Want to help preserve offroad riding opportunities? Also, do you want a new motorcycle? Lucky you—if you’re in the US, you have a chance to do both, thanks to the Trail Preservation Alliance. Right now, the Trail Preservation Alliance (TPA) is doing a fundraiser to bring in cash for future endeavours; if you donate to the cause, you can also enter to win a new KTM 690 Enduro. It’s not just any 690; several companies have gotten together to build up this Katoom into a very adventure-worthy enduro.
What does the Trail Preservation Alliance do?
The TPA works to promote trail access for dirt bikes and other powersports vehicles. As per the group’s website: “The Trails Preservation Alliance (TPA) is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization with its principal goal focused on preserving the sport of motorized single-track trail riding. The TPA regularly supports all forms of Off-Highway Vehicle (OHV) recreation.” It’s active in the Colorado, and partners with the Colorado Off Highway Vehicle Coalition on preserving access to singletrack, although it partners with national organizations when needed. There’s a list of some of the TPA’s projects here; with large organizations opposing trailriders’ access to singletrack in Colorado’s national forests, the TPA has tough battles ahead, but it has been seeing positive results.
The Alliance works out its advocacy through a few different channels. The TPA deals with federal organizations (the US Forest Service and the Bureau of Land Management) to make sure the feds allow “a fair and equitable percentage of access to trail riding on public lands.” The TPA also works at educating offroaders on trail etiquette, and helps establish and operate localized offroad motorcycle clubs.
Volunteer work, but still a need for funds
The TPA keeps its overhead low by relying on volunteers to get the work done. Nevertheless, it does need money to keep afloat; at times it needs to hire lawyers, engineers, biologists and other scientists or specialists to help achieve its goals. To raise money, the Alliance is totally donation-driven. That’s why fundraisers like its current donation drive are so important—free labour only gets you so far.
The TPA announced its fundraising drive in the fall of 2020, setting up a sweepstakes-style draw. Buy a ticket, and you’ll be funding the Alliance’s efforts, and you’ll also be entered for a chance to win a tricked-out 2020 KTM 690 Enduro.
If the 690 Enduro was the only prize, it’d be a sweet machine to win, as KTM’s latest big-bore thumper is a great bike on its own, However, this machine had a lot of upgrading beyond its stock configuration. Rocky Mountain ATV/MC donated a lot of the parts and did a lot of the work, but other companies also pitched in.
Here’s the official list of upgrades, listed on the TPA’s website:
Protection: Fear no rock!
- Scotts rear disk guard
- Eline skid plate
- Eline exhaust guards
- Motominded ABS cable guide
- Tusk rear brake cylinder skidplate
- Dunlop ultra heavy duty tubes
- Tusk rim locks
- Tusk pro adventure handguards
- Doubletake Scrambler mirrors
Performance: Ride your best!
- Scotts steering stabilizer
- BRP rubber submount system
- Motominded Epic LED light kit
- KTM offroad dongle
- Dicks Suspension respring and revalve for winner
- Tusk Dsport adventure tires
Versatility: Do it all!
- Tusk Olympic Tank bag
- Tusk Olympic Dry Duffle 33L
- Tusk Olympic Pannier Bags 40L each
- Tusk pannier racks
- Tusk top rack
- Seat Concepts comfort carbon fiber seat
- KTM Rally footpegs
- KTM Touring windscreen
- Motominded stout mount
Appearance: … and look good doing it …
- Attack Graphics
To win, head over to the Trail Preservation Alliance website and buy some tickets! There’s a discount code here that will give you 20 percent more tickets, for a better chance to win. Good luck!
Photos: Rocky Mountain ATV