I will be staying in ME throughout the winter and spring now. The Kawasaki Mule utility vehicle is in storage until the snow melts so I had nothing to use for exploring. Since we live in the center of a state that has over 13,000 miles of trails and is a $300 million dollar industry, I decided to go looking for a SLED
I did the deal at a Yamaha dealership in Newport just last Thursday and by 4pm was ready to ride it home on the ITS trail to my house in Dover, 24 miles away. I got home about 5:30 and the temperature was at -8 degrees already. By morning, it was -32. What was I thinking.
The only thing that was NOT cold on my body was my toes and ears. I bought all my gear at the dealership too which included a Yamaha jacket and bibs, gloves, boots and an HJC electric double visor helmet.
My sled is a 2009 Yamaha Venture Lite, a 2 cylinder, 3 valve 4 stroke that gets 20mpg and will go about 85mph. It has 500cc's and is over 80hp. It's a two-up touring sled that has a storage rack in the rear behind the passenger backrest. It has heated grips and heated thumb warmer. Also heated grips for the passenger.
The clubs around here are very active and do lots of stuff. I should be able to meet several local enthusiasts and even start an HDDC maybe.
I haven't been out on it too much yet but there is a local route I did that takes you to town, over the covered bridge and into some twisites which I will take some pictures soon an post. About 10 miles of views, wide open spaces to test top end speeds, tight trails, twisties and several river and street crossings to mix it up. That is just one of dozens of routes that I can discover this winter. I plan on going up to Greenville to Moosehead lake from here and other points north.
I continue to explore the building of cabins on our property here. Everyone I talk to thinks it's a good idea. My plan is to have 3 log cabin/homes with a large oversized garage for all the toys with seperate quarters above the garage. The lot on our property here that I want to use for the cabins is right on route 7 and the Interstate Trail System for sledding and atving. Our property alone has a 40 acre wetlands and stream running through it, a 20 acre gravel/sand pit along with my brothers and cousins adjoining 55 acres. We have lots of trails in our own back yard. There are hundreds of tracks all over our pit from snowmobilers. Some of the tracks are scary to follow. These enthusiasts are nuts.
Anyways, I'll take pictures this week and post here. Now, I need to get all my gear on and take a spin. It's going to snow for a couple days and the trails should be perfect. One brother is now looking for a sled and should have one soon. I'm a bad influence.