New To Enduros?

First of all, don’t be intimidated by the fact that your riding a timed event. It is really a simple thing to learn and you don’t need to spend a fortune on expensive computers to know what’s up.  If you like to ride trails, this is probably the most fun you can have on two wheels. So where do you start?

 

  1. Make sure your as legal as possible, bike, license, insurance. You should have a bike with a title that you have registered and plated. Get a basic insurance package, theft and liability, which is a good idea anyway, the theft part, you know. You don’t need to have turn signals , break lights, inspection, high beams or the normal street bike stuff, just a plate and your paperwork in order.
  2. Join the AMA (American Motorcycle Association) if you haven’t done so prior. We all support the AMA. 
  3. Go to the ECEA (East Coast Enduro Association) web site and lookup membership (this is obviously if  you live in PA and NJ). Download the rule book and read it.  There is a quiz about the rules you must submit to the ECEA to be allowed to ride events sanctioned by them. Don’t worry, it’s not that hard, besides it’s an open book test. When applying for the ECEA number you must pick a class you want to compete in. They will send you a ECEA membership card with your number. That along with your AMA number is needed to enter events.
  4. Get a Roll chart holder and a stop watch. I use a cheap $10 Walmart wrist watch with a velcro strap. This makes it easy to mount on the handlebars. Many riders feel that the roll chart and stop watch makes it all the more fun. Information about the race is available on the ECEA web site, prior to the event, that allows you to make your own roll chart, (Enduro Roll Chart V3.11 for Windows) or you may opt for purchasing a JART Chart at the event. Make sure they have them available before showing up. JART charts have additional information regarding trail or surface type, left and right turns along with the milage and time you need to be there.  I used the roll chart program for many events. It easy to read and makes timing yourself easier. It gives you the milage and the minutes and is less information to digest while trying to watch where your going. Milage markers are posted along the way to compare your time with. For you first event this may be the easiest to deal with.
  5. Enduro races start with usually 4 or 5 riders per minute. This means every minute these riders go onto the course. Start your stop watch when you leave on your minute. Now that you have read the rules you know that you must try not to be early into a check point or points will be added (not good) to your score. The same goes for being late, with less penalty of course. At first you ride with your group letting the faster riders (and you’ll know who they are) go ahead. There is a degree of etiquette you must follow, believe it or not. Says it in the rules anyway. No need to ride over you head, just find your pace.
  6. OK, now you have a legal bike, ECEA #, AMA # and Insurance, check the schedule for upcoming events (posted on the ECEA web site) and get yourself there, and most of all have fun.