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 ]
You definitely won’t be taking one of these out on your next hunting trip, but for just 2 million yen (about $25,500) you will be able to brag to your friends about the Lambo parked in your garage. This bad boy is obviously marketed to the more-money-than-brains crowd.
The super deformed little Lamborghini Murcielago based on an ATV frame was built by some dudes in Japan. It might look cool, but the 50cc powerplant means this mini-Lambo sure can’t keep up with the real thing. See how a Yamaha Grizzly 660 fared against a real Lambo. [ Read Full Post ]
I’ve been a big fan of the Polaris Ranger for many years, especially the 2012 Ranger XP 800 EPS I’ve been using for the last six months. Polaris’ marketing slogan, “Hardest Working Smoothest Riding,” mirrors my own impression of the Ranger lineup. Rangers have earned a legendary reputation for their work ethic because of their muscle and capability. Yet, somehow, the Ranger also manages to deliver a sporty and comfortable ride, despite its utilitarian nature. The completely redesigned 2013 Ranger XP 900 is better than any previous Ranger ever built, period. With more power, additional comfort, enhanced safety, better efficiency, and new design features the Side-by-Side (SxS) market has never seen before, the 2013 Polaris Ranger pushes the evolution of the SxS to the next level. [ Read Full Post ]