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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.

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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”!

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.

Taylor Park Ride 9-1-10

Posted in Uncategorized with tags , , , on September 10, 2010 by rockymountainsingletrack

Another fantastic week of riding in Taylor Park.
Started out by parking at the trading post and riding Timberline from the trailhead near Mirror Lake. The dry conditions made for some very technical riding through the rocks of this epic trail. All of our KTM’s answered the call and didn’t let us down. We are all using Kenda’s K270 dual sport tire. It has an excellent grip that doesn’t impact the trail as much as a full on knobby. The cost is very reasonable at about $60.
I was riding my 450 XCW while everyone else chose 300 XC’s. Slaven’s Racing in Colorado Springs has the jetting dialed in on the 300’s. It was a simple task to install his kit. No other adjustment was needed.

Gunnison National Forest Travel Management Plan

Posted in Uncategorized with tags , , on July 11, 2010 by rockymountainsingletrack

Unfortunately for off road motorcyclists we have lost several amazing trails. Mountain bike enthusiasts have gained the most from this by gaining hundreds of miles of trail that will be designated as hiking and bicycling only.
If you have a favorite trail that is on the chopping block, this summer may be your last chance to enjoy it. A few of my favorites are Eerie Basin, Doctor Park Trail, Strand and Strand Bonus. I am not certain the exact date the trail head signs or designation will change.