If you have a pal who rides off-road ask him to take you along
next time he goes riding or look into the MotorcycleSafety
Foundation Dirt School. This is a great place to start your
dirt riding experience as they will provide you with the fundamental
skills required and get you going safely (you can even take
the course without having a bike or gear). They will teach you
things like clutching and throttle control. As you progress
you can go to one of the many MX schools available throughout
the US and get private lessons from a pro, click here
for a Google search. You probably want to stay away from tracks
for a while until you build your riding skills. Taking lessons
from a professional is a smart move and will prevent you from
developing bad technique right from the start.
You will very likely have a million questions.
Don't worry about it, even seasoned vets still have questions.
A great source of answers can be found at thumper
talk or one of the many other dirt bike forums out there.
A word to the wise
Please don't just jump on the bike and go to
some abandoned lot at the end of your street. Or worse the alley
behind your house, or the street in front of your house and
start riding around. It may seem like a fine idea to you, what
can a couple minutes of riding hurt, no hassle with loading
the bike. Trouble is, to those people who have no interest in
dirt bikes or even have a distaste for motorcycles in general.
It is a perfect excuse to join the team of people who are trying
to eradicate off-road riding in all forms. All you need to do
is look at the current laws in California to see the direction
things are going. Please don't add fuel to their fire! Act reponsibly,
use your brain and be considerate of your neighbors. Open your
garage, invite them over to see your new baby and turn someone
else on to the joy of dirt bike riding!