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Re: NH SxS Gate Width
If I spent the majority of my time up north, I'd probably have an XP.
Discussion has mainly been about up north, so I figured I'd share some info about the southern half in case anyone is interested.
Southern NH is less friendly to anything over 50". There are some trails systems that allow up to 65" or no width limit, but it may be difficult to get through. Most people are riding 4 wheelers, which means the ruts are at a 4 wheeler's width. It could get awkward for wheel placement on wide machines. I get by fine with my 50" Trail but I can't imagine going through some of the twisty, rocky, muddy trails with anything more than 60". These types of trails are narrow, and when you meet oncoming traffic someone must yield by pulling completely off the beaten path.
On systems that allow 65" I'd say the population I've seen is 80% 4 wheelers, 15% 60"+ UTVs, 5% 50" UTVs, and a sprinkling of 3-wheelers and trailbikes.
Everett Riding Area - 50" max according to their signage. They have bridges with high railings that will not allow much more than that.
Contoocook Valley ATV Club (Henniker) - Info I received from their club: "Trails are open for over 50”, but there are some trails that are very challenging for wide UTV’s"
Bound Tree ATV - 65" max, a couple trails are 50" restricted. Near the bear pond dam they have a kinked cement 50" gate that was not UTV friendly due to wheelbase length, but I still managed to get through.
Claremont - Trails on the cathole side I believe are all 65", although I'd call a couple of those trails challenging for wide machines. The Sugar River Trail is limited to 50" machines, pretty sure one gate is exactly 50" as I scrapped my door stickers going through.
As someone who lives in southern NH and likes having access to more trails including the tight, technical ones - get a 50" machine. Plenty of people get wider, but I did not want to limit myself on where I can go.