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Why you should ride a Dirtbike and a Streetbike

Bryan Burnett

As I had a lot of riding footage laying around, I wanted to do a side by side comparison of the differences and similarities of "Dirtbike Riding and Street Riding". I have strong feelings that if you really want to become a better rider in general you should try and do both. Not everyone is as fortunate to have access to both, but if you do, here's why I think you should do it!

Dirt Riding

Teaches you the basics of riding in a "typically" less dangerous environment. No cars is a main highlight. You can focus on what it's like to lose traction, with the front, rear, or both tires at speeds that are less likely to break your neck. Feeling the rear slide out as you power on the throttle with a dirt bike is amazing. Dirtbikes are lighter then any street motorcycle and generally will make horsepower between 5hp all the way up to 50hp. Anywhere in the middle of that power range is plenty to have fun. 

Street Riding

The main highlight is getting to see new places! It allows you to travel around, check out new spots on the map. There's a lot more traction and you go a lot faster. You'll learn how to work with the bike by leaning off in the corners. More weight does come with the benefit of more power and more stability. 


Riding on the dirt will help develop the sometimes un-natural instincts need to stay calm in a situation on the street where you lose traction. Street riding will help you with bending the bike under you and being smooth on the throttle. Mostly they're just fun and here's the video to prove it. 

First Ride of Spring 2015

Bryan Burnett

It's officially spring here in California, and per usual it is gorgeous. Pretty much a perfect day to enjoy some riding with a friend. Flowers are blooming, grass is green and the air is filled with two stroke smoke! Here's a video I put together of the day. The music is from Balmorhea, which i enjoy for their instrumental tastes that in my opinion goes well with the Marin County landscape. Enjoy!

Rain, rain, is here to stay!

Bryan Burnett

Last weekend I finally had the opportunity to take full advantage of the muddy situation at the "Private Testing Grounds" a.k.a. the ranch. A couple of buddies made it out for the ride as well and judging by the grins, fun was had all around. Here's a compilation of footage from the weekend. I used my DSLR in conjunction with a Hero 3 Black Edition GoPro mounted on my helmet and a few shots dangling from a Quadcopter. I was pretty happy with the footage I picked up, even though I almost lost the copter on the maiden flight.

Protip for flying, don't fly so far away that you can't see the quadcopter. 

Dunlop MX 32: Initial Impressions

Bryan Burnett

  So begins "that time of year", droplets falling from the skies, green shoots poking betwixt the earth and grey sky, bringing that sweet sliding magic that makes the 5 year old kid inside me giggle madly out loud. MUD! With the arrival of water this season, it was time for me to toss out the old rubber, and bring my rims up to 2014 technology. The Dunlop MX32. What's the first visual impression? Good looking rubber, the pattern and depth of the knobs hint at of the amount of grip these tires can dish out. Much to my pleasure the knobs have knobs inside them.

I've only been able to do 2 quick trail rides, equating to about 4 hours of ride time thus far. The terrain varied from super slick deep creek mud, too slightly harder jeep trails, with a lot of grassy fields in between. My immediate impression riding on these tires was a very descriptive, and well thought out "DAAAYYYYYmmmm!".  When tipping the bike over into a turn, the front felt so planted I could pivot over a dime. In comparison the rear felt really good, but where it shined was under acceleration. Hard or soft on the throttle,  slide to wrist response was telepathic, goose it a little out of a muddy turn and I was immediately rewarded with a smooth predictable slide making me feel like a hero. Hill climbing out of a really muddy creek was tackled with authority, not only was I sliding sideways at the time, the rear found enough traction to allow my 125 two stroke to wheelie out and over like a scalded hamster. 

Having ridden the same trails hundreds of times, I've come to expect a certain amount of sliding for a given amount of speed into a turn. Which at this point I call Dunlop out for unfair business practices, the amount of magic dust they sprinkled on these tires is appalling. After every successive turn, I felt more and more confident, to the point where I needed to take a break. I was darting in and out of corners with speed I didn't know I possessed, every slide felt predictable like a metronome, and I had to remind myself to take it down a notch, or suffer a spill into a creek where no one would find me. 

Towards the end of the second day, the MX 32's helped me reach that "zone" moment that comes with ultimate focus. I wasn't worried about what my tires might do, I KNEW what they would do, I had total control, the moment may have only lasted 2, 5, 10 minutes tops, but it was amazing. It's the sort of thing you don't realize until you come to the end of your run, the fatigue in your arms suddenly appears, the sound of the motor reverberates underneath, and the smell of two stroke smoke in the air brings you back to reality. Again I become aware of the world, not just the trail, the bike, and the next turn. When you think back on the moment, it's just a smooth stream of corners, instead of a jumble of actions.

So for the very fact that I had the confidence to throw the bike around with the authority I wanted is a testament to these tires. The key factors I'll be looking closely at from this point forward is, how well will these tires hold up over time, and how they'll do through the dry hard dirt season. These are classified as soft to intermediate tires, so only time will tell. 

The only con that came to mind would be cost, these tires aren't terribly expensive in comparison to competitors, but when you factor in new tubes, and having someone put the tires on, I was looking at around a $300 cost. I'm trying to support my local Motorsport shop, even if it hurts 10-15% more on my wallet.

I look forward to getting muddy and doing my very best testing out these tires. Stay happy, stay muddy. 

Summer Ridin - KX125 & KTM125

Bryan Burnett

Summer is in full swing and what better way is there to take advantage of the sun, then to fill the air with a little two stroke smoke? That's just what I did over the weekend, using a couple of GoPro's I put together a quick edit of the highlights of the days ride. Overall it was a great ride, lots of sliding, wheelies, and out right shenanigans. No injuries so that's always a plus, but I was a little sore the next day, might be time to hit the gym... 

As the weather has been SUPER dry it didn't take much throttle to spin up the rear wheel, which is both fun and frightening. But this will probably be the last ride for at least a month or two, as deer season just started. It might be time for me to check out the local track. 

When doing a video it's always nice to have a tune to edit to, that's why I chose "I need a dollar" from Aloe Blacc, the instrumental version of course, I find lyrics to be more distracting when watching a video. It's also hard to strike a balance between music and camera audio. The hard cores want just the bike audio, but that can get old when you hear the camera "pops" when the GoPro case gets tapped. Also without a beat it's hard for me to hit edit points.