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Dialing in Your Suspension with Solid Performance

Choosing what type of bike to ride is a major choice to begin with, but on top of that there are like a gajillion little details you can dial to make your bike your own. Springs, seat, tires, power valve …it never ends! But this process of truly making your bike your own is super rewarding and worth the attention.

Suspension is one of those important details, and one that can really affect your riding experience. It affects how you connect with your bike, and how your bike connects with the ground. It can affect your turns, your traction and, of course, your jumps!


Our next event is ideal for dialing in your settings because there are wide open areas, different types of terrain and a motocross track - all of which give you opportunities for repetition so you can ride, adjust, ride, adjust and truly dial in your optimal riding settings.

Solid Performance KTM will be on-site with us Saturday, October 5th to help us do just that! They’ll be on-site offering their suspension expertise and setting sags, guiding clicker adjustment, and providing general rider maintenance. Learn more about dialing in your suspension with Solid Performance…



Proper sag ensures that your motorcycle is balanced, and it’s important to set both free sag and rider sag. Free sag is how much the suspension droops under the weight of the bike. Rider sag is how much the suspension droops with the rider on the bike in their usual riding position.

If both free and rider sag cannot be adjusted within an acceptable range, the front and rear spring rates will need to be changed to ensure proper balance. Springs are available according to rider’s weight. For many women this is the first thing to do on a new stock bike (because stock bikes are made for an average male rider of greater height and weight).

When a motorcycle has too much sag, often called “choppered out”, the front tire is light and often pushes to the outside of corners. If you find yourself having to plant your foot when cornering often, it’s likely that your motorcycle has too much sag.

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Fig 2 - Proper Sag = Balance

Fig 2 - Proper Sag = Balance

Fig 3 - Too much Sag = “choppered out”

Fig 3 - Too much Sag = “choppered out”

Inversely, if a motorcycle has too little sag, often called “stink bugged”, the front tire is loaded and the rear tire is too light making the bike want to tuck in corners and/or have excessive fish-tailing during straight line acceleration. The owner’s manual is a great place to start for your suspension sag settings, and Solid Performance will be on-site at OAOMX offering sag setting (where available) all day Saturday 10/5.



A majority of riders rarely use the clicker adjusters on their suspension because they don’t understand how they work and/or are afraid they’ll break something. While suspension does have an optimal operating range, it won’t be damaged by running the suspension with the clickers all the way in or all the way out - meaning there is room for adjustment using the clickers that won’t cause harm to the internals.

We encourage you to do an exercise with your clickers to understand just how much different your bike can feel with just a few clicks. (Now remember, if this sounds confusing, we’ll have help on-site at OAOMX!)

Here’s the exercise -

  1. Get comfortable on your bike by riding for about 20 minutes.

  2. Set clickers to the standard settings (indicated in your bike manual) and ride 10-15 minutes.

  3. Go 2 clicks stiffer on your fork compression adjuster and shock low-speed adjuster, ride 10-15 minutes.

  4. Go 2 more stiffer on your fork compression adjuster and shock low-speed adjuster, ride 10-15 minutes.

  5. Repeat one more time, for a total of 6 clicks stiffer than standard setting.

Next, set the fork compression adjuster and shock low-speed compression adjusters back to standard, and repeat the exercise but going 2 softer and ride, 2 softer and ride, 2 softer and ride.

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2 clicks at a time is a noticeable adjustment, and going 6 clicks total off from the standard settings is your effective range of adjustment. The total range of 12 clicks is your optimal clicker adjustment. We encourage you to adjust your fork compression and shock low-speed adjusters to where they feel best for you. Most riders mainly feel compression, so that’s where the majority of riders should focus.

We then recommend adjusting your rebound adjuster to be a 2 compression : 1 rebound off of standard setting. For example, Standard: Compression: 15 Rebound: 15, but if you liked the compression at 19 clicks out, set the rebounds at 17).

Remember: turn the clickers in(clockwise) until they stop, and then out (counter-clockwise) until desired setting.  (Confused? Don’t worry, Solid Performance will be onsite at OAOMX to help anyone who wants to try this exercise with their own bike.)

