esponsible Off-Highway Motorcycle Use
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TRAVEL & RECREATE WITH MINIMUM IMPACT
# Stay on designated routes.
# Travel only in areas open to off-highway motorcycle (OHM) use.
# On slick trails, moderate the throttle and use the clutch to gain maximum traction with minimum tailspin.
# On switchbacks, avoid roosting around the apex of the turn when climbing or brake-sliding during descent, both of which gouge the trail.
# Don’t ride around fallen logs; it is best to move them or ride over them.
# When negotiating any obstacle, stay loose over the bike to allow for sudden direction changes.
# Cross streams only at designated fording points or where the trail crosses the stream.
# Avoid riding in meadows and marshy areas.
# Protect the soundscape by preventing unnecessary noise created by your vehicle.
# Practice minimum impact camping by using established sites, camping 200 feet from water resources and trails, and minimizing use of fire.
# Observe proper sanitary waste disposal by burying waste 6-8 inches deep and at least 200 feet from trails, campsites, and water resources or pack your waste out.
RESPECT THE ENVIRONMENT AND THE RIGHTS OF OTHERS
# Be considerate of others on the road or trail.
# Ride only where permitted.
# Leave gates as you find them. Respect private land.
# Yield the right of way to those passing you or traveling uphill. Yield to mountain bikers, hikers, and horses.
# Keep the noise and dust down.
# Pack out what you pack in.
EDUCATE YOURSELF, PLAN AND PREPARE BEFORE YOU GO
# Obtain a map of your destination and determine which areas are open to OHMs. Make a realistic plan and stick to it.
# Contact the land manager for area restrictions, closures, and permit requirements.
# If crossing private property, be sure to ask permission from the
# Check the weather forecast.
# Prepare for the unexpected by packing a small backpack full of emergency items.
# Wear a helmet, eye protection, and other safety gear.
# Buddy up with two or three riders. Riding solo can leave you vulnerable if you have an accident or breakdown. Designate meeting areas in case of separation.
# Know your limitations. Watch your time, your fuel, and your energy.
# Don’t mix riding with alcohol and/or drugs.
# Understand how to operate your vehicle and its controls.
# A DirtBike School SM class provides a fast-paced, half-day, hands-on training session. Call 1-877- 288-7093 to enroll.
# Make sure your vehicle is mechanically up to task. Be prepared with tools, supplies and spares for trailside repairs.
ALLOW FOR FUTURE USE OF THE OUTDOORS, LEAVE IT BETTER THAN YOU FOUND IT
# Carry a trash bag on your vehicle and pick up litter left by others.
# Avoid “spooking” livestock and wildlife you encounter.
# Avoid sensitive habitats, wetlands, steams, and meadows.
# Following a ride, wash your OHM and support vehicle to reduce the spread of noxious weeds.
# Motorized and mechanized vehicles are not allowed in designated Wilderness areas, this includes OHMs.
DISCOVER THE REWARDS OF RESPONSIBLE RECREATION
# OHM riding provides the opportunity to get away from the rush of everyday life and builds family traditions.
# Careless operation of your OHM can cause damage to the environment and may result in closing of areas
# Respect the environment and trail users. By using common sense and common courtesy, what is available today will be here to enjoy tomorrow.