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  1. rookcaca

    rookcaca Limited User

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    Just recieved information on the trial system.The information says dirtbike/atv $120.00. Does anyone ride this sysytem?Is it worth the money?Thanks.
    P.S. I'm new to dual sporting,just got my drz400s last week.Hope to get out to some events.
  2. xr valdez

    xr valdez Limited User

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    Eastern Ontario Trails Alliance - thread of the year.

    http://www.thetrail.ca/info/map_large.jpg

    Passes will not be sold for motorcycles, yet, if possible they would be $100 to $150 yearly; the only vehicles currently promoted are atvs and snowmobiles. I have ridden several days of these trails and know they are what we want. The website and map are very useful but not perfectly current. As of October 2003, the Eastern Ontario Trails Alliance (EOTA) is no longer insured for motorcycles along their 700km of trails, though they are less liable than this sounds. The EOTA is a non-profit charity whose annual expenditures exceed $300,000; insurance currently costs $20,000.

    City bylaws are currently being considered for such vehicle use with those councils not interested getting more attention from atv/snowmobile clubs, benefitted businesses and this EOTA. Local support of trail use is victual - Ontario Federation of Trail Users (OFTR) members who attend council meetings and report to the OFTR will be compensated - contact your new OFTR Council. Congratulations to ODSC members Al Reesor and Brian Helliwell for being elected to Board positions as Director at Large and President respectively.

    Speed limit is 50kmh. The trail signs are nearly enough to follow through backroad towns but local advice helped - trails are not mapped onto current gps softwares but EOTA trails often follow road allowances that are gps mapped. Maps are mailed by donation - $10 is a start. Do carry a backroads mapbook with all roads labelled like CAA offers.

    Other ODSC posts mentioning sections of these areas where motorcyclist activities are affected by both local bylaw and lack of EOTA trail insurance - this is the hidden danger we never saw coming. Once again we were out-written without a hint - local information comes from locals so please speak up when you hear a murmur.

    Unless disagreeable I trust the ODSC executive will seek inclusion under the EOTA insurance policy as a group of card-carrying members. What we have going for us is our vehicle insurance, our drivers licenses, our vehicle mass - what we have against us is our ease of velocity on rail trails which is enforceable. This trail system extensively opens Eastern Ontario. This type of liason would put the ODSC in a larger viewing area with policy sellers and provincial organisations thereby enabling the ODSC to build membership rather than beg. edit As ODSC members we would be more accountable requiring clear placement of membership stickers and everyday use of membership cards.
  3. xr valdez

    xr valdez Limited User

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    bump

    Let me clarify this issue: the EOTA offered the ODSC Membership total inclusion in their trail liability insurance and, regrettably, we are undecided of what to do. ODSC members would still be required to purchase trail passes, but until this club submits to an insurance writing under EOTA we will not ride the benefits of others' trail monies.

    http://www.odsc.on.ca/phpbb/viewtopic.p ... highlight=
  4. BRP AL

    BRP AL Limited User

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    Thanks! Steve for your wealth of knowledge on this subject. I'll definitely bring it up for the next OFTR meeting.
  5. Marcusiologist

    Marcusiologist Limited User

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    Old thread bump. I'd like to look into riding these trails-- saw this post on Facebook (screenshot attached), which gets my hopes up!
    What is the latest insurance/permit status for bikes on the Eastern Ontario Trails Alliance?
    EOT motorcycle.PNG
  6. michel mondou

    michel mondou ODSC President

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    You should be covered by your own insurance policy. We rode a long section of it a few years back, on the way to Calabogie. If I remember correctly, we purchased the trail passes from a gas station along highway 7. For more accurate info, the EOTR web site has all the vendors listed, as well as online purchase option.

    The rail trail was a nice way to get east quickly without having to ride on highways; lots of bailouts all along the route into small towns. Worth riding for sure.