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post #31 of 38 Old 04-30-14, 11:08
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I would agree that riding a dirt bike does not prepare you for street riding as much as people think. I would also agree that riding a dirt bike makes a rider more familiar and experienced with motorcycles.

You can't fully learn how to ride unless you are physically doing it. I would always recommend for new riders to start at the 250-300cc level and I would suggest those 250cc dirt bikers to get a 500cc sport bike (not a supersport) to learn good riding on the street. Going to a 600 or 1000 cc supersport is a big deal for those not familiar with the power delivery and the stopping power of such bikes.

At the end of the day we are all riders and it doesn't matter where or how we learn so long as we are learning safely.

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post #32 of 38 Old 08-04-14, 21:31
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Just buy a dirt bike for the street so as not to have that argument. drz400sm

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Awesome info for new riders.
Dirt and street are two very different beasts
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post #36 of 38 Old 01-02-16, 13:09
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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.
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post #37 of 38 Old 01-28-16, 14:39
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I would agree that riding a dirt bike does not prepare you for street riding as much as people think. I would also agree that riding a dirt bike makes a rider more familiar and experienced with motorcycles.

You can't fully learn how to ride unless you are physically doing it. I would always recommend for new riders to start at the 250-300cc level and I would suggest those 250cc dirt bikers to get a 500cc sport bike (not a supersport) to learn good riding on the street. Going to a 600 or 1000 cc supersport is a big deal for those not familiar with the power delivery and the stopping power of such bikes.

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Couldn't agree more!

Great thread, thanks for taking the time to share it! All good info. I think that each one of us is going to have different opinions on what prepares them best for riding skill and experience. All of us are going to have many unique situations and close calls that we will glean some new clarity from.

One point that you made that I make sure to tell all my friends, is that there isn't a rider that "won't fall". Only riders that have, and those that will. In fact I don't think you can be considered an experienced rider until you have taken a fall that isn't any fault of your own. It's surprising how much you learn from it, and reminds you of what you need to be aware of to possibly avoid it the next time.

Ride safe!
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post #38 of 38 Old 02-05-16, 15:33
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Riding/Enjoying a motorcycle is like ****ing, Nuff Said.
If you're doing it right sooner or later you'll get arrested?
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