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Old 01-18-2009, 02:21 PM   #1
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Riding in the forest???

Ok guys well i went out to the national forest the other day to find out what it will be required to ride up there. She went through her little routine on telling me everything. I understand buying the registration sticker for the bike , getting a parking pass, keeping it on the trails. But then she said we had to take an atv safety course?!?!? so in turn ask her about riding a dirtbike up there because we don't have four wheelers. Well again she says we need the safety course so i asked her where do we take a safety course for dirtbikes?? She didn't know and gave me the number to the main office and all the literature on the rules and what not. So i call the office and the guy doesn't know either. So while reading everything it states the class is needed for 3-4 wheeled off road vehicles.


So in short do i need to take a class to ride a dirtbike up there or can i just buy the registration and go ride??
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Old 01-18-2009, 02:32 PM   #2
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Old 01-18-2009, 02:46 PM   #3
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here is the site
http://www.fs.fed.us/r8/texas/recrea...g_dc_sab.shtml
but to answer your question yes you do,

State law requires that off-road users on Public Lands:

Display an annual Registration Sticker on all off-road vehicles, available through Texas Parks and Wildlife.

Take an ATV Safety Rider Course and carry your certificate (call 1-800-887-2887 for information).

Wear a D.O.T. approved helmet and eye protection.

ATV’s cannot be operated on any public road way or right-of-way (or ditchline).

Do not carry passengers.

When crossing roads: (a) have head and tail light on, (b) stop completely, (c) cross perpendicular to road.

Operators under 14 years of age must be under direct supervision of parent or guardian.
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Old 01-18-2009, 02:59 PM   #4
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http://www.atvsafety.org/
left this out, I have been told by the forest service police when stopped that even on two wheels you need this, even tho atv is classified as 3 or 4 wheels. i was told by the officer if it has a saddle and motor you need the safety course
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You do need an ATV safety course to ride an off road vehicle in the national forest on designated trails only. You will also need a registration sticker from a county clerk on your bike for a fee of about $13 if I remember right. If you have a plated enduro or dual sport and have a valid M on your license then you are good to go where ever you please.

I had all my paperwork to ride my quad and I was riding with a friend on his dual sport. We had been out for hours, running on reserve and it was getting dark. He had a trail map but it was useless since they were revising the trails. We saw a road and bushwhacked to it in an attempt to get back to where we parked. With my luck a park ranger was just finishing ticketing some other guys for riding on the road and I was next in line. He wrote me a warning because I was on the forest road on my quad. My friend was free and clear on his dual sport.
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I forgot some stuff. The ATV course is only required if you are on a 3 or 4 wheeler because of the class action law suits, starting with Honda, in the 80s because of the introduction of the 3 wheeler. If you are riding on two wheels then I think all you need is the registration sticker.
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I forgot some stuff. The ATV course is only required if you are on a 3 or 4 wheeler because of the class action law suits, starting with Honda, in the 80s because of the introduction of the 3 wheeler. If you are riding on two wheels then I think all you need is the registration sticker.
and that's what i was thinking as well. because in ALL their literature and laws it states only that 3-4 wheeled ATV's are required to take the safety course. so i guess i will just get all my stickers and run and see what happens
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and that's what i was thinking as well. because in ALL their literature and laws it states only that 3-4 wheeled ATV's are required to take the safety course. so i guess i will just get all my stickers and run and see what happens

Well, what happened?
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first time hearing of any safety course.
Just get the annual bike sticker from Honda or Houston or the dealer in Conroe and then pay $5 each time you go riding. Theres a drop box at the trail head where you fill out a form and stick the money in an envelope and keep the stub while your riding.
Aside from having a spark arrestor, you should be good to go.
If you don't want to pay each time, you can get the annual permit by calling the office in austin and paying by credit card.
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I called out there and the recording said the trails are closed. Sucks...
I have never been and wanted to go see.
I guess I will watch for the roll call in the dirt section and post up on the next one. I want to ride with somebody that knows the deal before I go out on my own.
I wonder what the hours are for the office?
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