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Riders commonly want to know how to adjust their suspension for different terrains (myself included!) For softer loamy soil like sandy conditions, the compression and rebound adjusters should be turned in (stiffened). This will help the suspension force through the soft soil/mud/sand to get traction, and the stiffer aka slower rebound will keep the bike planted rather than wallowing.

For harder terrain like rocks and hard pack moto tracks, both the compression and rebound adjusters should be turned out (softer). This will allow the suspension to soak up the hard hits, and the soft aka faster rebound will allow the suspension to return to full height to be ready for the next big hit. The 2 compression:1 rebound rule of thumb would still apply (as referenced above).



Solid Performance will be on-site at Over And Out Moto-X Saturday October 5, 2019 to answer suspension questions, to help you dial in these details as you ride, and to support attendees with general maintenance**.



Solid Performance is doing us a solid (haha) and kicked in some rad prizes you can enter to win onsite!

  • A FREE Suspension Tuning with Purchase of Complete Service, a $200 value! (once tuned, setting can be adjusted at any future service).

  • A FREE 2 Hr Service Labor Credit (excluding suspension, but can be used towards suspension removal and install).

  • A Troy Lee Designs GP Air Grey and Orange, Gloves, Jersey and Pants Set.

** ”General Maintenance” does not mean show up with a broken bike. Support services are available for general wear and tear issues, not in-depth mechanical issues that require longer time at a garage or a parts order. Please ensure your bike is in proper riding condition before coming. :) Thank you!

Dual Sport Route at OAOMX 2019

Over And Out Moto-X once again brings together all kinds of female off-road riders! If you ride a street-legal dual sport, adventure bike or a scrambler with on-road/off-road tires, come camp and have fun with us at OAOMX, and ride our local dual sport route. It’s all less than 1 hour from NYC and Philly!

We’ve partnered with the Del Val Trail Riders to give you a fun route. Read all about it, join our community on the REVER app, and get a FREE month of PRO membership on REVER so you get all the best, easiest route-guiding options. C’mon ladies, new adventures await!



The route is 66 miles total length, approximately 2 hours ride time, but there are so many great stops in the area, you could be out for a 4-6 hour day EASY!

Depart from our event space in bucolic Stockton, NJ and take the route along a mix of dirt and gravel roads, some primitive road, a couple shallow water crossings, but also stretches of pavement that let you open up the bike a bit as you cruise along the Delaware River.


You’ll pass through all the cutest Delaware River Towns along the NJ/PA border including Frenchtown, Milford, Upper Black Eddy, Tinicum, Lumberville, New Hope, Lambertville and Stockton. Check out these great local spots…



Stop in here to see the vintage planes, grab a bite, or take a ride in a bi-plane or glider! Walk-ins are welcome, and if you tell them you’re a female biker with OAO you’ll get 10% off a plane ride! Learn more at



Calling all science nerds! Ringing Rocks is not only a great place to hike and explore, it’s famous for its glacial formations of lithophonic rocks - they ring out like a bell when struck by a hammer!

Glacial formations like this are still a bit of a science mystery but they’re also just fun to bang on. So whether you’re a geology buff, or you just have a lot of anger you’d like to get out, bring a small hammer and go on a rock-hitting trek through the park. It’s pretty cool!

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There are so many good places to grab a bite while you’re out on the road, notably:

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We want to encourage more ladies to get out there and guide themselves using GPS or other guidance tools, because this can open up a whole new world of riding adventures for you!

We’re making this route available using the REVER App, and giving you a code for a FREE month of their PRO membership. The PRO membership allows you to take the map offline, get turn-by-turn and voice navigation, and import/export GPX files, so it’s worth using it for our event at the very least!

Snag it now and get ready to ride at OAOMX! It’s easy as 1-2-3.

  1. Sign up for REVER here.

  2. Sign up for a PRO Membership, monthly, and use code BuHPVTv2 to get a month FREE.

  3. Download the REVER app to your phone, connect to the Over And Out Moto Community page to access the route!

Stay tuned because we will be posting another easy-to-follow post to help you!

