As many of you know I had my membership of the TRF rescinded last year, the details are too complex for this medium. Despite that fact I still support the TRF as an organisation to fight against the injustices against what many Authorities term "recreational motorists". I applaud much of what they do but personally I must retain my personal voice to criticise some of their activities and particularly their methods.
In answer to the question about alternative groups, yes there are alternatives and here I give you just two points of view.
My first point might not be too popular amongst some here. As a motorcyclist I have for a number of years past and still do continue to work alongside GLASS Members and Representatives. I have been a Member of GLASS for the past year, (incidentally, so has at least one TRF Director!). Too many quotes have been produced by those who try to negate the efforts of GLASS by claiming that it only represents 4X4 users, this is totally untrue but if it is heard often enough then it forms part of the tapestry of lies about those who avail themselves of the countryside. I quote from the GLASS website, "Highlighting your Affiliation with us and following the Glass Code of Conduct adds credence, and shows that you are encouraging your members to be responsible and caring drivers in the countryside. Our objectives are; access for all, not just 4x4’s." Those final six words are the important part. https://www.glass-uk.org
In official meetings with various Authorities I have never heard nor read anything whereby GLASS has argued solely for 4X4 vehicles, it has taken an holistic approach and does recognise the physical differences between 4X4 and motorcycle practical use, whilst still arguing for the benefits of all. The main differences between the two clubs are historical based around how the two groups formed in the past but now for the future we need to work more closely together. Please, do not be fooled by the heinous unfounded claims that only 4X4 users damage the reputation of motorised use in the countryside.
My second point is that there are numerous alternative motorcycle Groups, ACU; AMC; BMF; MAG; etc; but one which is principally motorcycle only and primarily trail
influenced, is called the Trail Riders Association; https://trailriders.org
The TRA is much smaller than all of the others but at its core and nationally it has many excellent officials and members, quite a number were also past TRF members and Directors. Perhaps this could be an alternative for those dissatisfied with the larger organisation and one that might flourish. I can see no reason why in the future the TRA could not realign with the TRF if things were to change in its methodology and practicality. Preferable to have one voice but that voice must follow democratic conventions of respect and inclusivity.
If folk wish to remain but are displeased with the TRF then they must follow the democratic route and get involved more closely with the operation, but, be careful as to challenge the status quo brings one into disrepute and you could follow me to the 'naughty step'.