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  1. Dave Wood

    Walker Valley Toughest Trails

    Wilful mismanagement of ohv area's is a tool used to close riding area's. Why allow trails to degrade to that point? Sad so many OHV rider's are willing to help CLOSE trails and riding area's. And quick to criticize the few who step up. Easy to see why the volunteers work to maintain the less known trails or build secret network's of trails.
  2. Dave Wood

    Walker Valley Toughest Trails

    When I taught riding class's, we did a lot of drills. Amazing the bike handling skills one can learn in a flat, open area. Most just want to go ride. And many get great pleasure watching the carnage, flogging, exhausted rider's...Very few practice. Pro's practice, train, compete, repeat until they burnout. Weekend warriors unload, go ride, get flogged, go home... Tip 1 learn to balance on your bike. Slow balance drills. Do not lean, or pull on the bar's. You should work on your core strength. Balance comes from your core adjusting your weight. NOT by pulling, or pushing your weight around using your arm's and the bar's. You should NOT lean on the bar's. Think a nice lite grip. Tight grip you are using arm strength, NOT balance. Tip 2 Master the use of your brakes. To go fast, one must be 100% confident in your ability to stop. Practice on different surfaces. From awesome loam to ice. Riding on frozen ground is great practice. Practice skidding the front wheel, Not to stop, but sliding the front tire under power. The goal is NOT how far you can skid the tire. It is to recognize when the tire is going wash out. Releasing the brake you will regain control. Your practicing becoming very comfortable with the wheel washing out under braking. You want to learn "feel" for your brakes, think anti lock braking, modulate. Tip 3 Practice using the torque of your bike to lift the frame. A standing in place wheel stand. Think coming to a impassable washout or large down tree on a sidehill trail. Where you have no choice but turn around. Or a true switchback. Tip 4, practice compressing front forks, front brake on and turning bar's into frame. Which will swing the rear wheel around. Think super tight, downhill switchbacks. Tip 5 Look ahead, glance down. Do NOT focus on the six feet in front of your tire. Tip 6 Breathe. Most hold one's breath during excersion. This tip is very easy. But nearly impossible to observe yourself. Your focused on the obstacle and it never occurs to you your holding your breath. Tip 7 Practice riding on the ball's of your feet and toes. Get comfortable moving your feet to find the shift lever/brake. Arches are fine for many tractor trails, quad routes, whoops and speed g-outs. But on narrow, technical single track, stuff is hiding in the grass, brush...narrow cut logs, rock's, stumps...broken foot on a remote trail is not fun. Tip 8 Momentum is you friend. Stopping early to sight your line is way better than riding up to the obstacle on stopping late. Giving yourself just a bike length or two can be just enough to ride the tough spot. Stopping to late, you may be pushing and lifting. This tip goes back to looking ahead. Many ride to fast up to the obstacle, recognize the situation way too late and stop. Had they slowed earlier, spotted the line and rolled on the gas, they could have created the needed momentum. Tip 9 Learn to steer your bike with your feet. Weighting footpegs. Not steering by pushing/pulling handlebars with your arm's. Initiate the left turn by weighting your left foot, control lean angle with the right foot (left turn). Never listen to internet "expert's" who only mention weighting the outside peg. This tip requires understanding balance. Your weight must be in a position to be able to transfer weight. Think bike leaning left, if your leaning to the left and your back tire starts sliding or your front tire washes out. Your weight is not in position to transfer your weight to the outside peg. Down you go. Think of your body as a carpenter's plumb Bob. Weighted string. If you have a banked turn or berm. G force comes into play. Think of a flat surface, at some point, as you introduce lean angle the tires will lose grip. Off camber, banked, berm makes no difference. It's the lean angle of the bike in relation to that surface. All is good until you lose grip. Your body weight must be in position to transfer weight to the outside peg. All of these tips can be mastered on flat ground. Nearly impossible to learn on the trail. Most will rely on instinct and flog through. Few take the time to LEARN and PRACTICE technique. The best riding instructor's drill, drill, drill...coaching the rider. The worst are the look at me. Lot's of demonstration. Very little instruction.
  3. Dave Wood

    Walker Valley Toughest Trails

    The majority of the trail work I do is a two to three hour drive. Did multiple day's of clearing and two six hour one way travel time's, this summer. Nothing was cleared, want to ride it, you had to clear it. And I am already making plan's to go back and ride/clear the rest of the area. The topic of this thread could be applied at any location. Toughest...Really? We are talking about legally designated ohv trails, right? Rider's with chainsaws, ride em, stop cut, roll the log out...yet most cannot grasp the concept of "Tread Lightly". Experienced trail rider's Stay on the trail. Minimize impact to the trail tread by keeping it hooked up, you know driving forward. Not spinning, digging, trenching and brake sliding. Leave no trace, like the Golden rule, leave your campground cleaner than you found it. Not add your own trash because someone else trashed the campsite. Likewise with trails, help maintain the area's one frequent. Sadly, the reality is 1% do the work...and most just want to "tear it up". "Why should I help" that's what I PAY for, ohv sticker, gas tax... The video's posted by trail abusers provide all the evidence armchair environmentalists need. The anti crowd never has to set foot in the wood's to have volumes of evidence to support their cry for closures. Why the need to SELF incriminate? I suggest a lot of the problem is the OHV concentrated use area's many, if not most learn to ride at. No one has "Skin in the game", these day's. Just unload and tear the hell out of the place. The "Entitlement" generation. And give a rats@ss until there favorite trail or area is CLOSED. Why the need to cut switchbacks? If your so good to be riding steep mountain trails, why can't you negotiate a switchback? Or you slip off a trail, why take out the trail bench spinning, pushing...experienced rider's just lift the bike back onto the bench and continue. Riding changed with Designated routes. Very few Open riding area's remain. Open designated area's like Johnson Valley, in California. Go anywhere...fantastic for those who have access to public or private open area's that allow you to go anywhere. However, why does one feel the need to tear up a Pristine mountian trail? Or cut every switchback? I suggest the Extreme Enduro has had a HUGE negative impact on trails. The wannabes out tearing it up...to point it becomes impassable or CLOSED.
  4. Dave Wood

