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  1. WR450Guy

    Future of off-roading in trouble?

    I hope I didn't assume too much in thinking anyone over the age of 10 should know this, but TTers have surprised me before. The anti-pollution foes were so concerned with the quality of the air you can see, that they championed legislation that made the air we actually breathe worse. That's the epitome of irony. Here in CA we have fewer Stage 2 and 3 smog alerts each year, but the air isn't really any more healthful to breathe. Which is exactly why I believe this is part of a natural cycle. I agree we should make efforts to lessen the effects of what we do to the Earth, especially as it relates to our collective health. But we also have to consider the quality of life we need to be able to live as peaceful, productive human beings. Taking away my dirt bike makes me neither.
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    Future of off-roading in trouble?

    I'm of the same opinion. The Earth has existed for millions of years. The polar ice caps have been estimated to be only 10,000 years old. The Earth existed without them and will continue to if they melt again. The problem is what changes will occur to the species that live here as a result of their melting. As has been shown by history, species either adapt or die. The planet naturally produces carbon dioxide and other hydrocarbons, so vehicle emissions are not a sole source of these gasses. Our use of fossil fuels may accelerate the process, but it is a process that would occur regardless. What's the alternative? Undo the progress of hundreds of years of industrial accomplishment and the betterment of life existence? Regression will do more harm than good to man and to our ability to help other species. We need to recognize the problem and work to fix it, not turn our backs on the progress we've made so far. Do we really want to go back to living in candle-lit huts and hunting our own food just to save the ozone layer? Or do we want to address the problem with technology and science without a knee-jerk reaction to the cries of the Chicken Littles?
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    Future of off-roading in trouble?

    Like frosted glass. From the EPA website:Cars are much less polluting today than they were in the 1960's. But there are more cars on the road today, and we drive more. More than 195 million cars and trucks are on the road, averaging more than two per family. We drive an astounding 6.3 billion miles every single day, compared to 2.4 billion in 1965. Today's urban sprawl means more driving, making smog a regional problem. Most of the worst smog readings occur in the suburbs and even in state and national parks away from our cities. It's not a stretch to extrapolate that if we are using more oil, we're probably polluting more. Regardless, this was meant to be a debate on the future of recreational OHV use, not on overall vehicle use. If anything, the American attachment to private vehicle ownership and use makes recreational use look even more selfish when scrutinized on a world basis. That's the kind of logic that greenies will use to justify OHV restrictions, not any real or imagined gains in reducing emissions. Does it really matter how one arrives at a conclusion so long as it is the truth? If 4 is the answer it doesn't matter if you got it by adding 2+2 or 1+3.
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    Future of off-roading in trouble?

    Not at all. Vehicle emissions are the largest producer of carbon dioxide, purportedly the most dangerous of the greenhouse gasses. The US has the highest number of vehicles and the highest average number of miles driven per vehicle than any other country. Therefore, our oil use is directly related to our production of greenhouse gasses. Even if our vehicles are cleaner burning, we have so many of them and drive them so much more that we can't help but contribute more to the problem. In the last survey done it was estimated that each American household has an average of 2.7 motor vehicles. This is unheard of in any other country on Earth. Even China, with its billions in population, has less than .1 car per household.
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    Future of off-roading in trouble?

    I agree we are a miniscule part of the problem. My point is that when Americans start becoming convinced that global warming is indeed a huge problem, the first things that will be scrutinized for restriction are the seemingly non-essential contributors like recreational use of motor vehicles. CA has already pioneered this train of thinking by passing the red sticker laws to restrict a form of recreation that is a drop in the ocean of the emissions problem. Before a Sierra Clubber will give up their morning drive to Starbucks or a scenic drive to watch butterflies, they'll do everything they can to restrict OHV use into oblivion.
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    Future of off-roading in trouble?

