Places to ride in MI
Posted February 17, 2001 - 11:38 AM
I have also been considering the Hatfield McCoy trail system if anyone can tell me if this would work better for my wife and I.
Posted February 17, 2001 - 01:15 PM
Go to motocross.com, they have a search area for places to ride. The only problem is that the information here is supplied by however wants to post it. You'll have tracks, trails and corner lots and you won't know what is legal or not.
Be careful if your riding by yourself
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Posted February 17, 2001 - 04:24 PM
Since you are in NY.... Try e-mailing the organization and request the latest issue of their monthly "Great Lakes Trailrider"... It has an extensive list and description of all the various trail loops... With name, location, length, degree of difficulty, type of trail, width of trail... all that good stuff.
It also has the list of 12 or so "Trail Tours" which are organized trail rides with an average of 200 riders signed up to "tour" that trail that weekend... with arrowed loops like an enduro, all coming back to the usually 'primitive' campground.
I would recommend the trail tours... lots of dedicated friendly fun trail riders. And if you ever had troubles, there will always be somebody coming along within 10 minutes.
Some locations are better than others.
I will say that few trails in Mich have a great degree of diffuculty, there is a lot of sand, and not many real hills, and little to no mud or river crossings.
The farther North you go the more interesting (challenging) the trails are.
Posted February 19, 2001 - 08:01 AM
Houghton Lake is a great summer destination town with a wide variety of trails, from sandy to rocky to open fire trails. Bonus: Houghton Lake, and Mio have Yamaha dealerships. Hackers Yamaha, and Northern Powersports, respectively.
If you're interested in some company when you come to Michigan, let me know, we're always looking for people to ride with. I have an orange bike coming in a couple of weeks, I hope you wouldn't be embarrassed to be seen with me
Posted February 19, 2001 - 05:50 PM
Young Lou Gerencer, and the old Lou Run a H.D. dealership in mi.
They had a cabin and we rode alot of trails in a wknd...
If you can't find them via internet search try Joe Houpt at Suburban Harley in Thiensville, Wi...
Ask him about the lou ride and let him school you....
Best wishes, Bill
Posted February 19, 2001 - 06:15 PM
Posted February 20, 2001 - 04:46 AM
Posted February 20, 2001 - 07:54 AM
Check out Red Bud Track 'n Trail at http://www.redbudmx.com/ Red Bud is in Buchanan, MI. While at their website, also click on the "Dutch Sport Park Info" link. I'm an old motocrosser and Red Bud in Michigan is where I cut my teeth.
Obviously the tracks themselves would not be good for the wife, but I remember Red Bud having some pretty cool woods and orchard trails.
South of Buchanan in Sawyer, Michigan is Warren Dunes State Park. You can't ride there, but you can check out miles and miles of beautiful sandy beaches. A nice place to have a picnic, take in some sun and go swimming (summer months only of course!).
Also, I'm from Arizona, so we are able to ride 365 days a year. Right now in February we are enjoying sunny weather in the high 60's. Lots of tough, rocky single track and mild to moderate Jeep trails that take in some of the most beautiful deserts in the world.
Check out http://www.arizonatrailriders.org/
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Posted February 20, 2001 - 12:26 PM
Posted February 20, 2001 - 10:23 PM
.Once you get your mapbook with your membership stuff, you will have a much better idea of the trail layout and desireable areas... especially with the newest issue of GLTR with the trail ratings.
Truthfully... there are a lot more easy (legal) trails here than hard ones, so finding ones suitable for her shouldn't be hard... though having license plates opens everything up for all the 2 tracks (wife-easy).
You have to buy a MI ORV sticker ($17) for each bike.
I would almost recommend spending 3 days in one spot and 4 in another.
Traverse City is a pretty classy upscale town that your wife might like.
Petoskey and Manistee are getting there and all 3 are on the water.
Inland ...Cadillac and Houghton lake are fairly civilized.
Posted February 23, 2001 - 10:14 PM
I haven't ridden in Traverse City, but the town is very nice. (read: the wife will be happy!)
