Opinions about motojimkhana are quite different, and many have not even heard of it. However, when you say “figured driving”, a light of understanding appears in the eyes of the interlocutor, logic and associative array are connected to the matter. So what is motojimkhana and how is it interesting for motorcyclists?
There are several opinions regarding the origin of motojimkhana. The official version is that the sport was organized in Japan back in the 70s, as a direction that is open to all motorcyclists and does not require technical difficulties in organizing the site, except for its reasonable consistent route, exposed by cones.
According to an alternative version, it is believed that motojimkhana grew into an amateur sport out of simple yard hobbies like “see how I can” and out of the desire of motorcyclists to masterfully drive a motorcycle. At the same time, it is clear that the basic exercises came from motorcycle schools. When motorcyclists got used to the exercise, sports interest began to appear – who maneuvers faster and more accurately. The alternatives are related to the fact that the interest of motorcyclists in performing speed exercises was not pinpointed only in Japan. People in other countries also noticed the idea of competing in bike skills.
As a result, motojimkhana consists of the fact that you need to overcome the route with exercises for the dexterity of driving a motorcycle in the shortest possible time, technically competently, without touching the ground with your feet, without overturning cones and without falling, of course.
The rules in motojimkhana differ from country to country, therefore, difficulties arise with different types of competitions, and perhaps even this is one of the reasons inhibiting its development.
The rules in their meaning boil down to the fact that there is a specialized site, asphalt, on which an obstacle course is set by cones. The exercise is also indicated by the color of the cone. This is where the main discrepancies are most often. For example, a blue cone indicates a left turn and a red cone for a right, and the stripes on the cones can indicate how sharp the turn should be or how many times to turn around the cone. Orange cones traditionally denote the border of the strip. The motorcyclist is allowed to walk the track and is allowed to walk it twice for a while so that the best result counts.
Motojimkhana is advised for novice motorcyclists to develop skills and understanding of motorcycle handling, and is also chosen for an advanced level in motorcycle schools. This fact does not negate the participation of experienced motorcyclists who are trying to pass the track in order to check or even tease themselves.
What do you need to participate?
Motorcycle + equipment + patience and work. Motorcycles, as a rule, are as simple as possible urban models. To drive a Kawasaki H2R or a Gold Wing barge to the site into the forest of cones is, frankly, not a good idea. Although this does not prohibit participation on cruisers or sportbikes. It is much more likely to simply pass the track “excellent” on short and nimble motorcycles that can easily tolerate driving in low gears.
The preparation of the motorcycle also rests on the shoulders of the participant.
Equipment is required. Someone will say now, they say:
– Why do they need a team, these guys rarely go beyond second gear!
This does not mean that they do not fall! Falling is always unpleasant and injury can be sustained at any speed. Therefore, at least a minimum set of protection must be, not only a helmet with gloves, but also knee pads with a scoop. If it still feels like motojimhana is a light sport for amateurs, in which falls are like falling on soft grass from a pink pony, here’s a good example:
What is the use of motojimkhana?
Probably, only in Russia there are still people who are sure that motojimkhana will not be useful to a motorcyclist in the city. Yes, surprisingly there is a quite stable circle, the logic of which is as follows:
- This is a predictable track, the pilot knows in advance where and what turns, so no need to think;
- This is a separate track, here no one will suddenly drive into you from the left side, shouting “I did not see him!” and a child will not run out of the bushes for a soccer ball;
- The exercises they do on the site are not usually used in the city as they are;
Regarding the predictability of the track, this is certainly true, but the number of exercises is such that it is extremely difficult to learn it completely. A system with colored cones is needed in order to indicate to the rider how to correctly complete the task. In fact, correct execution does not mean trying to remember which cone goes behind which one, but the exact execution of the exercise according to the signs. The motorcyclist sees a cone, knows what he means and performs the task, already assuming where he will go next, sees another cone there and understands what awaits him. That is, in motion, it’s like driving according to the situation. When you go to work, you know the route, you know what signs and traffic lights are there, but you follow the instructions only when you come under the influence of a sign or traffic light. So here too – situational.
One must agree with the statement about unforeseen events. In motodzhimkhan you will not be cut off or taken down by some “gazelle”. This means that attentiveness to what is happening around will have to be trained somewhere else.
The opinion that exercises cannot be applied in the city. Controversial. Firstly, motojimkhana is still largely positioned as an advanced level, for which it is actively introduced in large motorcycle schools. Secondly, motorcycle handling depends on the rider’s riding habits and the situation. According to this logic, there should be no motorcyclists on public roads who ride like on a motorcycle track. There should be no stunt riders who show their skills in the stream, thereby pissed off the dull motorists.
That is, if a motorcyclist has a certain skill, he will always find an opportunity, to apply it – there would be a desire. Moreover, training sites do not teach a pattern of behavior, but help in developing a skill. Another question is whether it is needed at the moment, is such a driving style justified, how much confidence of a motorcyclist in performing a technique is comparable to the road situation?
The benefit of motojimhana is that the motorcyclist learns to feel and understand the basic principles of motorcycle control, its balance and dimensions. It seems to many now, just think, to ride around a checker, the difficulty is great. Do you remember the first time you got on a motorcycle? Did you manage to go around the checkers right away, so as not to knock them down? In motorcycle school, my study bike was a Chinese semi-chopper. I looked at its length, then at the figure eight exercise, then again at its length … On the first day it seemed that they were not made for each other and this was just a joke from the instructor. But it turned out that it was just necessary to adjust the idle speed, to understand the point of entry and exit from the exercise in order to make it perfect.
I cannot tell the traffic police inspector at the exam that I will not do the “eight” exercise, because in my life on the road I am not going to repeat it. The exercise is given to test the skill and that’s it.
The advantages of motojimkhana are not that the student can ride the “snake” for as long as he wants, but that he can competently maneuver in limited conditions. Now he will hit a checkerboard and there will be nothing but penalty seconds. And tomorrow he will drive around a pedestrian whom he did not see or a dog that ran out onto the road and will do it almost unconsciously, because he drove around the checkers until he turned blue in order to bring the levers and brakes to automatism, instead of convulsive twitching due to stupor.
Motojimkhana will teach a motorcyclist to fall. And also do not be afraid of falls, get up, lift the motorcycle, cry over the battered plastic.
“Resuscitation of a cracked motorcycle plastic”
In any case, if there is a desire to try something new and not particularly dangerous, then motojimkhana is a worthy option. Take care of protecting yourself and your motorcycle, so as not to regret the decision and on the road to new discoveries!