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Thursday, January 28, 2010

SnowSport All Terrain Plow releases new front mount for Kawasaki Teryx 750 UTV


Jamestown, ND, January 28, 2009 — SnowSport® All Terrain Plow by Agri-Cover, Inc. announces the release of an all-new, easy to install front mount. The following front mount application is now available for the SnowSport® All Terrain Plow:

2010 Kawasaki Teryx™ 750 UTV: 70100

The SnowSport® All Terrain Plow and included mount installs on your all terrain vehicle in minutes and completely removes in seconds. The blade is manufactured from corrosion-resistant, hardened, anodized aluminum and is equipped with a 1" thick rubber cutting edge designed to aggressively plow hard, compacted snow, yet remains terrain-friendly. The plow does not require any wiring, lever controls, or winch to operate, making plowing fast and efficient. To place an order for the SnowSport® All Terrain Plow or to find a Certified Dealer near you, please visit www.snowsportatv.com or call (800) 233-4655.

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Oregon Dunes OHV enthusiast are the Endangered Species

Like you, I am an avid OHV enthusiast. We are family, we love our chosen sport and we are environmentalist. The greenies could care less and are willing to put large sums of money to kill our recreation.

I want to get the word out through an educational effort that in the 1994 Forest Plan, the FS closed all but 36% of the ODNRA (Oregon Dunes National Recreation Area). Of that 36%; 15% is designated "routes only". To use their language, they Zoned the dunes. Attached is the Zoning and history. 10A is closed, 10B is open riding and 10C is Designated Routes only. The rest of the zoning is self explanatory. Part of this plan is to create "Work Groups" to review the 10C and come up with recommendations to where the trails are going to be within the 10C. I am part of that work group.

Please go on line to see this information:
http://www.fs.fed.us/r6/siuslaw/projects/rec-plans-projects/dunes-routes/index.shtml

They just made it official that 15% (10C) will be closed with the exception of a very few connector trails that the work group is deciding upon now. Please understand that the workgroup is only an advisory group and the Forest Service is obligated to look at all options before they make the final decision. In other words, they will do what they want. They are anticipating a law suit from the greenies challenging their decision one way or the other. The greenies have already sued to stop the trail for Riley Ranch access. We have advanced notice through this law suit that we must step up with our written efforts and our pocket books to fight back. They want it all closed and designated Wilderness. Ignorance is not Bliss! We must educate ourselves to understand that this is not the end. They are going to do a new Forest plan in 2014 so we must band together.
California and Washington OHV groups have done a fairly good job of working together but the Oregon effort is poor and spotty at best. When I got involved with this work group I was very ignorant. I am not ignorant anymore, I am SCARED. If we do not get involved we will as a group lose what we have left and we all will be STUPID because we did not get involved.

What we have left to ride on is about 25% of the 28,930 acres of the ODNRA, only about 7,200 acres will be open to riding. We just went through the process at the Middle Dunes (Winchester) which does not have much 10C but Banshee Hill is in the mix. The North Riding Area (Florence) is scary at best with most of the plantation stands off the table. By the map, half of the Florence dunes are in play. The Southern Riding area (Coos Bay) is being looked at in the next month. The public is invited to these meetings so go on the Forest Service web page above to get the dates and locations.

Some lessons learned are the economic impact and the safety of riders is very low on the priority list. VERY LOW. The Forest Service charter is to manage "Resources" first and foremost. That means vegetation, wetlands, and Critical Habitat for plants and animals. We are indeed an endangered species in the ODNRA. I thought that any economic impact would be huge. If you look at what the FS and BLM did with the spotted owl, then you can clearly see that economics will not come into play. That killed an industry and left the Pacific Northwest without jobs and money. The way they are going to regulate safety is to limit the amount of riders that can enjoy the dunes on any given weekend. They have already studied how many riders the 25% of dunes available can hold without hurting ourselves. Restrictions are a given.

Hopefully you can see why I am SCARED. We do have one very important opportunity that I feel we need to legally pursue. That is the simple, well documented fact that the dunes are being choked off and are indeed dying. The European Beach Grass planted in the early 1910 is slowly but surly killing the dunes. It is also killing Snowy Plover Habitat. We are the only cost effective documented way of killing the beach grass. I will try and post several research papers documenting this fact. A brief explanation is the dunes were created with sand flowing out of the Umpqua River. The wind and surf would push and blew the sand inland and accumulate to the dunes we see today. The beach grass is building the walls you see on the beach and the sand has stopped moving inland. As the grass stabilizes flowing sand that allows other bad plants like scotch broom to grow and eventually trees and forest that do not belong there. It has also killed grasses and plants that are native to the dunes. The FS and the BLM simply do not know what to do so they just keep doing what they always have and manage this "new" vegetation like it was always there. Flowing Sand is not Forest. The greenies are pushing this view as they want nobody in the dunes. The other point we must make is the fact that the bad vegetation is not just standing still but growing exponentially faster. The longer they wait the worse it gets.

A Call to action
What I am proposing to do as the next step is to work together to build a war chest to start legal action against the Forest Service. They need to continue to move ahead with a trail access for Riley Ranch. We also need to start legal action against the Forest Service to allow OHV access to more areas to kill beach grass. We must understand that they do have to
manage the ODNRA for other users so let them have the 60% that is now closed for other uses. Those dunes will eventually die anyway and if that is what they want then let it happen. Seems stupid to me but... I propose to work with the Blue Ribbon Coalition (http://www.sharetrails.org) and have them set up a place on their web page for us to go in and donate money. We need a commitment from ourselves to the BRC to fund any legal action moving forward. Please visit the BRC and let them know you are willing to donate.
We do not need a bunch of money to start the legal action. If the 300,000 or so OHV folks that visit the ODNRA donated a buck we would have plenty. I also encourage folks to join the BRC as they have successfully stopped the greenies across the US from closures. I am a Lifetime Member and very proud of it.

One other point I must bring up that is very unpopular among OHVers is the noise we make. The legal noise limit on the ODNRA is 93 db. I will not argue whether this is right or wrong, it is just a fact. I have finally found a chamber muffler for my Raptor 700 that gives me plenty of power and still stays within legal limits. I am in no way advocating this brand but there are very few manufactures that are willing to give us good power and keep the noise to a legal limit. Repacking is a waste of time especially with the 450. That manufacture is Leo Vince. Ron Gray at Bay Area Yamaha has them and they are not that expensive. Hopefully American Manufactures will start making these chamber type mufflers available. You have no idea how much grief we are taking with the Work Group and we are killing ourselves with this single issue. Please ride in the ODNRA within legal limits. If you cannot, please stay away. I want to ride in the dunes, not make a point that my whanger is bigger than yours.

Thanks so much,
Jody Phillips

Oregon Dunes Information: Oregon Dunes National Recreation Area
BlueRibbon Coalition: http://www.sharetrails.org

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Operation Ranger Provides First Response Organizations in Need with Polaris Ranger 6x6 Utility Vehicles


Since 2002, the U.S. Smokeless Tobacco Company (USSTC) has partnered with the National Volunteer Fire Council (NVFC) to offer first responders free all-terrain utility vehicles to assist with their departments' emergency response. Through Operation Ranger the USSTC has awarded over 460 of these vehicles to fire, rescue, EMS, emergency management, and wildlife law enforcement agencies across the United States, through an open, competitive application process.

According to Andy Lee, the U.S. Smokeless Tobacco Company's Manager of Corporate Communications and Public Affairs, the USSTC began this program after the tragedies of September 11, 2001, with a desire to recognize the services provided by first responders. Lee says, "We did a lot of research and found that there were very few companies that were actually donating equipment to first response organizations. There were several grant programs in place for monetary grants, but really no programs that we could find that were corporations actually donating equipment on a national level to first response organizations."

The National Volunteer Fire Council joined the U.S. Smokeless Tobacco Company in shaping the program and has aided in the vehicle distribution. According to Bob Kilpeck, the Vermont Director of the National Volunteer Fire Council and the Fire Chief for the Brandon Fire Department, "The Council is very, very pleased to work with USSTC and make these units available to the emergency services across this country. Everyone that I talk to is very, very pleased, and they have been a tremendous asset to the organizations that they've been given to and to their communities."

According to Kilpeck, when the program began John Deere was the initial manufacturer of the vehicles offered. However, since 2005, Polaris has partnered with the USSTC and NVFC, and the Polaris Ranger 6x6 is the vehicle that recipients have been awarded each year.

The Polaris Ranger 6x6 Utility features on-demand 6-wheel drive and independent center axle suspension, allowing it to handle the toughest terrains. With a top speed of 44 MPH, the Ranger boasts a liquid-cooled 40 HP engine, and Bosch multi-port electronic fuel injection. This vehicle seats three adults, and its sealed, water resistant fuel system allows it to operate in water 27 inches deep. It has a 1,250 lb. capacity composite cargo box, and 4,000 lb. capacity 4.0 Warn winch. The Polaris Ranger can tow up to 1,750 lbs.

Past winners, such as the Brandon Fire Department in Vermont, have used these versatile vehicles in many situations. The Brandon FD, a 2008 winner, protects an area which includes national forest lands, and has used their Ranger to assist with hiker emergencies on Vermont's Long Trail. According to Paramedic T.J. Lockwood of the San Diego Fire-Rescue Department, his department has been able to use their 2007 Polaris Ranger to transport personnel and victims in areas where brush rigs, fire trucks, and even pick-up trucks cannot travel. They have also used it in tandem with their helicopter to perform rescue operations.

To apply for one of the utility vehicles an emergency response department must complete an online application, and are encouraged to submit supporting .pdf documentation outlining their need for these vehicles, including letters of support from community leaders, photographs, and other relevant information. In selecting the winners, Andy Lee says that the Operation Ranger Committee takes several things into consideration. "We look for things like response area, service area in terms of square miles, populations serviced, and we want to make sure that the organization couldn't otherwise afford the vehicle. We also look at geography, and we also like to see that the organizations are willing to use the vehicle for mutual aid purposes."

The 2010 Operation Polaris Ranger application deadline is January 29, 2010. To access the online application, click here.

Source: Fire Department Network News



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Tuesday, January 26, 2010

The 411 on the MSD Charge FI Controller for the Kawasaki Teryx


By Todd Eldridge, Hunterworks.com

Hunterworks has had the privilege to be a beta tester for the new MSD FI Charge for the 2009+ Kawasaki Teryx. We were one of several whose job was to work through the software, make suggestions on changes and look for bugs. I could just end this article right here and say, it is awesome and you have to have one if you have a 2009-2010 Teryx but I figure you want to know more about it.

First off this new box is a piggy back style unit which means you unplug the wiring harness from the stock ECU and plug it into the MSD then take the harness from the MSD and plug it in the stock ECU. Actually that is it for the install, takes three minutes tops. A piggy back style box takes the readings from the engines sensors and then manipulates them before they go into the ECU basically tricking the ECU to what the engine conditions are. This is the most common way of making a controller for any EFI vehicle of any type.

The MSD for the Teryx is not only a fuel controller but a ignition controller too. With one unit you can manipulate both ignition timing and adjust fuel to whatever engine mod you may have made. I would also like to state that 95% of people who buy one of these won't actually use the software or want to know how to use it, they simply want to plug it in and go. This is where buying it from a place that just sells it like it comes from MSD or pre-programs it to match several engine mods so you can just plug it up comes into play. I surely don't want to discourage anyone from getting one due to making it complicated because like I said most people won't ever use the software. Where this unit shines is in the hands of the tuner, it provides the tools to accomplish the goal. Let me use a analogy, most of us have no idea how a computer works but we use one everyday with ease, it is simply a tool. We depended on someone else to program the computer or write the software for the computer. That person had more tools at his disposal to be able to write the software or program the computer but you just use it. Just like computers there are going to be people who write their own programs for their use on their computer but they are few and far in between.

On to what makes this unit different from others, one the ignition and fuel controller is in one box, it will be the only one like this for a while and this makes it less expensive than units that have separate boxes. This unit also has what we call 3D fuel and ignition mapping. What this means is that instead of only being able to manipulate the fuel by engine RPM you will be able to adjust it by throttle position and engine RPM. The stock ECU has in a nutshell two fuel maps, one for wide open throttle (WOT) and one for part throttle, actually it is called Alpha-N and D-J method where one is based on throttle position and the other on engine load. Lets say you were running at a steady speed and the engine was running 6000 rpm, you would be on the part throttle curve which would be giving less fuel than WOT under heavy load. When under heavy load and WOT at the same engine RPM the ECU is giving more fuel. Most fuel controllers give a percentage of fuel and they don't know what the engine is doing and what curve is being used. Let's say that when cruising at a steady speed and 6000 rpm the engine needs 100 units of fuel and when you are under load and WOT open throttle at the same 6000 rpm you need 200 units of fuel. If you were needing to change the amount of fuel due to some engine mod and you needed to add 10% fuel at WOT throttle but part throttle cruising was ok then you would be stuck with 2D mapping because it RPM based only. Now with 3D mapping you can put in to give it the extra 10% fuel you need at WOT and leave part throttle alone. This is showing to be a huge advantage when installing performance cams in EFI engines, the two fuel maps are so far apart that you can't get a fuel map that works for part throttle and WOT. We ran into a issue with old 2D mapping where we had to either map for part throttle or WOT throttle, it was either too rich on one or the other and could not get a happy medium. I have heard of some tuners who were mapping a fuel map in a Rhino with performance cams and it ran great. The problem is without knowing it they tuned the part throttle curve only by easing through the RPM which kept the ECU on the part throttle curve and adjusting fuel along the way. What happens here is you have a good running engine but at WOT throttle it is too lean and it will run great until it quits due to engine damage, not good. With the new MSD for the Teryx that problem is gone and it is because of 3D mapping.

