Off Road Routes for Beginner Ottawa Area

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  1. canridertj

    canridertj CANRIDER

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    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

    TJ
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  2. r1200gs_chris

    r1200gs_chris Been here awhile

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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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  3. canridertj

    canridertj CANRIDER

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    Chris...


    thanks very much...
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  4. frazman

    frazman Post***ern Redneck.

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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=45.3...67,-75.640762&sspn=0.010186,0.018904&t=h&z=15
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  5. canridertj

    canridertj CANRIDER

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    thanks much....not too far from home either...

    tj
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  6. shipwrek12001

    shipwrek12001 Shipwrek

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    are you planning to practice on a gs1200av?
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  7. frazman

    frazman Post***ern Redneck.

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    not unpossible.
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  8. canridertj

    canridertj CANRIDER

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    yes, I haven't much choice since this is the only bike I have.........
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  9. Drif10

    Drif10 Accredited Jackass

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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.
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    canridertj CANRIDER

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    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...

    thanks

    TJ
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  11. juames

    juames Have Fun, Don't Die!

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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! :ricky
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  12. Motoriley

    Motoriley Even my posing is virtual

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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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  13. Adventure MotoX

    Adventure MotoX Been here awhile

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    Motoriley, are you attending the Roaming Rally 2013???

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  14. Motoriley

    Motoriley Even my posing is virtual

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    I might. Is there a date yet?


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  15. Adventure MotoX

    Adventure MotoX Been here awhile

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    Hey Frazman, I noticed it was blocked off from the road... is there a back door?
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    Adventure MotoX Been here awhile

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    There's a couple of ways in...over the dirt berm on Bowesville Rd just south of Leitrim Rd; in via the old rail bed from Earl Armstrong Rd (although last time I was there it was marked as a multi-use trail); or, in from High Rd south of the old rail line.
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    Adventure MotoX Been here awhile

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    Cool - Is it crown land?

    I'm always wanted to get in there.
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  19. juames

    juames Have Fun, Don't Die!

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    Seem to recall that some is private, and some crown. Watch out for the dog walkers, they give you the evil eye.

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  20. Hosebag

    Hosebag Difficult but Useful

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    I would tread carefully in there, It's mostly Transport Canada (Airport) property which means the RCMP have jurisdiction and they do keep an eye on the area. Common sense rules of operation apply when anywhere near the public, as usual...

    Terry, you're welcome to join me and my buddies in the spring as well.

    Welcome to the dirt!
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