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 RTRA eNewsletter
July 2017


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Swap Meet Cancelled

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Helping to save your riding areas

Dear Member

Now that the cooler weather and rains have come the riding season is upon us.

Challenging ourselves by tackling tough terrain is an important and fun part of trail biking, however riding tough terrain while minimising our impact on the trail is even more important for the long-term survival of the activity and the protection of the environment.

Having the right approach to minimal impact riding means assessing every situation and applying your skills - or avoid riding in areas that you will have a large impact on.

Check out the RTRA's Minimum Impact Riding tips for more information.

Here's what else has been happening ... 

RTRA Swap Meet - Postponed 

Due to reasons beyond our control we have had to cancel the Swap Meet originally scheduled for this coming weekend, July 9.

Sorry to disappoint everyone who had booked stalls or expressed interest as buyers. All bookers of stalls will receive refunds and we hope to reschedule the event for later in the year.

Positions Vacant on RTRA Committee 

The RTRA needs energetic people to fill two key volunteer roles:

Pinjar Off Road Riding Area Coordinator.

Pinjar is one of the RTRA flagship projects and is providing areas for people of all ages and skill levels to ride legally. We are looking for a passionate person to volunteer as the Area Coordinator. This entails organising and running the bi-monthly clean up days (with the help of the committee and volunteers), working toward improving the area and riding, helping to create a Pinjar Friends group, and working with the Local Council and BCEA (DPaW) to create a local management committee that will keep Pinjar available for many years to come. The Coordinator will also be expected to come to the bi-monthly committee meeting to report on the status of the area. This is an awesome opportunity to help the community of recreational trail riders and to become part of the RTRA committee. The RTRA needs someone passionate, organised and willing to help.

Volunteer Coordinator.

The Volunteer Coordinator has the opportunity to help bring the RTRA into the future. We have an ambitious programme to deliver this year and it will be impossible to do without the help of the RTRA community. The Volunteer Coordinator will be involved in most aspects of the RTRA’s work either directly and/or by helping get others involved.

This is likely to be the most challenging Coordinator position we have, and will take a special kind of person that is; extremely well organised, incredible with people, can motivate people to help save our activity. You will work closely with all other Coordinators, to allow these programmes to move forward.

Are you up to the challenge?

If you are interested in either of these volunteer positions please contact Xander on for a chat or describing why you believe you can help.  

Trail Riders First Aid Course

Hard to believe it's been four years since the last RTRA Wilderness First Aid for Trail Riders course.

We've had many enquiries about this course since then, but now with a focus on events we are planning a new First Aid for Trailriders course.

Dates are currently being negotiated and we'll let members know all the details as soon as we can.

Volunteer Processes and Procedures

Committee members Brett Grandin and Keith Farnham recently represented the RTRA at a forum hosted by DPaW where the legal, OSH and regulatory requirements of volunteering on Department land were discussed.

The work of RTRA volunteers is highly regarded and appreciated by the Department, and the session provided some valuable information that will assist us to maximise the benefit from our volunteers while complying with the relevant regulations.

Did You Know?

Trail bikes have been formally recognised by Trails WA which puts us alongside 4WD’s, hikers, horse riders, paddlers and mountain bikes as recognised trail users.

This should open up some opportunities and help keep the designated off road areas.


Remember Trail bikers need trails too.

Membership Auto-Renewal

If your RTRA membership falls due for renewal this month you will shortly receive a Renewal Invoice.

If the credit card you used last year is still valid and hasn’t expired you don’t need to take any action - your renewal will happen automatically. We’ll get in touch if you need to update your card details.

This is a new system (we announced it last year but it’s only now processing the auto-renewals) so we can't guarantee that there won't be the odd glitch.  Please let us know if you have any questions or concerns.

Minimal Impact: The Lever on the Left is your Traction Control

We've all seen the different approaches to getting up a gnarly or slippery hill:  some riders use a fistful of throttle, big revs and massive wheelspin to batter their way to the top.

Others feather the clutch to maintain traction while keeping revs in the mid range.

The difference in trail impact of the two approaches can be very significant.  Lots of wheelspin loosens the soil, which creates ruts, which can very quickly damage a trail when it rains.

Feathering the clutch to minimise wheelspin avoids the dislocation of soil and is much gentler on the trail.  (Hint: It's also gentler on your tyres, chain and body).

Dirt bike clutches are designed to be slipped. You won't damage the clutch and you will get much greater control than by using the throttle alone.  It's a technique that can easily be practised going up even a mild hill, or by applying the rear brake on a flat surface.  The best riders always have one finger on the clutch lever, so if you haven't yet mastered this technique, give it a go on your next ride.

Help Spread the Word

New to the RTRA?  Here are the four key objectives the RTRA pursues:
  • To protect and extend quality, safer off-road riding opportunities for Western Australian recreational trail bike riders of all ages.
  • To promote and encourage safety and responsible riding attitudes, including minimising noise and trail damage.
  • To actively pursue the needs of trail bike riders with State and Local Government, landowners and other stakeholders.
  • To improve the perception of trail bike riding as a recreational activity.
If you think the RTRA is having a positive impact for riders, just think how much more effective we'd be if we had double the members.  It's actually not that hard - all it takes is for each member to find one other rider to sign up.  

If you have riding buddies who are not yet members of the RTRA, please forward them this email and give them a prod to join up.

Recreational Trailbike Riders' Association of WA Inc