Some of the rigs we profile on this blog teeter on the edge of what an ATV really is. Take for example, the Amatoya ATV from designer Liam Ferguson of Monash University. Purely in concept form right now, this 2-passenger quad might be a new way to suppress fires. It features a high-visibility cockpit and can unload 500 gallons of water from the Remotely Operated Suppression Cannon Outfit (ROSCO).
While ATVS go by many names—quad, quad bike, three- or four-wheeler—the American National Standards Institute defines it as a vehicle that travels on low-pressure tires, with a seat that is straddled by the operator, along with handlebars for steering control. ATVs, by this definition, are intended for use by a single operator.
So is the Amatoya an ATV, UTV or something entirely different? [ Read Full Post ]
Quad Missions Worldwide is a collection of long-distance rides via ATV that aims to raise money for UNICEF. These missions are run by Paul Varty, who hopes to raise 50,000 pounds ($80,668). He just completed a 1,739-mile ride from London to Marbella, Spain on his street-modified Yamaha Raptor 700r. The next leg of his journey will be to the Western Sahara and back on his Suzuki King Quad 700. [ Read Full Post ]
I captured this image a few years ago while on a multi-day tour of the Rubicon Trail. In case you’ve never heard of the Rubicon Trail, this 22-mile stretch of rocks ascends through the Sierra Nevada Mountains just west of Lake Tahoe, Calif., and about 80 miles east of Sacramento. It is known as the toughest OH V trail in the U.S., if not the world. [ Read Full Post ]
In a financial climate that’s sent many companies to the brink of disaster, Polaris has somehow found a way to continually redefine their brand by persistently bringing exciting new products to the market year after year. For 2013, in addition to the all-new Polaris Ranger XP 900 that we gave a sneak peak on a few weeks ago, the sporty new Polaris Scrambler 850 H.O. arrives as both a base and a Limited Edition model. In late August, I got the opportunity to test the Scrambler on an amazing 13,000-acre cattle ranch in Great Falls, Mont. My initial impression left me very satisfied and I look forward to spending additional time aboard the Scrambler 850 when I secure one in my long-term fleet. [ Read Full Post ]
This photo was taken during a weekend ride in Silver City, Idaho. It is a great place to ride, and has lots of varied terrain.
Silver City can get a little crowded during events and on weekends. If you want seclusion, go off-season or during the week. The Fourth of July is a big family event with old-fashioned games and such. Little Billy and Susie would be better off staying at home, ya dig?
The Idaho Hotel was first built in 1863 in nearby Ruby City, but a few years later the hotel was moved a mile away to its current location in Silver City. Haul your quad there and stay a few nights. I recommend making reservations in advance by calling (208) 583-4104 or hit the net at www.historicsilvercityidaho.com. Tell them Mike Calabro sent you and they just might charge you extra (I mean less)... it’s doubtful, but worth a try.
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When you’re out in the bush, you can’t call 911 for help or expect a rescue anytime soon. You’re on your own. One small injury or unexpected event could be disastrous or even fatal on backcountry trips. The following is a list of essentials to bring along if you want to be self-sufficient on ATVs. This not a full list, though. Do your own research before attempting any long trips without any support trucks or other backup.
Keep a list of emergency contact numbers (family or friends) with all your medical conditions, medications, and allergies on your person at all times. This info saved a well-prepared friend’s life last year on a backroad motorcycle trip to Sturgis. It is also a good idea to keep this information on your helmet, as well. [ Read Full Post ]
This summer is hot! Riding in 100-plus-degree weather is serious business. You can quickly get sick and even die due to heat exhaustion, dehydration, and other nasty heat-related illnesses. Play it safe by following these guidelines.
Chicks don’t dig guys whose skin looks like a catcher's mitt. To prevent premature aging and cancer, slather on the sunscreen. The key ingredient of many sunscreens is PABA, or para-aminobenzoic acid, but it has to bind to the skin to be fully effective, and that takes about half an hour once applied. [ Read Full Post ]