Hello dirt biker chicks!

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I just bought a new-to-me bike and am looking forward to getting back into riding. I used to ride way back when in high school and haven't ridden since.

I bought a 2000 WR400F. It has a ton of power! Way more than I need right now but hopefully I'll be glad to have it someday!

I'm primarily a snowmobiler. All steep and deep mtn. riding and hillclimb racing. But I've had enough golf and needed a summer toy. Sounds like you gals like a lighter weight bike. This doesn't feel heavy to me for 2 reasons: 1) I haven't been on lighter bikes to compare to, and 2) I'm used to throwing around a 550+ lb. sled. But I'm sure like in the sledding world, lighter is better.

Anyway, just thought I'd say hi. I'd appreciate any tips you ladies have for learning to ride on a bigger bike. I'm 35, 5'8", 160 lbs. Aggressive as hell on a sled but a little timid on the bike so far (only about 2 hours).

Shannon
 
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Welcome. to the dirt bike world again.

Where are you located?
 
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welcome

rmk_racer said:
I bought a 2000 WR400F. It has a ton of power! Way more than I need right now but hopefully I'll be glad to have it someday!

I'm primarily a snowmobiler. All steep and deep mtn. riding and hillclimb racing. But I've had enough golf and needed a summer toy. Sounds like you gals like a lighter weight bike. This doesn't feel heavy to me for 2 reasons: 1) I haven't been on lighter bikes to compare to, and 2) I'm used to throwing around a 550+ lb. sled. But I'm sure like in the sledding world, lighter is better.

Anyway, just thought I'd say hi. I'd appreciate any tips you ladies have for learning to ride on a bigger bike. I'm 35, 5'8", 160 lbs. Aggressive as hell on a sled but a little timid on the bike so far (only about 2 hours).

Shannon

Hey Shannon. You won't be timid for long with credentials like that!!

There are at least a few women on this forum who could keep you in good company. Work your way through some of the posts. Some fun stuff there. Not all of these athletes are "writers" by nature, which leaves the rest of us hungry for more details. I think maybe they'd rather ride than write- Definitely not a bad thing! :nod: Feel free to tell us about your rides, and how your summer fun is coming. Always great to read about other women riders. :cool:

At any rate, you will fit in quite well with the very talented women in this group.

Welcome aboard.
 
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Thanks girls! I live in Spring Creek, Nevada just outside of Elko. Basically right between Salt Lake City and Reno.

I ride Polaris sleds. I've been racing an 06 600 RMK and an 07 700 Dragon. This spring I traded the dragon for a 685 mod sled in the snocross chassis. It's a 600 with Carl's Cycle 685 kit, ported, cut head, race twin pipes, etc. 100% race gas, that thing RIPS!!!! I've had bigger motor sleds but in an older, heavier chassis.

Spent an hour on the bike this morning. I love it!! Man my butt is sore! I guess I'm sitting too much. I was trying to spend more time on the pegs but having a hard time shifting while standing...... any thoughts?

S
 
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Welcome to the bike world :)

I've been riding for quite a few years...and I can't stand and shift either.

Depending on what type of terrain you're covering, the remedy to your sore situation might be to just stand for stretches where you don't need to shift. That or take a quick break every so often until you get used to the bike seat and don't need them.

Most of all, don't rush things...take your time and check stuff out at your own pace. If you get tired or sore, take five or ten, then try it out again.

I rarely run into the sore rear problem as most of my riding requires that I stand quite often, but I remember having it earlier on when I started learning to ride.

Tolle'
 
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Use you legs to squeeze the bike frame when standing and shifting. Its an easy way to stabilize yourself and learn how to stand and shift. Once your used to being up there you wont need to squeeze anymore.
 
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Put about 25 miles on Friday. That bike is a kick in the pants!! Mostly rode rutted, bumpy 2-track roads. Went with a sleddin' buddy and were riding side by side so neither of us had to eat dust. Of course we were 1/2 racing most of the time since that what we do on the sleds. Sure felt like we were too close together but no mishaps! Going to buy a camelback this morning and then another ride this afternoon. Still working on shifting while standing, it helped to grip with my knees. Thanks! Now I need to find a LITTLE jump and see how he likes a little air!

S
 
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Hi again Ladies!

I have been riding several more times and am loving it! I've mostly been riding dirt roads and 2-tracks. The dirt roads are a little scary as the corners are "slick" with gravel. But I'm taking turns a lot faster than the first time out so I'm learning. The 2-tracks are a blast! At least until I find myself in a narrow 6" deep rut! That gets a little hairy!!!!! The throttle truly is your friend!

I'm starting to figure out making the rear tire slide around corners, found that out by accident! :yikes:

The bike is treating me good, hasn't dumped me on my head yet! I had new sprockets and chain put on it last week. And had the suspension softened up. The softer suspension made a huge difference. It was way too stiff for how I'm riding!

I've been standing more and gripping with my legs helps, thanks! I did find a little jump........ It's only about 3 feet tall and I only hit it hard enough to get off the ground. This bike lands like a tank. Don't know if that's just because it's a heavy bike or if I still need some suspension work..... Any ideas?

Anyway, thanks for the replies ladies and happy riding!

Shannon
 
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Hello Shannon! It's great to see other women riders out there on the trails. I, too, ride a purdy big bike. My first bike was a 2001 YZ426F... So I started out on a big bike at a young age ((I was about 16 years old)) and worked myself up to the CRF450 that I have now. Words of wisdom: The throttle works both ways. ;)
 
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Thanks CRF! It's good to see that there are others in my position with a bigger bike. I love the power and so far so good with the throttle! Might go to a local track here and try it out this afternoon.
 
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Aww!! How fun!! I haven't been riding since Memorial Day weekend :ohmy: I had a injury that left me out for a little bit, then I decided to go get my tattoos finished on my legs, and since they aren't healing properly, wearing my boots is a no go! I miss riding soooo much! I'm hoping for some Pismo action in a few weeks. Have fun at the track!!
 
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Wow, if I could just lift those bigger bikes after a crash I would be all over it. I love the 450X's power. For now my 250X will have to do and I'll just be in awe of all you gals with those big girl bikes.
 
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Oh to touch the ground on my CR 80, let alone a 450!!! The boyfriend has a 450, but hasn't let me ride it as of yet...