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I'm out here in Bako for the summer and I brought my little xl250. I've been reading about how crowded these places get (dove springs, Gorman, ballinger,) on the weekends. I was wondering how bad they are on the weekdays? I'm from PA so we have pretty much have designated dirt bike trails not the combo of sxs or 4x4 sections, so I have a serious fear of a sxs or something larger coming at me from the other way. My xl250 is registered and street legal so that means I don't have to pay for a non-resident permit correct?

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Yup if you have an enduro that can be plated you can ride anywhere. At Gorman They will turn you away if you do not have a spark arrestor. They will fine you up to $1000 if you somehow get in with out one. As far as riding wise Gorman was cool but the sand puckers my but because I've never ridden in any sand washes before. My fear of sxs and atvs were kind of over exaggerated but I went on a Tuesday morning so no one was really there. I did notice that 3 or 4 families all with atvs and sxs didn't really care what kind of training their kids had because it seemed as long as they could reach the pegs hey could ride which didn't sit very well. Sort time after they arrived I left because their 10 year olds were learning how to use a clutch on a raptor 350
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Lol yeah, I dumped my bike in the sand so many times at Gorman when I rode the DRZ out there. Since then I've gotten better. But if you're still around this area you can ride in what used to be Lake Isabella.

I went dirt riding out there earlier this year and had a blast.

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As for the kids learning to ride: yeah this place is a little bit on the special side. Its a lot of squid culture. Parents who by quads because they assume 4 wheels is a safety bubble. Its surreal.

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As for the kids learning to ride: yeah this place is a little bit on the special side. Its a lot of squid culture. Parents who by quads because they assume 4 wheels is a safety bubble. Its surreal.
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Sand is fun to ride it, it doesn't hurt as much when you fall in it.

Don't move to Florida if you don't like riding in sand. Seriously. It's everywhere and deep most of the time.

Just got to learn to let the bike do what it wants. Get your weight back on the rear tire and gas it. Throttle is your friend in sand. Bike is going to want to wander around and not go exactly where you point it but if you just loosen up and let it do it's thing, it will eventually get where you want to go.

Quads and stuff do kind of cause me a bit of concern. Two way trails can be a problem even with just bikes. I usually slow way down on the wide trails or where I can't see what's around the corner ahead when I'm on two way trails or with quads. Even then, I've run into one motorcycle a few months ago but we both where going just over walking speed because it's a trail that is notorious for that sort of thing. And last time I was riding I just bearly missed a big head on with a quad. You can see the video of it here.



I will try and avoid those wider trails more but that one is an entrance to one of the parking lots so it's hard not to ride on it. You can see the end of the fence which is the parking lot when I'm talking to him afterwards.

Anyway, just pay attention, be careful and have fun. Braaappp
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Nat I would agree with you if it weren't for the nasty creek/river beds filled with rocks and boulders. I was going through one when I was there. Butthole stayed tighter than two thumbs up a pigs ass. I'm going to try to ride up near Kennedy medows they look really nice up there near the sequoias.

Definitely waiting for the weather to cool down ( and when I get some extra money) to go out riding again . Went out there when it was 102 out, downed a half gallon of water after an hour. Consider yourself dead if you don't bring any water out to the desert

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Couldn't agree more with you about the sand in Florida! It's like riding through the beach over here. Luckily I'm moving to Redlands, CA very soon so I'm gonna need some details about all these trails you guys are referring to. I want to feel what dirt is like!


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Sand is fun to ride it, it doesn't hurt as much when you fall in it.

Don't move to Florida if you don't like riding in sand. Seriously. It's everywhere and deep most of the time.

Just got to learn to let the bike do what it wants. Get your weight back on the rear tire and gas it. Throttle is your friend in sand. Bike is going to want to wander around and not go exactly where you point it but if you just loosen up and let it do it's thing, it will eventually get where you want to go.

Quads and stuff do kind of cause me a bit of concern. Two way trails can be a problem even with just bikes. I usually slow way down on the wide trails or where I can't see what's around the corner ahead when I'm on two way trails or with quads. Even then, I've run into one motorcycle a few months ago but we both where going just over walking speed because it's a trail that is notorious for that sort of thing. And last time I was riding I just bearly missed a big head on with a quad. You can see the video of it here.



I will try and avoid those wider trails more but that one is an entrance to one of the parking lots so it's hard not to ride on it. You can see the end of the fence which is the parking lot when I'm talking to him afterwards.

Anyway, just pay attention, be careful and have fun. Braaappp
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