Category Archives: Moto Classes

The more you know, the better it gets. Cliche but true. I am convinced the best way to learn to ride a motorcycle is on a small dirt bike, preferably as a child. Dirt riding will absolutely make you a better street rider. (Mysteriously, so many street riders (including myself for a regrettably long time) need to be convinced of that). While I didn’t get to start as a kid, taking moto riding skills classes as an adult is really elevating the enjoyment of my favorite hobby. My only regret is that I waited so long after the MSF course I took years ago when first learning to ride to take more classes. Below is information and photos on most of the classes I’ve taken. I’ve yet to take one that I can’t recommend.

20/20 Racing Academy

Oh look, more moto training (and, let’s be honest, general goofing around) with some friends from GPMX. This time, our instruction came from the excellent Ike De Jager of 20/20 Racing Academy, who led drills and trail riding at Outback … Continue reading

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Ruts to Racelines GPMX dirt class (South at NC Bike)

Well this was a fun weekend: Ruts to Racelines puts on a great moto training class. Initially, I signed up for the GPMX girls only class on Friday. Then a friend said she was going to Sundays co-ed class as … Continue reading

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MSF – Intro to Trail Riding

Despite not having any time lately for anything but work or house build related activities, I’m really glad we made time last weekend to travel to Georgia for another moto riding clinic. I’ve been pretty good about sticking to my … Continue reading

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Cornerspeed at VIR

It’s time to share another incredibly fun motorcycle experience: Kevin and I attended the Cornerspeed riding school recently, which is held on track at Virginia International Raceway (VIR). Neither of us had ridden on a track before this school, and … Continue reading

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MotoMark1 Maximum Control Level 1

A few years ago I set an informal goal to take one moto riding skills class every year. I started with Cornerspin in 2012 (which set the expectations mighty high for excellent moto riding class experiences, plus Kevin took that … Continue reading

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Total Control

Rode up to Northern VA this past weekend for a little motorcycle skills practice at Lee Parks’ Total Control Advanced Riding Course (TCARC). I figure “you can never know too much” is a pretty good attitude to have about most … Continue reading

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Cornerspin

I thought about making the title of this post: “The more you know, the better it gets.”   or  “Life begins at the edge of your comfort zone.” Both are bit cheesy, but true for me when it comes to riding … Continue reading

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