A few members of the DVTR club will be swinging by the event on Saturday 10/5 for anyone who would like to join them to ride the route. <3

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  1. Make sure you have a sturdy phone mount. This is the one I use.

  2. Bring along a backup phone battery just in case!

  3. You might want to bring along a spare pair of socks for after the water crossings. :)

Now get out there and have some fun!!!

Off-Road Riding Options for Fall 2019!

Riding, riding and MORE riding… It’s what we’re all about!

Last year a lot of girls reached out to us after Over And Out asking where they could go ride next, and since public riding land in the Northeast is pretty scarce we didn’t have a whole lot of suggestions. Well, the tides are turning as our community grows, and this year we’ve got some rad recommendations!

Check out some of these off-road riding options for Fall 2019, and go have some more adventures!!!

Illustration by @blindthistle

Illustration by @blindthistle


For the first time in their 5-year run producing super-fun women’s riding events, the Babes In The Dirt crew is heading east to Greenville, TN and it’s sure to be a RAD time!

This 3-day 2-night event will be at the I-81 Motorsports Park with MX Training from Ashley Fiolek, Flat Track School from Johnny Lewis and demos from Husqvarna Motorcycles!

We’ll see you there! Learn more at

@marcoinithewoods photographed by Jenny Linquist

@marcoinithewoods photographed by Jenny Linquist

Photo by Jenny Linquist

Photo by Jenny Linquist

@onewheelwheatley photographed by Jenny Linquist

@onewheelwheatley photographed by Jenny Linquist


The DVTR guided the dual sport rides that ran off-site from Over And Out this year, and they were nothing short of amazing! The DVTR is all about that pure love of riding and having fun with friends.

DVTR members gain club affiliation that allows them to race in ECEA hare scrambles and enduros; plus the DVTR hosts their own events. They are running America’s longest-running dual sport, the Michaux, (which has been sold out for months! sorry!) but they have more events to come, like their Dirty Santa Ride - a family-friendly ride that benefits Toys for Tots at holiday time. Learn more at

Illustration by Lydia Roberts @lydiarobotica

Illustration by Lydia Roberts @lydiarobotica


Our newest event hits the Northeast just in time for beautiful Fall weather and changing leaves. We’re super excited to take over another beautiful private property for ladies only! Join us on a gorgeous farm to ride a fun, private motocross track, woods loops, the greater farmland, or take a map to go on a lovely 80/20 dual sport ride to explore the area and moto-tourist-friendly Delaware River towns nearby.

Read more about the riding options at OAOMX here, and stay tuned for all exciting event details posting over the next month by subscribing to our email list.

Photo by Kelly McCaughey

Photo by Kelly McCaughey

Photo by Kelly McCaughey

Photo by Kelly McCaughey

Photo by Kelly McCaughey

Photo by Kelly McCaughey


We are so stoked to partner with Famous Reading Outdoors on our Summer event. I’ve been riding on this land for years and have had some of my biggest challenges (aka getting my ass handed to me) and triumphs riding this wild coal-mining terrain so it’s near to my heart.

It’s also great because you can ride there year round and experience some super challenging stuff. FRO has expanded their offerings, making it easy to try a one-day trial pass, or secure an annual membership and maps online! Learn more at:

Dirt Bike Tips: Basic Body Position

Welcome to OAO’s Dirt Bike Tips! In each post, we’ll break down a basic riding technique. Our goal is to give you quick, simple points you can easily digest, remember, and put to work during your ride. With these posts, we also aim to give you snippets of insight you might not get anywhere else!

ALSO, we’ve collaborated with strength trainer Erika Hurst to include training exercises - a #MotoFitTip if you will - that can be easily added to your routine to help support related muscles and joints! Let’s braaap to it!


