H. Bates | Oregon | 05/14/2007
(3 out of 5 stars)
"This DVD is for beginners only and is labelled and sold as such. The "lessons" included practically mirror the MSF course for street bikes including learning how to use a clutch by focusing on "the friction point", etc. It shows you where all the controls are located and how things work. They focus on protective equipment, and there are various interview spots with leading MX racers such as Ricky C and others.
I think the main use for something like this should be so that more experienced riders remember all the basics to cover when they are teaching someone else how to ride. I would never expect that a true beginner would go out and buy their first bike ever, go home and watch this, and be able to ride a bike without the aid and assistance of another experienced rider/instructor.
There was one particular item that I thought was either just flat out wrong or at least misleading and that was when the instructor was telling the riders to place the balls of their feet on the pegs. Maybe that's new thinking and I'm just behind the times, but the majority of folks I know place the peg right in the arch of their foot, right in front of the heel. This allows you to operate the brake and shift lever. You could not do either if you placed the balls of your feet on the pegs.
Aside from that minor glitch, I thought most of the advice was sound, and this would be a good tool for watching with beginners or young kids.
Just remember that like the road course, it doesn't really teach you to ride in the real world, only how to operate the controls and how to negotiate a parking lot.
Great for a beginner
Dan Kramer | Fresno, Ca. USA | 07/03/2007
(5 out of 5 stars)
"I have over 25 years experience riding dirt bikes, but when it was time to teach my 10 year old I realized that I had never taught anyone. Rather than just having him jump on and ride, I used this DVD to help me put together the basics that I may take for granted that everyone knows; braking, steering, obstacles,etc. I spent an hour or so doing some vey basic manuvers with him from the video that really got him statrted on the right track. I would recommend this dvd for the first time rider - young or old."
B. henry | Hong Kong | 05/14/2007
(3 out of 5 stars)
"DVD clear and easy to follow, but perhaps a little simple. ie if you have already ventured out on the dirt then this DVD will be too basic for you."