1. Wow Signal

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    I can only echo what was said before me - a great time was had by all. I took a moment to check out Shane's website and there's a write-up about some of his recent (2008) GNCC races. In one, he has a crash with David Knight, falls 30 seconds behind him, then reels him in and passes him. Wow... All I hear about is David Knight, David Knight, David Knight. Seems that Shane isn't fazed by that. To make it all the more impressive, he's 36, doesn't really train at all and only attends a few of the events.

    Shawn that's a great write-up - I'm gonna print a copy for the reading room. The only things I'd add are:

    Front brake skid - only possible on loose terrain.

    Stoppies - only possible on hard terrain.

    That might seem pretty minor, but I don't want you guys out demonstrating stoppies in the Ganaraska sand dunes!!!

    Also, Shane made a great demonstration of the importance of pinching the tank with your knees for stability. I realize that I wasn't doing that effectively on our first exercise - the cone weave. I was out last night with my own cones and did it much, much better.

    Also, you didn't mention anything about slow riding. Here's an addendum:

    Slow Riding
    A great way to improve balance and clutch/throttle/brake control. Essentially you get up on the pegs and ride as slow as possible, even coming to a complete stop at times. When you start to fall over, you turn the bars in the direction you're falling (like turning the steering wheel in the direction of a skid) AND lean your torso to the opposite side. Because a bike in motion wants to stay upright (and a bike at rest wants to fall), you can keep yourself upright by providing motion (thru clutch and/or throttle).

    Personally, the slow riding technique was vital to me finally completing the single track loop via the 100% standing position, especially getting around that left-handed hairpin.

    I'll volunteer for a training day too. I have a site in mind where I take my young kids to learn. There aren't many flat, open fields around, but I think this would do. Shawn/Brian - whoever's organizing can PM me. You know the place...

    I should also make the membership aware that Steve at Trail Tours is now offering these types of instructional days. He says his curriculum is virtually identical to Shane's. It's only been the past two years that Steve's had use of that field, so he was never able to offer it before. We might even consider organizing a club event with him. As it is, we must have accounted for about half the attendees at Shane's school.
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    At the end of course, Shane gathered us all around for thank you's and to award us a certificate. I asked him to share some stories about his career, because we didn't get to socialize much with him during the two days. Personally, I wanted to hear about winning the world enduro championship, but in his humourous Aussie drawl he said "It was no big deal really..." (and a big smile).

    The story he did tell (I guess what he's most proud of?) is about coming to America to race the GNCC series. He proceeded to win four of his first five races (second in the other?) and then hurt himself. During his recovery, he got wind of the fact that one of his competitors had been bad-mouthing him, saying he could only win on a 125. He got pissed off and decided he'd come back the following year and attempt to win on every class of bike that KTM had at the time - seven in all. He proceeded to win races on six of the models and was leading on the seventh, when he made a mistake and had a DNF. The season was over so he had to come back the following year to complete the win on the seventh class of bike (the 525EXC RFS?). To this day, Shane is the only guy to ever win a GNCC race on more than one class of bike. Think about that...no one has even won on TWO different classes of bike and yet he's won on seven of them. That includes the likes of David Knight and others (and they have tried...). Truly amazing!

    I particularly like the part about winning on the 400EXC RFS. He got the bike a few days before the race, hadn't been racing four-strokes for a long time (if ever???) and proceeds to go out and win.
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    I had a chance to chat with Steve Weykamp about doing an ODSC training day. He said no problem at all, if riders bring their own bikes, He could do it for about $50/day, lunch included. That's a great price!
    Steve teaches about 3000 people a year now, so he knows what he's doing and it would be perfect for many of the folks in(and outside of) the OFTR.

    On another note, he also now does a trials bike school, which I highly recommend to anyone.

    I'll start a new thread on this in the Rides Forums

    BJ
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    I just got an email from Shane Watts confirming he is coming back next summer around the same time.

    Anyone who was on the fence about going, just shut up and do it. Well worth the money and great fun.
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    Reading the posts , and watching his video - I'm going next year for sure. I thought about it for too long this year , and just didn't do it. going to register for next year the minute registration opens
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    Shane mentioned how much he loved the trails around the Ganny. Maybe we can talk him into coming up for a trail ride also. :D
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    Hey Guys, what a great thread. Sounds like you had a blast. I think this thread should be stickied particularly because of Shawn's write up on technique. Always lot's to learn. Glad to hear all made it home in one piece also. Pat Oneil....amazing stuff. Steve
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    Motorcycle Experience Episode 2 will air this Saturday morning on TSN and TSN HD



    Toyota Truck presents Motorcycle Experience, February 21, at 11:30 am*



    · During the 2nd show of the 2009 season - Dave chats with a former World Enduro Champion

    when he pays a visit to a Shane Watts Dirt Wise off road riding clinic in Pontypool, Ontario.

    * Former national 600 Sportbike Champion Clint McBain discusses obstacle avoidance in blind corners.
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    Motorcycle Experience celebrates its 20th anniversary!

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    Episode 2 – Repeat Air Times on TSN and TSN HD



    Monday, February 23 – 01:30 am*

    Wednesday, February 25 – 15:00 pm*

    Tuesday, March 03 – 04:30 am*



    *All times eastern
  9. aurorarob

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    This ride looks amazing! Is there a web page with information on future lessons?

    Rob