Sunday, February 28, 2010

Exploring Queensland – the Simpson Desert

London, UK -- 02/28/2010 -- Australia is not a country but a continent full of inspiring adventures, exquisite landscape, marvelous beaches, tropical rainforests, enigmatic waterfalls and magnificent deserts. If you want to experience the tropics of Thailand or the heat of Dubai desert safari, Australia is one complete package to get it all in one place.

Among the deserts of Australia, The Simpson Dessert offers not only a thrilling experience of camping, bonfire, safaris and dessert information but also it is not a very far away destination and has easy air access available via Adelaide. 

The Desert is named after Alfred Allen Simpson, an Australian philanthropist, geographer, and president of the Royal Geographical Society of South Australia. The Simpson Desert occupies approximately 176 500 square kilometers of central Australia offering a challenging experience to heat up your winter holidays. Camping is a popular activity in the dessert and permits are available from National Parks Offices in Queensland.

The Simpson Desert is an erg which contains the world's longest parallel sand dunes. These north-south oriented dunes are static, held in position by vegetation. They vary in height from 3 meters in the west to around 30 meters on the eastern side of the dessert. The most famous dune is the 40 meters high the Nappanerica, also called the Big Red that named by Simpson Desert traveler Mr. Dennis Bartell. Apart from marveling at the Big Red, you can make you trip exciting by Campfires however, use wood conservatively. Abstain form using standing dead trees as they could be nesting sites for birds and when collecting ground wood, leave pieces with hollows or cracks as they're probably home to lizards, small mammals and insects. Also be watchful for the desert snakes.

While in the dessert, it is not an obligation though, but it is good not to burn plastic or synthetic material. Also observe the fire bans by the Environment management usually from 01 November to 15 April. Also, if you have not hired a guide and driving yourself, be careful to drive on unsealed roads in the outback. Also, no matter the place is barren but it is emphasized to keep it clean. So don’t bury any rubbish, rather, place in plastic bags and carry out for disposal at Birdsville or Dalhousie. Also, Dogs and Cats are not allowed in Queensland National Parks including the Simpson Desert Park

Camping is recommended safe to be anywhere within 100 m of public access tracks. However, this area can be very exposed to wind and sun. According to the masters of the trait, good camping places are near salt lakes in the central desert and in the Gidgee woodlands for shade, shelter and soft ground. During camping, keep enough fuel with you for generators. At Poeppel Corner and within 500m of campers, it is required to switch off the generators between 10 pm and 7 am.

If you are not in a camping mood, than you can take a scenic flight from the William Creek to catch the awe-inspiring view of the Simpson Desert from the above.

Saturday, February 27, 2010

Oceano Dunes SVRA Funco Rescue Buggy in the News

Source: http://www.sacbee.com/2010/02/27/2569055/despite-schwarzeneggers-order.html

By Andrew McIntosh
Saturday, Feb. 27, 2010

Despite Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger's 2009 order for departments to cut their vehicle fleets by 15 percent, the Department of Parks and Recreation won't be sending one of its favorites to the auction house any time soon.

That would be the sleek and zippy $75,000 Funco "sand rail" dune buggy.

The vehicle was purchased despite initial objections during the state's last budget crisis, according to state documents obtained under the Public Records Act.

The parks department has since spent thousands of dollars operating and repairing it after repeated transmission problems, documents show.

Though park rangers told state fleet managers they'd rack up about 8,000 miles annually driving it for patrols, it's been used a fraction of that each year, records show.

State Parks recreational division chief Phil Jenkins defended the purchase, saying rangers needed the "specialized vehicle" for patrols at the Oceano Dunes state park off-road recreation area.

Rangers use it to quickly travel to hard-to-reach areas where people venture in powerful off-road vehicles – areas where they misbehave or need emergency medical help after accidents, Jenkins said.

It was 2001 when the parks department first asked to buy a sand rail dune buggy, complete with a turbo engine, from a company called Funco. Price? $57,000. The request was flatly rejected by the Department of General Services' fleet management unit in early 2002.

"Your request to purchase a sand rail for use at Oceano Dunes SVRA (Special Vehicle Recreation Area) is denied. Issues such as: operator safety, equipment durability, reliability and performance, functionality, warranty, maintenance and cost effectiveness are all questionable," wrote Rick Shedd, then the DGS assistant chief of fleet administration.

"The high-profile nature of this state-of-the-art sand rail smacks in the face of prudent fiscal policy at a time when budget cutbacks are being implemented," Shedd added.

DGS Fleet stamped the draft purchase order with "DISAPPROVED" in bold black capital letters.

Shedd's office offered to work with parks officials to identify alternatives to meet their needs. Yet by May 2002, DGS officials approved it.

The parks department then bought the sand dune buggy in 2003 for a much larger figure than initially proposed – $75,000, state invoices show.

Jenkins said General Services officials changed their minds after a procurement staff member toured a park where rangers work. "They showed them why they needed it," Jenkins said.

That tour is not documented in the file, which does include follow-up documents justifying the purchase.

Parks officials said the new "high-profile" vehicle would have roles well beyond public safety and law enforcement duties, such as attending outdoor shows for the public. The documents suggest it also would be used to provide dune tours for VIPs.

"It will also serve as a public relations tool to facilitate orientation and interpretative tours of the off-highway vehicle units by local and state government officials, representatives, commission members," one memo added.

General Services' initial concerns about the reliability and the high cost of maintaining the $75,000 Funco dune buggy proved prophetic.

In June 2005, the transmission blew, costing $2,339 to rebuild. Later that summer, a wheel needed replacing: $185. By November 2005, the transmission was wonky again: $1,477 in repairs.

More spending: $1,519 for spare tires and wheel rims. In 2008, new flagpoles and red and blue flashing lights were bought: $527.93.

By December 2008, there were oil leaks, no third gear due to a transmission problem and the engine failed to start. The bill? Mercifully low: $108.

Jenkins acknowledged the costs, saying he wished it had a "more robust" transmission. "But that's the risk with these specialized vehicles," added Jenkins, who said rangers now know how to avoid burning out the transmission.

In 2005, a Senate committee suggested DGS explore new ways to cut costs and eliminate inefficiencies within the state vehicle fleet – including "more rigorous scrutiny of fleet utilization."

DGS regulations require state vehicles rack up at least 6,000 miles a year or risk being declared "underutilized" and face disposal at auction.

When they bought it, parks told DGS that the buggy would clock 8,000 miles a year.

By the end of year one, it had travelled just 878 miles, mileage logs show. By 2005, only 1,902 total miles.

Ranger Andrew Zilke said his staff now uses the buggy only as "a fair weather vehicle" and "periodically," during peak summer seasons and holiday long weekends. "In all truthfulness, the intent was to use it more," Zilke added.

Jenkins said transmission problems and scarce availability of repair technicians sidelined the buggy a lot, but he added that taxpayers shouldn't fret about its cost.

The machine was bought using money from a department trust fund that collects fees from off-highway vehicle registrations, special vehicle recreation area entrance fees, and a gas tax – paid for by park users.

California Parks spokesman Roy Stearns said the dune buggy is one of several tools available to rangers.

"I'm sure if we didn't have one and couldn't get to critical places for emergency rescues, we'd hear about it and it would be a tragedy," he said.

More information on Oceano Dunes SVRA may be found at:
http://www.duneguide.com/sand_dune_guide_oceano_dunes.htm

Friday, February 26, 2010

New Rancho/PBS Cable Shifter for mid-engine transaxles

Finally, a mid/rear-engine cable shifter that eliminates stress and vulnerability encountered when using the VW Nose Cone, while providing the same positive feel of the OEM hardware. Manufactured by PBS and available through Rancho Performance Transaxles, the shifter is made of 356 T6 cast aluminum and features a spring loaded reverse lockout built into the cover. It comes complete with everything except the cables, which you can custom order to fit your application. The complete set up can be installed with ordinary hand tools without dismantling your transmission! Slight modification to the shift rail is necessary. An optional VW mounting adapter is available and bolts onto the rear plate of the shifter cover. The two holes on the bottom will pick up the stock VW nose cone mounting tab on the frame. The adapter plate is 3/8" steel and the two holes are tapped for mounting. Mounting hardware for the plate is included with the adapter. Rancho offers this rugged and durable linkage for use with Type 1 Swing or IRS and Mendeola MD4E and 2D transaxles. Additionally, the modification simplifies routing of the cable. The basic assembly, less cables and adapter plate, retails for $449.95.

