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    Freedom Rider got a reaction from rivercat in Off Trail Idiots get another trail closed   
    Why should law followers and club volunteers have to find them places to ride? I know in the 70s the club's had to find it on there own. I spent a lot of my teenage years going out with club elders doing exactly that.
     
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    Freedom Rider got a reaction from rivercat in Off Trail Idiots get another trail closed   
    Why should law followers and club volunteers have to find them places to ride? I know in the 70s the club's had to find it on there own. I spent a lot of my teenage years going out with club elders doing exactly that.
     
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    Freedom Rider reacted to trailblaster in NHSA registration portal   
    I called the main office. The lady was nice and very helpful and fixed the issue rather quickly but didn't know why the glitch happened in the first place. Thanks for the advice. 
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    Freedom Rider reacted to PolarisCobra in NHSA registration portal   
    Sounds like a good outcome, that is nice to hear. 
     
    We mostly get only bad news about the whole program, good to hear they were able to help you.
     
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    Freedom Rider reacted to noxorc in OHRV/Snowmobile Event Permits   
    It just keeps repeating in my head "45 days"... "45 days".   You got to be kidding me.  There is something wrong with your process Dennis.
    I attend most of my club meetings and I don't recall the announcement of this change.   Thanks for sharing this.
    So, I'm not here to bitch.  I'm here to make a difference.  
    What can we (as clubs) do to help you make it more efficient to get this job done?
    Is it information gathering needed?   phone numbers?  emails addresses?  
    This isn't done by paper is it? snail mail?
    What about an online form that clubs fill out?
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    Freedom Rider got a reaction from PolarisCobra in Merry Christmas, Happy New year   
    May all have a special holiday with their loved ones and all that they cherish. Treat those around you better than you expect to be treated.Please remember thus when giving to your local club you support. Give more money and help  for them to work with. so they can do more to make you a happy responsible snowmobiler. Go only where it is posted legal to go. Carry in, carry out. Please be considerate of the awesome landowners who give the club's something more valuable than money. The use of their property so that anybody registered in the State can use it with no income or tax break received for doing so. Go to a meeting and shake the hand and say hi to those that set their families and family life on hold just to make sure you have a pleasurable experience. Again may God Bless all of you and keep loved ones close and safe. Watch over our club volunteer.
     
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    Freedom Rider got a reaction from RK-SXViper in United Snowmobile Alliance   
    The person who wrote the subject for the thread included NHSA in it. It was not twisted and inserted.Valium may help the temper a little.
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    Freedom Rider reacted to smallengineguy in United Snowmobile Alliance   
    Actually, O-Thumper twisted it to what a select few here always do, and made it an "Anti-NHSA" issue. Re-read everything above that, and it was perfectly civil. Gets irritating, that's all. I could use a Valium after this crappy storm today.
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    Freedom Rider reacted to pathfinder in NHSA opinion piece on free riders   
    The logic and arguments about off trail anything (Snowmobiling, ATV's, dirt bikes etc) is getting older than dirt, and not much ever seems to get resolved. Back in the day, I rode dirt bikes in Northern Mass. pretty much anywhere and never really had any issues with access to where we wanted to ride. We did make a mess of things in muddy areas, but never really got in trouble. Started riding Pittsburg in the early 80's when there was less traffic, hardly any long track dedicated mountain vehicles, and went into some areas that were definitely off trail, limited only by where we dare take a trail sled.  Often times during that period of time, we would bump into Fish and Game out there and they were only concerned with us knowing where we were and how to get out safely. Between then and now, the evolution of the average sled has taken a definite turn towards off trail design, long,deep paddle tracks, giant motors, riser bars all contribute to comfort hitting it hard on mountain terrain. A visit to any gas stop in the area shows that the popularity of this type of sled is dominating the trails as well as "protected areas".  The manufacturers of these machines could care less if people use them in protected areas, and are in a sense, shooting themselves in the foot, by causing trail closures and related problems which impact future sales.  Another issue that has not been raised is the level of damage that paddle tracks cause on groomed trails, even with careful riding. You only have to follow a deep paddle rider to see the impact of one pass on fresh groomed snow.  The clubs end up on the receiving end of complaints that the frequency of passes is inadequate.  Complex issues that are weaved together in a mix of cause and effect that has no simple resolution............
    pathfinder
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    Freedom Rider got a reaction from snorander in United Snowmobile Alliance   
    You get serviced ok. Dry and hard, no lube either.
    New group will probably be another way for you to have to buy a voucher to join a club and buy another voucher to register your sled.
    Here is a video of the County Directors at last NHSA Board meeting when someone had a good idea to help the sport or their respective clubs. Does this look familiar to you guys Rob or Dirt Dummy?
    https://www.facebook.com/ActiveHire.co.uk/videos/1813861348703779/
     
