Outrageous Thai Dirt Renegades: A description of Dirtride Lanta

This is a review of Dirtride Lanta. Dirtride Lanta operates from a small shop on the west side of Koh Lanta Yai. It’s run by Shade (Shadow?) who is an excellent motorcyclist and offers really fun, fast tours of both Koh Lanta Noi and Koh Lanta Yai in a single morning. We had an amazing time.

How to Do Dirtride Lanta

Connect with Shade via Facebook. He has a phone in his pocket and responds quickly and effectively. It’s probably him so be respectful from the start for best results.

When you book Dirtride Lanta, here’s what to expect:

What to wear when you drive to the office

Make sure you wear your own underwear and socks.

You will be provided with all the gear you need. That includes:

  • Long sleeve shirt
  • Dirtbike pants
  • Motorcycle boots
  • Really cool gloves
  • Motocross Helmet
  • Motocross Goggles

You could show up wearing nothing but underwear and socks if you wanted.

That said, please wear pants. Unless you are particularly good-looking. Then wear underwear  and socks.

Is this really dangerous?

Shade will take you as fast as you want. Of course, he doesn’t pressure you to go faster. You can and should go at your own speed.

I have moderate motorcycle experience. He must have been able to identify that we aren’t motocross experts because he just rode a small scooter while showing us around. Even though I was on a Honda CRF250L motocross bike, I couldn’t keep up with him when he hit the accelerator. He is bloody fast.

So if you’re an expert, you’ll have a blast.

That said, he’s super nice and accommodating. If you’re a rookie, just take it at your own speed and have a blast.

Dirtride Lanta | Go FastA Note of What to Eat

Eat a solid breakfast before arriving in the morning. That day I did bacon, eggs and ham at Living Room Cafe which was excellent and fast.

When returning from the trip, you’ll be hungry. Shade and his family do a home cooked meal for the riders.

It’s phenomenal. His wife is an excellent cook. You’ll love it.

I didn’t even bring snacks. Feel free to do so, but a backpack will be a hinderance. You probably don’t need one. We were on the road the whole time having way too much fun to slow down and snack. I’m happy I brought nothing but underwear and socks (and the GoPro).

Other Details of Dirtride Lanta

If you want to film, just bring a bulletproof camera. An iPhone/Samsung will be good, but you won’t want to be holding it while driving. If you do a GoPro, connect it to the handle bars so you can adjust the angle as you drive.

It’s really, really fun. Have a blast.

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