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Hey Ping,

I have been moving into suspension tuning and bike arrange so much currently, even going the gap of adjusting my shim stacks. I’ve turn out to be choosy with how I would like my bike to trip as I’ve gained extra expertise. This has made me marvel why there aren’t changes on the forks and shock that may permit a rider to regulate the bike for compression solely or compression and rebound over a leap. I believe KTM had some form of adjustment on the highest of their forks at one level. Riders pull tear offs over jumps. They’ve the flexibility to regulate their clutch over jumps. Only a lil twist of this knob right here and perfecto! A greater arrange as a result of the observe obtained rougher throughout the finish of a moto. I have not heard a rider complain throughout a post-race interview shortly due to bike arrange. This answer would completely put to an finish to anybody complaining about suspension setup. Most likely the final rider I can bear in mind was both Ken [Roczen] when he switched to RCH or [Chad] Reed. Ken’s repair in all probability wasn’t doable by clickers although. Additionally, do bikes not have knobs on the suspension for riders to regulate whereas using as a result of riders cannot be trusted to make these sorts of calls?

Shane from CT


Whereas I respect your enthusiasm for tuning I can suppose of some causes off the highest of my head why this hasn’t occurred. We shot monkeys into area early on in our area exploration program, however I don’t suppose the oldsters at NASA would belief these primates to swimsuit up and stroll out onto the wing to make a mechanical restore. I’m not equating motocross riders to monkeys, per se, however attempting to navigate a observe whereas pondering by setting modifications after which taking a hand off the bar to really flip a knob looks like a giant ask. It’s the identical purpose you possibly can’t play a film on the navigation display in your automobile when you’re driving. I do know if my spouse put Caddyshack on whereas I used to be behind the wheel I’d find yourself in a ditch or inserted deeply contained in the automobile driving in entrance of me the moment he hit his brakes. Carl Spackler is simply too good NOT to look at. KTM did have compression and rebound adjusters on the highest of their 4CS fork, which was handy. I preferred that setup for the straightforward purpose that you simply didn’t want instruments to make a change. Unsure if that function will make a comeback or not. For now, pull over and make your changes.

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I write looking for your knowledge on a pattern of one thing aside from flat brimmed hats and tucked ears. As a motocrosser who transitioned to street biking, I’m struggling to grasp this obsession within the motocross group of riders seemingly looking for physique fats ranges of Chris Froome. We have watched riders underneath Aldon Baker’s program whittle themselves to twigs and I listened to Alex Ray speak concerning the rice patty and kale eating regimen that Davi Millsaps is torturing him with. I’m all about being match, lean, and maintaining a healthy diet so far as each sports activities go, however I simply do not see the advantage of these guys torturing themselves into single digit physique fats for motocross. In biking carrying an additional pound, two, or 5 up the facet of a mountain or simply dragging it round for 100 miles could make a big affect on your efficiency. I get it. In motocross the 60hp manufacturing unit 450s aren’t struggling to tug these guys by the deepest of sand or up the steepest of hills. You might be at an unreal degree of health with out being rail skinny. Why are these guys torturing themselves? Is there any efficiency/health benefit that I’m lacking or do these guys simply like to endure?

Simply jealous I am not skinny. 


That is one thing that has had me scratching my head since Ricky Carmichael confirmed up on the races trying like a very brief supermodel on the tail finish of a three-month cocaine bender. James Stewart, Ryan Villopoto, Ryan Dungey, and RC had been all emaciated throughout their time with Aldon. I’ve requested this query as lately as final week in an interview with Tyler Kalisiak, a diet specialist and the solutions are all slightly imprecise. No one needs to insult Baker’s program, and the outcomes out of there are powerful to argue with. Nevertheless, I believe the query deserves an sincere reply. I’ve heard that the heavier an athlete is the extra energy (vitality) it takes for him to do work. Nonetheless, it looks like an endurance athlete, notably throughout the Nationals, would want to maintain some reserves for the tip of very lengthy motos. I’ve at all times heard that 10 to 12 p.c physique fats is an effective quantity, however the aforementioned riders seemed to be within the single digits, simply as you talked about. I’m engaged on getting a greater reply from Aldon himself. Keep tuned.

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Again in 2006 I attended Budds Creek with a buddy of mine from Palm Metropolis, Florida who’s certainly one of Jason Thomas’ greatest followers. JT had an important day at Budds going Eight-6. My buddy was out of his thoughts, working to totally different corners to hoot and holler and wave his towel at JT each alternative he had. On the finish of the second Moto he ran as much as JT to congratulate him on a incredible trip……”JT, JT, nice trip !!! I’ve obtained you at fifth Total!! What a trip, what a trip!!” (I am laughing my ass off as I write this due to the subsequent sentence). JT gave my buddy the largest “smuggy” blow off I’ve ever seen. You’d have thought by the look on my associates face that JT simply punched his mom within the abdomen and farted on her. So, my query……..What’s correct moto etiquette on this scenario? Or is that this simply merely JT?
I hope to see you compete on the Washougal spherical of the 125 Dream Race Sequence.

Your buddy,


Issues like this occur so much and there are causes for it. To begin with, followers are capable of entry motocross riders very simply. Do you suppose followers can rush as much as Tom Brady after a soccer sport and inform him congratulations? No, they’ll’t. There merely aren’t some other main professional sports activities like ours in that approach. Hell, you possibly can’t get as near some collegiate athletes as you possibly can moto guys. Additionally, you must perceive that to go Eight-6 at Budds Creek is ridiculously troublesome and, though I haven’t requested JT about this, I can assume that he was exhausted when the checkered flag fell in that second moto. I’ve had races the place it was all I may do to stay acutely aware lengthy sufficient to get to the truck and hose myself down with cool water and get well. So, to that finish, the right etiquette as a fan is to offer your favourite rider a while to get well earlier than charging as much as him and anticipating him to be chummy with you. JT is a good man and despite the fact that he can appear slightly severe/grumpy, he at all times had/has time for followers. He probably had mud in his mouth, eyes, and nostril and a gentle case of dehydration and warmth stress happening when your buddy verbally assaulted him. Twenty minutes after the race most guys shall be out signing autographs and taking pictures selfies with the followers.

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