Getting dirty near Boston

Discussion in 'GPS Tracks - Northeast, Southeast & Florida' started by tibbon, Apr 5, 2014.

  1. tibbon

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    Just picked up an R1200GS. I live in Somerville/Boston. I'd like to find some areas *nearby* (not update NY) to do a little bit of light trail riding, gravel, sand, etc... as I'm learning how to manage this beast. Honestly, even short 2 mile trail segments would be fine for me. I just need somewhere to practice for 30 minutes at a time or so.

    But I can't find anywhere nearby that isn't paved. Its a concrete jungle out there. The nearest I've found is Plum Island, which has a few miles of packed gravel with ruts.

    Ideas? Again, as close as possible to the city is the best, so I don't have to spent 2 hours getting there, ride for 20 minutes and then 2 hours back.
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  2. RidingUpAndDown

    RidingUpAndDown Been here awhile

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    tibbon,

    Congrats on the new bike, and ur interest in some off road adventure! I'm out in Central MA and there are dirt/gravel roads that are nearby, from the Mount Wachusett and Rutland State Park area then stretch out to and around the Quabin Reservoir that I think would suit your interests very well. I'd b glad to share some routes. maps, GPS files w/ u if ur interested. Also would b glad to ride and show u any # of these routes. I ride a Yamaha Super Tenere that loves these kind of roads. :freaky

    Cheers, dean :ricky
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  3. Jofa

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    There's not a whole lot of dirt choices within the Boston area. you might try getting a sticker from the state and exploring the state forests when they open up in may? There's a few to choose from in eastern mass.
    Otherwise, you might be stuck with sneaking onto trails by the utilities or just finding an abandoned lot and practicing there. There used to be great 'dead-tracks" (abandoned railroad tracks) years ago that we all rode on, but the rail companies seem to have re-opened all of them now. Most of these odd ball trails are more dirt-bike oriented and would probably be a handful with a 1200GS?
    Most of the decent longer dirt roads are gonna be a bit of a ride out of Beantown.
    Good luck
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  4. PBrad

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    I live close (Melrose). I grew up in the south shore where I know all the dirtbike riding areas that I still actively use with my 450, however, that aren't legal, and are not well suited for big bikes, especially as a beginner. WHen I got my bike KTM 1190 ADV, I immediately headed down there and wiped out in some deep sand with my wife on the back! I suggest that you head out to central/western Mass. I did a 400 mile solo ride on Saturday. It was amazing, tons of dirt roads, and tons of empty twisty paved roads. Started with a GPX I downloaded from newenglandriders.org then veered off as I saw dirt roads (I have a Garminb MOntana loaded with 24k topo maps). Here's what I did (minus the rides to and from home)

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  5. Jofa

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    I just went out and found 2 "secret" dirt bike spots after a Google earth search last night and a little poking around this morning, great day for a ride!
    great off road spots, but you'd better have a dirt bike for the local spots, a ton of deep ruts, sand, tree roots, etc out there.
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  6. RidingUpAndDown

    RidingUpAndDown Been here awhile

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    PB, Crazy ride there man, some excellent terrain to cover. I did much of the very same route on Monday this week. Lmk if u want company next time, I ride out that way and many other routes all the time.

    Cheers, d :ricky

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  7. PBrad

    PBrad Been here awhile

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    I'm going to head out again on Sunday, not sure where yet, although if you or anyone else wants to join, I'm in for suggestions. I don't yet have any riding buddies for my big bike.

    My wife's out if town this weekend I got the whole weekend dedicated to riding... little bike on Saturday, big bike on Sunday!

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  8. RidingUpAndDown

    RidingUpAndDown Been here awhile

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    pm sent. :ricky
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  9. hammerfer

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    if i can convince the wife that i need to ride on Sunday, you can count me in too.
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  10. hammerfer

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    ok convincing is done. i can go... i just have to buy her a hot tub...
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    RidingUpAndDown Been here awhile

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  12. hammerfer

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    oh that would be cool, unfortunately(not really), i'm going to the NER meet and greet the weekend before and then towards the end of the month the twisted throttle open house and then the REDNEK rendezvous the first week of June. not sure if i could get another weekend off from home too in between all that
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  13. tibbon

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    I think I'm going to go out that way this Sunday myself. I'd love to join up with you to do the trail that PBrad did.
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  14. Jofa

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    got out the last few days into the state forests in foxboro and wrentham, nice workout. took the klx thru about 40 miles of woods riding.

    wrentham was decent and more enjoyable, no real high speed sections but fun riding. the trails were cool but some sections seemed like a maze, a lot of off shoots going every which way.

    the Gilbert hills in foxboro was small and kinda sucked in my opinion. I got into a section in the southern end and found nothing but rocks and boulders in the so called trail. couldn't wait to get out of it.

    gonna be trying Franklin next chance I get.

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