The MSD also has the ability to monitor lots of engine parameters in real time. With the unit attached to a computer via supplied USB cable you are able to monitor engine rpm, throttle position, engine temp, manifold air pressure, (MAP), advanced timing, injector duty cycle, etc. You are able to monitor these parameters via round gauges, you have a table with a list of gauges you can look at and you simply check the box next to the gauge you want to monitor. When you check a box in the list a gauge pops up, the more gauges you monitor the smaller the gauges get thus harder to read. I have several that are my favorite, the advanced timing is awesome, I have never been able to get real time timing without attaching a device to the output nut on the flywheel before with a homemade degree wheel and pointer. Obviously we use the throttle position (TPS) gauge when tuning for fuel and the duty cycle gauge lets you know when you are using up all the injector you when you have done engine mods. Once you exceed 80% duty cycle you need to look at getting a larger injector.

For actual tuning there are two tables that look much like a Excel document, one for timing and one for fuel. The timing table has manifold air pressure (MAP) down one side and engine rpm down the other, you adjust timing based on engine load thus the reason you use MAP. Higher the MAP the less load you have. On the fuel table you have TPS down one side and engine RPM down the other. This way you can adjust fuel at the same RPM but different throttle positions.

Because it looks like a Excel document I wanted to highlight a block, copy it and then highlight several blocks and then paste but it did not work that way, you can however copy and paste from one map to another. To change a whole section of values in the table you highlight them, hit the enter button and one of the blocks becomes editable then you simply click on the up and down arrows in the block or type a number in and hit enter again, then the whole section is the same value. Since this is not a lesson on how to use the software I won't go into the other ways to manipulate the table so the point is you can do about anything you might want to do to the fuel and spark making this the most advanced ignition/fuel controller that I have seen and because you can monitor all the engine information in real time which makes it easy to tune. The only other tool you would need is a air/fuel ratio gauge with a heated wide band O2 sensor. Since the vehicle does not have a O2 sensor the MSD can't monitor it.

A dyno would make tuning easy too so you don't wind up running up and down the road with a friend holding the laptop and reading the air/fuel ratio gauge even though you can do it this way. Much easier to sit it on a load control dyno and work thru the RPM range with various amounts of load, then after you get it dialed in there you can move to the road for final adjustment. If you have someone dyno tune this or any unit for you they MUST have a load control dyno or your wasting your time, money and the map may actually damage your engine by being too lean in the real world.

In summary as I said earlier, this is the most advanced unit with the ability to monitor the most engine information I have ever seen and it allows you to do basically whatever you might want to do to the fuel and timing maps. EFI is far easier to manipulate than carbs but for some it can be intimidating. I know when I first started I was like a hog looking at a wristwatch but now after a couple years and the right tools it is just easy. For the average guy most everything mentioned here won't ever be looked at or used. You have really three choices when purchasing one, buy one from a place that does not pre-program it for you and take it to a tuning center, tune it yourself or buy it from a place that pre-programs it for you and makes fuel and timing maps that match a particular engine mod then you just plug, play and haul butt!!!

Features of the Charge FI Controller for the 2009-2010 Kawasaki Teryx 750E FI:

  • Direct Plug-in Connectors
  • Fully sealed controller
  • One low speed limiting curve
  • Increased vehicle speed
  • 10-Pre-set fuel & Ignition maps
  • Adjust fuel and ignition for any engine modifications
  • PC Programmable for the custom tuner
  • Less then ten minutes to install
  • Overrides reverse rev-limiter
More information can be found on the MSD Powersports website at: www.msdpowersports.com

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Monday, January 25, 2010

CHRIS BRULL PROMOTED TO DIRECTOR, MARKETING AT KAWASAKI MOTORS CORP., U.S.A.


IRVINE, Calif. (Jan. 25, 2010)---Kawasaki Motors Corp., U.S.A. (KMC) today named Chris Brull as the new director, marketing at the powersports company. Brull, who held the position of senior advertising manager, replaces Bruce Stjernstrom, who recently resigned from the head marketing post at KMC.

Brull, who joined Kawasaki in 2004, has been responsible for the company’s marketing, advertising, in-store merchandising, proprietary publications, and the Website. He has also been involved in the production of Kawasaki’s dealer meetings.

Prior to joining Kawasaki, Brull managed marketing and advertising efforts for various clients in his roles at major advertising agencies for 14 years. While at FCB, he first supervised the Kawasaki ATV advertising account from 1998 to 2001, then assumed responsibility for the agency’s supervision of all product categories until he joined KMC three years later.

According to Brull, “The company’s confidence in what we’ve been doing and what we’ve accomplished over the past few years will help us to make even greater inroads as we face an uncertain economy moving forward. I’m excited to be able to contribute and help stimulate growth.”

“Chris has the experience and an extensive working knowledge of the issues that are pertinent to maintaining and growing our position in the marketplace and he’ll be an excellent team leader,” said Tak Teranishi, Kawasaki president.

Brull’s marketing group consists of advertising, public relations, Team Green? amateur racing and consumer and corporate events.

Kawasaki Motors Corp., U.S.A. (KMC) markets and distributes Kawasaki motorcycles, ATVs, personal watercraft, utility vehicles and recreation utility vehicles through a network of more than 1,475 independent retailers, with an additional 8,000 retailers specializing in Kawasaki power products and general purpose engines. KMC and its affiliates employ nearly 3,300 people in the United States, with 400 of them located at KMC's Irvine, California headquarters.

Kawasaki’s tagline, “Let the good times roll.™”, is recognized worldwide. The Kawasaki brand has become synonymous with powerful, stylish motorcycles for over four decades. Information about Kawasaki’s complete line of recreational products and Kawasaki affiliates can be found on the Internet at www.kawasaki.com.

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Sunday, January 24, 2010

Pit Bull Tire Company and RZRS Edge Racing, Team Up for 2010 Race Season

Polaris RZR SJanuary 22, 2010 Glendale, AZ – RZRS Edge Racing is proud to announce the newest sponsor to their Polaris RZR UTV race team - Pit Bull Tire Company. Known for their aggressive and durable off road tires, Pit Bull Tire Company out of St. Louis, MO along with their parent company Tire Mart, Inc has been making on road and off road tires for almost 70 years! Pit Bull Tires is the title sponsor for this years King Of The Hammers UTV race which makes this new partnership a really exciting one for the RZRS Edge Racing team which will compete for the first time in this ultimate off road event.

The #1912 RZRS Edge Polaris RZR S is owned and driven by Mike Cook of Glendale, AZ. The RZRS Edge team finished 4th in the 2009 BITD 1900 UTV class. Despite missing the first race of the 2009 season the #1912 fought hard to end up finishing the year strong with a 1st place finish at the Henderson Fabtech Desert Classic. This year the RZRS Edge Racing team has their sites set on a championship. In the first race of the BITD 2010 season the #1912 Polaris RZR finished 3rd making the podium at the Parker 250 inParker, AZ. This finish puts the RZRS Edge team in a great position points wise and together with Pit Bull Tires they look to make a strong run at their first ever championship.

Pit Bull Tires Rocker Uber XOR“The RZRS Edge team is very excited to be joined up with the whole Pit Bull Tires crew. We look forward to a winning year with the best off road tires!” says Mike Cook of RZRS Edge Racing. The #1912 will be running the new Pit Bull ROCKER radial tire. The ROCKER is described by Pit Bull Tire Company as “the toughest, most versatile Multi Conditions ATV/UTV Radial tire on the market….”

About Pit Bull Tires:
Pit Bull Tire Company was founded in 1994 as the motorsports development division of Tire Mart, Inc., a 65+ year old stalwart in the tire industry. For more information, check them out on the web at www.pitbulltires.com.

RZRS Edge Racing 2010 Sponsors:


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Friday, January 22, 2010

Yamaha Announces All-New EF2400iSHC Generator

Yamaha EF2400iSHC Generator
Cypress, Calif. – Yamaha Motor Corporation, U.S.A., introduces a High Current version of the top selling EF2400iS – the new EF2400iSHC. Compact, lightweight and quiet while still powerful, reliable and with low emission, the Yamaha EF2400iSHC generator is perfect for camping, tailgating, powering workshop equipment or at home as back-up during a power outage.

From small power tools to appliances such as a refrigerator or microwave oven, the new Yamaha EF2400iSHC starts appliances quicker thanks to High Current technology and special Field Effect Transistors in the electronic controller. These features combine to increase the surge output, helping the new EF2400iSHC respond more quickly for greater big-appliance starting capacity and longer run time for all uses. A powerful 171cc engine and Yamaha’s industry leading Smart Throttle, which automatically adjusts the engine speed to match the load, allowing the EF2400iSHC to run at a slower engine speed resulting in quieter running and maximum fuel efficiency – up to 8.6 hours at 1/4-capacity load on one tank of fuel.

To ensure the EF2400iSHC retains its portability – small and lightweight (merely 75 pounds) – without sacrificing strength or reliability, a die cast aluminum frame and aluminum flywheel was used. Additionally, the EF2400iSHC has an actual noise level range of only 53~60 decibels (quieter than normal speech) – giving consumers a lightweight, quiet running and durable generator.

The EF2400iSHC will see most of its work done in a portable shop, at the track, RVing, tailgating, at the hunting cabin and during other recreation or leisure activities, but its real mettle is proven at-home during a power outage. The EF2400iSHC uses Pulse Width Modulation (PWM) to produce high-quality electricity, which is as clean if not cleaner than the power supplied by public utility companies. PWM means consumers can use this generator with confidence as a power source for computers, variable speed power tools and appliances with built-in computer functions – perfect for charging cell phones and other sensitive electronics.

With a single side-mounted control panel that puts all controls on one surface and a detachable rear panel for easy access to service and maintenance points, the new EF2400iSHC is simple to use and easy to maintain. Like all recently introduced Yamaha generators, the EF24000iSHC meets the strictest emission standards in the country making it legal in all fifty states including California.

The EF2400iSHC will be available for purchase in January at local Yamaha generator dealers; retail price is $1,479.00. To see Yamaha’s entire generator model lineup or to find the closest dealer, visit www.yamaha-motor.com/generators or call 1-800-88-YAMAHA.

About Yamaha Motor Corp., U.S.A.

Yamaha Motor Corporation, U.S.A. (YMUS), a leader in the outdoor power equipment market, offers the highest quality generators on the market. The company’s ever-expanding line of products also includes outboard motors, motorcycles, ATVs, side-by-side vehicles, scooters, personal watercraft, snowmobiles, boats, race kart engines, accessories, apparel and much more. YMUS products are sold through a nationwide network of more than 4,000 dealers in the United States.

Headquartered in Cypress, Calif., since its incorporation in 1977, Yamaha also has facilities in Wisconsin and Georgia, as well as factory operations in Tennessee and Georgia. For more information on Yamaha, visit www.yamaha-motor.com.


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Thursday, January 21, 2010

ASA AND UDG CELEBRATE A PRODUCTIVE AND SUCCESSFUL CLEANUP AT THE ISDRA

CANYON COUNTRY, CA — The 13th annual Imperial Sand Dunes Recreation Area (ISDRA) Cleanup was held on January 16, 2010, during the Martin Luther King Jr. holiday weekend. Local media reported hundreds of volunteers posting at each of the several check-in locations that were situated throughout the ISDRA.

Originally, the event was organized by Jennifer Whyte and her "Project Sand" as a way to keep the dunes free of trash in the Glamis area. Concurrently, there was once a south dunes cleanup, which was conceived and organized by the Owners of KD Cycle and the previous owners of Duner's Diner. All of these organizers worked independently of each other, however, they all shared the common goal of eliminating trash and debris from the ISDRA.

The principle organization of the cleanup activities has since passed to the United Desert Gateway, a nonprofit organization started by the chambers of commerce in the gateway communities of Brawley, El Centro (CA), and Yuma (AZ) that surround the Imperial Sand Dunes.

“Once the UDG took over the event, the efforts of two separate cleanups (one in the Glamis area and another in the South Dunes) converged into one event encompassing the entire ISDRA.” said Gene Elwell, ASA Member and cleanup volunteer.

Once again, duners participated in keeping their favorite play area clean by removing trash and debris that was left in the dunes by irresponsible people. "This was a different kind of day in the dunes for our family. We enjoy these dunes, and today we made the effort to show it," stated Elwell.

In closing, the ASA would like to extend a note of gratitude to all people who participated in the cleanup and let them know that their efforts made a big difference in helping to maintain the quality of this popular off-roading area. The ASA would also like to remind fellow enthusiasts that the ASA web-site has a vast amount of information and resources related to the off-roading hobby. To access this information and learn more about the ISDRA, please visit www.asasand.com.

About The Imperial Sand Dunes Recreation Area:

The Imperial Sand Dunes Recreation Area is located 25 miles west of Yuma Arizona in the California desert that consists of Sand Dunes stretching 40 miles into Mexico. This popular recreation area is ideally suited for Off Road recreation and is visited by 250,000 visitors a year.

