Detailed ride information such as locations, directions, lodging, etc, is available only to ACT members. Please send inquiries to: firstname.lastname@example.org.
SIGN-UP: All ACT rides are free if you sign-up to get just the GPS track of the route. That means when openings are available for a ride, any member can sign-up, get the GPS track by email, come to a ride, and ride all or part of the whole route with no charge to participate and no entry fee. Route maps or any other amenities or personal needs are not included with the free ride. Paying for your equal portion of group expenses, which are listed on our Sign Up Page and allowed by the USFS for non commercial events, is not payment for the ride. Roll charts and route maps are available to buy for each ride, but that is an option that must be paid for in advance when signing up for a ride. There is no requirement to buy roll charts, but for safety reasons and optimum enjoyment, it is highly recommended that every rider has their own roll chart to follow. Roll charts/maps can be picked up at a ride and used then or they can be mailed to you. They are yours to keep and use anytime., but by you only. ACT roll charts and maps are copyrighted and cannot be reproduced or resold.
THE RIDES: ACT is short for ACTION RIDES, which means we prefer riding trails instead of roads. We try to keep pavement miles to a minimum, but due to land closures and the deteriorated condition of most California OHV areas, we use whatever roads are necessary to avoid spending too much time riding busy, whooped out, heavily used, dust pit OHV areas. We can't answer general questions here about jetting, gearing, tires, how much road, etc, since we have so many different rides with so many variations in weather, ground conditions, elevations, mileages and types of trails and roads over long distances. We recommend riding a street legal dirt bike with knobby tires for maximum fun, but not a heavy, bigger-than-over 600cc road-type dual sport-adventure bikes. An area map of the whole route for each ride is available to every rider. There are usually options for an easier short cut, bypass, or complete bail out to the finish. Each ride has a set morning time for members to meet, pick up roll charts, maps, or free GPS route downloads as available. Riders start the ride whenever they want.
GAS stops are usually no more than 75 miles apart. Do not come to a ride without knowing for sure you can go at least 80-miles between gas.
1-DAY/2-DAYS Some rides have 2 different 1-day loops that start/finish from the same location each day, or different locations near each other, so riding just one day and coming back another time for the 2nd day is an option. We usually start at a motel, but there may be overnight camping, which is all in the ride info sent to riders after they sign-up. We also have rides that go to overnight destinations. Some places require us to have a group meal, which means every rider has to pay for the meal cost whether you eat it or not. When we have a gear truck driver transport rider's gear bags to the overnight stop, that cost is included in each riders share of cost payment for group expenses. On overnight destination rides, we usually get a block of rooms reserved for ACT riders, which is good only up to 30 days before our arrival date, so riders need to contact our destination place of lodging and make your reservations as early as possible. ACT does not reserve or pay for rooms unless so stated.
ROUTE MARKINGS: ACT rides do not use ribbons, arrows, or signs to mark a route. The USFS has trails and roads marked and signed and the roll chart uses plenty of natural landmarks. Hazards, like down trees, washouts, etc. are NOT marked with any warnings on the trail and they're out there. So are other riders and other traffic, so riders need to be careful!
NECESSITIES We ride remote, rugged places often inaccessible by truck. You will need to carry your own tube (preferably 2 tubes, 21 inch size) tool kit, air, lighter, first aid, enough water, snacks, a good tow strap, etc. You need to be able to change your own flat tires.
BUDDY SYSTEM We recommend that you do not ride alone. Pair up with someone and be mutually responsible for each other, all the way through. If you come alone, we can't guarantee anyone will know what happened to you or where you are if you become MIA. We do not go out randomly looking for missing riders when we don't know where they are. We don't have any checkpoints to keep track of riders.
SWEEPERS Anything can happen to sweepers which can make it impossible for them to complete the entire route, and on some rides there may not be any sweepers available, so no one should come to a ride planning to ride alone. Since anyone can deviate from the roll chart and get back on the route behind the sweepers, never assume a sweeper will be coming along behind you. We recommend starting as early as possible, especially new riders to ACT rides. The purpose of our sweepers is mostly to help riders who need a short cut back or are unsure where they are. Our sweepers are not medics, not there to fix bikes or change flats, and don't have extra parts/ tubes.. If we have to take a truck out to rescue or assist someone to get out, there is a charge, it is not included with the ride or with membership.
WEATHER Unless there is a blizzard or major rainstorm, our rides are all-weather rides, which means if 2 or more riders go on the ride regardless of conditions, the ride is not cancelled. Even if conditions are miserable or uncomfortable and some riders do not want to ride, roll chart or extra cost payments will not be refunded.
REFUNDS There are no refunds for memberships or roll charts, and no free transfers to other ride dates. If you cancel out of a ride, the roll charts will be mailed to you for a $10 mailing fee. If ACT cancels a ride and does not have a substitute ride or an alternate date, then all prepaid extra costs will be refunded and payment for the roll charts will be refunded if requested, or the charts can be mailed at no extra cost. If we re-schedule a ride to an alternate date, or use a substitute ride different than what was listed on the Ride Calendar, then prepaid expenses will be transferred if you can not attend.
DISCLAIMER ACT rides are noncompetitive and self-guided. They are for licensed, insured riders with street legal, quiet motorcycles with a USFS approved spark arrestor, but we do not inspect any motorcycles. Our rides comply with USFS permit requirements, but there are no guarantees that it is legal or permissible to ride everywhere on the roll chart. Most USFS and BLM maps are either outdated, or inaccurate, or ambiguous, and difficult to read even for the rangers, but especially for the general public. Maps can usually be obtained quickly only by visiting a ranger station during weekday office hours. Even in designated riding areas, USFS and BLM route signs are often missing, non-existent, outdated,, misplaced and confusing. In many areas private property boundaries are not well defined or even posted, like the huge tracts of SPI private forestlands. So, it is possible that anyone following an ACT roll chart could get behind closed gates or ride somewhere they are not supposed to be and possibly get cited or yelled at. Every ACT rider is advised of this in advance and takes full responsibility for wherever they are riding and for everything that happens to them, no matter what. There are no checkpoints, no timekeeping, no prizes or awards. All participants are on their own, riding at their own pace, at their own risk, always with the option to follow the roll chart or go another way. ACT rides are free, non-competitive, non commercial, recreational rides for members only and limited to under 75 riders so a USFS permit is not required by law. There is no medical insurance coverage for riders and no designated medics are on the rides.