You are all awesome! I found a dirt school up the hill from me - I'm going to sign up for a private session (I'm definitely going to need some individual attention having to do with the middle aged thing and knees that will not be happy standing on the pegs) Definitely going to take the mirrors off first! I also decided to curtail the dirt until I take the class - I think that was very good advice to wait so I don't pick up bad habits. Very good to know about the tire pressure - I'm going to get a 12V receptacle installed on the bike. Thanks all for the riding downhill lessons - it's good to know that I wasn't totally off on how to handle it (only about 3/4 wrong :loll) Going to call the dirt school tomorrow - whoohoo!!!!