1. TorkeFUN

    TorkeFUN Adventurer

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    Weather depending, I'd be down!!
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  2. Branchbuster

    Branchbuster Been here awhile

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    I live 6 miles West of there Charlie. I go to Club 37 next door to you nearly every Friday night for fish. October is bow hunting season. I try to stay out of the woods then. Why do you want to do this so late in the year?
  3. oldmanron

    oldmanron Skeptical Otimist

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    Got a 520 the sitting in the garage. And you are right, it is a good choice for the dirty stuff, but not too much fun for traveling and exploring.

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  4. Kawasakirob

    Kawasakirob phone wallet keys

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    Man Charlie if I was in town I'd be there in a heartbeat, I love riding in October, kind of like the last hurrah before winter. Sounds perfect to me
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  5. fastdadio

    fastdadio Still gettin faster

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    100% agreed. Love these cool, low humidity days for riding. Works best with all the gear. My annual fishing trip with the crew is Oct 5>8 this year. We always camp along the Manistee or Betsy rivers. I don't fish, so if the weather looks right I take the bike.
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  6. CharlieT

    CharlieT old school

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    well, for a number of reasons. 1) first summer with the camp, have spent most of the time making repairs, hauling furniture up there, etc, etc. Finally getting it ready. 2) Ass some of you know, we own a motorcycle shop. Mid-April to Oct is our busiest time of year, often working 6-7d/wk. Hard for us to take a weekend off during those times, especially aws Saturday is typically our busiest day of the week. 3) Generally nice riding during Oct. Colors are out, cooler days, less congestion. We have hosted rides in the UP in OCt that turned out great.

    As for ow hunting, not worried about getting shot like I would be in gun season. Also, the ORV trails are open and for ADV-type bikes, there's plenty of gravel county roads. I would think most bow hunters would not be perched in a tree next to an ORV trail or county road. Early bow season is from Oct 1st to Nov 15th, start of gun season. Packing the bike in for six-weeks at that time of year and you might just as well put it up for winter.
  7. TorkeFUN

    TorkeFUN Adventurer

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    Can anyone guess what town i'm in??? If you live in West Michigan and head North, you've probably ridden right through it, or even stopped for Coffee and a bite.

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    Found some great seasonal / 2-tracks here too. Nice and dry, no slop at all :D

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  8. fastdadio

    fastdadio Still gettin faster

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    I'll be camped close to you from Oct 5>8. On the river in the 8mi/Johnson rd. area. If the weather looks good, I'll bring up the bike. I'm thirsty and Club 37 has the cure. :photog

    Now about this riding during hunting season CF that comes up every year. It's always hunting season in MI. Hunting season NEVER closes. Open season for gun hunting in MI. is 24-7/365 days/year. No rider has ever been shot in the state of Mi. in the history of forever. Since the dawn of recorded time even. Turn the TV off and go out side. ORV trails are closed during the Nov 15-30 firearm deer season during certain hours of the day. Those times are listed here;
    https://www.offroad-ed.com/michigan/handbook/page/44/ORV-Operation-Regulations/
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  9. Branchbuster

    Branchbuster Been here awhile

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    My own son would shoot me if I went riding on a trail system or forest trails in October. There are a lot of bow hunters up here and there is no reason to just try to piss them off. I can see riding gravel roads. You have had all summer to ride offroad up here. You really DO KNOW that only October and November are really hunting season up here. There is no turkey hunting in Lake Co. last I knew. The Grouse guys are out there in October also. What is LEGAL is different from what is SMART.
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  10. Branchbuster

    Branchbuster Been here awhile

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    In case you are not aware of this now the entire Little O and Big O are both bike and quad legal. It has all been re marked this year. Trail now 40+ inches wide up here everywhere. So, if you ride this be careful.... A 500 lb quad may be just over that next hill. This is especially true on weekends, X2 on holiday weekends. Next year look for quads and SxS on everything! There is no enforcement and never really has been other than on 10/37 in Lake Co. See PA288 of 2018 for details.
  11. exoff-roadgoat

    exoff-roadgoat Will ride for food

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    . My initial guess is Newaygo. ??
  12. Branchbuster

    Branchbuster Been here awhile

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    Actually they should just take all the signs down now except those identifying corners and intersections after 288 takes effect. Their 4 digit numbering system has even started to change as some trails/ forest roads are getting names....EX: 5442 has become Gopher Trail. 5196 signs have been taken down...so maybe a name for that big one as well. Makes more sense anyway. No one can remember the numbers anyway! Not even the Forest Service guys/girls.
  13. TorkeFUN

    TorkeFUN Adventurer

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    Bingo! I finally rode up that big hill in Newaygo, what a view! I have been finding some great 2-track trails in the Rouge river St. game area on my way back to GR.
  14. Branchbuster

    Branchbuster Been here awhile

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    Rogue River? Think Rouge is over by Detroit.
  15. TorkeFUN

    TorkeFUN Adventurer

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    Its not very big, Just West of Cedar Springs, north of GR. A surprising amount of trails if you keep your eyes open.
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  16. fastdadio

    fastdadio Still gettin faster

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    Hey, I was just quoting the facts. Why would a bow hunter hunt next to an ORV trail and not expect to hear/see an ORV? Izzat the same guy that buys a house next to a pig farm and then complains of the smell? I'm a hunter. I've hunted all over the state, every year for 45 years. I use the trail system to access certain areas I want to hunt. Not once in all those years have I ever missed a shot because some darn motor biker was riding in the area. I smile and wave as the guys ride by. Fun fact: The deer aren't afraid of the ORV traffic. It's part of their natural environment and they're used to it. I see way more deer when riding my motorcycle than I do while on foot. The last 10 deer I seen were standing in the road. Our state and national forests are multi-use public lands and this is called sharing that land. The ORV trail system in Mi. takes up just a tiny fraction of a % of the square miles available for hunting and other use access.
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  17. dougfromindy

    dougfromindy I smell premix

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    Yes... Multi-use.
    I am looking for a deer costume for you right now. Can you put me down as your beneficiary? This is why a KTM is orange.
    Don't forget about the limited edition of special hunting cans of busch beer 30 packs.
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  18. Padilen

    Padilen Been here awhile

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    Our hunting is year around for different game. Our firearm deer is Nov to Dec. Our bow season is October until Jan. Although I haven't checked this info lately.

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  19. fastdadio

    fastdadio Still gettin faster

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    My KTM was black. Those are the fast ones. Faster than a speeding boolit, so no need to be orange. And why am I not surprised that you guzzle douch beer? Do I need to come over there and knock down a few Bambi's for you? They're like mosquitos over there. Sukkers are jumping out of the bushes and eating all your shrubs. The place looks like hell. I'll give you a good rate. $10.00 bux a head plus ammoes fee and I'll haul'em away for free. :photog
  20. simbaboy

    simbaboy Lansing MBS

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    My 1970 Honda CL175T Scrambler.
    One of these days I am going to ride it to Charlie T's Checkerd Past.
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