    Actually, that's not true. While the US is better than most at controlling environmental pollution and hazardous wastes, we are the biggest users of oil and therefore the biggest contributors to the greenhouse gasses problem. I agree with that first part, but when it comes to the enviro-nazi's agenda, we are an easy, unorganized target to strike at. Europe has even stricter emissions regulations on cars and factories than the US, and they use far less oil than the US. The real problem is with Asian countries that have little or no environmental oversight or regulations and where American companies now do business. Typically dirty processes like chrome plating and painting have moved overseas because US regulations have made them too costly to do here. Countries that are in desperate need of economic funding will take these industries in with little regard for the impact they have on their environment. Back in 1998 a major motorcycle manufacturer started shipping its chrome plating out to Indonesia for this very reason. Many of our regulations are forcing us to ship the problems elsewhere, but we are still a major part of those problems.
  7. I just watched last night's 60 Minutes segment on global warming and the melting of the polar icecaps. Wow! Talk about depressing. Even if you dismiss the science behind the gloomy predictions about the effects of greenhouse gasses, you can't dismiss the reality that the icecaps are shrinking, weather patterns are being affected, and species are being impacted. What I couldn't get out of my head was the undercurrent of disdain for the internal combustion engine that many of these scientists share. It was odd, though, to see them boating or helicoptering out to check their measuring instruments or the polar bear population. I guess emissions are OK if they are made in the furtherance of science. In the back of my mind I could see the greenies watching this piece with joy. As more and more Americans become convinced of the damage that greenhouse emissions are supposedly doing to our planet, the easier it will be for the greenies to pass legislation that restricts the use of vehicles that contribute to the alleged problem. I say alleged because there is also some science to indicate that global warming is a naturally-occurring phenomenon that is only being expedited, not created, by greenhouse gasses. What became clear to me while watching the segment is that purely recreational pursuits that are seen as contributing to the problem will become even bigger targets for restriction. No one that doesn't ride will ever be able to comprehend how important it is to so many of us. All they'll see is that our purely recreational activity is potentially harming our Earth. Motorsports in general will be under attack to the point that they'll become so over-restricted that only the most diehard among us will be willing to submit to the beauracracy. Once that happens it won't be long before all forms of motorsports become spectator only. Racing will be limited to professional level, and recreational use of a motor vehicle will be banned. That may be OK for NASCAR fans who are perfectly content to sit and watch, but for cycle sports, where many fans also participate, it could spell disaster. How many would endure the scornful looks of others when loading up their pickup or toy hauler with OHVs, gassing up with substantial amounts of fossil fuels, and heading out for a weekend of recreational riding or racing? An activity that will soon be deemed as non-essential. We'll be portrayed as uncaring heathens with no regard for the health and welfare of others, only concerned with our own trivial pursuit of pleasure. Pursuits that result in contributing even more of those harmful greenhouse gasses to the environment. Are our days numbered? What do you think?
  8. WR450Guy

    which buckets go where?

    Once you're past break-in, all valvetrain parts should be reinstalled exactly as they were.
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    Gorman Forest Run Friday

    I can vouch for the old part. Anything else I take the 5th on. I tend to agree. I think we've been conned.
  10. WR450Guy

    Jaw bone /Butterbredth feb 17-19th

    Oh, boo effing hoo, you big baby! Love ya!
  11. WR450Guy

    Best Crash Scar

    Here's one of many (1st three pics): http://photobucket.com/albums/y67/RADRick1/ Broke my tib and fib last June, 7 fractures, 5 displaced, 12" plate w/12 screws, 6" plate w/6 screws. 49 feet on a 50 foot triple. Maybe I'll show you the pics of having my artificial disc inserted from 2003.
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    Gorman Forest Run Friday

    Here's a shot of the group after the ride. Those white blobs are snow! http://photobucket.com/albums/y67/RADRick1/?action=view&current=Forestride2-17-06003.jpg The funny thing is that as we were leaving there were still people coming in, some in motorhomes. Good time, guys. Hope we can do it again soon.
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    Jaw bone /Butterbredth feb 17-19th

    Count me out. One epic ride a weekend is all this old man can handle. It doesn't look like the weather is going to be too favorable, either. We rode in the snow today in the LPNF. It was a blast!!!
  14. WR450Guy

    Gorman Forest Run Friday

    It started snowing on the mountain at about 12pm. By the time we finished our 40 mile loop at 2:30, it was snowing down at the campground. After an exhausting but awesome ride, we made our way down the trail only to find ourselves locked in. Looks like the forest trails will be closed again until May, depending on how much more rain and snow they get up there. I warned you guys that this might be the last chance for a long time. It'll probably be red sticker season before they open up again. What a workout. Going up Arrastra was a bitch! Pulling up Brian's bike after it ghostrode itself 20 ft. down the side of the trail didn't help, either. Riding tip #1: when parking your bike, make sure the kickstand is on solid footing. Once we got to the top it was a mad dash through the forest. Riding tip #2: No matter how much you think you can ride across the frozen ice, go around it. The ride down was awesome with the snow flurries making it seem almost magical. It was pretty cold, but a fantastic ride nonetheless. Couldn't ask for a better bunch of guys to do a ride with. As for Rene, our virgin for the day, he was a trooper. Although he's never ridden anything at all like this, he just kept plugging along and did a great job of keeping up. All on a new stock WR250. Well, it ain't new any more. You guys who keep skipping these rides are really missing out. I'm pooped!
  15. WR450Guy

    CA OHV - insurance required?

    There is no requirement for an OHV to have liability insurance. In CA, street licensed vehicles are required to have minimum liability when operated on public roadways and the DMV makes sure you have it or they do not issue license tags. There is no such mechanism or requirement for an OHV unless, like dual sport bikes or certain types of dune buggies and 4by4s, it can be legally operated on a public roadway.