Where Can I Ride My Motorbike Off-Road Legally?
As previously mentioned, the motorcycle must be taxed, insured and MOT’d with the rules of the road being in force on a green lane, not only that but it doesn’t give you the right to trespass onto private property or fields just because you are ‘green laning’.
The way you can verify if a road is legally allowed to be used for green laning is by using OS maps, using forums of your local area, booking a guided tour or speaking to the local council.
It’s also worth noting that although you’re on a green lane, this lane may be used by the local public for walking and therefore it’s important to take care and not travel too fast in case you encounter pedestrians.
Trail riding and green laning are closely intertwined with the pair being very similar to one another, however, with trail riding, there are organisations that exist to do all the work for you from picking the roads you will ride on to giving you an instructor to ride with and help you along.
Not only that but many of them work to protect the roads you are riding on and promote them to be sustainable over time going as far as legally challenging the government in the past when they have tried to outlaw trail riding.
Being part of a group like this opens up doors to be able to ride in Europe on the Trans Euro Trail which is a 55,000km trail across Europe that has been made by motorcycle riders specifically for motorcycle riders to enjoy.
Although difficult to do, once you learn how to ride a motocross bike you will find your skills on the road will dramatically increase thanks to improved clutch control and mobility on tricky surfaces, being able to control a motorcycle at low speed on slippery dirt may just save you in the event of a possible crash.
The major issue aside from the costs with motocross is how dangerous it is, it is extremely easy to crash and even easier to pick up a major injury in the process, from a broken leg if you crash mid-corner to being hit by a bike if you mess up a jump. It really isn’t for the faint hearted!