The narrow trails cut out entire segments of riders. There are so many families with 4 seaters that it’s a shame they can’t ride. There is no logical reason for the restrictions. We should be looking to include everyone; it is in the long term interest. Trails are closing everywhere, and the first step is restricting use to certain classes and causing conflicts. The wider SxSs are generally safer. I started out with a 50” RZR, which would roll over when the wind blew. I was with a group of quads, and watched at least six injury crashes. For what it’s worth.
what's next, padding the trees and rocks? its not like this is a dying industry. we dont need to cater to every single demographic. the sport isnt for everyone, nor does it have to be. i grew up in a family riding fourwheelers. you cant possibly tell me that it isnt an option to get into the sport without a 4 seat passenger vehicle, and that vehicle needs to be 100" wide. and yeah, where i ride, a lot of trails are getting closed down because what was once a small un-noticeable trail that meandered through the trees is now a highway after being beaten wider and wider from the newest and biggest and fastest machines.
there is a logical reason. do you like riding on logging roads more than gravel township roads? they are just as smooth. do you like trails more than logging roads? the logical reason is that when i have spent my whole life on these fun little intimate trails with my 45" wide quad, and now i go to those same trails and its a highway, im having marginally more fun than i am in my car. no challenge, no feeling of being somewhere an suv cant go.
a wider machine is no safer than a narrow machine if the given vehicle is driven within its limits. just like a ferrari is no safer than a corolla because one is less likely to flip going around a corner. if you have a narrow machine, dont take corners at a speed where it will be flipped. dont go on trails that have cross slopes so steep that it will flip.
they make 50" 4 seaters. if that isnt stable enough for you, get 2x 50" 2 seaters.
perhaps if you are rolling your machine all the time and everyone you are with is rolling their machines all the time and getting injured, the problem is not with the machines, its the users not realizing their limits. sorry if that sounds rude. but there are a lot of folk out there that ride reasonably that dont have that issue, and if they do, they arent blaming it on their machine.