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Everything posted by PolarisCobra

  1. Klim Inversion gloves

    I have these, and like them very much. Very warm. Have had them for several seasons, will have them for several more.
  2. How to get to the best riding area fast

    Well I guess I know what to go shopping for when its time to replace my truck. No more traffic jams on 93 or 495, or full parking lots at a trailhead. Lots of parking (landing) options.
  3. Any sleds not ridden in Pittsburg

    My favorite is 'was my wifes sled'.
  4. Snowy winter on tap?

    Let's hope you're right!
  5. Can you get to the Ice Castle in Woodstock by Sled?

    OK - Thanks.
  6. Would be fun to visit that place some evening by sled. Looks like 156 gets close, but is it possible to get to the parking lot by sled?
  7. What incentives do NH land owners have?

    Sorry if I mis-interpreted some of your posts over the past months. My impression is that you want to be able to do some off trail riding (led me to the assumption that you already do some, maybe I was incorrect about that), think that the speed limit is too low (others agree, but don't seem to see a clear path to changing it), and that the registration increase will drive many riders to other states, notably Maine. This is because of lower registration and housing costs, lack of speed limits, and off trail opportunities in Maine. I will be the first to say that I don't understand all the ins and outs of the things that go into changing any of this. From where I live in Mass, it's difficult to get more involved, although I do understand that isn't a great excuse. For me, given that I cannot get more involved in the inner workings of things, I'm willing to accept what is available. I do understand that Maine is fundamentally different than NH. Much more space, the land is more open, much more of it is logging or farms, or just forest when there is no snow on the ground. Therefore, winter use permissions are different. There are probably other laws that are different that I know I don't fully understand. The laws, customs and rules have evolved differently for a number of reasons, and I don't think its likely that they will converge any time soon. I think that part of the housing price difference has to do with lower economic opportunists in Maine, I have relatives there who struggle to find work. Some towns are really struggling there compared to years past for sure. That issue exists in NH as well, but I believe to a lesser extent. When there is no work, housing prices are lower (I think you can buy an abandoned house in the area around Detroit for nearly nothing these days.) Not a big problem if you are buying a vacation home, and don't plan to work there. But - homes out of the towns, with trail access and more space tend to be somewhat more expensive, if they have comparable square footage and amenities. Bottom line, if there is no concerted effort in NH, by people who want to do some off trail riding, to open up some areas, nothing will change. The people and clubs maintaining trails today don't seem to have much incentive to do the work to create off trail areas, and when people go off trail, causing trouble between the landowners and club, you can't really blame them for being frustrated with people going off trail, and getting land closed off. As for speed limits, if no one steps up with a strong argument and lobbies the NHSA, BOT, and whoever else in in the decision paths to get support for changing the rules, they are not going to change. I keep reading that younger people generally are not getting involved with clubs. (Not meaning you specifically, I clearly don't know what your involvement is.) Maybe its a generational thing, maybe they don't feel welcome, there are probably lots of reasons. What I am pretty sure of is that people posting on Facebook (or wherever) (again, not pointing at you specifically) that they will ride where they want, don't care about the rules, and have no intention of getting involved isn't going to help get anything changed.
  8. What incentives do NH land owners have?

    Its probably a good thing that the sport is dying... Otherwise you would need to wait in line without standing in a line two miles long. I don't think the sport is in as tough shape as you think it is. I do agree there are challenges. There are many reasons why off trail works better in Maine than in NH, space is one, landowners are another, evolution of regulations in each state play a part. I like riding in NH for the infrastructure, relative closeness of things, and I think better views/vistas compared to the places I have ridden in Maine. I have ridden in the Forks area, and Millinocket areas on Maine for reference.I like the tighter, twisty trails in NH more for the most part, I am not a fan of running at 60 plus MPH for long distances. I often ride two-up with my wife, that makes a difference for me for sure. My sled has rarely (not never) gone faster than 55, but I know it can do 90. We each have different desires for our riding style, and it may not be reasonable to expect that all styles can be accommodated in a given area. The houses you posted are surely affordable. But - I am not sure that those examples have direct trail access (this would be a deal breaker for me), or enough space to park multiple trucks and trailers. If those areas were really desirable, my guess is that the properties would be more expensive. They are offered at the price they are because no one will pay more for them. $50 per sled per yea would not entice me to drive, an extra 75+ miles each way every weekend to get to a vacation home, that's just bad economics. A lower price for a home may make that a better move. Either way, you have woken this place up, and generated some lively discussion - thanks for that. I hope you find a place that suits your needs, wherever it may be.
  9. Can you get to the Ice Castle in Woodstock by Sled?

    Thanks, might become part of an evening ride this winter.
  10. Issues with membership portal

    About two weeks ago, I re-upped my club membership, paid my dues, and printed the voucher no issues.
  11. Snowy winter on tap?

    Interesting looking through this thread from last year. Lots of doomsday stuff until early January, then things got better. We really did have a pretty good snow winter last year overall. Let hope for another...
  12. Too bad, but I think it will be the way for lots of magazines. American Snowmobiler Magazine Ceases Publication By AmSnow staff | September 15, 2019 RELATED TOPICS: NEWS After 34 years, American Snowmobiler magazine is ceasing publication following the November 2019 issue. It has been our pleasure to serve you and provide you the most up-to-date snowmobiling information, honest sled reviews and our three exclusive shootout reports. We thank you for your loyalty and support. We will continue to update our popular website through the end of 2019. Further information about subscription fulfillment will be coming soon. For now, if you have questions or concerns, please contact our Customer Service team at 877-246-4889 or email them at customerservice@americansnowmobiler.info Again, thank you for your support. It has been a great ride!

