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    GS Giant?

    Any information on GS Giant event at the 014 Minnesota rally? I bought a brand new F700 just for the event and can't wait to start planning for the training and events schedule...... http://www.bmwmoa.org/forum/images/smilies/bolt.gif

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    The GS Giants are on it

    ... more info coming soon.

    We're thinking about starting one of the GS Giant's Gypsy Tours very near you in Desoto, MO.

    Will you be riding up from there?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Visian View Post
    ... more info coming soon.

    We're thinking about starting one of the GS Giant's Gypsy Tours very near you in Desoto, MO.

    Will you be riding up from there?
    Ian, we have started an index for Rally threads so let me know and when the GSG's are ready, I'll add them.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Visian View Post
    ... more info coming soon.

    We're thinking about starting one of the GS Giant's Gypsy Tours very near you in Desoto, MO.

    Will you be riding up from there?
    Yes, I'll be coming from DeSoto, and plan to arrive early to volunteer for set-up. At least, that's the plan right now....Let me know if I can be of any help with organizing a Gypsy tour from this area, and I'll try to plan accordingly.....

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    "Yellow Birch"
    in the
    MN Nemadji State Forest
    Easy Peasy on the TMAT










    The Straight Arrow MC Club
    build, maintain and sign approximately 45 miles of off-highway motorcycle trail
    located in the northeast corner of the Nemadji State Forest,
    approximately 27 miles of which are single track trails for motorcycles only.

    An additional 5 miles of public OHM trail in Douglas County, WI.
    connect to these trails
    http://www.douglascountywi.org/DocumentCenter/View/895


    Quote Originally Posted by Fast1 View Post
    Anyone that gets the opportunity to ride Douglas county in WI
    should make sure they turn their knobs on Summit Trail




    Source: http://www.exploreminnesota.com
    The Nemadji State Forest landscape here varies from gently rolling upland to steep stream valleys and elongated swamps.
    A portion of the Willard Munger State Trail
    connects Nemadji forest trails
    with some in the St. Croix State Forest and St. Croix State Park
    including the Gandy Dancer, Yellow Birch, Continental Divide, and the Upper Willow trails.
    Check for permitted use signs.

    Straight Arrows Trail Map:
    http://www.straightarrows.org/nemadj...dji-trail-maps

    Below:
    Youtube video of someone riding the Straight Arrow Trail in Nemadji State Forest

    located just off the TMAT & is rated medium difficult




    These videos (not mine) are just off the TMAT
    & would be perfect riding with a small dirt bike





    St. Croix Adventure Trail
    great alternative to the TMAT East (0r to do a loop ride)
    it crosses the St. Croix River at Osceola, WI.,
    then rejoins the TMAT just south of St. Croix State Forest.
    twisty gravel roads, some sugar sand.

    http://dualsportmaps.com/?link=100496
    Another Wisconsin option - Summit Trail, just East of the Gandy Dancer Trail.
    Extended track to include Skyline Drive in Duluth

    If you do the St. Croix Adventure Trail
    it would be easy to get you 10 Road Rustic Road Patch
    http://www.dot.wisconsin.gov/travel/scenic/northwest.htm

















    Running along the abandoned Soo Line,
    a highlight of the Gandy Dancer State Trail
    is the 520-foot bridge over the scenic St. Croix River
    less than one mile north of Danbury, Wisconsin





























    LINKY: 45 Miles Off-Highway Motorcycling
    Pine Riders Motorcycle Trails -
    St. Croix State Forest






    It is a photographer's law -
    the camera never makes inclines look as steep as they are.
    The bridge is not steep
    The hillside is steep





    Gandy Dancer Trail
    - Starts in the St. Croix State Forest just east of Hinckley and travels north 31 miles. Connects the St. Croix State Forest and the Nemadji State Forest. Level of difficulty for the Gandy Dancer is rated as a green circle (easiest),

    Nemadji State Forest
    - Located in Northeastern Pine county the Nemadji State Forest offers riders 100 miles of ATV / Off-road vehicle trails. The rating for these trails is green circle (easiest).
    http://files.dnr.state.mn.us/maps/st...s/sft00035.pdf

    St. Croix State Forest
    - Located approximately 28 miles east of Hinckley . the St. Croix state forest has approximately 45 miles of four wheeling trails and also connects to the Gandy Dancer Trail. The difficulty rating for these trails is rated as a blue square (more difficult)
    http://files.dnr.state.mn.us/maps/st...s/sft00044.pdf

