became obvious to me that motocross takes a great deal of physical effort, although this may have been due partly to my lack of experience and poor application of the techniques. A rest was in order even after just two laps of the full circuit! As the day went on confidence levels and with it speed levels rose too. Whilst practising on the smaller loop, Geoff gave me some advice about rolling off the throttle on the approach to a corner and not applying the throttle until exiting the corner. I learnt to my cost that this was very good advice. I managed to drop my bike twice on the same corner. Thinking about it after the second fall, I believe it was due to applying the throttle mid corner, which made the front wheel step-out.
The SAM Observer November 2011
The November 2011 edition of "The SAM Observer"