Buying your $25 OHV permit isn’t enough!

Posted in Uncategorized on September 27, 2017 by rockymountainsingletrack

The $25 OHV permit you purchase to use public lands in Colorado is the least you can do to help keep these trails and routes open. Especially if you come from out of state. Does this sound like it is going to turn into a rant? Damn right it is!

An email was distributed amongst friends a few weeks ago. The email was from an ex ISDE competitor and longtime Colorado trail user who is from Illinois. The letter had some great points to it and was meant to be an outsiders view on what he sees is happening in Colorado. It hit home with many of us.

I have a unique view from the window of my house. I can look out most days as off-road motorcyclists pass by, heading up towards Sargents Mesa, using some of the best trails in the state to get there. Guys and gals from all over world. Most are absolutely oblivious to what is going on behind the scenes to keep Colorado Singletrack trails and routes open to OHV use. Most just know that they have purchased a permit and that gives them the right to ride. It isn’t their fault, they just want to ride epic trail.

They need to know that every single day, organizations and clubs are working to keep these trails open. It’s a gun fight. And we usually only bring a knife to that fight. The $25 they have paid absolutely helps keep  the trails open, but it doesn’t pay the lawyers and attorneys to battle the scores of groups that want us locked out of the national forests. We need all trail users to dig deep and fund the war chest to battle closures.

I don’t agree that as individual enthusiasts we should be the only ones to bear the burden of this continued battle? Where are the Manufacturers, Aftermarket companies and dealerships?  They also stand to lose a lot if we have no place to ride. They are also the ones with the deepest pockets, attorneys and resources. They should be writing a huge check!

But beyond the monetary needs, we need people who are willing to have constant communication with the Forest Service and BLM employees who manage our public lands. They need to see that the trails are being used. They need to hear from users across the country who travel hundreds and thousands of miles to recreate in Colorado.

We also need educated influential individuals to represent us as a user group. Attorneys to do pro-bono work when we can’t fund fighting lawsuits. Well spoken people to attend meetings. Writers, website developers and marketing experts to give us a bigger voice and help us be seen! It doesn’t always have to be cash.

Get involved in a club. Clubs are making a comeback across our state based on a need maintain relationships with local Forest Service Districts. The clubs are working hard at helping clear trees from trails after snow melt, as well as coordinating trail work days to maintain trails. Join a club even if you are not a local.

Trail closure has been a topic of discussion for years. I hope to see a day when it isn’t a threat. Until then, we need to keep it in our conversations and continually come up with new ideas and ways to stop it.

Think about what you can do to help. Reach out, donate and join a club.

See the website below for updates on trail legislation and advocacy.

WWW.COLORADOTPA.ORG

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Should trails be publicized?

Posted in Uncategorized on July 26, 2017 by rockymountainsingletrack

There are a few people in the Colorado singletrack motorcycle scene who get really mad over public trails being shared on social media.
I see how popular MTB riding has become in the state, and I also see how many trails moto riders have lost to peddlers.
It's not the peddlers fault. They want trail just like we do.
I also see the number of MTB trail sharing sites as well.
Is there a correlation between public openness about routes and keeping trail open?

Education

What I can say for sure is there is a lack of education when it comes to out-of-state moto users.
Loud exhaust, no USFS-approved spark arrestors, riding off trail and no OHV stickers are common among riders I have encountered recently.
COHVCO and Stay the Trail have done a great job of educating, but they can only do so much and they are only in the state. By the time someone drives in from Texas to ride, they won't go buy a $400 exhaust to make themselves legal.
Trail education needs to start at the manufacturers level and go on to the M/C dealers.
If we continue to lose trail, the public won't be purchasing off road motorcycles.

So what is the answer?

Get out there, ride some trail, educate your friends and enjoy our public lands.