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    Freedom Rider got a reaction from RK-SXViper in United Snowmobile Alliance   
    The person who wrote the subject for the thread included NHSA in it. It was not twisted and inserted.Valium may help the temper a little.
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    Freedom Rider got a reaction from RK-SXViper in United Snowmobile Alliance   
    The person who wrote the subject for the thread included NHSA in it. It was not twisted and inserted.Valium may help the temper a little.
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    Freedom Rider got a reaction from Saluda in Someone is in trouble.   
    http://www.unionleader.com/news/courts/snowmobile-group-sued-over-change-in-governing-documents/article_dea0ebf5-fec6-5886-9d4e-9b9b5e986a12.html
    Just put in online newspaper under an hour ago. Looks like court tomorrow.
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    Freedom Rider got a reaction from snorander in United Snowmobile Alliance   
    You get serviced ok. Dry and hard, no lube either.
    New group will probably be another way for you to have to buy a voucher to join a club and buy another voucher to register your sled.
    Here is a video of the County Directors at last NHSA Board meeting when someone had a good idea to help the sport or their respective clubs. Does this look familiar to you guys Rob or Dirt Dummy?
    https://www.facebook.com/ActiveHire.co.uk/videos/1813861348703779/
     
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    Freedom Rider got a reaction from snorander in United Snowmobile Alliance   
    You get serviced ok. Dry and hard, no lube either.
    New group will probably be another way for you to have to buy a voucher to join a club and buy another voucher to register your sled.
    Here is a video of the County Directors at last NHSA Board meeting when someone had a good idea to help the sport or their respective clubs. Does this look familiar to you guys Rob or Dirt Dummy?
    https://www.facebook.com/ActiveHire.co.uk/videos/1813861348703779/
     
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    Freedom Rider got a reaction from snorander in United Snowmobile Alliance   
    You get serviced ok. Dry and hard, no lube either.
    New group will probably be another way for you to have to buy a voucher to join a club and buy another voucher to register your sled.
    Here is a video of the County Directors at last NHSA Board meeting when someone had a good idea to help the sport or their respective clubs. Does this look familiar to you guys Rob or Dirt Dummy?
    https://www.facebook.com/ActiveHire.co.uk/videos/1813861348703779/
     
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    Freedom Rider got a reaction from snorander in 1 sled down, 2 to go   
    I hear this may be new model for next season especially with all of the global warming it may come in handy.Gotta love Old Iron buddy!

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    Freedom Rider got a reaction from Skip in NHSA having legal issues again.   
    No I have not been able to get there. Still recuperating and handling medical issues is taking up all of my "fun" time. Didn't even get to go to County Meeting. The Derry Club location meeting is always a great meeting. Many fine folks with outstanding food. They could feed an army there and all of it is first class.
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    Freedom Rider got a reaction from snorander in 1 sled down, 2 to go   
    I hear this may be new model for next season especially with all of the global warming it may come in handy.Gotta love Old Iron buddy!

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    Freedom Rider reacted to snorander in 1 sled down, 2 to go   
    Well played sir, well played! 
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    Freedom Rider got a reaction from snorander in 1 sled down, 2 to go   
    I found a parts diagram for your winter ride. Newest parts diagram availble. I kope this will help you diagnose sliding around problem.

