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Thursday, September 26, 2013

ATV Tire Size Simplified

Know what you're looking for

I remember the first time I needed to replace the tires on my car.  Expecting it to be a simple process, I marched into a tire store and before I knew it my head was spinning.  There were literally hundred of makes, models, styles, treads and sizes.  The education was a little intimidating and, despite the time that has passed since those days, the process for selecting a proper tire hasn't really improved, much like those furnace filters.

This is even more true for ATV and dirt bike owners.  Just because I learned it the hard way doesn't mean it has to be that way for you.  Below is a quick summary guide that can help you read, comprehend and make the right selection, no matter your ride.

Wednesday, September 25, 2013

Prepare to Camp

Camping 101

Do you feel ready to pack your bags and head across the country by car, van, truck or trailer?  Let's outline a few things before you head on your way.  Face it, the more prepared you are, the more successful your camping trip will be. 


How much time are you planning on being away?  How far will you travel?  Plan your campsites so they aren't too far away from each other.  If not, you won't get the full camping experience, you'll have mostly road trip instead.  If you talk to the seasoned camper, they'll tell you the real experience is at the campground or campsite.  However, if you prefer to have tent free, camper free scenery, being on the open road longer may be worth it.

Family Camping Trip

Here we go 

The most important thing to remember is, camping isn't about how much you can bring, it's about how much time you'll spend making lifelong memories, and in doing so, creating future campers in the process.  It just so happens that if you don't bring a few of these things though, your camping experience might be memorable for the wrong reasons.  It's always a good idea to plan your trip ahead of time and plan the packing accordingly.  Make a list and check it off as you go.

Monday, September 23, 2013

Load It Up: Trailers Ready To Answer Your Every Call.

For years the American automobile was too small to carry everything we drivers needed.  In response to the growing demand for larger cars and more packing space, auto manufacturers introduced vans in the 1960's.  In 1984, Chrysler changed the way Americans traveled forever when they rolled out the first minivan.  The success of the people-haulers like the van and the minivan gave way to the SUV craze that started with the Jeep Cherokee and the Ford Explorer.

Saturday, August 31, 2013

Game On With a Game Table

Is it time for a game table?

Fewer hours of sunshine often translates to more time spent inside.  But indoor time doesn’t have to translate into screen time.  In recent years, families have invested in gaming tables for their home, allowing them to gather together for hours of competitive fun and memory making.  In the past, gaming tables like air hockey, tabletop pool, soccer and foosball carried a heavy price tag and required a great deal of open space, or even a dedicated room in a home.  But while the price of gas, energy and food may have increased in recent years, the cost of family fun has become much more affordable.  

Ping Pong; Unleash Indoor Fun


Did you know that table tennis has been in existence for more than 125 years?  Its first competitive games being played in England in the 1880’s, the game, known to many as Ping Pong, is one of the few games universally played and understood by so many people in so many countries.  Not only is table tennis popular because of the simple rules, it's played a role in diplomatic discussions, recreational league tournaments and, beginning in 1988, was added to the Olympics. 

Monday, July 22, 2013

Purchasing a Go-Kart?

Think of this: 

Since a memory of riding will be handed down through generations, a smooth ride is important.  An unpleasant experience usually backfires to friends and family members alike; potentially igniting negative influence to the next of kin.  Riding should be pleasureful and exciting; an outlet from life's exhausting monotony.  So, whether you're an adventurous adult or fearless youth, please inform yourself, and responsible persons, about all the RPMs of go-karting.  An education is never regretted.  The opposite of the saying is true; what you don't know CAN hurt you.

Thursday, July 11, 2013

Considering a Scooter?

Things to consider if you are seriously considering a fuel-efficient, cost-saving scooter.

Think about circumstance

Consider what time of day riding will occur
Is commuting with a scooter in the plans?  Will side roads be utilized, or is the commute strictly unavoidable highway time?  Will the travel be during peak or off peak traffic times?
Consider the regional weather
The conditions to be navigated, for the most part, can make or break your two-wheeled experience.  Long distance scootering on a rainy day may not prove to be pleasant.  Arid regions with more predictable weather patterns make scooter riding a more viable option.  

Monday, July 1, 2013

All About CARB

What does CARB Certified mean?

One of the more common questions we get from customers relates to CARB certified products.  Many don’t understand what CARB certification means while others aren’t sure if they should buy a CARB product or if they even have a choice.  Allow me to break down this mystery for you below.

CARB certification came about in the 1960’s when the state of California began a push for cleaner emissions to offset air pollution.  CARB, short for the California Air Resources Board, was actually a Governor-appointed committee whose goals were to:
  1. Attain and maintain healthy air quality
  2. Protect the public from exposure to toxic air contaminants
  3. Provide innovative approaches for complying with air pollution rules and regulations

Tuesday, June 25, 2013

Hard-Hitting Helmet Truth

Helmet Facts and Laws

Helmets are optional. Yes, it is true. In some states, motorcycle, scooter and ATV riders can choose whether they want to use a helmet or not. But when you consider that helmets reduce deaths by 37% in accidents not involving an automobile, it becomes clear that putting a helmet on is the right choice! 

So, while it may be true that many states leave different options open to the rider, experts everywhere agree that by choosing a helmet, one chooses safety. In fact, according to the American College of Emergency Physicians, helmet usage is the single most important factor in surviving a motorcycle crash. Helmets help prevent serious brain injury as well as other injuries to your eyes, nose, mouth and even your chin.  Helmets with protective face guards can shield the face from debris such as dirt, rocks. insects and even birds.  It’s no surprise that when riding a motorcycle, go kart, dirt bike, scooter or ATV, one should always sport head protection.