FUN FACTOR: Looking for good times? We all know that two wheels are the foundation for the best experiences to be had on Earth. So we asked each of our editors to go out to find their own fun factor and bring back the essence of what makes the riding experience great. Ride with us!

Motorcyclists come in all shapes, sizes, and interests. Many of us find common ground in our love for the special machines we ride, new technologies that improve our experience on them, and using them to conquer the ground beneath us and the people next to us. We often spend more time focused on the first two but, when it comes to having fun, it’s all about the latter.

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It's important to start the day with a solid breakfastDrew Ruiz

My idea of fun on a motorcycle doesn't require the latest and greatest bike and doesn't require the newest technology. My idea of fun on a motorcycle only requires about 30 hp, a little crash protection, some twisty asphalt, and a handful of buddies. My idea of fun on a motorcycle is a day at SoCal Supermoto.

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Who says you need knobbies in the dirt?! (Okay, they're really, really helpful)Drew Ruiz

The beauty of SoCal Supermoto is actually in the ancient bikes, paltry power, and modest digs. While most trackdays are spent trying to tame wild machines, SoCal Supermoto is more of a return to what motorcycle racing began as—an attempt to make slow bikes go faster and beat the guy next to you. The lack of experience, individual pits, or shade (outside of SoCal’s canopy) bring the group together and make the school a social experience.

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Sadly, the guy in the cowboy hat is the only one of the four of us who's any good at thisDrew Ruiz

The whole thing will only run you $250 all included (SoCal provides the bikes and even has free loaner gear), which makes it great for going with your friends. This particular Sunday, I'd convinced a few of my buddies to come out, including fast dude and too-smart-for-his-own-good Lindsay Ross, Scott Sorenson, who takes me on adventures he promises will be easy and then most definitely aren't, and regular Cycle World contributor and fan of all things Midwest and husky, Joe Gustafson.

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"This is an intervention, Sean, we need to talk about these leathers of yours"Drew Ruiz

The other magic ingredient in the experience is Brian Murray, the school’s founder and instructor. Murray is like the cool uncle who snuck you your first beer, and his knowledge that having fun is just as important as learning to ride supermoto makes him an incredibly effective teacher. His laid-back style and jokes erase any perceived barrier between student and teacher and demolish any apprehension when admitting areas of needed help.

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Oh THAT's where your foot is supposed to goDrew Ruiz

Of the 12 people in our class, only four of us had ridden supermoto before, and experience levels ranged from barely any riding to racer and dirt primarily to street only. From our little tribe: Lindsay had ridden a dirt bike or two but spends most of his time on his Yamaha YZF-R6 racebike, Scott is selling his BMW F800GS so he can fully commit to that dirt life, and Joe is basically me circa 2005 (before I sold my Bonneville or had ridden sportbikes/done trackdays).

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Just one giant game of chaseDrew Ruiz

By the end of the day we’d befriended many of the other students in the class and all gotten much faster, with Joe improving the most by far. Lindsay, our resident roadracer, crashed the most (oddly enough, neither time in the dirt), and Scott gloated the most but only because he wasn’t suffering from the heat as badly as we were in his MX gear.

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Next time we go to Adams, I'm going early to work on the takeoff of the jumpsDrew Ruiz

A day spent going fast, sliding around a racetrack, learning/improv­ing skills, and getting to do it with/compete against your buddies? In a low-risk and low-cost setting, where you’re free to really push your abilities and competitiveness to peak hooligan? Yeah, that’s my idea of fun on a motorcycle.

Sean's Gear

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8 hours of riding in the 105 degree heat had us all in pretty bad shapeDrew Ruiz

For your viewing pleasure, we've added a huge gallery below with more pics from the day. Our photographer for the day, Drew Ruiz, is one of the most talented guys behind the lens, and he captured the day even better than my words.

Unfortunately, our site isn't built with photo galleries in mind, so there's no way to scroll through them in the expanded view. But, I'd still highly recommend taking the time to blow them up on your desktop and really enjoy them because Drew is just that good.

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The morning starts with a brief overview of that braaap life and supermoto body positioningDrew Ruiz
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Putting on our power ranger outfits, all that yoga paid offDrew Ruiz
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"So this is the one you use to make it go faster, right?"Drew Ruiz
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Lindsay leading Joe and I on the initial laps, with California Superbike School's Dylan Code bringing up the rearDrew Ruiz
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Joe is already sick of hearing Lindsay and I talk about how cool Scott's beard isDrew Ruiz
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Trying to learn to trust the tiresDrew Ruiz
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I promise, we caught him at some pointDrew Ruiz
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The first of many, many water bottles consumed that dayDrew Ruiz
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Brian makes lots of hand motions when he teaches, but the only thing that comes out of his mouth is "braaaaaaap brap brap"Drew Ruiz
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Lindsay giving me the one fingered salute after eating it while chasing meDrew Ruiz
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"Good thing it's only a beat up DR-Z, right?"Drew Ruiz
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Line selection 101Drew Ruiz
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"Seriously man, like a GIANT bag of skittles, you're embarrassing us"Drew Ruiz
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Gotta get those eyes upDrew Ruiz
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No, tucking didn't helpDrew Ruiz
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Scott, the only guy to choose dirt gear, was also the only guy not beginning to feel the effects of heat strokeDrew Ruiz
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Midway through the day, Joe was starting to really show signs of improvementDrew Ruiz
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You know you've burned them real good when they have to resort to violenceDrew Ruiz
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Seriously though, how glorious is that thing?Drew Ruiz
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Towards the end of the day, Brian came out to have a little funDrew Ruiz
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Meet Scott, our dirt riderDrew Ruiz
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After his first digger, Scott starting making time on all of us in the dirt sectionDrew Ruiz
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Frustrated by finally being beaten in a section of the track, I took the Socal Supermoto Grom out for a spinDrew Ruiz
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It's sad that I don't make this bike look smaller...Drew Ruiz
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There was a fast way and a high way over the jump, Scott and I had very different objectivesDrew Ruiz
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Towards the end of the day, Joe and I really started to get sick from the heat. I know, I told you I wouldn't post this. Oops?Drew Ruiz
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I mean, just look at that poor bastard at the back for the start of the student raceDrew Ruiz
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At the end of the day, Joe and I were both clearly sick. Luckily for us, the gas station had huge bottles of pedialyteDrew Ruiz
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"You guys are, without a doubt, all complete goobers"Drew Ruiz
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As we all packed it in, tired and beaten from too much brap, Brian put on a clinic of awesomeness. Because no one knows the brap life better.Drew Ruiz

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