In this fifth installment of the Minimotard Motorpasión Moto Course, it is time to start rolling the first rounds but first it would be necessary to review the appropriate clothing for the pilot, the circuit accessories (separate tool) and not neglect the physical form since it is done a lot of effort on top of a mini scooter. So we are going to review all these points but We will start with the filming and motorcycle clothing, the accessories and the physical preparation we leave it for the next article. We have a lot of theory and we have to get fully into the field of practice, there is no doubt. We open an article with a photograph of our training track for the occasion, the one already mentioned above, Multitrack Circuit in Girona and part of the graphic section is illustrated by the magnificent snapshots taken by GusJLopez in the ANPA Levante cup.
Is about a complex to enjoy karting and motoring who has been kind enough, together with UNO Racing, to leave us their track exclusively to run our motorcycle, train and supervise us at all times. It has two asphalt circuits, one for mini-bikes, two for dirt, a cafeteria and two shops, one for karting and the other for pitbikes. If this is the first time you have faced a mini scooter You must do two runs, the engine and your own. The motor is more or less easy, you just have to be careful and tactful at the beginning. To shoot yourself you need minutes on the track and batches, although from my personal experience that I am having when preparing this course, I divide that personal shoot into four well differentiated parts.
As I say, the guys from the Multipistes, doing their part, have paved the way for me quite a bit. They opened the circuit at eight in the morning for us to ride something cooler and avoid the intense heat that hits Girona during these days. The first opening day, and although it had not rained in the area for a long time, the asphalt was wet due to a cloud that had discharged quite a bit of water first thing in the morning. We started well … We waited for the track to dry a bit but it slid a lot and, to make matters worse, we had to remove the layer of paraffin from the Dunlop tires fitted for the occasion. Appear the first phase that I call "Acojono". Sorry for the vulgarity, I can't find another word that can define my first laps with the mini scooter, in those conditions, I'll tell you …
A little later with the dry asphalt and the tires working, things started to change for the better and began the "Adaptation" phase. Here the recommendation is to be gentle and not open the throttle fully, let the engine warm up before leaving, don't stretch the gears too much and avoid sharp cuts. We almost spent a tank of gasoline and it will be two full tanks that will mark the duration of the shoot. The next day in the third batch, one begins to feel better because the Minimotard is measured and we try to fit in perfectly. It is the third stage o "Engagement-Fun" phase. I must say that from my racing scooter experience, I have half a battle won here. You start to kneel where it belongs and let the bike run around a curve without hurrying the brakes, that's what it's all about.
In the final batch of filming, with the oil and the Dunlop very hot, you can allow yourself to fully open the gas on some specific occasion. I call this phase "Total Enjoyment". With everything in place, you have the circuit at hand and you go from piano to piano enjoying, as it is commonly said, "like a pig in a puddle." We will save the fifth phase for the moment and leave it as a ghost. It is the "Rush-Fall" phase because when everything is more or less dominated, it only remains to try to go through the same curve a little faster and you already know what usually happens in that position when looking for the limits. At least that is how I have lived it, and that is how I transmit it to you. It is impressive how quickly you can have a good time on top of a mini scooter. At first I was running stiff as a sail but I quickly adapted to the peculiar racing posture of these mini bikes as you can see in the photo above.
An important detail to keep in mind is that when filming, it is advisable let the engine cool completely between runs. We have needed a couple of days for this task at the rate of two batches on the first day and three on the second. This indication should not be ignored since these temperature changes are essential for the engine. The internal parts will fit properly this way. Now it is convenient to change the oil and filter, adjust the valves, tighten the screws in general and fit a magnetized engine crankcase plug that collects the filings in successive oil changes. From here it is convenient to change oil and filter with adjustment and tighten every 3 weekend runs, more or less. Even the revision of screws is recommended within the same run, between batches. It never hurts an eye inspection for this purpose.
It may be a good idea to make a kind of maintenance booklet where to record the operations that we carry out on the mini-scooter and the frequency of these to have everything under control. It is possible to install, as in the supermotard, an hour meter but for minimotard focused on leisure and batches I do not see it necessary. Another song is the races where the engines are prepared and require more exhaustive maintenance. It has to be said that Pitbikes are motorcycles that reflect well the treatment they receive. The UNO Racing mechanic insists that if they are treated well and kept up to date, the engines last. If you are one of those who chills them cold, you remove two gears at once and release the clutch like the one that throws a stone (there is no kickback), and you demand them for long periods of time, you simply break them.
In the hands of fine pilots that let them run in a curve without fanfare, the pitbike, they are more long-lived. In the power of those who seem to have feet more than hands, that is, With rude and brusque people, they can be the ruin and give a lot of trouble. A product that, although cheap, is friends with people who are jealous of their motorcycles and are careful. Yes, it's true, spare parts are cheap and a whole engine costs 500 euros, but if you want to spend the week in the garage … yourself. Another aspect that I do not want to leave in the inkwell is the tires and having adequate pressures, between 1, 3 and 1, 0 gave good results in our case but in the forums we can see the experiences of the users in this regard. Regarding clothing, due to the intense heat and as we shoot alone, we adapted a perforated summer sanity suit, adding some sliders to the pants but the indicated is leather jumpsuit. And for my taste, one piece without a doubt. The fix we made with sanity is a personal exception due to the atypical nature of the situation, as we say, leather bound jumpsuit.
The debate between two and one piece is very old. If you have one of two pieces because it alternates in use with the road motorcycle, obviously we will use this but if you have to buy one we will keep the one piece. There are no seams or pleats to bother the waist area and it fits like a glove. And matching helmet, gloves and boots without forgetting the trellis. By the way, speaking of helmets, it is very common to see runners with off-road helmets in minimotard races, as we see in a photo. Clear reminiscence to the origin of the supermoto that comes from dirt bikes. And there is not much more to add when we talk about equipping yourself, the options are clear and concise. We have finally broken on the ice after a lot of theory and it is already a matter of gaining experience and manners on the bike. In the next chapter we continue with the physical form and some necessary accessories in our rides.