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    Freedom Rider got a reaction from PolarisCobra in How high could sled registration go?   
    Quite obvious that you don't ride in the south or even realize what goes on there with the clubs who bust their asses to keep trails open for people who wish to ride their sleds instead of trucks.
    There are no $300,000.00 groomers down here. I do not think there are any in the whole state. The newest groomers that I know of are the Mid 2000 vintage groomers that SNHSS have for full size and 2009 ASV Scout the NCP has. Kingston runs a nice older model Pistonbully. Derry runs an older BR, and Newfields runs a mid 90's Tucker. Nothing new just well cared for. NCP runs a 1973 Thiokol. The last GIA funding for a groomer purchase in Rockingham County was in 2009. I bet if you totaled all of the groomers values it would not equal buying a 5 year old machine. Out of these listed they take nothing away from the North Country as you may think. The whole County combined receives less than 1 club above the notches as far as grooming money.Yet the SNHSS is consistently in the top 3 when it comes to membership size.
    What does closing trails in the south have to do with increasing funding in the north? It will help the demise of the sport we all love. Many families like to ride out of their homes when conditions allow. Many count on that to share the experience with the youngsters. That is how many have come to be involved with snowmobiling.Not many with young kids would risk their safety by bringing them to Pittsburg for a first ride.The local clubs in the south along with clubs to our west do a standup job promoting the family sport of snowmobiling, not just the rich, young mans sport.There are many State Parks and Rail Trails in the south and western parts of the state. They are maintained by the volunteers of the clubs that you would like to be shuttered. Those volunteers give many the benefit of well maintained trails year round. They do so on the clubs dime not the states. Maybe you would rather see higher taxes to pay for it instead.
    Try getting involved in a club closer to where you live to see why closing them is not a very smart option. You will probably find you will make many more friends than you will going north.These clubs are part of the community. It is not businesses that thrive from them but many local residents.who appreciate what they give back.
    If all trails south of notch's were closed how well do you think the trails in Coos County would be? You wouldn't be able to make anything better with the amount of money that was spent south of there.Money doesn't replace snow nor does putting 40,000 snowmobiles in 5 clubs trail systems. After 10:00 am trails would be destroyed. People would be pissed and then ride at night following the groomers as that would be only time trails would be flat. Trails wouldn't even have time to set up properly. Now that would improve the snowmobile experience how? How would you personally enjoy riding your $20,000.00 worth of sleds after sitting in your $50,000 dollar truck for 4 hours? Then after another 50 mile day of riding moguls dodging a sled every 100 yards and a mogul every 50 feet have to get back in your truck and ride 4 hours home. Wicked pissa huh? Sport will be thriving. NOT!!!!!!!!!!!!!
     
