Originally Posted by Bucho
The next season I bought her a small dirtbike and took her to some dirt areas to play/practice. She went back the next year and just the test (no course) and passed with 100%.
Big +1 for this idea.
This is exactly what I'm doing with my lil lady...with a crf230f.
We started out in the back yard learning how to clutch, and practicing looking ahead and not at the controls. Then doing circles and figure 8's...then doing them with a big head turn to look where you want to go.
After just a few sessions she was weaving through a slalom of cones placed 6 feet apart...either standing, or sitting...in second gear.
I feel getting these bare bones essentials down is paramount...and doing it in a safe, closed environment to learn at your own pace takes a LOT of stress out of beginning riding. Especially if you can do it with a small, lightweight motorcycle!