Fly Racing F2 Carbon Helmet
A quality helmet is the most important safety equipment an off-road rider will ever purchase. Protecting the rider’s head from impact is certainly the helmet’s the top purpose. But the best helmets also provide users with other creature comforts that “Dukes of Hazard”-type helmets never dreamed of.
The Fly F2 Carbon utilizes a carbon/Kevlar construction to provide excellent protection in a lightweight design. The helmet fit my face snuggly — the way it’s supposed to — and was very comfortable for the 10 straight hours I spent with it on my head. The carbon/Kevlar construction certainly helped prevent my neck from feeling fatigued as well. [ Read Full Post ]
ATVs and baseball team mascots seem to be natural enemies.
The Norfolk Tides' (the Triple-A affiliate for the Baltimore Orioles) mascot, Rip Tide, recently fell off his ATV like a heap of carpet while taking a right turn on the field. To top the embarrassing crash, Rip Tide's ATV refused to start up again. Good thing those costumes are padded. Go ahead and laugh, Riptide is fine.
Rip Tide is not the first — and I am sure not the last — oversized Muppet to feel the wrath of a 4-wheeler. The battle between these two rivals has a deep rooted history. [ Read Full Post ]
I refuse to ride without wearing a good quality riding boot. The main reason is that a riding boot, by design, will protect the rider’s ankles and the soles of their feet. Foot pegs tend to be pretty sharp and without a sturdy boot, those pegs don’t take long to shred ordinary footwear.
I’ve run into two significant problems while wearing a full height riding boot. First, they make the task of walking even a menial distance frustrating at best. Second, pushing the gas and brake pedals on a SxS is nearly impossible. Over the last month, I’ve spent many hours in a pair of black size 13 Alpinestars Tech 2 boots. For me, the Tech 2’s have taken the place of two pairs of boots. In the past, I’ve always packed a pair of riding boots to ride ATV’s and a pair of hiking boots to drive a SxS. Those days are officially over. [ Read Full Post ]
Getting stuck while riding is part of the game sometimes. And it was the only game during a trip a few years ago in northern Manitoba with Field & Stream’s online editor, Nate Matthews.
The plan was to ride ATVs on the ice roads right after ice-out to get first dibs on the virgin lakes. The soft and nearly impassable muskeg forced us to spend more time winching than actually riding. Luckily, all of our machines were rigged with Warn winches. Ever since that trip I have become a loyal fan of Warn and personally use and trust their equipment on all of my rides. [ Read Full Post ]
Bosski 1600 AL ATV Wagon
ATV and UTV camping, hunting and fishing adventures off the beaten path are an exciting and relaxing way to unplug from the world and reboot your brain. The racks or beds on these machines generally get the job done for adventures close to home that don’t require hundreds of pounds of supplies. To reach some of the best destinations, however, additional provisions to supplement days of travel are just too much to handle without a capable trailer to help transport the cargo. The Bosski 1600 AL ATV Wagon is large, well built, has theability to haul over 1,200 pounds of cargo into the backcountry, and is quite possibly the best adventure trailer on the market.
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Let’s face the facts. There are a lot of idiots out there that ride ATV’s in unsafe and/or illegal manners; like the guy in this animated GIF on a Yamaha Banshee. I don’t want to be a Debbie Downer, but whether riding epic trails on the farm or the streets of Philly, helmets really do saves lives.
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Back in the summer of 2006, I was one of the first people in the world to ride the completely redesigned 2007 Yamaha Grizzly 700 FI Auto 4x4 EPS. I logged several hundred miles in the mountains of Montana aboard that Grizzly and instantly fell in love with it. At that point, Yamaha was the first manufacturer to successfully integrate electric power steering (EPS) into an ATV, and it elevated the Grizzly into a category all by itself. Over the next few years, the rest of the manufacturers eventually caught up, incorporating their own version of EPS. [ Read Full Post ]