Where to go riding offroad before they ban biking?

Discussion in 'Trip Planning' started by pingvin, Jul 13, 2017.

  1. pingvin

    pingvin Been here awhile

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    Used to say that no hurry since [fill in place] is there next year and the year after anyway.

    But seems not to be the case anymore, even i US offroad riding is from what understand, is starting to ban? But maybe just certain states?

    What about Europe? Norway have always had strict laws (we're talking thousands of dollars if you're caught) but believe many places in Europe they have started banning offroad. Or enforce much stricter if it was already illegal.

    Other places I need to hurry up to ride offroad (Asia, Africa, South America, Australia...)?
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  2. Mark Manley

    Mark Manley Long timer

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    If by off roading you mean unsurfaced roads which can be anything between good gravel to almost unpassable there are plenty of places in Africa, Australia and Asia, particularly Central Asia where the going can get a little challenging. Europe has a few places left but often they are shorter distances which have to be sought out, certainly the UK has few.
    The longest distance I have ridden on gravel is about 1,000 km in Namibia and I believe that road is still unsurfaced, there are a lot longer in Australia.
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  3. pingvin

    pingvin Been here awhile

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    By offroad I mean bad roads where you wouldn't go with a family car, or trails.

    BTW was 2 weeks in Namibia recently as well ( guided trip) :-)
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    Might want to ride Ruta 7 in Chile before its all paved
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    Stay out of California, every grain of sand is protected.
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    Write your congressman! Lets keep our places OPEN!
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  7. pingvin

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    So what US states are still open to offroad riding (that is worth riding)?
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    Rodzilla Little short for a Stormtrooper

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    Colorado, Utah, Nevada, Idaho... enough trails to last a lifetime.
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    HOTPASS F*ck cancer.

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    You can literally ride across the entire USA east to west or north to south and touch very little paved roads.

    Don't believe the sensationalist, there's many lifetimes worth of Dirt in the USA. Hell even in my state of California,you could spend your whole life riding dirt and never leave the state.


    Should we do more to protect our access ? Absolutely, but to say there is nothing left(as other have already said) is crazy.
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  10. pingvin

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    OK. I've had the impression that in US you can more or less ride where ever you want (except national parks and other protected areas) but that may simply be wrong? Or has it just not been enforced very strictly so in reality nothing happened even if actually illegal?

    Reason I'm asking is that seems like in Europe offroad riding has grown much more difficult the last few years. Has US on to do list (together with many other places) so wondering if good idea to move US to top of list before same happens there :(
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    California is being closed incrementally. They use special circumstances, such as wildfires, to close areas, then never re-open them. The places likely to close first are the lesser known trails that have less vocal users speaking up to keep them open. Any coastal areas are first, since many of the city dwellers on the coast are proponents of closures. Next would be trails just outside protected areas such as Yosemite or Lake Tahoe.

    As of now, there are lots of good forest trails that remain open.
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    British Columbia.....I'd suggest a place but we have forest service roads and trail networks everywhere....however the gov't and bureaucracy loom ever nearer. Lots of areas closed or under a master plan....
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  13. TRGunner

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    Still a ton of gravel roads to enjoy in Texas too if your a dual sport bike.
    But our OHV areas get smaller every year and we need to help reverse the trend. AMA is doing there best.
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    Mexico!
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  15. pingvin

    pingvin Been here awhile

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    Seems my impression that more and more restriction in US is right then :(
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    pingvin Been here awhile

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    Mexico is closing trails or Mexico have no restrictions?
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  17. glitch_oz

    glitch_oz Long timer

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    Pretty much an inevitable progression with more and more people on the planet and thanks to GPS that brings a lot of traffic (and associated detriment) to areas that thus
    far have been "sleeping away", visited only by a handful of diehards who were tolerated by the locals and environment alike, due to their low numbers.
    The reason I also don't participate in any of the TAT/TET/TAUT/whatever-GPS projects as they inevitably speed up the closures of whatever is left out there.

    Radiating out from the cities and hotspots, it's the same over here in Oz. Weekend routes + places near home are getting harder to find every year with more and more track closures (now even for MTBs!).
    I'm glad I rode those tracks and saw all those spots when they were still accessible.... and I feel really sad for the youngsters for missing out.
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  18. pingvin

    pingvin Been here awhile

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    Well, you somehow find roads not even the locals know exists so you'll be fine :-)

    But of course you are right. Was on 2 week trip in nort of Namibia (Kaokoland) whch was great, riding between giraffes and zebras on the savanna (damn lions and elephants were hiding) was almost unreal. The roads were really shitty, which is good because most people stay away and more fun riding. BUT they were making new better roads. Which means more tourists and the local Himab tribe which still live like they've done for hundred of years might dissappear. Didn't feel good contributing to this :(

    Oh well, not trying to save the world, just get my priority list right :1drink
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  19. glitch_oz

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    I haven't got too many years left at this....so I'm not stressing about running out of choices.
    One just has to spent more and more time, $$+ effort to stay clear of the ever closing-in crowds.
    But digging up those routes and places is half the fun anyway.:clap
    Namibia sounds great!
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  20. nicholastanguma

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    Mexico is definitely not closing trails, mate. As far as adventure riding goes, Mexico is still the beautifully wild west. Go to Mexico!
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