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Megaplow 02-01-2013 11:12 AM

Dirt instruction in the greater SF Bay area?
Hey All,
I decided it was time to go more dirt and get a proper dirt bike. Now I am in over my head and could use some dirt lessons. Do any of you know any off road courses < 3 hours from San Francisco?


mootsuno 02-01-2013 05:39 PM

Livermore March 7-8

Hikertrash 02-03-2013 08:14 AM

What about some of the Doc Wong clinics? I thought he put one on every now and then.

ramjet 02-03-2013 09:20 PM

Doc Wong's clinics deliver some good essentials. You could take those and with continued riding become quite proficient. This is your cheapest option and probably best if your at a beginner level. Shane Watts driils you thoroughly but it won't leave you with enough skill to keep up with the second part which is a trail ride through some single track, rocks and hills if you are at beginner level. Best recommendation I would give is Jimmy Lewis, but he's farther than your listed range. Then there is Rich Oliver's Mystery School which I have not done. Also, Phil ran an school at Sand Hill in Brentwood which he used to own but I believe he sold the property and is now doing some classes out at Carnigie. He teaches some good basics . Kind of a MSF for dirt bikes. He is not Mr. Personality but is OK.

oldxr 02-04-2013 01:38 AM

Megaplow-I could meet you out at Carnagie OHV and give you some help.Been riding dirt for 40+ years .Best thing to do is pick an obsticle and ride it over and over untill you master it.Shifting your weight on the footpegs is very important.

mongox 02-04-2013 06:44 AM

Get a smaller bike, like a 250 or 300.

aprracer 02-04-2013 09:05 AM

You could reach out to Lorne Banks at Adventure Rider International. I heard they are holding a class in Phoenix early March 13.

JAB 02-04-2013 02:53 PM

Jimmy Lewis is not next door, but a great class.
I learned a lot.

Heard good things about Watts.

Practice, practice, practice.

Good luck.

AngryShawn 02-06-2013 12:43 AM

There is a class coming up March 23-24

Of course nothing beats just getting out there and riding - the weather is getting nicer and the days longer :clap

wrk2surf 02-06-2013 01:42 PM

rich olivers mystery school just south of here in Auberry Ca..

Hikertrash 02-06-2013 02:36 PM

Whatdya know.

Craig1200 02-07-2013 04:19 PM

I've taken classes with Kevin Anderson twice. It's a ton of fun, and in my opinion, the best bang for your buck in dirt instruction:

He's in Orland, so basically the same distance from SF as Thunderhill.

Megaplow 02-08-2013 03:09 PM

Thanks everyone!
Some of those camps look like nice vacations. For my schedule it looks like Doc Wong is going to be my instructor.


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