Riding Schools

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  • mikemac61

Posted July 13, 2003 - 04:50 PM


Has anyone out there been to an off-road riding school? If so, would you recommend it or was it a waste of time? I'm talking about the more advanced riding kind of thing, not a "this is the clutch, this is the brake, this is the throttle" class. My practice time is limited and I want to make the most of it but I feel like I've reached a plateau I can't get past without some coaching.

  • live_to_ride

Posted July 13, 2003 - 06:19 PM


I'd be interested in this as well. I've also been looking for road bike schools, and I found a few. I'm going to take a class this month and hopefully another this fall. An off road school would be really fun. :)

  • 433rd

Posted July 13, 2003 - 06:42 PM



  • endurodog

Posted July 13, 2003 - 07:44 PM


I took the Gary Semics course a few years ago for MX and thought it was well worth the money. If I get a chance to take another school I will in a heart beat. Way better performance for the dollar than a new pipe or what not.

  • BlueThunder

Posted July 13, 2003 - 08:23 PM


433rd.........now that's a guy I'd like to teach me how to ride...."one fast Mo-Fo!" :)

  • live_to_ride

Posted July 13, 2003 - 08:45 PM


Destry's class is spendy. 150 for 4 hours? It would have to be twice as long for me to spend that much.

  • BlueThunder

Posted July 13, 2003 - 08:49 PM


Seems a small price to pay for some valuable knowledge? Can barely put fat bars on your ride for that price.

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  • 125shifter

Posted July 14, 2003 - 02:44 AM


I'd be interested in this as well.

The "local" Gary Semics instructor (out of Helena Montana I believe) will come to Salt Lake for a group lesson. He won't charge travel time if there are a certain number of participants.

He'll come to SLC for a private lesson, but you'll spend as much in his milage as the lesson.

Dean Olsen
1207 Shirley Rd.
Helena, MT 59602
Phone: (406) 458-8164
Montana (Will Travel)

Contact him and get more details if you're interested. Count me in if we can put together a local group lesson.

Seems a small price to pay for some valuable knowledge? Can barely put fat bars on your ride for that price.



  • Pooley

Posted July 14, 2003 - 01:28 PM


Are there any schools that are more woods oriented? I need some pointers on proper woods technique. I don't ride MX but it always sucks when a 14 year old on a CRF150 can out ride me in the tight woods, pretty damn embarrasing! :)

  • 433rd

Posted July 14, 2003 - 06:27 PM



  • BlueThunder

Posted July 14, 2003 - 09:19 PM


Myself and 2 friends are very seriously considering it....4 hours with Abbott would be a kick. Man that guy can ride! :)

  • Stumpy

Posted July 16, 2003 - 03:06 AM


Check out www.richlafferty.com He offers several schools a year, but they are in NJ.

  • mikemac61

Posted July 16, 2003 - 12:58 PM


Thanks guys, I will follow up on these leads. I live in GA so I would like to find something in my time zone but if these guys travel I'm sure they would come here if I could get a good sized group together. Let me know if you're interested. Thanks again. :)

  • 433rd

Posted April 02, 2004 - 11:56 AM




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