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post #1 of 12 Old 05-09-2013, 12:21 PM Thread Starter
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Moto Gymkhana

I've been getting into Moto Gymkhana recently and wanted to see if I could start something up here on WT. If you search online for moto gymkhana, you'll come across videos like this one of Yoshinobu Shiga taking his CBR to the absolute limits of control.

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Riding like that takes years of training. So for the past few weekends, I have been meeting with other NYC riders to practice. Moto gymkhana is competitive in nature with the goal of fastest lap times through the course. However, our main goal is to improve riding ability and connection with our motorcycles. We time laps only against ourselves.

All riders here and all types of motorcycles are welcome to join in. Here are videos of our last two practice sessions:

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As you can see, gymkhana is possible on any type of bike. I'm the one in orange with the silver 919 and blue CBR. Other bikes in the video are a KTM 690, Ninja1000, KLR, GSXR1000, and Triumph speed triple.

Riders in the NYC tristate area are welcome to join. We meet at Floyd Bennett field at the end of runway 24. We're trying for a weekly practice session. We have a facebook page for more info and future practice events: https://www.facebook.com/MotogymkhanaNyc. You can also PM me for info and I can add you onto the FB group.

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damn, I would so be there if I lived anywhere close.

moto gymkhana is incredibly bad-ass.

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You're more than welcome to start practicing where you live. All you need are cheap plastic cones off Ebay/Amazon. Cutting old tennis balls in half also works.

We're trying to start an AMGRASS (American Moto Gymkhana Riders Association) chapter in NY. Don't see any reason why there can't be others in North America.

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Very cool Sckill!

Do you find any difference between the 919 and cbr when doing this?

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The CBR feels lighter, brakes much better, and is easier to modulate speed, but it's really hard to do tight turns because my hands and arms get pressed against the tank with the stock clip ons. I haven't been able to get to full handlebar lock on the CBR whereas on the 919 I can get to full lock and have good steering leverage with handlebars. The 919 also feels fairly planted once in a turn and I was scraping boots a number of times.

Professional gymkhana riders will ride with only throttle and brakes, no clutch. Revs are kept up with the throttle to prevent stalling and speed can be modulated using the rear brake. Using the rear brake in this fashion also keeps tension on the drive and keeps output to the wheel smooth.

In my first two sessions with the 919, I felt I needed to use the clutch to prevent stalling and to tone down the low end torque. The CBR has no such thing as low end torque so no problems there and I could keep the rpm higher without stalling. I actually had to learn to not use the clutch on the CBR since it was very difficult to modulate the clutch and steer the bike with the limited amount of space from the clip ons. I will try the same on the 919 now that I'm more used to it.

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pretty cool!! You should have an extra sprocket set just for this, will help you with the precision. Look at that pizza sprocket in the first vid.

Looks like fun. Maybe I can come up and join you guys one day. I also checked your FB page. Didn't know they made right hand drive 9ers


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HAHA! I didn't even realize the picture was reversed. Good one.

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Videos from today's session at Floyd Bennett field. Doesn't hurt to practice in the rain.

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Reviving this thread. Motogymkhana sessions have been happening pretty much every weekend since the last post at Floyd Bennett Field. The next one is set for this Saturday at 9am. I encourage anyone local to join in. It's a lot of fun and helps you master control of the bike in a controlled environment outside of the track.

Videos and pictures from the last session:

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I'm always impressed with total control of man over machine. Interesting video and shots remind me of what a "rookie" I am. Fortunately, I have been able to survive all these years with a minimum slow speed skill set.

Have fun!



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I recently moved to Atlanta and I'm getting the sport started here. I figure I'll keep this thread going for anyone interested in joining in. Here are some pictures from practice last Saturday:






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Rocking the adv bikes! Looks like a blast!

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