Give Rancho a call at 714-680-6737 for all the details. On the Web at www.ranchoperformancetrans.com

Can-Am Renegade 800R Exhaust Systems Available Now

Santa Ana, Ca - February 2010 - Two Brothers Racing (TBR) drops the hammer on big-bore, high-performance ATVs with their Can-Am Renegade 800R slip-on exhaust system for Renegade ATVs of 2007-2010 model years. Headlining the release of their latest performance ATV system is a two-part affair with low weight and big power taking center stage. Two Bros’ new Stainless Steel/Aluminum slip-on takes 4.5 pounds off the Renegade and adds nearly 7 horsepower. Torque numbers jump up nearly 5 ft-lbs. as well.
Containing all this extra muscle is Two Brother’s trademarked V.A.L.E. connection system with X-Lite retaining ring and their rugged M-7 Muffler complete featuring their signature Teflon coated, blunted, cast magnesium end cap.
Two Brothers Racing Top Level exhaust systems have been tested in the highest forms of professional motorcycle, ATV and UTV racing and in the trenches of true utility use. Unparalleled commitment to Top Level design, material quality and construction techniques have propelled Two Brothers Racing products to the forefront of power sports for speed enthusiasts and the motor-driven workforce alike.
New Product Highlights:: Renegade 800R Exhaust System
» -4.5 lbs of excess weight
» +6.9 hp @ 8300 RPM
» +3.4 hp @ peak
» +2.0 ft-lbs of torque @ peak
» +4.6 ft-lbs of torque @ 7350 RPM
» Brutally durable Stainless Steel/Aluminum construction
» Teflon coated magnesium end cap
Learn more about Two Brothers Racing by visiting your local TBR dealer, going online at www.twobros.com or by calling the TBR experts at 800-211-2767.

Thursday, February 25, 2010

Tell the BLM in Southern Nevada they need a Comprehensive plan for OHVs in thier Planning Effort

BAKERSFIELD, CA (FEBRUARY 25, 2010) –The Bureau of Land Management (BLM) is revising their 1998 Las Vegas Resource Management Plan. A Notice of Intent was filed and they are currently taking public comment until February 28, 2010. The area managed by the BLM Las Vegas office has some of the most diverse and highly prized off-highway vehicle (OHV) recreation opportunities in the country.

OHV recreation is a huge economic driver in southern Nevada. The BLM has the opportunity, through this planning process, to help grow OHV tourism in their area by providing more and higher quality OHV opportunities. We need to encourage the BLM to do this by submitting comments during the scoping process.  You can go to our website www.orba.biz and click on the link to send a letter to the BLM.

BlueRibbon Coalition Announces Release of BRC's Recreation News

BRC is has added another tool to help our members and supporters learn about the issues that affect you.
In an age of information overload, it's difficult to filter out the chaff and focus on just one issue. And when that issue is recreational access -- it's even harder to tolerate the misinformation and bias! 

BRC's Recreation News  provides a snapshot of breaking news on recreation and public lands issues. We break it down by state, link to the story, and, when the mood strikes, we even offer some of BRC's legendary pithy commentary.

Each day BRC's Public Lands Department staff scans the World Wide Web and the different media outlets in order to bring you the information that matters to you. We do this to help you protect your roads, trails and snowmobile areas.

BRC's Recreation News is the place to stay on top of the issues.

To subscribe, just go to www.sharetrails.org/subscribe, and fill out the appropriate information.  Then under "Please select the mailing lists you would like to be subscribed to:" select "BRC's Recreation News" from the list of check boxes and then click "Subscribe".

About The BlueRibbon Coalition
The BlueRibbon Coalition is a national recreation group that champions responsible recreation, and encourages individual environmental stewardship. It represents over 10,000 individual members and 1,200 organization and business members, for a combined total of over 600,000 recreationists nationwide. 1-800-258-3742. http://www.sharetrails.org

Wednesday, February 24, 2010

New Kawasaki Teryx Dash Bar from ATR

ATR's Kawasaki Teryx Dash Bar adds strength to the factory roll cage and provides a place to mount accessories such as GPS, lights and on board camera. The dash bar features a radiused curve that flows with the Teryx' body lines.
Bare steel dash bar in pictures. Finished product comes in durable satin black powder coat.
$150.00
Direct link to product: http://kawasakiteryxgear.com/roll-cages-13/atr-kawasaki-teryx-roll-cage-dash-bar-151.html
More products from All Terrain Research can be found on their website at: www.allterrainresearch.net

KING OFF-ROAD RACING SHOCKS HOLDS SUCCESSFUL FUNDRAISING RAFFLE FOR ORBA

BAKERSFIELD, CA (FEBRUARY 16, 2009) –On Wednesday night February 10, 2010 King Off-Road Racing Shocks held a” Kingdom Party” in the Pirate 4x4 tent at the 2010 King of The Hammer Race. In honor on the worlds toughest one-day off-road race King transformed the Pirate 4x4 lounge into the ‘Kingdom Party” tent. A live band started jamming at 8pm and fabulous prizes were raffled off in between sets.
Proceeds from the raffle were donated to ORBA. We would like to thank King Off-Road Racing Shocks, the King of the Hammers promoters, Pirate 4x4 and the generous companies that donated product to make this event possible. Approximately $3000 was raised to help in the effort to keep off-road areas open for responsible recreation.
ORBA would like to thank the following people for their generous donation to this event. Together we can all make a difference!
  • B.F. Goodrich
  • Mikes Race Photo.com
  • Desolate Fabrication
  • Kartek
  • BDR
  • PSC Steering
  • Magnaflow Exhaust
  • PCI Race Radios
  • Total Chaos
  • Master Pull
  • Off-Road Evolution
  • 4 Wheel Parts
  • Currie Enterprises
  • Funco Motorsports
  • Spidertrax
  • Traxxas
  • GenRight Motorsports
  • Trail Gear
  • Pit Bull Tires
  • Vision X
  • Off-Road Magazine
  • Ruff Stuff Specialties
  • Sway-a-way
  • Goodyear tires
  • 4WD Toyota Owners Magazine
About the Off-Road Business Association:
ORBA is a national non-profit trade association of motorized off-road related businesses formed to promote and preserve off-road recreation. ORBA proactively protects recreation access and opportunities by ensuring that America's families are not arbitrarily denied the right to responsibly recreate. ORBA provides leadership in addressing land use issues by advancing policies that conserve the environment while at the same time providing off-road recreation opportunities. Find out more at www.orba.biz.

