First Day Back - Glenn Coldenhoff 4

Glenn Coldenhoff: Keeping things fun during my first day back on the bike! The Corona situation in the Netherlands is improving which finally allows us to start riding again.

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  • GarySemics

    5/17/2020 9:08 AM

    GC is one with the bike! Why Motocross?
    I’ve been spending most of my entire life, trying to figure out how to go faster on a dirt bike.  I realize that sounds pretty stupid to most people, but that’s because they don’t know about motocross.  So, let me shed some light on the subject.
    Once upon a time, back in Ohio, when winter was turning into spring, I had a friend who would going around saying, I got the fever, I got the fever. This was his way of letting all his friends know that he couldn’t wait to start riding again. 

    What is it about motocross that pulls so many, fun loving people in, hook line and sinker? Well, it’s exciting, fun, competitive, challenging, and it satisfies, the need for speed. 
    Ask anyone who has ridden and raced long enough to reach a high skill level, and they will all tell you; nothing compares!  The higher the skill level, the more the rider and motorcycle have become one!  This means they are no longer limited to their own physical strength and endurance, but also the motorcycle’s.  Now, they can run over 70 mph, they can launch over 100 feet through the air, they can climb long, steep hills within seconds.  They now have, super human strength and endurance. The engine and the front and rear tire contact to the soil, has become highly tuned into their sensory perception.  Since they’re always moving, their eye site has developed the skill to slowdown motion and acutely notice and remember every 10 yards of track in front of them, and nothing else.  This movement and horse power is controlled with their body movements and intricate, sensitive feelings through their right wrist, hands, fingers and feet. Their hands, fingers and feet have become hard wired into the clutch, throttle, front and rear brakes, and the shifter.  Pro racers make a rough motocross track, the bike and themselves look like poetry in motion! 
    Not only is the engine revving, their heart rate is also revving, engaged by physical exertion and the edge of danger. When practicing, and especially while racing, their mind and body has to be all in, 100% focused on the task at hand, and nothing else, not even for a millisecond. Welcome to the realm of total flow concentration.  
    The rewards of staying in this flow, while just practicing is amazing. Flowing through an entire day of racing, and winning, is beyond words.  Once you taste it, you want more, and before you know it, its in your blood.  You’re living a, Life Behind Bars” (handlebars, that is) for the rest of your days on this planet. If not, actually on the bike, at least in the industry, around awesome, like minded, good people!  

    Just be sure to stay contagious, keep running a high temperature, and let everybody know, you got the fever. 

  • DuroTools

    5/16/2020 9:39 PM

    Great bike Control and Style! Sad to see that Gasgas looks to be just a red KTM now though. I figured it would happen but really wish they kept KYB suspension and had a different motor maybe with more low end rather than the top end that the husky and ktm's are known for.
  • GarySemics

    5/17/2020 6:07 AM

    Agreed, especially go back to cartridge forks! This is more important then being the lightest bike! Not doing this is hurting they’re sales more then helping. I know a lot of riders who won’t buy their brands bc of it!

    I didn’t realize how bad the air forks were until I bought a FC250. After trying everything to improve them, I had to get the wallet out for the KYB conversion kit. An extra 2K on top of the already most expensive bike. 😲🤔

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