Rider Brain
You   will   need   a   relatively   normal   brain   for   riding   with   us.      Please   no   “Abby   Normal”   types   allowed.      Your   brain   should   contain some   basic   knowledge   of   what   it   takes   to   get   along   in   the   wilderness.      You   don’t   have   to   be   an   Eagle   Scout,   but   basic survival   skills   and   knowledge   of   how   to   take   care   of   yourself   and   others   and   your   bike   are   essential   (i.e.,   first   aid,   navigation, bike   repair).      We   try   to   go   prepared   and   reduce   the   probability   of   incidents,   but   things   do   happen.      Here   are   a   few   other things that your brain should have as standard equipment. Good   attitude.      Be   optimistic   and   look   forward   to   a   fun   day.      We   are   all   out   to   have   a   fun   ride.      Having   a   positive   attitude   can actually return benefits in the form of riding better. Congeniality.      Be   able   to   get   along.      Be   flexible,   understanding,   courteous   and   nice.      You   know,   bring   those   things   with   you that   your   Mom   and   your   kindergarten   teacher   taught   you.      You   will   find   we   are   pretty   nice   people   and   that’s   the   kind   of   folks we want to ride with. Knowledge   of   your   abilities.      What   kind   of   rider   are   you?      Check   the   ride   difficulty   rating   on   the   ride   schedule   and   talk   to   the ride   leader   if   you   haven’t   ridden   the   trail   before.      Do   you   have   the   skills   necessary   for   the   ride   ahead?      If   you   don’t   have   the skills,   don’t   go.      If   you   are   simply   “pushing   the   envelope”   and   know   that   the   trail   may   tax   your   skills   somewhat,   that’s   fine.      If you   don’t   think   you   can   do   the   whole   ride,   ask   the   ride   leader   if   there   are   “bail   out”   points   (dirt   roads   back   to   camp)   and   or ask   if   someone   else   is   willing   to   ride   back   with   you.      If   there   are   no   bail   outs   and   no   one   is   willing   to   ride   back   with   you,   then don’t   go.      If   you   go   anyway   and   crap   out   half   way   down   the   trail,   then   someone   will   have   to   ride   back   with   you   thereby shortening   their   day.      So   be   considerate.      (A   note   about   bailing   out:      Don’t   just   do   this   without   telling   anyone.      Talk   to   the   ride leader   or   sweep   rider   so   they   know   you   are   not   lost.     Tell   them   the   route   you   intend   to   take   back   to   camp.     The   ride   leader   will also want to see you back at camp so he knows you made it back.) Knowledge   of   the   abilities   of   your   bike.      You   wouldn’t   want   to   take   that   big   duel   sport   bike   with   the   turn   signals   into   the   “5 Miles   of   Hell”   trail.      The   most   common   types   and   best   suited   dirtbikes   for   the   trails   we   ride   are   the   “Enduro”   or   trail   type motorcycle   (e.g,   Honda   XR,   Kawasaki   KDX   or   KLX,   Suzuki   DR   or   DRZ,   Yamaha   WR,   and   KTM   EXC).      These   types   of   bikes generally   have   the   type   of   things   required   for   trail   riding   (i.e.,   spark   arrestor,   quite   mufflers,   suspension   and   gearing   set   for trails,   larger   gas   tanks,   and   lights   in   case   we   run   late   and   have   to   ride   after   dark).      If   you   have   a   motocross   bike,   you   will have   to   make   numerous   modifications,   the   least   of   which   is   a   spark   arrestor.      An   entire   article   could   be   dedicated   to   the conversion   modifications   required   to   properly   do   this.      If   your   bike   is   not   the   right   tool   for   trail   riding,   then   modify   it   or   get   one that is.  No   drugs   and   alcohol.      While   riding   impaired,   you   will   be   a   danger   to   everyone,   including   yourself.      You   will   find   that   many   of us like to have a post ride cocktail or beer, but not while riding. Risk   management   principles.      You   can   choose   to   reduce   risks   and   prevent   accidents.      Wear   protective   gear,   make   good decisions,   prepare   yourself   and   your   bike,   carry   necessary   tools   and   supplies   for   the   ride.      Make   sure   you   are   well   rested before   a   ride.      Being   fatigued   is   much   like   being   alcohol   or   drug   impaired   as   you   will   not   make   good   decisions   and   your reactions will be slowed.  Hence, you become an accident waiting to happen.   
Northern Colorado Trail Riders