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Old 03-04-2013, 01:48 PM   #16
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Mine is liscensed for use on the road, I normally hop on it to go to work or run to the store (both are much less than a mile), quick trips I don't want to fire up the diesel for or put on all my MC gear. I do have a Polaris 700, so it is independant suspension, and can reach 60mph.
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Old 03-04-2013, 02:39 PM   #17
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I've been riding ATV's for two years now. I have a 97 Honda Fourtrax 300FW and my son has a kids ATV. This year I bought a Yamaha XT225 because I've been riding motorcycles for over 20 years and wanted a bike I could take offroad but also ride to the trails. But truth be told I like riding the ATV better. The problem with an ATV though is that, except in limited places, none are street legal. I would love a street legal ATV. Would anyone else prefer a street legal ATV to a dual sport bike?


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Old 03-04-2013, 09:23 PM   #18
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Somehow I knew the candy ass dirt bike superiority complex crowd would troll into here.

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anything over about 30 MPH can get sketchy on a knobby tired machine.
Actually, no, not for someone comfortable with riding them. But generally the areas that do allow them to be plated for the road require DOT stamped tires, which are usually street tires or A/T tires. Anything bigger than a 350 has more than enough guts to get sideways silly, even on dry pavement with full on slicks (don't ask how I know).
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Old 03-04-2013, 10:01 PM   #19
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Back in Florida it would have been hard to see.

Here in parts of rural Texas, something like a Can-Am Commander would make perfect sense.



Every small ranch seems to have an ATV.

In small Mexican towns you run across folks riding ATVs every so often. For that matter the traffic cops in Tampico used to have a few.

So yeah ... I could see it.

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Old 03-04-2013, 10:19 PM   #20
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Mullets, double negatives, DUI's and many domestic arrests are the rage amongst Qaud guys.
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Old 03-05-2013, 07:20 AM   #21
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I ride with a guy who (rides a 300XCW) and also has an Arctic Cat, I think it is a "Wildcat". Anyway he bought it from a Dealer in Montana. The dealer did some performance mods to it, but also licensed it in Montana. So it's licensed and plated in Montana. Through reciprosity laws, that makes it legal in other states. I'm not sure of the exact nature of how legal, but when stopped, he has just shown the registration and proof iof insurance, and was sent on his way. He maintains a P.O. box in Montana to register it to.
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Old 03-05-2013, 08:02 AM   #22
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^There's laws and regulations that vary from state to state on that subject matter. Here in California, his side x side would not be considered road legal, even if it is plated an registered in another state. I don't know the exact laws on it, since I am not CHP, but there's a good reason why there aren't any ATVs for side by sides rolling around town..
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Old 03-05-2013, 09:18 AM   #23
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Quads are considered leagal to ride on the roads in Harlin County, Ky. because they want to encourage "Adventure Tourism'. T here are a couple of off road riding areas and 4 wheelers get pretty thick.
One thing I've noticed is the folks in other counties seem to think it's open season in their couties as well.
The damn things will pop out of a ditch and into the road right in front of you ridden by teenage girls two up and backward cap wearing shirtlees boys too young to shave. Helmets ?What's a helmet ?
We stopped to get gas in a little burg not in Harlin Co. and the Razors were running open piped through the town and the law not paying any mind to them.
So what happens when an unlicensed , uninsured vehicle causes injury or property loss ?
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Old 03-05-2013, 10:08 AM   #24
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That is when you need uninsured motorist on your policy.

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Old 03-05-2013, 02:49 PM   #25
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So what happens when an unlicensed , uninsured vehicle causes injury or property loss ?

What happens is the county closes all public lands to atv's, motorcycles, dual sports and any other off road vehicle except snowmobiles..........been there done that, lost the majority of our riding territory.
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Old 03-06-2013, 07:17 AM   #26
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If NJ allowed me to run my 12 Grizzly 700 on the road legally with a plate I would do it in a heart beat. It is already fully insured and registerd so getting to be able to legally plate it would be awesome. All it would need is a horn and a set of rearview mirrors.

I love ATV riding offroad. The amount of stuff a well setup 4wd utility quad can go through offroad is freakin awesome!
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Old 03-06-2013, 07:41 AM   #27
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I've got a road legal quad. It's horrible on the road.

I don't see the appeal of riding a quad on a trail unless I was using it to haul stuff and the riding bit was very much secondary.
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Old 03-06-2013, 08:42 AM   #28
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I've got a road legal quad. It's horrible on the road.

I don't see the appeal of riding a quad on a trail unless I was using it to haul stuff and the riding bit was very much secondary.
Aside from leaning in turns what it's so different about riding a bike on a trail?
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Old 03-06-2013, 10:11 AM   #29
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Aside from leaning in turns what it's so different about riding a bike on a trail?
quads tend to tear-up the trail much more then bikes, and they just ruin single track.
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Old 03-06-2013, 02:27 PM   #30
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quads tend to tear-up the trail much more then bikes, and they just ruin single track.
These 'tendencies' are nothing more than fallacy. A dirt bike can ruin a trail equally as well as a quad.

It all depends on how much you spin your tires.
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