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Old 02-01-2013, 11:12 AM   #1
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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?

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Old 02-01-2013, 05:39 PM   #2
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Old 02-03-2013, 08:14 AM   #3
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What about some of the Doc Wong clinics? I thought he put one on every now and then.
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Old 02-03-2013, 09:20 PM   #4
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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.
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Old 02-04-2013, 01:38 AM   #5
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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.
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Old 02-04-2013, 06:44 AM   #6
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Get a smaller bike, like a 250 or 300.
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Old 02-04-2013, 09:05 AM   #7
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You could reach out to Lorne Banks at Adventure Rider International. I heard they are holding a class in Phoenix early March 13.
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Old 02-04-2013, 02:53 PM   #8
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Jimmy Lewis is not next door, but a great class.
I learned a lot.

http://jimmylewisoffroad.com

Heard good things about Watts.

Practice, practice, practice.

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Old 02-06-2013, 12:43 AM   #9
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http://www.garrahanoffroadtraining.com/

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
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Old 02-06-2013, 01:42 PM   #10
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rich olivers mystery school just south of here in Auberry Ca..
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Whatdya know.

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Old 02-07-2013, 04:19 PM   #12
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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:

http://www.dirtbikecamp.net/

He's in Orland, so basically the same distance from SF as Thunderhill.
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Old 02-08-2013, 03:09 PM   #13
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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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