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Vintage Yamaha Enduro Rumblings

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Crowds are no fun, for problems multiply as the square of your numbers.

Crowds are no fun, for problems multiply as the square of your numbers.
​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.

lt sounds like fun at first, all the gang planning a trail ride together. A neat idea, sociable as can be. Forget it. By the end of the day you'll be mad at half the guys, or they'll be mad at you.

Somehow or other, a bunch of' trail riders never can get all their bikes underway at the same time. Once underway, they don't all keep up the pace, tackle the obstacles, follow the route, with equal ability.

Start, stop, go back for laggards, go for gas. lend a tool, tow out a breakdown, have a smoke, your ride becomes a slow motion caravan full of frustration.

So you're a good guy, and you don't think you'll mind waiting up, you'll tolerate the delays. But, alter the tenth stop you'll get a bit edgy about it. And, maybe you're the guy the others will be waiting for. Sort of an embarrassment holding up the day's fun, isn't it?

Too many riders spoil the ride. Three are ideal, four are acceptable, five are the limit. Five good men, reasonably well prepared, can figure on only a half dozen unplanned stops in a day's ride, not too much strain on everyone's good nature.

The only place a bigger crowd can ride together is in organized enduros, where each has a route card to follow, and nobody is expected to wait for anyone else.

So, if you must ride in large groups, break it up. Separate into comparable ability small groups, and give each a leader who knows where you're going. You'll all

have a better ride.

ln trail riding, three may not be a crowd, but more than tive sure is.

A Good Day
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