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    HEALTH: Trading His TW 200 For 4 Wheels (HELP)

    My long term TW riding buddy has multiple sclerosis and while it is still low level he is feeling unsteady on the bike. His wife wants 4 wheels under him and side-by-sides are not legal in most areas around here.

    He really want to keep exploring the outback and wonder if anyone else does it on 4 wheels also and does it really eliminate the fun - would really appreciate anyone that does off road in a vehicle as well as their TW

    Jeeps are too rough for his body so probably more like a 4x4 car type.

    Thanks for responding
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    I used to have a lifted locked Cherokee. It actually rode really smooth as it has long travel coils in the front. It took me amazing places and I miss it. I think it would be good for youre friend. There are usually lots of them on Craigslist and they are fairly cheap even after someone else has dumped a ton of money upgrading them.

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    It might help if you let us know where you're from and paint a picture of the type of riding or exploring that you two do. What are the laws/rules/licensing applicable. Is it full on dual-sport stuff with highway legal being a must?

    If I was forced off of two wheels, without a doubt, I would switch to the Polaris Ace. Safer than a quad because you sit in it, not on top of it, and it has a roll cage. Super fun go-cart feel off-road. Legal on under 50" atv trails, i.e. where quads can go but UTVs cannot. Depending on where you are, some areas offer a modified road legal licensing option so it may be legal on fire and county roads, just not state highways.

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    We are in the Portland,Oregon area - have to be street legal unless you go to central Oregon about 175 miles away and then it is limited.
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    Jeeps (like our tw's) with wide tires and low air pressure ride much smoother over wash boards, ruts and smaller rocks. Just make sure you air back up for highway use.
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    A street legal option that while not as nimble as an ACE yet lighter and potentially more nimble than a heavier jeep like vehicle is a Suzuki Samurai. I had one pass me in very rocky terrain while I was working hard getting my TW down the same trail. I was rather impressed. Stripped down with better axles and longer springs the Samurais can still be kept street legal.
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    When I visited Alaska seemed like 5 out of 10 cars were Subaru. Tough and go almost anywhere except rock climbing.
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    +1 on the Subarus

    while my '14 6-speed forester isn't as capable as the last 03' auto forester, it still gets to some impressive locations. That 03' auto would go nearly anywhere!
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    I would also get an ACE 570 if it was legal in my state (Connecticut). But it is not. 4 wheel ATV's and non-plated unregistered dirt bikes are only allowed on private property. Unless you live in a big city and ride it on the streets illegally anyway, which is actually a thing here.

    I feel bad for your buddy. Wish him well for me.
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