Lets not forget the art of crashing! There are lessons to be learned in the dirt that will help you fare much better should the time come on the pavement, crashing, confidence, countersteering, throttle control, body english, attack position and many more. I learned to ride with my ass off the seat on a CZ 250 redframe at the age of 12 because it had no seat! I still stand often on the strom in technical areas, or fast fire roads.
I always felt you have a better chance of walking away from a dirt bike crash, threrefore you are given more chances to learn these basic rider skills that will become second nature as you grow older.
Injuries from dirt bikes can none the less be painfull, but its how the rider handles these experiences that will make him a better rider. I have had near casterations, concussions, stitches, broken bones (hands and thumb joints) and such. Did I learn anything? Yes, did I get back up and do it again......hell yes. Many times I recall running over to my bike to check damages, only to realize after wards.....man that hurt, then I would cower in pain, or I would go home and ma would say where is all that blood on the floor coming from? Ahhh the memories.
I think most painfull was the avation gas that came out of the breather early in a Hare Scramble race. I took a high speed get off and ended up over the bank stuck in the crotch of this maple tree about 4 feet in the air. Somehow the av gas spilled on my thighs as I was pinned in the carnage. It looked worst than it was and a track official want to red flag the race untill we spoke and he help me out of the tree. I went on to take 3rd place that day, but after 2 hours of Av gas exposure, IT had burned my thighs making them very, very, red. As soon as it was done, I just recall stripping off those race pants in the pits ASAP!
"Pain is weakness leaving the body"
"Nothings possible until its done!"
"If ya can't afford the fine, take the lead!"
Last edited by Tollster; 09-30-2009 at 01:52 PM.