This month's newsletter is a couple of days late. There's a reason for that - which we'll talk about in next month's newsletter!
The delay has meant we can include some late news of interest to Pinjar riders - DEC will be re-grading the North and South Loops today to smooth out the whoops. With perfect riding weather forecast for the weekend it will be a great time to get out there and hit the trails.
Here's what else has been happening...
Learner Approved Motorcycles
The new Learner Approved Motorcycle Scheme (LAMS) will come into effect in Western Australia at the end of this year, bringing WA into line with other states.
LAMS will enable R-E class licence holders to ride motorcycles and scooters of a power to weight ratio not exceeding 150kw per tonne and an engine capacity of 660cc. The scheme makes no distinction between road and off road motorcycles, so included on the 'learner-approved' list are such tame machines as the Yamaha WR450, KTM530 and Husaberg 570. Oh, and if you can find a 1984-88 Maico 500E your 16 year old learner can ride that legally as well.
Just for the record, the RTRA does not encourage novice riders to buy or ride large capacity off-road machines. It may soon be legal, but let's all still exercise some common sense!
Do you ride in the area near Stakehill Road in Karnup? We're keen to get information from riders about this area.
If you're familiar with the area please contact Steve to discuss possible opportunities for this land.
Karratha Project Gains Momentum
Around 30 riders and residents attended a public meeting to discuss trail and quad bike issues in Karratha this week.
The meeting, coordinated by Shire of Roebourne Rangers explored options for improving the two existing Off Road Vehicle areas in Karratha as well as creating longer distance trails and 'safe corridors' to provide access to riding areas.
A report will be presented to Council next month.
Commercial Ride Parks
Looking for new places to ride that are family friendly, well maintained and legal? Check out our new Commercial Ride Parks section on the RTRA web site.
We have maps, summary information and links to the three major ride parks close to Perth and will add further information progressively.
The Pinjar Motorcycle Area is now attracting families from all over the metro area - to the extent that the car park is often now full on weekends.
The Family Trail remains a major problem - it is now so degraded that unless we can get funding to re-surface it soon DEC may have to consider closing it. Meanwhile, other work at Pinjar is progressing, with regrading of the North and South Loops and surveying underway for the western car park.
We are still recruiting volunteers for our Friends of Pinjar group, so if you have an interest in the area and want to be involved please register your interest.
Government to Intervene on ATV Safety?
The Federal Government is poised to make roll-over protection (ROP) on ATVs mandatory.
Workplace Relations Minister Bill Shorten has said the Government would intervene if manufacturers did not do something to curb the "unacceptably high" death rates and injuries associated with ATVs.
The debate has been on the boil for some time with opinion polarised about whether roll over protection reduces or increases the potential for injury. Many deaths occur each year from ATVs tipping sideways or backwards and pinning the riders - which ROP could prevent, but the prospect of being pinned under the ROP itself is seen as a risk.
Pilot Trail Bike Trail Project Update
Signage for the Pilot Trail Bike Trail has now been produced and will be installed next week, coinciding with the completion of trails work and marking the unofficial opening of the trail.
More details will be provided to the Pilot Trail Special Interest Group soon.
Minimal Impact Tip: Pick Your Path Through the Puddles
When you come across a puddle on a twin-track trail, the shallower line is usually straight through the middle.
This is because the wheel ruts caused by 4WDs will be either side of the middle and can be quite deep.
The trail surface before the puddle will usually be a good guide to the surface beneath the water. If the trail surface is generally firm then it's likely that it will remain firm through the puddle.
You're less likely to encounter boggy conditions if you go through the middle rather than going around it and you will also do less damage to the terrain and avoid widening the trail.
Checked out the RTRA Blog section lately? This month Howard recalls the days before GoPros and David checks out electric go-karts in NZ.
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