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Old 05-29-2008, 06:04 PM   #1
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small dirtbikes to practice on?

couple of quick questions. First off, lemme say that I've never ridden an off road dirtbike in my life, only street. I know the popularity of small cylinder 50-75cc mini dirtbikes that many people have. I'm wondering, is it ok to get one of these small bikes, even a used one, to practice things like throttle control, lean angle, wheelies, body position and even knee dragging on these bikes? Since they are off road classified, where could you get away with practicing this at? Obviously you can't practice street techniques on dirt, but what about in a parking lot or something?

I am not a noob rider, been riding on the streets for 4.5yrs but I have a hard time pushing myself with my ninja because I don't want to wreck it. My main thing I need to work on is faster corner speed and lean angle and getting on the throttle while leaned over. Yes I know a 50cc dirtbike cannot lean as much over as my street bike, but you sure as can practice your throttle control on it. Also, getting used to the sound your knee puck makes when it does hit is something I want to know because when I'm able to do it on my streetike (on a track of course, I don't ride hard on street back roads) I don't want to go "oh , that was my kneepuck hitting" and it distracting me or causing me to jump when I feel it and binning my bike. Used 50cc dirt bike, practing hanging off, lean, etc.. pick it up dust it off and get back on it. Rather bin it testing than my streetbike in a similar situation.

So, anyone think it's ok to practice on these small bikes? If so, are school parking lots good place to do it at? Granted cops will probably run you off anyway, but shoot at least youre off the main roads! Good idea or bad, and I should just shut up and "practice" on my streetbike on the track? Ive done 2 trackdays in my lifetime so far btw...Thanks.
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Old 05-29-2008, 06:35 PM   #2
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I'm surprised more people have not chimed in, but you may want to check out TMGP. I've spoken with a few instructors at the track days I've been to and they state what you learn on a small bike carries over to the bigger bikes.
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I'm surprised more people have not chimed in, but you may want to check out TMGP. I've spoken with a few instructors at the track days I've been to and they state what you learn on a small bike carries over to the bigger bikes.
TMGP? Texas MotoGP! My instructor at Tx track days lead one session on a little 50, he was haulin around the track.
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TMGP will teach you a whole lot about a bike. You will learn how to slide both wheels through corners like it's nothing. You'll learn panic braking in corners. You'll learn how to crash!
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Old 05-29-2008, 10:14 PM   #7
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Sound fun. Honda NSF100 looks cool but I don't want to spend that much, figured I could get something used for about 1000 bucks I'd guess? That sound about right?

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what about a pocketbike? or better than the small dirtbike idea?

http://www.usa-pocket-bikes.com/r32/
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you can lean the small bikes over just as far... i can very easily drag the footpegs and even the rear stunt pegs..
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Pocket bikes aren't going to teach you anything but how to crash. Stick with something bigger. Like a YSR, NSR, or a KX Motard style baby.
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Pocket bikes aren't going to teach you anything but how to crash. Stick with something bigger. Like a YSR, NSR, or a KX Motard style baby.


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