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Re: UTV rules in Idaho

Postby lovetheedge » Sat Oct 27, 2018 11:19 pm

Leave your warm cloths in the utv when you take off to hike. I used to that on both my ATV and UTV. Having a defrost would be nice though. Especially when snowing, but an atv would hate driving in the snow or rain compared to utv, been there done that.
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Re: UTV rules in Idaho

Postby On The Rocks » Sun Oct 28, 2018 7:42 am

We have had great luck with numerous Polaris machines starting in 1998. Lots of miles, lots of places, and lots of friends converted.
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Re: UTV rules in Idaho

Postby lovetheedge » Sun Oct 28, 2018 10:48 am

Other reasons I like my Polaris ranger is storage space and capacity to carry an entire elk back to camp without hindering steering and handling like with an atv. Plus if I had a passenger, he could still ride in UTV along with the animal. I was able to hook up a wench system that pulls the animal into the tilted back bed.
I am so much more rested driving the UTV than an ATV which is important to a guy my age and with my back problems that was important.
I was able to take other passengers in UTV that needed a ride, ie too old or beat up to drive an ATV, no ATV owned and too far to walk back to their ATV.
What prompted me to look at an UTV was an ATV accident where I rolled it. I got a sever concussion (3 days in hospital) and severely broken wrist, I like the roll bars on a UTV. Due to having a wider wheel base and the weight distribution being lower to the ground it is safer to ride.
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Re: UTV rules in Idaho

Postby Franklin14 » Wed Feb 06, 2019 7:52 pm

lovetheedge wrote:Same as for ATV's Many off road trails have a max 4ft width, UTVs are normally wider than 4ft. Extremely happy I gave up on my ATV and bought a UTV with engine braking and power steering. If you will use it in late fall, ie hunting, get a windshield with wipers Regroupement de crédit immo, save the money and don't buy a heater, just dress warn which you need to do anyway. Again if you will use it for hunting, get an interior light and LED Spot light in the rear for backing up and dressing a kill. I found you don't need the extra leds on the front, headlights do a pretty good job on the back country roads. If you plan to ride it on city streets, you will need a horn and rear view mirrors.

It is more convenient on flat roads, but it is not very appropriate if you want to climb and elevation.
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Re: UTV rules in Idaho

Postby vert181 » Fri Feb 08, 2019 8:48 am

House bill 90 is in the Transportion Committee right now.

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Purpose of the bill:
Manufacturers of all terrain vehicles (ATV) and utility type vehicles (UTV) wish to develop new products
which are more capable and stable models of these types of vehicles. To do so requires more width and
weight than current law allows. Current Idaho statutory definitions limit ATVs to 50 inches and UTVs to
74 inches. This bill would increase maximum widths by 5 inches for ATVs (up to 55 inches) and 6 inches
for UTVs (up to 80 inches). The bill also deletes the current statutory weight maximum for UTVs which is
2000 pounds, to be consistent with House Bill 24. There being no present statutory weight maximum for
ATVs, the bill does nothing to change that status quo.


