Vintage Yamaha Enduro Rumblings
Competition can clobber you • unless experience comes first.
|A series of monographs taken from a 1970's vintage Motorcycle Industry Council Publication given out to new off road motorcycle purchasers by dealers. We will be publishing the entire pamphlet here.
You've really been getting it all together at last, and now you're ready to pit your skills against those guys you read about winning the tough enduros. lt's time, you think, to take up competition, after all, you really are hauling now on your trails.
Most reports tell of how many didn't go the distance in the really tough runs, you ought to at least be a finisher, maybe even trophy an event.
So you join the group, get your license. and enter the fray. Right off you find out something. The trails aren't like your friendly old familiars at home. And, there's a lot of other guys out with you trying to keep on time on that same trail. Many of them are a lot faster than you, you discover to your dismay. Tougher too, at the impassable places.
You're busy trying to follow the arrows, read your route sheet, check your watch, look for checkpoints, watch the incredibly tough trail they've put you on, and here's guys right behind now wanting to get by. The pressure is, really on.
You'll be tempted to abandon caution, and keep up with those guys passing you by. You'll get carried away with your will to win, and you'll get clobbered by the terrain if you do. Until you have mastered the typical terrain where you live, the enduro will beat you.
After you get over your disappointment at finding out there are so many other guys faster and tougher than you are, you buckle down to learn to ride enduros. Then the day arrives when you edge into a fifth place trophy. ln the novice class.