I agree, not much of the terrain is very tricky. Also, a license plate really opens up your options. ALL LAND in the lower penninsula is closed to ORV's unless posted as an ORV trail. Any other state land requires a license plate. You'll need the ORV sticker to ride trails, they're $17 each.
I have a place to stay in Lewiston, so I typically ride there, but I'll ride anywhere!! Send me an e-mail if you know the dates you're coming, or want any more info. firstname.lastname@example.org
Posted February 27, 2001 - 06:06 AM
i'd say a nice place to take the wife would be wayne national in southeast ohio. the trails are like roller coasters and there is a wide range of terrain, from very technical to very friendly trail. you can stay at a bed and breakfact in the countryside and there are a lot of nice parks to visit.
Posted February 27, 2001 - 08:28 AM
nice, maybe not as many and nice as the Gaylord/Kalkaska/Grayling area (fantastic)but
Traverse is the City largest north of Grand Rapids and one of the nations most beautiful places, plenty of Malls for your wife, beaches,gambling casino,resorts, and some nice trails,and an outdoor Motocross track south of town (Kingsley) which holds races
2x a month. If your interested and serious
about coming, I would try to get you some, info and trail maps. I have been to Rochester N.Y. a few times, it would be a drive for you, another area that is nice is in the Thumb area of MI. is Caseville, not
that big though but a beautiful area and 200 miles closer for you. Good luck Borsy
Posted February 27, 2001 - 09:08 AM
I think we settled on the Traverse City area, the wife loves a good casino. It is a 9hr. drive for me, but we will be spending about a week. Can you recommend a good place to stay. Some place w/a pool. Where I won't stay up all night watching my bikes in the truck. How about a casino resort? Or cabins that have access to trails or near the trails for rent. I have the Michigan Trail Riders magazine on the way. I understand this should have maps in it. I am not trying to make you my travel agent. If you have any names you can think of I can probably find some info on the internet on them. Thanks again
Posted February 27, 2001 - 11:51 AM
[B]I do a lot of riding in Michigan, and a fair amount of riding with my girlfriend (TTR 250)...
i spent a lot of last summer riding different areas in michigan. mostly gladwin, leota, mio, ambrose lake, and avery lake. i'm always looking for more info on michigan trails and i'm currently waiting for my ccc stuff to come in the mail. my question is, will it be worth the extra drive to explore "wolverine"? have you ridden it, and how does it compare to the other areas?
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Posted February 28, 2001 - 08:44 AM
near the east side of Traverse City (East Bay)you will see on the map. Knollwood motel
231-938-2040 has kitchens and refridges for
peolple who usually stay a week or soo. it's
right on the water and clean and pretty reasonable. next is the Grand Traverse Resort
very very nice,231-938-2100 a major Golf resort,they rent condos any everything else might be a little pricy, also try www.cherrytreeinn.com brand
new place also very nice, near trails,on water and 2 miles from my house.
around what time did you plan on coming, In
July/Aug its always packed and booked for a year in advance (most all hotels and motels)
The National Cherry Festival is always the
first week after July 4th alot of fun for the
whole town for a week or so but packed as far
as hotels and motels. If you want give me an
E-mail address and I will try to help you out
as much as I can, Its a great place to vacation and live, alot like upstate N.Y.
Posted February 28, 2001 - 10:44 PM
Last week of June I will be out there. Check my profile for my email. Tried to thank you by email but it wasn't on your profile so I will say it here. Thanks again for the info.
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Posted March 02, 2001 - 04:05 AM
I like the Leota area and Mio areas, however, they seem to be very sandy and whooped up. I haven't ridden Wolverine, but just northwest of Mio in Lewiston and Atlanta are the cycle-cross trails. They are a lot narrower, more rocky, rutted, and generally more fun!!
Posted March 02, 2001 - 07:11 PM
Definitely a favorite spot.
The loop out of Atlanta that goes past the beaver dam is a good one also.
Posted March 08, 2001 - 10:50 PM
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