This question is very common and sits in every head of gymkhana rider. It’s truly not easy to find out where is the balance between skills and abilities or limitations of your motorcycle. That is why Richard wrote this article some time ago, which we are honored to post for you here and extend with few more notes.
As you know Richard is very experienced gymkhana rider from Netherlands. In 2018 he became a winner of European Gymkhana Championship and Dutch National Cup and also was 2nd at the end of MGymkhana Online Championship. This guy know how to ride fast, so let’s see what he recommends.
If you are a beginner, don’t go all-in at once, you will get a bike you cannot handle and you will spend a lot of money on a sport you are maybe still not really sure if it’s something for you. I also really would like to stress out: ‘Fix the rider before you fix the bike!’
You can better spend 100 hours in training, then 100 hours into changing your bike!
Only change your bike when you feel you cannot make more progress and you ride it to the limit. For example, when a beginner gets a MotoGP bike, it doesn’t mean he rides similar track times as Valentino Rossi.
Of course, some changes to the bike can make moto gymkhana easier/faster for you. Depending what level of rider you are, you can make different adjustments.
I will split it up in 4 levels: beginner, intermediate, experienced and pro.
This list is not holy and it is different for every rider and every bike. But it gives an idea of what kind of modifications you can think of!
You are doing moto gymkhana as a hobby, you have just bought a moto gymkhana dedicated bike.
You have some experience, and you start to do serious training or maybe even competition.
You are doing competitions and you want to get to top level.
You are doing great in national and international competitions and you really don’t care about your social life anymore. All your money goes to your moto gymkhana bike.
This is a good overview of what the gymkhana riders do with their bikes between trainings and competitions.
In the next article we’ll give a bit more advice on how to get proper gear ration, tune suspension, set your controls, choose tires, select braking pads and master cylinders.
All the information about moto gymkhana trainings in Kiev is here: Training Playgrounds