The Top 10 RidersWest stories of 2021

Go west, young man—B.C. is as popular as ever

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A motorcycle stands in the sunlight.

The Bear Creek Recreation Site is a picturesque location to go for a rip. — Photo courtesy Kent Jorgenson

2022 is here and it’s time to ring in the new year. While some folks focus on what habits to change as they flip open their new powersports calendars, RidersWest reflects on what worked well in 2021.

When looking over our most-read articles of 2021, B.C. was a popular place to be on a motorbike or ATV. Six of our top 10 most-read articles of 2021 related to riding powersports in Canada’s westernmost province. Even so, British Columbia wasn’t the only subject of interest. Whether it be tips for buying a dirt bike, knowing which tires work best for hard enduro, or poring over Kawasaki’s new 2021 and 2022 vehicles, RidersWest top 10 stories of 2021 highlight what interests you most.

So, curious what your fellow riders have been reading on RidersWest? These are the 10 most popular RidersWest articles of 2021.

From everyone here at RidersWest, thank you for choosing us as your go-to source for ATVing and motorbiking information. Here’s to an adrenalin-packed, fun-filled, mud-stained 2022!

 

10. 11 motocross tracks and places to ride and race dirt bikes in B.C.

Here is a track guide for dirt bike riders and off-road motorcyclists in British Columbia

A father and his son railing a corner on the motocross track in Revelstoke.

The Revy Riders Dirtbike Club in Revelstoke is just one of many places in B.C. where riders of all ages can spend time on-track or off-road. — Kirsten Armleder photo

 

Looking for a dirt bike track near you? Then you’ve come to the right place. In British Columbia, there are several motocross tracks and places to ride sprinkled throughout the province.

Some facilities, like the Bear Creek Motocross Track in Kelowna, also offer access to single-track trails, so no matter what your style of riding (motocross, enduro, endurocross or off-road) may be, there is something for every kind of dirt rider out there.

 

9. Kawasaki announces new 2021 and 2022 vehicles

We highlight what you can look forward to riding this year from Kawasaki

The 2021 TERYX KRX 1000 eS

The 2021 TERYX KRX 1000 eS is the first ever side-by-side with Kawasaki Electronic Control Suspension. — Photo courtesy Kawasaki

 

Kawasaki unveiled their lineup of new side-by-sides and motorbikes. We highlight what you can look forward to riding this year from Kawasaki.

 

8. Tips for beginners on how to shop for and buy the right dirt bike

Here are some tips for beginners on how to shop for and buy the right dirt bike, as well as some examples of what could go wrong

A row of colourful motorbikes.

There are a wide range of bikes available on the market today, and it can be hard to choose the right one. — Jim Muir photo

 

There are way too many variables to give singular global advice to first-time dirt bike buyers, but there are some common mistakes that can be advised against, and some critical time and money-saving information that can be shared.

 

7. Six great motorcycle roads in Canada

In part 2 of Wayne Hamm's Canadian Goldwing Adventure series, he shares six of the most memorable motorcycle routes

A statue of rocks stacked on each other is perched behind a motorcycle with a trailer.

Wayne Hamm took the roads less travelled while crossing Canada on his GoldWing. — Wayne Hamm photo

 

I’m still shaking my head in amazement; 18,000 kilometres, all the planning and it’s over. It is difficult to describe in just a few short pages the beauty of Canada and to express my enjoyment on so many different levels, on so many different roads.

These are six of the most memorable routes I travelled.

 

6. Exploring five of the Okanagan’s best off-road riding areas

Off-road motorcycling is a great way to see the region's beauty

 

With its warm weather, sparse population and central location, B.C.’s Okanagan region has some of the best off-road motorcycling in the country. Here’s a look at five must-hit riding areas in the region this summer.

 

5. Top places to go ATVing in Manitoba

Test your riding skills on Manitoba’s awesome terrain

person on an ATV in Manitoba

The Manitoba trails give riders cause for celebration. — Photo courtesy Con Huberdeau

 

Manitoba attracts its share of ATVers, due to its vast, expansive wilderness areas, hospitable communities and enthusiastic outdoor recreation clubs. Be sure to visit these locations if you want to get the most out of your Manitoba quadding experience.

 

4. From dirt to street: Making ATVs and UTVs road legal in B.C.

What are the steps needed to adjust laws to make this dream a reality?

ATVs fill up at a Shell gas station.

The Campbell River ATV Club in Campbell River, B.C., has been engaged in a project to enable inter-community ORV tourism on Northern Vancouver Island. — Photo courtesy Mike Coulter

 

Legal access to trail systems has always been a balancing act. Upon the delivery and inception of the new ORV Act in B.C. in 2014, some grey areas have prompted the Quad Riders Association of British Columbia (ATVBC) to work with provincial lawmakers to figure out solutions to recurring access problems.

 

3. Riding B.C.’s hidden motorcycle paradise

The Canadian experience doesn’t get any better than this

Motorcycles riding along twisty Kootenay Lake road.

Motorcycle touring is one way, and perhaps the best way, to experience Kootenay Lake. — Nelson Kootenay Lake Tourism

 

Paradise, Canadian style, is uniquely rugged: long summer days travelling endless twisty roads surrounded by jagged mountain beauty, ice-cold deep blue lakes and evergreen trees. The magically isolated Kootenay Region of south-central British Columbia does Canadian paradise particularly well.

 

2. Vancouver Island’s revolutionary new trail: The North Island 1000

If you’ve never explored Northern Vancouver Island, here’s your chance

Two dirt bikers sit on their bikes and take in the scenery of ocean, mountains and trees.

The North Island 1000 is a first of its kind on Vancouver Island. — Photo courtesy Graham Lindenbach

 

On North Vancouver Island, there are thousands of kilometres of gravel roads that are ready to be linked for hikers, cyclists, motorcyclists and quad riders to enjoy. The North Island 1000 is a 1,000 kilometre route that connects all the small towns of the north end of Vancouver Island.

 

1. Best dirt bike tires for hard enduro

Kitt Stringer puts six different brands of hard enduro tires to the test in some of the gnarliest terrain Canada has to offer

A dirt biker ascends a hill in the woods by doing a wheelie.

The right dirt bike tire can make a world of difference, especially in the hard enduro type of riding. Here, John Baley tackles some slippery terrain in the Shawnigan Lake area. — BrapSnap Moto Media photo

 

“What is the best dirt bike tire for hard enduro?”

Glad you asked because Kitt Stringer—who is one of B.C.’s top off-road riders—recently put six different brands of soft or gummy tires to the test in the unforgiving woods of Vancouver Island’s Shawnigan Lake area.


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