Updated NMOHVA Banner

The Sipapu Shindig is Fast Approaching!

If you haven't sent your registration yet, get it in soon.  The NMOHVA/NMTA Sipapu Shindig is less than a month  away (May 31 - June 2) but there are still a few spots left.  This first-ever chance to enjoy the superlative dual sport riding available in northern New Mexico AND take in a NMTA observed trials event is a rare opportunity.  Don't miss it! "But just what are observed motorcycle trials?" you ask.  Observed trials are about as much fun as you can have with your clothes on (and with a gallery of spectators)!  
Reigning state champion Nathan Hassler showing his stuff at the NMTA event at San Ysidro yesterday. The skills and daring of the upper classes of riders will absolutely amaze you but trials riding has classes for every skill and experience level.
Motorcycle trials, also called "observed trials", is a non-speed event on specialized motorcycles. Trial motorcycles are distinctive in that they are extremely lightweight, lack seating (they are designed to be ridden standing up) and are geared to take advantage of quick and massive torque. Motorcycle trials is a great way for riders of other motorcycle sports to cross-train, as trials teaches great throttle, balance, and machine control.

Events are split into sections where a competitor rides through an obstacle course while attempting to avoid touching the ground with the feet. The obstacles in the course are typically natural elements (logs, rocks, etc).  The designated route through each section is carefully designed to test the skill of the rider. At NMTA events, sections are divided into separate courses to accommodate different levels of riders competing in skill-rated classes.
Riders ride sections laid out to test their skills on natural obstacles
In every section, the competitor is scored by an observer (hence the sport's name) who counts how many times the competitor touches the ground with their foot (or any other part of the body). Each time a competitor touches the ground with a foot (commonly called "dabs"), the penalty is one point.

The possible scores in each section consist of 0, 1, 2, 3, or 5. If a competitor makes their way through the section without touching the ground with a foot, they earn a score of 0 (which is called "cleaning the section"). If they touch the ground once, they receive a score of 1. If they touch down twice, they receive a score of 2. If they touch the ground three or more times, they earn a score of 3-as long as they complete the section without stalling the motor, dismounting, going out of bounds, or going backward. If the competitor fails to complete the section a score of 5 is earned. The winner is the competitor with the fewest points at the end of the event.
So, once again, we invice each and every one of you to come out to the Sipapu Shindig.  Ride your enduro or dual sport bike on Friday and Saturday and take in the NMTA observed trials on Saturday and Sunday.  Or you can even participate in the trials event.  More information on competing in the trials event is available at the NMTA website (www.nmtrials.org).

 Fun, Friends, and Comaraderie


It might seem like NMOHVA is all about access fights and land use issues these days.  While NMOHVA certainly does, indeed, exist because of the need to protect access and keep on top of land use problems, it is equally important to remember WHY we are working so hard to preserve and protect our off road opportunities.  The sheer joy of riding or driving and the great people we do it with is why we fight so hard.  It is important to remember that and take the time to go enjoy the sport we love so much.
In addition to the upcoming NMTA/NMOHVA Sipapu Shindig, NMOHVA is highlighting two other events that stress the FUN and social aspect of simply getting out and enjoying our sport. 
In  late Spetember, the Rocky Mountain Adventure Riders (RMAR) will be running their first "Quien Sabe 600" ride through northern New Mexico.  Why advertise another organization's ride to NMOHVA's membership?  Simple.  Here are three good reasons: 
1) RMAR is one of our best "brothers" to north.  The share many of the same goals as NMOHVA and work hard to support organizations working to keep roads and trails open.
2)  The main beneficiary for the 2013 Quien Sabe 600 is NMOHVA's Access Defense Fund.
3)  RMAR's rides are a blast and the fun, passion, and camaraderie enjoyed by RMAR's small group of riders as they enjoy the colors of autumn across northern New Mexico is sure to be epic.
Detailed information on the Quien Sabe 600 can be found at RMAR's website here.
In mid-October, NMOHVA is hosting the 2nd Annual Rubber Chicken Ride.  This dual sport motorcycle event will be headquartered in beautiful Truth or Consequences, NM and take advantage of the fantastic riding that stretches in all directions.  This ride will also be a memorial ride in honor of our departed member David Garrett.  Watch the NMOHVA newsletter and our website for details on the Rubber Chicken Ride.

 Dirtfest 2013 - Rides for Veterans

By Frank Whiston - NMOHVA Secretary 

At the 2013 NMOHVA Annual Meeting, rzrforums.net admin and Polaris RZR enthusiast extraordinaire Frank Keane had an invitation for NMOHVA members.  For the second year in a row, rzrforums.net has been a major sponsor of Dirtfest.  Dirtfest is an opportunity to say "thanks" to our veterans by providing them a day of offroad fun and adventure.  Frank invited NMOHVA members to ensure that there were enough vehicles with empty seats to provide the opportunity for every veteran who wanted to ride.

Dixon Patrick, President of the New Mexico 4 Wheelers, was in the audience that day and stepped up to the challenge.  Going back to his club, Dixon rounded up over a dozen 4x4's from NM4W to participate in the 2013 version of Dirtfest. 

On April 29, those 4x4s joined at least 20 UTVs at the end of Southern Boulevard in Rio Rancho for a Dirfest -provided breakfast of coffee, donuts, breakfast burritos, and to meet their guest riders.  A special treat was enjoyed by all who participated as Frank had arranged for special access to the adjacent Laguna Reservation.  The group made a long loop through the sand washes and back roads of the reservation where a good time was had by all. 



Upcoming Events

May 18 - NMOHVA Public Outreach, Sportsman's Warhouse, Albuquerque, NM

May 31 - June 2 - NMOHVA/NMTA Sipapu Shindig - Sipapu Ski and Summer Resort
June 15 - Bucky's Birthday Bash - Glenwood, NM

Sept 26-29 - Rocky Mountain Adventure Riders "Quien Sabe" 600 - Northern NM

Oct 18-20 - 2nd Annual Rubber Chicken Ride /David Garrett Memorial Ride - Truth or Consequences, NM


See the  NMOHVA Calendar for all the upcoming event details and contacts.


Do you have an event to share?  Contact NMOHVA at prez@nmohva.org for a listing in the newsletter.