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Women Enduro Racing
« on: August 24, 2009, 01:22:25 pm »
As an idea for discussion, William Gillitt may be able to assist first time women racers with a loan bike. The proposal is to have a class with a limit on bike size (maybe 125 4 stroke air cooled) to reduce costs. It would take some organising but would be interesting to know what your ideas are. William has a website http://www.wildwillracing.com/.
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Re: Women Enduro Racing
« Reply #1 on: August 27, 2009, 11:49:37 am »
 :drif:

would LOVE to do this, but alas, my offroad skills are very new and few... I've got the heart but not the hours of saddletime required, methinks..

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Re: Women Enduro Racing
« Reply #2 on: August 27, 2009, 11:57:29 am »
:drif:

would LOVE to do this, but alas, my offroad skills are very new and few... I've got the heart but not the hours of saddletime required, methinks..

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Only one way to get the saddle time and that is to DO IT! :deal: :thumleft:
 

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Re: Women Enduro Racing
« Reply #3 on: August 28, 2009, 02:09:00 pm »
OK, am considering it to buy a offroad machine... have done some reading.

stroke vs 4stroke - for a complete newbie to full-on offroad (not counting my very little gravel road exp) I think 4stroke better?

I am small and not strong.. Inseam 30 inches, so nothing higher than 31 inches seat height - or does it not matter? going for a plastics training course next weekend 5 Sept, on Honda CRF80 (the CRF230 is WAY too high!!!) so will see how that goes...

what would you guys recommend I look at? I do not want a big bike, I have my BMW650 Xcountry for that, speedwise smaller is not always slower  >:D so not more than 150cc.

would prefer Honda, as I used to ride a XL125 way back in 1981... my dad has always had Hondas, i love the brand - and oh yes, the budget.. don't want to pay more than R10 000 for a plaything at this stage - have been warned off pit bikes..

anyone have comments/advice please? much appreciated
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Re: Women Enduro Racing
« Reply #4 on: August 28, 2009, 02:11:06 pm »
CRF150.
Or learn to cope with the 230.
 

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Re: Women Enduro Racing
« Reply #5 on: August 28, 2009, 02:20:55 pm »
CRF100 too little?? I have sat on one, not ridden, perfect size for me, can flatfoot - how important is it to be able to put both feet down? I want to upskill myself to be able to do more technical riding..
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Re: Women Enduro Racing
« Reply #6 on: August 28, 2009, 03:02:47 pm »
Yeah, its quite powerless.

Problem is when it gets really technical and over your ability your feet come into play a lot !
 

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Re: Women Enduro Racing
« Reply #7 on: August 28, 2009, 03:53:27 pm »
Come ride trials & learn not to put your feet down...

Seriously, it's the best way to improve your technical skills
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Re: Women Enduro Racing
« Reply #8 on: August 28, 2009, 04:46:59 pm »
CRF100 too little?? I have sat on one, not ridden, perfect size for me, can flatfoot - how important is it to be able to put both feet down? I want to upskill myself to be able to do more technical riding..

Don't know why you have be warned of pitbikes, my son has a CR125 Bigboy, its a Honda motor (build by the Chinese) but very reliable, in two years of hard riding (almost every day) only had a few flat Tyre and I bent the kick start lever, not using it any more, just put in 4th gear and run 10 meters and it starts - on gravel, grab the clutch and get back onto it! I weigh 112 kg's and had hours of fun, cruising full speed adjacent railway lines in Brits, playing in the dry river beds. Only disadvantage is the small wheels but you get a big wheel version as well, but it has lots of power for a 125 and did I mention Reliable! I will never sell it, even when my son upgrade I will keep it to play around!

However, the CRF 100 is very nice, you sound 'petite' and will enjoy it a lot, but you will not really be competitive if that's what you after? If you're not into competitive riding the CRF100 should be a fine play bike, bulletproof engineering. Doubt if you will get one under 10k as they are 17k new and people hold onto them.
 

