Motorcycle education is good. It helps keep you alive while having fun. Usually, it seems to entail taking some big, intimidating step - like doing a track day or conquering a challenging road on your full-sized, powerful street bike. Or at least that's how I've approached things thus far.
But one recent weekend, I had the pleasure of giving all I had to a Honda CRF 50F - a children's 50cc dirt bike with 3 speeds and no clutch. And let me tell you, guy - it was more fun that anyone should be allowed to have.
This was the first dirt bike I had ever ridden, and by the end of the weekend I was throwing the bike into turns, rear wheel spinning all the way through the corners. I had 2 major wipeouts that resulted in no pain to me or damage to the bike. You can practically ghost ride these little machines into the woods and pick them up with no major damage (one of us sorta did that, actually).
Low risk, big fun, and a better rider at the end.