    Planning to visit on Sunday.
  14. Fish and Game Executive Director being shown the door

    I live in Mass, and have ridden in both NH and Maine. I'm OK with the speed limit (not that I have never gone faster for a bit). On most trails, 45 is plenty. Sure, a few could support faster speeds, but I fully understand (and respect) the issues with landowners, and think it would be a challenge for clubs to be putting up speed limit signs in selected areas above everything else the volunteers need to do. I prefer NH, for me. Mostly riding with family, nearly half of it 2-up, we look for 60 - 80- mile days, sometimes around 100 miles. Want to be able to ride from a hotel to some destination for lunch, then work our way back. I can save at least 50, often more than 100 miles each way in the truck getting to good riding in NH compared to Maine (for me). The cost of fuel and time is more than offset by a few extra dollars to register. I could see a number of people riding Maine for off trail (not much we can do about that, and I would rather they be in Maine, so as not to screw things up in NH), and some for the ability go go fast. Seems to me, if you really want to go that fast, do it there, I'm better off in NH. We are each entitled to ride the way we like, withing the regulations (to protect the trails for all), and if you feel you need to ride in Maine to accomplish that, then that's where you should ride. I think John M's point about the speed limits on roads not being much different is a good one, I had not really thought about it that way.
  15. Something different

    Nice. Amazing scenery for sure. Brings a whole new meaning to 'off trail'. And - I have to agree that trail side cooking would not be a great idea. Good way to put yourself on the menu.
  16. Hello, again

    Glad to see you back.
  17. Slowly collecting parts

    Looking good. Lets hope we get some snow early this year. That thing looks great.
  18. Weather its old cars, sleds, tractors, or what have you, there is a network of people who are buying and selling parts, you just need to look a bit to find it. It's amazing to me how much to on in some of the more obscure areas.
  19. Digital Maps from NHSA

    My Snow Traveler showed up in the mail yesterday. Have not read much in it yet, but did take a quick look. Noticed a story about digital maps, just found this on the NHSA website. Will be interesting to see what level of detail they provide. https://nhsa.com/digital-snowmobile-trail-map/ FWIW - I got only one copy of the Snow Traveler, looks like they finally solved the problem of sending multiples.
  20. It's amazing to me to see how much of that stuff is out there. BTW - I was at Livingstons Arctic Cat a while back. I know there are a bit of a distance from you (not as far as the midwest), but they have a 'boneyard' behind their shop, with dozens of older sleds. Not sure if you are aware, but if you need something, they may have it. I have no idea what they would be willing to part with, but it was interesting to walk around that stuff to see what was there.
  21. Slowly collecting parts

    That thing looks like its brand new. Very nice.
  22. Amateur Radio Field Day this weekend.

    I had no idea there were so many of these clubs.
  23. Driving West on Route 111 Winter is a coming!!!

    There are a couple of trees that always the first ones to change in my yard. Noticed a bit of color last weekend. End of summer is surely coming.
  24. Snowmobile exhaust systems

    That seems to clear the whole 'I can modify my sled as long as it meets the sound requirements' problem better than a flat out 'must have factory exhaust'. Problem is, I don't think any of the aftermarket companies get their parts certified. If they go to the expense of doing that now, riders may have the option of a lighter exhaust system that is legal. Seems like a good thing to me. Note - I will be leaving my factory system on either way...
  25. Checking In

    Been quiet around here, hope everyone is doing well. Been a very hectic couple of months for me, finally getting out from under everything. Took my last ride of the season this year in March, with BigGuyNH, we had a great day cruising the Baker River and surrounding area trails. About that time, it became evident that my daughter’s marriage was not going to survive. They had been married for seven years, and struggling for several months. I thought they would be able to get things straightened out, but it wasn’t to be. Couldn’t say what really happened, they have chosen not to share too much, but it seems that my son-in-law was just too unhappy to stick with it. My daughter wanted to try to get back in track, but he seemed to have given up, for reasons I don’t fully understand. They have a little girl, who will be three in a couple of weeks, and another on the way. Long story short, she moved in with us, along with our grand-daughter, and their german shepard in March, while seven months pregnant. We like the dog, but never had one of our own, and wasn’t looking forward to having a 95 pound animal in the house, but you do what you have to do. Spent most of March and April moving her stuff out of their house, while it was for sale, some of it into our house, rest into storage, meanwhile trying to get her settled, helping our granddaughter get used to a new living arrangement, along with the dog (the dog was harder). She had her baby in early May, so now we have another little one in the house, which is great in a number of ways, but I have to say we had become accustomed to being empty-nesters. Normally, after my last ride of the season, the sleds get cleaned, lubed, and anything that needs to be done for next season taken care of, and they get tucked into the trailer for the summer. That didn’t happen until last weekend, and I still have not had time to clean up the trailer (hopefully this weekend). My granddaughter is a pretty good sidekick, took a trip to the nursery last weekend to buy flowers, then ‘helped’ me work on the sleds. She is much more interested in playing with cars and trucks than dolls and princess stuff, and is happy to be outside with her tools, and helping to plant the flowers. Finally getting caught up on my springtime chores. Our daughter has found a house, which is being built over the summer, so they will be with us until the fall, then she should be moving into her own place, about 10 miles away. Not going to be easy as a single mother with two under four years old, hopefully she will be able to manage with some help from us. Here are some pics of our newest granddaughter, and my sidekick helping with the sleds last weekend.