About The American Sand Association:

The American Sand Association is a non-profit organization of approximately 34,000 members dedicated to preserving the use of public lands for sand sport enthusiasts’ use, improving OHV safety and promoting responsible land use. Some local sand sport areas include the Imperial Sand Dunes, Oceano Dunes (Pismo Beach) and Dumont Dunes in California, Sand Mountain in Nevada and Hotwell Dunes in Arizona. The ASA is a volunteer organization and it relies on the financial support of sand sport enthusiasts and small businesses. Most of the members are family oriented, have a rich family history going back for generations enjoying the sand sport; and most have a significant financial investment in their equipment, gear and campers. Additional information can be found on the ASA web-site at www.americansandassociation.org.

In the News:

"Hundreds clean up dunes" (Yuma Sun, 1/16/10)
"Hundreds of people turned out Saturday to prevent the Imperial Sand Dunes from becoming the Imperial 'Trash' Dunes during the 13th annual Sand Dunes Cleanup. Most of the men and women who were combing the desert sands on their quads had vacationed there during the holidays and returned to make sure the dunes are clean again for next year."
http://www.yumasun.com/articles/dunes-55541-cleanup-trash.html

"Glamis dunes cleanup hauls in truckloads of trash" (IVNews.info, 1/17/10)
"Thirteen years ago, a group of people got fed up with the way Glamis was looking ... Glamis was becoming littered with plastic wrappers, utensils and even used diapers. Those who frequented the dunes wanted to do something about it before it was too late for Mother Nature’s good, and thus, the annual dunes cleanup day was born." Includes slide show of 11 photos from this year's cleanup.
http://ivnews.info/news/glamis-dunes-cleanup-hauls-in-truckloads-of-trash/4784


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2010 High Lifter ATV Mud Nationals Scheduled for March 24th -28th

The 2010 High Lifter ATV Mud Nationals…THE WORLD’S LARGEST UTILITY ATV MUD RIDE!

Mud Creek Off-Road Park
Jacksonville, TX

March 24th -28th, 2010

High Lifter Products, along with riders from across the nation and beyond will meet at Mud Creek Off Road Park in Jacksonville, Texas, for a weeklong ATV Experience that is known as The High Lifter ATV Mud Nationals. For the eighth year, riders will travel from the four corners of the USA and Canada to spend a week in East Texas at Mud Creek Off-Road Park. Riders will have the opportunity to compete for cash and prizes through an exciting line-up of events throughout the weekend that will showcase the most impressive ATVs the sport has to offer. Manufacturers, Exhibitors, and Sponsors from all across the United States will also be on hand to answer questions that riders may have about their ATV and display the latest new and exciting accessories.

ATV enthusiasts came from as far away as Sweden to make the 2009 High Lifter ATV Mud Nationals a huge success with over 10,000 riders in attendance. High Lifter and Mud Creek offer incredible trails, spectacular mud riding, special events, competitions, cash prizes, giveaways, and much more. It is an excellent opportunity to make lasting friendships and meet thousands of ATV enthusiasts from around the country.

If you would like more information regarding The 2010 High Lifter ATV Mud Nationals, please call Tracie Engi, Event Coordinator for High Lifter Products at 800-699-0947 ext. 6044 or contact her by email at tracie@highlifter.com. You can also visit Mud Nationals site on the web at http://www.atvmudnationals.com.

About High Lifter

High Lifter Products, Inc. has been developing and marketing unique, after-market accessories for utility, 4-wheel drive ATVs since 1996. In this short time, the company has grown from a one-man, backyard hobby into a 35 employee, multi-million dollar corporation. High Lifter operates from a 27,700 square foot facility located in Shreveport, Louisiana, which includes a retail showroom, a warehouse, a performance shop, and executive offices. The website, www.highlifter.com, is visited by almost 200,000 visitors per month, and includes a full product catalog, a chat room and forum, games, an online ATV magazine, and many more informative and entertaining features.


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Monster Energy Kawasaki Racing Connects to Fans Using the Latest Social Media Technology

Kawasaki Racing Facebook

Irvine, Calif. – Monster Energy Kawasaki Racing will utilize the popular social media sites Facebook and Twitter™ to give green fans a place to get quick results for Kawasaki riders, behind the scenes photos, and special messages and offers Kawasaki racing fans. The first postings are scheduled to start during the Anaheim 1 supercross on January 9.

The Twitter site will be updated frequently on race days from supercross and motocross events, along with select off-road, amateur motocross, and drag race events. Fans, whether at the race or at home, have a chance to monitor their favorite Kawasaki riders immediately following practice, heat races, and main events.

The Facebook page will post upcoming race activities, including dealer appearances and special events. The page also allows the fan to post their own photos of racing events in the racing gallery and communicate to other fans on the home wall.

Kawasaki Racing’s Twitter home is Kawasaki_Racing, while the Facebook effort will join forces with the already established Kawasaki fan page, which can be accessed at www.facebook.com/kawasakionline.

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Polaris Announces Limited Edition ATVs and Side-by-Sides


Minneapolis, January 21, 2010 – Polaris Industries today announced the company’s new limited edition ATV and Side-by-Side offerings. In the past, Polaris’ limited editions have been cosmetic upgrades such as paint but this offering also includes units with performance and technology upgrades. Included, is the first RANGER CREW and RANGER RZR with electronic power steering, and a 50-inch RANGER RZR with a premium Walker Evans shock package.

2010 RANGER 800 XP EPS LE-Sage Green

Additional features on the limited edition model include:

  • Electronic Power Steering (EPS) with Variable Assist for easy steering

The MSRP (US) is $11,999, and the MSRP (Canada) is $14,399. Machines are available in US and Canadian dealerships in February.

2010 RANGER 800 XP LE-Turbo Silver

Additional features on the limited edition model include:

  • Turbo Silver painted hood, dash and glove box with custom matched side panel decals
  • Turbo Silver painted front and rear suspension springs
  • Custom Matte Black hood accent decals
  • Custom cut & sew stitched Black and Silver deluxe seats
  • 12" black Crusher rims with PXT tires

The MSRP (US) is $11,799, and the MSRP (Canada) is $14,099. Machines are available in US and Canadian dealerships in February.

2010 RANGER 800 XP EPS LE-Nuclear Sunset

Additional features on the limited edition model include:

  • Nuclear Sunset Orange painted hood, dash and glove box with custom matched side panel decals
  • Turbo Silver painted front and rear suspension springs
  • Custom cut & sew stitched black and Nuclear Sunset Orange deluxe seats
  • 12" black Crusher rims with PXT tires

The MSRP (US) is $11,799, and the MSRP (Canada) is $14,099. Machines are available in US and Canadian dealerships in February.

2010 RANGER 800 XP LE-Browning Edition with Pursuit® Camo

Additional features on the limited edition model include:

  • Exclusive Browning Edition RANGER with Pursuit® camo hood, dash and glove box
  • Factory Installed Polaris 4500 lb. winch
  • Dual Lock & Ride® black gun scabbards, positioned above bed
  • Custom cut & sew Browning seat with Buck Mark decal
  • Matte Black steel rims with Polaris PXT tires

The MSRP (US) is $12,899, and the MSRP (Canada) is $15,449. Machines are available in US and Canadian dealerships in February.

2010 Limited Edition Polaris RANGER Crew with Power Steering

2010 RANGER 800 CREW LE-Sunset Red with Electronic Power Steering

Additional features on the limited edition model include:

  • Electronic Power Steering (EPS) with Variable Assist for easy steering
  • Sunset Red painted hood, dash and glove box with custom matched side panel decals
  • Turbo Silver painted front and rear suspension springs
  • Custom cut & sew stitched Black and Red deluxe seats
  • 12" black Crusher rims with PXT tires

The MSRP (US) is $13,599, and the MSRP (Canada) is $16,399. Machines will be available in US and Canadian dealerships in February.

2010 RANGER RZR LE-Sunset Red with Electronic Power Steering

Additional features on the limited edition model include:

  • Electronic Power Steering (EPS) with Variable Assist for easy steering
  • Sunset Red painted hood, dash and box panels
  • Custom graphics package
  • Cloud Silver painted front and rear suspension springs
  • Custom cut & sew stitched Black and Charcoal deluxe seats
  • Maxxis® tires on 12" black Crusher rims

The MSRP (US) is $12,399, and the MSRP (Canada) is $15,499. Machines are available in US and Canadian dealerships in March.

2010 Walker Evans Polaris RZR

2010 RANGER RZR LE-Walker Evans

Additional features on the limited edition model include:

  • Walker Evans two-inch Bore shock package that is compression and preload adjustable
  • Custom Walker Evans Racing graphics package
  • Gloss Black painted dash, Indy Red painted hood and box panels
  • Custom cut & sew stitched Black and Indy Red deluxe seats
  • Bright White painted front and rear suspension springs
  • Maxxis® tires on 12" black Crusher rims

The MSRP (US) is $12,399, and the MSRP (Canada) is $15,499. Machines are available in US and Canadian dealerships in February.

2010 RANGER RZR LE-Pearl White

Additional features on the limited edition model include:

Pearl White painted dash and box panels with Gloss Black painted hood

  • Custom graphics package option of Sonic Blue, Indy Red, Orange Madness or Competition Yellow
  • Bright White painted front and rear suspension springs
  • Maxxis® tires on 12" black Crusher rims

The MSRP (US) is $11,599, and the MSRP (Canada) is $14,499. Machines are available in US and Canadian dealerships in January.

2010 RANGER RZR S LE-Purple Thunder

Additional features on the limited edition model include:

  • Purple Thunder painted dash and box panels with Matte Black painted hood
  • Custom cut & sew stitched Black and Charcoal deluxe seats
  • Bright White painted front and rear suspension springs
  • Maxxis® Bighorn® tires on 12" black Crusher rims

The MSRP (US) is $13,999, and the MSRP (Canada) is $17,499. Machines are available in US and Canadian dealerships in January.

About Polaris

With annual 2008 sales of $1.9 billion, Polaris designs, engineers, manufactures and markets off-road vehicles (ORVs), including all-terrain vehicles (ATVs) and the Polaris RANGER™, snowmobiles and Victory motorcycles for recreational and utility use and has recently introduced a new on-road electric powered neighborhood vehicle.

Polaris is a recognized leader in the snowmobile industry; and one of the largest manufacturers of ORVs in the world. Victory motorcycles, established in 1998 and representing the first all-new American-made motorcycle from a major company in nearly 60 years, are rapidly making impressive in-roads into the cruiser and touring motorcycle marketplace. Polaris also enhances the riding experience with a complete line of Pure Polaris apparel, accessories and parts, available at Polaris dealerships.

Polaris Industries Inc. trades on the New York Stock Exchange under the symbol “PII,” and the Company is included in the S&P Small-Cap 600 stock price index.

Information about the complete line of Polaris products, apparel and vehicle accessories is available from authorized Polaris dealers or anytime from the Polaris homepage at www.polarisindustries.com.


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Thousands take advantage of ASI's Interactive e-Learning Courses

IRVINE, Calif., Jan. 20, 2010 - Last June, the ATV Safety Institute (ASI) unveiled a suite of free interactive online safety courses on its website (www.atvsafety.org). Since then, more than 5,000 all-terrain vehicle riders and prospective enthusiasts went online to participate in the beta training program. The online courses will move from beta to production at the end of Q1 2010.

The ASI ATV Safety Online courses are custom-designed for specific target audiences: adult, teen (12-15 years old) and youth (6-11 years old). The adult e-course also includes tips and advice for parents and guardians to coach and supervise youth throughout their ongoing learning process.

In the first six months of the beta program ending December 2009, enrollees in the e-courses included 3,672 adults, 1,009 teens and 445 children. ASI's goal in providing the interactive online courses is to complement traditional ASI training offerings with a convenient, 24/7 Internet option.

"We realize how critical the Internet is to the educational process, and what an essential communications tool it is for American families today," said Paul Vitrano, executive vice president, ASI. "We're very pleased with the strong response to the beta-launch of ASI's e-Learning courses. Day or night, weekdays or weekends, adults, teens and children can prepare in advance for the hands-on ATV RiderCourse or brush up on skills and safety information after taking the course. The combination of the ATV RiderCourse and online e-courses provides an expanded learning experience that enhances rider safety."

Each self-paced ATV Safety Online course runs about two hours and focuses on ASI's Golden Rules and the fundamentals of the ATV itself and riding, with an emphasis on risk management and avoidance. The online courses include real-riding-experience videos from a rider's point of view, animation, and interactive learning exercises and quizzes to self-test knowledge gained.

To engage teenagers and children 6 to 11 years of age, the ASI e-courses are introduced by avid ATV riders Christopher and Kyle Massey, stars of the Disney Channel TV shows "That's So Raven" and "Cory in the House" and the Nickelodeon show "Zoey 101." Their mother, Angel Massey, implores parents and guardians in the adult e-course to supervise their children while riding, as she does when riding with Christopher and Kyle.

The ASI online safety courses were designed in conjunction with CraneMorley (www.cranemorley.com) and the current beta versions have won three international awards in the creative industry.

The ATV Safety Institute's Golden Rules:

  1. Always wear a helmet and other protective gear.
  2. Never ride on public roads -- another vehicle could hit you.
  3. Never ride under the influence of alcohol or other drugs.
  4. Never carry a passenger on a single-rider vehicle.
  5. Ride an ATV that's right for your age.
  6. Supervise riders younger than 16; ATVs are not toys.
  7. Ride only on designated trails and at a safe speed.
  8. Take an ATV RiderCourse; call toll-free at 800.887.2887, and take the free E-Course at www.atvsafety.org.

