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post #11 of 16 (permalink) Old 05-11-2016, 02:17 PM
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FWIW, I did one of those dirt courses with some buddies last summer. Holy cow, did I get my butt kicked! But learned a LOT! I hadn't ridden dirt since I was about 12 and it showed, counter balancing felt so counter intuitive that I ate it pretty hard more than a few times. I easily got as much out of it as I have any track instruction day I have done.

The way I look at it now is, track time gets you faster for when things are all going right. Dirt time gets you home when it's not.
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Thank you for posting this. As a new rider reading these always reinforced in my mind what a head game motorcycling is. I appreciate you sharing this.

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Thank you for posting this. As a new rider reading these always reinforced in my mind what a head game motorcycling is. I appreciate you sharing this.
"Head game", probably as it helps for survival to be as aware as a fighter pilot. Dirt is mostly out of control riding and teaches various reactions to being sideways, etc., etc. From there it's all muscle memory. Would have saved you your noob drop as you learn how to feather all the controls.
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Slamming the front brake while leaned over even while going slowly is a recipe for disaster, with or without the added bonus of the throttle jerk. Glad you are okay. Not all dirt experiences translate well onto the road. Sliding the rear is one thing, but sliding the front in dirt is not the same as when on the road. I've seen the stunt rider Teach McNeal do some amazing things with a bike in a parking lot, but not everyone is going to master those techniques or stay up while trying to learn.
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I've heard other say that too -- that the best way to be a great street rider is to learn dirt. A buddy send me a link to a dirt-bike "school" that does long weekend classes and rents out the bikes. I might take him up on that...

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Good that you saved it. Also good that you have experience & instinctively corrected the "mistake". What bothers me is that a rider "just learning" would have dropped it. Motorcycling is a skill that always gets better...especially when the rider reflects on "mistakes" & makes the appropriate correction.

Keep the rubber down!
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I've heard other say that too -- that the best way to be a great street rider is to learn dirt. A buddy send me a link to a dirt-bike "school" that does long weekend classes and rents out the bikes. I might take him up on that...



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When your riding on dirt, the bike is always on the verge of out of control. I keep my street skills sharpe by riding the dirt with my 8 year old, we make memories and have a blast.
Glad you were able to keep rubber down.

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