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    just got my TW about a month ago, my first bike, just got over 1k miles, taken it off road on atv trails and followed telephone poll trails. now keep in mind I'm in Maine, this ain't a bustling metropolis, the RR tracks are usually clear (it seems). what do you all think, anyone ever explore RR tracks in a rural area?
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    Since you are asking for opinions, if the tracks are active, I think it is very stupid.



    People often get killed just walking on tracks. With the noise of your engine and with your head in a helmet your hearing will be significantly reduced. You just have too high a chance of getting killed or arrested. The engineer who runs you over will also feel like crap for the rest of his life even though it was not his fault.



    Just my opinion. I don’t want to see you or your bike get mangled.

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    thanks OWT! I am looking for opinions. thanks again, maybe I'll just stick to trails & roads.
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    I agree with OWT. Also it is very hard to get the bike out of the tracks. Dont ask me how I know this...
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    Quote Originally Posted by PalmStateCrawler View Post
    I agree with OWT. Also it is very hard to get the bike out of the tracks. Dont ask me how I know this...


    I don't know what your tracks are up there, but I have a set 1/4 mile from the house, and the rocks are GINORMOUS! The ATV'rs in the neighbor hood cross them on a regular basis to get to a few trails in the woods behind them, but they ride the side of them not the tracks themselves. I'd venture to say that if you know the distance between one road and the next AND there are cars parked on the tracks that there is a very good chance that you won't face a train. However, after me trying to get over the tracks back here, I Google mapped the area and found a longer but safer route to the trails.



    I used to be a rail junkie and loved taking photos of them, have never been "run off" by CSX crew here, usually they just waved but I was a safe distance too.







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    "the RR tracks are usually clear"



    Italics mine.



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    I wouldn't even try it on tracks that aren't used, as hitting rails at anything but 90 degrees (i.e. perfectly perpendicular) is one of the better ways to crash anything with 2 wheels. I think trying to get out of the tracks, or simply wandering into them, would virtually guarantee a crash.
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    I've played on railroad tracks my entire life.



    Built a few railbikes.

    Google if interested.



    Been working on a TW version.

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    From what I've been told, the railroad doesn't like people playing on their turf and can get irritated if they catch you.



    Mind you that's just what I've been told. I haven't been accosted, threatened, beaten or sued by the railroad.

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    I just got threatened by railroad employees 2 days ago for riding on tracks, the guy told me it's a felony. So I left.

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    A pair of legs full of rock salt will answer all your railroad property related questions. That's what I had always heard growing up.

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