The All-Terrain Vehicle Safety Institute&reg develops rider training programs and promotes the safe and responsible use of ATVs. The ASI works to reduce crashes and injuries resulting from improper ATV use. Formed in 1988, the ASI is a not-for-profit division of the Specialty Vehicle Institute of America. For safety information or to enroll in the ATV RiderCourseSM nearest you, visit www.atvsafety.org or call (800) 887-2887.



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Wednesday, January 20, 2010

RECREATION GROUPS SEEK TO ENTER ELDORADO FOREST SUIT

SACRAMENTO, CA (January 20) - The BlueRibbon Coalition is working with a coalition of recreational access groups seeking to enter the latest lawsuit challenging motorized recreation on federal lands in California.

The lawsuit was filed by the attorneys for the Western Environmental Law Center and the Center for Biological Diversity (CBD) on behalf of the Center for Sierra Nevada Conservation, CBD and the Forest Issues Group. It was filed against the Eldorado National Forest's Motorized Travel Plan.

The preservationist plaintiffs contend the travel plan will adversely impact their recreational experience and that they will be irreparably harmed by the Record of Decision. The Recreation Groups filed a motion to intervene on January 12, 2010, in U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of California (Case No. CV-09-2523-LKK). The groups seeking to intervene include the California Association of Four Wheel Drive Clubs, American Motorcyclist Association District 36, California Enduro Riders Association, and the BlueRibbon Coalition.

"Once again, the motorized recreation community must stand up to address a preservationist threat to our continuing recreational access," said Don Amador, Western Representative for the BlueRibbon Coalition. "This travel plan eliminated a significant amount of historical access, and we are far from thrilled by it, but have elected to focus our energy working with the Forest on forward-looking management solutions. We would welcome the plaintiffs in this case adopting a similar approach so we can end the decades-long litigation surrounding the Eldorado Forest," Amador concludes.

The Motion to Intervene is presently scheduled to be heard on February 22, 2010, in Sacramento.

http://www.sharetrails.org/uploads/Eldorado_Motion_to_Intervene_01-12-10.pdf

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The BlueRibbon Coalition is a national (non-profit) trail-saving group that represents over 600,000 recreationists nationwide The Combined Federal Campaign (CFC) season is beginning. Federal employees, please mark BlueRibbon Coalition and Check #11402 on your CFC pledge form to support our efforts to protect your access. Join us at 1-800-258-3742 www.sharetrails.org

Tuesday, January 19, 2010

Polaris Ranger Crew line of enclosures is now avaialbe from Bushwacker Enclosures

The 2010 Bushwacker Polaris Ranger Crew line of enclosures will be offered in the following configurations:
  • Full Cab Enclosure (with Vinyl or Lexan Windshield)
  • Mini-Cab
  • Windshield / Top
  • Top Cap
  • Door / Rear Window
  • Lexan Windshield Kit


Polaris RANGER Crew with full Bushwacker Enclosure

About Bushwacker Enclosures

Gotcha Covered, LLC is a national OEM Utility Terrain Vehicle (UTV) aftermarket accessory manufacturing and marketing company specializing in heavy duty water resistant Marine Fabric cab enclosures. Gotcha Covered markets premium UTV enclosures commercially under the Bushwacker Enclosures brand name and also contracts with the US Government and Department of Defense to provide Military Utility Vehicle (MUV) enclosures to support the on-going needs of active US Armed Forces as well as Government Agency service support vehicles.

Commercially the Bushwacker Enclosures brand supports John Deere, Kawasaki, Kubota, Yamaha, Polaris, American Sportworks, Honda, Husqvarna, Arctic Cat and other leading UTV OEM Brands by providing the best aftermarket enclosure accessories available. Our Military Utility Vehicle (MUV) enclosures are designed and manufactured specifically for each vehicle per military specification to meet the most stringent demands of Military use.

Today, the Bushwacker Enclosures brand provides leading UTV / MUV designs, state-of-the-art manufacturing and the highest quality, most durable materials and fasteners in the industry. While we move forward as the leading provider of aftermarket commercial Utility Terrain Vehicle and Military Utility Vehicle enclosures, we will continue to expand and refine our product offerings into other related markets.

More information may be found on their website at: www.bushwackerenclosures.com

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Friends of Oceano Dunes 2010 Crab Feed Fundraiser


In this time of a rebuilding economy, Friends of Oceano Dunes (“FoOD”) continues to need your help as we diligently push forward in our efforts to keep the Oceano Dunes State Vehicular Recreation Area (ODSVRA), formerly known as Pismo Beach, open to all.

“FoOD” is a non-profit organization working solely for the cause of saving the ODSVRA and all our work is 100% volunteer; there are no salaries paid. We do this for those who wish to visit Oceano Dunes and enjoy participating in the many varied activities available at this popular park, the only remaining portion of beachfront OHV land in California. In order to be successful in this endeavor, a tremendous amount of resources, including volunteer
time and financial support from our many members and supporters, is required. We hope that you will show your support our efforts in maintaining “access for all.”

As part of our fundraising, “FoOD” holds an annual Crab Feed in Hanford, CA each year. This year’s 8th annual event will be very exciting, with dinner, cocktails, music, dancing, auctions and raffle prizes. The 2010 Crab Feed will be held Saturday March 27, 2010 in the Grape Room at the Kings Fair Building and our hopes are for it to be bigger and better than last year!

“FoOD” is seeking donations (merchandise, gift certificates, etc.) to help make this event exciting. All donations are tax deductible (Tax ID#954867891) and every dollar earned goes into the “FoOD” legal fund. This fund supports our legal efforts and allows “FoOD” to continue our fight to keep the most popular State Park in California open. We greatly appreciate your support and we look forward to seeing your donations at this event.

About Friends of Oceano Dunes:

Friends of Oceano Dunes is a 501(c)(3) California Not-for-Profit Public Benefit Corporation. We represent businesses, environmentalists, equestrians, campers, fishermen, families and off-road enthusiasts who enjoy the benefits of Public Access through Responsible Recreation at the Oceano Dunes State Vehicular Recreation Area (ODSVRA). We want to maintain Access For All!

Friends of Oceano Dunes
P. O. Box 398
Oceano, CA 93445
805-788-4926
www.oceanodunes.org

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DRAGONFIRE RACING AND YOKLEY RACING TEAM UP FOR THE 2010 GNCC RACING SEASON

MESA, Arizona, January 19, 2010 - DragonFire Racing announces that it will sponsor the Yokley Racing team for the 2010 GNCC Racing Season with the National Guard, DragonFire Racing, Polaris RZR.

DragonFire Racing is building a complete race ready Polaris RZR at their facility in Mesa, Arizona. The car will be equipped with multiple DragonFire components, including: DFR Race Seats and Seat Belts, Black Magic Suspension, Dual Exhaust, ignition, and a custom race motor. The race motor includes such items as a billet stroker crank, reworked cylinder heads with valvetrain and forged racing pistons.

Yokley, on teaming up with DragonFire Racing, said "I'm really excited to have DragonFire Racing as a big part of my program for the 2010 race season. I've been racing a long time, and I know it takes great equipment to put it all together on the track. When I looked into working with DragonFire, I saw all those parts made by a company that knows what it takes to win, and look good doing it! I'm pumped and ready as ever to take my National Guard DragonFire Polaris RZR to the race track and put it to the test!"

"We look forward to adding the GNCC title to our list of championships." DragonFire Racing's President, Todd Romano, claimed "William Yokley's past success plays a large part in the generation of this partnership." Yokley's credentials most recently include a 2008 GNCC UTV Championship.

In 2009, DragonFire's Monster Energy Team Green Kawasaki-sponsored Teryx won the Sportsman UTV Division at the 42nd Annual Tecate SCORE Baja 1000. The same vehicle won the Tecate SCORE Baja 500, while DragonFire Racing ended the year by taking home a points championship in the Lucas Oil Off Road Racing Series sponsored by Geico Powersports.

DragonFire Racing, based in Mesa, Arizona, is the leading manufacturer and supplier of aftermarket racing, performance, and utility parts for ATVs and UTVs. DragonFire Racing products are available at dealerships worldwide.

For more information, visit www.dragonfireracing.com.

For more information on Yokley Racing, please visit www.yokleyracing.com

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Sunday, January 17, 2010

Kimtek Introduces New MEDLITE MTB-10 Skid Unit


Westmore, Vermont, January 17, 2010 –– Kimtek Corporation has introduced the affordable MEDLITE™ Transport Basic (MTB-10) emergency medical rescue slide-in skid unit for UTV vehicles. Designed by firefighters and emergency medical technicians for use by all public safety agencies, the MEDLITE™ Transport Basic is designed to carry one patient on a long board or a stokes basket and one EMS attendant. The MTB-10’s universal design fits most UTV 4x4 and 6x6 vehicles such as the Polaris Ranger, Kubota RTV900, Kawasaki Mule, John Deere Gator and other off road vehicles.

Safety and patient comfort are key during off road rescues. Built for rough terrain and all weather use, the MTB-10 is made of rugged rust-proof aluminum. This emergency rescue skid unit is designed to quickly turn any UTV vehicle into a “mini ambulance.” A long board or stokes basket (not included) can be easily attached to the unit using 10 Velcro D-loop straps which are included. The attendant’s seat with seat belt is mounted in a fixed position. The MTB-10 comes with an adjustable end point so the unit can accept a long board or the larger stokes basket.

Whether using the unit for medical rescue or to transport a third passenger during search and rescue operations, the MEDLITE™ Transport MTB-10 slide-in skid unit will meet the needs and budget for all public safety agencies.


Kimtek Corporation was founded in 1984 as a research and development company dedicated to advances in life safety technology in the fire sciences. Kimtek manufactures and markets FIRELITE™ and MEDLITE™ Transport skid units for emergency service UTVs and pick-up trucks. More than 725 units are in service in 49 states and three provinces. For more information, contact Kimtek at 888-546-8358 or visit the company Web site at www.kimtekresearch.com

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Friday, January 15, 2010

Yamaha Releases Statement on Recent Dismissals of Rhino Lawsuits

Safety drives everything we do at Yamaha. We are proud of the safety record and safety features of the Yamaha Rhino, which has skyrocketed in popularity due to its exceptional reliability, safety and versatility. Over 150,000 Rhino owners have used our vehicles safely, including the U.S. military, border patrol, and a growing number of law enforcement agencies, fire fighters and other first responders. The Rhino has won virtually every “first in class” award and top safety ratings in independent reviews since its introduction.

The popularity of the Rhino, and the fact that it represents a new category of off-road motorized vehicles, has made it a target for some plaintiffs’ lawyers who increasingly use the Internet, television advertisements and the news media to attract clients. Nevertheless, more than 50 Rhino-related lawsuits against Yamaha have been dismissed either by the courts or by the plaintiffs. Most recently, The Estate of Ellen Sand versus Yamaha Motor Corporation, LTD in Warren County, Ohio was dismissed [withdrawn] by the plaintiff’s own lawyers only days before the case was scheduled to go to trial, and in Georgia, the court granted Yamaha’s motion for summary judgment and dismissed the case in Robert Lamar Smith III versus Yamaha Motor Corporation, LTD in XX, Alabama.

Yamaha stands firmly behind the Rhino and will continue to vigorously defend the product. The Rhino is a safe and useful off-road vehicle when driven responsibly and according to the instructions and warnings in our on-product labels, owner’s manuals, and other safety materials.

Yamaha is saddened whenever anyone is injured in a Yamaha product-related accident, and we urge all our customers to follow the safety recommendations on our products and, as importantly, to always operate the products in a safe and responsible manner. Rhinos are designed for off-road use only, and the vehicle is only recommended for adult drivers aged 16 or older with a valid driver’s license. Passengers must be large enough to keep their backs against the seat backs with both feet firmly on the floorboard. Drivers and passengers should wear helmets and the vehicle’s three-point seat belts at all times.

To learn more about the Yamaha Rhino, visit our website www.truthaboutrhino.com.

Van Holmes, Public Relations Manager, ATV & SXS Department, Yamaha Motor Corp., U.S.A.



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Thursday, January 14, 2010

Yamaha Rhino Hi/Low HID Headlight Kit now available from Side X Side Customs



San Fernando Valley, CA. January 12, 2010 -The new SxS Customs HID headlight conversion kit offers a true plug and play install which should take less than an hour to install. The kit includes a slim digital 35 watt ballast with 6000K bulbs, a complete wiring harness that allows it to interface into the factory headlight harness without cutting any wires.

We have bundled the kit with mounting plate for an easy install. Unlike other HID conversion kits this kit allows you to retain full functionality of the factory headlight switch with high and low beam. HID headlights draw less power to operate then the factory stock bulbs; they only draw 35 watts per side as opposed to 55 watts of power draw per side with the factory bulbs.

HID lights are also 3 times brighter than stock halogen bulbs and are a must for any economical lighting upgrade. Side X Side Customs has over 20 years of electronics experience and has been concentrating on the UTV /ATV market place bringing quality and affordable electronic parts and accessories.

Call 818-846-1037 or visit www.SideXSideCustoms.com for more information. MSRP $ 199.95 Shipped to all lower 48 States.

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Bruce Stjernstrom leaves Kawasaki Motors Corp., USA

IRVINE, Calif. (Jan. 13, 2010)—Kawasaki Motors Corp., U.S.A. has announced the resignation of veteran executive Bruce Stjernstrom, who will be assuming a position with Monster Beverage Company. Stjernstrom has been responsible for Kawasaki’s image and outreach activities since being appointed as director, marketing in 2005.

