I rode on the dirt for the first time today- What a blast! A couple of mates of mine have bought traillies recently. We're all complete dirt novices. The weapon I was leant by my mate to tackle the track was a 1978 Yamaha DT175. The knobbies on it are worn flat and at least 10 years old, pogo stick suspension at both ends, but boy can it fly! Incredible engine, it fly's up to redline as soon as you open the throttle a little, and you spend all your time with at least 5000 rpm (out of 7000) on the tach. I came unstuck twice. As a dirt biker I make a great road rider. Both the times I came unstuck I was trying to cross the muddiest section of the track. I'm talking really deep, slick stuff. My friend pointed out that only the really pro guys were even tackling that route. I learnt there's nothing wrong with going off the beaten (and thoroughly muddy trail), and crossing the safer grass. Oh and I 'bent' (im pretty sure they're just twisted, still rideable) his forks in my first drop, but he was thankfully pretty cool about it. As the day went on I relaxed a little, eased my death grip on the bars, and I even managed to pass the 3 year olds on peewee 50's! I totally get what people mean when they say years of dirt won't prepare you for road riding. Completely opposite experiences. Everything you know about riding is wrong. I throughly recommend giving the dirt experience a go. It's expanded my idea of what a motorcycle and myself can do. Still undecided if I'm ready to shell out the cash for a dirt ride of my own.