MSF How to Ride a Dirt Bike DVD
The Motorcycle Safety Foundation's Dirt Bike School DVD is one of the few (if not the only) DVD that is geared for the total beginner rider wanting to learn how to ride a dirt bike. There are other dirt bike instructional DVDs on the market, but almost all require at least a rudimentary knowledge of the basics such as clutch and throttle control. The MSF How To Ride a Dirt Bike DVD starts at the beginning and presents the info in a step-by-step manner that makes it easy to understand even if you've never ridden a dirt bike before. The Motorcycle Safety Foundation Dirt Bike School released the DVD in 2005 and it's based on the official MSF Basic Rider Course that has taught many thousands of riders the basics of how to ride a dirt bike. It's a very well made, professional quality video.
The lessons on the DVD include:
- Equipment you should have
- Controls, pre-ride inspection, and body posture
- Starting the bike and learning the 'friction zone'
- Proper stance
- Braking and shifting
- Standing up and lower body control
- Turning and counterbalancing
- Riding responsibly and riding management
- Negotiating hills, K-turns, and traversing hills
- Riding over obstacles
An added bonus - Ricky Carmichael, Chad Reed, Mike LaRocco, and Kevin Windham chime in throughout the DVD to add a few tips and insights. They're all motocross superstars and it's awesome that they took the time to offer a few tips for beginning riders.
If you're interested in riding dirt bikes but are a little intimidated, this DVD shows the basic skills needed to ride a dirt bike safely in a clear, concise, and friendly manner.
For some reason the MSF seems to have stopped production of the DVD so of course the price has gone way up. Amazon has the DVD listed for (currently) $30, with used copies being considerably less expensive. It's only $15 from the MSF store but unfortunately it's not always available which is a shame as it's a great resource for the beginning dirt bike rider. Here's a link to the MSF online store and if the DVD is out of stock maybe send MSF an email to find out when they're getting more.