Backflips

Posted: April 15, 2012 in Uncategorized

If your not doing backflips, and your in a freestyle competition, dirtbikes or snow, you need to give up. Every year the sport of wnomobile, and motorcycle, freestyle is pushed beyond the limits of a sane person. Backflips are the most common trick seen in a freestyle competition. They have multiple variations and combos to go with them, but it all start with the back flip.

A top contendor and stuntman on his snowmobile is Levi LaValle. He attempted the double back flip in the winter X-Games just recently. He completed the full rotation and landded but was unable to ride away, and instead fell off from the hard impact. He still would like to give it a shot, but doesnt know when. Sledracer.com did an interveiw on his attempt and his career:

sR: The double backflip, is that still on your radar?
LaVallee: It’s definitely on the radar; I’d like to do it again someday. I’d like to put it to rest in my mind. For me the book is still open, I want to close the book and put it on the shelf and call it done, but it’s no there yet.

sR: What do you think when you look at that sequence photo of the double backflip from Winter X?
LaVallee: I look at it and go, “Oh man, that was really big!” Probably not the safest thing I’ve done!

They then asked him what his goal are, and why he still does it:

sR: What are your goals for the season?
LaVallee: My goal is the same as it always has, just go out there and do the best I can. Obviously I want to get podiums and do well, but if I go out and do everything I can there’s nothing more you can do. I’ve been working my butt off leading up to this and once I get to it we’ll see where I’m at and what I have to work on and go from there. As long as I know that I’m putting in the effort and doing the work that’s necessary I’ll continue to do this for years to come. For me it’s about when I’m not willing to make the sacrifices I do. When that day comes I’ll bow out. Until then I still feel like I have it in me.

Very posotive and inspirational guy, and an oustanding athlete!

 

 

Klim

Posted: April 12, 2012 in Uncategorized

Whenever riding, its a must to have the right gear. You don’t want to go up in the trees with wranglers and tennis shoes, and a cut off jean vest. If it starts snowing, hailing, or raining your screwed. This is why i have chosen to write about Klim gear. Klim gear has been around the industry for quite some time now, and have a pretty solid line of gear; they carry anything from socks to boots, to helmets and jackets. 

From the Klim website:

“KLIM Technical Riding Gear is the global leader in designing, developing and manufacturing the most advanced motor sports apparel for the snowmobile and motorcycle rider. Utilizing the world’s highest technologies in waterproof, breathable, durable and comfortable materials, KLIM builds gear for the most demanding riders. Driven by the continual feedback and input from dedicated test pilots and passionate customers, KLIM strives to do one thing above all—improve your riding experience without compromise. We invite you to experience the difference riding in truly Technical Riding Gear from KLIM can make.”

I ride with Klim and have no complaints at all. Its warm when you need it and breathable when you don’t. In their gear they incorporate materials like Gortex, Windstopper, Thinsulate, Scotchlite, and Cordura fabric to make up the wind stopping, waterproofing warm and durable material.

 

 

Yamaha

Posted: April 9, 2012 in Uncategorized

The difference between Yamaha and the rest of the snowmobile industry is their sleds are solely four strokes. Four stroke sled are not as popular, as the contrary goes for motocross. The four stroke sleds are a top contender for speed and performance, especially when they are turboed. They have a down fall in the weight category. The engine on a four stroke is so much more in depth than a two stroke with a cam, valves, and drivetrain. Because they have all this extra weight it makes it difficult to maneuver an already heavy sled which has now become heavier with this motor in it. Their new sled they have just come out with, the 2012 FX Nytro XTX is equipped with a deeper lug on the track enabling better powder performance. Snow Tech magazine interviewed Rob Powers, production manager about the sled:

“We are excited to bring this special sled to market just in time for the season,” said Yamaha Snowmobile Product Manager Rob Powers.

“I had the opportunity to personally put this model through its paces last winter,” Powers continued. “I thought it was awesome on the trail, with great traction for accelerating but it also had just enough side slip to let the sled corner well. The deeper lugs also give this Nytro XTX better deep snow performance than the original 1.25-inch model. This sled is easily the most versatile model we have in the lineup.” He has high expectations for this years model lineup. The specs for this sled are:

 


Here in Sparks, Nevada is an age old shop by the name of Sierra Sport and Marine. They have been in business for years selling everything from Snowmobiles to ATV’s and side-by-sides. They sponsor many great snowmobile riders from around the world.

This weekend is a chance to meet some of the best of the best. The Boondocker crew will be at their shop this weekend. Meaning, hopefully, Chris Burandt and many others. They are having a Snowcheck Sale. Snowchecking a sled is a good idea because you can pick what you want on it and have it well before the next year arrives. Not only do you customize it, but it is a lot cheaper to do it this way. 

