Pittsfield, Beartown, October Mountain - off road in Western MA

Discussion in 'Northeast - Greater Flugistan and home of the carp' started by Forzato, Jun 9, 2015.

  1. Bigred460

    Bigred460 Been here awhile

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    I just simply ride.
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  2. De Oppresso Liber

    De Oppresso Liber Been here awhile

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    The biggest pain in the ass about getting the sticker is having to go in person to apply for tha OHV sticker. Could you mail it? Ya, but the way this f'ed up state runs, you're likely to have missed something or this or that isn't right with your submitted forms blah, blah, blah.

    The most ridiculous thing is it seems as though this is taxation without representation. If not on private land or public roads or trails with a club, there are no other state sponsored areas to ride outside of western mass. If I lived in Boston or the Cape, I'd be more pissed! :lol3

    If you're going to be riding with any regularity, then just get the sticker and be done. A daily pass is only a phone call away to reserve... not that cumbersome. It's cheaper than the fine likely to be slapped with I would think. YMMV.
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  3. bigzook

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    I have ridden in all of those parks around 2002. They were a great place to ride. No BS from Gubmt back then. Screw these political bastards. Now I ride in more user friendly states. Some places encourage riding to promote tourism. The locals are friendly and love catering to riders.. Currently reside in upstate NY. I don't ride in Mass NY CT NJ They all hate us. Hint Hint.......
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  4. Kamala

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    A big PIA with getting an ORV sticker is proving you paid sales tax on the bike.
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  5. Dualsport Chic

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    Get the MA OHV Registration - it is definitely worth it - and despite the naysayers above - no, the program is not going anywhere, as a matter of fact, it will likely be used as a model for other states, hopefully CT soon, to get new OHV programs off the ground. The MA OHV legal forests, once you have your sticker, are filled with awesome technical riding, and yes - they are very patrolled and you will be caught and heavily fined for riding in these areas if you are not registered.

    Just make sure when you apply you follow their directions closely to avoid multiple return trips to their office - they need proof of sales tax paid on the purchase of your vehicle - if you cannot provide it, they will require you pay them the MA Stax rate. After the original registration, you can re-apply online - annually (out of state) or bi-annually (in state). And they've recently eliminated the day pass program as they really did not ever get any overcrowding that the day passes were invoked to prevent.

    For the pittance you pay to get the right to ride in these places, it is well worth it. For those who say otherwise, try having ZERO state owned off-road terrain to play in (Like CT) - the decision is a no-brainer. The fees charged for this program are used for trail maintenance and enforcement so these places can remain open and in usable shape. Those who go into these places illegally give a black eye to the rest of the law abiding OHV community in the Northeast and only sabotage our progress in expanding OHV opportunities.
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  6. joedirt5

    joedirt5 Been here awhile

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    Your middle paragraph has some mis-information in it. You can get an ohv registration by mailing the documents into the Fall River office, and they will mail you the stickers. There is never a reason to go to the registry office for anything if you can gather the proper paperwork and mail it in.
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  7. Dualsport Chic

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    No mis-information whatsoever. Many times when folks mail in their application, it gets rejected for a myriad of reasons - it is safer to go in person and bring everything you might need and let the folks behind the counter assist you than getting your application denied and returned in the mail - a huge time waster.
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  8. V8

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    Since when does Thomaston Dam. and Pachuag State Forest count as ZERO places to ride in CT. ??
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  9. Dualsport Chic

    Dualsport Chic Long timer

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    Zero State Land for true OHV vehicles (without plate). Thomaston is FEDERAL and Pachaug requires a bike to be registered with a licence plate.
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  10. V8

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    And Mass requires a plate and a sticker and a day pass.
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    When dirt bikes are outlawed
    Only outlaws will ride dirtbikes.:turkish
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  12. Dualsport Chic

    Dualsport Chic Long timer

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    Check your facts instead of continually trolling up conspiracy theories - OHV vehicles that DO NOT HAVE A PLATE are allowed under the DCR's program. That's why ATVs are allowed in most OHV legal MA State forests. Day passes have also since been done away with.
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    Troll on dschick
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  14. Racer111v

    Racer111v Long timer

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    So what do I need to do/have to register for an out of state sticker. Can I do it through the mail/internet? The website is clear as mud. NH makes it so easy.
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  15. joedirt5

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    Very simple, and contrary to what others say, anybody that can follow simple instructions can mail the paperwork in and get the stickers. Follow these links :

    Overview
    https://www.mass.gov/how-to/first-time-atv-and-snowmobile-registration

    Print these and fill them out.
    https://www.mass.gov/files/2017-06/Boat registration Form pdf.pdf

    Pay sales tax online if you have to.
    https://mtc.dor.state.ma.us/mtc/_/#2

    You will need a bill of sale, I have always just gotten creative on offroad bikes to save on taxes...

    Gather up that stuff and mail it in. Never a reason to go into any office... Sucks to go thru it but as others have mentioned its not that hard, or expensive and you get some ohv trails to use.

    Just noticed it looks like your from tax free NH. I believe a copy of your current NH offroad registration will exempt you from the tax part, and will also count as your bill of sale (aka proof of ownership). You may want to call the number in the link to confirm that though
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  16. Bigred460

    Bigred460 Been here awhile

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    A wise old enduro rider once told me "if all riding was illegal then we could ride everywhere again".
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  17. Scottyluc

    Scottyluc Been here awhile

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    The DMV in CT took my Bill of Sale when I registered the bike. Would the registration or title take the place of the Bill of Sale?
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  18. joedirt5

    joedirt5 Been here awhile

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    Yes, copy of your ct reg should cover biil of sale and tax aspect
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  19. Dualsport Chic

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    Beware - we had a member get turned away as he had his CT reg but there was no stamp showing tax was paid on it. If your registration does not have a sales tax receipt attached, you'll have to provide more proof. MA does not recognize the fact that those who register in CT have to had paid tax to do so. Just trying to save applicants the frustration of their paperwork being rejected.
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  20. Scottyluc

    Scottyluc Been here awhile

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    Gonna send off the info this week. I'll keep you posted. I was gonna take a road trip but I'd have to take time off from work to do it. Gonna give the Springfield office a call first just to clarify a few things.
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