DSMRA Riders Conduct
This document has been put together to give you an awarenes of what DSMRA expects of you and your conduct when you go on a DSMRA lead ride.
Keep bike noise low
- If a bike’s exhaust is too loud, it causes real problems for people, wildlife and livestock. Excessive noise is the most frequent reason people complain about trail bikes, so it makes sense to keep the noise down to help protect future riding access.
- Showing respect for others includes two important things. Staying under the legal noise limit and backing off the throttle when you’re close to other forest users and residential areas.
- If you fit an aftermarket exhaust and want to ride on public land (includes tracks, roads, road related areas), run it with the only option which complies with the law. In most cases better low-down torque and smoother power delivery is provided by the quiet insert.
- Reduce noise area signs have been developed to indicate noise sensitive areas where riders should ride more slowly and quietly. Obeying these signs is voluntary (ie not a legal requirement), but if riders travel slowly and quietly in these areas. It will help keep the peace and be greatly appreciated by other forest users and nearby residents. This helps keep the tracks open for public use.
Don't any people in residential areas
- Reduce speed when close to residential areas, livestock, wildlife, recreation areas such as campsites and picnic areas and whenever you meet other forest users.
- Plan your ride so that you don’t ride repeatedly around one short loop; the constant noise in one can be a serious nuisance for other people and a less interesting ride for you.
- Before riding on private land, talk with your neighbours to agree reasonable riding times and select a riding area as far away as possible from their houses to reduce any disturbance you may cause.
Never overtake the Lead rider
- The lead rider is responsible for getting you there and back. He/she knows the route being taken and various stopping points. So don’t try to second guess where the sweeps going, people can get lost and time gets wasted on finding them
Never leave the corner you are on until the Sweep says so.
- If by some chance you are stuck on a corner for a long time please stay there. Sometimes mechanical failures, flat tyres, accidents or such can take time to fix. If you leave the corner the chain is broken and people can get lost.
Do not roost.
- It is not smart to roost someone as it spoils there fun so keep it down. You can have fun with your mates but ensure that when you ride you consider everyone else too. Especially people new to DSMRA and beginners.
- Keep Public areas clean and respectable, it's not clever to rust in car parks and public places and does not paint a good picture of a dirt bike rider.
Be aware of the wildlife.
- Aussie native wildlife is built tough, if you hit a kangaroo, Emu or walking brickhouse (Wombat) you can come off second best. So keep you speed down and keep an eye out.
- When approaching horse riders, be prepared to stop and turn off your engine if necessary
Observe speed limits.
- On fire trails and other roads there can be vehicles coming the other way so be aware of this. Many accidents can be avoided by staying on your side of the road and slowing down.
Stay out of someones dust.
- Don’t be a hero, if conditions are really dusty then slow down and stay back at the limit of the other riders dust. You will be safer, be able to see where you are going and your bike will appreciate you for it.
- Far too often someone has run into that back of another rider because they have ridden in the other persons dust, was too close and couldn't see ahead.
Do not group at corners.
- In small rides grouping at corners can compress the ride and result on people being put on corners more often. This will annoy other riders who get put on corners by themselves as they feel it is unfair that your group gets to race together all the time.
Be considerate of your fellow riders.
- We do these rides for run and adventure so be considerate of your fellow riders.
- If you really want to go racing or show how good you are go and do it on a motocross track at an organized event. DSMRA riding is about experiencing the outdoors and having a fun time with a group of adventurers and swapping tales.
- If you really have a big ego keep it at home.
Stop and help if you see someone in trouble.
- If you see someone in trouble stop and help, by all means take pictures, rubbish them and make fun of them but first make sure that they are ok.
Be Self sufficient, always carry Spare levers and tools to repair your bike.
- You are ultimately responsible for your bike so make sure you have enough kit to get you out of trouble. You should have spare levers, extra tube, tyre levers, air pump, chain link, screwdrivers, pliers, spanners etc. Talk to one of the bike shops about making up a spares kit for your bike