Finally it is getting cold here. Some way below freezing at night. But it’s dry. No rain for weeks, or is it months? It was cold but dry today and I had the day off. And I had a 2012 KTM 150SX which I had parked in the garage for the winter. But winter hadn’t really come yet. No snow, no rain, and the sun was shining as it had done so often over the past few months.
20 minutes after setting off we got to the X Bowl arena in Stegenwald. But it was shut. f@#k. they said they were open on friday, saturday and Sunday in November. Or rather, Jeweils Freitag, Samstag und Sonntag von 9h – 18h.
There was a phone number on the fence, but nobody answered the phone. Once, twice, three times. Dam. Ok Adi, lets just walk up and I will show you the track. We squeezed through a gap and walked 5 minutes up to the track. Completely deserted. Where is everybody?? I tried to call them again. No Answer. F#$K. We walked back to the car and I redialed. Somebody picked up straight away. (me, In rubbish German) “Hi, we are at the track, are you coming here? It says you are open on your website but the gate is locked and nobody is here”.
Austrian dude, “No sorry, I cant come down today, but I can give you the code for the lock and you can go ride. Just shut the gate behind you when you go in”. Me, “Thank you”.
the photo above is click-able. More for me than you. Always useful to see yourself ride to see what to work on. This part of the track always pisses me off. SO hard to ride it clean, and even when you do it doesn’t feel like it. Or maybe I didn’t really get it clean yet. haha.
This was a few jumps later and my hands were getting cold and my clutch finger was getting tired so I didn’t manage to pull the clutch in properly and stalled the engine as a result when I tapped the rear brake to level out. Endo-ed the whole landing but somehow avoided binning it, thank the gods!
Illustrations by Benny
2012 KTM 150SX. The first new motocross bike I have ever owned.
All photos by Adi Sumic.