We have just returned from a weeks riding these trails. GREAT TIME!!! We are going back next month for another week.
No breakage, All three machines worked perfectly. ('07 Yamaha Grizzly 350, '00 Trail Boss, & '07 700, '04 500, '10 550 Sports-mans) But we discovered that the 70-80 mile travel days are too much for my wife. We all know beginners and the sore thumbs associated with them. This was a big part, but the ruggedness of some parts of the trails. The ruts and washouts. She lacks the strength in her arms and goes so slowly (3-5 MPH we average about 15 MPH) see holds everyone back. On the open trails she was much better and would even improve more with more miles. She lasted three days before staying home one day then she rode "bitch" the rest of the week.
We had two brand new riders this trip! Both women. Both did very well overall and both had allot of fun! I KNOW they will be purchasing there own machines for next years trip. We went on a couple web sites looking at inventories.
I'll add some pics later, but there was seven people and six machines riding for five days. We started daily about 9 AM and returned about 5 PM. Only stopping for "nature calls and lunch. They where FULL beautiful days.. GREAT weather, we saw Deer, Moose, Grouse and Rabbits. All told we covered over 300 miles. We went to Canada one day (60 miles) and attempted to ride to Green-ville but figured it was too much for the new riders. (100+ mile round trip)
SO, now I'm converting my machine ('07 700 EFI) to two person setup. I swapped boxes with my pop as his is AWEFUL ('10 XP 550) with this two up box. (Moose Executive) The STD Sportsman is FAR better suited for this box. On the XP the back seat allows the passanger to slide out, there is NO support to hold them in the seat. It has a downward angle, caused by seat shape on the XP's. VERY uncomfortable for the passanger. The lack of foot rests and hand holds made things worse.
SO, currently I am "fitting" the Executive to my machines rear rack... I am making foot and hand holds and building them custom. I started with a frame work from light steel. I eliminated a couple factory self tapping bolts and thru drilled them for bolts and nylock nuts. I welded in later support and this will tie into the foot rests that will bolt to the foot wells using the two rear ward bolts and nuts. I would like to use someones folding foot rests. Next week or so I'll be checking out the local motorcycle shops. Looking for something. If anyone is interested, I can post pics of what I came up with.