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.   

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)

Things You Should Know

About Riding A Dirt Bike (with NCTR)

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.