The practice of off-road motorized sports is not solely a question of know-how in terms of skills and driving technique. Venturing off-road is mainly a question of "being", which proves that going off the beaten track can be done in an intelligent and safe way!

BEING OFF-ROAD, NOT OFF-TRACK,
IS KNOWING HOW TO VENTURE

What you need to know ...

What you need to know ...

There are several riding methods under the category of off-road motorcycles and each of them fits a specific type of motorcycle. Whatever your preferred type of motorcycle, you must be aware of the laws and regulations that apply. The FQMHR helps you to define the framework which allows you to perfect your sport safely and legally.

THE MAIN GROUPS OF OFF-ROAD MOTORCYCLES DEFINED BY THE INDUSTRY ARE:

  • Approved for road use (registered for road use);
  • Combination trail and road use;
  • Multi-purpose and fitted with specialized tires and suspension.
  • Commonly referred to as "enduro";
  • Includes a wide variety of motorcycles which can accommodate the proper gear and accessories required for trail riding;
  • Specially adapted for off-road riding and competition on rough terrain.
  • Designed specifically for competition and closed-circuit riding;
  • Outfitted with a single-cylinder engine and a suspension capable of responding to the high requirements of motocross circuits.

ABIDING BY THE RULES

BE AWARE THAT ANY QUALIFIED "OFF-ROAD" VEHICLE MUST:

  • Hold a valid registration certificate, issued by the SAAQ.
  • Carry a civil liability insurance of at least $500,000.00.
  • Respect a maximum noise emission rate of 98 decibels.
PARK REGULATIONS

In Quebec, the FQMHR must subscribe to the provisions set out by the Off-road Vehicles Act (Loi sur les véhicules hors route) of the Department of Education, Recreation and Sports (Ministère de l'Éducation, du Loisir et du Sport). These provisions involve the implementation of standards that must be met by the affiliated members and users of the network of closed-circuit and competition parks. These safety regulations* are subdivided according to the following standards:

  • Standards relating to participation in sanctioned activities.
  • Standards relating to sites offering riding, practice and training activities.
  • Standards relating to training and the responsibilities of users.
  • Standards relating to training and the responsibilities of officials.
  • Standards concerning the organization and conduct of a competition.
* Safety regulations are available in their entirety at the FQMHR.
Gear

Anyone using an off-road vehicle for riding or competition purposes in parks must wear the following gear:

  • Helmet
  • Goggles
  • Chest protector
  • Long-sleeve sweater
  • Gloves
  • Long pants
  • Knee pads
  • Boots
WARNING !

Only closed parks and competition sites are authorized for motocross-type motorcycles as well as all modified vehicles, motorcycles or quads.

TRAIL RULES

In Quebec, users of off-road vehicles on trails must entirely abide by the following conditions in order to comply to regulatory standards:

  • Be 16 years or older.
  • Hold a Certificate of Qualification (skills certificate) issued by an authorized agent of the government (for 16 and 17 year-old riders);
  • Hold a trail permit issued by FQMHR members;
  • For a registered off-road vehicle: Hold a Class 5 driver's licence (passenger vehicle) or Class 6D driver's licence (moped).
  • For a registered off-road vehicle (dual-use): Holding a Class 6A or 6B driver's licence (cylinder size of 400 cc or less) or 6C driver's licence (cylinder size of 125 cc or less).
  • Use an off-road motorcycle fitted with the following equipment* and in compliance with regulatory standards:
  1. Front white headlight
  2. Rear red position light
  3. Rear red brake light
  4. Side mirror on the left side of the vehicle
  5. Exhaust system
  6. Braking system
  7. Speedometer
* Bullets 3, 4 and 7 shall apply only to vehicles built after January 1st, 1998.
GEAR

Anyone using an off-road vehicle must wear the following gear:

  • Helmet
  • Protective goggles
  • Boots
WARNING!

To prevent the worst from happening, the FQMHR strongly recommends using, for trail riding, all mandatory equipment for parks. Please be advised that:

  • Falls cause severe cuts, burns and scrapes.
  • Flying rocks and debris can violently impact against your body and cause severe wounds.

REMINDER!

Please refer to all details concerning the Off-road Vehicle Act (Loi sur les véhicules hors route)


TRAIL ACCESS

You can get your trail permit via our website or from a trail club member or his representatives.

What you need to know ...

The practice of off-road motorcycle riding is not limited to just owning a motorcycle, wearing the proper gear, and meeting the unavoidable requirements and responsibilities… But professionalism and courtesy are also a MUST. The FQMHR can help you develop the "real pro" in you. Take the right paths and steer yourself in the right direction!

INSPECT YOUR MOTORCYCLE

YOU KNOW HOW TO RIDE ONCE YOU'VE LEARNED HOW TO INSPECT YOUR VEHICULE!

One simple principle: the TECCO Check:

Tires and Wheels

  • Air pressure - Condition, wheel bearings, lug nuts, etc.

