Hey all. At 43, Just got my first bike ever a month ago (2011 klr650). Lowered the pegs, raised the bars (6'6"), and have nerf bars on the way(i know im going to wreck) As a new rider, I've read proficient motorcycling (over and over), took a MSF class before ever riding the bike, and wear Atgatt. I have both Dual sport riding DVDs and have watched them numerous times, and have been putting them into practice. As a new rider I have had a quick learning curve. I live up on the Switzerland trail above boulder; so if I want to ride, I have to ride dirt, then sugarloaf rd and boulder canyon to get anywhere. If your not familiar with these roads, they are NOT beginner roads, especially with the gravel from the last few snow storms. Yesterday I rode the whole Switzerland trail to gold hill, then went over to flaggstaff road. It was sketchy with ice in a couple of areas, but awesome to put some of the techniques I've read about or watched to use! Haven't dumped it...yet. I would love to ride with some other noobs/mentors to practice more. Also I would like to find an area around boulder that has very similar terrain to what's on the dualsport riding DVD; like a field with a nice hill and runout with an area to practice slalom in loose terrain.If anyone would like to go practice the techniques as shown on the DVD please let me know. My biggest issue right now is being freaked by loose gravel, or basically not trusting myself to let the rear slide on dirt. I've been getting more confidence by riding to Ned on sugarloaf(dirt) and feel pretty comfortable around 30mph but some of the corners I slow way down in. I've had the rear end cut loose on sugarloaf with the sand and had to trust myself to gun it, it works but is scary. So basically; hello, wanna ride, know a good place to practice the dualsport riding DVD techniques, wanna ride with another newb so you don't feel dumb when you wreck? Joe Also, I have read the shit out of ADV, awesome!