RIDE WITH THE BIG BEAR TRAIL RIDERS
If you're looking for some great off-road adventures, then you've come to the right place. Regardless of your riding ability, we've got something good in store for you, ranging in difficulty from mild to wild. Just hop on your scoot and come along with us for the ride!
There are group rides that usually follow our monthly meetings, plus some relatively easy rides for our laid-back trail riders, such as a run from Big Bear to Pioneer Town or Green Valley Lake. We also sponsor some very challenging dual-sport events each year. These AMA sanctioned events include the widely acclaimed Big Bear Run, as well as the Moonlight Madness night ride.
We also organize several club rides especially for the benefit of our members, such as a two-day desert ride from Barstow to Laughlin, Nevada early in the spring, followed by another great weekend dual-sport trip that goes from Mesquite, Nevada to the North Rim of the Grand Canyon. Both those rides have provisions to include the riders' family members at the overnight accommodations. In addition, we put on a number of one-day members-only rides in our local mountains and deserts.
THE WAY IT ONCE WAS
Revisit the Legendary Big Bear Run, held from 1921 through 1960, at this historical D-37 off-road racing web site maintained by one of our members.
Tips and Tricks
Ride Mammoth Mountain
Tires for Mountain Trail Riding
Performance Mods for the KLX300R
Performance Mods for the XR400R
Maintenance Tips for the XR600R
Winter Riding in the Mountains
GPS ROUTE EXCHANGE FORUM
Do you log your dual-sport rides with a GPS unit and save your favorite routes on your PC? If you have a unique off-road route that you'd like to share, you're invited to participate in the GPS Xchange. Submit your favorite route and access the GPS Route Library at the GPSXchange.
As "Tim the Toolman" might say, what every motorcycle needs is, "More Power!" Unfortunately, motorcycles sold in the United States are designed to meet stringent EPA emissions regulations, which result in engines making less power than they are capable of producing. This situation has been getting progressively worse for more than 20 years. Motorcycles sold in California since 1997 are even more restricted in their power output, due to the tighter emission limits imposed by the California Air Resources Board (CARB). The main mechanism by which emissions are reduced is through extremely lean carburetor jetting or fuel-injection mapping.
Consequently, the single most effective way to increase a motorcycle's performance without making expensive engine modifications is to rejet its carburetor(s) or remap the fuel curve of the injection system's engine control module (ECM). This can be done in conjunction with opening up the air intake and exhaust to produce a better flow of gases.
Regardless of the changes you may make to your intake and exhaust systems, unless you richen the fuel-air mixture to its optimum ratio for the temperature and altitude at which you are riding, don't expect to get much more power out of your engine. Of course, those of us who live in Big Bear are once again blessed, this time by having the lean condition of a stock motorcycle engine offset by the naturally "fattening" effect of high altitude. Ride on!
MOUNTAIN BIKING AS CROSS-TRAINING
Mountain biking is a great way to get and stay in shape for those long, grueling, dual-sport events, like the one we have every August. Get your heart, lungs and legs working to their full potential, and flush out all that cholesterol that's trying to clog up your arteries. Those of us who are lucky enough to live in Big Bear begin pedal-pushing in the early Spring, even when it means grinding through some snow and mud! Come on out and get in shape with us....
MORE BIG BEAR BIKING
Maybe you enjoy riding other types of two-wheeled machines besides dual-sport motorcycles. If you ride a Harley or metric cruiser, a touring bike, a sportbike, a trials motorcycle or a mountain bike, be sure to check out the Big Bear Bikers web site. It's your high mountain connection for fun on two wheels.