Tuesday, February 23, 2010

Oceano Dunes air pollution study released

Source: http://www.sanluisobispo.com/2010/02/22/1039922/oceano-dunes-air-pollution-study.html

Monday, Feb. 22, 2010


Destabilization of sand dunes at the Oceano Dunes State Vehicular Recreation Area is the primary cause of high particulate air pollution on the Nipomo Mesa, according to a scientific study released Monday.
The study by the San Luis Obispo County Air Pollution Control District concluded that break-up by off-highway vehicles of a natural crust that forms on sand dunes and a lack of vegetative cover in areas where OHVs are ridden are the primary causes of dust being blown from the park to populated areas of the Mesa.
“All of these act to increase the ability of winds to entrain sand particles from the dunes and carry them to the Mesa,” the report concluded.
The study further concluded that exhaust emissions from OHVs and the fact that they can kick sand into the air are only lesser causes of the air pollution.
The study confirms public announcements made recently by Air Pollution Control Officer Larry Allen about the results of the study. “OHV activity in the SVRA is a major contributing factor to high PM (particulate matter) concentrations observed on the Mesa,” states the study’s executive summary.
The report does not contain any recommendation about how the problem can be minimized. The air pollution control district board of directors may begin discussing that when it meets March 24 to be briefed on the study.
In the meantime, a public workshop is scheduled from 6 to 9 p.m., March 3 at the South County Regional Center, 800 W. Branch St., Arroyo Grande. The results of the study will be presented and a panel of experts will be available to answer questions.
The study is based on air monitoring conducted over a year that compared ambient particulate levels to levels of particulates coming off the OHV park. More than two million data points were generated.
The main conclusions are:
· Particulate matter on the Mesa does not originate from an offshore source.
· Neither petroleum coke piles at the ConcoPhillips refinery nor agricultural fields are a significant source of particulates.
· The bulk of the particulate matter is fine sand blown onto the Mesa by strong winds.
· The primary source of these sand particles is the open sand areas of the dunes.
· Open sand dunes where OHVs are ridden “emit significantly greater amounts of particulates than the undisturbed sand sheets at the study control sites under the same wind conditions.”
· Vegetative areas do not emit wind-blown particles.
The study can be obtained at the air district’s Web site: http://www.slocleanair.org

More information on Oceano Dunes SVRA may be found at:
http://www.duneguide.com/sand_dune_guide_oceano_dunes.htm

Sunday, February 21, 2010

Houser Racing Introduces Nerf Bars with a Suspension Foot Peg


Houser Racing has done it again....taken something ordinary and made it innovative! Houser Racing has started manufacturing an Aluminum Product Line and has released its second part of the Aluminum Parts Line-Up.

The Houser Racing Nerf Bars have been designed to offer superior safety and performance to ATVs for weekend riders to Pro Racers.

High Lights

  • Suspension Foot Peg feature improves rider comfort and endurance
  • Large, Covex Foot Pegs with self-cleaning design
  • Up-Swept design for improved safety
  • Large diameter aluminum tubing
  • Net Heel Guards
  • Customize with 30 colors available

Large diameter Aluminum tubing is attached to the frame using a Chromoly Pro Peg design and Aluminum Mounting Clamps or Chromoly front mounts. The Heel Guards are attached to factory frame or sub frame points without modifications with Chromoly or rubber isolation mounts depending on the model of the ATV. The Nerf Bars have a slightly raised, up-swept design that will help keep competitor's tires from getting to the rider's legs. All the welds are TIG welded by hand to ensure quality.

The Houser Racing Nerf Bars feature an industry first, Patent Pending, "suspension" Foot Peg. The "Suspension" feature works similar to a Swing Arm with a rubber isolated pivot point and replaceable cushion ball that is Pre-Load adjustable. The Pegs are made of TIG welded Chromoly with end caps that are attached with high strength, Air Craft grade rivets, rated at 4,000 pounds of shear strength each. This allow you to customize the color scheme of you Nerf Bars to match your ATV. The Foot Pegs have a large, convex design to provide plenty of support and teeth with great traction that won't tear apart the sole of your boots. The Foot Pegs are also designed to be self-cleaning with large openings for mud and debris to fall through to maintain grip.

The Nerf Bars and Heel Guards use nets to help prevent mud build up while riding. The nets are installed over welded loops on the tubing using plastic buckles instead of the traditional lacing system to make assembly and adjustments easier.

For additional information on the Pro Series Suspension Components contact 877-6-GO-FAST or visit www.houser-racing.com 

Polaris RZR Stainless Steel Body Hardware Kit Now Available from ATR

This kit from All Terrain Research will replace all accessible plastic push-pins with the new stainless steel hardware. This kit includes new hardware for the fender flares, joint location of both front fenders and rear trunk panel where they meet the rockers, front bumper cover, the dash under the cluster, and top of rear bed where it is closest and highest toward cage.
Parts included in kit:
  • 3/4" Long Stainless Steel Bolts  Qty: 32
  • 1" Long Stainless Steel Bolts  Qty: 4
  • Nylock Lock Nuts  Qty: 36
Fits all year model Polaris RZR's. For more information visit ATR's website at allterrainresearch.net or call them at 903-581-0008.
Direct Link:
http://allterrainresearch.net/store/polaris-rzr-stainless-steel-body-hardware-kit-50

Saturday, February 20, 2010

Performance Based Parts For the QuadRacer R450 and QuadSport Z400

Chino, Calif. - February 19, 2010 - Yoshimura knows a lot about Suzuki's QuadRacer R450 and QuadSport Z400. A couple of Championships by Dustin Wimmer and Doug Gust are proof of that. Over the years, a number of weight saving and power boosting solutions have come out of R&D, plus a couple of items that are just cool.
Parts for QuadRacer R450 Only:

Radiator Guards
We spent a lot of time and bashed many knuckles cutting up RM-Z450 radiator guards and shoe-horning them into the QuadRacer R450 shrouds. Then we figured we’d be better off making some of our own. Our R&D guys fixed this problem in about five days…and knuckles everywhere rejoiced!
•    Forces more air into radiator
•    Blocks debris from getting to the radiator
•    Race team tested

Part #: 2115-RADFIN
MSRP: $99.95

Kick Start Kit
When you’re racing, every ounce counts. That’s why the Yoshimura Kick Start Kit is so popular. It shaves off nearly eight pounds from your quad, taking a lot of that “high weight” off. Highly placed weight can negatively affect the polar movement of your quad and cause negative handling forces. This kit also reduces the mass on the crankshaft, making for snappier overall performance. While we were improving things, we included a capacitor to replace that clunky battery and make things nice and “sparky.” A Yoshimura Shift Pin Kit is also included to toughen up the engine cases.
•    Designed for performance-minded LT-R racers
•    Saves 8 pounds
•    Reduces spinning mass on crank for better performance
•    Comes with a capacitor to replace battery
•    Yoshimura shift pin included. Helps to prevent engine case failure.

Part #: 2115-KSS
MSRP: $505.90

Push Button Start Kit
Get rid of unnecessary bulk with the push button start kit. It eliminates the stock handlebar switch assembly and allows for a less cluttered handlebar area to mount hand guards or reposition controls. This kit is built specifically for the Suzuki QuadRacer R450 using OEM spec switch, harness and connectors.

Part #: 2115-PBS
MSRP: $24.92

Spark Plug Holder
When you’re racing, the win and valuable series points are on the line. Don’t let something like a spark plug cap blowing off in the middle of the race ruin your championship run. It happened to us once, and after that we made these handy little hold-downs that ensure we won’t have to go through that again!
•    Keeps spark plug cap in place
•    Made from high-grade aluminum

Part #: 2190-SPH-K
MSRP: $24.95

Parts For QuadRacer R450 and QuadRacer Z400:


MXR-8 Wheel Cap
Pick your favorite color: red, black, or yellow. Rotating mass can cause your tires to become off balance and cause axle vibration, so we designed these caps to keep sticky, heavy mud out. These wheel caps push into most 8-inch beadlock rear wheels. Trick Yoshimura wheel cap stickers are included.

