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About pathfinder

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    Snowmobiling, kayaking, playing keyboards, Porsches, Mercedes, restoring vintage sleds especially Rupps.

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    Pittsburg and Ossipee
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  1. 1973 Raider 400cc in really good shape.,349315.0.html pathfinder
  2. 1973 Raider 400cc in really good shape.

    That's a hoot! I did own that one at one time, but I too ,never registered it. I have owned about six of them over the years and only remember a 74 that I did register, but have no memory of where the vin would be. Your best bet would be to follow the link below to Vintage Sleds . Com, click on Bull Sessions and that will bring you to several sections, click on Vintage Tech Help and start a thread seeking the location of the vin, and you will be sure to get your answer. You may have to register a screen name but this is a most valuable site and will be a source of lots of information. I now live in Pittsburg NH after moving here from Ashburnham, where I owned that sled. Let me know how you make out! I'll try and post the info myself and see what happens. pathfinder
  3. NHSA opinion piece on free riders

    Back atcha, Freedom Rider! MERRY CHRISTMAS! pathfinder
  4. 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
  5. Some good news

    I don't know about the future of snow, but currently, Pittsburg has had 51 inches already (John's NH Weather) and it's still snowing hard. Too bad it's not even winter yet! pathfinder
  6. 2000 Trail Roamer

    Don't tempt me! Unless you want to trade it for a nice Rupp show sled. Still have a few. pathfinder
  7. 2000 Trail Roamer

    I Rike IT! pathfinder
  8. Sled would not start

    I went through the same ordeal with a 98 Indy 500 liquid, ended up removing the fuel pump, rebuilding it, rippin the carbs down, and finally looked into the tank and saw the fuel pickup line floating there laughing at me. Replaced the pickup line and away she went. Had the same thing happen with a 76 Rupp liquid Nitro, which had original lines on it, not much of a surprise there because of the age. pathfinder
  9. Sad to hear of Dave passing away. I had the privilege of working a few work parties with him and always wondered where the "battery slot" was that kept him going like a hummingbird. His heritage is everywhere! I was watching TV yesterday and saw an episode of North Woods Law, where a rescue of a woman with a broken ankle was being carried down from Chocora , and the last scene was at the bottom where they panned to the name of the "Bolles Trail". He will be missed................. pathfinder
  10. * official old pic thread*

    Here's a couple of pics of an old guy reliving his youth on a couple of 72 and 73 Rupp Nitros. Still have the 73, should have it bronzed. One rare pic of me on a Starfire powered TX. pathfinder
  11. Registration increase being proposed

    To borrow a phrase from someone " Make America Poor Again"! That's some wicked numbers for a lot of older folks that are still into the "Sport of Kings"! pathfinder
  12. Evergreen Valley SMC fund raiser

    Nice to see a different type of fund raiser! Everyone on here would like that shed! pathfinder
  13. Skip has lost his mate!

    I just happen to pop onto the OVSC website and was very upset to read that Skip has lost his wife Suzanne! Skip has always been a spark plug in the sport and I know him well enough to know that this loss is a huge blow. Thoughts and prayers go out to him. Condolences to our friend Skip! pathfinder
  14. Looks like a good one! Wish I could go! pathfinder
  15. Tough topic to be objective on, having made my living for years out there touring people, sometimes off trail. The Companies that owned the land up here knew what I was doing and considered the level of off trail that I was involved in and actually would rather have someone who knows the area, "guide" people through it in relative safety. There are some favorites that we all have visited at one time or another, like Magalloway Mtn, Stubb Hill Pond, Rump Mtn. The list goes on, and people enjoyed being able to experience that country. Perhaps, something could be worked out to make it legit to access these more popular ones, and still save the "back country" from the madness that seems to be taking over with people looking to work out there 154" mountain sleds. If it all has to be closed, so be it, but it will be a chapter of the North Country I will miss.........