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Re: Women Enduro Racing
« Reply #9 on: August 28, 2009, 07:21:44 pm »
If I was younger, skinnier and still in MAD mode, I'd be there like a shot!   ;D

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Re: Women Enduro Racing
« Reply #10 on: August 28, 2009, 07:42:17 pm »
If I was younger, skinnier and still in MAD mode, I'd be there like a shot!   ;D



i have to be young and skinny too?????  NOW you tell me!!!   >:D >:D :laughing4:
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Re: Women Enduro Racing
« Reply #11 on: August 28, 2009, 08:12:55 pm »
Just young and skinny enough to beat the hot-shot girls already doing it!   >:D
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Re: Women Enduro Racing
« Reply #12 on: September 09, 2009, 10:43:24 pm »
Forget all the excuses girls I AM GAME FOR THIS.... :mwink: :mwink:

The only challenge i have is that I am in CPT :(

 

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Re: Women Enduro Racing
« Reply #13 on: September 09, 2009, 11:03:26 pm »
Come ride trials & learn not to put your feet down...

Seriously, it's the best way to improve your technical skills

I would imagine this one of the best ways to not put feet down, as with the Beast I  did that most naturally and it kinda becomes a habit and one has to keep saying to self (as time goes by and experience gained ) not to do the bad habits

This TB riding willl also enhance balance for sure...
 

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Re: Women Enduro Racing
« Reply #14 on: October 16, 2009, 07:40:26 am »
I am small and not strong.. Inseam 30 inches, so nothing higher than 31 inches seat height - or does it not matter? going for a plastics training course next weekend 5 Sept, on Honda CRF80 (the CRF230 is WAY too high!!!) so will see how that goes...

You get 2t Big wheel 80cc from Yamaha, Kawasaki, Honda and I think if you do go 2t, it might be better than the 125.

The 80cc power band takes into consideration younger riders, and should be ideal for newbies, where as the 125 are geared for serious competition work.

You get second hand ones that will fit your budget, and in terms of maintenance, they are much cheaper than 4t.
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Re: Women Enduro Racing
« Reply #15 on: October 16, 2009, 10:22:09 am »
There is 2 bikes any newby stays away from; 2t 85 and 2t 500!

Good idea, this enduro class!

I tell would be new D/S buyers to first spend time on KDX/CRF/PUZEY, do your apprenticeship on these where falling over is
less $$$problematic, then go enjoy 990/1200......

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Re: Women Enduro Racing
« Reply #16 on: October 16, 2009, 11:22:04 am »
There is 2 bikes any newby stays away from; 2t 85 and 2t 500!

Good idea, this enduro class!

I tell would be new D/S buyers to first spend time on KDX/CRF/PUZEY, do your apprenticeship on these where falling over is
less $$$problematic, then go enjoy 990/1200......

Your 1st bike must not frighten you away from motorcycles.

In this case an 85 is better than a 125, the size is a better fit, and the powerband less threatening than that of a 125.

Some valid points...stay away from a KX500  ....  :imaposer:

Puzey are quite nice bikes, especially compared to some of the Asian junk that you see around, as well as it won't break the bank.

If you can fit....KDX would be the ultimate, and would last you a while before you need to upgrade (if not forever)

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Re: Women Enduro Racing
« Reply #17 on: October 16, 2009, 11:32:50 am »
The one that's left is the ALL SEEING eye!
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Re: Women Enduro Racing
« Reply #18 on: October 16, 2009, 12:31:23 pm »
I'm there like a bear, but all i have is a KDX 200, which to me is the greatest bike ever!!!!
Random thought tho, cant we just get all diff bikes and just govern them to certain speeds? or make the route slow speed then any bike can do it? Cos over certain obstacles i ain't ever going to go fast...
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Re: Women Enduro Racing
« Reply #19 on: October 16, 2009, 12:38:13 pm »
I'm there like a bear, but all i have is a KDX 200, which to me is the greatest bike ever!!!!
Random thought tho, cant we just get all diff bikes and just govern them to certain speeds? or make the route slow speed then any bike can do it? Cos over certain obstacles i ain't ever going to go fast...

The KDX has for yonks delivered riders to the podium in the WC, racing against the bigger, badder bikes in the open class.

It is in it's element on an enduro track that is tight and technical, and on open stretches, due to gearing, compared to MX bikes not being properly converted to Enduro spec, ran with 250t's :thumleft:
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