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  1. When do 2019-2020 registration number come out?

    I saw some sales and registration numbers for last winter from ISMA. NH registrations: 41,275 US registrations: 1.1 million Wisconsin registrations: 220,000 (that means that better than 1 in every 5 US sleds is registered in Wisconsin!. ISMA lists numbers for 25 states, including Nebraska which registered 805 sleds) Maine registrations: 82,600 Quebec registrations: 208,000 Total new sleds sold in US: 51,036 Looking at some old US sales numbers the biggest recent years were between 1995 (148K) and 2002 ((134K), with 1996 and 1997 selling 170K each. Still, nothing like the early 1970's when about 600,000 sled were sold each year.
  2. CO Matt Holmes hit by ATV

    Another story on this incident that gives more details: https://patch.com/new-hampshire/concord-nh/officer-seriously-injured-when-struck-ohrv
  3. When do 2019-2020 registration number come out?

    On March 16, 2020. Today's Union Leader has a story on the 2019-2020 sled season in the north country of NH. Capt Eastman stated that as of 2/26/2020 40,272 sleds have been registered, which is a drop of about 4,000 sleds from the previous year. I've heard nothing more recent. I was surprised to see the number as good as it was.The snow was in the north country, with little to no riding in the southern half. This year, 2020-2021, the registrations go up $1 for the registration agent and snowmobile fees go up $32. That means a resident club member will pay $99 per sled. I imagine that more riders will wait to see how much snow is on the ground before they register.
  4. Quarrentine Check in

    Thanks. Note the deer fencing around it. Without that fencing we humans wouldn't get a taste of what grows there. They truly are a walking stomach. Today we saw several bluebirds, a male Baltimore Oriole, two Flickers, and a Pileated Woodpecker. Oh yeah, the swallows are back. Good things in the middle of the bad. There's too many discouraged people. Edit: Just wanted to add one more thing. Anybody else here old enough to remember the Mayflower doughnut boxes that had a quote printed on the box that said "As you wander on through life, brother, whatever be your goal, keep your eye upon the doughnut, and not upon the hole." Pretty good deal; a great philosophy, and a good doughnut, for a fair price.
  5. Quarrentine Check in

    But, on the other hand, Spring is motoring along and won't be denied. Today, about 5 PM. Ain't no stopping it. Grass is green, maples are in bud, and the garden is waiting to be planted. This mess will end. I'm putting in snap peas tomorrow, corn in a week, and sweet potatoes in 3 weeks. Life goes on. Just look out your window and see how pretty it is, and just how good we have it.
  6. Quarrentine Check in

    If you have a shortage of deer up your way I'd love to ship you a cattle car load, or three, from down here. Pretty good crop of red foxes too.
  7. Not quite the weekend weather I was hoping for..... Snow early, then big winds, then a couple rounds of some stuff called graupel. It's not sleet, hail, or snow, and looks like tiny pieces of Styrofoam.
  8. Quarrentine Check in

    Our governor today extended the executive emergency order until May 31, but with fewer restrictions. Anybody's guess after that. The big June motorcycle week event is up in the air, with the possibility of an August date. The grass drags are in September, and that's over 4 months away. I'd guess the honest answer would be they don't know. The agricultural fairs are already being cancelled because it's time to make commitments and get commitments with state and local governments, vendors and suppliers.The NHRA must be looking at a "drop dead" date when they have to make similar commitments. Right now, the virus is still calling the shots, and our southern neighbor state is very much in the middle of the fight.
  9. Taken 4/28/2020 about 7:30pm Red sky at night, sailors delight, and tomorrow is supposed to be pretty good.
  10. Not enough snow?

    While reading several stories about COVID-19, and there's a lot too pick from, a picture of some people walking in what looked like several feet of snow caught my eye. Seems that the people in Japan's northernmost island, Hokkaido, were getting hit with a second round of the virus. I wondered how a Japanese island could have so much snow in March-April. Turns out that there are 5 cities on that island that have 150"-300" of snow per year. Yeah, that's up to 25 feet of snow. The city with the 300" of snow, Asahikawa, has a population of 340,000, so it's not a ski resort on top of a mountain. If you didn't get enough of a snow fix this Winter Video of 10 snowiest cities in the world, with several Japanese cities on the list. https://www.hellotravel.com/stories/10-snowiest-places-on-earth Video of snowmobiling in Hokkaido: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=610FfvZJ4CM
  11. Not enough snow?

    That shot of the Japanese bus was impressive. I've seen some pretty big snowplows, actually more like giant snowblowers, in the Rocky Mountain states, but whatever opened up that road must be huge.
  12. any thoughts on billwills02?

