Ryan Harden

Ryan Harden's blog posts.

For more than 20 years I have been helping motorsport clubs, tracks and facilities start, grow and maintain recreational opportunities across the US. I started with my involvement in the Lakeshore ATV club back in the 80’s. I then got picked to join the National OHV Youth Vision team for National 4H. From there, I started working at the...

For more than 20 years I have been helping motorsport clubs, tracks and facilities start, grow and maintain recreational opportunities across the US. I started with my involvement in the Lakeshore ATV club back in the 80’s. I then got picked to join the National OHV Youth Vision team for National 4H. From there, I started working at the National OHV Conservational Council (NOHVCC) and began teaching for the Specialty Vehicle Institute of America in the late 90’s beginning with the ATV Safety Institute and then also becoming a coach for the Motorcycle Safety Foundation. In the early 2000’s, I was awarded for being a top Midwestern instructor, teaching hundreds of people a year about their vehicles and how to ride safely. During this time, I also became a Master Trainer for Tread Lightly to help build a stronger network of informed, ethical recreationalists. My college education consists of degrees in Marketing and Business to Business Marketing.

In 2002, I became a commercial lines insurance agent for National Motorsports Insurance Agency. It’s here where I help people across the country build insurable & sustainable tracks, trails, parks, and clubs to this day. I'm also heavily involved in the Wisconsin ATV / UTV Assoc. run by my father, Randy Harden, the international Trail Patrol Ambassador program run by my brother, Adam Harden, and is a board member of the National OHV Informational Services (NOHVIS) group. 

In 2016 My wife and I purchased our 2nd Wrangler JK and we began exploring ways to ride our Jeep on trails. After some research, however, we found that there weren't any public 4x4 trails or registration program in Wisconsin. 

In 2017 we began the Wrangler Riders as a non-profit club and gained access to two private riding parks. Our club ran like a private registration program and soon, we opened a 3rd riding area/park in 2018.  We host rides and training events every month and we quickly became one of the largest clubs in Wisconsin. 

In 2018 we changed the main organization to the Road Legal 4WD Association and made Wrangler Riders one of the primary chapters. This allowed us to aid in starting other chapters through our universal membership. The goal is to build a network of chapters, without the chapters having to fork out a ton of money to develop private and public trails. Furthermore, we began an initiative to reduce the bookwork for our chapters while also providing them with a portion of the membership funds. 

 

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New Website Design

So I'm working on the new RL4WD site design. I'm going to design this version of the site as a low-frills, high-usability site. Over the last year, members have been great at expressing what they like and don't like on the website and that's aided us in making something that more usable. Sure, a great design is killer, but if it's not usable it doe...
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ORBA Meeting 6.18.18

Off Road Business Assoc.
Had a good conversation today with ORBA (Off-Road Business Assoc.) about getting more trails and parks in WI. We talked about a number of very important subjects that we're coming together on to further our WI recreational opportunities. We're working hard to bring resources into the mix that will allow us the best chance to expand locally, regiona...
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Vlog Stardate 41818.5 | Landowners, Mapping and Trail Levels

 In this Vlog I discuss land access updates, mapping and trail levels. Please feel free to write a post below and rate the article. Thanks! 
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The importance of chapters and clubs

In this blog we talk about some of the importance of chapters and clubs pertaining to land access.  
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Wisconsin Jeepers in the News

It's fun being part of the Jeeping community! Today, Jillian Ellison from the Wisconsin USA Today Network wrote an article on the Jeep Wave as a symbol of community. It was a great article showcasing the unity of owners, family and friends who own Jeeps. Click here to read the article and watch the video (be ready for a TON of ads though).  Wi...
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Ford finally getting back into the RL4WD Market

It's been a long time coming but Ford announced that in 2020 the Bronco is coming back. While that's great news, today Ford announced yet ANOTHER RL4WD that is yet unnamed. This new line of smaller SUV is being claimed as one of their most capable off-road trail machines. Will Jeep finally see modern day competition?  Surprise! Joining th...
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Together we trail, divided we fail.

More trails and parks in Wisconsin, that's the goal. We're not just a social club, we are working daily to get more trails and parks. Today we're at the state tourism conference (see more at https://wranglerriders.com/chapters/hosts/add-event/14-wranglerwisconsin). Most people don't know we're doing weekly talks with land managers, DNR, Legisl...
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Gaining Access VLOG 2/13/18

This video VLOG talks expresses some thoughts on how we get more trails and parks in WI. Core setup still happening, things are still being developed.   Wisconsin is home to some of the best natural land features on the planet. If we can get trails in even a small part of these areas, Wisconsin will almost instantly hit international 4x4 ...
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Signage Program

 As we design the trails for our 3rd park, I've noticed some things we can improve upon for trail signage. While the numbering system is a great start, I think we're able to tweak it in order to offer more information to members. Signage is a key element to informing patrons on the risks a trail or intense use area has. It has to be done right...
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Wrangler VLOG 12.27.17 What makes a RL4WD Trail?

In today's VLOG, I talk about some updates and what makes a good RL4WD trail. We're working on getting more trails in Wisconsin in 2018 and we're gearing up to bring you awesome map and educational programs soon!  
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