Discussion in 'Club Information' started by Monster, Aug 27, 2005.
what are the benefits of being a member?
As far as the benefits, well us pulling you out of the mud hole would be one. Really though, a lot of the stuff you are asking on the website would be considered a benefit, but becoming a member will allow you to use the website to organize rides, and join club rides. It also includes a membership with the Ontario Federation of Trail Riders ( OFTR). And a one year subscription to Inside Motorcycles.
We have left most of the forums open to the general public to use as long as they register so that people interested in getting into Dual Sport riding can get the info that they need with out having to join a club. We do this because we belive that the more people in the sport the better.
Once you have a bike and now want to start riding it, this is when we feel that if you want to use the website to meet other riders or go on organized rides, then you need to be a member.
Hope that this helps.
I can see it now......
Section 7 paragraph F; As an ODSC member you are entitled to assistance when stuck in a mud hole. Only mud holes encountered on organised ODSC rides shall qualify for assistance. Mud Holes encountered when veering off route shall not be included in the Mud Hole Assistance member benefit policy. Venturing into Mud Holes to roost or 'drown' another ODSC member shall be frowned upon after everyone has a good chuckle. Chuckling is mandatory on ODSC rides especialy when encountering a Mud Hole. If your dual sport motorcycle weighs in excess of 300lbs you are required to notify ODSC members of your motorcycle's exact weight and provide proof of liability insurance for any injuries that can occur when par-taking in the Mud Hole Assistance Member Benefit Program. Medicinal Mud Baths under the benefit policy are not gauranteed but highly recommened for a good time!
For starters, you have to be a member to attend the ODSC club rides.
June 25/26 RFS
July 23/25 Paris Dacre
August MADD ride
August 20 Crystal Lake
September 24/26 Stouville to Hastings
Nov 6 St Williams Ride and many many more rides that other ODSC members get involved with on an ad-hoc basis. You get to help out at these events, camp for free at these events. They are insured and have catering for food and emergency medical and mechanical assistance in most cases. Club is part of the OFTR and your rights as a motorcyclist are represented as best as possible. You get access to exclusive club discounts as well as expert rider knowledge from the vast array of ODSC club members. The Club is incorporated and provides a great deal of rider education, safety and general knowledge about our sport from many angles. A great deal of communication between the various off road bodies to ensure riding area's, a ride series and co-operation with others is all part of the ODSC. As for the money, the club barely breaks even on a yearly basis, putting on well organised rides even with donations still requires money to cover the expenses. The Crystal Lake Ride, the ODSC Paris to Dacre ride, these are massive undertaking's by club individuals for your benefit as a member.
Cystal Lake is the ODSC's only annual CMA santioned ride which it would be required. Although the Yamaha / KTM Trail Ride Series requires it for all rides. It's $26 for enthusiast membership and well worth the rides it gets you into (CLTR alone). It can be purchased at any CMA sanctioned event.
I believe the CMA membship runs January to December....At this point I would suggest waiting till next season...unless Calabogie is in your sights!!!
Steven with a V
that's the bottom line!
The bottom line is that this is an expensive sport and the ODSC membership fee is the absolute best bucks that you can possibly spend.
No matter what you ride just try to think about all the money spent on the sport in a year. The bike, depreciation, insurance, gas, parts...it adds up to alot and next to all that money, membership is but a drop in the bucket. Membership adds much value to the investment you've made to ride.
That pic in the mud looks all too familiar to me I've been helped out of tight spots many many times from fellow members in the past 3 or 4 years. That's definetely a benefit of not riding alone and without the club I wouldn't have even been on most of the trails that I've ridden. Not to mention meeting many new friends and obtaining so much knowledge and support about the sport.
PLUS you get the use of this web page, free rides (just one organized ride more than pays for the fee), the AGM too let's not forget about that! I really don't know how it's all done on such a tight budget?
If the club is this great now just imagine the potential of having more paid members.
Clearly I'm a very happy and appreciative member
Hey besides all the other benefits I think it is worth a few bucks just to have this great web site. I have learned a lot on this site in the last year. It helped me decide what bike to get and more importantly why.
And I even found my bike on the forsale board and it was very nice to deal with someone from the club and not just someone looking to rip you off.
Hey just my 2 cents but on the Nov 6 club day I will have my 20 bucks ready. Heck I spend more than that at Timmies in a week.
I joined to help promote the creation of a chapter of ODSC in North Bay. Joining a club strengthens the whole off road riding community and helps fight against the problems of land closures that effect your ability to ride. A short while ago I attended meetings in North Bay of a trails organizing committee, lots of people there from all sorts of trail using activities but I was the only motorcyclist. I went deliberatley to have them recognize motorcycle riders as legitimate users of the trails because there is no club in North Bay area that can be the contact and speak for off road riders.
The Motorcyclists Confederation of Canada (MCC) provides low cost insurance for all non competitive rides, and currently there is no requirement for the club to pay MCC a membership fee. That will change in Sept 2007 but it will also be a modest cost per member.
So the answer is join, support your right to ride and enjoy.
Ok here goes!I live In Brantford. My neighbour and I both have DS bikes and wondering if we need a membership or not as most of the rides are way too far away for us or just too long like the paris to dakar ride! We're totally new here so please go easy on us!
Don't worry we always go easy.
My wife and I have only been members since last November so we may be able to give you some insight on what the club has done for us.
My wife and I have made a ton of new friends, people whom have invited us into their homes and out for rides. Our first club ride had one of the members wife's not only BBQ'ing food all day but lent my wife some riding gear after she took a mud bath.
Our first club ride included a free BBQ.We have been to the AGM. We volunteered at the Toronto bike show. Last week we went to a " Chapter meeting " or Beer and wings with some bench racing.
Better than the CAA
Think of getting into a problem on a trail miles from a road or your Car. Now think, you are with 6 or more people with a ton of skills from motorcycle repair to first aid. How many tools can 6 people carry compared to one or two. I have been lost on the way to a ride, only to pull out my cell phone and call another member and get help.
Learn where the best legal trails are. Some members have trails on their own land and invite friends out to ride. This year We have booked hotels for several weekends for trail rides. At each location we are going to hook up with members to be given our own trail guide.
Want to learn ?
This year is the first "novice day" the day may be full but i'm sure more will follow. I have been to one "tech day" but i missed the GPS training night. I did however get good GPS pointers from a new friend I met at the Chapter meeting. "Tony" even came to my home after the meeting to show me some more GPS stuff on my computer.
Where you money goes?
I'll let one of the exc's give you the details. I do know that some goes to OFTR to help keep trails open by fighting land closures. Some of your membership pays our insurance for the trails. Membership also gives you a mag, & stickers for your car and bike. We also get a discount at several places.
There are lots of members In Kitchener, Cambridge and Guelph. Lots of times you can car pool to rides further from home. There are rides closer to you then you think.
You are on the way from KW to Turkeypoint/st williams, a very common place to go ride and there are dozens of members in KW and surrounding areas, you are defenitely closer than you think!
Turkey point and st williams are only within 1/2 hour from me however I hear that over 75% of the old trails are posted now. All the snowmobile trails are closed for the season too I belive so that doesn't leave as much as I used to ride on 15 years ago. I will be getting a membership for sure. I can send $ through paypal rather than the snail mail method.
Thanks you guys are the best!!
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