by Ron Smith on 10/24/2016
Under new management and with a new focus we here at TwoStrokeMotocross.com are excited to be a part of the grass roots effort to bring the two stroke back to prominence.
We have worked hard to recover as much of the original content of this site that was lost in a server crash as possible. Some of the images were forever lost but the vast majority of the original site is back, including a little over 59,000 posts in the forum, some of it truly unique and valuable stuff.
We invite you to enjoy what we have brought back and look forward to adding several new features in the coming months along with interesting and informative new content.
Welcome and please check back frequently as we will be bringing new content and new features online as fast as we can!
by Nanci Smith on 10/23/2016
A few years ago it was suggested to me that it might be a good idea if I learned how to ride a motorcycle, just the basics, so that if something happened while we were out on our street bike I would know what to do. Ok, Puget Sound Safety had the perfect class. Four hours long, bikes provided, strictly for beginners, never been on a bike types. One of the instructors was an avid dirt bike rider, along with her daughter. We talked.
When the class was over and my husband picked me back up he asked how the class was. I loved it! Oh, and I want a dirt bike! Now, he was, as he liked to say, a dirt bike rider in remission. Been there, done that, moved on. Well, two of the bikes were still sitting in the garage so he hadnít totally moved on. I got ďAre you sure? Are you really, really sure? It will take over our lives, we will do nothing but dirt bikes. I donít want to be the husband that has a dirt bike for sale, ridden once.Ē I was sure and the search for a beginner bike started.
I did a lot of research on what would be a good beginner bike, and there are a myriad of opinions on what the perfect one would be. First off, a nice tame four stroke say a TTR125? Great if you arenít tall, but at 5í9Ē I felt like I was sitting on a PW50. Looking through reviews I found that taller women liked the TTR230 or the CRF230. Off we went to try them out. Turns out the local Honda shop didnít have a 230 and the salesman suggested trying the 250. Um, Iíve never ridden and I have no idea how to get on something that tall! He didnít see the issue so we moved on to the Yamaha shop to see if they had a TTR230 available to try for size.
Now, I know there are a lot of you saying, nooooo, not a four stroke, nooooo, get a smaller bike itís easier, or any other argument you can think of. For me the right bike is personal preference thing. What are you comfortable on? If you are more comfortable on a smaller bike even though youíre taller, then a smaller bike is the right choice. I didnít feel comfortable on the TTR125, I felt cramped and awkward. When I sat on the 230 it felt right, feet can touch the ground, handlebars are at the right height and so on.
A little more debating just to make sure there were no other viable options for me and the decision was made. In March of 2012 we went shopping and came home with a new TTR230 for me and a new WR450 for him. The bikes in the garage were race bikes and canít be following me around on a race bike! The journey to learning to ride a dirt bike had begun. Did I make the right bike choice? Yes, the TTR230 was a bulletproof and easy to ride bike, albeit on the heavy side. It has electric start so no matter how many times I stalled it (and I stalled it a lot at first) all I had to do was push a button. Bike upside down on the side of the trail? No problem, get it back upright and push that button, started every time. It was the perfect size, I could get my feet on the ground when I needed to but it was big enough that I could learn proper technique while standing too. Do I still have that bike? Yes. Do I still ride it? No. I have moved on to a Beta XT300 for a trail bike but more on that later.
Dirt bikes HAVE taken over our lives, that prediction was true and I have loved every minute of it. We trail ride, vintage race, attend assorted motocross events, and we do it all together. My husband didnít have to be the one with the ad ďbike for sale, only ridden once.Ē In fact we now have a huge collection of bikes and only the WR450 has left us, traded in on a new KTM 2 stroke better suited to trail riding at faster speeds.
In the coming months I will be continuing this story and sharing how my riding progressed from having never ridden to participating in vintage racing. Itís been a wild ride with plenty of bumps and bruises. (That instructor did warn me, ďyou will look like a domestic violence victim if you bruise easily.Ē I looked like that several times but I didnít give up.) Itís addictive and I hope I get to keep doing it for many more years.