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I live around Fort Wayne, probably going out to the track for the first time this year saturday. Anybody been out yet? whats it like? Im guessing its going to be pretty muddy, but pretty fun. I cant wait. I didnt get to ride much last year. Bought a brand new 09 had about 15 hours on it, then broke my wrist really bad at a practice in the end May. Only rode the bike for about 15 minutes after that the hole year. Needless to say my wrist was pretty bad :ride::foul: Cant wait to ride this year. My goal no serious wrecks :thumbsup:

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The local track here will be open Saturday and Sunday. I'm heading back to my parent's house about 3 hours away tomorrow to pull an all nighter on getting my bike to run properly...damn carb. problem.

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haha i started up my bike for the first time this year today. fired off on the third kick and ran like a baby. i cant wait to hit the track saturday i know its going to be super muddy. I gota get some hours on my bike though lol.

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Plan on riding tomorrow. Going to be sunny and about 50. Probably will be muddy but I need to ride. I'll be up late getting the bike ready tonight. It's been a long winter.

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I can't wait either. One month ago I had back surgery and I'm not supposed to ride for another month still. The weather getting nice is sure making the wait tough. I'm on the west/central side of Indiana, not too far from Redbird, Interlake, or the Badlands. Soon I'll be looking for some people to ride with if anyone is interested, my usual riding buddy is out of commission for a couple of months.

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I'm thinking of going to the Badlands tomorrow.

I originally wanted to hit FVOR, 'cause I haven't been there in a while, but they are closed this weekend due to poor conditions.

Anyone know of the conditions of Haspin Acres, Lawrence County OHV or Redbird?

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i rode when weather broke last month at a private farm. its in western ohio north of cincinnati.

it was really muddy. just slop. when i came to a stop i sunk.

going out this saturday east of cincinnati to another private farm. it'll be muddy i'm sure. theres no way i'm not riding though :thumbsup:

about haspin...

when is it not trashed? lol. i'm sure it'll be terrible. i wouldn't want to pay to get in.

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haha yeah haspin is usually trashed but its still fun. I always went there for a few years then finally went to bad lands for the first time last fall. i couldnt believe how nice it was. im sure everything will be muddy this weekend though.

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Not going out Sunday...there is so much running water right now on the tracks. Looks like small creeks. lol We got a lot of snow 2 weekends ago and even though it is warm out there is still a lot remaining!

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Rode Haspin last Saturday and it wasn't horrible in the woods, once you get off the main trail. I was surprised at how much snow was still on the ground in the woods, however. Still found plenty of areas that were rideable. The MX tracks looked to be a mess, but I don't spend much time on those. Plan to go back this Saturday - hopefully the warmer weather and rain will drive even more of the snow off. Mud is no problem (new S12/8 lbs of pressure), but the snow and ice suck. Gotta' get seat time for me and the boy before the harescramble season starts...

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Well, no more snow here and 60 degrees for the past 2 days....ground is super wet. Maybe I'll hit up the trails this weekend?

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Rode Haspin last Saturday and it wasn't horrible in the woods, once you get off the main trail. I was surprised at how much snow was still on the ground in the woods, however. Still found plenty of areas that were rideable. The MX tracks looked to be a mess, but I don't spend much time on those. Plan to go back this Saturday - hopefully the warmer weather and rain will drive even more of the snow off. Mud is no problem (new S12/8 lbs of pressure), but the snow and ice suck. Gotta' get seat time for me and the boy before the harescramble season starts...

I'm looking for someone to ride with. I ride at haspin sometimes, but kind of sucks when you ride by yourself. Interested?

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I live around Fort Wayne, probably going out to the track for the first time this year saturday. Anybody been out yet? whats it like? Im guessing its going to be pretty muddy, but pretty fun. I cant wait. I didnt get to ride much last year. Bought a brand new 09 had about 15 hours on it, then broke my wrist really bad at a practice in the end May. Only rode the bike for about 15 minutes after that the hole year. Needless to say my wrist was pretty bad :):foul: Cant wait to ride this year. My goal no serious wrecks :thumbsup:

Ft.Wayne'r here too. No tracks, cuz, ya know, you break stuff. :lol:

No trails yet.

WHat's the closest trails to Ft.Wayne that anyones found? Lots of riding in the southern part of the state. Not much up here.