Whether sitting or standing, these are the basics of how to position your body:

  • Body should be over the pivot point of the bike

  • Chin over the handlebars

  • Elbows bent, aiming up and out

  • Knees gripping/squeezing the sides of the bike

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Phptp by Megan Maloy


Getting Your Body Over The Pivot Point Of The Bike

Many riders who are new to dirt bikes tend to sit too far back on the bike, with their knees out in front of them. Maybe because they’ve ridden cruiser-style motorcycles, or just relate to how we sit in cars, go karts etc. On a dirt bike this is incorrect, it throws off the center of gravity and can increase arm pump (arm pain and fatigue due to exertion and swelling that affects blood flow).

I know that as an adult starting out on a smaller bike, it can feel strange and unnatural to feel like you have nowhere to fit your legs. Nonetheless, whether sitting or standing on a dirt bike, you need to get your body more forward, over the pivot point of the bike (where the seat dips, close to the tank) and tuck your legs underneath. It will feel weird, require extra balance and strength, but when you master it you’ll be a BOSS. So, next time you get on that bike, SCOOT ON UP.

Learn With Movement, Everything Is Adjustable

Movement and speed play a big role in how you put techniques to work, and how you adjust in different scenarios. For example, in the image below, you can see that my body and head are further back, and my back is slightly curved. This is because I am braking, not accelerating, because there’s a bottleneck of riders in front of me - something you can’t see in the photo. This is simply to illustrate that learning a technique doesn’t mean you’ll immediately meet some rigid idea of perfection. Form and technique are adjustable as you ride and move with the motorcycle.

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Because your body needs to be central on the bike the core of your body needs to be strong and mobile to adjust as you ride. Two simple exercises that can help increase hip mobility as well as strengthen core and legs are Glute Bridges and Planks.

Glute Bridges:

These help us learn how to hinge at our hips and engage our glutes and hamstrings rather than our lower back.

  • Set up with your shoulder blades elevated on a bench

  • Drive through your heels and squeeze your butt to lift your hips

  • Avoid arching through your lower back at the top

  • Do these for 3 sets of 8-12 reps

Glute Bridge starting position

Glute Bridge starting position

Glute Bridge top position

Glute Bridge top position


These train our core to be stable enough to resist any movement or jarring through our midsection to protect our spine.

  • Set up with your body in a straight line from head to heels, actively pushing your chest away from the floor

  • Tuck your ribs toward your hips to engage your core, squeeze your butt, armpits, fists and quads hard and hold this position (when done correctly, you shouldn’t be able to hold this for very long)

  • Avoid letting your head drop or hips sag and holding your breath

  • Do these for 3 sets of 3 five-10 second holds

Plank Position

Plank Position

Special thanks and (insert praise hands emoji and burrito emoji) to Erika Hurst for collaborating with OAO! Follow us on Facebook and Instagram and join our email list to make sure you don’t miss dirt bike tips to come!

@overandoutmoto @erikahurst_ #overandoutmoto #dirtbiketips #motofittip #gnarlybabesfitness

Northeast 24-hour Enduro Women's Team: Interview with Amelia Kamrad

One of my goals for Over And Out is that it help serve as a gateway for female riders of all levels to discover more opportunities for riding, be it through connection to new friends and a broader riding community or by building up the skills and confidence to join a race or try a longer or more difficult ride. 

For me, as a casual recreational rider, meeting Amelia Kamrad became my own gateway to trying my first race. I was stoked to experience it, but what I actually ended up getting out of it, I never expected.  That is: the addictive high of working hard at something I love, but as part of an incredible team.

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I played team sports all through high school and college, but this experience was different. Maybe because there were only six of us. Maybe because riding enduro is a sport I love more than anything I've ever done...I'm not sure, but I have to thank Millie for recruiting me to be on the team, and I've got to do it again!

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I asked Millie to tell us a bit about the race experience. Sure, we're not the first all-girl team, nor did we capture first place, but it's all too common to read interviews with people who are already killing it.  I wanted to share some information for those of you who might be trying new things in the world of riding two wheels, just like we are. 

I hope you enjoy and that it maybe encourages you or someone you know to give something new a try, be it a race, an event or simply riding for the first time.  

