Dirt only riding areas north of Jacksonville?

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  1. Queen of Spades

    Queen of Spades tall drink of water

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    I'm coming to the great state of Flatistan next month for a conference. Are there any good trail systems and/or MX tracks in a line north of Jacksonville heading back towards Atlanta? I checked out the sticky and found a couple of dual-sport only places, so that is an option for my LC4 640, but I'd really like to find some dirt-only opportunities. :evil

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  2. Wolfgang55

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    Keep in mind North of Jax is commonly called South East GA.

    Many of the unwashed like what is just west of Jax in the Osceola Nat Forest. Have ridden the north area but IMHO the forest is better.

    Don't know if you bike is TAGGED or not....it is required in most areas of Osceola NF.
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    The Osceola National Forest is a bunch of fun, but you will need a plate as Wolfgang mentioned. We've done weekend rallies there for the past few years, here are some threads.

    BQF III Osceola Feb 4-6 2011

    BQF IV 4th Times a Charm 2012

    If you have specific dates, especially over a weekend, can prob a few other folks out for group riding fun.

    Hope that helps,
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    Queen of Spades tall drink of water

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    I have a KTM LC4 640 that is plated, my KX is not (which would probably be a lot more fun). How nasty is the sand on a bigger bike like my LC4?

    Also I saw a picture of a huge spider on someone's helmet. It reminded me of those Alien facegrabbers. How bad are the bugs? :2guns

    Plan on being in town around the 19th of July.. I think I'll be free late that Saturday and all day Sunday. I don't like riding much asphalt especially long stretches of it. I'd probably truck my bike in from Jax and go from there.
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    KLRs have fun, your LC4 should have stupid fun. Bring bug spray for mosquitos, flies, and ticks, consider camping to maximize the dirt or just arrive early. Once the date gets closer post up a new thread, see if some peeps come by. Either way, you'll enjoy yourself.
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    Are sand/mud tires a must? I saw some KLRs with "knobbies" but I'm not into those kinds of challenges. :D
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    You will encounter sugar sand, and depending on weather some sections may be under water. Not necessarily deep mud, just deep puddles with mud around it.

    You will want knobbies. I was running 80/20 dirt/street Trailwings (forget the model number), which were sufficient. I think there was at least one LC4 there (colemanfu?), they always seemed to have a smile.
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  8. Barney

    Barney I reckon so

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    There's a MX track north of Jax in Hilliard, if it's still open.
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    Knobbies are your friends.....each one of them.

    Go to regionals, get to Florida & hunt up the CADS group of NE FL. They get real dirty & have an every Wednesday night meeting. Mainly for dinner but the coming wknd ride is the topic of discussion. You would be most welcome.

    Intro your self as from me.......but keep your helmet on untill after the food throwing & beer spitting stops.

    They have all levels of riders & you should fit in somewhere.

    But wear knobbies, the little cost of these tires are like insurance to keep your bike in order, but most of all you'l have more fun. If you wear full armor why not protect your bike as best you can w/ the right tires for the better ride.
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    Is there anywhere to ride along the beach on my plated dual sport? (again in the Ponte Verde/Jax area)
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    Nowhere off pavement. At least not legally. I have a good haul to do any offroad riding. If you are so inclined you can take the ferry from Mayport over to Heckscher, make a right and ride up into Amelia Island and Fernandina. Nice scenic ride up that way.
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    Or take the tiny ferry south, around 50 miles south & you hit some great forest rds for nearly anything w/ wheels.
    Oh did I say this on the west side of the river....
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    If its the one i'm thinking of i've never been on it but want to ride that way.
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    Decision time.. do I take the KX250 and get some track time at the Hiliard place, or the KTM and have an extra 1-2 hours on the commute home.

    Wishing there were even some short runs closer to Jax or Ponte Vedra. I'd rather bring the pumpkin but not at the expense of a longer drive home. :)
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  16. kaosrider

    kaosrider Been here awhile

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    Well at least you have choices. The 640 would be great for Osceola or some of the forest areas west and South of Jax. My guess is that currently a lot of Osceola is under water, so a good snorkle would be nice. You are looking at a minimum of an hour ride to dirt in any direction from Ponte Vedra.

    There is a beach you can ride on at a State Park Heugonot (sp?) which is basically the north jetties of the St John's River where it goes out to the Ocean. However it goes from hard packed sand to deep sand. If you ride up the coast towards Fernandina you can get on some beach there too, again deep sand.

    Choices for dirt bikes is limited to Hillard and Lake City Motorcross, which is on your way from Atanlta and also an hour from Jax. From Ponte Vedra, Hillard and Lake City are about the same distance I think..

    St Augustine has some areas around that are good to check out on a Dual Sport.

    So to be safe you need to bring them both. :D

    Good Luck.
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    Where are these places in St. Augustine?

    I'm more worried about keeping my babies safe while I'm there. I'm using a storage unit place while at the conference, but will have to use hotels on the way back. The cheaper ones usually have direct outside access (so I can roll the bikes in) but they also have bed bugs. Wish the better hotels had secure places to store motorcycles overnight. The room entrances are almost always inside.
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    A loop to areas "near" St Augustine,(thinking you might like the St Augustine area),if you are working out of Ponte Vedra, I would go south on A1A all the way along the coast to Palm Coast. Then turn west and north along N Old Kings Rd to Princess Place Rd (dirt road) that goes back to Princess Place (an old Plantation on the water, now owned by the County.) From there back to Old Kings Rd N to US 1. Go north on it until you get to Matanzas Forest. Ride in Matanzas Forest. Sometimes the gate maybe closed, but I believe there is a phone number (on or near the gate) you call to get a permit number or combo number to enter the gate. If you still have life left, then go west through Palatka (206) until you get to Etoniah Creek State Forest. After that Forest, there is Belmore State Forest, then back to Ponte Vedra/St Augustine. Those are our usual stomping grounds if we are headed in that direction. Google Map those areas to get some idea of the roads etc. Guys, any other ideas? To the North of Jacksonville there is Cary State Forest. Then of course the major Forests which are Osceola and Ocala, which are further away. Not by much though, as an example if you are in Palatka then only another 20 miles south and you can get into Ocala. Ocala though can have very deep sand and the 250 is what you would likely want there anyway. However if you stick to the major dirt roads through Ocala National you would be fine on the 640 as those are mostly hard packed dirt.

    Cheers.
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