Trail riding is a great way to get out with family and friends to enjoy the scenery, tackle a challenging route or just go for a leisurely ride.
These are closed-course rides, meaning you trailer your motorcycle to a location and never ride on the road. If you’re looking for some on- and off-road riding, check out dual sport riding.
Types of bikes used
Almost any dirt bike can be used for trail riding, but a Honda CRF 250, KTM 250 Freeride or a Kawasaki KLX140 make great non-competitive bikes. Most trail riding bikes are smaller displacement, under 500cc.
Gear and equipment
As with any off-road ride, you’ll want full riding gear. This includes a helmet, goggles, riding boots, gloves, a long-sleeve jersey and pants. Knee pads, elbow pads and a chest protector are also good to have. A backpack hydration system also is also recommended.
It’s not a bad plan to bring along a tool bag, if you’re riding long loops and will be miles away from the truck.
If you’re woods riding, hand guards will save your hands, and skid plates may keep the underside of your machine intact.
Recommendations for riders
Consider these basic tips:
- Ride in a group, including at least one rider with more experience.
- If you don’t have much off-road experience, consider skipping the advanced trail sections. Or ride with a buddy or two and take it slow.
- Take a satellite phone or other communication system in case you don’t have cell service when an emergency arises.