It's coming up to the end of the year - the time that many motorcycle manufacturers release their 'Next Year' models and we all get tempted to upgrade. Not to be outdone the RTRA is today unveiling our 2013 model. And the big news is ... (drum roll please) ... Bold New Graphics!
Yes, after five years of operation we've given the RTRA a face-lift with a new logo that instantly represents what we're about.
The new logo launches today on our web site and electronic media, and will be progressively rolled out to printed materials over the next few months. You can read more about it on the web site.
Social Night a Success
Over 60 members and guests attended our Social Night and AGM on October 16.
As promised, the formalities were kept to a minimum and there was good discussion on a range of topics.
We were pleased to welcome industry guests and RTRA supporters Eddie Peters of Midland Honda and Jeff Leisk from KTM / Husaberg, as well as DSR Recreation Manager, Steve Bennett.
RTRA member Ed Pitman challenged riders to think outside the square when looking at riding options, then backed up the challenge with a video of his recent Kimberley adventure.
A good fun night and a great opportunity to catch up with fellow riders.
Shire of Roebourne Approves Karratha Redevelopment
The Shire of Roebourne has endorsed the recommendations to upgrade the Millars Road Off Road Vehicle Area in Karratha.
According to Ranger Services coordinator Darrell Hutchens, the plan for the redevelopment of the Millars Road off-road vehicle area will include four trails, a car park, shade and loading ramps. The success of the Pinjar Off Road Vehicle Area was used to highlight how the Shire could better manage off road vehicles while providing much needed facilities for riders and their families in the area. Kudos to the Shire for taking this initiative and their proactive approach.
3 Day Karri to Coast Ride
West Coast Trail Bike Safaris need a few more riders for their planned 3 day Karri to Coast Tour on Saturday 17th to Monday 19th November 2012.
This tour incorporates the Hills 'n Thrills terrain, the Karri Country area and for something new, the coastal region, including crossing sand dunes and sandy bush tracks on day 2 of the tour.
Cost is $850 (all inclusive) 2 nights staying at Karri Valley Resort, 3 course dinner, cooked breakfast, lunch, snacks, fuel and full support all included. You just need money for your drinks at night. Hire bikes are available upon request at extra cost. Should be a great tour before the weather gets too hot. Contact West Coast Safaris for details.
New Club provides for Junior Riders
What used to be the Juniors' division of the Trail and Enduro Club has been spun off into a new club - the Off Road Riding Club of WA.
The main focus of the new club is Junior riders, but with a real interest in involving the whole family in the sport. Events include Junior Enduros, training days, Natural Terrain MX and family ride days - all on private property.
Pinjar Western Car Park Construction
Work will be starting soon on the Western car park at Pinjar.
The new car park will be larger than the existing car park and will service the Intermediate / Advanced precinct including the North and South Loop trails and Short'n'Curly.
As the area grows in popularity this will help separate younger, novice and family riders from the more advanced riders who prefer a faster, more technical ride.
Consideration is also being given to widening and surfacing the Short n Curly trail to create a natural terrain-style practice circuit. We'd like your feedback on this idea and other suggestions for the area. Meanwhile we expect to hear the outcome for the Family Trail resurfacing grant application with LotteryWest this month.
Minimal Impact - Stay Covered in Summer
The hotter weather brings many temptations - including the temptation to forego some of the standard protective riding gear.
As a friend and RTRA member found out recently, you just never know when you are going to need the protection of proper boots, pants and tops.
What was going to be a casual ride around the property (in shorts and t-shirt) turned into a sprained ankle and a session having gravel picked out of torn skin following a simple get-off caused by an angled log.
Painful as that was, it could have been a lot worse. Remember, even on a hot day you will be air-cooled while you ride, so there's no reason to depart from the ATGATT mantra (All The Gear, All The Time). Even a little heat discomfort is way preferable to a side full of gravel-rash!
Follow the RTRA on Facebook
Our new Facebook page is proving popular and we'll continue to expand this as a way of making it easier for our members to engage with the RTRA.
We hope you 'like' it - and don't forget to share it with your friends!
You'll find us at www.rtra.asn.au/facebook
Spread the Word
The more members we have, the more we can achieve. If you have riding buddies who are not yet members of the RTRA, forward them this email and give them a prod to join up.