Enduro Riding in the UK

#1
I think this is the right place.

I have a question for anyone who rides dirt bikes/motor x bikes.

Where I live (new zealand) we have things called trail rides, which I guess is like a fun enduro ride where you pay some money and can do a days riding, on a farm or in a forest, which is non competitive.

Do they have anything similar in the UK?
Or do you have to do competitive Enduro/motor X to ride off road?

I hope someone know what I'm talking about.
Cheers
 
#2
Were are you looking for? I'll ask a mate who does it. Theres a few places you can go if you've got your own bike not sure about turning up at a place and hiring a bike
 
#3
Well im considering moving to the UK.

If they had places that you could ride yes I'd own my own bike.
I guess I want to know if theres any places you can ride offroad with out having to compete.
 

Mav

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#4
There's a bunch here in the UK - both public routes you ca ride, enduro tracks, and off-road schools based on using your bike or hiring theirs. Their is also a pretty good racing scene here, including MX, enduro and long distance rallies.

Compared to some countries - we have one issue: certain tracks are restricted and can't be used motor vehicles so you need to have a map to show you which tracks you can legally ride.

Does that answer your question?
 
#5
Anywhere there's "GreenLane" theres miles of it all over the country, just farmers/ramblers/tree huggers get all upity when they see you on it. North Wales is covered in them I've seen people threatening to call police etc on perfectly legal roads, just do a bit of research and follow the map and all will be fine.
 
#6
Greenlaning or trail riding is quite popular here in the UK except as LLech said with the "bobble" hat brigade (Ramblers), some Farmers (especially the cnut in Norfolk who dug a trench across a Byway that I didn't see until too late that led me into doing a passable superman impression, that is until by bike landed on me.).

Here's a few tips! your bike must be fully road legal to ride on Green lanes ( Basic RoW Guide ), BOAT's, & unclassified roads (even if you trailer it to wherever your start point is) as they are classed as public carriageways no differently to a tarmac A, B or C class road.

Join The TRF (Trail Riding Fellowship, Welcome to the TRF ) Even better if there is a local group and they'll show you the ropes.

Trail Bike Magazine is a good read and they often (or use to!) ride a route and do a write up complete with route and Grid References ( did the Millennium Trail in the Berwyn Mountains in the Welsh Borders a few years ago,great ride,good scenery but chin strapped at the end of the day!!LoL).

If you want to compete in enduros there are Quiet a few ( Breckland, Natterjack and Rhydder to name some of the big ones) and Clubs ( Like The Trail Bike Enduro Club, TBEC Welcome to TBEC - Trail Bike Enduro Club) that organise Enduros some of whom will allow you to compete as a Day member. Any way check out the links and happy trails!
 
#7
Thanks guys, that's heaps of help!

I was in the UK last year and I could never find anything to do with Motorbikes. Tonnes of stuff for horse riders though!
 

Ravers

LE
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#8
Make friends with some land owners. I regularly ride in two disused quarries and some top fun is to be had. Also most moto x tracks let you turn up and play for a fee.
 
#10
I've been looking up greenlaning and it looks great?
So for the likes of greenlaning, do people join a group in the area they live or do they just get some mates and go out riding?

Is it possible to get 2 strokes road legal in the UK? I never saw any in the videos I watched.
 
#11
What bike are you looking at Kiwi? There are plenty of road legal 2T trail bikes. That is the easiest approach, but you can also get Enduro or even Moto X bikes that will pass a daylight running MOT.
For greenlaning you do need a fully road legal bike, road licence and MOT.
 
#12
Probably a 300exc KTM, or possibly a 300 GasGas (thats what I've got now).

By the sounds of it the licencing rules with the MOT, is a lot different thant over here.
What sort of yearly cost are you looking at for a greenlaning suitable bike?
 
#13
Probably a 300exc KTM, or possibly a 300 GasGas (thats what I've got now).

By the sounds of it the licencing rules with the MOT, is a lot different thant over here.
What sort of yearly cost are you looking at for a greenlaning suitable bike?
30 pounds for the annual inspection (MOT), 74 pounds for tax, and maybe a couple hundred pounds for insurance. And then money for tyres and fuel ;)

Certainly a 300 is a whole lot of fun but not so much if you want to go some distance to get to the lanes which you might need to consider based on where you live. A number of people ride bigger bikes like 600 and above so they can ride to the trails. There is something rewarding taking a bike down (or up!) some tracks that you really shouldn't be able to...

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#16
This thread has came about at a good time. Im thinking of getting rid of my R6 and getting a supermoto or something and getting amongst all this greenlaning malarkey. Looks like something different, Just a bit bored of hitting the roads all the time.

Anyone got anymore info or links to this sort of thing, greenlaning etc. Thanks for the links allready posted, I'm all over them.
 
#18
This thread has came about at a good time. Im thinking of getting rid of my R6 and getting a supermoto or something and getting amongst all this greenlaning malarkey. Looks like something different, Just a bit bored of hitting the roads all the time.

Anyone got anymore info or links to this sort of thing, greenlaning etc. Thanks for the links allready posted, I'm all over them.
Try this one for well organised trail rides in Wales for not a lot of money, and saving you a bunch of effort trying to find and string together a good route of legal lanes. Legal Forest Riders
 
#19
This thread has came about at a good time. Im thinking of getting rid of my R6 and getting a supermoto or something and getting amongst all this greenlaning malarkey. Looks like something different, Just a bit bored of hitting the roads all the time.

Anyone got anymore info or links to this sort of thing, greenlaning etc. Thanks for the links allready posted, I'm all over them.
Riggy old chap have a peruse on these websites or better still buy the magazines! TBM / TRAIL BIKE & ENDURO MAGAZINE / DIRT JUNKIES and SUPERMOTO MAGAZINE
 
#20
I've been looking up greenlaning and it looks great?
So for the likes of greenlaning, do people join a group in the area they live or do they just get some mates and go out riding?

Is it possible to get 2 strokes road legal in the UK? I never saw any in the videos I watched.
Both mate, I use to go with a group of mates and also with a local TRF group. Practically all Enduro 2 stroke bikes in the UK are road registered and road legal, if you're after a new one there aren't that many makes to choose from as it's nearly all 4 strokes now. If your after a 2 stroke then it'll be a Gas Gas,KTM,Husaberg or a TM (if your feeling brave). Generally a lot of guys here in the UK use 4 strokes both for greenlaning and Enduros. Yam Wr's and KTMs Honda XR400's being popular and just about big enough to travel to some trails that are further then your local green lanes (if your feeling hard!).

Personally I greenlaned a Yamaha TTR250 (with a 280 big bore kit,air box mods and a FMF exhaust pipe and competed in enduros with it as well (but did trailer it to some trails and to all competitions). TBM magazine has a good used bikes for sale section.

PS.attached 2 pics, one of my TTR at the end of a days riding in Wales the other's me on the Trail!
 

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