Originally Posted by slide
It's one thing for a kid who is 12 to learn on dirt (good). It's another for an adult (bad).
Jeebus, there's a difference between "adult" and "elderly".
I'm pushing 40 and just got into riding dirt this year. Have fallen off my share of times (albeit not at high speeds) and miraculously my body hasn't fallen apart or broken yet. I say dirt is softer than pavement; YMMV.