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Old 09-25-2008, 05:56 PM   #1
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Why is it that I live in the only place you can't ride in the dirt easily......

Living in NOVA with a dirt bike is frustrating. Anyone got suggestions that a noob dirt rider can get himself some experience?
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Old 09-25-2008, 06:08 PM   #2
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Living in NOVA with a dirt bike is frustrating. Anyone got suggestions that a noob dirt rider can get himself some experience?
Taking a leisurely ride on a local golf course will quickly progress into a learning experience on riding grass, sand, berms, hills, water obstacles, et al in very short order. It's kind of like a hare scramble, a retirement community, and an episode of cops all rolled into one!

On second thought, don't do it. I had to park my bike for over a month... hidden in the back of the shed, covered, with lots of stuff piled on top of it...


Seriously, I imagine NoVA can be a pretty tough place for a ds rider. I'm guessing you'd have to head west, toward Front Royal or down toward Remington to find some dirt roads. Central VA is getting the same way.

Have you hooked up with any riders in your area? I've found the guys down this way are awesome and love sharing their spots with folks.
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Old 09-25-2008, 06:12 PM   #3
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Old 09-26-2008, 06:53 AM   #4
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Good paying jobs, healthy economy, and cultural amentities preclude decent local dirt riding opportunities,

Or at least, that's been my experience.

There used to be some places in that area that were "tolerated", but I think they're all gone, now.
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Old 09-26-2008, 04:39 PM   #5
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Taking a leisurely ride on a local golf course will quickly progress into a learning experience on riding grass, sand, berms, hills, water obstacles, et al in very short order. It's kind of like a hare scramble, a retirement community, and an episode of cops all rolled into one!


I wish I saw an episode of cops like that one day.
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Old 09-26-2008, 05:52 PM   #6
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I wish I saw an episode of cops like that one day.
its much more fun to be a participant in said episode.

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Old 09-26-2008, 06:59 PM   #7
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The Metro DC and Baltimore suck for offroading!!!! Get a dualsport or start driving is the only way to find some dirt
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Old 09-26-2008, 07:25 PM   #8
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As long as you are willing to drive an hour or two each way there are tons of riding areas. If you are not willing to drive then the riding sucks. Start racing hare scrambles too. Helps plan a ride and you will get at least two hours of riding in.
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Old 09-26-2008, 09:52 PM   #9
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I used to be very against hauling bikes for any reason. But sometimes you're better off having a smaller lighter better dirtbike/dualsport and trucking/towing it out to a good riding area and making the day of it. I reason w/ myself that its okay to haul my DR cause the highway would destroy my knobbies in no time.
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Old 09-27-2008, 06:44 AM   #10
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I am one lucky S.O.B., I have my own personal playground/secret riding area. I have only one riding partner, who rides twice a month. So i usually ride alone. I would invite more folks to ride, but im afraid it will upset the delicate balance. I putt as steathily as poss. through my streets for .5 mile into the woods, waving at everyone along the way. I only run STOCK mufflers,and dont tear up a blade of grass where anyone can see it. I especially would not want anyone parking trucks & trailers along the road,& doing "warm up laps" wide open with no helmet on. So you can see my dilema, that said I rode yesterday,not to muddy but slippery as snot on the door knob,& im riding again today & prob tomorrow too.All w/o a truck or a ny travel, but I ride alone. ..........Cheers
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Old 09-27-2008, 06:46 AM   #11
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Old 09-27-2008, 06:47 AM   #12
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Old 09-27-2008, 07:07 AM   #13
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I've felt the same frustrations you all are talking about X2. I bought bikes for my son and I 3yrs ago. The dirt bikes hang in the garage most of the time. I bought a DRZ400S to break the haul it problem. Then I bought a BMWK75.

My son now has his MC LP and we are able to ride together, him on the Z bike and me on the K bike.

About an hour due west of Leesburg near Winchester is place called MotoCove, haven't riden it yet but looks like it has alot to explore.

I also have seen lots of ride reports on thumper talk about great riding out near the western counties of virginia (Monterey area).

I'll just toss out for concideration, that I have a well set up 2003 YZ250F that I'd concider trading for another DRZ .....

Another source of riding info is NVTR.

The sun just popped out going to go for a little ride....


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Old 09-27-2008, 04:37 PM   #14
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Old 10-08-2008, 06:38 PM   #15
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Oh man...

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I am one lucky S.O.B., I have my own personal playground/secret riding area. I have only one riding partner, who rides twice a month. So i usually ride alone. I would invite more folks to ride, but im afraid it will upset the delicate balance. I putt as steathily as poss. through my streets for .5 mile into the woods, waving at everyone along the way. I only run STOCK mufflers,and dont tear up a blade of grass where anyone can see it. I especially would not want anyone parking trucks & trailers along the road,& doing "warm up laps" wide open with no helmet on. So you can see my dilema, that said I rode yesterday,not to muddy but slippery as snot on the door knob,& im riding again today & prob tomorrow too.All w/o a truck or a ny travel, but I ride alone. ..........Cheers
How can you share your slice of heaven and taunt us NOVAers with great pics and then not share the experience?

Oh well, I don't have a bike yet anyway! If I was closer to dirt, I'd be moving a little faster on the purchasing part!

Hope you continue to have great rides--let me know if you are going to open her up to more riders in the future.

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