I started this is a group so we can gather and hit the trails and off the beaten path with our dual purpose motorcycles. I would like to find a pool of riders so that we all have a buddy to go beyond the local trails. Would like to organize rides both on/off road to places like the Jemez, Rio Puerco and any place there are mountain trails. I would like to get together and practice technique, get to properly aquatinted with the full capabilities of our bikes and ride!
I have had a lot of inquiries about who can join and what kind of riding we will be doing. The intent is to go beyond the beaten path for a real adventure. For some rides you may or may not need a street legal bike and will be able to trailer it to the staging area. Some rides will be on road first to get to the trails on the bigger bikes. Some times we will meet just to practice. I believe the fact that we will all need to trust in each others ability/bike, on "Adventures" you need to meet some basic qualifications to ride due to the fact that we will all be out far from any help outside of the group. Every rider must have a buddy willing to take responsibility for you. If you want to ride in a t-shirt and tennies, don't look to me to drag your but out of the bush. Here is some excerpts from an enduro race web site on ride preparation.
PREPARE your bike and your body for the event. Make sure your protective gear provides adequate protection for a challenging trail ride and will protect your body such that you can get up after a crash and continue down the trail.
A DOT approved helmet is an absolute MUST. Good motocross boots, face protection and good goggles for eye protection, good gloves, a chest protector and knee and shin guards are also imperative if you want to minimize the amount of groaning you will be doing after you fall.
If you have relatives in Egypt of the dromedary family, you will not need water, but if you think you might get a little thirsty in 3 to 5 hours of hard riding, get a hydration pack to carry enough water for you and your bike if you end up with a fixable radiator leak. All of these equipment preparations are minimums really. If you want to plan ahead for every possibility, there is obviously no substitute for years of experience, so talk to other seasoned racers at the events. They will give you such widely different opinions and reasons, usually consisting of wildly entertaining trail horror stories, that you really have to decide for yourself whether or not you need roll-offs or tear offs for your goggles, knee braces, neck support braces and a fanny pack the size of a suitcase.
Your trusty metal steed needs to be exactly that. Check your brakes and clutch for wear, lubricate all your cables, chain and levers well. Plenty of gas, some riders, who are worried about it, buy after market manufactured gas tanks of larger capacity than the stock gas tanks for their motorycles. Buy a fanny pack, even a small cheap one will do and put some common tools and a spark plug in it for your first ride. If you are like me, you will redesign your fanny/back pack contents every race and ask yourself questions like "Is a spare tube worth not having room for a power bar and juicy fruit gum"