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post #1 of 17 Old 04-30-2016, 07:05 PM Thread Starter
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My First Off-Road Riding Experience (dirt bike)

So, about 3 weeks ago I sold a spare bike I had around and hadn't ridden in a while. It was a bike I bought as something more comfortable for my wife to ride on the back of, but by the time I got it all fixed up and running well, we found out she was pregnant, so no more riding. Anyway, once I sold it, I decided that maybe I'd look into dirt riding. If nothing else, Michigan has some great woods trails and some world-class dunes and it seemed like maybe I should experience that.

So, I searched craigslist for a couple weeks and happened upon a decent deal on a KX125. After talking with the guy for a little over a week, it became clear that he was desperate to sell, so I was able to get a killer deal on the bike

Anyway, I bought the bike on Monday and was finally able to get out and ride it for the first time today. Don't judge me too harshly - this was literally my first time ever riding a 2-stroke bike or riding off road at all. I have no experience whatsoever outside of 4-cylinder sport bikes and sport-touring bikes. This was something VERY different for me.

Here's the video of my first off-road experience. The path I ride in the video, I had ridden once previously and then I turned my camera on to film the second run through, so this is about 10 minutes into my first ever off-road and 2-stroke riding experience. I have to say, it was a hell of a lot of fun and I'm excited to keep riding some more!

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KBXmSg7l5GQ
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You won't regret it. Dirt is a hell of a lot of fun!! Miss mine all the time.
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Nice gear, lol! Not too bad for the first ever ride either! Soon you'll learn that the one-duece-five requires really high revs and a lot of clutch. What year is that bike? Looks like an 88/89...
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You won't regret it. Dirt is a hell of a lot of fun!! Miss mine all the time.
Yeah, I'm already feeling like that's going to be the case.

I'm really exctied too because my wife actually used to ride dirt bikes as a kid and has expressed some interest in getting one for herself since I bought this one for me. She was never at all interested in getting a street bike and riding with me (though she would ride on the back sometimes) so I wasn't expecting her interest in getting her own dirt bike - but there it is

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Nice gear, lol! Not too bad for the first ever ride either! Soon you'll learn that the one-duece-five requires really high revs and a lot of clutch. What year is that bike? Looks like an 88/89...
The gear is great - thanks for your contribution

I started to figure out what it needed in terms of rpm and clutch a little better after a while, but I definitely still have some work to do. It's a heck of a lot of fun tho even not being very good at it

The bike is an '88 and in pretty dang good shape. Seems to run nice and strong, all mechanical aspects seem good, suspension seems in good (non-leaking) shape, and the price was unbeatable around here!

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My first dirt bike was a 99' kx 125 that thing scared the shit out of me at first lol. i
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My first dirt bike was a 99' kx 125 that thing scared the shit out of me at first lol. i
Yeah, I'm a cautious enough person that it doesn't really scare me, but I fully understand that I am inexperienced and don't know what I'm doing. My first street bike was a ZX6R and I managed to control myself and and the bike enough that I got used to it and still have never dropped a bike, gotten out of control, gotten a speeding ticket, etc.

I figure, it'll take me some learning, but I'll figure the whole dirt thing out too
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Your going to have a blast brother. It scared me because I was about 14 or so and prior to that all I had ever ridden was my stepfathers HD fat boy (yeah I couldnt believe he let me!)lol. My first ride down the street I took off hauling ass and the I did my first unintentional wheelie lol.
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I just took my XT250 out into official dirt territory last weekend, and I am a super noob as well. But, by the end of the day I felt pretty good. The only thing that was really killing me was the the deep sand. Going fast over that shit is terrifying, going slow over it is futile.

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I just took my XT250 out into official dirt territory last weekend, and I am a super noob as well. But, by the end of the day I felt pretty good. The only thing that was really killing me was the the deep sand. Going fast over that shit is terrifying, going slow over it is futile.
Lol, put your ass on the rear fender, grab a handful and hang on! One of our local tracks is all sand and that's where I started riding again when I got back into dirt. I lost count of the corner tip-overs on day one. Now I can rail every corner on that track in 3rd gear. Eventually we all get better.
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Deep sand sucks until you learn how to ride it. Trust me, I ride in Florida. It's a LOT of deep soft sand.

As 40 said the secret is to get the weight off the front wheel. Stand up, move your body back, grip the bike tight with your legs, loosen up on your grip on the bars, and give it a lot of throttle. You just have to let the bike move around where it wants to. If you have the weight on the back wheel, it's going to go straight. For the most part. It's going to wiggle around and feel really unstable but you just have to let it have it's way.

As soon as you get the weight on the front end, those wiggles will turn into turns. The front wheel will start to push sand on the outside of it and just continue turning in that direction. And of course, you will most likely hit the dirt.

Once you get the hang of it and become accustomed the bike moving around under you, you can fly thru deep sand. The throttle is your friend in sand. Give it as much as you can take. And remember, "when in doubt, gas it out".
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The sand that's in kinda the middle of my video I played in a bit because I'm hoping to head to Silver Lake dunes in a few weeks. I fully plan to get wrecked by the dunes, but I'm going to give it a shot anyway.

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Suspension is also key. It's the most important thing on your bike next to tires. Even though you say nothing is leaking I'd go ahead and service the forks and shock. They sell complete rebuild kits for cheap and they're a fairly easy item to service. Seals, wipers bushings and the bottom out bumper on the rear shock once a year at least will keep her in tip top form. Fork oil on a dirt bike breaks down REALLY fast. There's a ton of dirt that gets in them. It will also be a good idea to invest in a $5 seal mate to keep in your tool box.
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Nice. Dirt is so fun.
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Suspension is also key. It's the most important thing on your bike next to tires. Even though you say nothing is leaking I'd go ahead and service the forks and shock. They sell complete rebuild kits for cheap and they're a fairly easy item to service. Seals, wipers bushings and the bottom out bumper on the rear shock once a year at least will keep her in tip top form. Fork oil on a dirt bike breaks down REALLY fast. There's a ton of dirt that gets in them. It will also be a good idea to invest in a $5 seal mate to keep in your tool box.


This is awesome info to have! Thanks and feel free to keep it coming!!!

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