Part #:
MXR-8 Wheel Caps Black   0570-K
MXR-8 Wheel Caps Red   0570-R
MXR-8 Wheel Caps Yellow   0570-Y
MSRP: $14.95

Rear Brake Clevis
•    Stronger than OEM unit
•    Smoother action
•    Laser etched Yoshimura logo
•    Machined from high-grade aluminum

Part #: 2115-801-K
MSRP: $44.95

Timing Inspection Plugs
These bolts are actually stronger, lighter and less prone to stripping then the stock units. But most importantly, they let the guy next to you know that you are serious about being faster than him.
•    Laser-etched logo for the factory look
•    Made form high-grade aluminum

Part #: R-K5110-K
MSRP: $24.95

Check Plug
This cool-looking, lightweight Yoshimura plug replaces the heavy, stock Allen-head one. It features a 12mm hex bolt head. It makes your machine look trick!
•    Anodized billet aluminum
•    Laser-etched logo
•    More durable than stock

Part #: 2115-910-K
MSRP: $23.95

Throttle Body Nut
Yoshimura’s throttle body nut removes the dead weight of the unnecessary choke cable and the massive amount of hardware from the throttle body and bars. It’ll de-clutter your quad, save weight, all while looking cool.
•    Anodized billet aluminum
•    Laser-etched logo
•    Blocks off choke cable hole in throttle body

Part #: K-003
MSRP: $11.95

Oil Filler Plug
Are you detail oriented? This part screams out to all who see it that you’ve got yourself a serious racing engine. With an oil filler cap like this, you’ll have the competition wondering how much time and money you’ve put into the head!
•    Laser-etched logo
•    Made of high-grade aluminum
•    Predrilled for Safety wire

Part #: 2190-908K
MSRP: $23.95


About Yoshimura R&D of America: Yoshimura is “The Leader in Performance” and has been for more than 55 years. With unmatched skills, knowledge, and passion for racing, Yoshimura is on the forefront of the aftermarket exhaust industry. Yoshimura pipes are race bred and feature the same legendary performance, fit and quality that has been their trademark for more than five decades. To learn more about Yoshimura and view the wide variety of performance products, visit www.yoshimura-rd.com

Friday, February 19, 2010

ATV Fatalities and Injuries Decline According to CPSC Report

IRVINE,CA - A report released by the Consumer Product Safety Commission ("CPSC 2008 Annual Report of ATV Deaths and Injuries") shows a continuation of the decline in fatalities and injuries associated with all-terrain vehicle (ATV) use. According to the CPSC, total ATV-related injuries in 2008 decreased 10 percent from 2007, with injuries to children under 16 declining six percent.
CPSC also reported that the risk of injury per 10,000 four-wheel ATVs in use declined by 15 percent from 2007 to 2008. This is the seventh straight year that injury risk for ATV riders has decreased, and it is now lower than at any time since CPSC began calculating this injury risk in 1985. Four-wheel ATVs have become increasingly popular with an increase of more than 300% since 1998 in the number of vehicles in use to over 10 million.
"The CPSC report again shows that the commitment of the member companies of the Specialty Vehicle Institute of America (SVIA) to rider education, parental supervision, and state legislation is working," said Paul Vitrano, executive vice president, SVIA. "Since 1984, the major manufacturers and distributors of ATVs in the United States have worked closely with the CPSC to implement ongoing safety initiatives."
In 2009, the industry's voluntary ANSI/SVIA standards were made mandatory as a result of federal legislation. The mandatory standards require all ATV manufacturers and distributors, regardless of where the product is manufactured (imported or U.S.), to adhere to the same safety standards and training programs established and followed by the SVIA member companies for more than two decades. This includes newer companies in the U.S. market that had previously elected not to participate in safety programs developed by established manufacturers and in some cases targeted inappropriate models to youth riders. Under the legislation, all ATV manufacturers now must certify that their products conform to the mandatory standards, and file safety action plans with the CPSC.
SVIA, however, remains concerned that the effective ban on the sale of youth model ATVs resulting from the lead content provisions contained in the Consumer Product Safety Improvement Act will likely result in children under 12 years of age riding the more accessible larger and faster adult-size vehicles, creating - in the CPSC's own words - a "more serious and immediate risk of injury or death" than any risk from lead exposure.
"CPSC studies have found that approximately 90 percent of injuries to children under 16 occur on adult-sized ATVs," said Vitrano. "We strongly encourage the CPSC and Congress to end the ban on the sale of youth model ATVs and motorcycles."
The ATV industry is committed to the safety of its customers and will continue to promote and enhance its multi-tiered efforts to increase awareness of the proper operation and use of ATVs. Unfortunately, more than 92% of ATV-related fatalities involve one or more behaviors that the industry strongly and visibly warns against in its rider education programs, in all its literature, and on the vehicles themselves.

To that end we urge all ATV enthusiasts and their families to follow the 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, or take the free E-Course at www.atvsafety.org.

The Specialty Vehicle Institute of America® promotes the safe and responsible use of all-terrain vehicles through rider training, public awareness campaigns and state legislation. Additionally, the SVIA works to preserve access to off-road lands and expand riding opportunities. The SVIA is a resource for ATV research, statistics and vehicle standards. Accredited by the American National Standards Institute (ANSI), the SVIA develops standards for the equipment, configuration and performance requirements of ATVs.

About the ATVA:
The ATVA, sister organization of the American Motorcyclist Association, is the only national organization devoted exclusively to fighting for the rights of ATVers. More members mean more clout to fight to protect your right to ride. To join the ATVA, call (800) ATVA-JOIN, or go to www.ATVAonline.com.

Yamaha OHV Access Initiative GRANTs $1.3 Million in 2 Years

Fourth Quarter 2009 Awards Top $80,000; 2010 Funding Cycle Opens

Cypress, CA (2/8/2009) - Yamaha Motor Corp., U.S.A., through its OHV (off-highway vehicle) Access Initiative, GRANTed (Guaranteeing Responsible Access to our Nations Trails) more than $80,000 in the fourth quarter of 2009. This brings the program’s year-end funding total to more than $685,000 and two-year total to more than $1.3 million in support of the OHV community nationwide.
“Yamaha is proud of the OHV Access Initiative’s success reaching riding areas across the country and promoting safe, responsible recreation,” said Steve Nessl, Yamaha’s ATV/SxS Group marketing manager. “While we’ve enjoyed great progress the past two years, we’re most excited about the future of the program as we meet the continuing and expanding need for OHV support. Yamaha’s OHV Access Initiative will continue to provide essential resources to OHV riding clubs, state associations and public land management agencies at local, state and federal levels for years to come.”

The 2010 Access Initiative GRANT schedule is now available at www.yamaha-motor.com/ohvaccess along with the application form and guidelines. The GRANT submission deadlines are:
· Q1 Submission Deadline: March 31, 2010
· Q2 Submission Deadline: June 30, 2010
· Q3 Submission Deadline: September 30, 2010
· Q4 Submission Deadline: December 3, 2010

In the final quarter of 2009 Yamaha funded 11 organizations GRANTing more than $80,000 in cash and equipment. GRANTs went to support the construction, mapping, maintenance and insurance of OHV riding areas and to create awareness of safe and responsible riding practices.

The Yamaha OHV Access Initiative review committee awarded GRANTs to the following organizations in the fourth quarter:
· California Trail Users Coalition
· Coronado National Forest, Arizona
· Friends of Florida State Forest
· Jackson County Forestry & Parks Department, Wisconsin
· Lost Rivers Economic Development, Recreational Trails Committee, Idaho
· Nebraska Off Highway Vehicle Association
· North Country ATV Association/NYTRO of Eastern New York
· Ride with Respect, Utah
· San Juan Trail Riders, Colorado· Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources: Lafayette County
· Oregon Department of Forestry: Tillamook District


About the Yamaha OHV Access Initiative
Each quarter, Yamaha accepts applications from non-profit or tax-exempt organizations including OHV riding clubs and associations, national, state and local public land use agencies and other members of the OHV community in the United States. A committee then reviews each application and awards GRANTs to deserving projects.

Examples of appropriate projects for GRANTs include, but are not limited to:

· Trail development, restoration and maintenance
· Trail signage and map production
· Staging area construction, renovation and maintenance
· Land stewardship, trail safety and education

Updated guidelines, an application form and information on the OHV Access Initiative are available at: www.yamaha-motor.com/ohvaccess. For specific questions about the OHV Access Initiative, call Yamaha’s dedicated OHV Access Initiative Hotline at 1-877-OHV-TRAIL (877-648-8724), email OHVAccess@yamahamotor.com or write to: Yamaha OHV Access Initiative Review Committee, 6555 Katella Avenue, Cypress, CA 90630-5101.