“Bruce has served as an integral part of our management team and he will be missed by the entire KMC family,” said Tak Teranishi, president of the powersports distributor and marketer.

Stjernstrom’s recent responsibilities have included oversight of advertising, public relations, government relations, consumer and corporate events, and the company’s well-known amateur racing program, Team Green™.

First hired by Kawasaki in 1980 as a technical writer, Stjernstrom later went on to head the Team Green effort as it fielded the most successful amateur racing team in the industry. He worked with numerous youthful racers who ultimately progressed to the professional ranks and captured dozens of national championships.

Following a 10-year stint as managing director of the International Jet Sports Boating Association, Stjernstrom returned to Kawasaki in 1997 as the company’s manager of motocross racing, eventually assuming the title of director of professional racing with oversight for all of the company’s competition activities.

According to Teranishi, “Bruce is leaving a legacy of successful programs that he’s either initiated or managed, and we wish him all of the best in his new career.”

Kawasaki will soon announce plans for a successor to Stjernstrom in the head marketing position.

Kawasaki Motors Corp., U.S.A. (KMC) markets and distributes Kawasaki motorcycles, ATVs, personal watercraft, utility vehicles and recreation utility vehicles and commercial grade lawn care and landscaping equipment through a nationwide network of independent power sports and lawn and garden retailers. KMC and its affiliates employ nearly 3,300 people in the United States, with 400 of them located at KMC’s Irvine, California headquarters.
Kawasaki’s tagline, “Let the good times roll.”, is recognized worldwide. The Kawasaki brand has become synonymous with powerful, stylish motorcycles for over four decades. Information about Kawasaki’s complete line of recreational products and Kawasaki affiliates can be found on the Internet at www.kawasaki.com.


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Wednesday, January 13, 2010

Warn Industries Partners with Benchmade Knife Company to Provide Quality Tools for the Off-Road Enthusiasts

Warn Industries Partners with Benchmade Knife Company

Clackamas, OR (11/30/09) – Warn Industries, the leader in truck and powersports vehicle products, announces a partnership with Benchmade Knife Company. High quality edged tools manufactured by Benchmade Knife Company will become available in early 2010 bearing the Warn logo. These tools will deliver superior performance and provide great value for customers. “We are very excited about the partnership with Benchmade. Their history of producing the best knives in the world couples extremely well with WARN’s industry leading off-road technology. We believe that putting these two great brands together will result in world class products and exciting new options for our combined customer base,” comments John McCalla, President at WARN.

“WARN is one of the world's most recognized names in the off-road community,” said Greg Mooney, President of Benchmade Knife Company. “This partnership will help expand the Benchmade brand into new markets and reach new consumers.”

Four new products are set to launch in 2010 and incorporate a variety of different mechanisms, materials, and price points. They will be available at www.warn.com (select branded apparel). They include:

Model 583-1/587-1 – Large and Small AXIS® Assist Folding Knives:
Designed for maximum utility, the 583-1 is a great folder for any situation. The tanto blade shape, AXIS® Assist locking mechanism, and machined G10 handle is sure to feel natural in the palm of your hand. Made in USA.
MSRP – 583SBK-1 $165 black ceramic coated blade
MSRP – 587SBK-1 $145 black ceramic coated blade

Model 9 CB-1 Utility Hook:
The new 9 CB-1 Carabineer Hook is a great accessory for any outdoorsman. This new safety cutter has the ability to cut up to ½” diameter of rope and features a retractable safety blade cover. A carabineer clip and bottle opener completes the package. Made in USA.
MSRP- 9 CB-1 $25

Model 30110-1 Houdini AET (Automotive Escape Tool):
Be prepared for any situation that could put you or your family in harm’s way by always having your Houdini™ AET nearby. It’s the keychain that could save your life. Includes a seatbelt cutter, LED flashlight, spring-loaded glass breaker, and safety whistle.
MSRP 30110-1 $25

About Benchmade
For two decades, Benchmade Knife Company has been committed to designing and manufacturing world-class sports cutlery and superior edged tools. We continually strive to provide high quality edged tools that will deliver unparalleled performance and exceptional value for our customers.

About Warn Industries
Warn Industries is the world's most recognized brand in off-road products such as hub locks and
vehicle recovery winches. The company designs, manufactures and markets a full line of off-road
equipment and accessories that enhance the performance of four-wheel-drive and powersport
vehicles. Warn Industries has employees in and around Portland, Ore., Livonia, Mich., and the
Netherlands.


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Tuesday, January 12, 2010

Jagged X Wins Best in the Desert Series Opener at Parker


Minneapolis, January 12, 2010– Coming off their third Best in the Desert Championship for the 2009 season, Jagged X started 2010 with a bang taking the checkered flag at “Epic Racing Products Parker 250.”

The starting line was crowded with 17 Side-by-Sides lined up with the Jagged X No. 1919 RANGER RZR starting in fifth position. Fighting the early morning sun and thick dust Brandon Schueler was able to work his way to the front of the pack and hold off the huge field to cross the finish line first, more than four minutes ahead of the next racer. RANGER RZRs dominated the field finishing first, third, fourth, fifth and sixth.

“This race marked the 21st consecutive finish for Jagged X and Polaris proving once again that RANGER RZR is the hardest working, smoothest riding and hardest racing Side-by-Sides in the world,” said Bill Schueler of Jagged X. “We want to thank all the people and sponsors that help us to make our racing program what it is.”

Jagged X is sponsored by Polaris Industries, Mountain States Contracting, Elka Suspension, CR Designs, S&S Off Road, Simpson Products, ATL Fuel Systems, Tire Balls, MTA, Vision X Off Road, OMF Performance, Affordable Powder Coat, Robby Gordon Off Road, Trophy Engineering, Fullbore Innovations.

About Jagged X
Jagged X is a family owned business located in Phoenix Arizona. Formed in 2003 from a passion for off road vehicles, Jagged X quickly became a pioneer in the custom side by side segment and is known for bringing their customers quality and innovation with their own brand of style. In 2007 Jagged X formed an aftermarket partnership with Polaris industries with the introduction of the exciting new RZR. They continue to lead the pack in the development of exciting products for the RZR such as long travel suspension, billet and tubular accessories.

About Polaris
With annual 2008 sales of $1.9 Billion, Polaris designs, engineers, manufactures and markets off road vehicles (ORVs) including: all-terrain vehicles (ATVs), the Polaris RANGER, snowmobiles, and Victory motorcycles for recreational and utility use. Polaris Industries Inc. trades on the New York Stock Exchange under the symbol “PII,” and the Company is included in the S&P Small-Cap 600 stock price index. Information about the complete line of Polaris products, apparel and vehicle accessories are available from authorized Polaris dealers or anytime from the Polaris homepage at www.polarisindustries.com.


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New RevArc HD Loading Ramps are Designed for UTVs

RevArc UTV Loading Ramp
The latest edition to the RevArc line of ramps is the new RevArc HD (Heavy Duty) designed to load large Side by Sides into a truck or trailer. With a 2100 lb capacity, 64” wide, and 90” long, this ramp can work with Yamaha Rhinos, Polaris Rangers, John Deere Gators, and Argos.

Consumers benefit with a safer load angle compared to a conventional ramp due to the longer length feature, plus the advanced arched design offers a superior smooth transition from bed to ground. At 48 lbs, the lightweight design can easily be positioned and handled by anyone, and it slips under an UTV for easy storage. RevArc HD is an innovative hybrid ramp. It features the performance of an arched ramp with the stability and safety of a tri-fold ramp. Because it is simple to use, consumers rarely have to second guess whether the ramp is lined up with the UTV. Just position the ramp, lock the single strap, and load with confidence. Ramp twisting, sliding, or slipping is greatly reduced with a RevArc HD. Many companies talk about safety, but Bosski actually did something about it with RevArc ramps.

Finally, Bosski gives UTV owners extra piece of mind with a Limited Lifetime Warranty. Should the ramp ever malfunction from defects in workmanship or materials, Bosski will repair or replace it.

The RevArc HD retails for $299.



RevArc by Bosski
Caldwell, ID
208-455-8433 Phone
www.revarc.com

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Sunday, January 10, 2010

Pure Polaris Accessories are available to customize the Polaris RANGER RZR 4

The new RANGER RZR 4 has all the performance and attributes of the RANGER RZR family and the ability to carry four people. And just like all Polaris Side x Side vehicles, Pure Polaris is ready with cool products to accessorize the newest in the RZR family.
Polaris RZR 4
Take your RANGER RZR 4 to the next level with more than 80 Pure Polaris® accessories to choose from. And with the Polaris exclusive Lock & Ride® technology, they go on and off in seconds. Pure Polaris accessories are easy to install, fit right and add custom style and performance to make driving more fun.

Pure Polaris has also hit the ground running with a few accessories designed just for the RANGER RZR 4 including a Poly Roof, Canvas Cab, Canvas Cover, Rear Panel and Rear Step Panel.

Polaris RZR 4 with Poly Roof
Poly Roof
  • Keeps air moving while protecting from sun and rain
  • Strong, light-weight polyethylene construction
  • Delivers all season protection

Polaris RANGER RZR 4 Canvas Cab
Canvas Cab / Canvas Roof
  • Combines strength, dimensional stability and fade resistance
  • Lightweight, easy on/off design
  • Fully framed doors and tubular-framed soft top
  • Zip-out windows, large rear-panel window

Polaris RANGER RZR 4 with Rear Step
Rear Panel
  • Clear polycarbonate
  • Helps reduce dust swirl
  • Works with all roof combinations
Rear Step Bar
  • Helps passengers quickly get in and out
  • Made of durable steel with powder coat finish
  • Easy to install
The full range of Pure Polaris accessories for the RANGER RZR 4 can be found here.

More information on the new Robby Gordon Edition, Four Seat RZR 4 can be found here.

About Polaris

With annual 2008 sales of $1.9 billion, Polaris designs, engineers, manufactures and markets off-road vehicles (ORVs), including all-terrain vehicles (ATVs) and the Polaris RANGER™, snowmobiles and Victory motorcycles for recreational and utility use and has recently introduced a new on-road electric powered neighborhood vehicle.

Polaris is a recognized leader in the snowmobile industry; and one of the largest manufacturers of ORVs in the world. Victory motorcycles, established in 1998 and representing the first all-new American-made motorcycle from a major company in nearly 60 years, are rapidly making impressive in-roads into the cruiser and touring motorcycle marketplace. Polaris also enhances the riding experience with a complete line of Pure Polaris apparel, accessories and parts, available at Polaris dealerships.

Polaris Industries Inc. trades on the New York Stock Exchange under the symbol “PII,” and the Company is included in the S&P Small-Cap 600 stock price index. Information about the complete line of Polaris products, apparel and vehicle accessories is available from authorized Polaris dealers or anytime from the Polaris homepage at www.polarisindustries.com.

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Ultimate side protection for the Polaris RZR 170 available from Racer Tech

Polaris RZR 170 nerf bar
Racer Tech’s version of ultimate side protection for the Polaris RZR 170 is strong enough for an adult to stand on, and tough enough to take a kids abuse.

The bars are built in high precision production fixtures to assure easy bolt-on installation. All assembly hardware is included.

Racer Tech now has a full product line of fabricated accessories for the Polaris RZR 170, including fixed doors, harness kits, roll cages, front and rear bumpers, and rear bumper braces. You can check all of them out here.

Racer Tech is a division of the Spectrum Fabrication Inc. family of companies whom also include Spectrum Sandsports and SpectrumUTV.com in their operations. The Racer Tech division focuses on the ever growing UTV market providing fabricated accessories and components including suspension systems, roll cages, bumpers, etc. Spectrum Sandsports builds long travel sand cars and has since become involved in several levels of off-road racing with much success. With this knowledge and experience at hand, Racer Tech has quickly risen to the top of the game in the UTV industry.

For individual and/or dealer inquiries call 616-928-0616 EST or go to www.GoRacerTech.com or www.SpectrumUTV.com.

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Saturday, January 9, 2010

New Polaris RZR Cargo Rack from All Terrain Research

ATR’s new Polaris RZR Cargo Rack height adjustable, quickly removable, and tilts up to access your spare or additional gear underneath. The Cargo Rack is adjustable from 9" to 11.5" in height between the RZR's bed and the bottom of the rack.

Cargo Rack uses ATR’s tube clamps to mount to the spreader bar behind the seats. The factory "lock and ride" mounting holes are convenient for some things, but not strong enough to bear the weight of items such as a loaded full size cooler or camping gear. A big advantage to this design is you do not have mounting feet going down taking up more room below the rack. ATR’s cargo rack allows you to effectively double the footprint of your bed storage area, and the tube clamp mounting is strong enough to hold just about anything you want to throw on it.

Once the tube clamp mounts are installed, the Cargo Rack can be quickly removed by pulling the 4 stainless ball pins. Also included is straps that secure quick release ball pins so they are not lost. ATR Cargo Rack comes in a durable black powder coat.

