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    How important is it to practice on the bike you actually race?
    I usually practice on a clean 03 EXC250 or 01 EXC 200 (it's fun!).
    Yet, race a 10 XCW 250 (300 kit).
    Do mostof the skills (corner speed, etc) carry over or is it hindering progress?
    My logic is that if I can keep these bikes moving fast thru the corners it will be second-nature on the 300.
    It has worked pretty well so far at races in 2018.
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    I think just riding is most important, best year I had I rode the #700 road bike everyday and didn't ride the dirt bike until I left the line Sunday AM. Kind of like baseball players in the on-deck circle swinging 2-3 bats or a weight on it, when they get to the plate the bat feels light and nimble. I imagine the older bike doesn't handle as well so when the new one gets out of shape you'll know what to do.
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    Default Re: Practice Bikes

    main thing is seat time, I ride a 250 most of the time so I don't wear out the 125.
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    The quickest way to improve, IMO, with noticeable progress in racing, if you are riding a bike different than the one you race, is to practice on a bike that is bigger than the one you race. By doing that, it does several things. First, it makes it easier to ride the smaller bike smoother. Smoother is faster. It gives you more confidence when you get on the smaller bike, to race and you will have more stamina, for a longer period, when on the smaller bike. It actually makes cornering and hill climbing easier as well.

    With you having 2 250+ bikes and a 200, if you ride the bigger bikes for a while, do you not find it easier to ride the 200 more smoothly, when you ride it? Does the age of the 200, compared to the newer bike affect how you are able to ride it, somewhat ?
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    Default Re: Practice Bikes

    You can hit obstacles a lot faster on the newer bikes & keep control (18 model). Riding the older bikes to my limits does make it much easier to ride the new bikes fast.
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    I knew someone back in the day that was good enough to make it into a supercross race, he would practice on a 250 to build strength and stamina, and race a 125.
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    Default Re: Practice Bikes

    back in the old days the Maico GP riders would practice on the 450 but race the 400.

    Riding anything is good, even a trials bike. The variety will help you.
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