LEGISLATURE OF THE STATE OF IDAHO
Sixty-fifth Legislature First Regular Session - 2019
IN THE HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES
HOUSE BILL NO. 90
BY TRANSPORTATION AND DEFENSE COMMITTEE
1 AN ACT
2 RELATING TO RECREATIONAL ACTIVITIES; AMENDING SECTION 67-7101, IDAHO CODE,
3 TO REVISE THE DEFINITIONS OF "ATV" AND "UTV" AND TO MAKE TECHNICAL COR4
RECTIONS.
5 Be It Enacted by the Legislature of the State of Idaho:
6 SECTION 1. That Section 67-7101, Idaho Code, be, and the same is hereby
7 amended to read as follows:
8 67-7101. DEFINITIONS. In this chapter:
9 (1) "All-terrain vehicle" or "ATV" means any recreational motor vehi10
cle designed for or capable of traveling off developed roadways and highways
11 with three (3) or more tires and fifty-five (505) inches or less in width,
12 having a wheelbase of sixty-one (61) inches or less, has handlebar steering
13 and a seat designed to be straddled by the operator.
14 (2) "Board" means the park and recreation board created under authority
15 of section 67-4221, Idaho Code.
16 (3) "Bona fide snowmobile program" means services or facilities as ap17
proved by the department that will benefit snowmobilers such as snowmobile
18 trail grooming, plowing and maintaining snowmobile parking areas and facil19
ities, and trail signing.
20 (4) "Dealer" means any person who engages in the retail sales of or
21 rental of snowmobiles, motorbikes, utility type vehicles or all-terrain
22 vehicles.
23 (5) "Department" means the Idaho department of parks and recreation.
24 (6) "Designated parking area" means an area located, constructed,
25 maintained, and signed with the approval of the land manager or owner.
26 (7) "Director" means the director of the department of parks and recre27
ation.
28 (8) "Highway." (See section 40-109, Idaho Code, but excepting public
29 roadway as defined in this section)
30 (9) "Motorbike" means any self-propelled two (2) wheeled motorcycle or
31 motor-driven cycle, excluding tractors, designed for or capable of travel32
ing off developed roadways and highways and also referred to as trailbikes,
33 enduro bikes, trials bikes, motocross bikes or dual purpose motorcycles.
34 (10) "Off-highway vehicle" means an all-terrain vehicle, motorbike,
35 specialty off-highway vehicle or utility type vehicle as defined in this
36 section.
37 (11) "Operator" means any person who is in physical control of a motor38
bike, all-terrain vehicle, utility type vehicle, specialty off-highway ve39
hicle or snowmobile.
40 (12) "Owner" means every person holding record title to a motorbike,
41 all-terrain vehicle, utility type vehicle, specialty off-highway vehicle
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Re: UTV rules in Idaho

Postby lovetheedge » Sat Feb 09, 2019 11:30 am

If this passes, nearly every entrance to motorized trails will need to widened. It will be interesting to see how this goes and if the feds will change as well.
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Re: UTV rules in Idaho

Postby Ahusk » Sat Feb 09, 2019 12:56 pm

Oh wonderful let's make all the trails, that were almost garunteed originally built by motorcycle enthusiast groups, even wider, so that lazy people can fit their motorized couches up them.
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Re: UTV rules in Idaho

Postby Riverjohn » Sat Feb 09, 2019 10:54 pm

Ahusk wrote:Oh wonderful let's make all the trails, that were almost garunteed originally built by motorcycle enthusiast groups, even wider, so that lazy people can fit their motorized couches up them.
How Rude Allen!! I should be able to take my Truck up those Trails you Trail Bike Snob!! :Drink: :Drink: :Laugh1: :Laugh1: ;) ;)
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Re: UTV rules in Idaho

Postby cbc7 » Sun Feb 10, 2019 8:59 am

I thought most of the trails were built by people on horses
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Re: UTV rules in Idaho

Postby bgilmlbz » Sun Feb 10, 2019 1:23 pm

I love how people who don’t even live in Idaho complain about our laws or potential laws!!!
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Re: UTV rules in Idaho

Postby Ahusk » Sun Feb 10, 2019 7:07 pm

I have no problem with there being UTV trails, just build them don't widen existing trails. Go ask an active Motorcycle organization in Idaho how they feel about this bill. You know the ones that have been fighting to maintain and keep open these trails for 50 years. I will bet 90 percent of them are not fans.

When I see a UTV club out doing the same I will be happy to acknowlege there efforts. Pretty hard to build and maintain trail with a rapid flattener in one hand though.

I know there are good responsible people among the UTV crowd. Unfortunately it's too easy to be stupid on one. There biggest benefit seems to the ability to haul a cooler. Even driven responsibly they simply do more damage. They are heavy with lots of power. Go compare the Oregon sand dunes 20 years ago to now. Or East Fork Rock in the places they are allowed.

In Oregon horseback riders mostly hijack multi use trails:) At least they did from my two closest desert riding spots. I get that one though. Horses and motorized vehicles really don't mix.
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