Tuff Blocks

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1/5/2020 10:35 AM

I noticed a bunch of pros clipping tuff blocks last night, osborne's get off looked brutal, but I was thinking none of their test tracks or practice tracks ever have tuff blocks so I wonder if that's kind of throwing them off a bit because they are used to making these corners and using all of the space. I know cross rutting and jumping happens but I wonder if it would make sense for them to use it for their practice tracks as well.

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1/5/2020 10:39 AM

I believe it was Matthes that he the Idea to angle the top of them so they aren’t square so they don’t grab foot pegs so bad

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1/5/2020 10:54 AM

i thought they stayed put more than usual, Frokner, Barcia, Tomac all hit them and did not go down, may have just been luck

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1/5/2020 12:32 PM

Or skill. It takes a seasoned pro to get one properly placed.

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1/5/2020 12:35 PM

Thought about posting this as well. Practice tracks should start using them.

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1/5/2020 1:08 PM

Also AC9 landed on top of them in Race (Believe it was 2nd lap main was in back corner of TV veiw) but was able to ride off of it... so I see in his case the flat top was good and if angled he would have taken him down on the landing side of jump in front of 15+ packed up bikes

I counted seven guys hitting or landing on them

Funny I was trying to post this same thing this morning and had account log in issue....

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1/5/2020 1:14 PM

just watched Go Pro of AC and didn't see him hit one so I'll re watch race again to see if I'm a lyar

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1/5/2020 2:01 PM

ZCTRPECK wrote:

just watched Go Pro of AC and didn't see him hit one so I'll re watch race again to see if I'm a lyar

I definitely saw him land on one and ride off it, just in the background early in the main.

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1/5/2020 4:08 PM

So the pros should use tuff blocks on their practice tracks so they can get accustomed to hitting them and crashing?

Ok

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1/5/2020 4:39 PM

JustMX wrote:

So the pros should use tuff blocks on their practice tracks so they can get accustomed to hitting them and crashing?

Ok

lol yeah bro siq perspective

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1/5/2020 5:26 PM

Keeping them off the track would help, whoever was in charge of that section needs to pay attention to what went down. Osborne got screwed, they had the tough block(s) out on the damn track, IMO

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1/5/2020 5:34 PM




Much safer.
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1/5/2020 5:55 PM

PastranaWho wrote:


Much safer.

I agree, but their sponsor money doesn't.

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1/5/2020 6:10 PM

PastranaWho wrote:


Much safer.

Won't help keep you from running into the opposing lane for a head on.

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My wife calls you guys the Yahoos.

1/5/2020 8:00 PM

PastranaWho wrote:


Much safer.

Yeah, but that’s more like just a suggestion than a boundary, man.

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1/5/2020 10:09 PM

JustMX wrote:

So the pros should use tuff blocks on their practice tracks so they can get accustomed to hitting them and crashing?

Ok

well would make more sense wouldn't it? they put start gates on some of those tracks so they can get a real feeling for the start. I mean it's minor but it seemed like they spoiled a few guys races tonight.

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1/5/2020 10:37 PM

Those freaking tough blocks are a safety hazard for sure. They consistently do way more harm then good IMO.

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1/5/2020 10:45 PM

The Tuff Blocks aren’t there for a soft spot to crash, they are there to stop a bike from going into another lane or into the crowd.

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1/5/2020 10:51 PM
Edited Date/Time: 1/5/2020 10:56 PM

NorCal1975 wrote:

Those freaking tough blocks are a safety hazard for sure. They consistently do way more harm then good IMO.

Because when they do their job, you don’t think twice about it and nobody mentions it. When something negative happens, everyone gets to talking about how bad they are because their favorite rider got caught up in them.

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1/5/2020 10:54 PM
Edited Date/Time: 1/5/2020 10:57 PM

How about you stay on the track?

Crazy,I know, but ask how Indy car drivers feel about concrete barriers....

Freaking pansies.

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Go for it! Don't let a little thing like fear, or common sense hold you back.

1/6/2020 12:37 AM

Tuff Blocks sell advertising for Feld and are a dangerous hindrance to riders- as bad as the old car tyres we've all hit.


Time for something low profile and rounded- and that stacks - that is still a divider but not the cause of so many get offs and injuries.

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If the glass is half full it's twice as big as it needs to be.

1/6/2020 1:31 AM

KirkChandler wrote:

The Tuff Blocks aren’t there for a soft spot to crash, they are there to stop a bike from going into another lane or into the crowd.

They are there to be sold as advertising space

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1/6/2020 1:47 AM

Maybe a piramid shape?

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1/6/2020 2:33 AM

Luke_Richards wrote:

I believe it was Matthes that he the Idea to angle the top of them so they aren’t square so they don’t grab foot pegs so bad

https://www.vitalmx.com/forums/Moto-Related,20/Tough-block-fix,1335778

Scroll down. Matthes didn't come up with the idea.
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1/6/2020 2:42 AM

SEEMEFIRST wrote:

How about you stay on the track?

Crazy,I know, but ask how Indy car drivers feel about concrete barriers....

Freaking pansies.

Exactly this! They’ve got a whole track, don’t ride into the tuff blocks.

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1/6/2020 4:20 AM

Make them triangular (Toblerone) shape, still have the size and flat sides for sponsorship, don’t hook up pegs as easily.

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1/6/2020 4:43 AM
Edited Date/Time: 1/6/2020 4:44 AM

After reading other replies and spending time in deep, undisturbed thought I have come up with the prefect solution to this perplexing crisis.

If the main problem is snagging foot pegs on them, then just remove them....

Not the tuff blocks silly, the foot pegs.

This would have the added benifit of making the racing even more interesting as well as make "seat bounce" so common even rc would stop talking about it.

Supercross (and maybe motocross too), you are welcome.

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1/6/2020 4:53 AM

I know they are pros but if they stay on the track they would not be an issue.

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1/6/2020 4:59 AM

zippytech wrote:

I know they are pros but if they stay on the track they would not be an issue.

I can’t work out why they wear crash helmets either....surely not crashing is a better solution.

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