One of the things I have noticed since getting back into riding is the lack of places to ride nearby. Back in the day there were plenty of race tracks and riding areas within a short drive. Some literally in Davidson and Williamson Counties. A long drive was to Honda Hills in Maury Co.
We have experienced loads of growth and development since then so I hardly expect to ride on property where there now sits a shopping mall. But there must be a way for the club and maybe some MC dealers to promote and develop places to ride. Or it might be a somewhat less formal group lease situation, like hunting leases.
I'd be in favor of a significant dues increase to make it happen. Or I'm open to joining a lease. CMRA is a great example but its a four hour round trip to ride there. Even smaller properties would work with good planning and maintenance.
Does anyone have thoughts to share on this?
What is your idea of a significant dues increase?
If it was close and good I'd pay a couple hundred a year, maybe three hundred. Close and good are the two most important factors for me. If it was REAL close and GREAT I'd probably pay more. In a good situation with some permanency, I'd put in some work too.
As a threshold, a mile or two of relatively open natural terrain motocross track and 5-10 miles of woods trails would do if it was close to me. There are places like this to ride mountain bikes all around. I can think of four within 20 minutes to a short hour from home.
My preference would be to ride a couple of times each week without taking all day to do it. Sometimes I can go during the week when I can grab a few hours. Making a long drive kills that. A place to ride in southern Williamson, north Maury, east Hickman Counties would be great.
I have a 5 plus or minus mile loop that is expanding yearly and all i have to do is get my gear on and go to the garage and get my bike and head out. The problem I have is "a club ride 2-3 hours away plus the return trip of 2-3 hours or stay home" I usually stay home.
You coming down to 7 Springs November 9th - 11th?
I'm gonna try to make it at least one day.
See you there Sir!!
I have been riding West Point a lot lately but that is 1.5 hours away from me. I would be happy to pay more to have some trails within a half an hour. With a full time job and a kid it's hard to spend a full day away. 3-4 hrs in the morning I could do every weekend. Problem is you have to find a piece of land with a buffer for sound in Williamson or Davidson county and that is not cheap. Too bad The Boneyard is not truly an option.
After riding Tumbling Creek, I'd say a location like that would be perfect for me.
I wonder about the noise issue. Modern day dirt bikes are pretty quiet - not much different from lawn mowers. If the place wasn't totally covered up with bikes I wonder if its really a big deal. Probably a bigger deal in people's minds than in reality. Other than the MX track which we were next to, there wasn't much noise. Really couldn't hear much from the woods trails. Back at the gate when I left there the noise just wasn't bothersome.
I think a model producing a result more like mountain bike parks might be in order. Keep it up clean, nice and orderly. Exactly the opposite of a 4WD truck mud bog and beer drinking place, which might be what some land owners and neighbors are thinking would happen if dirt bikes were right next door.
Wouldn't it be nice to have several places to ride within a hour or so? We need to look at obtaining some leases and make this happen.
A long, long time ago in a gal... well you get the idea, we could ride at the south west corner of Old Hickory Blvd. & Nolensville Road. Also Cheatham county WMA and Cedars of Lebanon State Forest. One thing that needs to happen is EVERYONE get behind a Self Funded State OHV Program.
Interest flares up every now and then but peters out for what ever reason. My opinion is that it fades away doe to lack of interest because there are no instant results.
There was an MX track on the north west corner - that was a long time ago. I think there's a Walgreens there now.
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