Getting into the high country 

Posted in Uncategorized on June 1, 2017 by rockymountainsingletrack

Life as we know it

Posted in Uncategorized on April 1, 2016 by rockymountainsingletrack

The eminent threat of trail closures loom above us like the plume of exhaust from a poorly jetted 2-stroke. We love to ride the high country with our best friends and expose them to the best skinny trail on the planet, but should we really be showing everyone our favorite stash of legal trail?

As an advocate of trail conservation I am always caught in a conundrum. I have many friends from around the country who want to experience the best of what the Rocky Mountains have to offer, but should I be the one who welcomes them to experience it?

I often hear other Colorado native off-roaders say that everyone needs to stay out of Colorado or we will lose our precious trails. I never hear MTB users express that. It is always the opposite with the MTB crowd. In fact, the MTB guys come in droves, have extensive websites that point out good trail, and are kicking our asses when it comes to the amount of trails available to them.

So WTF? Have we been taking the wrong approach? Do we need to be more inclusive to help build numbers?

Everyone seems to have an opinion on what is happening and how these issues should be addressed. But rarely do we see unity in the off-road crowd. Clubs are dwindling. The clubs that are intact, have members that are pushing an age that should see them riding wheel chairs and not motos. Bottom line is that we are losing our trails and ultimately losing our way of life.

The Colorado Trails Preservation Alliance ( www.coloradotpa.org)  and the Colorado Off Highway Vehilce Coalition (www.cohvco.org) are two Colorado organizations that spend countless hours and even more money to keep our trails open.

I strongly suggest that you get your friends together to form a club and help keep our way of life. Donate time, money, or what ever you can to the organizations that are helping us.

Give the guys at the TPA and COHVCO a call, and ask how you can help.

 

 

 

 

See you in the Utah Desert

Posted in Uncategorized on April 21, 2014 by rockymountainsingletrack

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The Utah desert is the place to be this spring. Heavy snow will keep us from riding the high country of Colorado for a few more months. See you in the “Swell”!

Summer Riding is upon us

Posted in Colorado Riding, off-road motorcycle riding colorado with tags , on June 6, 2012 by rockymountainsingletrack

With very little snowfall this winter, we are able to get into the high country early this year. The down side to that is the potential for Fires and trail damage.

Without having much moisture in the soil, rocks and roots are more easily exposed and dislodged by wheeled traffic. Be cautious and responsible this year. One good way to help “Tread Lightly” is to use a trials tire as opposed to a heavily lugged knobby. The trials tires offer way better grip in the dry conditions and don’t dig up the earth. (Look for a future test)

Wild fires should also be on motorcyclists radar. Before heading out to camp this summer, make sure you check with local authorities concerning burn bans. As of this post, several National Forests have bans in place. It is so dry right now that any little spark can cause a fire.

This brings up spark arrestors.Make sure you do not attempt to ride without a USFS approved Sparky. It is illegal and just stupid to not comply with the law. You will be heavily fined and restricted from riding if you do not comply.

Many trail closures have also happened over the past 2 years. Non profit groups like the Trails Preservation Alliance, Colorado Off Highway Vehicle Coalition and the American Motorcyclist Association have been fighting very hard to keep our trails open. They need you donations desperately to pay attorney fees and keep up the fight.

Please obey all of the posted signs and stay on the designated trails. Be polite to the other user groups. Know who you are to yield to when on the trail.

We are fortunate to have such great areas to explore on our motorcycles. Most states do not have the resources or land available to enjoy. Have a great summer of riding!

Jeremy

Finke Desert Race Update Feb 19

Posted in Uncategorized with tags , , on February 19, 2012 by copperdsm

We just added singletracksyndicate.com to our team sponsorship. They are working on getting their site up and running but for now you can check out what they have to offer for the Enduro Riding and Racing community in the way of product reviews, tech tips, riding locations etc. Soon you will also be able to order apparel and parts! We are excited to partner up with them and bring them along for the journey! Thanks Singletrack Syndicate for your support.