There are some places about 2hrs north in southern MI.

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I can't wait either. One month ago I had back surgery and I'm not supposed to ride for another month still. The weather getting nice is sure making the wait tough. I'm on the west/central side of Indiana, not too far from Redbird, Interlake, or the Badlands. Soon I'll be looking for some people to ride with if anyone is interested, my usual riding buddy is out of commission for a couple of months.

Which of those is best for casual trail type riding and plonking around. I'm definitely interested in meeting some other riders. :thumbsup:

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Which of those is best for casual trail type riding and plonking around. I'm definitely interested in meeting some other riders. :thumbsup:

I've never been to Interlake but know a couple of people that went and liked it. I haven't made it out to the Badlands for a few years, but I know it drains well due to sandy/gravel composition and I hear now they have track. I tend hit Redbird because it's the closest. It's over 1200 hilly acres, but there are many 4x4 mud holes most by passable. Interlake is free and Redbird is $10, both require state OHV stickers. Most of my riding I do here at home, so far I've GPS measured 18 miles of trails here.

Last fall I hit Turkey Bay and Brimstone. Both were way more fun and much larger than any Indiana riding place. PM me if you would like to try and get a ride together.

Here some links to those W. Indiana places:

Badlands www.badlandsoffroad.com/default.asp

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Redbird http://redbirdsra.com/

--Redbird map http://159.218.3.3/photo/redbird map 07.gif ***The Redbird map is incomplete/old. They have many more trails now.

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Interlake http://www.in.gov/dnr/outdoor/4226.htm

--Interlake north map http://www.discoverindianaridingtrails.com/images/Interlake/foil isra north map 070109.pdf

--Interlake south map http://www.discoverindianaridingtrails.com/images/Interlake/foil isra south map 070109.pdf

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I was thinking about firing up the KTM and riding a bit today. Got up and saw snow on the ground, thermometer said 30. I guess I'll crawl back in my hole for while.

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I was able to get out for a bit today. It was great, nice and sunny and only needed a windstop fleece to be comfy. Just rode around the farm and a quick dive into the woods for the first time. I'm still getting use to 2 wheels under me off road. I grew up w/ ATV's and didn't even ride my pedal bike much!

What is the best way to make good trails through a woods? Everything was way to tight for my experience level. But any day I get to play is a good day!!!

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What is the best way to make good trails through a woods? !!!

Lay out the trail, grab a chainsaw and a weed whacker and clear it out the way you like it.

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I work on making trails here at my place all the time. I walk to initially lay it out and carry along two colors of plastic ribbon. Yellow to mark the trail route when its done, and green to mark which trees to cut down. I also carry long handle tree pruners to trim small branches the hang in the planned trail, you know,the ones that would smack you in the face while riding past. I also trim 1'' or smaller sapling in projected trail while walking with the trimmers. Then go thru with the chainsaw and cut down the trees you marked for removal. Cut as low to the ground as possible, but avoid hitting the dirt, it ruins the blade instantly. I generally carry a spare blade and take extra chainsaw gas. More often than not I need the extra fuel. Some areas are sparse enough no trees will need removing, just some scrub clean up. Wear gloves, long sleeve shirt and Carhart or Dickies work pants for protection from thorns. I usually take my hydration pack along and also wire cutters for old fence/barbwire I tend to encounter.

How much land do you have to make trails on? What part of the state?

I have a hard time getting people to help, but it sure goes faster when I do. All phases get done at once and at the end of the day, where you've been is finished trail to ride.

On the thread topic. I got out for a good 3 1/2 hr ride yesterday. It was the slowest I've ever ridden. I was escorting a friend's family around on their new toys. The wife and young daughter were newbies so we moved at a snails pace. Still, definitely a good time.

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Thanks for the advice. I've cut trails for horses, but this is a bit different, we would never take the saplings down to the ground as it was hard on hooves, mostly trimmed above.

I'm in North Central Indiana between Wabash and Peru. There are between 30-50 acres of woods with some nice elevations, creeks and ravines. This is my first off road capable bike so all is new to me. I've just bow hunted and back as a kid rode a 350 warrior ATV.

If anyone is close and would like to explore, drop me a line! I'm not into the hardcore off road crazy stuff, (too old and fragile!!!) But like getting off road.

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