I saw the first post just after it went up and thought to myself “great, another of my finest dirt bike moments caught on film.” I wasn’t in the best mood so I decided not to look at this thread again until tonight and I thought it best reply.
It has (still is) been a tough road to get the dirt bike out that day. Tensions were higher with the banter the night before, a poor nights sleep, a torrential downpour on the drive there exhausting all concentration as the car feeling like it was aquaplaning at 110km/h, a rushed PRP, and some manic adjustments to try cure a sticking clutch in the carpark just before we departed.
Oh, and forgetting to properly bed in the brakes which lead me to blast past the first obstacle. To reset I thought I best just do a little loop around the tree however at 180 degrees I saw the red dot of the camera track me like the scope of a gun scope laser. The heart rate was already at a million beats per minute and this bought on tunnel vision – the result being not seeing the twig and coming off like I had been shot. Sigh.
Excuses, excuses I can hear you all say
Good news is that it put the brain into dirt bike riding gear and the KTM activated its go faster mode. The rest of the ride was great in comparison with the bike, a 2T engine and me gelling well.
It was good to see the muppets Steve and Howard together again on their matching Betas. I was amazed that even if Howard has a bad day he still makes it look good. Watching MRKTM never quit on some hard obstacles inspired us all to not try at all
New Bike first ride thoughts
My initial thoughts are it is much easier to ride in the tighter trails than the Yamaha. Suspension wasn’t as good as the GasGas 300’s out of the box setup. Engine is fantastic at lower RPMs i really enjoying having hits of power available at will to loft the front over rocks and logs. I just need to get a handle of using the clutch to control the hit of power from a standing start as you can see In the video above.
I’ll hold my full Yamaha vs KTM full comparison for a later time (including quality, fitment, engineering, maintainability, WTF finds)
The FX is still in the garage with an uncertain future. The bike is mechanically perfect so I am in two minds around selling it. My brother is keen to start riding so he make some use out of it in the short term.
Oh and Jake KTM I hope you recover quick.