KDX in National Enduro Series

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doakley wrote: 11:43 am Mar 21 2021 One key thing I found for me was to have the confidence to pick a line at a bottle neck or obstacle where riders are waiting and trust your skills to carry you through. That beats sitting around with the crowd debating what to do. Be smart, pick a line and go for it! Not saying just crash into the mud without looking first, just don’t take all day deciding.
This hits home for me. My last race I got caught in a bottleneck with two guys stuck on a hill and a couple guys waiting in front of me. I stopped and more people line up. The guy behind me points to my right saying to take a different line. I tried, but there was no way to take that line from a dead stop. Ended up with my bike sideways on the trail when the bottleneck gets loose. About 5 or 6 people went right around me :vom: .

Now I've made up my mind. No more stopping for a bottleneck unless someone is hurt. Just find a way around.
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That’s the ticket for me, normally the muddy races are my better finishes because I just point and shoot.
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Whoo Hoo! First ride after my crash on August 23rd! Felt good to be on the pegs again although I'll admit I was a bit nervous!
Just a few laps around the airport hangars; about all I was up to for now.
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OK, maybe just a little itsy bitsy 2nd gear wheelie!
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That felt GREAT!!!
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WOO HOO, indeed!!

Congratulations on healing up! I am thrilled to see you out there again.
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Be careful! It's those little rides like that I see injure more people than being in a race. Oh, and always wear your gloves and elbow protection on any paved surface. Trust me.

That said, glad your healed up! Now go ride!
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Well, truth told not healed, but healing. Docs told me to wait a year and I will, This was the first time the bike had been cranked since August. After a carb clean and replacing the gas with fresh mix, she fired up on the 3rd kick. I just had to take a few short runs!
SS109, I know, “All of the gear, all of the time!”
Guilty as charged! Just so damn good to be alive and able to ride in any fashion!
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Way cool! Congrats.
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Great to see you back in the saddle! I broke my rule about starting with boots before a race last month and the kicker kicked my inside ankle bone and left me wounded for over a month. Not doing that again, no boots, no start!
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Haha! Nice job Moon. think I still have permanent tattoo on back of my calf from my hopped up Harley (10s tractor) 96ci / 1570cc w/ very hot timing setup. Keep your foot on that kicker all the way through or.....Ouch!!!
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Well, I did it! Time for that first ride since my crash last August. Yesterday I hauled the bike out to the local MX track and ran a few laps. Did I say “ran”? More like “rolled”!
I have to admit while I was really afraid of falling, it was good to be back on the bike again. I rode a couple of laps then stopped just to take watch the other riders and take it all in.
Ran a couple more laps and picked up just a little speed but still rolling the jumps and whoops. Took a long break to recover as I was really tired after only 4 laps.
Finally rode a couple more laps and let the bike run a little on some of the straights. It felt really good!
I’m a long way from even doing a trail ride or dual sport but for a guy who is supposed to be dead….big smile!
Y’all keep brappin!

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Glad to hear it, man! :supz:
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Congratulations on getting back out there!!
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Fantastic!
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Signed up for the Broxton Bridge Dual sport ride in SC for Jan 15/16. It's a 2-day event. Not sure how much I'll ride but we will see.
This will be my second dual sport ride; I did the Little Brown Jug ride a couple of months ago. That ride was mostly enduro style trail, single track and wider trail sections connected by very short runs on back roads, paved and dirt. It was a fun course although I only rode about 21 of the 50+ miles. I dropped out when I got tired and started making mistakes. What I liked was the laid back atmosphere with absolutely no pressure to go fast. It was just a cool trail ride. I'm hoping Broxton Bridge will be the same.

Load 'em up and come join me. I need someone willing to ride wingman for the Old Guy! See it here: https://www.usdualsports.com/listing/br ... ual-sport/


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"I only rode about 21 of the 50+ miles"

So...what you're saying is it was 21 more miles more than you semi-recently thought you would be able to do, correct? :-)
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Have not thought of it quite that way. Thanks for the fresh perspective!
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You are welcome. You are a hell of a lot more than 21 figurative miles from lying there after the crash!
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Yup! Everything is a matter of perspective! You are back out riding so the accident is in the rear view mirror now. Positive thinking my man!
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This is great news Doug! Thanks for the stoke! I’ll be rooting for you as I probably won’t be on my bike again until at least February while this break heals. Let’er RRRIPPPP!!!
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