    riding suggestions for a big loop of the PNW

    Begin your trip at the Idaho State ride, third week in July. Trails will be cleared. Near Salmon, Idaho this year.
  5. Dave Wood

    riding suggestions for a big loop of the PNW

    If your not willing to carry a chainsaw. Skip Idaho...or get the Idaho Trail Ranger's trail report and head to the area they cleared day's before your arrival.
  6. Dave Wood

    Murphy Silver City scooter riding

    Rabbit Creek or Hemingway Butte are the best staging area's. The blm puts up Red Carsonite stakes, to tell everyone where the single track is.
  7. Dave Wood

    Bull Trout Lake

    Wildfire started a couple days ago near Grandjean. Wapiti trail closed. Ten mile and Blue Jay are part of this loop. Likely closed too? Did not look at closure order yet?
  8. Dave Wood

    Bull Trout Lake

    Good rider's can ride all the trails in that area in one day. Excellent riding before the wildfires in that area. Lot's of dead/burnt tree's require a chainsaw. New downfall likely. I usually camp, near Stanley on multi day rides and drive out to Bull Trout for a day ride. Or do a Big Loop from Stanley Lake or Valley Creek over to Blue Jay, Ten Mile, Wapiti, Kirkham, link, Warm Springs, Bench and Wyoming.
  9. Dave Wood

    Forest Service Field Trip into Taneum Restoration Project

    Restoration is closure.
  10. NOHVCC, funded by Honda...think ATV, SxS. Having attended a couple of these session's year's ago. Trail tractors are pushed hard. Of course the Quad crowd love's to see single track bladed. And the 450 moto bike's love bladed routes and all the jumps. Waterbars were used to bed logging road's for the winter. Found to be ineffective, so they build larger waterbars and call them rolling dips. Again ineffective. As water is channeled down the route to exit at the rolling dip. Single track rider's should attend and voice loud objections to the use of trail tractors on single track. Great if they want to build a new Quad route, BS to convert and existing single track trail. Or it is "cost effective" to maintain designated motorcycle only trails. Don't fall for the cost effective crap. You have all seen the below grade tractor routes, troughs and endless puddles often requiring wet weather and/seasonal closures. I get it, moto rider's love easy, wide, fast routes with lot's of jumps. A moto track in the wood's. It's trail riding and trails should encourage rider's to ride trail appropriate bike's. Trails should NOT be dumbed down, for the least skilled rider's to be able to grab gears on one's 450 moto bike. Bladed routes increase speed averages. Serious injuries and fatalities will occur. Head on collisions... Honda and other manufacturers sell a lot of Quads and SxS. Over 70% of the ohv registrations in Idaho are four wheelers. Tremendous pressure to poach the easy to intermediate single track. Or blade it... Sad inexperienced rider's only know bladed routes and road's. Look how many video's are posted of one's "trail" ride and the entire video is a road or quad route. What single track remains, often has a natural barrier such as exposure. Think black diamond, not entry level friendly. This group has no clue what it is to ride a single track trail. Sad a beginner single track trail meandering through woods are disappearing. YouTube proves it. Tractors are NOT the answer for building new single track trails or maintenance of single track. Don't fall for the sale's pitch that tractors are the answer.
  11. Alpinestars Tech 7, with the off road sole. Better grip when your clearing trail.
  12. Dave Wood

    Golden Spike Harescramble Help

    Groomed course? Tractor trails. No Thank's.
  13. I think my videos meet your criteria? Your comment's and several more in this thread reflect the audience I try to attract/retain. Hope your able to view in 4k on a big screen TV. This one is a long one, curious if it holds your attention?
  14. Dave Wood

    Gold Creek Area Recommended Loop?

    Responsible trail rider's who want to ride the good stuff, have a chainsaw or two in the group. Especially early season rider's. Wildfires, Bark Beatles and natural blow downs are common. Even on a cleared trail, rider's are likely to encounter new downfall. It's difficult to comprehend rider's who claim to be "experienced" or "A rider's" who do not understand the need for chainsaws? Idaho State Park's ohv registration, most of it's ohv budget comes from quads and SxS. Which means fewer dollar's are allocated to the Trail Ranger's to clear single track. It takes "all hand's on deck" to clear trail. Allowing USFS trail crews and the trail rangers time to take care of the problem area's. Mitigation work, bridge's, reroutes, erosion... Saturday we started clearing trails. And by next weekend, more downfall will occur.
  15. Dave Wood

    Gold Creek Area Recommended Loop?

    They should have chainsaws...