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How to Ride a Motorcycle in the Dirt: 10 Dirtbike Tips for Street Riders

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Bonus Turning Tip: Throw a Leg Out
How to Ride a Dirtbike

When to use your leg on a dirtbike.

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Once you've wrapped your head around turning in the dirt, another component to the process will add a layer of security: throwing a leg out.

First, let's clarify that this isn't a recommended tactic for heavier bikes-- in fact, most adventure tourers and dual purpose motorcycles are weighty enough to snap bones if they come down on your leg. Many dirtbikes, however, are light enough not to pose a danger to an outstretched boot; stick it out, and you'll have a little bit of insurance, being able to keep the bike up if it falls over.

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