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About skidooboy

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  1. been watching this from day one. very sad time, for the motorcycle world. Ski
  2. you guys need to start on your accessorizing, and updating your current, or soon to be... new, delivered whips. helps with the wintertime withdrawals. rec'd another portion of the graphic kit for the snowbike, installed the front fork leg graphics. have the custom colored/braided stainless steel brake line, and all the goodies to make the bike street legal. (headlamp with high beam indicator, horn, rear running and brake light). just need the mirror, and a place to mount the plate, and a signature from a police officer, and the title, registration will be made street legal. laced up some black rims for it last week. waiting on my guy to true them, install new tires, and tune the bike on the dyno. (yes, it is getting tuned on the dyno). the yamahas have their own tuning programmer, where you can augment the timing, and fuel curves for the efi bikes. it is a wonderful thing. tinkering in the garage on winter long term projects gets me through the summer. Ski
  3. I am with you... cannot wait for the delivery of my kit. I want to build it SOOOOOOOOOOO BAD! Ski
  4. 4000 oil, 10000 filter, or once a year, whichever comes first. so in theory if you only rode, 1000k a season, you would "need" to change it, by the manuals recommendation. in theory, it is cheap insurance, let the motor sit with old oil, acids, and contaminants, over the storage period, possibly causing internal permanent damage... or bite the bullet for less than 60 bux, and maintain your investment. you can pay a little now, or a lot later. with the rpms and extreme temp swings these units see, I was told to think of sleds, in automotive terms (mostly body, suspension, frame, but, you get the point), 10,000k (or miles) on a sled is like 100,000 on an automobile. you have to be vigilant with the maintenance, or they will break down, and strand you at the worst possible moment. Ski
  5. the cat has the new ctech 800, 2 stroke motor. nice choice scott! we both wait now. Ski
  6. is it safe? Ski
  7. LOL, no worries Jim! hope things are going well for you and the Mrs. I will work up a fee schedule for you, for my personal wardrobe assistant duties. "should" be sufficient for the tax man. Ski
  8. slomo, you would have to dress in clown clothes like the rest of us "asshats" if you want to claim, wadrobe persona deductions. Ski
  9. it is official, deposit put on a new 2018 snowcheck Polaris timbersled aro ST 120LE, in blue today. it will fit nicely on the 2015 Yamaha wr450. now we will have two snowbikes... and my wait until delivery begins. the sunset pic is the wife's bike we built this winter. the other 2 are the new 18 pics from Polaris/timbersled. Ski
  10. known as "homefield advantage". Ski
  11. I use the "it's difficult to get two inches of peter, out of four inches of clothes" analogy every season. Ski
  12. have the order in for a new polaris, timbersled aro 120 LE snow bike kit. just have to drop the deposit off to solidify the order. heading in a new direction, keeping the current sleds for sled duties. Ski http://www.timbersled.com/en-us/snow-bike/aro-120?utm_medium=email&utm_source=selligent&utm_campaign=tsl_1704_snowcheck
  13. sorry for your loss Panther. this is never easy. Ski
  14. I read it and understand the message, and yes mark has blinders on, and isn't listening to his readers, in this case. with having the contract with the ofsc (we bought 3 permits the last 2 years, and haven't saw one mag from them in over a year) they should have supertrax as trail friendly rag, with trail articles... and they should start a freeriding mag/rag and seek their viable riding options they are asking for, through themselves and that demographic. if this is how the ofsc members fell, then the clubs, and their votes need to be heard at the agm, have the lesters and supertrax removed from all ofsc doings, unless they remain true to the trail rider demographic, and tell the bog that the ofsc is and always will be organized TRAIL RIDING ONLY, and if a group within the group wants to seek out viable freeriding areas, that group needs to start their own group, and provide that viable area for their client base, at their cost, time, and promotion, with their own funding. but, what you are asking in your one post is to eliminate freeriding sleds, and their riders, altogether from the trail system. "Not asking for anything Ski. I already have my plan B in place. But..... -what do you think volunteers will do when the 'meeting of minds' as suggested by the Lesters takes place and decides that the freeriding crowd should be allowed on the trail system? -what do you think landowners will do when this happens?" last I checked, if they have a permit, ALL snow vehicles, with a track in the back, and ski (skis) in the front, listed as a snowmobile are able to buy a permit and ride the ENTIRE OFSC SYSTEM. the land owners are going to do what they want, it is their land, sleds, atvs, horses, skiers, squatters or not. this drives a wedge between groups of snowmobilers based on the type of machine they own/ride. doing this alienates your younger demographic that the system needs to retain, to enjoy longevity of the sport as a whole. Ski
  15. Dave, please go back and re-read my post... I didn't say that the ofsc has to embrace the offtrail riding, they should want to embrace that demographic of people. they have the sleds, the energy and the money. get to know them, educate them, work with them... to find out how we can work together for all of snowmobiling to continue to exist. like I said they are the future, they are younger. they have the staying power, WE DONT, WE ARE OLD, AND WORN OUT. jim, the freeriding crowd IS ALREADY ON THE TRAILS. always has been, always will. the sleds don't cause the damage, it is the rider, and their thumb, and mentality. that is where enforcement, and education come into play. look at the snowbikes as an example... no studs, one ski, narrower track, and truly cause less damage to the trail, when ridden reasonably. if there were 1000 of these in Ontario, and the ofsc says, not in my back yard, they lose out on x1000 trail permit dollars, and the opportunity to grow this group of individuals as the next group of worker, volunteers, club members. and do you think they are not going to ride your trails, if you wont let them buy a permit? hell no... they are going to ride for free. Michigan recently came up with the position on snowbikes, they are only allowed on multi use atv, snow trails, as they are deemed kits, and not purpose built. in Michigan to ride a bike with a kit, you have to have a registered/titled bike, purchase 2 offroad permits, one for public lands, and one for the atv trails, AND THE SNOW TRAIL PERMIT. Michigan gets more from a snowbike, than they do from a snowmobile for revenue of licensure... sleds need a registration (which is good for 3 years), and their snow permit, that is it. with this stance, I can see the snowbike guys, not buying sled trail permits, and riding where they normally do anyway... catch me if you can attitude. if the groups would embrace these genre's, there would be more money in the kitty, for ALL. it is really just like skiing... not too long ago, it was "WE DONT WANT, NEED THESE NEW FANGLED SNOWBOARDS AND THEIR ILK, ON OUR HILLS" ... now snowboarding IS Skiing, and is bigger than skiing ever was. I know it is scary, I know they are different but, why not get to know them, see if we can work with them, for the better of the sport AS A WHOLE? we need to find out what needs to be done to harness their energy, and attention span, to help them, and us. if you get them to buy into, if they help with the trail system, they have easier access to the offtrail opportunities... IT COULD BE A PIVOLTAL MOMENT, IN RIDING GENRE INTERACTIONS. if you close them out, shun them, ect... they wont buy permits at all, and still use the trails to access their offtrail areas. there is no one to stop them. with our demographics getting smaller, and age increasing, WE might as well bump the permit pricing to 500 per sled, and go full on, paid workforce... and let the chips fall where they may. like I said, if you don't get these young people involved, we are in the final chapter of organized sledding IN NORTH AMERCIA. Ski