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I'm 15 now (will be 16 in Dec) and I live in the southeast part of PA (right outside Philly). I'm interested in riding sportbikes, but I figure that getting a dirtbike first might be a good idea.

In short, is it a good idea to learn to ride on a dirtbike? I've heard that you can learn more riding in the dirt than on the street.

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Welcome to the forums, Arrow. Any kind of experience you can get on a bike, in my opinion, is going to help whether it be dirt or street. The good thing about learning on a dirt bike first, is that you get a general feel for controls, balance, and the general reaction the bike has to rider input. Plus the dirt is much more foregiving then the street- no traffic to deal with. Good luck!

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Yes deffently, I have taught 3 people how to ride and it is much easier to learn the basics on a dirt bike than a road bike(plus road bikes don't take to being dropped to well). Get a 4-stroke bike 80-125cc. a 2-stroke might be too much to handle if you are just starting out.

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Welcome Arrow. Nice to see someone new to riding asking logical questions. Here's a suggestion. Get a used dual-sport. You can then transition from off-road to on when you are ready. Depending on your size, I'd go with at least 200cc (4-stroke). And take the MSF course as soon as you can.

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Thanks for the advice, everyone. I'm most likely going to get a used dual-sport, but I still have a few unanswered questions.

I've been looking at all different types of bikes on the internet, and I continually come across "enduros", which I believe are used for longer trail/road racing. Please correct me if I'm wrong, though. My question: can enduros be made street-legal, and if so, would there be any point in doing so?


Also, in reference to getting the bike out to the trails, how do you do it? I don't have a truck or anything like that, so I started to read up on trailers. But I don't really have room for one of them, either. - I guess with a dual-sport, I could just as easily ride out to the trails......is this a common practice?

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arrow,

getting an enduro street-legal ain't worth the headaches. try looking for a suzuki dr dual purpose bike. they are street-legal, fairly good off-road, decent on-road and you won't need a truck.

dual purpose bikes are a great place to start. you can learn the basics without the benfit of dodging cars.

also, the msf course is free in pa to pa residences, i'd suggest you try it out.

and ditto pete's comments on a new rider actually thinking.

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<BLOCKQUOTE><font size="1" face="Verdana, Arial">quote:</font><HR>Originally posted by cbrf2boy:
also, the msf course is free in pa to pa residences, i'd suggest you try it out.
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Once again, thanks for the advice. As for the MSF course, I've already begun to look into it.

Thanks again everyone.



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Psst! Hey kid? Don't listen to any of these guys. Wanna learn how to wheelie? :D :D :D

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SCOTTY - YOU BAD BOY! You deserve a SPANKING for that comment! Don't fill this kids' head with your ideas! He'll terrorize the neighbourhood! LOL
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<BLOCKQUOTE><font size="1" face="Verdana, Arial">quote:</font><HR>Psst! Hey kid? Don't listen to any of these guys. Wanna learn how to wheelie?<HR></BLOCKQUOTE>

HAHAHA!! YA BABBY!!!!

Then we'll teach him how to do a BURNOUT!!! Do these at 7am in the morning, on a saturday!!!! Neighbors love waking to the smells of burning rubber! Forget Folgers!


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Well, Kenny Roberts uses Honda XR 100s to train road racers in the offseason. His list of trainees includes Eddie Lawson (four world GP championships) and a couple of kids names Kenny and Kurtis.

Here's another example for you, one more common to the rest of us. My wife recently took up motorcycle riding. She has an XR 100 and had spent maybe six hours on trails and dirt tracks, practicing the little things like shifting, braking, sliding the back tire etc. We were out this morning and she was following me on her Buell Blast. I want through a corner and noticed some sand in the apex. I moved over a couple of feet and missed the sand. When we stopped, my wife said she hot the sand, but after sliding her XR 100 through the turns in Hollister Hills she know not to panic and just stayed on the gas.

About five miles later we wne through another corner that had fresh dirt all over it, and saw a dust covered guy standing next to a dented and dusty Harely. We stopped to make sure he was OK, then asked what happened. He said he was going through the corner on the brakes and hit a saw blade with his front tire.

Dirt riders know to never use the brakes in a corner.

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I think its pretty much settled. Definately dirt before street and a dualsport is perfect so you can dump it alot ;)

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