About the Yamaha OHV Access Initiative:
Each quarter, Yamaha accepts applications from non-profit or tax-exempt organizations including OHV riding clubs, national forests and associations, and national, state and local government agencies. A committee then reviews each application and awards GRANTs to deserving projects. Applications for the first quarter of 2009 will be accepted through February 28, 2009.

About Yamaha:
Yamaha ATVs and SxS vehicles are designed, engineered and built tough! Yamaha Motor Corp., U.S.A. headquarters are located in Cypress, California. For more information on Yamaha, visit yamaha-motor.com.

BLM Seeks Desert District Advisory Council Nominations

The Bureau of Land Management's (BLM) California Desert District is soliciting nominations for five Southern Californians to serve on its District Advisory Council for the 2010-2012 three-year term, which would begin immediately upon confirmation by the Secretary of Interior.
The five positions to be filled include one representative each for renewable resources, environmental protection, elected official, and two representatives for public-at-large.
Anyone can nominate qualified persons in any of these categories. Nominations must be submitted by close of business Friday, April 21, 2010, to the California Desert District Manager, Bureau of Land Management, California Desert District Office, 22835 Calle San Juan De Los Lagos, Moreno Valley, CA 92553.
Each nomination must include the name of the nominee, work and home addresses and telephone numbers, a biographical sketch including the nominee’s work, applicable outside interests, and public service records. The nominee also must specify the category of interest he or she is best qualified to represent and offer advice and counsel to the BLM.
All nominations must include letters of reference from represented interests, organizations or elected officials. Nominees will be evaluated based on their education, training, and knowledge of BLM, the California Desert District, and the issues involving BLM-administered public lands within Southern California.
BLM also tries to balance the council geographically, recommending appointment of qualified representatives from areas throughout the California Desert District. The district covers portions of nine counties, and includes 10.8 million acres of public land in the California Desert Conservation Area and 300,000 acres of scattered parcels in San Diego, western Riverside, western San Bernardino, Orange, and Los Angeles counties.
Council members are appointed by the Secretary of the Interior, and serve without compensation except for reimbursement of travel expenditures incurred in the course of their duties. Council members serve a three-year term and may be nominated for reappointment to serve a second three-year term.
Nomination forms can be found at: http://www.blm.gov/ca/st/en/info/rac.html.  For more information or to request a nomination form, please contact David Briery at (951) 697-5220 or dbriery@blm.gov.

Tuesday, February 16, 2010

BUILD TO SUIT WATER COOLED VANAGON TRANSAXLES

Water cooled Vanagon’s have been around since 1983 and if you’re driving one of these unique VWs there is a good chance the transaxle could use a little, or lot, of freshening up. Rancho Performance Transaxles offers a complete menu of services for water cooled transaxles ranging from minor repairs to complete stock and custom geared remanufacturing. As with all Rancho transmissions, only OEM and the highest quality aftermarket components are used and options including Weddle gears, ring and pinions and much more are available. Additionally Rancho covers each remanufactured Vanagon box with their exclusive 2-year, unlimited mileage warranty. While prices start at $949.00 exchange, you can purchase them outright for an additional $500.00. 

For complete details contact Rancho direct at 714-680-6737, toll free 800-304-8726. Email to ranchoparts@aol.com or catch them on the Web at www.ranchoperformancetrans.com

FLUIDYNE Powersports unveils radiator for the YZ450F at Dealer Expo

SAN BERNARDINO, Calif. (February 10, 2010) - Kicking off 2010 by unveiling radiators for the revolutionary YZ450F at Dealer Expo, FLUIDYNE® Powersports continues to gain traction and charge forward with new applications for today's latest motorcycles, ATVs and side-by-side vehicles.

Please stop by booth number 3426, on the Indianapolis Convention Center's first floor, to see the all-new YZ450F radiators, as well as fresh product for the Arctic Cat Thundercat, Can-Am DS450, KTM 300 and Polaris RZR.
 
Multi-time winners in the 2009 SCORE and Best in the Desert series, including the grueling Baja 1000 and 1000-mile Vegas-to-Reno race, FLUIDYNE® Powersports radiators have been proven around the world. Developed and manufactured in the United States, they are built upon 50 years of experience in vehicular fluid dynamics.
 
Distributed by Parts Unlimited, Tucker-Rocky, WPS, KK Motorcycle Supply, MTA, Southern Motorcycle Supply, CV-4 and IMS Products, FLUIDYNE® Powersports radiators are readily available through thousands of dealers nationwide.
 
When the heat is on, FLUIDYNE® Powersports radiators keep things cool. For more information, log on to FluidynePowersports.com.
About FLUIDYNE® Powersports
Building on 50 years of experience, FLUIDYNE® Powersports is at the forefront of radiator technology for motorcycles, ATVs and side-by-side vehicles. This was proven in the 2009 SCORE International Baja 500, where the Open Pro motorcycle and Utility ATV class winners ran FLUIDYNE® radiators.

Based in San Bernardino, California, the company designs and manufactures nearly 100 fluid-cooling applications that are engineered to provide unmatched engine reliability. Fluidyne Powersports radiators are stronger and have up to 67 percent more fluid capacity to reduce operating temperatures-many at lower price points than OEM parts.

FLUIDYNE® Powersports' heat-transfer products are made in the USA and sold through a worldwide network of distributors and dealers.
For more information, log on to FluidynePowersports.com.

Recreational Off-Highway Vehicle Association Urges Enthusiasts and Industry to Comment on CPSC’s ROV Rulemaking

ROHVA Creates www.rohva.org/anpr to Facilitate Submission
The Recreational Off-Highway Vehicle Association (ROHVA) is calling on enthusiasts and industry representatives to submit comments by March 15, 2010 in response to the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) proposed mandatory standards for Recreational Off-Highway Vehicles (ROVs), also known as side-by-sides and UTVs.
ROHVA previously expressed disappointment with CPSC’s October 2009 vote to issue an Advanced Notice of Proposed Rulemaking (ANPR) for mandatory ROV standards. ROHVA believes this action is premature because an American National Standards Institute (ANSI) process to develop standards for ROVs had long been underway. Since that time, the process has been completed and the proposed ANSI standard is under final review. Components of the standard include protective gear requirements, a certified roll-over protective structure, a minimum of three point seatbelts for each seating position, and multiple lateral stability criteria.
ROHVA has created a web page - www.rohva.org/anpr - for enthusiasts and industry representatives that contains explanations of ROHVA’s position on ROV standards and links to important documents. The page also contains a link and other resources to facilitate stakeholders’ submission of comments on the CPSC's ANPR.
“ROV stakeholders need to be heard on whether the appropriate next step to establish ROV standards is moving forward with CPSC-imposed mandatory federal standards or instead gaining experience under the ANSI standards and promoting the ROV Safety Rules available at www.rohva.org,” said Paul Vitrano, ROHVA executive vice president.
The ANSI standard development process involves a variety of interests including CPSC and other government representatives, industry, consumers and others. Participants reach a consensus on an appropriate ANSI standard for ROV equipment, configuration and performance requirements.
ROHVA has met several times with CPSC staff in an effort to address their concerns about the ANSI standard.
“ROHVA appreciates the Commissioners’ and CPSC staff’s interest in and willingness to discuss key technical issues, and our dialogue has been productive,” Vitrano said. “While there is agreement between CPSC and ROHVA on many aspects of ROV standards, there continues to be disagreement over some important technical issues, including vehicle stability, vehicle handling and occupant protection and retention”
Vitrano concluded, "It also should be noted that the overwhelming majority of ROV operators and passengers use the vehicles safely and responsibly and benefit from the unique recreational and utility capabilities of these vehicles.”
The Recreational Off-Highway Vehicle Association is a national industry organization that promotes the safe and responsible use of ROVs. ROHVA is accredited by the American National Standards Institute (ANSI) to develop equipment, configuration and performance standards. Based in Irvine, Calif., the not-for-profit association is sponsored by Arctic Cat, BRP, Polaris and Yamaha. For more information visit www.rohva.org.

