Would you prefer a street legal ATV to a DS?

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  1. oldmanb777

    oldmanb777 Just say NO to socialism!

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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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  2. XpressCS

    XpressCS Must. Have. Lumens..

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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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  3. bk brkr baker

    bk brkr baker Long timer

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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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  4. Big Bird 928

    Big Bird 928 Long timer

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    That is when you need uninsured motorist on your policy.

    sent from my abacus.
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  5. bryantjt

    bryantjt Long timer

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    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. :huh
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  6. 131unlimited

    131unlimited Been here awhile

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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! :clap
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  7. 5th-Elefant

    5th-Elefant Long timer

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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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  8. Keithert

    Keithert Been here awhile

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    Aside from leaning in turns what it's so different about riding a bike on a trail?
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  9. ysr612

    ysr612 Long timer

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    quads tend to tear-up the trail much more then bikes, and they just ruin single track.
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  10. XpressCS

    XpressCS Must. Have. Lumens..

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    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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  11. ysr612

    ysr612 Long timer

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    unless a quad has a differential it will always be more harmful, as when turning a corner one wheel is always draging.
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  12. bk brkr baker

    bk brkr baker Long timer

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    When 4 wheelers started to get popular it was the beginning of the end for trail riding in Kentucky.
    I'm glad I got to experience the good times before the quads came and tore things up to the point where the tree-huggers got together with the Forestry guys and threw everyone except hikers and horse riders out of 90% of the places and trails we rode before.
    We used to ride some beautiful single track . I remember riding with 8-9 others and after we passed it was hard to tell we'd been some places. In the fall you would just see some leaves flipped over. Of course climbing hills left tracks but, what the bikes did was minor compared to the quad invasion.
    In a few years ,after public meetings where riders were far the minority next to Heartwood and other groups , most of the trails were closed to motor powered anything. What was left to legally ride was widened to 4 feet and graveled. Not much like it was before.
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  13. XpressCS

    XpressCS Must. Have. Lumens..

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    We're talking minor differences. With the way dirt bikers ride nowadays, ruts are a common thing to find in trails, and not from water runoff.

    But saying a trail was closed because a 3 or 4 wheeler invasion occurred is just plain arrogance at its finest. It's always something someone was doing, regardless of what they ride. Someone always has to ruin it, be it drinking and trashing the place, riding without safety gear, basically just irresponsibility is the main reason.
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  14. ct-ktm

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    No

    You should be banned for asking that on a motorcylco forum..
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  15. JamesG

    JamesG Rabid Poster

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    Food for thought:

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    One is street legal. The other is not. Can you see why?
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  16. cab591

    cab591 Been here awhile

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    Like someone else said, it's legal here in AZ. Hell, I see people riding them just about every day around here. They get plated as a motorcycle. That said, I'd still take a motorcycle over a quad. Can't wait to get back on 2 wheels (hopefully by this Spring!). :wink:

    The side-by-side quads can be made street legal here, too, but they're not as common on the roads as the quads (I've seen maybe 2 or 3). All they have to have are headlights, brake lights and indicators to get plates.
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  17. ysr612

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    talk about destroying a trail; horses are about the worst thing that can happen. Well maybe a full cattle drive would be worse.
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  18. XpressCS

    XpressCS Must. Have. Lumens..

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    And they shit everywhere too!!
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  19. 5th-Elefant

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    I haven't given it much thought. A quad is a tool, a bike is a toy [for me] I guess. I find 4x4s equally dull.
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