Direct Link-
http://allterrainresearch.net/store/polaris-rzr-cargo-rack-42

For more information visit ATR’s website at allterrainresearch.net or call them at 903-581-0008

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SPOT and DeLorme Unveil First Handheld GPS with SPOT Communicator

Las Vegas, NV - (January 6, 2010) – Spot LLC, a wholly-owned subsidiary of Globalstar Inc. (NASDAQ: GSAT) and a leader in personal satellite communications and DeLorme, the innovation leader in mapping and GPS technologies, today jointly announced the world’s first rugged, handheld GPS and satellite communicator product. The DeLorme Earthmate® PN-60w with SPOT Satellite Communicator will be the first handheld GPS navigation device capable of sending customized text messages even when the user is operating far beyond the range of cellular communications. The product is scheduled for general availability in the Spring 2010 and will be unveiled this week at the Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas.

The revolutionary SPOT Satellite Communicator, designed exclusively for the new PN-60w, merges SPOT satellite message functionality and DeLorme state-of-the-art GPS mapping via wireless. Together, this product pairing offers broader messaging capabilities. Users can send freeform text messages using the PN-60w’s keyboard to select individuals or groups from the field even from remote areas world-wide.

Established SPOT technology allows real-time location updates and the ability to summon help in an emergency. Custom messages and waypoints can easily be shared with social networking sites like SPOTadventures.com, Geocaching.com, Twitter, and Facebook. As an emergency back-up, the SPOT Satellite Communicator has stand-alone capability to send location-based SOS notification to an emergency response center.

“Today’s announcement combines the latest in sophisticated handheld GPS with SPOT satellite communications providing one-of-a-kind, custom messaging and sharing of geo-location information with others in real-time,” said Peter Dalton, President of Spot LLC and Chief Executive Officer of Globalstar Inc. “We are excited to partner with DeLorme in bringing to market a new wireless GPS solution to consumers.”

“For the first time, people will be able to type custom text messages using the Earthmate PN-60w internal keyboard and then transmit wirelessly to the unique DeLorme SPOT Communicator for sending satellite messages around the globe,” said Caleb Mason, DeLorme Vice President.

Users of the PN-60w can easily manage their profile online including custom maps and message history utilizing a fully integrated user interface designed by SPOT. Information can be kept fully private or shared with family and friends using custom tools like SPOT Shared Pages and SPOTadventures.com.

As a stand-alone GPS, the Earthmate PN-60w delivers premium navigation features including a 32-channel GPS chipset, blazing-fast dual-core processor, 3-axis electronic compass, sensitive barometric altimeter, elevation profiles, and GPX file transfers.

At CES, DeLorme also will be announcing new worldwide map data for the PN-60w, including high-resolution color aerial imagery.

SPOT will also be showcasing its SPOT Satellite Messenger product family and satellite-based services at CES including the award winning SPOT Personal Tracker™ and the new SPOT Satellite GPS Messenger™. Learn about new SPOT Assist services, including SPOT Assist Roadside, providing the only satellite-based roadside assistance and SPOT Assist Maritime providing direct access to BoatU.S. Towing services with the push of a button.

Availability

The PN-60w with SPOT Satellite Communicator is scheduled to be available in spring 2010 at retail locations and online sites specializing in GPS, outdoor recreation and electronics products. They can also be ordered from DeLorme at www.delorme.com or by calling 800-561-5105.

At CES
Learn more about the Earthmate PN-60w with SPOT Satellite Communicator at CES. DeLorme and SPOT will both be exhibiting in the IT Wireless Zone, South Hall 4; DeLorme is at Booth 36432 and SPOT is at Booth 35829.

About Spot LLC

The SPOT product family uses both the GPS satellite network to determine a customer's location and the SPOT network to transmit that information to friends, family or an emergency service call center. Spot LLC, a subsidiary of Globalstar, Inc. (Nasdaq: GSAT), provides lifesaving communications technology that allows users to communicate from remote locations around the globe. Thanks to this affordable, cutting-edge personal safety device, the company offers people peace of mind by allowing customers to notify friends and family of their location and status, and to send for emergency assistance in time of need, completely independent of cellular phone or wireless coverage. For more information on how Spot LLC is helping users live to tell about it - from disaster preparedness to outdoor adventure purposes - visit www.findmespot.com.

About DeLorme

DeLorme is the longtime leader in innovative mapping and GPS solutions for both consumer and professional markets. Based in Yarmouth, ME, DeLorme offers a unique set of core competencies across the complex areas of map data creation and management, software development, and integration with GPS. The ability to develop all the critical components necessary to compete in the fast-changing navigation world provides a distinct competitive advantage. DeLorme is one of a handful of mapmakers that still own and produce their own content, and its Street Atlas USA, Topo USA, XMap, and Earthmate GPS products have introduced countless first-to-market innovations. To learn more, go to www.delorme.com.


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Friday, January 8, 2010

SR1 UTV Class to be Part of the Lucas Oil Off Road Race Series in 2010

Weller Racing
Chandler, AZ (01/08/2010) – Weller Racing is pleased to announce that the SR1 UTV class will be a part of the Lucas Oil Off Road Race Series in 2010 (www.lucasoiloffroad.com).

The Lucas Oil Off Road Race Series stormed into the arena of short course racing on the West Coast in 2009, filling the gap left behind by the bankrupt Championship Off Road Race Series (CORR). CORR had given UTVs the spotlight for the first time in a national level series, and LOORRS has swept in and continued to include UTVs in their exciting lineup, which also includes high horsepower trucks, buggies and even trophy karts.

The SR1 UTV class will consist of highly modified Yamaha Rhinos which are powered by 1000cc Yamaha R1 street bike motors. This class was designed to bring modified race Rhinos back onto the race track, and was created to give each driver an equal opportunity at the podium. The SR1 rules are designed to keep each UTV as similar as possible, making it a driver’s class rather than a money or horsepower class.

“We have been talking with LOORRS for a while now about adding this class to their UTV lineup. We felt that the UTV classes needed a jumpstart – something to make them even more interesting for the fans, and really fun and affordable for the drivers,” stated Corry Weller, of Weller Racing.

“Since the single cylinder Rhinos were having a hard time staying competitive with the v-twin powered Teryxs and RZRs, we wanted to come up with an affordable way for the Rhinos to get back out on the track again. The folks at LOORRS feel that this class will be a great addition to the UTV lineup, and we are thrilled that the SR1s will be a part of such a professional, amazing series this year!”

Look for more updates on this new and exciting class for LOORRS in the near future!

About Weller Racing, LLC:
Weller Racing has been at the forefront of development, testing and building some of the fastest performance motors in the UTV industry since 2006. Based out of Chandler, AZ, Weller Racing provides custom UTV and ATV products for a world wide client base, and is an established name in the world of short course off-road racing. Duners, recreational riders and racers alike have counted on Weller Racing to provide them with countless hours of fun, and repeated trips to the podium. For more information, visit their website at www.wellerracing.com, or call 480-507-4771.


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Polaris Announces First Robby Gordon Edition, the Industry’s First Four-Seat Side-by Side

Polaris RZR 4 Robby Gordon Edition
Nine months ago, Polaris announced a relationship with Robby Gordon and today we’re proud to introduce the first Robby Gordon edition, the all-new RANGER RZR 4. Before today, Sport Side-by-Side enthusiasts looking to carry multiple passengers had no option; that is no longer the case with the announcement of the industry’s first four-seat Sport Side-by-Side. “Polaris saw a market for a multi-passenger Sport vehicle at a significantly lower price than an expensive Sand Car or Rail,” said Eric Nault, product manager for RANGER RZR 4. “The RANGER RZR 4 fills that need for a Sport Side-by-Side experience for multiple passengers.” The RANGER RZR 4 has all the performance and attributes of the RANGER RZR family and the ability to carry four people. With a powerful 800cc High Output Twin EFI engine, the RANGER RZR 4 has a class-leading power-to-weight ratio and strong acceleration. Its 60-inch/152.4cm width coupled with RANGER RZR’s patented design that places the engine behind the back seat for the lowest center of gravity, makes the RANGER RZR 4 more agile than most competitive two-seat Side-by-Sides. At 1,255 lbs/569.3 kg., it’s also lighter than many two-passenger vehicles.
Polaris RZR 4 Robby Gordon Edition
For optimal, agile handling on any terrain, RANGER RZR 4 features long travel suspension with 12 in/30.5 cm of suspension travel and ground clearance. The unit’s premium suspension includes new Fox Podium X 2.0 Piggyback Reservoir Shocks plus Chrome Moly front upper A-Arms for precision and strength. The rear anti-sway bar and dual rate springs keeps the chassis flat through corners and the rolled independent rear suspension (IRS) provides a smooth ride through all terrain. To tackle tough terrain, RANGER RZR 4’s suspension is coupled with Polaris’ true all-wheel drive (AWD) system that automatically engages when the rider needs more forward traction and reverts back to 2WD automatically when AWD is no longer needed.

In creating the first four-passenger Sport Side-by-Side, Polaris paid close attention to ergonomics. For the driver, RANGER RZR 4 has class-leading tilt steering offering 10 in/25.4 cm of range and a heel pocket for unmatched throttle response and control. The front passenger will enjoy an industry-exclusive adjustable front passenger handrail, while the rear passengers an ample amount of head-room and an exclusive rear passenger handrail. Similar to the front passengers, rear passengers also have a 12-volt plug in and two cup holders. All four bucket seats are interchangeable and offer 4 in/10.2 cm of front-to-rear adjustability making it easy to switch drivers. For safety, RANGER RZR 4 has four side protective nets.
Polaris RZR 4 Robby Gordon Edition
The RANGER RZR 4 also features graphics from the Robby Gordon’s TORC truck he raced at Crandon, Wisconsin, as well as, No. 7 NSCS Toyota Camry he raced during the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series Labor Day Classic 500. The Black, Blue and White theme sports the Robby Gordon Off-Road logo on the front side panels with race-inspired graphics, cut-and-sew seats and Maxxis Big Horn tires with Black Bruiser Rims making the vehicle the sharpest-looking Side-by-Side on the market.
Polaris RZR 4 Robby Gordon Edition
“At Robby Gordon Off-Road, we build the highest performance, most elite off-road vehicles in the world. I hope Polaris customers like the new RANGER RZR 4 Robby Gordon Edition as much as we do,” said Robby Gordon.

The RANGER RZR 4 will be available at Polaris dealerships in January, with a MSRP of $14,999 (US) and $17,999 (CAN). A full line of PURE Polaris accessories, including roofs, cabs, bumpers, brushguards, windshields and Lock & Ride products also will be available, including many of the existing RANGER RZR and RZR S accessories that fit the RANGER RZR 4.

More information and pictures can be found at:
http://utvguide.net/polaris_rzr_4.htm

About Polaris

With annual 2008 sales of $1.9 billion, Polaris designs, engineers, manufactures and markets off-road vehicles (ORVs), including all-terrain vehicles (ATVs) and the Polaris RANGER™, snowmobiles and Victory motorcycles for recreational and utility use and has recently introduced a new on-road electric powered neighborhood vehicle.

Polaris is a recognized leader in the snowmobile industry; and one of the largest manufacturers of ORVs in the world. Victory motorcycles, established in 1998 and representing the first all-new American-made motorcycle from a major company in nearly 60 years, are rapidly making impressive in-roads into the cruiser and touring motorcycle marketplace. Polaris also enhances the riding experience with a complete line of Pure Polaris apparel, accessories and parts, available at Polaris dealerships.

Polaris Industries Inc. trades on the New York Stock Exchange under the symbol “PII,” and the Company is included in the S&P Small-Cap 600 stock price index. Information about the complete line of Polaris products, apparel and vehicle accessories is available from authorized Polaris dealers or anytime from the Polaris homepage at www.polarisindustries.com.


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Thursday, January 7, 2010

Kawasaki Teryx Cooling System Upgrade from Muzzys

The 2010 Kawasaki Teryx received dramatic improvements in the cooling system. 08-09 Teryx owners can now share the benefits of those improvements with this radiator upgrade kit.

This kit contains a 2010 Teryx radiator, large fan, thermostat housing, pipes, hoses and all
fittings. Other solutions exist, but this is the only one that addresses the entire cooling system by increasing the diameter of all the cooling lines. (view radiator comparison photo) It's a must for
any Teryx big bore kit.

Features:
  • Larger diameter tubing and hoses
  • Larger fan
  • Larger thermostat housing
  • The only complete solution for 08-09 Teryx cooling issues.
P/N 0049-0015508-09 Teryx radiator upgrade kit $495.95


Muzzys Performance Products
62910 Peerless Ct.
Bend, OR 97701
www.muzzys.com
1-541-385-0706

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Kawasaki Teryx High Performance Intake Plenum Kits Now Available from Muzzys

Aluminum Intake Plenum for Kawasaki Teryx

Kawasaki Teryx owners can finally experience the power gains that a high performance intake plenum has to offer. This all aluminum unit is available with velocity stacks for stock/bored throttle bodies or the Muzzy Billet Throttle Bodies. The unique design fits easily under the stock center console cover. The plenum features a 4" round inlet that accepts a wide variety of filters. A stock airbox adaptor kit with 4" filter and silicone hose is available.

Included in the kit:

  • Brush finished aluminum plenum - (polished optional)
  • Velocity stacks with o-rings and bolts
  • Silicone mounting hoses and clamps
Direct link: http://www.muzzys.com/Teryx/TeryxIntake/index.html

Muzzys Performance Products can be reached by phone at 541-385-0706 or on the web at www.muzzys.com.