New Polaris RZR 4 Doors from iTi Performance Motorsports


iTi Performance Motorsports has just finished their development of opening doors for the 2010 Polaris RZR 4.

The doors come standard with silver powder coated frames and they are a direct bolt on kit. The doors with bare aluminum panels are $1,285.00. The graphics kit which includes the black/blue  stripe kit and white powder coated door panels is an additional $389.00.
About iTi Performance Motorsports:
Quality, reliability, technology and service is how iTi Performance Motorsports started—founded in 2005 by USAC/CRA Championship car owner Glenn Crossno. Glenn’s racing roots stem back to the 1950s when his dad, Dale Crossno, started racing midgets. iTi has expanded into our current 11,000 square foot, state of the art, CNC equipped shop in Ontario, California to take on the task as a full service racing facility. With sprint car and midget engines, chassis & components as the main focus, the proven championship winning in-house engine shop produces Non-Winged, Winged, Midget, Late Model , Camping World Series, Offroad Trucks & Buggies, Nostalgia Nascar Cup Series, Porsche GTand UTV Engines. iTi continues to strive to stay out front in the development of innovative advances in auto racing. The iTi race team also tests and proves the components we sell. Our experienced staff offers a unique blend of product knowledge, courtesy and service.

iIi Performance Motorsports can be found on the internet at www.itimotorsports.com.

HiPer debuts its new PROFill race proven flat prevention system at Indy

LAWRENCE, Kan, February 10, 2010– HiPer will debut its new PROFill race proven flat prevention system at the 2010 Indy Dealer Expo.  Under development for over a year, PROFill’s advantages are weight, superior cornering, affordability, ease of installation, and the ability to make quick adjustments for maximum suspension performance and traction.
Weighing 30% less per wheel than other flat prevention systems and unable to absorb water, PROFill gives riders increased performance.  PROFill can be inflated through the normal valve stem and requires no special tools to tune tire pressures.
PROFill eliminates the cornering “chatter” and vibration of other systems reducing rider fatigue while increasing cornering performance.  To add more performance, PROFill is available in soft and hard compounds which can be mixed together for medium compounds tuned for the specific track and conditions.
The PROFill system will initially be available in ten inch front and nine inch rear combinations for cross country racing.  With retail prices expected to be under $100 per wheel, the PROFill system is an unmatched value.
For more information, contact HiPer directly at 877-GO-HIPER or 785-749-6011 or visit them on the web at www.hiperracingwheels.com or www.hiper-technology.com for more information.  HiPer will also be located at booth 2542 at the Indy Dealer Expo.  You can also find the most current news on HiPer’s Facebook page.
HiPer Technology, Inc specializes in carbon fiber and composite products utilizing a proprietary casting process.  HiPer is the industry leader in ATV wheels, Micro Sprint car wheels, and safety products.  HiPer Technology has grown to be a technology leader in materials, design, and product function since its founding in 2000.

Yamaha Motor Co., Ltd. Announces ATV Production Transfer Strategy

CYPRESS, Calif. – February 12, 2010 – Yamaha Motor Co., Ltd. (YMC) today announced plans to transfer its all-terrain vehicle (ATV) production currently in Japan to the United States.  With this transfer, the production capacity of YMC’s Japanese subsidiary – Yamaha Motor Powered Products Co., Ltd. (YMPC) – will be integrated into YMC’s U.S. subsidiary based in Newnan, Georgia – Yamaha Motor Manufacturing Corporation of America (YMMC).
The move, currently in the planning stages, is scheduled to begin in early 2011 and is intended to optimize manufacturing capacity and improve productivity.  The transfer will facilitate the consolidation of both production management and manufacturing technologies, as well as afford an increased level of responsiveness to market needs by maximizing production in the United States, the country with the largest demand for ATVs.  The production transfer to Newnan, Georgia, is expected to be complete by 2013.
“We are pleased to have this additional ATV production transitioning to YMMC in Newnan, Georgia,” said Mike Martinez, General Manager of ATV & SxS Operations, Yamaha Motor Corp., U.S.A.  “We expect this transition to have a positive impact on the local economic community and provide worldwide recognition for our state-of-the-art facility and its ability to produce durable and reliable off-road vehicles.”
YMMC currently manufactures ATVs ranging in engine displacement from 250cc to 421cc.  The production transfer will increase the facility’s production lineup to include a wide range of Yamaha ATVs up to models with large 700cc engines.  This transfer allows YMPC to concentrate on manufacturing generators, multi-purpose engines and golf cars, while YMMC will also continue to manufacture golf cars, personal watercraft and Side-by-Side vehicles.

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 dealers in the United States.
Headquartered in Cypress, Calif., since its incorporation in 1976, Yamaha Motor also has facilities in Wisconsin and Georgia, as well as factory operations in Tennessee and Georgia. For more information on Yamaha Motor, visit www.yamaha-motor.com.

Kawasaki Launches New Performance Oils Line

Kawasaki Motors Corp., U.S.A. (KMC) is launching a new line of powersport oils. Comprised of the latest formulations of superior quality lubricants and specifically engineered to Kawasaki’s highest standards, the new Kawasaki Performance Oils line includes full-synthetic, semi-synthetic and mineral based formulations in multiple grades of motorcycle oils, plus new ATV/UTV and PWC formulations. This is not a simple re-branding of the old product, but an entirely new lineup of super quality modern powersport engine oils.
In accordance with strict Kawasaki guidelines, significant improvements have been made across the entire line. The results include mineral based formulations which deliver a 20% reduction in phosphorous and sulfur content, 45% lower volatility, 5% higher film thickness, between 15 – 30% better anti-wear characteristics and up to a 15% improvement in anti-oxidancy, depending on type. In addition to the advanced mineral based formulations, the new Kawasaki Performance Oils lineup also includes the latest semi and full-synthetic performance engine lubricants based on modern polyalphaolefins and esters.
“These new oils cover gaps in the previous lineup and will help Kawasaki dealers to capitalize on the strong demand for modern synthetic oil formulations, while more effectively serving the needs of their powersports customers,” said Jim Williams, KMC’s director of corporate sales.
In conjunction with the launch of these new oils, KMC is also releasing distinctive new packaging, “Performance Made Perfect” marketing and dealer displays all designed to emphasize the modern, high-performance attributes of Kawasaki Performance Oils.
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.

K&N Filter and Adapter kit for the 09-10 Kawasaki Teryx 750 FI

Holz Racing Products now has a K&N Filter and Adapter kit for the 09-10 Kawasaki Teryx 750 FI. Replace the restrictive and short lived stock air filter with this high-flow K&N filter kit.

Utilizes stock air box - Increases air flow for better engine performance - Lifetime warranty K&N air filter

Kit Includes:
- New K&N Filter
- Outerwears Pre-Filter
- Billet aluminum filter adapter
- Drill Template
- Hardware kit and instructions

