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  1. Bear Brook Swap Meet

    Swap Meets Next Swap: September 21, 2019 at the museum complex. Come join the FUN! Bring all your Snowmobile, ATV, Motorcycle, Mini-Bike, and other parts. Clean out all those extra parts and Snowmobiles, ATV’s, etc. Find all those parts and pieces you’ve been searching for. SATURDAY, SEPTEMBER 21, 2019 7:00AM – 3:00PM BEARBROOK STATE PARK 157 DEERFIELD RD JUST OFF ROUTE 28 ALLENSTOWN, NH 03057 Complimentary Breakfast Saturday morning 7am – 9am Sponsored by Seats by Ev The Cub Scouts will be there selling Lunch items. Standard size truck and two place trailers ONLY $20.00 Price may vary due to the size of the trailer. For more information please contact Chad at 603-722-7069, or Bud at 603-496-5452
  2. Driving West on Route 111 Winter is a coming!!!

    It's even worse living in Pittsburg! Sleds are appearing and changing hands everywhere.. Has been i n the 30's at night a couple of times lately. pathfinder
  3. Spammers

    The incidence pf spam is getting more frequent. I have zapped a few lately. pathfinder
  4. Snowmobile exhaust systems

    When was the last time you met up with a F@G crew with all the gear necessary to make a judgement? Or even understand all the steps in making the test? It's basically a subjective decision of the officer on scene. Most times it is influenced by the mood and conversation that is carried on with the officer, and how "in control" the offender deals with the officer. pathfinder
  5. Snowmobile exhaust systems

    I'm glad the new law excludes vintage sleds " No person shall operate a snowmobile manufactured after February 1, 2007 " otherwise my old Rupp Nitros with "rams horn" exhaust would not comply with DB numbers for sure. I can feel a confrontation with F@G is in my future, as soon as they hear me coming. Very few of them know what constitutes "stock" from that far back... The new law is a good thing and needed, by what I hear around Young's on weekends. Some aftermarket pipes are ridiculous and can irritate the heck out of land owners who are keystones of lots of trail systems in the state... pathfinder
  6. Slowly collecting parts

    Amazing how your yard looks a lot like mine. Projects everywhere! Tough part is completing them before you get to the point where you pick something up and say to yourself, "what the heck does this go to?" Like your logic on going back to old faithful. I 'm getting to prefer older sleds myself, although I have access to later Renegades and an 800 summit 154. pathfinder
  7. Voices Thread

    This thread was accidentally deleted. Apologies from a guilty moderator. Can't get the responses back, but we can re construct it, as it generated some interesting responses. I think the pic speaks for itself and hits a familiar emotion in all of us. pathfinder
  8. Checking In

    Life is full of surprises! This one was unexpected, but you dealt with it in the best possible fashion for everyone involved. Hats off to you and your family. We all are thrown a curve ball somewhere in this lifetime and how we deal with it is something we can't predict, until we are in the middle of it. pathfinder
  9. Last Wednesday I hit the road around 5 am heading into Montreal, Ottawa, all the way to Soo St Marie into Michigan. A mere 785 miles arriving at around 8:30, checked into a Super 8, got a little sleep. On the road again next morning around 7 heading for Hiawatha Township to pick up a 73 Rupp Nitro that was kind of special, in that it had been stretched from a 116 inch track to receive a 91 Polaris RXL SKS 136 inch track and rear skid. This conversion was done by a friend of mine whose name is Joe Francis, a restoration guru that had built this sled about ten years ago along with another similar sled for himself and his wife Glenda. At the time of the build I was aware of it through another site called " The Rupp Message Board " which showed the build and I immediately wanted to build one. Time came and went, never did the build, but heard one of these came on the market for lack of use. Made a phone call, made a deal, picked it up, and for some strange reason decided to come home through the US heading south in MI in order to cut across lower Ontario heading for Niagra Falls, Buffalo, and drove the entire length of the New York throughway in the middle of the night, cutting up through Vermont and getting home Friday morning around 10:30, 2200miles, 53 hours, no sleep, and a minor case of post traumatic stress syndrome, with a new new baby that will be my vintage rider. Worth it? Hell yeah! pathfinder
  10. Craziest thing you've ever done for a snowmobile?

    May is kind of a problem month for acquiring sleds, five so far. Maybe another today being my birthday. Wouldn't do the MI run again anytime soon, went the last 4-500 miles on auto pilot, but saw some great country. Upper Michigan is very scenic and the major roads have 75 MPH speed limits. pathfinder
  11. Godspeed Jim Herbert

    Great guy! Big loss to the system! Condolences to the family. pathfinder
  12. 2011 Polaris Shift 550 Fan

    Nice looking sled for the money! Good luck! pathfinder
  13. Welcome aboard Chris! pathfinder
  14. Something to think about

    It's surprising to me that there are only 318 rentals in the state. Seems low! As someone who had a rental fleet for a little over twenty years I have seen a lot of situations evolve. Big difference in my operation was I included guide service for no extra money than the rental. I SOLD people on the advantages of going out with someone who could show them the best of the area had to offer without stopping at every intersection to look at a map. Also the advantages of someone who could fix any minor problems they couldn't handle (plugs, belts etc). I also convinced people it would be to there advantage to allow me to show them the sleds in detail before mounting up and taking them on a fun game of follow the leader on First Conn Lake (nothing to run into) where they could get the feel of throttle, brake, leaning into corners, keeping distance, hand signals, on then after about 10-15 minutes we would roar off onto the trail at 15 to 20mph, see some great stuff, come back all together at 35-40, all in one piece. I was lucky to operate out of Timberland Lodge where I was referred mostly rookies, got good at it, and loved it. Still bump into people who tell me about there first experience being very nice. As far as damage goes, people were responsible for there own, but rarely was there anything more serious than bumpers, tail lights, hoods, skis. Not everyone went out with the guide, but were aware of what they were missing, before heading off with friends or solo. If some of the rental outfits operating today, trained someone to approach rookies from the same direction there would be a tiny fraction of accidents that are occurring. The salary of one or two good individuals would generate huge savings in the long run, and a super increase in repeat business. Few people come back a second time if you have to "melt" their credit card with big numbers on the first ride.
  15. Off Trail Idiots get another trail closed

    Check out this scuttlebut from the mid west about off trail riding in their area. These guys are really upset and have vivid descriptions of the culprits.,350611.0.html pathfinder
  16. 1990 Polaris Indy and 1986 Yamaha EX570L manuals

    Thank You John, appreciate it! pathfinder
  17. 1973 Raider 400cc in really good shape.,349315.0.html pathfinder
  18. 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
  19. NHSA opinion piece on free riders

    Back atcha, Freedom Rider! MERRY CHRISTMAS! pathfinder
  20. 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
  21. 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
  22. 2000 Trail Roamer

    Don't tempt me! Unless you want to trade it for a nice Rupp show sled. Still have a few. pathfinder
  23. 2000 Trail Roamer

    I Rike IT! pathfinder
  24. 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
  25. 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