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post #1 of 8 Old 12-14-2013, 11:18 AM Thread Starter
 
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Hey I'm in Portland just got my first street bike. I have to wait until Feb 15 to take my Team Oregon class but after that I'm exited to do some riding this spring/summer. I have rode dirt bikes for many years so I know how to ride. Just have to get used to the cars.
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post #2 of 8 Old 12-14-2013, 11:39 AM
 
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Cars are like trees when ya dirt biking, except they jump out at you a little quicker. Enjoy your Rebel come Springtime. It's a neat little machine.

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post #3 of 8 Old 12-14-2013, 11:57 AM
 
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Cars are like trees when ya dirt biking, except they jump out at you a little quicker. Enjoy your Rebel come Springtime. It's a neat little machine.
Those trees will jump around on you.

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Hey I'm in Portland just got my first street bike. I have to wait until Feb 15 to take my Team Oregon class but after that I'm exited to do some riding this spring/summer. I have rode dirt bikes for many years so I know how to ride. Just have to get used to the cars.
Don't underestimate the differences between street bikes and street riding techniques from what you are used to in the dirt. I've been riding a very long time and recognize I would have a lot to learn about riding in the dirt since I have never owned a dirtbike, nor done any significant riding on dirt.
Yes the controls are the same, but beyond that, many things are different.
Case in point, dirtbikers often carry their throttle wrist high so they can go for full power and wheelspin at a moment's notice. on a streetbike this is a serious problem because you may need to use your front brake suddenly while in a mild panic. As you reach for the brake lever in a panic with a cocked wrist, the throttle comes open with potentially disastrous results.

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Yes the controls are the same, but beyond that everything else is different.
Your mind on the moment is identical. Both require your undivided attention for a safe and enjoyable ride. Riding dirt bikes help you develop instinctive evasive actions. A lot of these are useless on a larger machine such as you ride, but for a Rebel, I feel, it is an advantage. You have sped up that part of the learning curve. Yes, the landscape is different, but your decision, in that unfortunate moment is important. Every dirt bike rider has dumped a machine many times. They are being less than honest if they said they haven't.

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I've found that while there are differences, a bit of dirt action improves my skills on the street, too

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Greetings and hope to see you out riding when I get back to Oregon.
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post #8 of 8 Old 12-14-2013, 07:31 PM Thread Starter
 
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Oh I don't underestimate the differences from dirt to street. I understand they are two different monsters. I have taken enough spills to respect anything on two wheels and give it my unwavering attention. I have a list of broken bones that have taught me that. Safety is a must for me. I am looking forward to the experience very much though.
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