  13. March 24, 2020 6"-8" of heavy, wet, snow. Plow was taken off the truck a week ago. Only one thing to do.
  14. Today's Union Leader has a story on the 2019-2020 sled season in the north country of NH. There are interviews with BoT's Chris Gamache, NHSA's Dan Gould, F&G's Captain Michael Eastman, and SnoFest coordinator and former NHSA's Gail Hanson. Capt Eastman stated that as of 2/26/2020 40,272 sleds have been registered, which is a drop of about 4,000 sleds from the previous year. Some quotes from the story. Capt Eastman: Rental sled accidents caused "by inexperience rather than speed or alcohol" "a spike in registrations in February" Chris Gamache: "The season wasn't bad" "BoT looking at creating designated areas for back-country riding" Dan Gould: "We did not believe it was going to be as strong a year as it was" "a lot of riders went north" "Coos County had a good year after a slow start" Gail Hanson: It's been a probably fair to good season" "Hotels and restaurants up here have been full" https://www.unionleader.com/news/business/snowmobile-season-rides-through-warm-winter/article_243757f4-eb57-5ff9-987f-bfc72e02f2f6.html
  15. Colman St Park

    For an interesting report on snow cover in NH go here: https://forecast.weather.gov/product.php?site=NWS&issuedby=GYX&product=ESF&format=CI&version=1&glossary=0 The NWS does a flood assessment each spring, and it includes measurement of snow depths in Maine and NH. Baker River has called it a day for the season. Pretty good sign that things are shutting down. Down my way they never really opened up.
  16. Colman St Park

    The Swift Diamond Riders are out of Coleman State Park, and here's their Saturday (March 7) at noon trail report from Facebook. The snofest was held in their area. SDR Update: Evening all. Quite a day at the SDR Warming Hut and Coleman State Park with the final day of SnoFest. Very...Very...Busy and we appreciate all that stopped by and showed the local clubs and businesses your support. As for the SDR Trails, it’s no secret, they got completely smoked with the heavy traffic. We sent 4 groomers out tonight but there is no way that one shift will make miracles. The odds are against us between the traffic that is still out there and the “mealy” type snow we are pushing around. As you are aware we are now through the first week of March, the sun is high and daytime temps quickly become an issue. Please know that from this point on everything with trails and grooming is anybody’s guess and as the old saying goes “We will get what we get”. Rest assured that the SDR will continue to do the very best we can to keep things smooth but there is only so much we can do at times. Next weeks weather pattern would be an example of that. Hope you enjoyed your weekend and SnoFest. SDR
  17. Christmas bulbs

    We must fathom the depth of the hypocrisy that Congress wants every citizen to prove they are insured, but not everyone has to prove they are citizens. In NH , what government requires you to be insured? Congress has no interest in your car insurance..
  18. Repair shop groveton area

    Have to ask the question.. Are you sure the part will fix the problem? Do you have a multimeter and know how to use it? I've sent you a portion of the repair manual that covers testing of this assembly. Swapping electrical parts can work, but can also be expensive.
  19. The Keith Haynes trail

    I've heard that the Colebrook Ski-Bees have a new trail trail named after Keith Haynes. I remember the old Keith Haynes trail that we'd pass on the way to Colebrook. That trail was not our first option. Here's a magazine story about riding sleds in the area around the Balsams back in the 1990's. American Snowmobiler 1994 https://amsnow.com/reviews/snowmobile-trails-travel/1994/11/the-historic-balsams We got in a lot of riding in not a lot of miles. Especially when we hit the R. Keith Haynes Memorial Trail. The sign on the Haynes trail marker simply stated, "North Country's First Groomed Trail." The joke of the day was "…and it hasn't been groomed since." It was a narrow trail. Ice formed from a previous rain and melt had frozen hard and bumpy in the -30 degree temperatures we faced during our travels. No amount of grooming would make a difference until much more snow would come. In the meantime, the grooming club would suffer abuse for this next to impossible to groom section of trail. BTW: I have an extra 1992 Umbagog Sports Association trail map that I can spare, any taker? This is the one with a picture of the new 197 ft bridge over the Androscoggin River built by the club.
  20. Repair shop groveton area

    Take a look at your messages.
  21. Here's the data for a 2007 AC 2-stroke


  22. Snocross at NHMS 2/15-16

  23. From the NWS site. The low in Maine was -21 in New Sharon and Fryeburg.. Anybody riding yesterday morning had a cold start to their day. The top of Mt Washington was -11 while several towns had -20 or lower. Groveton was the place to be. ...Coos County... 4.9 N Clarksville -35 F 0420 AM 02/15 COOP 0.6 E Pittsburg -34 F 0345 AM 02/15 HADS Pittsburg -30 F 0700 AM 02/15 COOP 2.6 W Pittsburg -29 F 0400 AM 02/15 HADS Whitefield -28 F 0552 AM 02/15 ASOS Berlin -27 F 0552 AM 02/15 ASOS Lancaster -27 F 0710 AM 02/15 RAWS Errol -19 F 1215 AM 02/15 HADS 1.0 S Berlin -17 F 0700 AM 02/15 COOP Gorham -13 F 0513 AM 02/15 COOP Pinkham Notch -12 F 0534 AM 02/15 COOP Mount Washington -11 F 0953 PM 02/14 AWOS 3.0 NE Groveton 11 F 0730 AM 02/15 HADS
  24. New antique registration rules?

    Note that under current law there are two ways to qualify for antique plates: model year before 1969 or 25 or more years old. After 5/1/2020 there is only one way to qualify: model year before 1995. The twenty-five year old rule isn't there anymore. F&G still has the prior-to-May 1'st rules on their web site.I couldn't figure out how a 1995 qualified today but after 5/1/2020 it required a 1994 or earlier.
  25. New antique registration rules?

    This from the F&G site: The machine must be at least 25 years old. The current model year for sleds is 2020, so the 25-year rule should mean a 1995 qualifies (1995 + 25= 2020)