88 miles of snow and fun!
Posted March 15, 2003 - 03:02 AM
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Posted March 15, 2003 - 06:22 AM
Quite a bit of mods you have done to your new bike. Very impressive. Must be hard on the wallet with all that snow heh?
Posted March 15, 2003 - 06:43 AM
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Posted March 15, 2003 - 05:31 PM
xr 650 r all winter on my oval track on the lake. recieved
my wr 450 late january and have been riding it in the snow.
the fun will begin at the end of march when the snow mobile
trails close. for those who have never experienced it. it
is MIND BLOWING !!!! my wr is all studed up and ready to GO!
Quebec, where we ride it all!!!
Posted March 15, 2003 - 05:50 PM
Posted March 17, 2003 - 12:46 PM
It is nice to hear someone feels the same about winter riding. I don't wait for the trails to close, I poach them in the evening instead. It's a wild ride and I wish more people around me did it.
Nothing wrong with -40 . Brrrrrrrrrrr
Posted March 18, 2003 - 10:44 AM
Good to see your sewing machine also doubles as a snowrunner Glad you are still poaching, er, riding the winter trails at night! See ya!
Posted March 18, 2003 - 11:20 AM
There you talk! The Wr in the snow IS fun!
Do you run studded tires? We had a lot of fun last year without studs...
Posted March 18, 2003 - 12:08 PM
I always run studs. They open the door for much better wheelies, hook up, cornering and flat out ripping speeds. The winter riding I've been doing is guarnteed to be faster than dirt. Not on the holeshot, but maintained speeds and in some cases even cornering.
Nice to hear from you. A little bird told me you sold the WR for a asphalt rig. This true??
Posted March 18, 2003 - 06:42 PM
In Ontario,and I imagine most Canadian provinces and Northern U.S. States, riding wheeled vehicles on the snowmobile trails during the winter is strictly forbidden. You will most likely get caught by the police, trail wardens or groomer operators, none of which will show you any mercy whatsoever.
Even more importantly DO NOT ride the snowmobile trails once the snow is gone until you know what the status of the trail is. Many trails utilize public lands and riding them in the summer is O.K., but, and this is a big but, lots of the snowmobile trails are also on private land. The snowmobile clubs work very hard to secure permission from private landowners to run the trail across thier property. The clubs carry huge and costly insurance policies to protect themselves and the landowners in the event of an accident. Keeping this in mind the landowners give permission (sometimes reluctantly) for the land to be used for a snowmobile trail only. For the privledge of using these properties the clubs will host landowner appreciation banquets and dances, and will often help out the landowners with drainage or access issues, ususally at quite an expense to the club.
Then someone comes along and starts riding the trail in the summer on a bike or ATV. After all, it is a trail - right? Lots of guys don't even realize that they are doing anything wrong. Most of them are snowmobilers too, that's how they know where the trail is. The landowner sees them or sooner or later finds evidence of thier passage. In the summer there is very little indication in the bush that a busy snowmobile trail existed only several months prior. Dirtbikes and ATVs leave a more definite trail, and some people just freak-out. Angry phone calls are made to the cops and club executives. The case is made that if there were no snowmobile trail, then likely no-one would have been riding on the property in the warm weather. Simple solution - no more snowmobile access allowed. No more trail. I've seen it happen, for this very reason, and it SUCKS. Sometimes entire sections of trail have to be abandoned because there is no alternate route. Countless man hours and dollars spent on developing that snowmobile trail wasted, and for what? Something so stupid and totally preventable.
Everyone just PLEASE,PLEASE,PLEASE, find out what the scoop is on that trail before you ride it. If you don't know, don't go. Don't risk ruining it for the sledders, we're all on the same side after all.
If you haven't guessed yet, I do quite a bit of snowmobiling every winter, and I'll have to admit that my sled's a two-smoke. You see, so far all the four-stroke sleds are crap, but I'm sure that'll change in a few years. Oh - and no, haven't forgotten about Yamaha's wonderous RX-Ton, also crap - sorry, I just had to add that in there.
Peace Eh - P.Z.
Posted March 20, 2003 - 11:54 PM
Gotta be straight with you. I am moving to Maine and all the winter riding is ilegal for ATV's. I am still going to ride them. Not all the riding is legal in NH either. I do understand where the sled owners are comming from. I try to ride around their best days and times. I don't ride during the day or weekends. I don't ride after fresh snow. I ride when conditions and time permit. When trails are frozen solid are the only times I ride. I don't condone my activities, but I am not willing to buy a sled or sit on the couch all winter. I will, however, promise to NEVER winter ride in Canada. Sorry to dissapiont you Pete. I hope we can still go riding sometime.
Posted March 21, 2003 - 04:07 AM
Personnally, I ride the snowmobile trails in late march and april when temperature rises above 0 celcius deg and when trails are about close. I admit that I've never checked whether or not the trails were still open for snowmobiles before jumpin in but I've never met anybody with a snowmobile while doing it so I guess nothing I did had dramatic consequences...
I will check before riding there this year...
Posted March 21, 2003 - 04:22 AM
The ATVers have their own trails.
Math, I think I asked this befor but I don't remember what you said. Where do you ride? I'm only an hour away from Montreal in eastern Ontario. Always looking for new places to ride.
Posted March 24, 2003 - 09:05 AM
I don't see any problem with getting together for a ride someday. Time and logistics are more of a hurdle than anyone's opinion on snowmobile trail use and/or abuse!
Peace Eh - P.Z.
Posted March 24, 2003 - 09:45 AM