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That's how I got started in motorcycles. The only difference was I rode as the Monkey in motocross while living in Holland as a military dependant. Didn't tell my parents until I dislocated a shoulder, then the jig was up. Dad took it well and let me continue riding.
Just got around to watching the video you posted. Things have sure changed since I was a Monkey. These courses look groomed. In the mid to late 60's they just went out to the woods and found a place to start then marked a course through the trees. And yes I fell off more than once. Most fun a kid could have without getting arrested.
Here is Eric and Celia (husband and wife) at Mid Ohio Vintage Bike days a couple weeks ago... Moto Guzzi LeMans 850 bike and Celia is the Monkey... great couple, they won #1 plate, last year and this year, lapping Mid Ohio's race track at 2:02 with the sidecar!