Join Date: Mar 2014
Location: Long Valley
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Stumbled upon this thread - some good information and some questionable opinion.
One cool thing about this sport is you never stop learning.
Take a rider course to get started and keep taking rider courses as your riding career progresses. I've been riding/racing for some time and I make it a point to do some sort of rider training every season.
I also disagree with the authors opinion regarding the non-value of dirt riding. IMHO, dirt riding is one of the most valuable methods of becoming a proficient rider. Not only is it ideal for a rider to begin learning on the dirt, but it is also super important to ride in the dirt on an ongoing basis. While it is true that some techniques differ between dirt and street, e.g. rear brake usage, weighting the outside or top of the bike, dirt riding hones a wide array of skills.
My son who is now 13 will begin his racetrack experience this season. You can bet that he rides in the dirt on a regular basis and has already taken several rider courses both dirt and track focused.
Key thing is people need to take responsibility for themselves.
- Do the proper research on rider education, obtain the proper knowledge and foundation by consulting someone who is trained to train.
- Learn to exercise self control. Having extreme emotions translate into immediate action is not a good thing on a motorcycle. This is a subtle sport.
- There are places for speed. A closed course is the place to prove you are fast or can drag your knee. There is no place for this behavior on the street.