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post #1 of 14 Old April 2nd, 2019, 11:12 PM Thread Starter
 
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Michigan trail question

Hello all!

The wife and I recently moved to Michigan and would like to purchase a 900 rzr to do some trail riding up north. The question I have is what width rzr would be best?

If I get one larger than 50" wide, how limited will my riding be? I'm assuming that our riding will mostly be simple trails. I really do see us doing much flat out riding.

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New to this as well up here but the DNR has an interactive map with all open forest roads and stuff you can ride. There are some areas where the military has northern Michigan limited but still plenty of places to ride!
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Re: Michigan trail question

The problem with the Michigan 50Ē trails is they are more like 46-48Ē trails, very tight on a rzr, I took my ACE on many of them and it was ridiculously tight. Stumps and branches in the way, super tight turns. So Iíd just go with a wider machine, youíll find plenty of places to ride it, it will be more stable too.


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post #4 of 14 Old April 3rd, 2019, 04:58 AM
 
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Re: Michigan trail question

I agree with Loose. Donít even think about riding atv trails unless you want two small ATVS. Iíve had two-up atvís and its a pain to get around on those trails.

I have owned a 570 and now the 900 trail. I prefer the smaller sxs so I can haul it in the back of my truck. If youíre going to haul it in a trailer Iíd probably go with a 1000 xp. Iíve never ridden one, but Iíve never heard of anyone downsizing. I hear they have a much better ride. Most orv routes are plenty big for full size orv.

FYI. My experience is with riding Baldwin area and eastern UP.


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I ride Baldwin area as well and my 1000 xp 4 is fun as hell love it and the tighter trails are just that very tight
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Re: Michigan trail question

Just thought of something about the trails in the eastern UP. Some of them have gates that restrict anything under 65Ē. When I go through them with my 900 trail I sometimes wonder when Iím gonna scrape the side. I havenít yet!

I see the rzr 1000 xp is 64Ē stock. Just something to think about in that area.


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Re: Michigan trail question

I struggled with the same question but I just couldn't see myself being happy with a 50" machine. I went with a Turbo XP and it is perfect for the ORV routes. I went riding today up in Lincoln Hills, Irons, Little Manistee area. Plenty of great trails in MI to accommodate the 64" wide machines. In most counties in the northern part of the state you can ride the forest roads as well.
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Re: Michigan trail question

I specifically went 50" because Michigan has so many restricted trails and have enjoyed riding them for years on dirt bikes/quads. The Atlanta trail system is the only trail I struggled to navigate due to the machines size. All others I've visited (Gladwyn, St. Helen, Rose City, Mio) the width has been perfect. I have no regrets going with the 50" machine.
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Re: Michigan trail question

Have put over 6000 miles a 64" machine. All in northern Michigan. I would have nothing less than a 64".

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Re: Michigan trail question

Thought I'd update this thread.

I purchased a 2013 900XP LE last weekend. While I was really leaning toward a Trail, it's came down to price. I got a good deal on the XP.

I'm installing a set of pro armour harnesses tomorrow. Maybe this weekend I'll be able to hit up Bundy Hill if the weather cooperates.

Anyone suggest a trail a few hours north of Dundee?

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Re: Michigan trail question

For State trails, St. Helen trail system would probably be closest. Probably about 2 1/2 hours north from Dundee. If you go on the west side of the state, you have silver lake sand dunes and Baldwin trails.


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Re: Michigan trail question

Just watched Polaris Destination and they were riding the Iron County Trails in Hurley.

Is it true no riding a UTV above 30 degrees on those trails? If so, where else can I go above those temps? Im in NC.

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Just watched Polaris Destination and they were riding the Iron County Trails in Hurley.

Is it true no riding a UTV above 30 degrees on those trails? If so, where else can I go above those temps? Im in NC.

What??? That cannot be right, they might mean less or below 30 degrees... they toss a fit if youíre on snowmobile trails in Michigan in the winter even without snow, theyíre real babies about it. I understand it to a point but the trails arenít marked well. Basically I avoid riding from November - April on any public lands.


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Just watched Polaris Destination and they were riding the Iron County Trails in Hurley.

Is it true no riding a UTV above 30 degrees on those trails? If so, where else can I go above those temps? Im in NC.

What??? That cannot be right, they might mean less or below 30 degrees... they toss a fit if youíre on snowmobile trails in Michigan in the winter even without snow, theyíre real babies about it. I understand it to a point but the trails arenít marked well. Basically I avoid riding from November - April on any public lands.


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Oh sorry I think I read your post wrong... I was thinking Irons in Michigan...


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