The YZ250 ring dinger is an excellent dirt bike. For those that enjoy the ease of maintenance and versatility there is nothing better. Also the 2 smokers are generally quite a bit quieter than the full race 4s. Congrats to Hasbeen!
I have been so busy with guitar work the last few weeks that I haven't really been logging on to WT's to much lately. I had no idea that sokali had started this thread until he mentioned it this afternoon when he stopped by my shop.
Well, sugs figured it out! I bought a new '09 YZ250 TWO STROKE and have been methodically re-aquianting myself with the mechanical workings of a modern Motocross bike. It's been a while (1983 to be exact) and things have changed a bit. I can't go riding just yet because I have to get 22 guitars built-up for the NAMM show in January and can't take the risk of getting hurt, but after the show I'm going to go out and WRECK the dirt!
Sugs, the plan is to make it out to race R.E.M. at Glen Helen a couple of time a month starting in february. I think it would be cool if some of my periodic ride bro's came out to harrassed me a bit. I'll let you know when I'm up to speed and ready to race again. It could take a while as I am old, fat, outta shape and orthopedically un-sound so it's gonna take alot of work to get ready!
I've never rode Glen Helen; tried to make it a couple of times, but didn't work out. Let me know when you go up for practice; I need to get up to speed too. Last time I rode a motocross track was at Lake Elsinore back in 2000. Loved that place; used to be regular.
I also liked Jason Tittler's track up by Valencia. The track was designed by Roger D; it had a nice uphill section and a winding narrow downhill section with jumps. Very technical track but not as wide as Lake Elsinore.
I'll be working on the YZ this weekend. Front tire, pegs, clutch lever/perch, brake lever, and a few adjustments.
I finally got the chance to ride my new bike last Wednesday. It's been about 25 years since I have ridden a full size bike on a Motocross track and boy am I sore! Riding minibikes on backyard tracks is no substitute for riding a real full size motorcycle on a real full size MX track. It's very clear what I have to do to get back in shape as well as what I have to do to regain some skills. It's painful to admit that I've lost a step.....or TEN!
I guess every man always thinks he's as good as the best day he's ever had.
I was able to go about 4 laps on the freshly groomed, very smooth Vet track at Milestone MX park before I started to get arm pump. In the mean time I felt very squirrley and was finding myself a little freaked out by jumps that at one time I wouldn't have given a second thought about. I also had a hard time finding any form through the corners. By the 6th lap I could not hold on to the bars anymore so pulled off and went back to the pits to catch my breath.
Back at the truck I massaged my hands & forearms and drank some water while my friend Gil harassed me about what a GIANT turd I have become.
After about 30 minutes, I went back out and concentrated on just being smooth and getting into and out of the corners a little better. I was still flat- landing on the tops of most of the bigger tabletop jumps which was accelerating the armpump situation. Again, I only lasted about 8 laps. On a side note, unless you have actually experienced the roost comming off the back tire of a modern 450f Motocross bike, you couldn't possibly imagine the feeling of what it's like. Way worse than what I can remember from back in the day when 2 strokes ruled the world.
So back at the truck I was realizing that not only were my hands and arms thrashed, but my legs were feeling like noodles and my lower back was kind of knotting up. After resting and being endlessly harassed by Gil for about 45 minutes I went back out to try working on clearing some of the medium sized tabletops but it just wasn't in me, I was just to physically spent and didn't want to risk crashing on my first ride back. It was very sobering to continually get passed by everyone else on the track except for this 15 year old girl on a TTR 125.....I had her covered!
So I had my ass kicked both physically and mentally and I can't wait to do it again! It's been three days now and I'm still pretty sore. All I can say is that it was the most fun I've had in years (even better than the private 2008 new years party I had with those sisters! (and I'm not talking about Nuns!)
I think I overestimated myself when I thought I could compete in the 40+ intermediate class in just a few months. 40+ novice is more like it, at least for now as I'll be 50 soon.
My friend Gil took a few pictures, but I don't think he knew how to use the zoom...probably just as well.
That looks like a nice track, got a link for their site (if they have one).
Man, I should've taken my YZ out there.
When is the next time you're going?
http://milestonemx.com/ is the link to their web. you have to buy one year membership for about $30.00 plus $25.00 each time you ride, if my memory is correct . I believe when they first opened , you could buy a one day only pass for $35.00 if you didn't want to join for a full year, but I am not sure if they still offer this. By the way this place is one of the best run dirt bike facilities around, and it is well worth the money if your in to dirt bikes
I like the heat too and no, I haven't had the "pleasure" of following a crf450 yet, but I used to chase my friend on his 85 cr500 with my 84 cr480...
EDIT: BTW The cr500 is a the closest thing to a "crotch-rocket" that I've ever ridden...
The worst roost I have ever felt (back in the day I caught a baseball sized rock right in the nutz...I had to pull off the track and lay down to keep from passing out) was from an '81 490 Maico, but it pales in comparison to the roost from a modern 450f. I don't know, maybe I'm just getting old.
The CR480 was a fun bike, I had one too back in '83!
Congrats on the new bike! 250 2-strokes are awesome bikes! My last bike was a '94 CR 250 - TONS of power!! After 12+ years without a dirt bike I just got a CRF450X, and I know I'm probably WAY out of shape to ride it very hard for even half a day...
I don't know how the roost compares between modern 450Fs and 2-stroke 500s, but I remember the CR500 roost being vicious! I remember going past a girl on a quad, I wasn't really even "on the gas" and the rocks and dirt hit her so hard, it knocked her backwards off her quad. It was an accident and happened more than 20 years ago but I still felt like an ass.