The Definition of Insanity

The Definition of Insanity

PostBy: coaledsweat On: Tue Oct 20, 2009 9:22 am

I shook my head, did I just read that?
http://online.wsj.com/article/SB1000142 ... 42430.html
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Re: The Definition of Insanity

PostBy: samhill On: Tue Oct 20, 2009 9:48 am

Isn`t that what a lot of people on here promote "free enterprise" its just someone figuring out the loop holes & taking advantage of it to make a buck. All the states would have to do is require plates & inspections. Then as soon as someone of superior intelligence would drive it on a highway & get rear ended the relatives & an lawyer would be sueing the Feds, state, golf cart maker & anyone else that my or may not have anything to do with the idiot & his choice. I`m sure those carts handle well in snow & are warm as well. Guess that you should think of all possible senarios before doing something, myself I happen to be in in the market for two remote control toy trucks that I could stand on & drive down the interstate. Wonder how far a 9 volt battery will take me?
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Re: The Definition of Insanity

PostBy: ErikLaurence On: Tue Oct 20, 2009 9:48 am

How much work is required to get a golf cart street legal?

Headlights.

Turn signals.

Seat belts

My guess is NTSB has a long list of things you need to do
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Re: The Definition of Insanity

PostBy: Richard S. On: Tue Oct 20, 2009 10:04 am

They use them in small communities to get around. I'm not even sure if they require registration or insurance. They aren't allowed on interstates or most likely state highways either. They probably fall under the same type rules they have here in PA for ATV's. You can cross a state highway but you can't ride down one.

samhill wrote:Isn`t that what a lot of people on here promote "free enterprise" its just someone figuring out the loop holes & taking advantage of it to make a buck.


It's that they can take advantage of it in the first place. I don;t think you can make a ATV road legal because the manufacturer wont' certify it for that... I think that's the reason they can't be made road legal but if the local town allows them on local roads you can ride it "at you own risk". As said I'd imagine the golf carts fall into the same category, they have a very limited amount of road they can use.
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Re: The Definition of Insanity

PostBy: Wood'nCoal On: Tue Oct 20, 2009 10:49 am

I saw that article as well. In NJ tractors operated on roads do not require to be licensed as long as they don't exceed 20 MPH, display a "slow vehicle sign" (reflective triangle), and operated on the roads only while being driven from one area to another (such as from one field to another). It might raise an eyebrow or two if I drove my 2N to the liquor store or the deli out on Rt. 94.

Agricultural tractor (Code 52)
An agricultural tractor registration is used to allow farm tractors and traction equipment for farm operation to travel on the public highways. Also permitted under this code are vehicles with permanently mounted well-drilling or impregnating machines. These vehicles must have rubber wheels.
Vehicles that do not exceed 20 mph are exempt from registration.


Guess it won't work in NJ:

LSVs cannot be modified golf carts


http://www.state.nj.us/mvc/Vehicle/LowSpeed.htm
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Re: The Definition of Insanity

PostBy: SMITTY On: Tue Oct 20, 2009 11:00 am

Sun City, AZ is a big retirement city - lots of developments with a 55+ age restriction. Golf carts are 100% street legal there. I couldn't believe it when I saw it, having grown up in The land of 1000 laws.

When I worked in a bike shop out there, I would regularly bring ATV's & dirtbikes to get smog-checked for street use. That wouldn't fly in MA in 1000 years!! Just needed a clown horn & a cheap plastic mirror from a bicycle shop. If your a fabricator, you can build your own vehicle every year & save a mint!! Man, I miss that place.... :cry:

I'd be curious to see what MA would say about putting one of those golf carts on the road. It's a given that your going to get flak, but what if you throw the environment card at them? What a conundrum for MA officials!

A tax break is just a complete joke & a waste of money. I think Obama is trying to do something for the elderly after getting them irate at his health care plan.... :?
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Re: The Definition of Insanity

PostBy: Wood'nCoal On: Tue Oct 20, 2009 11:49 am

Everything's on the Internet:


http://www.fandome.com/video/111959/How-Not-To-Drive-A-Golf-Cart/?q=k
This link is broken, either the page no longer exists or there is some other issue like a typo.


http://www.liveleak.com/view?i=891_1172577440&o=1
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Re: The Definition of Insanity

PostBy: Dann757 On: Wed Oct 21, 2009 7:33 pm

I worked in a golf cart factory in Boca Raton, Florida many years ago. Survival job, I had to take a lie detector test to get it.
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Re: The Definition of Insanity

PostBy: 009to090 On: Wed Oct 21, 2009 7:54 pm

Wood'nCoal wrote:I saw that article as well. In NJ tractors operated on roads do not require to be licensed as long as they don't exceed 20 MPH, display a "slow vehicle sign" (reflective triangle), and operated on the roads only while being driven from one area to another (such as from one field to another).


Its true... I can drive my New Holland TC33DH up and down our farming roads. I have flashers, headlights, turn signals, Seatbelt, and slow-moving Vehicle triangle. It only goes 18mph, and I use it to help out at the local churches. Just drove by a police car yesterday, and he didn't blink an eye, but we do have farm tractors up and down our road every day. But when I can, I usually have a chase vehicle following me with flashers, just to be safe.
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Re: The Definition of Insanity

PostBy: Wood'nCoal On: Wed Oct 21, 2009 8:20 pm

I have flashers, headlights, turn signals, Seatbelt, and slow-moving Vehicle triangle.


Ha! I have none of those on my 2N, except for headlights. Next trip to Tractor Supply I'll have to get one of those triangles. I only take the tractor to my friend's place down the road or up the other way to the old barn nearby to open it up a little once in a while.
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Re: The Definition of Insanity

PostBy: KLook On: Wed Oct 21, 2009 8:27 pm

We have 3 towns in my area that have voted to open up town roads to ATV's. There are few restrictions. You are allowed to travel 1500 ft. down any state highway to access a town road or continue on a trail or to get to services. It causes some problems when over eager cops try to mess with people but if you know your rights they have to back down. They mostly mess with young people. So far there have not been any problems, just complaints from people that hate ATV's and anyone having a good time in a different way then they do.

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Re: The Definition of Insanity

PostBy: samhill On: Wed Oct 21, 2009 8:33 pm

I live in an area thats mostly farmland & camplands, theres always tractors, atv`s & yes even golf carts and lawnmowers all summer long. Once the harvest is over & the snow flys its the quads & snowmobiles it seems like we have everything but cops which is ok the campers are the only ones that don`t respect property & every once in a while the locals surround them & politely explain things to them & all is well again.
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