March 2011 Meeting Minutes

March 25, 2011

Just wanted to thank everyone who joined the meeting last night (Chris from, Zrxmoto, RallyHound, and MrFixit 54016).  We had some great discussion.  For those of you who couldn’t make it here are some notes:

  • Discussed current events in the area (see )
    – Chris brought up the Skunk Side Car rally, the Road America Superbike races, and the BMW Riders Association Rally in Chippewa falls.
    – Norske will get them added to the website
    – Chris also brought up idea of bringing maps to Tech-day and getting riders to submit their ideas for proposed routes.  This was a good idea.
  • Discussed idea from one rider to add a “Bikes” page to the website so riders can post pics of their bikes.  Idea was nixed. is already doing this.
  • Discussed idea of having webform on website where riders can submit a “Ride Report”.  Results would be shared with DNR and other riders.  Purpose would be to identify hazards, trail conditions, and also to see how many people are out there riding.  Not sure how many people would take the time to submit a report, but it might be worth setting up and seeing who uses it.
  • Brought up fact that we need riders this year to ride the new “proposed” portions of the TMAT and provide feedback.
  • Lots of discussion over how to best communicate and inform the DNR about what “adventure riding” is, and why they should allow us access to some of the ATV and/or snowmobile trails.  In the end, we agreed that we need to get an audience with the DNR to explain our position.  Norske will keep in contact with them to try to arrange a meeting.
  • Meeting ended with general discussion about group rides being planned.

Definitely a worthwhile hour of the week.  I will schedule another for the 4th Thursday of next month.

Thanks all!

Dennis Kirk eBay Scratch and Dent store

March 23, 2011

I try to plug Minnesota vendors every once and while on this blog.  Not every rider knows about all the manufacturers and dealers of parts and accessories here in MN.  This time I’d like to point people towards Dennis Kirk’s  scratch and dent store on eBay.  There are hundreds of items online and there are some good deals to be had.  I picked up a fender bag for $10 recently. Surf on over and check them out.

Camping Tips

March 22, 2011

Part of the attraction of Adventure Riding for a lot of people is that it combines off-road motorcycling with backwoods camping.  Many of us are as meticulous about packing our pannier bags and top boxes as we are keeping our bike tuned.
However, for those of you who aren’t eagle scouts Backpacker magazine recently published the 52 Worst Hiking Mistakes.  Most of these apply to Adventure Riding also so give it a read before your next trip.  It might save you a lot of grief.

State-wide Adventure Rider Meeting this Thursday Night

March 20, 2011

Reminder!!  This Thursday night there will be a “virtual” meeting of Minnesota Adventure Riders. See the Events page for more info.  There is a teleconference number listed there for everyone to use.  The agenda will be:
1. Upcoming local events.
2. Discussion of what a State-Wide Adventure riding club should be. 
3. Discussion of known trails that we would like opened up to Motorcycle use.
4. Open Mic for other topics.

AMA Club

March 15, 2011

Minnesota Adventure Riders has now been chartered by the AMA. This is the beginning of better promotion of actvities, greater validity, and better organization. Stay tuned for more info, events, etc.

PS…How great is it to see that snow melting so fast outside? Now we just need a hard rain to get rid of that sand on the streets! I hear that is coming soon too.

February Issue of Adventure Motorcycle is out

March 14, 2011

 The February edition of Adventure Motorcycle magazine is out.  The article on the 2010 Baja 1000 was entertaining. The magazine is available in print now for the first time in a looong time.

Motivation for working on your bike…

March 11, 2011

This is a must watch video. Why doesn’t this guy live in Minneapolis?

Handmade Portraits: Liberty Vintage Motorcycles from Etsy on Vimeo.

“Tech Day” planned for April 30th. Warm up your wrenches!

March 11, 2011

The annual “Tech Day” has been scheduled for April 3oth in Eagan.  See the Events page for more info.  Its a great opportunity to meet other riders and also get some advice on tuning your bike.

Changing things up a bit…

March 9, 2011

As of today this website is changing its name from “Trans-Minnesota Adventure Trail” to “Minnesota Adventure Riders”.  The URL stays the same (http//, the blog stays the same, and the hosting of information about the TMAT stays the same.

What changes is that the site will begin to bring you more information about meeting other riders, organizing trail rides, and in general building a better community in Minnesota for Adventure/Dual Sport riding.  So stay tuned for some more changes.

Sound good?  Sound off in the comments.  Your feedback is important!

Latest issue of Midwest Motorcyclist is published

March 8, 2011


This online mag doesn’t cover Minnesota events, but it can still be a good read and is an excellent source of info on Wisconson and Michigan events.