May 17, 2012
In a previous post I wrote about the need for riders to get involved and let the DNR know how much the proposed changes to the Matthew Lourey state trail would help them.
Yesterday I received an update from the DNR saying that the DNR Division of Parks and Trails approved the trail amendment!
This means that you will soon have an OHM alternative to the Gandy Dancer Trail when going between the St. Croix and Nemadji forests. The new trail is a total of 47 miles long and will provide a much more interesting ride than the Gandy for dual sports.
Keep in mind that more work needs to be done before the trail is “officially” open. It will take time to put up signs, update DNR maps, do some trail maintenance, etc. So look for an official grand opening later this year.
In the mean time check out this document for more info.
Thank you all that spoke up, wrote letters, and helped communicate to the DNR how important this trail is.
May 16, 2012
Just a reminder, check the Events List often. It is on the front page of the of the site at : http://MinneADV.info
New ride posted for this Saturday in the North Metro near Carlos Avery.
May 14, 2012
Las Vegas Round 1 results are in. If you have never heard of EnduroCross then check out the video below. It is an arena sized and shortened version of an enduro. But for what it lacks in length it makes up for in monster obstacles. I am quite in awe every time I watch a race, maybe more in awe that there are female competitors that actual finish. I know I couldn’t!
Video here: http://youtu.be/Ce1IQUq1MEs
May 9, 2012
Good news! The Aitkin County board passed a new ordinance today allowing OHMs on the Soo Line North and Soo Line South trails. Not familiar with the Soo Line Trail system? It is a “rail to trail” system in northern Minnesota that flows east to west across the state. A have created a GPS map of the Aitkin County portion on dualsportmaps.com here: http://dualsportmaps.com/?link=104031.
This portion of the trail opening up in Aitkin county is important because it is the first step in getting ALL of the Soo Line opened to OHMs. Now some of you may ask why you would want a boring old railway bed as a dual sport trail, but realize that these trails provide important cross country travel for OHMs so that you do not have to get on an even MORE boring state or county highway to get to where you want to go.
A big shout out to the Minnesota DNR for working with local authorities to get this access for us. They will be updating their maps on their website soon. Let’s hope other counties see the benefit in opening up more trails to OHMs!
May 2, 2012
What happens when you enter a F800GS into a dirtbike race? Great video for one. The shear number of bikes bursting out of the gate is pretty amazing. The fact that he finished the Stumpjumper Desert 100 the with the heavy BMW is also pretty cool too. Now how do we get an event like this going in Minnesota?
Thanks Touratech for the video!
May 1, 2012
If you are familiar with Christini you know they have been making aftermarket conversion kits for dirt bikes that enable limited slip drive of the front wheel. Pretty cool products and well loved by those who want somewhat of an exotic conversion to get them over steep hills, rocks, etc. However, I just heard that they will be producing a complete DS bike this year. Rumor also has it that it is based on a CRF450 engine. So this could be a very sweet DS setup for some folks. Not sure what local shops might carry it. Sound off in the comments if you know of any Minnesota Christini distributors. (http://www.christini.com/)