I have been off the bike for about 4 months now, just getting back on after knee surgery. It's killing me as I was hitting dirt a couple times a week for years. I love going out riding. I'm in my 50's and ride with all ages, 20's to 70's. I love hittin a good single track, cliff side exposure, switchbacks, hill climbs, sand, and even a hard packed fire roads. Being in the saddle is friggen great. The group I ride with is stays on existing routes. We don't cut new ones. some of the routes may be closed off these days, but, dang, they have been dirtbike trails for many decades, and now, taboo. We pick up trash that we run across. We take videos and pictures of our adventures, and have a good ole time. We don't tear up the land. What's cool, is that a dirtbiker can see some beautiful areas that others will never see. Yes, there are boneheads in the sport. just like any other activity. Those guys need to stay in the ohv park, showing off the super cool donuts and wheelies to their girlfriends, and annoy their buddies with their noisy pipes. Stay away from the rest of us. Our group is environmental conscious.
I would love to ride up some of these fire roads I hiked as a kid.
Rock Creature wrote:
We do pay taxes most definitely but as in many other aspects of our life in this country, just because we are taxed does not mean we reap the benefits of that taxation.
I rode dirt bikes for many many years and fought for land access. In all cases the motorcyclists lost. I am an outdoors person. I am very environmentally conscious. Many dirt bike riders are, in fact, most are.
But there are a lot of knuckleheads attracted to the sport as well. They are truly stupid people who don't realize that the damage they do with their bike will last hundreds of years. When educated to this fact, they don't care.
These are who the politicians see when the environmentalists want another area closed to off road vehicles.
When I suggest going on an illegal ride, it is by going past a locked gate onto a dirt road, not riding across a virgin hillside or across cryptographic soil in the desert. There are several areas in the local mountains closed to all access, human included, due to the endangered southwestern arroyo toad. I am all for saving this toad. One of the areas closed is a fire road which parallels Little Rock creek. The road is well above the creekbed and is dry dry dry. Toads don't need much water, but I guarantee they aren't spending much time on that hard dry fire road.
Now after the fire lots of places are still closed even though the forest has been reopened to the public. The areas that are the subject of this post were a very special part of my life, if I still had a motorcycle I'd be past those gates today.