mr_opjones wrote:It's not even close because I couldn't positively identify an ATV standing a foot away from it besides saying "it's a red 400ex".
I hope you don't think that I'm being a jock-hole myself during our little exhange here. I don't mind debating points, as long as no feelings are hurt. We obviously disagree on the ATV ID issue, so I hope you're ok with friendly banter.
That being said...
You said that you stopped and chatted with the offending ATV'ers, I'd think that wouldn't be the rule, rather the exception. Also, (and this may bolster your side of the debate, but) many people wouldn't even have known that it was a 400 anything, or even if were a Honda. Red might be as far as they got.
mr_opjones wrote:*beep*, if they only had fenders, or number plates.
Meh... the fenders are horizontal. Number plates are in the front and only about a foot wide, which STILL not enough room for boat-style numbers, but I guess could be fitted with a large sized ORV number, but the fender numbers wouldn't be visible from very far away. (I'm thinking 20-30 feet, max).
mr_opjones wrote:I was not aware that the only time you can ride an atv is right after a rain in full on mud.
many people don't bother washing after every muddy ride, and every muddy ride isn't necessarily a mud-fest, a little coating of mud would be all it takes.
mr_opjones wrote:Everyone benefits from it because we can identify a criminal.
While technically, riding an ATV on a non-motorized trail isn't "legal", I'd hardly classify it as a crime. Or, if I did, I'd classify it in the same category as speeding 5 over on the freeway. Technically illegal, but really, what's the harm?
mr_opjones wrote:That jackhole won't do it again if they want to keep their atv after been talked to by law enforcement
No or minimal cost to the state if you are required to put a registration i.d. on your atv
i obviously have less of a problem in my area with the sorts of things that you experienced, and so I think I lean more toward it not being as big a deal as you feel it is. Which is ok... I'm not bagging on your passion for this at all. Besides, I love a good argument, just ask my wife!