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Off-Highway Motorcycles on public lands. ELRC 2004 Fall Conference Amateur Riders Motorcycle Association Presented by: Tom Umphress. Amateur Riders Motorcycle Association.

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Off-Highway Motorcycles on public lands

ELRC 2004 Fall Conference

Amateur Riders Motorcycle Association

Presented by: Tom Umphress


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Amateur Riders Motorcycle Association

ARMCA is the acronym for Amateur Riders Motorcycle Association, which is chartered as district 23 (Minnesota) of the American Motorcyclist Association (AMA).

ARMCA was founded in 1969, and incorporated as a chartered organization with the American Motorcyclist Association (AMA) in 1974. District 23 club membership is comprised of approximately 23 road and off-road clubs that hold AMA sanctioned competition events.

The primary purpose of ARMCA is to administer and support amateur motorcycle competition in Minnesota.

While the main focus is competition, ARMCA is also committed to advancing and promoting dirt bike riding opportunities of all types in Minnesota. ARMCA was instrumental in passing Minnesota's Off-Highway Motorcycle (OHM) registration and funding bills in 1993 and 1994. ARMCA is the only statewide organization recognized by the DNR as the voice of dirt bike riders in Minnesota.

ARMCA has recently created a Trail Rider division, to encourage non-competition rider membership. While most of the ARMCA clubs are competition oriented, non-competition clubs are needed and welcome. ARMCA recognizes that public trails are crucial to the long-term future of dirt bike riding, and that rider involvement through organized clubs is essential to development of public trails.


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OHM Activities

  • Competition

    • Motocross

    • Dirt Track

    • TT’s

    • Hare Scrambles

    • Enduros

    • Youth Cross Country Series

    • Hill Climbs

    • Observed Trials

  • Non-Competition

    • Trail Rides

    • Dual Sport Rides



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Desired Experience

  • Where can I ride?

  • Provide information on where it is legal to ride

  • Maps

    • Trail Maps

    • Directions to Trail Head(s)

    • Identifiers

      • Is this trail for me?

      • Where on this map am I?



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Desired Experience

  • Varied Skill Levels

    • Beginner

    • Intermediate

    • Experienced

  • Trail Loops

  • Varied Trail Widths

    • Open Field / Area

    • Forest Roads

    • Two Track

    • Single Track

    • Combination


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Desired Experience

  • Varied Difficulty

    • Easy

    • Moderate

    • Difficult

  • What makes up ‘Difficulty’

    • Width

    • Terrain

    • Sight Lines

    • Distance / Length


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Desired Experience

  • Consistent Message

    • Enforcement

    • Signage…

  • Enforcement

    • Let’s get the bad guys

  • OHM riders want to do the right thing!


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Issues

  • Definition of “Trail”

  • Lacking Trail Designation

  • Trail Design

    • What was the trail originally designed for?

    • Sustainability


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Issues

  • Trail Maintenance

  • Multiuse Trails

    • Pros

    • Cons

  • Varied Skill Levels

  • Public Image

    • “Bad Apples”


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What are we doing

  • Growing the club and association memberships

  • Educating Riders

  • Actively involved with land managers

    • State

    • County

    • Local

  • Maintaining / Fixing trails


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What are we doing

  • Grant-in-Aid

  • Working with the Legislature

  • Master Tread Trainers

  • Working on the Image

  • AMA Sanctioned off-road events have a 96 dba sound level

  • More…


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Thank You

ARMCA would like to thank all of you for your efforts and support in providing for the future of Off-Highway Motorcycle riding.A future of OHM riding can not be obtained with out work from both enthusiasts and land managers.


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