Yow! If you are a rider, and live in Wisconsin, you were at Dyracuse riding Saturday.
The first day of the local riding season is always a beautiful thing. People come out of the woodwork. I mean it has been a long dormant season. So the first days that Dyracuse is open brings everybody out. The quad riders the freestyle pant cigarette smokers, the serious mxers, the one or two lap blitzers and the serious woods riders.
Some years, the trails are completely dry already. Some years, the motocross track is perfect and the trails are underwater. Some years, the trails are partially covered in snow. Some years, it is a balmy 29 degrees for the high. Yesterday, the dirt was absolutely perfect. Perfect moisture to have loads of traction, yet zero mud. The temperature was a high of 65. It just does not get any better than that.
It is no secret, that I have been struggling with my bike of late. I have been trying different things. I guess it is the season for that. But, with just a few weeks till the race season, I was starting to get impatient. So, yesterday I rode with the bike all the way back to where it was last year.
– stock exhaust.
– bars and grips from last year.
– tires I was familiar with
– suspension set up from last year.
– brake levers at the foot
Everything fell back into place yesterday. I went from very out of sorts on the bike, to very comfortable again. It was great. The bike turned where I wanted it to, it did what I expected it would do on bumps, it had the throttle response I was expecting etc… My bike was spectacular yesterday.
I put in about 4 hours of riding time. An hour to get started with, then about 2 hours in the middle and then a break to make some adjustments and then another hour or so. Felt really great. The photos below show that even after 4 hours of riding, my bike was in good shape.