I live in Northern Michigan where I grew up. As a teenager I could leave our subdivision, hit the railroad track grade to the woods and be gone. We could go to areas 50 miles away, never get on pavement no one cared and it was legal. That was 30 years ago. Last year I decided to buy bikes for myself and 13 yr old son. Now in Michigan without a street legal bike the only place you can ride is private land or designated ORV trails. We drive 35 miles each way every weekend to ride. The single tracks are tight and technical and a blast. This area has tons of woods and State land close to our home but no ORV trails. Snowmobile trails are all over the place but no ORV trails. Those against riding say cycles are to loud, damage the woods and air. With 4 strokes gaining popularity the air issue will become less of an argument and a 40 inch wide path through the woods uses up virtually no land. Snowmobiles are all larger displacement 2 strokes, using more fuel and causing more emissions than cycles. This is overlooked because snowmobiling has a very large impact on the tourist industry. They rent Motels, shop, eat etc.. Tons of people benefit financially from this industry. Those who benefit, vote and voice there opinions. Many don't like the snowmobiles but the financial clout used by those that do has won the battle. If we compare the issues between cycles and snowmobiles, we cyclists need to be good stewards of the woods, we will cause some erosion but the impact of the skinny little trail is minimal. Our bikes pollute less and as our numbers grow and the sport gains in popularity, as it is, our financial significance will continue to grow. What we can do is KEEP THE NOISE DOWN. People who don't ride hate the noise. I ride a WR400 with the stock pipe and Vortip Baffle. It is quite quiet and makes tons of power for woods riding. I have a YZ pipe and the performance difference is not that great. My son loves the sound of the YZ pipe, but he's 13 and can't vote and his opinion doesn't matter. Even I at times enjoy that uncorked thumper sound but its not OK in the woods, its for the track where every little bit matters. I have a responsibility to all of you current and will be riders to do my part to see the sport grow in numbers as well as places to ride. Keep the noise down and give the nay sayers less to complain about. The issue really is political and in politics if you don't have the votes to win your cause, you compromise.