Hey guys, I'm new to exploring Southern California away from the pavement. I've been riding about 6 years and just picked up my first dirt toy; A 2004 KTM 525 EXC with all of about 11 hours on it... and to be honest, I'm clueless about it. I picked it up last night, and rode it around a bit in the hills behind my house today when I got home from work. Very fun, very different from riding a street bike. I've been lurking around for a bit on here, ThumperTalk, and KTMForums but I think that I will fit in best here. I hope to find some people to ride around with that are willing to deal with a total noob, that asks a plethora of questions, and thinks being "throttle shy" is really just a good safety measure. I tend to have a very methodical approach to growing my riding ability. A little about myself: I live in Palmdale, and work in the Aerospace industry. It is probably one of the things I am most passionate about. I am currently engaged to a wonderful woman who is pestering me to pick her up a little CR150 or 230 for her to learn how to ride on. She just might get one too! .