Heading along to a dirt bike school is a very wise choice if you’re a total beginner and want to improve your skills.
After all, when you buy your first dirt bike, chances are that you aren’t going to be the most skilled professor on 2 wheels. The same is very true for adventure bike riders whose bikes typically weight 2 to 3 times more with all their gear loaded up.
So if you need a reason to go and learn from the pros, we’ve got you covered.
1. You Won’t Be Judged As A Beginner
Everyone who attends as a student to a dirt bike school is in the same situation as you. They realize that their skills aren’t sharp or refined and want to simply improve their experience on the tracks.
No one is judging your mishaps or accidents. And yes, you will have accidents but this is encouraged. It’s through these controlled crashes that you can learn what you did wrong on the grass with direct input from an instructor.
2. You Won’t Trash Your Own Bike
Instead of trashing your bike and having to replace the plastics, you’re often able to get a dirt bike included with the lesson. They might provide something cheap like the Yamaha TTR250 or something more powerful such as KTM, depending on the resources of the school.
Some of them double-up as tour places. So you can go for a dirt bike lesson on Day 1 and on Day 2, head out for an organized group tour with others. Again – without the fear of damaging your own dirt bike out there.
3. Learning Becomes More Accessible
You might not be convinced just yet if dirt biking is your thing and may not have a bike already. Instead of watching countless YouTube videos, you’ll only spend a few hundred dollars for a day of real tutorials behind the handlebars.
Through this, you’ll discover if riding offroad is for you or if you simply prefer the bitumen. Some people actually spend their life hiring dirt bikes and going on organized group rides which makes it often cheaper if you plan on riding once per month, so reaching out to a dirt bike school is a great starting point.
4. You’ll Be Able To Make Friends Who Ride
One of the biggest challenges is finding those who are at the same place on the journey as you. Most dirt bike riders are already well experienced and are reluctant to bring beginnings along for their rides because they’ll be waiting at every crossroads.
Through enrolling with a dirt bike school, you’ll find people who have just started out and like you, are probably looking for others to ride with regularly. You might go dirt bike camping or even a local trail ride without feeling like you’re dragging people who simply want to ride so much faster through the trails.
How to Find a Dirt Bike School
There are various ways to find a place near you where you can improve your dirt bike and adventure riding skills. Obviously Google is helpful, but consider YouTube and Facebook groups especially.
These Facebook groups are a treasure trove of people who enjoy riding and will provide their personal insights into the experience of a riding school. They might even welcome you out on a group ride once you’ve finished the course too.
When you do find a school you like, consider:
- Do they provide bikes or do you have to bring your own?
- What types of bikes do they provide? Adventure motorcycles, enduro bikes or MX bikes? (Big difference in weights and performance between the three)
- Is the terrain well suited to a beginner and is there an open grass area?
- Will they cancel if it starts raining heavily?
These dirt bike schools are found throughout North America, Canada, Australia, New Zealand, Europe, South Africa and the United Kingdom. Consider their reviews and ratings from riders, and ask around within dirt bike Facebook groups for strong recommendations.