    General Andrews State Forest
    - Located 20 miles north of Hinckley, near Willow River. This state forest, although smaller, offers over 39 miles of ATV trails. The difficulty rating for this trail is blue square (more difficult).
    http://files.dnr.state.mn.us/maps/st...s/sft00020.pdf

    Chengwatana State Forest
    11 Miles Off-Highway Motorcycling
    - Located southwest of St. Croix State Park trails rated as a blue square (more difficult).
    http://files.dnr.state.mn.us/maps/ohv/chengwatana.pdf
    Chengwatana State Forest is approximately 12 miles east of Pine City.
    Parking is located 9 miles east of County Rd 9, off County Rd 10/Chengwatana Forest Road
    http://files.dnr.state.mn.us/maps/st...s/sft00012.pdf
    http://www.co.pine.mn.us/index.asp?T...-7CE91668DE62}

    Quote Originally Posted by twofastdogs View Post
    It should be noted
    That to ride most of the mentioned trails
    (Nemadji, Chengwatana and Gandy Dancer for sure),
    you will need to purchase a trail sticker from the Minnesota DNR.-K
    Note:
    Trail fees for motorcycles are good.
    Wisconsin does not have a system for motorcycle trail fee
    and we are not allowed to go on many ATV trails.





    The above trails
    North of Rally
    (Trailhead 80 miles north of Saint Paul)
    near Danbury Wisconsin,
    Pine City and Hinckley, Minnesota.

    78.8 mi, 1 hour 12 minutes from Rally site

    https://maps.google.com/maps?q=minne...ed=0CAkQ_AUoAQ





    Quote Originally Posted by weschmann View Post
    Hey Beer Team, is it possible to ride the routes you list above without using a GPS?
    I've got an older one . . . Are maps available to purchase for the routes,
    that I can use while trying to figure out my old GPS (Garmin Nuvi 50)
    Gandy Dancer to Yellow Birch Trail route is well marked with State Forest signage

    I have PDF links included on the ride list:
    http://files.dnr.state.mn.us/maps/st...s/sft00035.pdf
    Best to fiend a riding partner with a GPS as most of the single track I would not ride alone.

    The Trans Minnesota Adventure Trail



    Great county maps for finding gravel roads.
    LINKY: find gravel roads




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    Hey Beer Team, is it possible to ride the routes you list above without using a GPS? I've got an older one that I'm not real great at inputting coordinates, and a new one is not in the budget for this year. Are maps available to purchase for the routes, that I can use while trying to figure out my old GPS (Garmin Nuvi 50)

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    It should be noted

    That to ride most of the mentioned trails (Nemadji, Chengwatana and Gandy Dancer for sure), you will need to purchase a trail sticker from the Minnesota DNR.
    -K
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    Quote Originally Posted by twofastdogs View Post
    It should be noted
    That to ride most of the mentioned trails
    (Nemadji, Chengwatana and Gandy Dancer for sure),
    you will need to purchase a trail sticker from the Minnesota DNR.
    -K
    Note:Trail fees for motorcycles are good.
    Wisconsin does not have a system for motorcycle trail fee
    and motorcycle are not allowed to go on many ATV fee funded trails.





    Quote Originally Posted by weschmann View Post
    Hey Beer Team, is it possible to ride the routes you list above without using a GPS?
    I've got an older one . . . Are maps available to purchase for the routes,
    that I can use while trying to figure out my old GPS (Garmin Nuvi 50)
    Gandy Dancer to Yellow Birch Trail route is well marked with State Forest signage

    I have printable PDF links included on the ride list:
    http://files.dnr.state.mn.us/maps/st...s/sft00035.pdf
    Best to fiend a riding partner with a GPS as most of the single track I would not ride alone.

    http://www.co.pine.mn.us/index.asp?T...-7CE91668DE62}


    The TMAT GPS files are here:

    http://minneadv.info/category/gps/
    Dualsport Maps have a free download of the TMAT and all the riding loops
    The video is very informative on how to download the riding loops

    DualSportMaps.com holds all the GPS data for the Trans-Minnesota Adventure Trail
    and also has a Android app that goes with it
    that allows you to use your Android device as a GPS map



    Once the weather turns nice I am hoping to do a long weekend ride in this area
    (R100GS with dirt tires)
    Anyone with route suggestions?
    Anyone want to come with? PM me.


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