Also, this weekend at the Snowcheck sale they will raffling off an ABS backpack. Which, if you have read any earlier blogs, is an avalanche pack that blows up with the pull of the cord keeping you on top of the avalanche free from getting buried. This Saturday is their event, April 7th, from 10am to 2pm. Their business is located on 195 East Glendale Sparks, Nevada. Decen group of guys, snacks provided, and get to meet some of the best riders in the world along with a chance to win an avalanche backpack sound like a good time to me. See you all down there. 

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Korg 3.0

Posted: April 4, 2012 in Uncategorized

Have you heard of Grant Korgan

Grant Korgan was an all around bad dude. His world got turned upside down in a horrendous snowmobile crash that literally broke him in half.He fractured his spine so bad he had to replace his first Lumbar vertebrae with a fused cage suspended by a set of titanium rode attached from T12 to L2. Ever since his crash he has been making appearances and trying to, literally, get back up on his feet. Grant has showed up to many special events all over and many here in Reno. 

I have been to two fundraising events for the recovering athlete. The first even was a UNR basketball game where he appear and actually walked out into the middle of the court in from of everyone. To see where he has come from to now walking onto the court with just two small crutches attached to his wrist is absolutely amazing. The other even I have seen this gentlemen is at Extreme inside the Grand Sierra Resort  in Reno. 

The main reason for his recovery is his beautiful wife, who is ever determined to get him back to 120%. She dropped her job and everything the day of the accident. She also integrates therapy and spiritually building techniques into his recovery along with unmatched support. Grant has now put the wheel chair in storage and only uses his crutches. He is a true snowmobiler and a true athlete, Grant Korgan. 

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Hillclimbs in Jackson Hole

Posted: April 2, 2012 in Uncategorized

Arctic cat show a domination performance last weekend at Jackson Hole as Kyle Tapio  number 318 rode the 2012 Cat to take the championship. Although not on a brand new sled the kid rode the 2012 like he stole it. If you have never seen a hill climb event, you need to. These guys climb straight up the face of any mountain. A little dialogue from the hill climb coordinator of Arctic Cat here:

In the big iron classes it was time for Kyle Tapio to reinforce his hillclimb legend status. Piloting his M8 HCR, Tapio won both 800 Improved and 800 Mod in convincing fashion. If Tapio felt any disappointment for taking third in the Open Mod final, he more than made up for it in the King competition, where the class winners in each category race for overall status. There, Tapio not only won the Improved and Mod King titles, he also scored the overall King of Kings crown as the best racer of the weekend.

“Team Arctic racers and crews did an outstanding job at the World Championship, especially the incredible performance of Kyle Tapio, who was in a class by himself at Jackson,” said Al Shimpa, Arctic Cat hillclimb coordinator. “Ten victories by six different racers is a testament to the depth of our team and the strength of our M machines.

“In addition, I’m especially proud of Rob Kincaid, who finally knocked the monkey off his back to win his first-ever pro class World Championship in 15 years of competing at Jackson. And I’d also like to thank the Speedwerx crew, who worked extra-hard to ensure the success of most of our Improved and Mod-class machines.”

 

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Why?

Posted: March 28, 2012 in Uncategorized

Just this recent year, as i have already told you guys, i bought a 2012 Polaris Assault 800. Before this year I hadn’t rode a snowmobile in over two years. I was off to a fresh start. I had done some research, but in the back of my mind i knew i would end up with a Polaris, after all, cause its a family thing. 

What sold me on the Polaris, he assault for that matter was the suspension. Not only did it have the most travel of any sled on the market but the gas shocks are adjustable on the trail via a knob on the top of them. This allows the sled to adjust to the size and style of each rider who slides a foot over it. Being that I am not a huge guy, but rather medium built, i have my front suspension more soft than hard. Setting the soft suspension in the front has help me this year move the sled where I want and it also helps keep you on top of the snow in more powder. The rear suspension is set up a little harder, for jumping. If you are riding down the trail and not doing anything crazy, its a little rough, but on the jumps and bumps it soaks them up like a sponge. 

The weight of my sled, and next years sled even, are so light. With the suspension having so much technology and the weight of the sled it was dubbed “the most flickable sled on the market,” by Chris Burandt. The definition of flickable is the only way to get through two trees on a sidehill is to flick the sled on its side and ride through on one ski. I haven’t mastered the sled, but I am trying and hope to only get better. I would recommend the Polaris to anyone i know, and even more so for this lighter sled coming out in 2013.

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