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The Northeast 24 Hour Challenge is a true test of endurance! Riders tackle an 11-mile course, but aim to complete as many laps as possible within 24 hours. You can form a team of up to six people, or ride as an ironman or woman, aka just one rider for the full 24 hours.

The race starts with a Le Mans-style start - riders start with a run to their bikes, having to start them up before taking off and heading into the woods. Each team also has a transponder that gets handed rider-to-rider to track their laps.

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The race goes for a full 24 hours, meaning riders continue to ride throughout the night, and must make use of headlights and helmet-mounted lights to make their way through the densely wooded course in the dark.

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Riding all through the night definitely adds an additional test of endurance.  The pits get quiet while riders who aren't currently riding try to get some sleep, and some teams aren't able to keep a rider on the course through the early hours of the morning. Managing sleep, hydration, and nutrition are key, so riders can continue to put in laps throughout the 24 hours. 

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Watch Part 1: Team Theft Recovery at the Northeast 24 Hour Challenge.


Last year I joined a friend's team, and I had a ton of fun. I thought it would be a really interesting experience tackling this with five other women. This was in November 2017, and with Over And Out's first women's riding event on the horizon I realized I'd be meeting a number of female riders keen to take on new challenges.

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There weren't that many female riders at the 24-hour challenge, so I thought if I could gather five other women to join me in a team, I'd be significantly adding to the number of women riding at this event. Hopefully, our participation this year will inspire more women riders to take on this challenge next year!

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We had a few changes to team lineup over the year. Because race entry opens in January but the race isn't until July, naturally some changes came about throughout the year that forced two girls to drop out by early June. 

BUT, Over And Out was set for the end of June so I knew I'd likely meet some more riders game to join.  I met so many positive, awesome female riders at OAO, I was able to fill the open spots! 

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The final lineup of "Team Theft Recovery": Tracy So, Megan Babineau, Ashley Lusky, Liz Kiniery, Kelly McCaughey and me, Amelia Kamrad. All of the girls that joined the team are great riders, but riding ability was only a small part of what makes a good team. 

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I was hoping to find teammates with positive attitudes, ready to take on an endurance challenge, and I couldn't picture any of these girls giving up easily.

I also knew right from the start that they would help to build each other up; it's super important to be team-focused. When we finally settled all six team members, it felt right. 


One thing we did was join Erika Hurst's Gnarly Babes Fitness program together!

Erika was one of the first east-coast female riders profiled on the Over And Out blog. She started a fitness program for women who ride, and took us on as clients. 

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The majority of our team committed to the fitness program to improve our strength, modify eating habits, and also stay in touch and motivate each other to stay fit and healthy as the race approached.

In 90+ degree weather, your physical fitness (or lack thereof) really comes into play.  It's a recipe for complete and utter exhaustion if you haven't prepared in advance. By around week 4 I could tell the program was making a difference in my strength and in my riding.

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We also needed to prep our bikes appropriately. While the race lap is only about 11 miles, if you have an issue with your bike it could take you two hours to get hauled back to the pits. That's two hours that you won't have someone completing laps for your team, and it will definitely make a difference in the race.

Solid Performance KTM (based just outside of Philadelphia) came through for us in so many ways: They let us borrow a KTM 250xcw that they professionally lowered 2 inches. 

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Funny story: the bike was actually stolen from their shop at one point. It was ridden in inner city Baltimore for a while before it got impounded and Solid Performance got it back. This is where our team took the name "Theft Recovery" from!  

They of course put a lot of work in to ensure this bike was in top shape to race. Solid Performance is the only WP suspension shop on the East Coast (they lowered my Husaberg for me last year - a MUST do if you've got short legs like me!). A lot of women don't realize the difference that lowering a bike can make in your riding. These bikes come stock built for the average size man, so lowering the bike by 2 inches made it much more accessible. 

Solid Performance even came through big time by lowering Tracy's bike for her the week before the race!  They gave us assurance, confidence and amazing support!

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I Imagine (and hope!) we might have some women who end up reading this who are curious about trying a race for the first time. During the actual race, WHAT WAS IT ACTUALLY LIKE FOR YOU GIRLS?