More information: www.holzracingproducts.com

Friday, February 5, 2010

NEW RANCHO QUICKLIFT TECHNOLOGY COMES FULLY LOADED

LOS ANGELES  – Rancho, the industry leader in suspension innovation, has announced the release of a brand-new series of the award-winning QuickLIFT technology. The new Rancho® Loaded QuickLIFT™ technology, based largely on the successful original QuickLIFT, now includes the application-matched and installed coil spring and upper mounting plate.
Rancho products are manufactured and marketed by Tenneco Inc. (NYSE:TEN) and headquartered in Long Beach, Calif.
After winning the 2006 Specialty Equipment Market Association (SEMA) award for best new off-road product, Rancho engineers have developed the next version of this popular QuickLIFT technology, built to simplify installation and improve performance.
Installing in minutes, Rancho Loaded QuickLIFT shock absorbers feature an application-specific coil spring and upper mounting plate. “The new Loaded QuickLIFT is completely assembled straight out of the box, making it even easier for shops and do-it-yourselfers to complete fast installs,” said Joe Pase, director, performance products, Tenneco.
Finished in Rancho’s Liquid Metallic Silver, Rancho Loaded QuickLIFT provides 1- to 2.5-in. of additional lift, allowing for the use of larger wheel and tire packages and providing an aggressive vehicle stance. Fully compatible with the SEMA-award winning Rancho MyRIDE™ Wireless Controller, Rancho Loaded QuickLIFT units can be wirelessly controlled from the cab.
The MyRIDE Wireless Controller provides one-touch wireless damping control of QuickLIFT units. The Wireless Controller includes a variety of one-touch presets, including Highway, Sport, Tow/Haul, Off-Road, and a driver-determined MyRide, which allows the owner to set his own preferred ride setting and save it for future use.
To learn more about the Rancho Loaded QuickLIFT technology and other Rancho suspension innovations, please visit your preferred Rancho retailer, visit www.GoRancho.com or write to: Rancho Suspension, 6925 Atlantic Ave., Long Beach, CA 90805. To locate your nearest Rancho authorized dealer, please use the “Dealer Locator” at www.GoRancho.com to generate a list of online and local retailer stores in your selected region.
Tenneco is a $5.9 billion manufacturing company with headquarters in Lake Forest, Illinois and approximately 21,000 employees worldwide.  Tenneco is one of the world’s largest designers, manufacturers and marketers of emission control and ride control products and systems for the automotive original equipment market and the aftermarket.  Tenneco markets its products principally under the Monroe®, Walker®, Gillet™ and Clevite® Elastomer brand names.

Thursday, February 4, 2010

New PRO MX Oils from LAT

LAT, the oil source for NHRA, NASCAR, SCORE, ADRL, IHBA, and other forms of professional motorsports racing around the world, has developed a line of hi-tech 100% synthetic and petroleum based engine oils specifically formulated to address the tortuous conditions endured by 4-stroke MX racing machines. LAT 4THP synthetic MX PRO SERIES are highly advanced blends for motorcycle engines that run at high rpm. Under sever shock loads for sustained periods. These unique custom blends combine the highest grade group IV and V base oils treated with LAT extreme pressure additive, LFR. They offer superior sustained protection at high RPM, high flash point, and extraordinary wear and thermal breakdown protection for maximum horsepower and torque. Independent tests have shown LAT to provide significant increases in horsepower and torque while reducing running temperatures and optimizing ring seal and valve train protection.

Available in 100% synthetic 5W 30 & 20W 50 LAT MX PRO, and 20W 50 petroleum based, these superior grade oils are race proven to provide high sheer and shock protection, reduce friction, substantially reduce wear, and enhance overall engine performance.

For complete details contact LAT direct at 888-528-6457 or catch them on the Web at www.latracingoils.com.

Polaris RZR 840cc Billet Big Bore Kit now available from Muzzys

This fully liquid cooled 84 mm cylinder is machined from billet aluminum and finished with tough nickel silicon carbide plated bores. Put it on top of a stock Polaris RZR engine and you've got 840cc of nearly unstoppable power. Machining the cylinder from billet offers increased wall thickness and improved coolant flow. An added bonus is there's no core charge. The cylinder is offered as a kit (with 84mm pistons, rings, pins, clips, head and base gaskets) or by itself. A Billet cam, lifters and valve spring kit are also available.

p/n 0007-00277 Polaris RZR/RZR-S 840cc Billet Cylinder/Piston Kit Includes Nickel silicon carbide coated billet cylinder, pistons, pins, rings, clips, head and base gaskets.
$1595.95
p/n 0007-00276 Polaris RZR/RZR-S 840cc Billet Cylinder only
$1195.95

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

Wednesday, February 3, 2010

Polaris Industries Announces Acquisition of Engine-Developer Swissauto Powersports

Expertise from Switzerland-based Company will enhance Polaris’ engineering capabilities and broaden geographic reach
MINNEAPOLIS (February 3, 2010) — Polaris Industries Inc. (NYSE:  PII) today announced its acquisition of swissauto Powersports. Based in Burgdorf, Switzerland, swissauto has expertise in designing and developing high-performance and high-efficiency engines and innovative vehicles. The acquisition will further strengthen Polaris’ global engine and vehicle design capability while also enhancing the company’s European presence.
Founded in 1987, swissauto’s core capabilities are in development, prototyping and manufacturing of internal combustion engines. Polaris has a long history of working with swissauto. The high-performance, four-stroke Weber engine that Polaris uses in several current snowmobile models was developed by swissauto.
In addition to recreational vehicle engines, swissauto also has a strong tradition of developing top-tier racing engines for World Motorcycle GP. The company’s V4 2-stroke 500 cc engine drove 29 wins, 41 Poles and 3 World Championships during the 1990s. A completely new racing bike was also developed by swissauto and competed aggressively against larger Japanese OEMs during the late 1990s. This bike achieved the pole position twice during it’s first season of racing and ranked in the top ten several times.
“Swissauto has industry leading powertrain design and development capabilities and a strong understanding of turbo-charging and high-performance engines,” said Polaris Chief Executive Officer, Scott Wine. “This acquisition directly supports our stated objectives to be the best in powersports and a global market leader.  ”
Polaris acquired the powersports portion of swissauto and will continue to operate in the current swissauto facility located in Burgdorf, Switzerland. The automotive division of swissauto was not involved in this acquisition and will continue to operate autonomously.

About Polaris
With annual 2009 sales of $1.6 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. 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.

Tuesday, February 2, 2010

Yamaha Unveils 2011 Rhino Side x Side Vehicle

CYPRESS, Calif. – February 2, 2010 – Yamaha Motor Corp., U.S.A., announces its 2011 Rhino 700 FI Side-by-Side (SxS) vehicles, including a new Sport Edition, will begin arriving at dealers this summer.  Yamaha’s leading Rhino continues to hold the top spot as the toughest, most off-road capable and versatile, as well as the all-time best selling, SxS vehicle.
Yamaha ignited unprecedented interest in SxS vehicles when it launched the first Rhino in 2003, and the Rhino line continues to be a category leader today.  Combining Yamaha quality and durability, the Rhino has received nearly every best-in-class award from the ATV and SxS world as well as hunting and farming communities because of its ability to tackle off-road terrain while also serving many utility functions.
For the 2011 model, Yamaha has given the Rhino a new steering wheel and adjustable seat belt providing more rider comfort in off-road conditions.  New to the Rhino line is a White Armor Sport Edition that features fully adjustable piggyback shocks, one-piece cast aluminum wheels, injection-molded sun top, over fenders, Baja-inspired front carry bar, and a special graphics treatment.  The Sport model also comes with dealer-installed LED tail lights, custom shift knob and black bed rails.
The 700-class powerplant is optimized for the Rhino with a liquid-cooled, four-valve SOHC engine providing plenty of torque to tackle rough terrain.  Helping manage that power is the Yamaha Fuel Injection system with unmatched performance and dependability at high elevation and in cooler conditions.
Additionally, the Rhino engine features a forged piston that adds durability and an aluminum cylinder body with ceramic composite coating for decreased weight, increased cooling ability and additional wear resistance.  The roller rocker arms lessen friction in the valve train reducing wear and increasing durability while providing improved throttle response and better overall off-road performance.
Yamaha’s reliable Ultramatic® automatic transmission system features an exclusive centrifugal clutch that allows the drive belt to remain under constant tension providing another key point of durability.  Also exclusive to Yamaha’s Ultramatic system is the one way sprag clutch that provides four wheel engine braking for maximum traction and confidence.
Adding to the Rhino’s terrainability is the On-Command® 2WD/4WD system with differential lock that gives the driver options with the push of a button.  The Rhino 700 FI has 12.1 inches of ground clearance, and its fully adjustable and fully independent front and rear dual A-arm suspension offers more than 7.3 inches of travel.
The Rhino also features large axles and CV joints to best accommodate its engine power.  Front and rear A-arm guards prevent sticks and debris from getting to the boots, but should something find a way past the guards, the CV boot material is tough and resistant to most impacts.
When it comes to braking, the automotive-style pedal controls the four-wheel hydraulic disc brakes with dual piston calipers, which provide unmatched stopping power and feel.  The parking brake lever is located on the center console and engages a separate disc brake located on the axle.
The Rhino 700 FI comes with a number of standard extras and creature comforts, and Yamaha offers more than 100 official and accessories for the Rhino line.  As with all previous models, the 2011 Rhino features a U.S. OSHA and ISO 3471 compliant roll over protection structure (ROPS).  Its 12-volt accessory outlet easily receives a GPS device, spotlight or even a cell phone charger.  The Rhino has padded bucket seats with headrests for both driver and passenger, and a digital meter is standard on the Rhino 700 FI providing self diagnostic capabilities for easy troubleshooting, a voltage meter for monitoring battery condition, and an hour meter function that operates only while the engine is running for more accurate servicing.  The digital LCD multi-function display meter also features a speedometer, odometer, dual trip meter, clock, fuel gauge and gear position display.  The 7.9 gallon fuel tank holds enough gas for hours of riding.
The Rhino 700 FI also comes standard with passenger grab handles and cup holders, as well as tough, rotomolded doors to keep mud, water and trail debris out of the cab.  Helping keep passengers clean and keeping cabin noise to a minimum is the noise and dust shield located behind the seats.  The under-hood, tools-free air filter is another added convenience.  It is a snap to service in its location and an optimized filter size helps the filter stay clean longer.
The Rhino features a standard two-inch receiver and is capable of towing up to 1,212 pounds while the cargo bed is capable of carrying 400 pounds.  The cargo bed features an assisted dump function with tilt levers on both sides of the bed.
The 2011 Yamaha Rhino will be available in Hunter Green, Red and the Sport Edition White Armor in the summer of 2010.

