Get, Get Out, and Ride!

Posted: April 30, 2012 in Uncategorized

As my semester comes close to wrapping up this spring I wanted to get my own wrap out there. I would love for people to continue following if they feel the need, if not its no sweat. But, as far as snowmobiling and motor sports are concerned I’m always interested and ready and willing to learn morn concerning this topic. 

I enjoy not just motor sports but everything concerning the outdoors. Since I was able to walk I have been hiking up mountains looking for deer, new terrain, fishing spots, or riding areas. I love traveling, but at the same time I enjoy staying here in Nevada and exploring the desert most love to hate.

Fortunately for me this desert, some call Nev-ahhh-da, offers many opportunities for the outdoors and motor sports enthusiast. In a 30 miles radius you can fish, hunt, ride snowmobiles and motorcycles, and check out the lakes. 

I encourage everyone who visits here to try anything they can while they are here, weather permitting, and even so let people know what you did and where. There are always areas in Northern Nevada that have yet to be explored and that I would be interested in seeing or hearing about. So if your “that guy” reading this blog, get up, get out and ride!

 

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Power Tracks

Posted: April 27, 2012 in Uncategorized

Snowmobile is in essence a mobile vehicle on snow. Some genius decided to test the limits of the so called snowmobile. Why would a snowmobile HAVE to have one track and two skis?

The answer is there is now reason nor rule against anything or any variation that would be different. A smart young man, now the owner of Powertracks, has now been manufacturing and installing tracks for wheels on jeeps and small SUVs so that they may have fun in the snow as well. He created a mechanical, articulated machinery that distributes the weight of the vehicle over a larger surface area; making a jeep more practical in the snow, or any ground. The tracks are said to be awesome in multiple conditions such as snow, mud, sand, and anything in between. 

Plain and simple the tracks are an attractive alternative to snowmobile enthusiasts who are scared of getting cold. The rider will be warm, safe and comfortable. Perfect for an old person, not me, but still a great idea. The tracks are also used on trucks as well, that may carry heavy loads or going through tough conditions such as an untraveled route that could save transportation time by blazing a new trail. 

Cool idea, but very expensive, and at the same time may be worth it to some people.

 

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GoPro

Posted: April 23, 2012 in Uncategorized

Go get one now. 

They honestly enhance your riding experience to a whole new level. I rode with mine all winter and them came home and watched all the clips over. Its like an instant replay from the riders point of view. If you have watch my promotional video, in the beginning, i nearly go over the bars. To watch something as funny as me almost crashing is priceless. The best part about it was that no one saw me do that besides the GoPro. From there I was fortunate enough to have the camera on, and then show people. 

Also, now that winter is winding down, it allows me to watch this winter at a glance and realize how much fun you can actually have. They aren’t just for snowmobilers; its a camera for any sport. You can mount a GoPro anywhere you can get the sticky mount to hold. It can be mounted on hoods, cars, helmets, chests, backwards on your helmet, your bike fender, handlebars, and even on a roll cage in a race car. They are the latest and greatest and most fun toy to have to recap what you have had fun doing. GoPro designed them so lightweight you can’t tell its mounted on your helmet, at all, contrary to popular assumptions. It beeps when you turn it on, when you record, and when you turn it off all for the easy use of the rider wearing the helmet. 

Simple, but advanced — the snowmobiling experience made better via GoPro.

 

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HMK

Posted: April 22, 2012 in Uncategorized

HMK is a gear company along the same lines as Klim, but different. They have the worlds best freestylers, free riders, and snocross riders under their name. Chris Burandt, as I have stated his name before, is their first and primary rider due to his recognition as an incredible rider. They produce and sell anything from boots, jackets, gloves, outerwear, women’s gear, kids gear, helmets, and many more. 

One of my really good friends owns a pair of their boots and has no complaints about them at all. They are specifically known for their boots and market them heavily. They are said to have the most progressive and  technical components to man kind. They incorporate a Sympatex waterproof barrier inside, and a full grain leather upper to support you and keep you dry. The liners on the inside mold to the rider’s feet, along with an integrated air bag for the heal for optimal comfortability.They have the most high focus zonal lacing control over any other boots that allows micro adjustability and optimal fit for the style of riding you are jumping into. These boots are nice, but do not come cheap, at a price of $379.95. They come in either black or white. Very sleek and very nice looking boots I must say. 

They sell this boot describes above, called the Boa Focus, as well as four other boots called Team Boa, Team Lace Up, Voyager Boa, and the Voyager Lace up. Some with the zonal lacing and other regular lacing for whatever you prefer. They also sell special socks that better your experience, as well as new replacing liners if yours get unwearable. 

