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    Default Trail Motorcycling

    Trail riding is riding outdoors on natural trails and roads as opposed to riding in an enclosed area such as a riding arena. Trail riding is motorcycling on roads which never received a tarmac surface or where the tarmac was not repaired and the surface has reverted to grass or natural stone.

    Trail rides may be informal activities of an individual or small group of people, or may be larger events organized by a club. Trail riding is fun, challenging, exciting, improves your skills and takes you into the most scenic areas the country side. Whilst trail riding you encounter fords, loose surfaces and sometimes big stones and rock steps.


    In the west, there are competitive events available, which test the rider's ability to navigate obstacles commonly found on the trail, slush, crossing streams, etc. The level of difficulty of a competitive ride will vary by trail or terrain, and riders are well advised to know the general difficulty of a trail before starting the ride. In recreational trail riding, speed and form are not the goals, but rather having fun and enjoying time spent with one's motorcycle in nature. Trail riding is often a group activity. Trail riding may encompass other activities, such as camping, hunting or fishing, or even games.


    There is some criticism of trail riding when excess or improper use of trails may lead to erosion, introduction of noxious weed seeds, conflict with hikers, or harassment of wildlife. However, many responsible mountain bikers, and off-road motorcyclists, especially those who get involved in these sports by joining an organized club, perform hours of trail maintenance every year.


    Many organizations also sponsor educational events to teach newcomers about safety, responsible land stewardship and how to improve riding techniques.

    Before You Ride- Off-Road Basics - Safeguarding Yourself With Protective Clothing and Gear

    By definition, off-road riding means “rugged,” so you should always wear clothing that combines protection and comfort. Never operate an OR (Off-road) unless you protect yourself from head to toe by wearing these items and have them professionally adjusted when you purchase them to ensure the safest fit.


    OR helmet
    o Helps prevent serious head injury.
    o Should fit snugly and fasten securely.
    o May be a full-face helmet or an open-face helmet plus eye protection.
    o Add a stripe of reflective tape to make you more visible at night.
    o Must be a ISI–approved crash helmet.
    Goggles or other eye protection
    o Be aware that branches, road debris, and insects can hit your eyes and distract or even blind you.
    o Do not use sunglasses, which do not provide adequate protection. Use goggles or a face shield.
    o Choose high-impact eye protection that is made of hard-coated polycarbonate.
    o Carry gray-tinted eye protection for bright days, yellow-tinted for overcast days, and clear for night rides.
    o Make sure your eye protection is scratch-free, securely fastened, and well-ventilated to avoid fogging.
    Gloves
    o Keep your hands warm in cold weather.
    o Prevent soreness and fatigue.
    o Offer protection during a spill or a collision with a branch, rock, or other debris.
    o Should be padded over the knuckles for the best protection.
    Boots
    o Heels prevent your feet from slipping off footrests.
    o Off-road boots are best, offering protection for lower legs, ankles, and feet.
    Long pants and long-sleeved shirt or jacket
    o Protect your skin from scratches as well as the extremes of the weather.
    o Provide the best protection with off-road riding gear that incluses:
    Pants with kneepads
    Chest and shoulder protectors

    Off-Road Basics—For All Riders - Using Courteous Trail Etiquette
    Ride only where permitted.
    Be considerate of others on the trail, and keep to the right.
    Always yield to uphill traffic.
    Slow down when someone is passing you.
    Yield the right-of-way to bikes, horses, and hikers.
    Leave gates as you find them.
    Report downed trees and trail maintenance needs to land managers.
    Carry out what you carry in

    Off-Road Basics—For All Riders - Operate Safely and Responsibly

    Observing the Code of Safety

    Be sure your vehicle is in good mechanical condition.
    Familiarize yourself with your vehicle by reading your owner’s manual.
    Wear protective clothing suitable for the environment.
    Use a helmet, goggles, or face shield to prevent injuries from twigs and road debris.
    Make sure the light system works properly.
    Don’t remove the factory-installed air box or muffler.
    Know the terrain where you plan to ride.
    Be aware of the weather forecast, especially ice and snow conditions.
    Respect people and animals you encounter.
    Never venture out alone.

    Off-Road Basics—For All Riders - Be Prepared
    Anytime you venture into off-road terrain, some risk is involved. You could become stranded because of mechanical problems; caught in unexpected, severe weather; or injured or lost.
    Environment characteristics, such as rough terrain, climate extremes, and remoteness, also increase the chance of accidents.


    Before You Leave—Tell someone where and with whom you are riding and when you will be back.


    What To Bring Along

    Map and Compass
    Topographic maps provide the most useful information for navigating terrain because they show the area in three dimensions. Purchase a good orienteering compass, and learn how to use it with a topographic map.



    First-Aid Kit
    Carry a first-aid kit, and take a first-aid course so that you’ll know how to respond in an emergency.


    Survival Kit
    In addition to the items listed above, you should carry:

    Candy bars (or other high-energy food)
    Emergency food and water
    Flashlight
    Hand axe
    Signal flares
    Tarpaulin
    Waterproof matches

    Other Useful Items
    Radio for weather reports
    Mobile phone and a GPS

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    Yes! This is a sport which is not at all popular in India. In fact anything to do with motorcycles is not even considered a sport as has been aptly demonstrated by the Indian people. This is really challenging and a lot of fun.
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    Could a mod please increase the font size of the first para. Difficult to read. Going through the rest of the article.

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    Thanks for sharing the info buddy!

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    Apart from trail clubs for Horses & cycles, are there any clubs or associations of Trail riding for Motorcyles in India....

    can any one shed any light on this....

    Having watched those trail riding videos on the net, i really want to take a go at it....

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    We don't really bikes for this kind of thing here.. there are people who modify our existing bikes to take them offroad, but that's not really as good as a basic dirt bike.. our bikes really struggle on very uneven terrain and steep(er) inclines..

    Also, India is a very populus country,..so at no given point will you be too far away from 'people' :P.. there are trails in our forests..but they are protected if they are in a WLS and bikes won't be allowed there..

    Whats left are little tracks which go into estates and unprotected pieces of vegetation in places like western ghats, himalayas, etc.. ofc. they aren't too long.. and might span only a few hours of riding before you meet civilization again..

    And sadly, the best people who might know of tracks around places where they live aren't really here on this forum.. I'm talking about non-city-dwellers.. farm/estate owners etc..

    But, on a positive note.. if you want to quench some thirst for riding off-road, there are places

    BTW, HK which city are you from?

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    Nice piece of info. & this is a scary thing a biker can do ...& less chance of these type of motorcyling as there are guards around in these kinda places in India
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    This is something most of us would love to do but again the resources here are limited and as always bikers are subjected to critics one will never be able to do it without losing it's charm!
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    Quote Originally Posted by HydroXidE View Post
    But, on a positive note.. if you want to quench some thirst for riding off-road, there are places
    +1 ,

    For me , I would take the village routes instead of the highways which could be sort of a pseudo trail biking.
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