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Old 08-15-2006, 07:58 PM   #1
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Beginner DS Ride

Hello folks,
Can anyone recommend a nice easy beginner DS route, or possibly steer me towards someplace where I can find out how to get started? I have an XR650L that I have ridden on the streets since 2002, and I've only taken it to Hollister twice, riding the easy and intermeidate trails.
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Hey Andy, check out Doc Wong's pages to see about attending one of his riding clinics. These are highly regarded and very low cost! http://www.docwong.com/dirtclin/index.htm.

Also sign up at southbayriders.com. Lots of dirt riding folks on that forum, focusing on... the South Bay!
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Do NOT rely on M0t0ryder, or The Other Tim to plan an easy 1st ride for you...they cannot be trusted to correctly interpert the words 'easy', 'novice', 'beginner' or 'fire trails'.

Trust me on this.
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Do NOT rely on M0t0ryder, or The Other Tim to plan an easy 1st ride for you...they cannot be trusted to correctly interpert the words 'easy', 'novice', 'beginner' or 'fire trails'.

Trust me on this.

I can second this with the "Other Tim". Ask anyone who went on the "Dual Sport" ride at the last gathering. But it was still fun.
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Hello folks,
Can anyone recommend a nice easy beginner DS route, or possibly steer me towards someplace where I can find out how to get started? I have an XR650L that I have ridden on the streets since 2002, and I've only taken it to Hollister twice, riding the easy and intermeidate trails.
Thanks in advance,

Andy
Carnegie is the closest off-road riding area to where you live that I know of. See the following link.
http://www.ohv.parks.ca.gov/default.asp?page_id=1172

I have only ridden there once and they have a variety of trails. They also sponsor some "Hill Climb" competitions each year. It is similar to Hollister Hills although Hollister probably has more miles of trails.

I would also check out the Santa Cruz Mountains for some fun dirt roads. Check with the BMW Dealer in Santa Cruz because one of the salesman at the store does alot of DS riding on a BMW R1200GS.

Your XR650L will take you anywhere you are bold enough to go.

Map to Carnegie and the XR650L I wish I hadn't sold.
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By the way, if you’re looking for a good DS area to ride you should make it up to the fall gathering. Not only Tim's property but its right next to a state OHV area.

http://www.pashnit.com/forum/showthread.php?t=7257
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Re: Beginner DS Ride

Thank you all for your replies! I will check into those links! I hope to ride with some of you guys one day! (after alot of practice)

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Hey Andy, riding with us IS practice. We ain't all the moto guru types that it must sound like here (well some of us are but they seem very willing to teach and be patient).

Come on in, the water's just fine.
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Just watch out for the old Dawg, he bites when he gets unhappy.
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Just watch out for the old Dawg, he bites when he gets unhappy.
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Hey Andy, riding with us IS practice. We ain't all the moto guru types that it must sound like here (well some of us are but they seem very willing to teach and be patient).

Come on in, the water's just fine.
Thanks sir! I look forward to my future attempts to ride with you guys!
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