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Old June 30th, 2016, 01:42 PM   #1
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Thinking that I might pull the trigger on a Polaris General in the next month or two. I want to do some trail riding with my daughter and it will get some use around the house. No plans on racing.

I understand that I can't get it plated in Michigan any longer, but what does this mean?

I know I can take it to Silver Lake to the scramble, and some offroad parks allow them, although potentially with restrictions.

For up north, what can I do? Trails around St Helen? Running around Drummond? Anything else?
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can you ride on the shoulder of ORV friendly counties? Is the shoulder considered a "route" or a "trail" in terms of any width requirements?
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Oh yeah, the width thing... I forgot to mention that the General is wider than the 50" guideline.
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You have it pretty close. Bottom line for anywhere in the state you treat it just like an ATV (quad). If you can't ride a quad, you can't ride a SXS. The problem with a large SXS like the General is that it is too wide to ride on 50" ORV "trails". The small RZR is the only one I know of that is less than 50". You are correct that you can no longer plate it for SOS street legal. So, you can only drive on the shoulder of county roads, where allowed. You cannot drive it on the shoulder of state roads.

You are NOT allowed on forest roads up north like you are with your SOS plated Jeep. So, using your example of St Helen, you are allowed on the county road shoulders, and any full size ORV "routes" and the scramble area. NO trails unless it is a "route" which are limited.

So, to simplify where I think you will use it;
private property
scramble areas including the dunes (but you have to trailer it or tow bar into the dunes)
Private parks like Bundy, R&V and the Badlands
Can you drive it into town @ St Helen for food or gas? I think so because the scramble area is accessible by a county road.
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So, you can only drive on the shoulder of county roads, where allowed.
so there is no width restriction for the shoulder? So I technically could have driven my old buggy on the shoulder legally?
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so there is no width restriction for the shoulder? So I technically could have driven my old buggy on the shoulder legally?
I think there is a grey area there. I can't cite MCL numbers but I believe if a vehicle was manufactured as a SOS vehicle (jeep, truck, etc) that it must still be plated and insured to be on a county road. Since your buggy did not come from a vehicle manufacturer and wasn't registered as an atv, I would think you could pass as an atv with orv stickers but you might be a cop magnet.
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plenty of trails to ride up north with a sxs. I have done over 300 miles this year in roscommon on mine. A lot of fun.

Yes you can ride into St helan on the side of the road to get fuel, or food.
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I think there is a grey area there. I can't cite MCL numbers but I believe if a vehicle was manufactured as a SOS vehicle (jeep, truck, etc) that it must still be plated and insured to be on a county road. Since your buggy did not come from a vehicle manufacturer and wasn't registered as an atv, I would think you could pass as an atv with orv stickers but you might be a cop magnet.
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I think you can drive a manufacturer vehicle on the side of the road. My buddy had an old Cherokee that he only wheeled. Never plated it and drove on the shoulder under 25 around St Helen. Never had a problem but, the police MAY not have noticed it didn't have a plate.
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I think you can drive a manufacturer vehicle on the side of the road. My buddy had an old Cherokee that he only wheeled. Never plated it and drove on the shoulder under 25 around St Helen. Never had a problem but, the police MAY not have noticed it didn't have a plate.
I can second this with the same disclaimer. My cousins always do this with an old YJ they have, just drive it around up there like an ORV but it's also possible the cops never noticed it missing a plate. I know they've done it for a couple years now with no issues though.
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I owe you a text message. I'm hoping to pick up a RZR soon, but I guess there's a recall on-going and I that may delay it.
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What is the recall? Just got one in June, wonder if .mine has it.
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Lake county has a bunch of trails that are mixed traffic trails. Meaning truck width is fine. Lake county also allows origin on the shoulders or pavement as long as you follow the rules. I have also rode them in a lot of place in the U.P. with out issues. I really think they are fun and can do many things my Jeep can not. However, I find I can go a lot more places with my jeep.
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Still waiting on Polaris to remove the stop sell on XP Turbos. They said hopefully end of month...
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Still waiting on Polaris to remove the stop sell on XP Turbos. They said hopefully end of month...
If you decide to buy one let me know, Im selling a 4 seat turbo. Nothing wrong with it, just selling as I took on a new job.
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If you decide to buy one let me know, Im selling a 4 seat turbo. Nothing wrong with it, just selling as I took on a new job.
How many miles and what color. I'm looking for one.
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Still waiting for the fix on mine. Got a letter yesterday wanting me to buy an extended warranty. The first line says"Nothing should stop you from enjoying your RZR." Lol! Idiots. The dealer says we should have something by the end of August, that is next week, come on Polaris, get it together.
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Polaris is lucky yamaha hasn't pulled their heads out of their asses and made a 4 seater yet.
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Thanks. I'm waiting on a 2-seater.
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