Dirt Schools -- esp. for street riders

Discussion in 'The Perfect Line and Other Riding Myths' started by FiveG, Jun 12, 2013.

  1. FiveG

    FiveG Been here awhile

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    I am trying to locate a good dirt school/course for someone (me) who is a street rider who wants to learn some dirt skills. Not for hard core off road, necessarily, but to use when my riding hits dirt or gravel roads, or to carry over some of the techniques you dirt experts use. I've tried the MSF website, but are there any other places I can try? I'm in CT, so a New England/Eastern NY location are my preferences).

    Thanks.


    (Forgive me if there's already a thread or link -- I looked and didn't find it.)
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  2. Tork

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  3. Ceri JC

    Ceri JC UK GSer

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    Not in your neck of the woods, but the BMW ORS in the UK is great for this. They require that you have a road licence and in fact you have to ride on the road to get to the arena where you'll hit the dirt. They take all levels (right up to people who've done the Tuareg, etc.), but the focus is very much on popping road riders' dirt cherries.
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    http://www.cornerspin.com/overview.html
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  7. GoUglyEarly

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    We don't need your stinkin' Torrie dirt.

    We got our own Colonial school right here in Joisey (was featured in AMA Magazine):

    http://www.pinebarrensadventures.com/
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  8. kbuckey

    kbuckey Been here awhile

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    +1 on American Supercamp. I've attended (7 times, so far, but I'm a slow learner!) and learned a ton about control of a bike on less than ideal surfaces - street and dirt.

    I've also attended Shane Watts' Dirtwise Acadamy and found it very difficult for a dirt noob. I fell down a lot. But I realized that everybody else was falling down a lot too, they were just falling down at much higher speeds. Then too, the next oldest guy was 49 (I was 63) and I was riding the only dual sport (KLX250) everybody else had "real" dirt bikes, about half the class on two strokes. In spite of all that, and in spite of being beaten pretty much to death, I had a blast and learned a ton!
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  10. Navy Chief

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    Thanks for the link to that, I have been looking for a good semi local school for awhile now and have not run across that one.
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    I was also surprised to read about it. The article had a photo of a guy on a GS, and the pines are one of the only places you can legally ride in NJ, so I figured I had better share the info!
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  12. FiveG

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    Thanks all and keep them coming. Just wish I could find something moderately local.
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    American Supercamp is GREAT to learn bike skills. I attended once, will likely go again, and I am for sure a better rider for doing Supercamp. That said, it is not an "off-road" school per se. Everything they teach you is applicable to riding on the street. They teach you how bikes turn, and how to manage traction. What you will not learn is ruts, whoops, jumps, etc.

    Still, very, VERY good 2 days spent on the bike. Lots of fun.

    Barry
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    Sometimes they do some small jumps and berms but otherwise spot on.
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    It's a good thing you oiks have your own mulch to play in. You simply aren't the right kind of people for our fine Welsh mud.
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    I didn't see anything on MSF's site for local to you dirt bike schools. But...

    Rich Lafferty does all levels of training in south Jersey:
    http://www.richlaffertyracing.com/

    You can keep an eye on Shane Watts's schedule and sign up for one of his schools when it comes near you:
    http://www.shanewatts.com/
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    I have attended all of these

    http://www.motomark1.com/IntroOCC.html

    http://www.bmwmotorcycles.com/us/en/index.html

    http://www.americansupercamp.com/

    http://jimmylewisoffroad.com/

    Plus a one day RawHyde Adventure clinic.

    They are in the order that I preferred them but their really is not much difference. MotoMark1 had the most realistic training. On day 2 you did the course (sand, mud, ruts, hill climbs and yes, jumps) with all your camping gear strapped to the bike. Sure teaches you how to pack light. He also had night riding because even with the best intentions we do get stuck out there sometimes
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    Anybody know how to get a hold of these guys? :ear

    I tried to e-mail them based on the address on their website... My e-mail was returned by their ISP as spam based on my e-mail provider (gmail) :huh
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