Motor cycle tours -- described as a new concept in outdoor recreation -- are fast gaining popularity in the Mid-Western state of Utah in the United States.
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GV Motor cyclists at Canyonland
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SV Riders along Canyon road TILT UP TO crag
GVs and MVs motor cyclists at camping site (3 shots)
SV Motor cyclists along road(2 shots)
SV Motor cyclists on cliff top (4 shots)
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REPORTER: "One equally spectacular is Canyonland -- several hundred miles upstream in Utah -- a relatively new park. Environmental concerns have kept the park service from overtaking Canyonland with ribbons of highways. In fact, the only way to penetrate its boundaries other than on foot is by (indistinct) vehicles. Motor cycles are being found in increasing number in the park because they can negotiate the steep canyon trails and the sandy washes with little difficulty and they can travel much faster than four-wheel-drive vehicles opening up much more than half a million acres of the park. A motor cycle tour is a new concept out-door recreation actually using the bike as a tool to enjoy other activities such as sightseeing and camping. Anchored at the base camp just outside the park and supported by four-wheel-drive vehicles which carry in all the comforts of camping, the motor cyclists then branch out. This tour covers 350 miles in five days. Now the park service is concerned with the impact of the bike riders and if the machines aren't kept on already-established roads and begin tearing up the side hills, they too may be restricted.
This is Rhys Star reporting from Southern Utah."
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Background: Motor cycle tours -- described as a new concept in outdoor recreation -- are fast gaining popularity in the Mid-Western state of Utah in the United States.
Its popularity can partly be attributed to Canyonland -- a well-preserved park, several hundred miles upstream in Utah. The park is not accessible by anything bigger than motor cycles. Campers usually ride up to a base camp just outside the park with their cars or vans loaded with all the equipment for camping. They set out from there on trail motor cycles. One organised tour through the park takes five days and covers about 350 miles (563 kilometres).
SYNOPSIS: Young people in southern Utah in the United States, are taking an increasing interest in motorcycle tours, particularly in a well-preserved park called Canyonland.
TVN Reporter, Rhys Star, was in Canyonland for this report.....