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Old 10-01-2018, 07:55 AM
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Just got back from great 5 days up north w/ my buddy/friend/neighbor and new found friends from Indiana, all riding 4x4's and me on my little Honda quad (as they laughed along w/ me) in comparison, even though I kept up pretty good, but under great duress/suffering with the rough whooped out trails and long rides!! at St Helen MI. area! After returning and after seeing how many of my friends are riding larger 4x4 quads and sxs, (convened me to invest in a bigger quad that could handle longer trips on a tank full, on rougher trails, proven to hold up under very rigorous terrain, also giving a much more comfortable ride, especially over them rough sharp whoops which are even worse, even on sandy trails) so I bought a new 4x4 King Quad 750 on sale for $5,999, Black. Plus adding a few extras, new plow, wench, power steering for $1,200. Ready for winter! lol Hoping to get in a few more trips up north while the season is still above freezing, during day rides to test her out and also get in a few hundred miles for break in procedure at the same time!. I'm still keeping my little Honda trx450r quad, still the fastest quad on the planet, bar none! Dare you to take me on!! Bring it on!! Come on with your bad self!! lol Look out northern Michigan! here I come!! :scooter:
Ride safe! steve
 
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Old 10-02-2018, 02:12 AM
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Congratulations on the new quad. I've never regretted my decision to get an IRS 4x4 for my first ATV. The Trailblazer I got later was fun but not powerful enough, and not suited for all day rides. I was tired of it after a year.

Every time I checked the weather it looked like about a 50:50 chance of rain every day of the last couple of weekends. I'm not interested in finding out if my new jacket really is waterproof, so I stayed home. And it's getting too cold at night for me to be comfortable in my tent. I may make another trip up north but that's probably it until next year. If it quits raining long enough I have a lot of yard work to do anyway.
 
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Old 10-20-2018, 04:34 AM
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Just returned last weekend with a friend, from the Toledo Ohio area, where we trail rode at the St Helen, Rose City, West Branch triangle area, for 3 days, covering 170 miles, with the fall colors waiting for our arrival, to burst into the most brilliant color patterns, and falling all over us and painting a blanket of these same colors over every hill we came to. The days got better, weather wise, from very cool in the morning but by mid day, perfect riding conditions, w/ no rain and lots of sun! Rode back to some great challenging hill climbs just s of ski run, nw of West Branch, which is also some of the most beautiful scenic riding in the state! Also considered the Rose City Oil Field Hills. You can visibly see the long hilly ridge clearly from a distance, behind West Branch, driving n on 75, just after their rest area, and just before the first exit into town. Then after leaving West Branch heading n, your climbing up the side of the oil field hills, where you'll be getting a better sense of the incline/elevation it has! Also got to try out the new Suzuki KQ 750 (0 miles on odometer when we got there) I put on over 100 miles before any extreme hill climbing was done, sorta/kinda lol Hard not to while traveling across areas around there, where you need low gear to get up/down most trails! My buddy too, with his sxs also did well being 56'' wide, managed to squeeze through some pretty seemingly impossible, made for dirt bike/atv trails, and climbed as well, on every hill we came to! Those hill were by far the best part of the trip and warmest, w/ most sun, most color for our last day there! Perfect weekend!! We also grab a great tasting burger just off the trail, at Clear lk bar/lounge lol. You can ride your atv into town. Terrific food, always crowded, right in the heart of hundreds of miles of hilly trails, all around there! This might have been the last trip of the season, but you never know, where Michigan can suddenly drop a good weather couple of days on us up there, any time in Nov. Ain't over till the deep snow, and deep freeze sets in! Come on give us one last go of it lol One more last ride....
 

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Old 10-21-2018, 12:59 AM
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Good weather and beautiful fall colors. What a great combination.
 
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Old 10-31-2018, 10:33 AM
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Hoping for



just one more trip, weather permitting! Its 54 up north Mi. and sunny right now, so there might be a few days left coming up before its too cold for any serious riding out on an open atv, but I'll never say never lol Even if there's no chance this season for another trip I'm still looking forward to using the new plow bought with the King Quad for my property and helping neighbors with snow removal. I ordered and installed handlebar heated mitts that will help while out on colder days and waiting on shipment of more aggressive/wider tires to hopefully help with the plowing heavy snow and for next season's sand/mud/hilly trails.
 
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Old 11-01-2018, 01:37 AM
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WeatherBug says it supposed to get down to 30 degrees Friday night and 29 degrees Saturday night at Mio. That's too darn cold for me. One of my friends has always used handlebar mitts in the winter, but no heated ones that I know of. He never wears gloves when he rides at any time of year. I guess his hands are leathery enough he doesn't need them.
 
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