Electrical Circuit and Lights

  • Ignition switch - Lights - Engine stop switch

Controls and Cables

  • Location - Throttle - Speed change control - Operation - Hand/foot breaks

Chain and Chassis

  • Free play - Nuts and bolts - Condition/Lubrication/Wear and tear

Oil and Fuel

  • Oil gauge - Fuel supply valve
WHERE TO GO

YOU KNOW HOW TO VENTURE WHEN YOU KNOW WHERE TO GO!

You are "off-road" when you enter:

  • the federated trail network of affiliated members of the FQMHR;
  • the closed-course park network of affiliated members of the FQMHR;
  • parks and sites identified for competition events.
WARNING !

When accessing private property without proper authorization, criminal proceedings may be instituted and fines can be issued. All land and property owners are protected by law, whether they are:

  • an individual;
  • a company;
  • or any government institution (Department of Natural Resources, municipality...);
  • etc.

You are "off-track" when you enter:

  • a non-recognized and unidentified site;
  • a gravel pit in the middle of nowhere;
  • trails designated for other activities;
  • closed trails (if you don't know, don't go!);
  • fragile areas (marshlands, river banks, etc.);
  • any private property without authorization from the owner.

HOW MUCH DOES IT COST TO BE "OFF-TRACK"?

The driver of an off-road vehicle traveling on private land without the permission of the property owner and/or the tenant is guilty of an offense and is liable to a fine of $400 to $800.

Loi sur les véhicules hors-route | Chapitre VII  | Dispositions pénales | clause 55.1

Please refer to the entire criminal provisions of the Provincial Act (Chapter VII).

KNOW HOW TO BE

Accessing fqmhr parks means committing to being a responsible motorcyclist!

Here are a few examples of rules and etiquette:

  • Register upon arrival.
  • Do not be under the influence of alcohol or drugs.
  • Wear a helmet and complete gear at all times during circuit practice.
  • Never take any passenger on your vehicle.
  • Circulate at a maximum of 5 km/h outside the circuit.
  • Respect entrance and exit areas on the circuit.
  • Always complete your lap on the circuit.
  • Never cross the circuit at a right angle.
  • Pull over to the side of the track when falling or stopping.
  • Be respectful of other users in the park and of the environment.

FREE > DOWNLOAD THE GPS-TYPE MOBILE APPLICATION IMOTOHR .

  • Discover parks and trails.
  • Locate your position.
  • Find the nearest service locations.
  • And more...
  • More details on www.imotohr.ca

Download

Join us and take the pledge of accountability in using federated trails, closed-circuit parks and competition-circuit parks. It's simple and just plain common sense!

Download:

PRACTICAL AND LOGICAL

Advantages of riding in parks and trails sanctioned by the FQMHR:

  • It's marked.
  • It's supervised.
  • It's well maintained.
  • It's well laid out.
  • And most of all… IT'S LEGAL!

What you need to know ...

At this stage, you have a lot of choices in front of you! The idea is to come together around the sport of off-road motorized riding! Be off-road, not off-track! is the participation of all for the common good. The FQMHR offers different ways of getting together with your peers and exchanging with them as well as with us. Be proud of being "off-road" and take your place in the community. Dare to venture!

"I AM OFF-ROAD" BLOG

IN THE WORDS OF THE REAL PROS!

The various collaborators enjoy sharing their views and feedback on off-road riding with us, covering events, reporting facts and looking into the newest trends and innovations…

Read the articles and interact with us on different subjects.

Go to the blog >>>

TAKE THE CHALLENGE

TAKE THE QUIZ AND GET YOUR OWN "I' A'M OFF ROAD!" VIRTUAL BADGE.

It will only take you two minutes to answer a few questions about off road motorcycles.

Prove your chops! Show us that you're not off-track. If you pass the test, don't forget to brag about it to your friends!

PSSSST! Did you visit the microsite and read the additional information via the links? It could prove to be very beneficial for you.

Launch your questionnaire >>>

Questionnaire completed
Congratulations!

You have competed the questionnaire with success.

Your score: /

Share your result with us and you will receive your "I'M OFF-ROAD" Virtual Badge.

Better luck next time!

You didn't achieve the required score to get the title.

Your score: /

Go back and read the contents of this site… And don't forget to consult the additional information on the links that we posted. You'll be able to take the challenge again!

Question no of

All off-road motorcycles must be registered. True or false?

a) true

Off-road motorcycles (motocross, enduro) are not among the vehicles specifically exempted in the Regulation Respecting Road Vehicle Registration (small snow blower, golf cart, garden tractor, motorized lawnmower). Moreover, a storage certificate is not the same as registration.

Where is it obligatory to wear a helmet?

d) at all times or whenever riding;

Your helmet is the most important piece of equipment and is always mandatory.