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Yamaha's Brad Franklin one of Three New Members to Join Congressional Sportsmen's Foundation Board of Directors

January 6, 2010 (Washington, DC) - Three new members began terms on the Congressional Sportsmen's Foundation's (CSF) Board of Directors January 1. New members of the CSF Board are: Tommy Millner of Cabela's, Steve Sanetti of National Shooting Sports Foundation, and Brad Franklin of Yamaha Motor Corporation USA. In April 2009, Tommy Millner was named president and chief executive officer of Cabela's, the World's Foremost Outfitter of hunting, fishing and outdoor gear. Previously, Millner had worked for Remington Arms Company for 15 years, ten as Chief Executive Officer.

"I hope my experience in the firearms and outdoor industries - and my commitment to supporting sportsmen's efforts - will serve the organization well as the CSF board addresses the many issues important to our community," Millner said.

Steve Sanetti is president and chief executive officer of the National Shooting Sports Foundation having served in the position since May 2008. He is well known throughout the firearms community, having spent 28 years with Sturm, Ruger and Company prior to joining NSSF.

"I have worked alongside CSF for many years and always admired the mission and focus of the organization," said Sanetti. "I look forward to continuing and furthering the outstanding work that CSF has accomplished."

Brad Franklin serves as government relations manager for Yamaha Motor Corporation USA and has been involved with the motorsports industry for over 25 years.

"Having been involved with CSF over the past few years and seeing first-hand the success of the organization, I am excited about the opportunity to serve the sporting community as a member of the Board ," said Franklin.

"The collective talents of Tommy, Steve, and Brad will serve as invaluable assets on the CSF Board in continuing to increase our role as the leader in organizing state and federal policy makers in protecting and promoting sportsmen's issues," said CSF President Jeff Crane.

Three long-time serving board members, Jim Baker of Ogilvy Government Relations, Doug Painter of NSSF, and Gordon Robertson of the American Sportfishing Association, terms expired at the end of 2009.

"These three gentleman are outstanding leaders in our community and we thank them for their years of dedicate service on the CSF Board," said Crane. "We look forward to continuing to work with Jim, Doug, and Gordon."

About the Congressional Sportsmen's Foundation

Headquartered in Washington, DC just steps from the U.S. Capitol, CSF’s sole focus is providing access and a voice for sportsmen in the U.S. Congress, the Administration and federal land management agencies, as well as state legislatures across the country. With support from every major hunting and fishing organization and industry, CSF is the leader in promoting sportsmen’s issues with elected officials.

More information may be found on their website at: www.sportsmenslink.org

About Yamaha Motor Corp., U.S.A.
Yamaha Motor Corporation, U.S.A. (YMUS), a leader in the motorsports market, makes the toughest, most capable and versatile ATV and Side-by-Side vehicles. The company’s ever-expanding product offerings also include motorcycles, outboard motors, personal watercraft, snowmobiles, boats, outdoor power equipment, race kart engines, accessories, apparel and much more. YMUS products are sold through a nationwide network of more than 4,000 dealers in the United States.

Headquartered in Cypress, Calif., since its incorporation in 1977, YMUS also has facilities in Wisconsin and Georgia, as well as factory operations in Tennessee and Georgia. For more information on Yamaha, visit www.yamaha-motor.com .


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Wednesday, January 6, 2010

United Desert Gateway will hold their 13th Annual Imperial Sand Dunes Cleanup on Saturday , January 16 , 2010.


The cleanup is held each year over the Martin Luther King, Jr. holiday weekend and is attended by over 3,000 volunteers. The event keeps our local dunes clean and open and is always a family affair. Registration sites will be set up in both the north and south Imperial Sand Dunes Recreation Area.

The northend registration area includes Glamis Flats , Wash Road ( Wash 4) , Gecko Road across from the Ranger Station and Oldsmobile Hill.

South dunes registration areas include Gordon's Well , Buttercup , Ogilby Camp and Midway.

To participate , show up at one of the designated registration sites beginning at 8:00 a.m. The first 3,000 volunteers to register will receive a free event t-shirt. Volunteers will scour the desert for litter from 8:00 a.m. untill 11:30 a.m.

Full trash bags will be exchanged for drawing tickets . Lunch will be served in the main staging areas from 11:30 a.m. untill 12:30 p.m. and the prize drawings will be held after lunch.

Questions about the event may be directed to Charla Teeters , United Deseert Gateway Program Manager , 760 - 337 - 4155.

About the United Desert Gateway

The United Desert Gateway, a nonprofit public benefit corporation comprised of the Brawley, El Centro Yuma Chambers of Commerce, works hand-in-hand, through an Assistance Agreement, with the Department of Interior, Bureau of Land Management, California Desert District (BLM) and other partners to enhance the recreational experience at the Imperial Sand Dunes Recreation Area (ISDRA) and other BLM managed lands in the area.

The successful ongoing management of the ISDRA and other desert recreation areas is in part dependent on developing and fostering partnerships with the local communities, businesses, sand sport enthusiasts, and other desert visitors. These partnerships will allow BLM to reduce operating costs by fostering volunteer programs, financial support, and development, coordination and implementation of public educational materials and programs which help the BLM meet its goals and objectives for management of the ISDRA and other BLM managed lands in Imperial County.

Since its inception in September of 2004, the UDG has identified and implemented several “Partners in Stewardship” projects that have provided volunteer and economic resources in the Imperial Sand Dunes Recreation Area. To date, the UDG has contributed over $1,000,000 worth of contributions to promote safety and litter education in the ISDRA. Some of these projects include a highway billboard safety message program, Leo the Lizard litter education program, outreach team trucks and the Annual Martin Luther King holiday ISDRA cleanup.

www.uniteddesertgateway.org

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New Law Requires Children Under 18 to Wear Helmets in Oregon

Source: http://www.theumpquapost.com/articles/2010/01/06/local_news/doc4b44d26135466203641165.txt

By Alex Powers, Staff Writer - The Umpqua Post
Child passengers in jeeps, sandrails and side-by-side ATVs are the latest people required by Oregon law to wear helmets and safety restraints. The new law targeting Class II ATV drivers went into effect on Jan. 1.

Under Senate Bill 579, passengers under 16 years old in all Class II all-terrain vehicles are required to wear safety restraints on public lands. Senate Bill 583 requires children under 18 years riding in a Class II ATV to wear fastened, DOT-approved helmets on public lands. Riders in registered, street-legal Class II ATVs such as pickups or sport utility vehicles are exempt from Senate Bill 583.

The bills, both signed by Gov. Ted Kulongoski in 2009, amend existing laws and were designed to nip a potential problem in the bud as “side-by-side” utility vehicles such as the Polaris Ranger have become increasingly popular on public lands, said Oregon Parks spokesman John Lane.

Violation of the existing laws is a Class D violation, punishable by a $90 fine.

No Oregon laws affect ATV use on private land, Lane added.

Lane, who is ATV safety education coordinator for the OPRD, said Oregon law previously required Class II ATVs to be equipped with seat belts, “but nobody told them that they had to use seat belts until now.”

“The law was silent in regards to Class II,” Lane said. “This brings Class II to the same level as the other (ATV classes).”

The U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission reported earlier this year that 116 deaths have been caused by accidents in side-by-side ATVs between August 2003 and August 2009, according to The Wall Street Journal.

Lane said no children under 16 died in Oregon while riding ATVs in 2009. Exact figures on ATV-related deaths and injuries were not immediately available from OPRD, but “there’s no question helmets will save lives,” Lane said.

Lane said he doesn’t believe it is currently an issue with most Oregon law enforcement agencies, but “we just want to make sure that those who refuse to buckle their kids do it now. There is no good reason not to buckle your kids in a Class II vehicle.”

About 20,000 Class II permits exist now in Oregon. While earlier numbers were not immediately available, Lane said the number of permits issued for Class II off-road vehicles has increased during the last decade as side-by-side ATVs have become popular.

He called the amendments a “logical step.”

OPRD last month mailed post cards to addresses where Class II permits had been issued and the department was circulating fliers to alert riders to the law changes.

“This is just a good, common-sense measure that nobody should have an issue with,” Lane said.

He said Oregon government is doing well to crack down on ATV riders.

“It’s to do everything we can to reduce injuries for youth riding any kind of ATV in Oregon, but without dampening their ... sport,” he said. “We want to make sure they do it responsibly.”

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Polaris Defense Enters Low Speed Vehicle Market


Minneapolis, January 6, 2010 – Polaris Defense today announced the introduction of their Low Speed Vehicle, the Polaris EV LSV, designed for on and off-road use. “We are excited to introduce the Polaris EV LSV to the military market,” said Mark McCormick, managing director of Polaris Defense. “The features and superiority of our product will greatly benefit applications that require vehicles with on and off-road capabilities.”

Based off the RANGER EV platform, Polaris’ first off-road, electric vehicle, the Polaris EV LSV includes the necessary features including horn, turn signals, automotive-quality windshield and rear view mirror, for on-road use. With its 30 horsepower electric motor, quiet operation, 50 mile range and 25 mph top speed, the Polaris EV LSV is the most-capable LSV available for military use. The unit features three modes; High for speed, Low for towing and hauling, and Max for maximum range to ensure the best use of power and battery life for any application.

The Polaris EV LSV was built to be tough and reliable. Its 1,000-pound payload capacity, 1,250 lbs. of towing and On-Demand True All-Wheel Drive for harsh terrain makes it a strong work partner; and its exclusive 48-volt, AC Induction motor provides high performance with low maintenance for maximum reliability. For recharging ease, the unit can be charged using a standard 110 volt AC outlet.

Polaris Defense also is offering the Polaris EV LSV to all Federal Government Agencies. Available colors include Red, Blue and Green. More information regarding the new Polaris EV LSV can be found at www.polarislsv.com.

Ranger EV LSV Specifications:

Motor Configuration Single 48 Volt, High Efficiency, AC Induction motor

Motor Peak HP 30hp

Controller 650 - Amp Sevcon Gen IV controller with multi-mode driving and regenerative braking

Battery Pack 11.7kW battery pack at 48V DC; Eight 12-volt, US12VXC batteries in series-parallel configuration

Range Up to 50 miles *Range is in 'Max Range' driving mode, flat ground and may vary depending on driving conditions

Throttle Redundant, Non-contact, inductive sensing pedal

Onboard Charger Delta Q 120-volt AC input; 48-volt DC output

Charge Time 8 hours (Dependent on depth of discharge)
Wheelbase 72"

Dry Weight 1,750 lbs.

Ground Clearance 10"

Length/Width/Height 108"x56.5"x73"

Brakes 4-Wheel Hydraulic Disc w/Dual Bore Front Calipers

Parking Brake Dash-mounted; Lever activated mechanical parking brake

Box Dimension/Capacity 42"x32"x11.5" (107 X 81 X 29 cm) / 500 lbs

Payload Capacity 1,000 lbs.

Hitch Tow Capacity 1,250 lbs.

Cargo System Lock & Ride

Seating 2

Skid Plate Plastic

About Polaris

With annual 2008 sales of $1.9 billion, Polaris designs, engineers, manufactures and markets off-road vehicles (ORVs), including all-terrain vehicles (ATVs) and the Polaris RANGER™, snowmobiles and Victory motorcycles for recreational and utility use and has recently introduced a new on-road electric powered neighborhood vehicle.

Polaris is a recognized leader in the snowmobile industry; and one of the largest manufacturers of ORVs in the world. Victory motorcycles, established in 1998 and representing the first all-new American-made motorcycle from a major company in nearly 60 years, are rapidly making impressive in-roads into the cruiser and touring motorcycle marketplace. Polaris also enhances the riding experience with a complete line of Pure Polaris apparel, accessories and parts, available at Polaris dealerships.

Polaris Industries Inc. trades on the New York Stock Exchange under the symbol “PII,” and the Company is included in the S&P Small-Cap 600 stock price index.

Information about the complete line of Polaris products, apparel and vehicle accessories are available from authorized Polaris dealers or anytime from the Polaris homepage at www.polarisindustries.com.


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FOX Racing Shox Dominates 2009 SCORE Baja 1000 Overall Victory and 10 Individual Class Wins


The FOX Racing Shox sponsored father-son duo of Scott and Andy McMillin bested the entire 4-wheel racing field to take the overall victory in the 42nd Annual Tecate SCORE Baja 1000 desert race. The legendary Baja 1000 has long been considered to be the most difficult point-to-point offroad race, and this year's event tested drivers and equipment with 673 miles of some of the most torturous terrain imaginable.

Watsonville, CA January 6, 2010 -- The FOX Racing Shox sponsored father-son duo of Scott and Andy McMillin bested the entire 4-wheel racing field to take the overall victory in the 42nd Annual Tecate SCORE Baja 1000 desert race. The legendary Baja 1000 has long been considered to be the most difficult point-to-point offroad race, and this year's event tested drivers and equipment with 673 miles of some of the most torturous terrain imaginable.

FOX Racing Shox equipped vehicles drove to victory in 10 of the 13 4-wheel classes:

Andy and Scott McMillin -- Trophy Truck and Overall winner
Jerry Penhall -- Class 1
Heidi Steele -- Class 6
Eric Duran -- Class 1-2/1600
Jon Holmes -- Class 7SX
Richard Cassey -- Class 7.2
Pancho Bio -- Class 9
Josh Hall -- Stock Mini
Chad Hall -- Stock Full
Reid Nordin -- UTV

Despite always being a contender, not to mention the numerous class titles FOX has collected, McMillin Racing's dominant performance marks the first overall win in the SCORE Baja 1000 for FOX Racing Shox since the suspension manufacturer first started building shocks for offroad icon Roger Mears' desert racing trucks in the early 80's.

