NORTHERN COLORADO TRAIL RIDERS

Y

ou  

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.   

By Gene Iley, Jr. What   you   should   know   before   going   riding   with   the   wild   and   crazy   people   of   the   Northern Colorado   Trail   Riders.      The   first   thing   you   should   know   is   that   when   we   ride   we   help   one another   when   problems   arise,   whether   that   be   a   flat   tire,   a   scrapped   elbow,   or   difficulty riding   over   an   obstacle.      However,   with   that   goodwill   comes   a   responsibility   to   yourself and   your   fellow   riders   that   you   come   prepared   to   ride.      This   includes   both   you   and   your bike   being   in   good   physical   condition.      It   also   includes   carrying   the   appropriate   gear   and supplies   for   an   all   day   ride.      In   blatant   cases   of   being   unprepared,   you   may   find   the   ride leader   asking   you   to   not   participate.      For   example,   if   I   showed   up   with   no   helmet,   no water,   and   no   spark   arrestor,   none   of   the   other   ride   leaders   I   know   would   allow   me   to   ride with them.  So, if you are wondering what it takes to ride with the good people of NCTR,
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Things You Should Know

About Riding A Dirt Bike (with NCTR)

NORTHERN COLORADO TRAIL RIDERS
NORTHERN COLORADO TRAIL RIDERS

Things You Should Know

About Riding A Dirt Bike (with NCTR)

Y

ou  

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.