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Old 11-13-2012, 05:42 AM   #1
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Question Off Road Routes for Beginner Ottawa Area

Hi, New to off road and need lots of practice...I would like to know of some off road trails I can ride on, get comfortable with and that are within the Ottawa area....don't mind driving a bit to get there..just want to know where these routes are.....I need to ask because i just can't GO and ride somewhere....I might get shot at......so if you can give me a list of some trails, I would really appreciate it......seems most groups are already formed so i'll have to get out on my own...

thanks for your help

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Old 11-13-2012, 05:52 AM   #2
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Hey, try Limerick Forest, just north of Prescott, ON. It's a bit of a hike but worth the ride. South to Spencerville, east towards Roebuck. http://www.limerickforest.ca/en/ Tons of single track, pits, etc.

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Old 11-13-2012, 06:18 AM   #3
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Chris...


thanks very much...
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Old 11-14-2012, 10:11 AM   #4
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Airport Pits off of Leitrim Rd.

Nothing crazy technical, lots of soft sandy landing areas for those inevitable spills and a good place to practice slower speed drills. not a huge amount of "trails" but enough to make it interesting. Just be respectful of other users like dog walkers, runners, bikers, etc.

Great for those days when you only have a hour or two to get out and don't want to do a ton of slab to get offroad.

https://maps.google.com/maps?q=45.30...18904&t=h&z=15
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Old 11-14-2012, 10:13 AM   #5
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thanks much....not too far from home either...

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Old 11-14-2012, 04:59 PM   #6
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are you planning to practice on a gs1200av?
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Old 11-14-2012, 05:05 PM   #7
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are you planning to practice on a gs1200av?
not unpossible.
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Old 11-15-2012, 03:00 AM   #8
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yes, I haven't much choice since this is the only bike I have.........
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Old 11-15-2012, 03:06 AM   #9
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yes, I haven't much choice since this is the only bike I have.........
Dirt first. Then, maybe sand. Mud is your kryptonite, mainly when it gets deep. It's a rut slut, will find the deepest one. So just aim for it, and ride it out. Major strength is the torque, will climb anything at low revs.

Start with good gravel to get a feel for it. If you wanna come my direction, I can meet you in Westport, give a good taste, maybe some pointers.
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Dirt first. Then, maybe sand. Mud is your kryptonite, mainly when it gets deep. It's a rut slut, will find the deepest one. So just aim for it, and ride it out. Major strength is the torque, will climb anything at low revs.

Start with good gravel to get a feel for it. If you wanna come my direction, I can meet you in Westport, give a good taste, maybe some pointers.

thanks for the tip....the bike is away now but if you're still available in the spring, I will certainly take advantage of your kind offer...

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Old 11-15-2012, 01:54 PM   #11
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Great place to learn is the Marlborough forest near Richmond. Nice double track trails and nothing difficult. Just watch some of the trails get pretty wet.

Tons of fun gravel roads around too. California road is a blast!

And why is your bike away? Still riding to be done!
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Limerick on a 1200gs...not much fun. Did it this year with a friend. Me on my 800gs and my bud on an HP2. Super narrow single track that winds back on itself endlessly. On a big bike it is fun for 10 minutes. The bigger tracks are OK but you can find that in a lot of places.
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Limerick on a 1200gs...not much fun. Did it this year with a friend. Me on my 800gs and my bud on an HP2. Super narrow single track that winds back on itself endlessly. On a big bike it is fun for 10 minutes. The bigger tracks are OK but you can find that in a lot of places.
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Airport Pits off of Leitrim Rd.

Nothing crazy technical, lots of soft sandy landing areas for those inevitable spills and a good place to practice slower speed drills. not a huge amount of "trails" but enough to make it interesting. Just be respectful of other users like dog walkers, runners, bikers, etc.

Great for those days when you only have a hour or two to get out and don't want to do a ton of slab to get offroad.

https://maps.google.com/maps?q=45.30...18904&t=h&z=15
Hey Frazman, I noticed it was blocked off from the road... is there a back door?
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