Dirt instruction in the greater SF Bay area?

Discussion in 'West – California, the desert southwest and whatev' started by Megaplow, Feb 1, 2013.

  1. Megaplow

    Megaplow Adventurer

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    Hey All,
    I decided it was time to go more dirt and get a proper dirt bike. Now I am in over my head and could use some dirt lessons. Do any of you know any off road courses < 3 hours from San Francisco?

    Thanks,
    Joe
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  2. mootsuno

    mootsuno Been here awhile

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    Hikertrash Wasted Rock Ranger

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    What about some of the Doc Wong clinics? I thought he put one on every now and then.
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  4. ramjet

    ramjet Long timer

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    Doc Wong's clinics deliver some good essentials. You could take those and with continued riding become quite proficient. This is your cheapest option and probably best if your at a beginner level. Shane Watts driils you thoroughly but it won't leave you with enough skill to keep up with the second part which is a trail ride through some single track, rocks and hills if you are at beginner level. Best recommendation I would give is Jimmy Lewis, but he's farther than your listed range. Then there is Rich Oliver's Mystery School which I have not done. Also, Phil ran an school at Sand Hill in Brentwood which he used to own but I believe he sold the property and is now doing some classes out at Carnigie. He teaches some good basics . Kind of a MSF for dirt bikes. He is not Mr. Personality but is OK.
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  5. oldxr

    oldxr Long timer

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    Megaplow-I could meet you out at Carnagie OHV and give you some help.Been riding dirt for 40+ years .Best thing to do is pick an obsticle and ride it over and over untill you master it.Shifting your weight on the footpegs is very important.
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  6. mongox

    mongox ARRRRGH!!!

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    Get a smaller bike, like a 250 or 300.
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  7. aprracer

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    You could reach out to Lorne Banks at Adventure Rider International. I heard they are holding a class in Phoenix early March 13.
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  8. JAB

    JAB Unsprung Weight

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    Jimmy Lewis is not next door, but a great class.
    I learned a lot.

    http://jimmylewisoffroad.com

    Heard good things about Watts.

    Practice, practice, practice.

    Good luck.
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  10. wrk2surf

    wrk2surf on the gas or brakes

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    rich olivers mystery school just south of here in Auberry Ca..
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    Hikertrash Wasted Rock Ranger

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  12. Craig1200

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    I've taken classes with Kevin Anderson twice. It's a ton of fun, and in my opinion, the best bang for your buck in dirt instruction:

    http://www.dirtbikecamp.net/

    He's in Orland, so basically the same distance from SF as Thunderhill.
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  13. Megaplow

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    Thanks everyone!
    Some of those camps look like nice vacations. For my schedule it looks like Doc Wong is going to be my instructor.

    Joe
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