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    Freedom Rider reacted to RK-SXViper in How high could sled registration go?   
    Because there are too many hands in the cookie jar. Snowmobiling in NH is a self funded sport unlike Maine and VT which have state control over the sport. NH clubs are non profits and can have no connection to a state agency (F&G) so there will never be a one stop website to register your sled. Like Jeff mentioned if you register as a non club member and pay the extra $30 per sled, all of that $30 will go into GIA for all clubs to use. So if you really want to help the sport register as a non club member then go and make a donation to your local club
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    Freedom Rider got a reaction from PolarisCobra in How high could sled registration go?   
    Quite obvious that you don't ride in the south or even realize what goes on there with the clubs who bust their asses to keep trails open for people who wish to ride their sleds instead of trucks.
    There are no $300,000.00 groomers down here. I do not think there are any in the whole state. The newest groomers that I know of are the Mid 2000 vintage groomers that SNHSS have for full size and 2009 ASV Scout the NCP has. Kingston runs a nice older model Pistonbully. Derry runs an older BR, and Newfields runs a mid 90's Tucker. Nothing new just well cared for. NCP runs a 1973 Thiokol. The last GIA funding for a groomer purchase in Rockingham County was in 2009. I bet if you totaled all of the groomers values it would not equal buying a 5 year old machine. Out of these listed they take nothing away from the North Country as you may think. The whole County combined receives less than 1 club above the notches as far as grooming money.Yet the SNHSS is consistently in the top 3 when it comes to membership size.
    What does closing trails in the south have to do with increasing funding in the north? It will help the demise of the sport we all love. Many families like to ride out of their homes when conditions allow. Many count on that to share the experience with the youngsters. That is how many have come to be involved with snowmobiling.Not many with young kids would risk their safety by bringing them to Pittsburg for a first ride.The local clubs in the south along with clubs to our west do a standup job promoting the family sport of snowmobiling, not just the rich, young mans sport.There are many State Parks and Rail Trails in the south and western parts of the state. They are maintained by the volunteers of the clubs that you would like to be shuttered. Those volunteers give many the benefit of well maintained trails year round. They do so on the clubs dime not the states. Maybe you would rather see higher taxes to pay for it instead.
    Try getting involved in a club closer to where you live to see why closing them is not a very smart option. You will probably find you will make many more friends than you will going north.These clubs are part of the community. It is not businesses that thrive from them but many local residents.who appreciate what they give back.
    If all trails south of notch's were closed how well do you think the trails in Coos County would be? You wouldn't be able to make anything better with the amount of money that was spent south of there.Money doesn't replace snow nor does putting 40,000 snowmobiles in 5 clubs trail systems. After 10:00 am trails would be destroyed. People would be pissed and then ride at night following the groomers as that would be only time trails would be flat. Trails wouldn't even have time to set up properly. Now that would improve the snowmobile experience how? How would you personally enjoy riding your $20,000.00 worth of sleds after sitting in your $50,000 dollar truck for 4 hours? Then after another 50 mile day of riding moguls dodging a sled every 100 yards and a mogul every 50 feet have to get back in your truck and ride 4 hours home. Wicked pissa huh? Sport will be thriving. NOT!!!!!!!!!!!!!
     
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    Freedom Rider got a reaction from Bilbo in How high could sled registration go?   
    Too bad there are not more open minded people that could see where this is going. The majority of clubs still come down to the everyday average Joe and his family. They are the ones that support their local clubs. They donate their time. They help raise money for fundraisers etc. The people with "all" the big money materialistic things usually have the thought process is their time is too important. Or they pay their registration and the trail work is the responsibility of people who are less important.One of the sayings that I always used to hear when asking for volunteers is "I live too far away", "I work too many hours", or "I always throw $20.00 in the groomer jar" Notice a consistency here? I , I , I it is always about I not us as a club, volunteer, or a user group. But if there is a snowstorm coming everything else ceases. They find the time to ride. They make the time to take off from work to ride. Too many I's are calling the shots. If you get rid of the some of the  larger clubs in Lakes Region, Grafton County, Rockingham, and the western part of the state you will ruin the sport. The percentage of people who own 2nd homes up in Coos are relatively low. There are even less places that offer reasonable lodging. That leaves the average Joe consumer and his family no place to go. The registration numbers are more reflective on the average Joe that the person who buys new sled every year and goes to Pittsburg for a week.For a family it is easier to join club and register their older sleds. They are not losing much if bad year of snow. Now take person who spends $15,000.00 on new sled every year or two. If two bad years they are moving on to another state or out of sport all together. The balance of available resources is based on miles, weeks of season, and availability of clubs to do the work. Taking money from one part to throw to another part of state makes no sense. The majority of residents live in area below bottom of Winni. Do you see many of those who have the chance to ride from their houses if good snow saying lets close all the trails so I can go to Coos once a year? The clubs in COOS have not been adding miles of trails much in last 10 years. The system up there on weekends barely can offer decent riding with so many sleds. Where do you send everyone when you effectively force clubs out of business and along with them the trails that they get permission for and maintain?