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 dealers in the United States.
Headquartered in Cypress, Calif., since its incorporation in 1976, 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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SxS Vehicles are recommended for use only by drivers age 16 years and older.

UHMW Protection Now Available for the Polaris RZR 4 from Factory UTV

SACRAMENTO Calif, Feb. 1, 2010 - Factory UTV introduces full UHMW protection for the Polaris RZR 4. The industry pioneers in UHMW UTV protection are at it again with a full package for the newly introduced Polaris RZR 4. UHMW is a super slick super tough skid plate material.

Significantly lighter than aluminum, UHMW is a tough wear resistant plastic that combines an incredibly low coefficient of friction with outstanding impact strength that will outwear carbon steel 10 to 1. Unlike aluminum, UHMW also has memory, meaning after a big impact hits aluminum will bend, gouge and break while UHMW maintains it's original shape.

The skids plates are available in 3/8 inch or ultra tough 1/2 inch thickness and come standard with a fuel tank protector. A-Arm Guards come in 3/8 thickness and protect those expensive long travel arms from damage. Protect your investment today.

Factory UTV
4949 Florin Perkins Rd #90
Sacramento, Ca 95826
916-207-8335

www.factoryutv.net

Recreational Off-Highway Vehicle Association Urges Enthusiasts and Industry to Comment on CPSC’s ROV Rulemaking

ROHVA Creates www.rohva.org/anpr to Facilitate Submission
IRVINE, Calif., — The Recreational Off-Highway Vehicle Association (ROHVA) is calling on enthusiasts and industry representatives to submit comments by March 15, 2010 in response to the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) proposed mandatory standards for Recreational Off-Highway Vehicles (ROVs), also known as side-by-sides and UTVs.
ROHVA previously expressed disappointment with CPSC’s October 2009 vote to issue an Advanced Notice of Proposed Rulemaking (ANPR) for mandatory ROV standards. ROHVA believes this action is premature because an American National Standards Institute (ANSI) process to develop standards for ROVs had long been underway. Since that time, the process has been completed and the proposed ANSI standard is under final review. Components of the standard include protective gear requirements, a certified roll-over protective structure, a minimum of three point seatbelts for each seating position, and multiple lateral stability criteria.
ROHVA has created a web page – www.rohva.org/anpr - for enthusiasts and industry representatives that contains explanations of ROHVA’s position on ROV standards and links to important documents. The page also contains a link and other resources to facilitate stakeholders’ submission of comments on the CPSC’s ANPR.
“ROV stakeholders need to be heard on whether the appropriate next step to establish ROV standards is moving forward with CPSC-imposed mandatory federal standards or instead gaining experience under the ANSI standards and promoting the ROV Safety Rules available at www.rohva.org,” said Paul Vitrano, ROHVA executive vice president.
The ANSI standard development process involves a variety of interests including CPSC and other government representatives, industry, consumers and others. Participants reach a consensus on an appropriate ANSI standard for ROV equipment, configuration and performance requirements.
ROHVA has met several times with CPSC staff in an effort to address their concerns about the ANSI standard.
“ROHVA appreciates the Commissioners’ and CPSC staff’s interest in and willingness to discuss key technical issues, and our dialogue has been productive,” Vitrano said. “While there is agreement between CPSC and ROHVA on many aspects of ROV standards, there continues to be disagreement over some important technical issues, including vehicle stability, vehicle handling and occupant protection and retention.”
Vitrano concluded, “It also should be noted that the overwhelming majority of ROV operators and passengers use the vehicles safely and responsibly and benefit from the unique recreational and utility capabilities of these vehicles.”
The Recreational Off-Highway Vehicle Association is a national industry organization that promotes the safe and responsible use of ROVs. ROHVA is accredited by the American National Standards Institute (ANSI) to develop equipment, configuration and performance standards. Based in Irvine, Calif., the not-for-profit association is sponsored by Arctic Cat, BRP, Polaris and Yamaha. For more information visit www.rohva.org.

T4 Seat Mounting system now available from SDR Motorsports

SDR motorsports Inc., the originator of the lowering seat mount is proud to introduce our newest addition, the T4 Seat mounting system. In development for several months, the new T4 seat mount system is 60% lighter and much improved over steel mounting plates. No additional hardware is needed with no tricky adjustments to your factory seat mount pins to deal with, just bolt on your seats and latches and your ready to ride!
SDR T4 seat mounting kits will also feature a seat slider kit available soon allowing forward and back sliding adjustments for your UTV. No more problems with shorter drivers not reaching the pedals and taller drivers knocking knees on the dash! Slider kits will be available as a separate kit allowing you to choose the mounting style that best suits your needs.
All T4 seat bases come complete and ready to install with no extra hardware needed. Constructed of 5051 T-6 aluminum that is CNC punched and bent your T4 seat mounts will fit perfect and last as long as your car with no parts to rust!
SDR T4 Seat Mounting system
Retail Price:
  • $159.00 seat mounts
  • $139.00 seat slider kit
Applications:
  • 2004-2010 Yamaha Rhino
  • 2008-2010 Kawasaki Teryx
  • 2007-2010 Polaris RZR
SDR will continue to offer our popular T3 steel seat mounts with a new lower retail price! $119.00 look for these and all your favorite SDR products at finer retail stores near you or get them direct online at our new online store at www.sdrmotorsports.com

Utah Senate balks at helmet flags for dune riders

The Utah Senate narrowly rejected a proposal Friday that would have allowed dirt bike and off-highway-vehicle riders to wear safety flags on their helmets instead of on a long pole on their vehicles when at sand dunes where such banners are required.
Sen. Brent Goodfellow, D-West Valley City, proposed SB19 to allow riders an alternative. It would allow riders to put a flag on an 18-inch rod on the back of the helmet. He said the vehicle flags, which must be 8 feet from the ground, don't necessarily increase safety because they can whip back toward the ground and out of view when the vehicle moves fast.
Sen. Jon Greiner, R-Ogden, argued for continuing to require the longer flag poles. He said they help riders avoid hitting parked vehicles, while a helmet flag would be removed with the rider.
The Senate voted 13-10 in favor of Goodfellow's bill, but with three absences, it failed to win a majority of the 29 possible votes.

Source: http://www.sltrib.com/news/ci_14296695


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