Riding Tip: Are you ready to wheelie?
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December 14,15 North Wilkesboro, NC
January 18,19 Series 1 Essential Skills Course, Pahrump, NV
February 1,2 2014 King Of The Motos, Johnston Valley, CA  (Extreme Motorcycle Race)
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February 28-March 2 2014 Alt Rider Taste Of Dakar, Pahrump, NV (One-day JLR Training on the Friday of the event)
March 22,23 Series 1 Essential Skills Course, Pahrump, NV
Our January Class is filling up quick and some of the others are just getting entries. We have a limited number of rental bikes available at each class so inquire with us about availability. The weather is great during the winter in Nevada where the average temperature during the day is 60-degrees, perfect for riding. And we have very few days with rain, but we love when it waters the ground!
JLR Adventure/Dual Sport Riding Clinic in North Carolina
With help from the Powersport Grafix/ guys Jimmy will be heading to North Carolina for a weekend class December 14,15. If you are in this area it is rare JLR gets to the East Coast so come on out and take your riding to the next level on your home turf. For more information contact JLR or 

Intro To Rally Navigation Class January 20,21 2014
Are you looking at participating in a navigation rally but can’t find your way out of the bivouac? Jimmy can help by teaching you the basics of mapbook rally navigation in a two-day class that goes over everything you’d need to know to navigate the Dakar
This class combines classroom teaching, on-bike drills and running a few mock rally stages (even sand dunes) to give you the knowledge necessary to become a solid navigator. To do this class you need to be at least intermediate riding level on difficult off-road terrain, have your own bike equipped with a large-size mapbook holder, a resettable odometer running in miles, a GPS that will display heading in numeric degrees (CAP Heading) and a fuel range of 100-miles. You will also need some sort of satellite connected personal tracking device (like a SPOT).
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Jeff performing a wheel loft.

Newsletter Riding Tip:  Are You Ready To Wheelie?

We get a lot of requests from riders who want to learn to wheelie. We usually say, “No!” So then they ask about wheel lofting, knowing that is the way we have taught it before. And we have to explain how we teach the drill (STATIONARY!) and why we teach it that way. So we thought we’d go a little bit into detail about this and why we are so careful (and you should be too) when wanting to do this very advanced technique.

First, almost every bike out there will loft the front wheel by just turning the throttle, so if you turn the gas on hard enough and have traction, watch out, you’ll be doing a wheelie (or flipping over backwards.) Not so difficult, right? But often the excitement is enough to prevent you from closing the throttle and bad things happen quickly. How do you stop this? What do you do now? Do you know? Well that would have been a good question to ask before the problem happens, hence this riding tip.

Remember, you are in control of the bike. Learn to keep it under control all the time, even when doing crazy stuff. Wheel lofting is dangerous because it is very timing intensive-- the combination of snapping the throttle, engaging the clutch, transferring your weight on the bike, using the spring of the suspension and finally the control of the brake to get the bike to respond how you'd like. That is usually five things that have to happen in unison in a split second. When you do it right, the bike responds like a bomb went off. Even doing it close to perfect can flip a bike over backwards faster than you’d think. But doing it right is very difficult.

Most riders have a hard time just timing the clutch and the throttle so adding all the other ingredients expert riders use is a bit of a mystery for most, but somehow novice riders expect the same results and expect that they should be doing it because they have been told, “the steps.” What is often forgotten is that these steps take a lot of practice and should be built upon in small increments. Always with the saving factor of using the rear brake to control the wheel loft. Especially bringing the front end back down as quickly as it goes up. The rear brake is the key to learning wheelies and wheel lofting no matter how many YouTube videos you see of Wheelie Boys in Baltimore. The rear brake is your friend and the most important part in wheel lofting.

We feel you are ready to begin lifting the front wheel off the ground more than a few inches when you are able to do it from a standing stop and NOT going forward when you loft the front wheel. Doing stationary wheel lofting shows that you have the bike control and the timing to make the motorcycle do exactly what you want it to do. Mostly it demonstrates that you have the brake control you’ll need to progress further. The brake control is the only way to save you when your timing finally becomes perfect and you see how easily the bike will lunge and loft the front wheel into the air.

Antigravity Batteries
With it getting cold out and your bike getting harder and harder to start, it is a great time to think about that battery of yours. Lead-acid? That is so overweight and decades old technology. Have you picked up a Lithium-Ion battery lately and felt how many pounds you could save with a swap?
JLR uses Antigravity Lithium-Ion Batteries in most of our bikes and we could not be happier with the performance and durability. Of all the ones we’ve tried, they are the most robust and with standard case sized batteries, they fit right in most bikes like the original battery, just weighing a whole lot less while providing more cranking amps in most cases. Lithium-Ion holds its charge much better when in storage and our experience is the overall life is usually a bit longer as well. A few things about Lithium Ion, it does not like is a parasitic drain on the battery when not in use and they do take 10-20 seconds to warm up on a cold day for the first start. So if it is battery time or when it is soon to be battery time, give Anti-Gravity a look and tell them JLR sent you.
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