How far would you go?
Posted August 30, 2002 - 01:30 PM
How far do you travel to ride? I can just get on the bike and ride to my destination, who else is lucky like that? Do you make a point of travelling to find new places to ride? Is getting away for a day or weekend to ride a thing you want to do more?
What about organised trail tours of areas, would you go off for a week or so and ride somewhere new?
Would you travel further if you had accomodation and backup for the trip, and a guide for new areas?
Let us all know...
Posted August 30, 2002 - 01:54 PM
Posted August 30, 2002 - 02:07 PM
Trail closures are ever-present, but we still have alot of area that is available.
Buddys and I ride after work on short 50-100 mile loops; rides on the weekends can be anywhere from 100 miles up to 200 miles in a day; camping trips in the area are also done (we ride into the camping areas, not trailer to them) but the fuel is the limiting factor there.
As far as rides outside of the area, we consider a 100 mile radius from town to be our "hood", and we have not come even close to hitting all of the trails yet.
I have over 3,000 on my WZ (bought in March of this year) and clocked well over 10,000 on my XT600 that I had for the 3 years prior to the WZ.
As far as guided tours, I think that is well worth it. I know of a bunch of special areas here locally that somebody new to the area would never know about. I love to show others my stomping grounds. Conversely, when I run out of room here, I would be eager to have others who are familiar with their territory lead me around.
Sounds like a business opportunity to me.....
Want to ride North Central Washington? Let me know, and I have got gobs of places to show ya!
Around here, we can be off of the pavement and into the dirt less than 10 miles from the city limits.
How FAR would I go to ride? My girlfriend and I ALMOST modified our snowmobile trailer earlier this year so we could trailer our dirtbikes back to Michigan when we went back there to visit her family. But, we did not, so that does not count!
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Posted August 30, 2002 - 02:13 PM
I have to say that most of the riding I've done has been based on someone else knowing where to ride and leading me around. Organized events have also played a big role. I've met a ton of riders and everyone has there favorite spots. I make a point to try different areas and ride with different people as much as I can. The contacts I've made through our local club, another local riding forum, and TT have all provided me contacts to lots of riding buddies of all skill levels. I am learning a lot and having a ball.
Posted August 30, 2002 - 02:15 PM
I can hop on and ride to trails, but it's minimum of 20 miles, my tires hate that. But I've still have it great, load up in the Tacoma, and 30 minutes later I'm starting my ride at 8,000 feet. Weekends offer a plethora of options, most within 2 hours drive or less.
We also do day rides, Winter Park is easily accessable to Boulder folks, it's only 40+ miles from Nederland, over the divide by Needles Eye, and down to Winter Park. Breck is also available for a ride, but making it over to Breckenridge and back in a day is tough.
Posted August 30, 2002 - 02:26 PM
I would love to take one of those many tour rides that have sprung up in the past few years and explore the western United States.
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Posted August 30, 2002 - 05:19 PM
I have a number of State forests that are great riding, one 15 mins away (Pine Creek), a few an hour or so (Littabella, Watalgan), but riding to any of the other that are 2 or 3 hours away is just a drag, you chew your tyres up, use all your fuel... better to trailer to them and then if you are too tired from riding to ride home, you can just put the car on cruise and relax a bit on the way home... some music etc, esp. if it getting dark or is wet... no reason to make a long day even longer...
I too would like to do one of the organised trail tours, lots of places I haven't been to yet, and they supply bikes as well, so that is a good chance to ride other bikes and realise how good your own bike is setup...
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Posted August 30, 2002 - 07:26 PM
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Posted September 01, 2002 - 05:50 PM
I can ride across the street, cross the creek if it hasn't rained recently, and ride on a 2500 acre piece of property legally. All I have to do is maintain trails for the owner, for his deer leases, and stay off weekends during hunting season. The property next to it is over 4000 acres and is owned by the developer of our neighborhood. Needless to say this is private property and is posted as "NO TRESPASSING". On occasion it's been a very good thing I know every trail on their land. As a student in the early 70's we had free roam of all 26000 acres before the development became very successful, as of last weekend they began surveying this land for roads and lot dividing.
I've seen this happen since I was in Jr. High. Within a year, roads will be concreted and within 2 there will be new houses and residents.
We have a track 5 minutes from the house with Supercross, Motocross and Beginners tracks.
There are 4 other Motocross tracks within a half hours drive.
20 miles north is a Nat'l forest with over 150,000 acres of riding. 100 miles east is another big Nat'l forest which I like better than the one closer to my house.
I've always loved riding and try to take a riding vacation every couple of years.
Last year it was a week with rented Harley's on the big island of Hawaii for my oldest boy's graduation present.
Next year I'd like to go to Australia for a ride on a KTM trailtours outing. They look like they've really got their act together. Bike rentals, food & lodging, fuel and even some nonriding activities all included. If its to much coin I'll probably look west towards Utah, Colorado, or Baja for an outfitter which will provide the same.
I took my family to Australia for vacation a few years ago and really had a great time. The folks there were not only super but were also very pro American.
Posted September 02, 2002 - 06:02 AM
We usually will do a couple of longer trips everyear. This spring I went to Moab for the first time. Of course it was awesome, it took us 24hrs from Alberta to get there. We also ride in BC quite a bit, usually Kamloops or Kocanusa. I have also gone to Silver Country (Wallace) Idaho on the Canadian Thanksgiving weekend for the last couple of year. Hope to see Lewichris there this year
Posted September 02, 2002 - 04:28 PM
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Posted September 02, 2002 - 05:10 PM