Keep our Riding areas open
Posted November 01, 2002 - 09:47 AM
If we compare the issues between cycles and snowmobiles, we cyclists need to be good stewards of the woods, we will cause some erosion but the impact of the skinny little trail is minimal. Our bikes pollute less and as our numbers grow and the sport gains in popularity, as it is, our financial significance will continue to grow. What we can do is KEEP THE NOISE DOWN. People who don't ride hate the noise. I ride a WR400 with the stock pipe and Vortip Baffle. It is quite quiet and makes tons of power for woods riding. I have a YZ pipe and the performance difference is not that great. My son loves the sound of the YZ pipe, but he's 13 and can't vote and his opinion doesn't matter. Even I at times enjoy that uncorked thumper sound but its not OK in the woods, its for the track where every little bit matters. I have a responsibility to all of you current and will be riders to do my part to see the sport grow in numbers as well as places to ride. Keep the noise down and give the nay sayers less to complain about. The issue really is political and in politics if you don't have the votes to win your cause, you compromise.
Posted November 01, 2002 - 10:15 AM
Posted November 01, 2002 - 10:28 AM
Posted November 01, 2002 - 11:10 AM
Posted November 01, 2002 - 11:31 AM
Posted November 01, 2002 - 11:39 AM
it isn't the end-all of the problem. The problem is that, as a whole, dirtbikers
won't fight for their rights. They expect someone else to do it for them. You wouldn't
believe the number of times I've heard "That's what the AMA is for" or "That's why
I'm a member of the BRC" etc, etc. Until we start mounting massive campaigns to fight
back, it doesn't matter if we're riding electric bikes that make 2db, we're going to be
to be targeted. Those against us will always be against us. If you've been involved
in any "give and take" discussions, you'll know there is little/NO compromise.
I agree that the demographics are changing, but sadly, the core problem is not.
And, FWIW, I know these things first hand. I was in the middle of several
landfights with various groups during my tenure as the chairman of the Rocky Mountain Enduro Circuit. I've never done anything as frustrating
as those two years.
Posted November 01, 2002 - 02:16 PM