Learn to Ride

Moto Anatomy Flat Track School at Babes in the Dirt East

Ever wanted to learn to handle your motorcycle better! Well Pro racer Johnny Lewis is taking over the Flat Track on site at Babes in the Dirt East to host training classes throughout the weekend. Come join in the fun and walk away from this weekend a better, more skilled and confident rider!

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Although Johnny Lewis’ roots are flat track and Supermoto racing, the 28 year old native of Coatesville, Pennsylvania has a background in multiple disciplines as well, including road racing and off-road. Lewis went pro at 16 years old in AMA Supermoto, riding for the Factory KTM team. The youngster showed great potential as one of the sports rising stars and eventually earned his first win in the Unlimited Class at Nashville. Lewis switched gears in 2009 and returned to his flat track roots in the American Flat Track series. He captured his first Dash for Cash win in 2010 followed by 3 career podiums in 2011 and his first National win at the Daytona short track in 2012. Lewis has raced a part-time effort with multiple teams over the past 6 years assisting the development of multiple brands, including the Ducati & KTM. Other career highlights of Lewis are being named AMA Sports Athlete of the Year in 2004 for flat track and being invited to compete in multiple international Supermoto events such as the prestigious Superbikers event in Mettet, Belgium as well as being chosen as 1 of 3 riders to represent the USA at the Supermoto of Nations in Italy in 2014. Lewis has also been invited to compete in the X Games 4 times, both in Supermoto and Flat Track, with a 4th place finish in X Games Flat Track 2015 just one position shy of an X Games medal. Lewis currently resides in Center Hill, FL with his wife Alysha and their two young children Maxsen and Clary.

We are a motorcycle training facility with a holistic approach, meaning: we focus not only on the riding technique but also the fuel behind it. Attention is brought to: The mental aspect - how you may be holding yourself back from your greatest potential, your subconscious and how it plays into your riding technique. The physical aspect - we discuss the body and it's alignment and how to use that to your advantage while riding and go over some really easy ways to improve your current movement patterns. General curriculum: - Body positioning - Line selection - Braking - Sliding - Wheelies :P - Basic motocross techniques (jumping, cornering, etc.) - Sand riding plus more!

Failing, It's Going to Happen | A Guide to Staying Mindful & Managing Expectations When Learning to Ride Dirt

Discouragement is something that can come from learning any new challenging thing. As more and more people take to the dirt, we think it’s important to talk about how to overcome the mental block we sometimes experience from “failing” or not advancing as quickly as you think you should. Take it from me, if I had a $1 for every time I failed hard while riding (or in life), I’d be richer than Oprah.

Manage Expectations

Street to Dirt? Should be Easy Right?! Not exactly. For the majority of riders, going from street to dirt may seem like a breeze but we promise its an entirely different animal. It doesn’t matter if you’ve been riding street for over 10 years, the dirt will humble even the most skilled person (and that is ok!). These machines do not acknowledge ego so if you go into it with a level you think you should be at but simply are not there yet, you are going to have a really hard time focusing on learning or potentially getting injured.

  • Slow down (mentally and physically)

  • Invest in quality gear that fits

  • Accept that you are starting as a new rider all over again

  • Take the time to learn trail etiquette

  • Stick to open spaces and green trails then work your way up

  • Don’t give up

Practice Makes Perfect

You won’t become a better rider without putting in the seat time. Make the effort to add a few ride days with pals who are a bit more experienced on your ical and enjoy the camaraderie that follows. The feedback, cheerleading, and advice you’ll get while on the trail from your buds is the best . Whatever you do, don’t give up. No friends yet? Well damn… come to Babes in the Dirt 5 and meet some :)

Take Lessons | Ask Questions | Watch YouTube Videos

There are so many incredible classes you can take to become a better rider. Google your area to see what is close to you, you might be surprised. Nothing in your area? There is a world of YouTube videos on technique that you can watch and apply on your own.

Some of our favorite classes are taught by:

Babes in the Dirt