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Where to ride for a beginner? - August 8, 2013, 08:48 AM

Do you guys know a place with in 2 hours around here that's good for a beginner? I bought a yamaha 125 for the gf to learn on. I don't really want to take her to tasker's since its very rocky and more techincal/ harder for someone completely new.

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August 8, 2013, 08:55 AM

There's an OHV trail off of Edinburg Gap Road (625) in Edinburg, VA.
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Wicomico has a large parking area she can putt around on, but if that is all she is going to do then any field would work.


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August 8, 2013, 09:07 AM

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Wicomico has a large parking area she can putt around on, but if that is all she is going to do then any field would work.
If she's never ridden a motorcycle then a grass field would be an excellent place to start. Take some plastic cups and set up a basic skills course. Work on stuff like they do in the MSF course. Starting, stopping, turning, clutch control. A day of small successes will reduce fear which accelerates learning.


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August 8, 2013, 10:22 AM

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If she's never ridden a motorcycle then a grass field would be an excellent place to start.
hard to even find that around here


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Yep, this is why my brother bought 20 acres in WV. I would offer it up but it's not mine. He has more than hinted at getting me on the mortgage. If I get suckered into that I'll probably be willing to take some folks out there. Actually, I would like to do a little bike day out there but with experienced riders...
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I need somewhere to ride... Stepson has an XR100, I just picked up a little 4wheeler...but no where really to ride.

I need something tame for him, he is a conservative guy on a bike and I don't want to scare him. He is more comfy on a 4wheeler so worst case, he rides that and I'm stuck putting my fat azz on the XR lol

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August 8, 2013, 11:10 AM

I'd say she has some skill, but not much, completed the MSF course. I wanted somewhere a little more then a field since I'll be completely bored then.

I was thinking about going to Easton MX, now called "full throttle motorsports park", but I'm not sure if they're open anymore. They have a kiddie track.

Maybe I could start out in the parking lots of tasker's / petermills run and just do some of the tamer trails that aren't like rock climbing.
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August 8, 2013, 11:19 AM

My GF hated taskers when she started in the dirt. Even peters mill. She likes wicomico alot though. Maybe try the newer place in WV in Augusta or something like that? The pictures make those trails look fairly tame.


Edit- She was on a TTR 125.

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My GF hated taskers when she started in the dirt. Even peters mill. She likes wicomico alot though. Maybe the newer place in WV in Augusta or something like that? The pictures make those trails look fairly tame.


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This. You've got a variety of choices at Wicomico, from the kiddie track to the advanced track and a trail system that isn't particularly difficult. That would be my recommendation.


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August 8, 2013, 11:42 AM

Thanks for the info guys! I think I'll try wicomico this weekend. Google maps has it as closer then I thought, 1 hour and 22 minutes
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August 8, 2013, 11:58 AM

If you just want to learn the best idea would be some of the many construction sites that have sections out of sight. Go on a Saturday or Sunday when there usually aren't any workers. Since you're learning and not trying to destroy the place then it's likely nobody will call the cops. But if they do come just explain to them that you're just teaching the girlfriend without being reckless and they'll likely just tell you to leave the property without too much harassment. Just make sure that you ride in the staging areas and not the actual building lots.

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Yep, this is why my brother bought 20 acres in WV. I would offer it up but it's not mine. He has more than hinted at getting me on the mortgage. If I get suckered into that I'll probably be willing to take some folks out there. Actually, I would like to do a little bike day out there but with experienced riders...
Yeah, same here. I've got 68 acres west of Mt Jackson here in VA. approx. 7 acres are field, the balance are woods. I plan to do a general invite later in the year but right now the field is in hay and very tall. I'll hold off on having an open house weekend until after the last cutting for the year.


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