10 days holiday (vacation) (OH)

Discussion in 'Central – From Da Nort Woods to the Plane States' started by reedro 72, Mar 7, 2016.

  1. reedro 72

    reedro 72 n00b

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    Hi , I have been a forum member for a while but not really posted anything as live in the uk and ride over here , find myself mainly reading the ride reports with "jealously" as we don't have access to the amounts of riding you have over there , I ride a 2011 ktm 690 with a evo 2 kit and also have a 2015 ktm freeride 250 with a scalvini pipe , anyhow cutting a long storey short I am escorting my mum to ohio (monroe) on April the 23 and she is visiting our family and as they will be doing mainly family catch up stuff I figured if I was visiting I would love to ride while I'm over , I would have to hire a bike , and know nothing at all about the area , can anyone help point me into the right direction if I can hire a dirt bike or dual sport or even a quad and any info where I could ride as know nothing about what laws etc ? Or even a tourer bike to hire and any places I could visit , I don't mind travelling out from there by bike or hiring a car or truck etc ??
    Many thanks
    Nick
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  2. Brycycle

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    Though I'm quite a distance away, and no one else has answered, I'll take a stab at applying basics I learned before travelling internationally last year... (I speak only of my experience living in California and occassional travel to Italy)

    - An International Driving Permit (IDP). It's a document that is recognized here in the states and lots of other countries, and serves as a translation complimenting your existing motorcycle license. The USA doesn't have a MC tier license scheme, so no power size restrictions.

    - Health/Travel/Medical Transit Insurance (start with Allianz Travel or Cigna Global) that will patch you up in case of a cager collision. I am unaware of automatic or reciprocal medical coverage for UK travellers. Generally here in the USA, an insurance plan is highly recommended unless you are willing to pay out of pocket for non-subsidized service. Read the plan's inclusions and the exclusions!

    - Bring your helmet (as your personal carryon) and gear, especially if you have an odd sized head like me.

    - hire = rent
    A commonly found powersports or motorcycle rental agency is Eaglerider. They mainly rent out Harley cruisers though. It's difficult finding adventure/dirt/quad rental, but I did stumble across HockingHills.com/atvnaturetrails.html .
    Depending on the rental rate, I've toyed with the idea of buying a motorcycle for short use and then selling it (Cycle Trader or Craigslist). Maybe gift it to a family member afterwards so you don't have to deal with the state's DMV? Many car drivers here don't have etiquette, and I often assume they're not acclimated to noticing motorcyclists. The requirement in Ohio may be different, but in California you can get a near instant vehicle policy online (if you happen to already know the VIN) and then cancel the remainder afterwards for a refund should you decide on short term ownership. Maybe a family member can add you to their motorcycle policy? Unless you have special coverages, expect the EU green card insurance to be invalid.

    - Lane splitting/filtering rules
    California is the only state not prohibiting.

    - If going into the forests alone, carry bear spray, and perhaps a PLB for that extra desperate moment.

    On my to do list is a dirt bike mystery school. For routes suggestions, there are Butler's Rever, and BBR apps.

    Forest Service, look for ohv or visitor map
    http://www.fs.fed.us/

    Horizon Unlimited North America travel thread
    http://www.horizonsunlimited.com/hubb/north-america/

    Good Luck!
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  3. reedro 72

    reedro 72 n00b

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    Thank you , I was wondering if anybody would answer , I realise that ohio dosent have the riding which I read about in Colorado etc but thought someone might say that there is or isn't anything worth doing in that area , I thought I'd try here as I've never visited the states before and hoped some other like minded rider could give me an answer which would point me in the right direction .

    Thanks

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  4. Iffykid

    Iffykid Long timer

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    Might edit your thread title to include Ohio
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  5. oldgezzer

    oldgezzer Country Rider

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  6. SlipChip

    SlipChip Adventure Commuter

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  7. patmo

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    Missed seeing this, so I'm a couple of days late posting up, but I think I can help you somewhat. I'm just about 50 miles south of Monroe, but am very familiar with riding in Ohio, especially the southern part.

    First....put a post up in the central region area under the Cincinnati DS thread. You will get much more information there, and possibly even an offer from someone to loan you a bike.

    2nd...I think that you will find that bike rental in this area will be somewhat limited to Harley-Davidson. However, the link to the Piston Society may help. It is a new shop, opening up the 1st of April by a friend of mine. His name is Tim Burke.

    3rd.....there is lots of GREAT riding in this area of the country, but not really that much around the Monroe area. If you head east, into southeastern Ohio, you will find wonderful riding of all types. The Hocking Hills area is well known as a riders paradise. If you head south about 50 miles, you will cross over into Kentucky. Here you will find roads that are the equal of anywhere else in the country. We don't have the mountains of places like Colorado or SE USA, but there are still plenty of twisty rural roads to ride.

    4.... Some places to ride to? The US Air Force Museum at Wright-Patterson Air Force base in Dayton. The American Motorcylist Association Museum in Columbus, Ohio. The Kentucky Horse Park just north of Lexington, Ky. Shawnee national forest, just outside of Portsmouth, Ohio offers some fine DS riding from what I've heard....the Cincinnati DS guys head out there quite often.....and they also head west into SE Indiana too. All of these places are within a couple of hours of Monroe.

    Please stay in touch and I will try to answer any questions you may have about the area. If at all possible
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  8. reedro 72

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    Hi mate this sounds good , I was beggining to think there was nobody out there who could help , il check some of the info out , I will probably drop you a p.m if ok as will be defiantly looking to do some riding of some sort whilst there .

    Thanks

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  9. patmo

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    hey that would be great. Myself and few of my "mates" are heading over to England come August to do a bit of riding ourselves. Two of them are from the Dayton and Columbus, Ohio areas. Perhaps we will have a chance to meet up and compare notes?! Cheers!
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  10. reedro 72

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    Hi no problem , were away riding down to Spain and pyrenees in the last 2 weeks of sept but yes if you Ned to know anything that's no problem .

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  11. mauserfan

    mauserfan Owner of Piston Society

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    Nick,
    I own PistonSociety.com motorcycle rental in Cincinnati. We have BMW GS models and Indian Scout Sixty. Adding more later this year. Let me know how I can help.
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