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Feb 23rd 2016, 07:20 PM   #16
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  Jan 2016
  Muklilteo, WA

  Suzuki DL1000, Honda XR650R, KTM 250 XC-W
Welcome, Whit, sounds like a great program!
Feb 24th 2016, 08:02 PM   #17
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  Jan 2016
  Washington

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Thank you so much for taking the time to tell me about your organization. Looks like I will be signing up and making the trek with the TA to come play.

Cheers!
Feb 28th 2016, 03:41 PM   #18
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  Feb 2016
  Washington

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Excellent Dr E, I look forward to meeting you.

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Hi Pete,
Looks like a pretty decent forum you've got going here.

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Mar 8th 2016, 09:50 AM   #19
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  Jan 2016
  Redmond, WA

  2015 Versys 650
Just signed up for a skills level 2 class on March 27th! Crazy looking forward to it.

If anybody else needs one more shove to hit "register"...
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Mar 11th 2016, 06:41 AM   #20
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  Feb 2016
  Washington

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Great, see you on the 27th!

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Apr 5th 2016, 07:56 PM   #21
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  Jan 2016
  Puyallup, WA

  2003 Honda XR250R; 2015 Honda CRF250X
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Originally Posted by sunofnun
You guys just come ride with me.. A lot has to do with seat time.. but also having riders show you tips and tricks out in the field.

An amazing class I've taken twice is called dirtwise. Its taught by shane watts. It comes to town once or twice a year. I'll be taking it again this year.

Its Basic class is pretty damn hardcore. Its a 2-3 day class depending on which one you sign up for. Every time Ive done it, 30 or so guys start out, and 15-20 finish. Its challenging for beginners and vets. Shane does a great job of challenging each rider at his/her own level. I've seen people out there on TTR125's and KTM adventure bikes. (I felt sorry for the KLR, and BMW guys)

Anyway, I'm happy to take you jokers out whenever..

This is me and a few buddies from 2014. I am the one with the camera that landed on his face.. lol

Thanks for the Shane Watts recommendation and after a bunch of research, I signed up to be notified when he came to the area. I was beyond excited to see in my email box this morning that he will be putting on two, two day classes in Tulalip in May.

I pulled over on my way to Mattawa just to sign up since they sell out so fast.

Uber stoked to take his class and learn some new skills. My desert riding could really use it.
Apr 6th 2016, 05:49 AM   #22
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  Jan 2016
  SeaTac

I equate this with going with a pro guide fishing or learning from any professional. You will learn something and will be better for it if you are there to learn, pay attention, and don't go into it with the attitude you know more than they do. Or the mental attitude 'Let's see if you can teach me anything I don't already know'.
As has been said though, make sure the class isn't so basic you will be bored.
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Apr 9th 2016, 04:50 AM   #23
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  Jan 2016
  Lake Stevens, WA

  KTM 450 EXC
Also signed up for the dirtwise school in May. Should be a great way to kick off Memorial Day weekend!
Apr 9th 2016, 06:26 AM   #24
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Signed up as well
May 22nd 2016, 04:41 PM   #25
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  Feb 2016
  Seattle

  Kawasaki, KTM
Chiming in with my feedback on DBST...

My background: 20-ish years on sportbikes, but much less offroad. Sometimes I feel like riding street has made getting comfortable in the dirt much harder. I'd picked up some bad habits that needed correcting, and I didn't want my dirt bros to always feel like they had to wait for me. With those goals, I signed up for a course with Dirt Bike Safety Training.

The training took place in Marysville, in a kickass riding location. Lessons are taught in a sandy, football field sized area, and then you head off to ride a network of surrounding trails to practice what you learned. I took the level 200 course, which assumes you know how to ride a motorcycle and want to build your offroad skills.

Whitney and Jason met me when I pulled up. Whitney and I stood around and talked bikes for awhile while the other folks showed up. We had a group of 5 riders, which meant everyone got lots of personalized instruction. Whitney and Jason were absolutely awesome instructors. Jason is the hardcore MX guy, Whitney is the enduro guy. Both understand what it takes you make you comfortable on a bike offroad. They're patient teachers, but don't hesitate to push you, which is exactly what I needed. We went through multiple exercises that built on each other, so by the end of the day I felt like a completely different rider. I told Jason that the class had compressed into 6 hours what it would've take me years (if ever) to learn on my own.

Bottom line: you're always better learning from a professional. These guys know their stuff, and combine it with a great teaching style. Everyone came away from the class feeling like this was money well spent.
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