It is recommended that you buy a new helmet from a professional who will see that it is properly fitted.

If there is an impact to the helmet, you should think about replacing it. Weakened areas might prevent it from protecting you at the time when you need it most.

A helmet must be worn at all times whenever riding a vehicle, even over short distances.

The most common offenses are often the most costly. Where are they regularly committed?

b) on private property, without permission to ride there;

Drivers of off-road vehicles riding on private land without the permission of the property owner and/or the tenant are guilty of an offense. They are liable to a fine of $400 to $800.

Ref.: Bill n°121 An Act to improve relations between the people living along off-highway vehicle club trails and the users of those trails and to improve user safety.

There is a GPS-type app which, among other things, has information on parks and federated trails in Quebec. How much does this tool for tablets and smartphones cost?

a) it's free;

iMotoHR is a GPS-type app intended to make off-road motorcycle riding as enjoyable and safe as possible. With it you can look for trails and parks, locate your position on the map, find nearby service locations and much more.

When riding or during competitions on a closed-circuit track recognized by the FQMHR, what equipment is mandatory?

c) helmet, goggles, long-sleeve sweater, long pants, chest protector, kneepads, gloves and boots;

When riding or on competition-circuit parks or anywhere else recognized by the FQMHR, wearing all this protective clothing is mandatory.

Complete the following sentence: No person may sell, lease or place at the disposal of a person, or offer to sell, lease or place at the disposal of a person, an off-highway vehicle exhaust system...

c) that has the effect of increasing noise or emissions.

No person may sell, lease or place at the disposal of a person, or offer to sell, lease or place at the disposal of a person, an off-highway vehicle exhaust system that increases noise emissions or the release of hydrocarbons into the environment when compared to a manufacturer installed exhaust system.

This statement is an actual section of the MTQ’s Act respecting off-highway vehicles.

Ref.: Bill no 9 [2006, chapter 12, Section 6.1]

A motorcycle must be fitted with a front white headlight, a rear red position light, an exhaust system, a braking system and rear red brake light, a side mirror and a speedometer in order to ride on trails. As from what date of manufacture is a motorcycle exempted by law from three of these, to circulate on trails?

a) before January 1st, 1998;

A motorcycle built before that date may circulate on trails fitted only with a front white headlight, a rear red position light, an exhaust system and a braking system. The law requires motorcycles built since January 1st, 1998 to be fitted also with a rear red brake

Which of the following is not on the list of members of the FQMHR?

c) off-road clans;

The network brought together under the FQMHR represents 70 organizations, active in various off-road riding categories, competition and events, which contribute to the development of off-road motor sport in Quebec. Among other things, this means 23 closed-circuit parks and over 7,000 km of federated marked trails across the province.

The FQMHR is a non-profit organization whose mission is to develop and promote off- road motorcycle riding in Quebec. What is it working to promote through all its activities?

c) the practice of the sport in a safe and supervised manner;

The primary calling of the FQMHR is to provide supervision, across the whole of the province, so as to promote safe off-road motorcycle riding. Its four major activity groups are represented under the following themes: parks, trails, competition, and training.

How many recreational parks (closed-circuit tracks) are recognized by the FQMHR?

e) none of the above.

The FQMHR brings together 23 federated parks over the territory of the province of Quebec.

How many off-road motorcycles are registered in Quebec?

b) 25,852

In the 2012 SAAQ count, 25,852 off-road motorcycles were registered in Quebec.

The acronym TECCO is a way of remembering some checks to make before setting off on your motorcycle? What are the points to be checked for the letter "T"?

c) wheels and tires;

TECCO is a simple principle for checking your vehicle:

Tires and Wheels: Air pressure; condition, wheel bearings, lug nuts, etc.
Electrical Circuit and lights: Ignition switch; lights; engine stop switch;
Controls and Cables: Location; throttle; speed change control; operation; hand/foot brakes;
Chain and chassis: Free play; nuts and bolts; condition/lubrication/wear and tear;
Oil and Fuel: Oil gauge; fuel supply valve.

Where did you get to know or find out about the FQMHR?

The FQMHR is a young non-profit organization, just beginning its eighth year in 2014. Thank you for supporting us and do not hesitate to get in touch with us if you have any questions or to obtain any information about off-road motorcycle riding in Quebec.

JOIN YOUR GROUP

FOLLOW YOUR SPORT'S EVOLUTION AND INTERACT WITH US!

The FQMHR works hard to promote the practice of off-road motorized sports in Quebec, and to ensure that you have access to rider-safe and appropriate trails and parks. In 2012, a total of 25,852 off-road motorcycles were registered in Quebec.

Keep informed on what's happening. Get info, news, announcements, perks...

Join the community >>>

SHARE YOUR IMPRESSIONS

GIVE US SOME FEEDBACK!

Do you have comments, suggestions or questions? Share them.

If not, feel free to encourage us!

Send us your feedback >>>