Wisconsin OHM/DS Motorcyclists - Trail and Legislative Issues

Discussion in 'Central – From Da Nort Woods to the Plane States' started by Cannonshot, Jan 14, 2009.

  1. InTheMuck

    InTheMuck So it goes...

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    Hear, hear!! :freaky
  2. elron

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    way cool
  3. reveille

    reveille Displaced Adventurer

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    Small world. When I posted my Husky 310 for sale a couple of weeks back, one of the potential buyers lives in Boulder Junction and was really excited about dual sport. We talked at length about the trails in the Northern Highland area and even though he didn't personally buy my bike his friend did! I look forward to seeing the red and white bike cruising around some great trails in the near future. Great story about a great town and some great riding experiences. Thanks Cannon for all you do:freaky
  4. Cannonshot

    Cannonshot Having a Nice Time Super Moderator

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    The street version of the August American Motorcyclist magazine has an article with comments from the people and organizations that were awarded sound testing equipment as part of an AMA grant. There are quotes in the article from Lobster and myself (Lobajeski and Much).

    So far I have been able to run a bunch of sound tests. People are actually pretty anxious to participate just to see where they are at. These have been done on an individual basis or as part of informal riding events.

    At a recent informal in Boulder Junction, some folks from the town saw us sound testing and took a few pictures of it. Nice opportunity to demonstrate our commitment to policing ourselves and keeping people within limits.

    My experience has been (generally) that many HDs fail and a few racing dirt bikes fail.

    It is important for us to keep these meters active at as many informal get-togethers as we can. The clubs are already good about testing formal events. We need to try to work with the people that might never make it to a formal ride and may not otherwise have the opportunity to know where they are at sound-wise.

    Increased awareness leads to increased compliance which leads to increase opportunities for places to ride.
  5. Cannonshot

    Cannonshot Having a Nice Time Super Moderator

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    More guidance from the MI DNR about what stickers you need to ride there. Just buy 'em both and fuhgedaboudit.

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  6. Bultaco206

    Bultaco206 Back-to-back motos suck

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    That's not confusing or silly at all. :lol3

    I bought 'em both x 3.
  7. Cannonshot

    Cannonshot Having a Nice Time Super Moderator

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    Big turnover in Vilas County this week. The county board held a vote to change their policies about motorized recreation in the county. What happened was that people went to work at the grass roots level to get 9 new board members elected that had a more reasonable view on this topic.

    The result is that the county changed their plan. This opens the door for the ATV people to work on some potential trails in the county.

    Boulder Junction, where we recently advanced with dual sport motorcycling, is in Vilas County. So is the Central ADV Rally.

    Good news for everyone. I expect the antis to respond somehow which may spill over with what we are doing in the area.
  8. Lutz

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    Wow! Awesome! I never thought that would happen...the county has had an anti stance as long as I've paid any attention.

    Good job to everyone involved! And as usual, Cannonshot, thanks for being a leader for our community! :clap
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    It will be interesting to see how this evolves and comes to fruition. I'm sitting at a campfire in Arbor Vitae at my dad's place right now and he mentioned he went to this county meeting. I thought to check this thread since you (Bryan) have been all over these things and my dad really wasn't sure how this will evolve. I think this will be a great oppurtunity for the local ATV clubs and the dual sport community to help develop a world class trail system that could connect to some existing trails and open up some great riding for all. Just my 2 cents.
  10. Cannonshot

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    Hard for me to believe that someone that is against ATVs in Vilas County would post a comment advocating throwing nails on the trail.

    The Sheriff should have a chat with this guy. A real credit to his cause. :rolleyes

    Post #2 to this newspaper article.

    "If this occurs it opens up a whole can of worms. Two of my neighbors say theres only one way to handle this nails , nails and more nails. I sure hope it doesnt go through. We dont need this. And we dont need crazy people doing crazy things. So let me get this straight in summer vilas isnt the silent sports county anymore so dont walk your dog down trails or hike or bike and since atvs cant cross lakes they will be on roads which is dangerous to everyone. In fall they will be on the trails I walk while hunting ( great) and in winter they will be on trails with snowmobiles. In spring tearing up wet trails and back on roads. Who are the board members who voted for changing vilas as no longer silent sports county. Frank if you know can you post as I was out of town. Thank you."
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    Nice. talk about showing ignorance in public. Sadly nothing can be done about people like that. Hopefully just a loudmouth who doesn't follow through, but there are enough people out there stringing wires across trails and putting spike strips down that people get maimed and killed every year. Too bad it cant/won't be taken as a terrorist threat and prosecuted :nod
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    Jeeze! Rabid antis. :rolleyes
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    Dealing with people like the one Cannonshot quoted are the reason I spend most days in Michigan. I have town roads for atv use here in Sugar Camp, but they're no good when they don't really go anywhere. I am definitely pro atv and dual sport trails, but it has seemed like a losing battle forever. On another note; I got my new MI-Trale map in the mail yesterday. Very comprehensive look at the western UP trail system. Lots of interesting pictures and the like in it. Locally, they're only $10, which seems like a bargain for what you get.
  14. Cannonshot

    Cannonshot Having a Nice Time Super Moderator

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    Of course, it is important for people that use this map to know that not all trails depicted on this particular map as open to ATVs are open to two-wheeled ORVs. This is an exception to the Michigan system but it is important for people to know when using the map to plan their trip or otherwise navigate the trail system.

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    So what is the logic that's used to justify ATV's w 4 wheels ok, mc's not. Is it just mc dislike and selfishness or ???? :huh:huh
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    That whole deal was chewed on pretty thoroughly some years back. Lets just say that the agreement with the timber company to use the land excluded motorcycles and leave it at that for now.
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    Spent the morning at the Capitol making presentations at five senate offices. The point was to work out a lead and co-sponsors for the required senate version of the OHM bill. All went well.

    Our bill should go right through early in the session in January. Laying the ground work for that to happen now.
  18. Bultaco206

    Bultaco206 Back-to-back motos suck

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    In the DNR email blasts that I get it says that they're considering opening up trails for ATV/UTV use at Woodboro Lakes near Rhinelander. Does that also mean plated dualsports and 2-wheel ORV, also?
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    As with other trails, it is up to the local land manager. It varies by county and state property.
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    Cannonshot Having a Nice Time Super Moderator

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    State Trails Council today in Oshkosh. Packed a lot into the meeting.

    We've been doing a lot with the concept of trail towns and some initiatives there (at least with some user groups). I gave an orientation about how Boulder Junction evolved to add dual sporting to their recreational catalog. Nice to be able to show a case where facts and reality prevailed.