 

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In the snowmobile industry there is such thing as the Tough Mudder, or the Marathon of today, its called the Arctic Man. A single team consists of two players; one player is a snowmobiler and the other a snowboarder. The snowboarder has to snowboard two miles, then the snowmobile pulls the snowboarder another two miles, and finally another two miles solely for the snowboarder. The pairs of teams must work together and if they do, they can be super fast. 

For the second year in a row ski doe’s Tyler Aklestad and skier Marco Sullivan won the competition with a blazing fast 4 minute, 4.8 second run. Their top speed was 80 miles per hour. This is a physically demanding race for anyone, but Aklestad is known all around for being one of the top cross country racers in the world. Backed by two Ski-Doo 600 snowmobiles they took the finish line in first place. 

Unfortunately this race sounds like it would be only for sponsored riders and teams, but sounds like a blast. Congratulations to the Ski-Doo team for taking the win two straight years in a row. 

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Springtime Cleaning

Posted: April 19, 2012 in Uncategorized

Springtime is the time you finish up riding and start preparing your sled, and trailer for summer time. All the parts and oils are going to start drying out so its important to lube everything before summer really hits hard. If you don’t take necessary caution everything will become corroded and not work properly next season. Even though its time to start preparing for summer, its also just as relevant to not miss out on some good riding. But, after riding is over here are a few easy steps SnowGoer lays out for people to maintenance their toys and their trailers correctly:

“1. Spray the vertical tube of the tongue jack with WD-40 or similar, lightweight oil and then crank the jack up and down a few times to coat the metal surfaces with oil. Don’t forget to shoot the little plastic wheel’s axle so it continues to roll easily. If your tongue jack has a grease zerk, pump a shots of grease into it to keep it working smoothly.

2. Coat the tie-down bar cranks with anti-seize lube so they don’t rust over the summer. If your trailer has a ramp that’s secured to the trailer with a crank, do the same to protect those threads.

3. Douse the coupler assembly with oil and operate it a few times to work the oil throughout the mechanism. Hose down the safety chains, too.

4. If you have the means, raise the trailer off the ground and set the axle on wood blocks or bricks, and then lean a piece of plywood against each wheel. This will protect the rubber from the sun’s UV rays that cause dry rot.

5. Most snowmobile trailers have greaseable wheel hubs that make it easy to stay on top of maintenance. Pump a few shots of fresh grease into the hubs to displace water and lube the bearings. Some trailer axles have a small hole on the back of the hub so the old grease can be flushed out. Have a helper watch this area as you pump the grease gun until clean grease comes out, or you might be able to hear it crackle and pop as it oozes out.

At a minimum, the five snowmobile trailer maintenance tips listed above should be performed now. If you’re more ambitious, wash the trailer, too. Use a pressure washer to clean the deck — top and bottom surfaces — and rinse off the salt and grime that accumulated on the frame and wheels. Enclosed trailers should be washed with a soft-bristle brush and soap and water to preserve the finish.”

These are some new and very relative ways to keep your trailer from rotting in the summer. Also, every zerk fitting and every oil in your sled needs to oiled and greased to prevent corrosion. If you have gas in your sled make sure you put gas stabilizer in it to keep it from going bad. There are multiple ways to keep your stuff nice that many people overlook; thanks to SnowGoer we are now better informed. 

Yellowstone Riding Controversy

Posted: April 16, 2012 in Uncategorized

Yellowstone National Park is one of the best places to ride a snowmobile. It offers the most gnarly hill climbs and great powder. Because of it’s awesome terrain it offers endless opportunities, and sometimes injuries. Due to the injuries the government is, or has been, attempting to close it off, along with other national parks from snowmobilers. 

I thought this would be an important subject to brief over, as most snowmobilers may not be informed on the topic up to date. On April 13, 2012, a Denver appeals court decided to rehear the case concerning these regulations. On February 29, the decision came through on the federal limitations of snowmobiles as “the alleged injuries were not only generalized grievances, but also speculative and hypothetical economic interests not sufficient to demonstrate and injury to concrete interest.” This decision was then appealed by Park County’s Snowmobile Manufactures Association Inc. as they requested a rehearing by petition, stating they they have a right to influence rules because the federal ruling affected local economics. 

This is a controversy seen happening all over the world. Opponents say snowmobiling affects wildlife and “air structure”. First of all, snowmobiles ride solely on snow and do not affect the ground or wildlife or their habitat. Second of all, the air doesn’t have structure, and all the green freaks’ miniature smart cars probably emit more gases that harm the “air structure” even more than a snowmobile. As of now, Yellowstone has allowed a temporary snowmobile access rule for the 2011-2012 season to eclipse in March. This access rule only allows 318, wherever they got that number, professionally guided, pollution controlled snowmobiles into yellowstone daily. Its a shame that people are so worried about the “air structure” and tracks snowmobiles leave IN THE SNOW, that melts, to the extent of ruining someone else’s fun. 

 

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