Well, like I described above, a 24-hour race is inherently a test of endurance. It was fairly exhausting! Basically, when you aren't expending energy actually riding, you're trying to chill in between rides, conserve energy, hydrate, eat, fix things on your bike that you may have broken on your last lap...and a million other things.

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It helped to be organized.  We had organized areas for food, gear, prep, stretching and recuperation. And we helped each other. While a rider got geared up in anticipation of their riding time, other riders helped them do whatever they needed: bring them food, help find a piece of gear or tape or some other solution they needed. 

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The weather also threw in a few challenges.  We had a few thunderstorms roll through, so overnight the course turned into a soupy, muddy mess! 

Not only is it extra challenging to ride in sticky, slippery rutted-out mud, it's a bummer come the morning when you're already getting sore, and you have to put cold, wet, muddy gear back on for your final laps...  

Watch Part 2: Team Theft Recovery at the Northeast 24 hour Challenge.  

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Oh yeah, by the time morning came around, putting the gear back on felt a bit like punishment. But before you know it it's time for the last lap to be ridden and seeing your teammate cross the finish line is an incredible feeling.  

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We may have been exhausted and ready to get home and into a shower, but as we packed up our pit, gear and bikes we were already thinking about doing it all over again next year!

@millieonthemove @kellymccaughey @lizismoto @tracysowhat @motogal315 @alluneedisluff @solid_performance @erikahurst_ @hurststrengthct
Images and video by Steve Kamrad @steve_kamrad
New to Riding? Babes In The Dirt Explains The Best Way To Get Started.

Our sponsor Babes In The Dirt has been encouraging girls to ride for years, so we're happy to have a little advice from one of the co-founders, Anya Violet, about getting started and how riding dirt is a great way to begin!  

Photo by Genevieve Davis

Photo by Genevieve Davis


By Anya Violet, Co-Founder Babes Ride Out, Babes In The Dirt

We have had a lot of ladies reach out to us recently asking for advice on how to get into riding motorcycles. I think everyone will answer this question a little differently, but I would like to share my thoughts on this with you.  Everyone's journey to two wheels starts differently. Everyone will tell you something different and really you just need to see what is going to work best for you!

Photo by Genevieve Davis

Photo by Genevieve Davis

In my opinion, if you are thinking of learning to ride, I would recommend starting on a dirt bike (preferably one that is small enough to where you can lift it off of you if you need to). This will get you comfortable with the feeling of being on a bike and with the mechanics of shifting, breaking and braaaaaaping!

Photo by Genevieve Davis

Photo by Genevieve Davis

Make sure you always wear proper gear because you will fall several times. We all do, that’s part of the fun! You can probably rent or borrow a bike from someone if you don't have one,  but you'll want to spend a solid amount of time riding it. One weekend probably isn’t enough. Get to a point where you feel confident hopping on it and maneuvering it through a variety of terrain. 

Photo by Genevieve Davis

Photo by Genevieve Davis

You don’t need to be able to shred massive hill climbs and jump doubles, but finding the confidence in turns and being comfortable with shifting and breaking etc. is key. Ask yourself how you feel after learning to ride a dirt bike. Does it still scare the shit out of you? Is it fun, but more scary than fun? Or is it the most fun ever? It is important to check in with yourself and decide whether this is for you, or not, before taking the next step. Riding dirt bikes before hitting the road will make you a much better street rider! I promise!

Photo by Genevieve Davis

Photo by Genevieve Davis

Once you feel good on a dirt bike, take a motorcycle safety/training course!!! This is a super rad learning experience and they have great instructors. A lot of people that take these courses have never even sat on a motorcycle so don’t be intimidated.  

For more tips on riding dirt, check out

And, follow along with us on Instagram @overandoutmoto as we head out to Babes In the Dirt in Lebec, CA this coming weekend, April 27-29, 2018. We're flying and rolling into the event from the East Coast and will be sharing a look at our BID riding adventure!

@babesinthedirt  @husqvarnamotorcyclesusa @genevieve_davis