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    Where can I learn to ride in dirt?

    Hey all,

    I live in downtown and have only ever ridden on the street. I would like to get some training on dirt.

    Please recommend places which teach dirt bike riding and supply the bikes near-ish to Toronto


    Thanks in Advance.

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    Re: Where can I learn to ride in dirt?

    This is the only place that I know of.

    http://trailtours.ca/

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    Clinton Smout is your man.End thread. http://www.smartadventures.ca/
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    Re: Where can I learn to ride in dirt?

    Thanks guys


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    Re: Where can I learn to ride in dirt?

    Quote Originally Posted by shadowman View Post
    This is the only place that I know of.

    http://trailtours.ca/
    TrailTours is the BEST place to START.
    Clinton is better once you have some wits about riding in the dirt. You are wasting good instruction on absolute basics IMO.

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    Re: Where can I learn to ride in dirt?

    These are the only 2?

    One of the kinks doesn't even work btw...

    The other only has options for 2hr half day and full day. Are there no weekend courses or 2-3 day courses?

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    Re: Where can I learn to ride in dirt?

    Links work for me.

    I haven't heard of a multi day course for dirt since I was a kid. We used to do camps in the summer up in the Valley. Dropped off Monday morning and picked up Friday night. This was 30+ years ago though.

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    Re: Where can I learn to ride in dirt?

    Yeah they fixed the site after I sent them messages on FB.

    Thx

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    Re: Where can I learn to ride in dirt?

    I'm doing something at Sand Del Lee this year, but it's not really near Toronto.
    http://www.mx101life.com/?cat=4

    As to why there isn't much close to Toronto, think of the value of the land.
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    Re: Where can I learn to ride in dirt?

    There is also motopark in Chatsworth (near Owensound) they offer bikes and lessons but they will be closing at the end of October.

    www.motoparkracing.com/


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    Re: Where can I learn to ride in dirt?

    I'm not looking for a specific area or time of year. I am just looking for lessons somewhere in ontario or even michigan.

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    Re: Where can I learn to ride in dirt?

    Quote Originally Posted by perferd View Post
    I'm not looking for a specific area or time of year. I am just looking for lessons somewhere in ontario or even michigan.
    Heck, that's easy then! Buy the best trials bike you can afford, come ride at my place, get comfortable with the basics, join CMA and ride as many ATA events as you can.
    ... downside is, it's about a 3 hour drive for you to my place, up side is you are a lot closer then me to where most of the ATA events take place.

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    Re: Where can I learn to ride in dirt?

    Quote Originally Posted by Trials View Post
    Heck, that's easy then! Buy the best trials bike you can afford, come ride at my place, get comfortable with the basics, join CMA and ride as many ATA events as you can.
    ... downside is, it's about a 3 hour drive for you to my place, up side is you are a lot closer then me to where most of the ATA events take place.

    "Trials bikes have no seat and require you to stand and be balanced at all times"

    Well guess that's out then.

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    Re: Where can I learn to ride in dirt?

    Quote Originally Posted by LIGHTDUTY View Post
    There is also motopark in Chatsworth (near Owensound) they offer bikes and lessons but they will be closing at the end of October.

    www.motoparkracing.com/


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    Permanently closing? Or just for the season?

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    Re: Where can I learn to ride in dirt?

    Quote Originally Posted by Owen View Post
    Permanently closing? Or just for the season?
    Just for the season.

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    Re: Where can I learn to ride in dirt?

    I've taken lessons at both trail tours and smart adventures. Both will give basic skills. I found trail tours to give more 'tour' which is a lot of fun. Also they do a great job of matching rider skill with instructor and skill group. I recommend you go early in the season during g the work week. I was lucky enough to get one on one training by doing the same at both schools. Both are great schools. If you can't decide, go to the one closet to you. If bikes matter... smart uses yamaha bikes and trail tours uses Honda. Clinton is wonderful! He'll talk to you about anything motorcycle. He will also give you the option to try other bikes such as a trials bike or a BMW f800. It will depend on the day if he can offer the rides.

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    Re: Where can I learn to ride in dirt?

    Here you go: http://www.ataont.ca/trials-training...ril-28th-2018/
    ... but sadly I don't think we have any spare bikes to loan out for this one.

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