Advice for someone looking to get into dirt a little more...

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One reason I am going to use their bikes is I know I will drop it a metric ton during the course. I would rather do that to their bike than mine. Am I afraid to drop my bike...no, but when I know I could be dropping it 20 times and then having to rely on it to get me back home I think the cheaper overall option is to use their bike. Plus while i love my S10, I do enjoy riding other bikes as well.

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I will just add, make sure you are wearing the proper protection. One of the most important is to have the proper boots if you do not currently have some. You will drop the bike, and at some point it will drop on your leg/foot. Wearing proper boots, while they do not have to be the full "on" MX type, they will help save you from bruising and/or broken bones.

I currently have the Sidi "All Roads" which are great road boots, and have worked for some off road adventures, I will be buying a more dirt oriented boot for my dirt mis-adventures.

I run the E-07's on my bike, and they have been great 50/50 tire. Great traction for my limited ability off road, and work surprisingly well on road.

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HeliMark said:
I will just add, make sure you are wearing the proper protection. One of the most important is to have the proper boots if you do not currently have some. You will drop the bike, and at some point it will drop on your leg/foot. Wearing proper boots, while they do not have to be the full "on" MX type, they will help save you from bruising and/or broken bones.

I currently have the Sidi "All Roads" which are great road boots, and have worked for some off road adventures, I will be buying a more dirt oriented boot for my dirt mis-adventures.

I run the E-07's on my bike, and they have been great 50/50 tire. Great traction for my limited ability off road, and work surprisingly well on road.

Mark
I'll second the recommendation for boots. I wore my full MX boots when I was at the Colorado rally, and my only fall was on Ophir pass. I fell to the right, and sine I didn't have my panniers on, my foot was momentarily trapped under the bike, but I walked away with only jamming my right thumb. (It was basically a 0 speed drop).

Of course, there are some injuries that surpass the ability of ANY gear:

http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-4466418/Moment-dirt-biker-lower-leg-punctured-tree-branch.html
 

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I have no background in riding dirt bikes in my youth, but because I found myself living in Fairbanks, AK for many years, I did get some experience. I certainly think the pictures Trikepilot posted (surprising name for a rider with substantial off-road skills) show terrain above my skill level. But if you ride in dirt, or as Spousal Unit and I did, many miles of dirt and gravel roads, you will pick-up skills. The most important thing to learn in my book is to know your limits, and while you need to push your limits in order to develop, you should not get in way over your head. Keep your speed reasonable but know that some aggressive use of the throttle is needed to save your arse in some situations. I am proof that a guy with modest off-pavement skills can have a bunch of fun and ride just about every dirt road in AK and the Yukon without going down. And Spousal Unit has riden every one of the roads with me and had less than a year in the saddle when we went to Deadhorse.
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Pterodactyl said:
I certainly think the pictures Trikepilot posted (surprising name for a rider with substantial off-road skills)
Ha! Trike refers not to the assumed three-wheel motos, but rather to my old airplane (known as a trike) that was the STOL equivalent to an ADV moto.


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I would love to go out to rawhyde in Colorado or California. I haven't found what looks like a decent off-road class near me in Alabama yet. The closest is that Bill Lagoon in Oklahoma. I don't think I can eat up 2 days in vacation time traveling to get there. I will keep looking.
 

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Checkswrecks said:
http://www.offroad-training.org/1DirtBike-Schedule.html

The MSFCampus in Georgia now has Dual Sport classes. The trail riding class would also work. These are typically taught on small bikes to work on technique.
I can ride there in 12mins! (Where I actually got my US 'M' certification to my DL) And they have couple of classes in June.
Perfect. Thanks so much for sharing this.
 
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I had never ridden a dirt bike before getting the Super T, even though I've been riding a motorcycle since I was 17 (29 years) and I signed up for the MSF class that others have mentioned right outside Atlanta. It was a great class and I did the first 1/2 on a 250cc then switched to me Super T. They thought I was crazy, but that's why I took the class. I did everything the class was doing and it was great fun.
(seen here parked with the class bikes)

I then went to Durhamtown and practiced, now I ride 70% dirt (not counting my intown riding) and I love it!
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I did put knobby tires on, which is a great help.
Let me know if you want to meet up in North GA, after the class ;-)
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