Dirt Biking vs. Riding on the street

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  1. Original

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    Would it help to learn to ride on a dirtbike before I actually get a bike?

    I've wanted a bike for years.. insurance would rape me since I'm only 18.. so my friend offered to sell me his yamaha 80 and teach me how to ride so I can get a year or two under my belt before jumping on the road.

    I know people say they're unrelated.. but would it help to learn on the dirt? :dunno:
     
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    Insurance won't rape you on a reasonable bike... well, I don't consider the $300/year I paid for liability insurance for my first year (at 18 with no driver's license even, just a car permit and a motorcycle permit) to be rape.
     
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    Get licensed now, because insurance rates are calculated based on how many years you've been licensed. After you've been endorsed for a while the insurance will be cheaper.

    Dirt biking is a great way to build skills. Aside from getting the experience to make the controls second nature and all that junk, the sliding around is great exercise. You don't get a chance to do that on the street unless something is going wrong, so it's great to have those skills handy for when the time comes. Its a great way to learn countersteering and throttle control.
     
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    I'm actually hoping to get a summerjob at Harley/Buell and they said I'd get the MSF for free and the whole deal which is pretty sweet, I'd end up getting my license then.

    I really want a 600 and would rather learn to get the skills down before killing myself.

    Oh well we'll see, thanks duders.
     
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    a dirtbike is a little more forgiving. they have longer suspension travel and can pretty much throttle it as hard as you want without getting the front wheel off the ground and potentially hurting yourself.

    on the street your tires have significantly more grip and you kinda need to take things at a slower/easier pace when hitting the throttle or brakes.

    but like others said, youll get the basics. how to lean and negotiate turns (somewhat) balance, and hand/foot controls. unless you really want a dirtbike as well, i wouldnt suggest buying one simply to learn. See if he'll teach you on it, and sell it to some one else. but thats just my opinion.
     
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    Still debating it.

    Getting a call sometime this week whether or not I'll get the Harley job.. if I do I'll probably just to do the free riders edge then get a Ninja or something.
     
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    where in miami are you?
     
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    wtf are you smoking, dirtbikes wheelie fucking easily in most cases.
     
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    ohio actually, miami university :o:hs:
     
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    gay. nevermind, was gonna say id teach you.
     
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    yes, but in dirt you have less traction, and alot of times, unless youre trying, to front wheel wont come up. im basically saying if your coming arounda corner and blip the throttle too hard, it wont be as severe as if you were on street tires.
     
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    dammit :squint:

    ill update in a few weeks

    I kinda want a 500r :hs:
     
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    :noes::noes::noes: your close to me.
     
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    kinda, like hour n a half :hsd:

    2 weeks n counting until I'm back in Toledo.
     
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    I've been to Toledo once, stopped at this buffet. It was amazing for lols, from the white trash everywhere and minorities. Was visiting friends at BG.
     
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    hah i hate toledo :hsd: i live right outside of it in the nicer areas where the roads are actually paved :o

    ohh cinci i see :coold:
     
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    I'd learn to ride on dirt first. You'll go slower, and dirt is softer than pavement.
     

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