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post #1 of 92 Old May 22nd, 2017, 05:41 PM Thread Starter
 
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Maine UTV Riders, 60" max being enforced

I just did a club ride this past Saturday in southern ME and quite a few of the locals were chatting about the 60" inch rule. I guess the state of Maine and their agreement with land owners was that no UTV more than 60" was to be allowed on most trails. It seems the Wardens are starting to enforce this rule as the machines are getting bigger and starting to make trials around gates and access ways. Just an FYI. Glad I bought the " S" model.
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post #2 of 92 Old May 23rd, 2017, 04:02 AM
 
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That's bad news for people who spent over $18,000 for their machines. Glad I bought an XC model but I still rub through some trails in southern NH.

I read somewhere that they could charge you with criminal trespass if you get caught which will turn into a huge pain in the ass.
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Re: Maine UTV Riders, 60" max being enforced

This is true... but it is an old law. It appears an incident occurred on one of the corporate lands which prompted them to call on law enforcement to begin enforcing the laws more strictly. It is unfortunate and many are upset that our largest statewide group appears to be rolling over/ supporting the move. (ATV Maine)

However, this by no means includes all trails! In fact, it doesn't include all that many right now.
Some clubs are beginning to use Polaris RideCommand to map and post their trails online. These maps include the ability to show which trails are effected by width restrictions. Only a few clubs in Central Maine have started this move so far... But as more do, so will the size of the map! And no more contacting 10 clubs for maps just to ride for one day, they will all be in one place.
I would encourage you to ask clubs if they are using RideCommand to publish maps and trail info when you contact them for maps. Some clubs just haven't heard about it yet...

The clubs in Central Maine that are using it are;
Central Maine Trail Blazers (Corinna)
Corinth ATV
Exeter Explorers
They are just starting out on the process so give them a couple weeks to get things rolling but they will have the first regional, and ACCURATE, gps maps in Maine.

*Yes, others sell gps trail maps and files, but they are almost always outdated and contain errors!
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Re: Maine UTV Riders, 60" max being enforced

We've had issues with Jeeps riding and damaging the trails as well. So it's not just the bigger SXS's. some how, they seem to get away with it and we pay the price.

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In my area, it seems to be just the trails that are on CMP land, i.e. power lines. Still very glad i bought the S........
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Re: Maine UTV Riders, 60" max being enforced

Has anyone heard of someone actually getting a ticket for this? I haven't.
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Re: Maine UTV Riders, 60" max being enforced

Well I had a 15 900S and it was 62.5 wide so it was illegal . Polaris says 60 but its not

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Well I had a 15 900S and it was 62.5 wide so it was illegal . Polaris says 60 but its not
I asked my dealer about this, who's had several conversations with LaFlamme about it. He said an "S" is a 60" machine, and it's 100% legal even though they measure 61-62".

I haven't heard of anyone even getting checked. I pass tons of XP's. I'm wondering if the whole thing was more of a scare tactic.
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I know my 900s would not fit on my 60" trailer
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I know my 900s would not fit on my 60" trailer
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Re: Maine UTV Riders, 60" max being enforced

My understanding is the official width is taken from outside of the rim to the outside of opposite side rim. This is also what’s called tread pattern. The 900s and 1000s are 60” at these points. But in fact measure 62.5 outside to outside of tires


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Re: Maine UTV Riders, 60" max being enforced

I was worried about this as well when I bought my RZR, but my dealer informed me that the “S” models are fine. He has confirmed with the game wardens that people purchasing “S” models will not have any issues.

However, this rule makes upgrading rims and tires very challenging. I had originally added Pro Armor rims and tires on my 900s when I picked it up, 14x7 4+3 rims with 28x10 Tires all the way around. This set up made me 64” wide in the front, I’m pretty sure this would have got me a ticket if the issue was ever pressed. I just swapped the rims to 14x7 with a 6+1 offset, which put me back to stock width.


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Re: Maine UTV Riders, 60" max being enforced

I actually just purchased a 17’ RZR4 900. I held off for a couple years hoping that Polaris would make a 1000 60” ...I loved my RZR4 800! I racked up 13,000 miles exploring the great state of Maine. I really would loved to have had the option of a 64+” rig but I’ve been in a lot of remote locations where bridges are barely 60 “
I talked to Super ATV about a (60” PROJECT) That I’m going to start a thread where I switch out my 60” arms for high clearance 50 “arms and do a 4 inch V2 portal lift in maintain 60” on 32” intimidators along with other performances upgrades and custom chopping







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Re: Maine UTV Riders, 60" max being enforced

Sorry to bring this back from the dead, but I'm about to pull the trigger on an '18 Turbo XP and I plan to spend a good deal of time on Maine trails. Am I going to regret having a 64" machine?
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Re: Maine UTV Riders, 60" max being enforced

It’s going to depend where you ride. We ride a lot in southern Maine and some of the trails are very tight. Northern and Western Maine are a little better. New Hampshire is 64” friendly.

The real issue is the trails on Central Maine Power (CMP) land. There has been a 60” rule for years, but it was never enforced. CMP and the other landowners decided to have ATVMaine start enforcing the rule to help cut down on damage from wider machines.

So far I have not had any issues with being 60”+, other than a few tight spots. I have “heard” of wardens measuring machines and clubs patrolling trails, but I don’t know anyone who has actually been stopped. We have seen a few signs stating the rule.

I opted for a 900s, wardens have have said they will honor Polaris’s 60” measurement.

A Turbo will be tough in some spots, I had my machine at 64” for while and I had issues with a few gates and some rock walls. I had to switch the offset to get it back to stock.




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