"This is an incredible win for us," said John Marking, VP of the Offroad Division at FOX Racing Shox. "The Baja 1000 is such a brutal race. We've always had great results here, but the overall has been elusive. With this one under our belt, we're more motivated than ever to win some more."

A vital contributing factor to the success of FOX Racing Shox in offroad racing and its dominance in the 2009 SCORE Baja 1000 is that its employees are racers themselves, so they not only understand the needs of the racer but can also apply real world testing to the products they develop. Marking narrowly missed a spot on the podium in Class 1, after sharing driving duties with Chuck Dempsey, finishing fourth. Overall champion Andy McMillin's co-driver is Todd Tenbroek, FOX's Race Support Manager.

"My co-driver, Todd Tenbroek, is a suspension-tuning specialist with FOX Racing Shox and he's worked all season perfecting the truck's suspension," explained the 22 year-old McMillin. "The countless hours of testing proved itself here at the Baja 1000."





Download Baja 1000 wallpapers, watch video highlights, browse the photo gallery and more: www.foxracingshox.com/baja1000

About FOX Racing Shox:

For over three decades, FOX Racing Shox has been the industry leader in the design and development of high performance shock absorbers and racing suspension products for ATVs, Motorcycles, Mountain Bikes, Offroad cars and trucks, Snowmobiles and UTVs. In 1974, Bob Fox started racing his products in motocross and they haven't stopped racing since. FOX Racing Shox equipped vehicles and racers have stood atop podiums in every sport they have competed in -- from the sands of Baja to the dunes of Dakar. FOX's team of engineers perform rigorous tests with their athletes year round. The data FOX collects from performance testing and the application of that knowledge to their products is what separates FOX Racing Shox from every other suspension company. World Headquarters are in Watsonville, CA with its Offroad Division in Santee, CA. FOX Racing Shox distributes its products in more than 40 countries.

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Tuesday, January 5, 2010

The 4405 MFS Race-a-Thon: PLEDGE NOW to Benefit Land Use with the World's Toughest 4x4 Off-Road Race


BlueRibbon Coalition is pleased to share with you the latest fund-raising creation of our partner and member, Kurt Schneider—a pledged-based race-a-thon connected with the famed Griffin King of the Hammers (KOH), February 8-13, 2010.

Using the world’s toughest 4×4 off-road race as the driving force, Kurt and the KOH staff have initiated pledges for land use. According to Kurt, “For the King of the Hammers 2010, we are taking pledges to land use organizations, starting with the BlueRibbon Coalition, depending on how far the 4405 land-use buggy makes it in the race! Just like a pledge drive high school kids do at school for sports fundraisers!!”

“This is an awesome, hardcore desert and rock race, where only a few are left standing,” says Del Albright, BlueRibbon Ambassador. “15,000 to 20,000 people could be on-hand to witness this event next month, and pledges to the land-use buggy will help save trails and the future of motorized recreation,” Del added.

Here’s how it works:

Travis Carpenter (Rock Zombie) is our land-use buggy driver. With title sponsor, Motorsports Fabrication Services (MFS), he’s also a BFGoodrich Tires guy; with Yukon gears; a Powertank; Solid Axle dude, PRP seats, Vision X-Lights, and CoastHigh Performance Racing Engines. But mostly, Travis is a land use HERO. He’s taking the MFS buggy to KOH to help kick some land use ACCESS!

You pick your pledge amount and conditions. For example, KOH is 135 miles long this year, so if you pledge a dollar per mile, that’s $135 to the organizations, like the BlueRibbon Coalition, that you selected. Of course, in this example, Travis and the 4405 would need to make it through the entire race! Many options are available to you.

Directions:

1. Pledge anything you would like per mile made in the 4405 during KOH, and pick the organization you will pledge to, starting with the BlueRibbon Coalition. Pledges will be accepted until February 11th.

2. Add an additional amount pledged if Travis wins KOH. (By the way, if the 4405 wins, his team is donating $5,000 of the winnings to the BlueRibbon Coalition (www.sharetrails.org).

3. You also have the option for a “gutter pledge.” That is, if the buggy doesn’t start or does not complete at least 20 miles.

4. If you are not a forum/thread subscriber, you may email your pledge to: kurt@friendsofeldorado.com (and let him know if you want your pledge posted, or prefer to remain anonymous). We hope everyone will pledge and post up proudly so we can build an incredible list of donors.

5. After the race, please send your donation directly to the organizations you picked by March 1st. The land use buggy team folks are not collecting money except for at the race itself.

“Maybe this is just a pipe dream on my part, but think about this: If 20,000 people show up to KOH this year, and we get just 1/4 of them to pledge…at an average of $100 a person…THIS COULD BE ONE OF THE BIGGEST LAND-USE DONATIONS EVER,” adds Kurt.

Click here for the Pirate4×4 thread

Visit title sponsor MFS here: www.mfs-ca.com

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The BlueRibbon Coalition is a national (non-profit) trail-saving group that represents over 600,000 recreationists nationwide. The Combined Federal Campaign (CFC) season is beginning. Federal employees, please mark BlueRibbon Coalition and Check #11402 on your CFC pledge form to support our efforts to protect your access. Join us at 1-800-258-3742 www.sharetrails.org


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RECREATION COALITION FILES BRIEF IN ONGOING ROADLESS LAWSUIT

POCATELLO, ID (January 5) - A coalition of recreation advocacy groups filed an Amicus Curiae brief in the 10th District Court of Appeals related to the 2001 Roadless Rule this week, marking over a decade of involvement in the controversial issue. The recreation groups include the BlueRibbon Coalition (BRC), California Association of 4 Wheel Drive Clubs ("CA4WDC"), United Four Wheel Drive Associations (UFWDA) and the American Council of Snowmobile Associations (ACSA).

Environmental activists are appealing a 2008 decision by U.S. District Court of Wyoming Judge Clarence Brimmer declaring the Clinton era Roadless Rule illegal. That ruling came in a case brought by the State of Wyoming in 2007, which paralleled an earlier complaint filed by Wyoming in 2001. Brimmer's 2008 decision minced few words, concluding the 2001 Rule "was driven by political haste and evidenced pro forma compliance with" environmental laws, using descriptors such as "flagrant" and "cavalier" in characterizing the "unequivocal" violations.

Brian Hawthorne, BRC's Public Lands Policy Director, said, "With millions of acres of National Forests susceptible to disease and wildfire, it should be evident that a top-down, one-size-fits-all management program should never be the answer. Each roadless area is unique, and local conditions should be taken into consideration when actively managing these lands."

"This marks a decade of involvement in the Roadless issue," said Greg Mumm, Executive Director of BRC. "Force-feeding a 'hands-off' policy to manage Roadless Areas, like congressionally designated Wilderness, has been a goal of the preservationist groups for some time. BRC is proud to have protected recreational access to these lands and we are committed to continue this important effort."

Noting the U.S. Forest Service will be revising the regulations for preparing Forest Plans, Paul Turcke, the attorney for the recreational groups, observed in their brief that "our Nation's treasured forest lands must be actively and effectively managed. Such management necessitates detailed, site-by-site analysis; not politically convenient templates. That improper procedural means advance an agenda of less rather than more active human presence is of little legal import. This Court should seize the opportunity to place the 2001 Roadless Rule alongside the 2005 State Petitions Rule and similar misplaced efforts to manage our National Forests via election cycle emanations from the DC beltway, and to begin a return to professionally-driven and project-focused management that our forests and citizens deserve."

The Recreation group's filing can be found online. Learn more about the history of the Roadless Rule and latest updates on www.sharetrails.org.

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CPSC Extends Comment Period for Proposed ROV Rule Changes

CFR Citation: 16 CFR Part 1422

Standard for Recreational Off-Highway Vehicles

DATES: Written comments in response to this document must be received by the Commission no later than March 15, 2010.

The Commission is extending its comment period to receive information regarding the advance notice of proposed rulemaking concerning Recreational Off-Highway Vehicles (ROVs). The Commission received two letters requesting an extension of the comment period, one from three manufacturers and distributors of MultiPurpose Off-Highway Utility Vehicles, and the other from a trade association. The letters each requested that the comment period be extended 60 days from the date certain information was received by the companies or became publicly available. The Commission has decided to extend the comment period 75 days after the original comment period of December 28, 2009.

On October 28, 2009, the Commission published an ANPR in the Federal Register concerning ROVs. 74 FR 55495. The ANPR was issued under the authority of the Consumer Product Safety Act (CPSA). The ANPR provided for a 60day comment period to end December 28, 2009. Three companies that manufacture and/or distribute MultiPurpose Off-Highway Utility Vehicles (American Honda Motor Co., Inc., Deere & Company and Kawasaki Motors Corp., U.S.A.) and a trade association (Recreational Off-Highway Vehicle Association) have requested that the Commission extend the comment period 60 days after the companies receive certain information or that information becomes publicly available. A portion of this information was publicly released on November 20, 2009. The remainder, which was posted for a period of five days on the Commission’s Web site in draft form, was finalized on December 15, 2009, and is now publicly available.\1\ Because this information was only recently released, the Commission has decided to extend the comment period to 75 days from the date of the original comment period deadline, or March 15, 2010.

For information about submitting comments, call or write to Rockelle Hammond, Office of the Secretary, Consumer Product Safety Commission, Bethesda, MD 20814; telephone (301) 5046833.

More details: http://www.thefederalregister.com/d.p/2009-12-22-E9-30378


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Monday, January 4, 2010

UTV of the Month for December 2009


January 1, 2009

The Fat Rod is a true first for the UTV world. Joey D. of UTVUnderground.com and Daniel Rosenzweig of Magnum Off Road had decided they wanted to build the first true 5 seat chopped and dropped Yamaha Rhino ever and they not only accomplished their goal but they ended up creating a one of a kind off road machine that not only hauls the family but does it style and with performance.

There are tons of features that make this car a true one of a kind starting with the custom painted aluminum and fiberglass body. Wally World Designs laid a flat black coat of paint over the matte black powder coated aluminum and then shot in some of his custom "Wally Flake" that consists of finely cut pieces of hologram material that gives the look of metal flake in the sun. Before clear coating the flat and flaked paint Rick "Wally World" Wallace then ghosted in some candy red scallops into the side panels and rear fenders. This gave the appearance of a paint job inside of a paint job! To top it off Wally called in one of his old time friends who laid on all the custom pin striping in red and white. Everything from the stripes, to the Fat Rod lettering on the hood, and the custom Full House deck of cards on the panels was done by free hand pin striping.

The hood possesses a latch that releases to expose the gas fill that dumps fuel into the center console mounted fuel cell built custom by Magnum Off Road. Sitting between the amazingly comfortable Beard Super T1 race seats is a built Weller Racing 720cc Stroker Motor. A K&N intake from Black Rhino Performance, Mukini HSR45 Carburetor, and Muzzys 660 Yamaha Rhino dual exhaust allow the Weller dyno tuned motor to breath. Amazing interior aluminum work by Zero Tolerance Fabrication in Upland, CA covers it all up!

The rear section of the car is where the precious cargo is held and to hold the little ones in place are Beard kids seats, custom upholstered to match the adult Super T1's each having 5 point padded harnesses. The kids seats are mounted to a bracket that in minutes is easily removed to expose a flat rhino lined bed. By removing the rear seats the car can easily be converted into a solid pre runner that can hold coolers, tool bags, gas cans, or spare tires. Above it all is a Class 1 inspired roof hatch designed and installed by Dynamic Services and Products in Escondido, CA. Held in place by a custom designed latching system and propped up with a gas shock the roof works great for an emergency exit or opens for more interior working space. A set of 5 Baja Designs 6" Pre Runner HID's are posted above the Fat Rod's roof line to help light up the evening sky on those night runs!

The Magnum Off Road +6 Long Travel suspension, FOX Racing Shocks tuned and valved by FOX Racing, and Summers Brothers 300m axles help keep this car riding smooth through all sorts of rough off road terrain. The car has a very low center of gravity despite being a 5 seater which allows for amazing cornering, high speed handling, and all around ride comfort.

The Fat Rod has to be seen to really be appreciated so next time you see the Fat Rod ripping through the desert make sure you take a minute to check it out for yourself!

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FACTORY PIPE ANNOUNCES 10K CHALLENGE GRANT TO SUPPORT BRC LEGAL PROGRAM

UKIAH, CA (January 4) - Factory Pipe, manufacturer of world class aftermarket and original equipment exhaust systems, is announcing a $10,000 challenge grant program for 2010 to fund legal efforts to protect recreational access to public lands. Factory Pipe has created the Liberty Legal Fund, in memory of Warren and Corinne Liberty, at the BlueRibbon Coalition, a national trail-based advocacy group.

The Liberty Fund will match donations made in 2010 by other aftermarket companies up to $10,000.

Ross Liberty, owner and founder of Factory Pipe, states, "I have seen first hand the importance of having professional land use and legal representation in the battle to preserve and protect responsible OHV recreation on public and private lands."

"I want to join the ongoing efforts by other off-road companies, such as Cycle Gear and Rocky Mountain ATV/MC, to support BRC. This program is designed to encourage the aftermarket industry to step up to the plate and help the cause," Liberty said.

"The fight will be intense in 2010 as anti-OHV groups file lawsuits to shut-down motorized recreation. I want BRC to be there for my customers, friends, employees, and business associates who ride," Liberty concludes.

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