No matter how great or small, all things first begin with an idea. All it takes is a little inspiration combined with dedication to make the idea a reality. That even holds true for activities like building a trail, and in the case of Virginias new Spearhead Trail it all began with one lady and a hardware store, an EZ-Go golf cart, and a town council that could see bigger possibilities through the trees.
Whether you’re headed to the dunes, woods, motocross track, or the deer camp, you’ll almost certainly have to haul your ATV or Side x Side to get there. That means your best trail buddy will be riding in the back of your truck or trailer, and getting it loaded can be a sketchy maneuver fraught with the possibility of disaster.
There are millions of older model ATVs and early Side x Sides still on the trail and ready for another decade of action. Like an older truck, though, after long and faithful service even the best of machines will require a little massaging, and some parts are known to be prone to failure. Ignition and electrical problems always pop up unexpectedly with no warning, they’re often difficult to diagnose, and they’re never cheap to fix.
Few riders begin their life of off-road adventures as an adult. Most were first dipped in the world of riding when they were young and every trail led to exploration and every lap around a backyard track delivered a thrill that could be found nowhere else. For many it began as a family affair, with friends or relatives that made the world a little bigger and more filled with wonder. Once tasted, that feeling would never go away.
I like Flo, the quirky, happy to help, insurance lady from Progressive. She delivers the message about the types of protection her company offers and it’s especially heartening to see ATVs, dirt bikes, and other power sports vehicles featured in their commercials. There is a serious message in her bubbly madness though, and that is your assets are worth protecting.
As much as I love my iPhone, I do have to question the idea of making a phone out of such breakable materials. Somehow the people at Apple must have much grippier skin than the average off-road magazine editor, and they apparently don’t ever drop their phones. Unless you live in some kind of a bubble, you’re eventually going to drop your phone and it could potentially get a bit ugly. (Read as expensive). It’s a must to have some kind of protection.
Two of the most rock solid ATV lines in the Honda lineup just got better. For 2015, Honda is giving their Rubicon and Rancher models a major upgrade; they are reworking and fine tuning everything from the wheels to the seat.
This is not your father’s Mule. Forget all you know about the strictly utilitarian vehicle that found its way to every parks department, campus, and major work site in the country. The previous Mule has about as much in common with the all-new Kawasaki Pro FXT Mule as the long eared version does with the Kentucky Derby winner. Consider the new PRO FXT Mule the King of all Mules.
There’s no such thing as having too many tools. Whether that means having an extra set of cheap screwdrivers, or having that ultra-important, irreplaceable tool in the box, more is always better. One tool that has recently hit the market is the RM Stator Portable Power Bank, and we consider it to be one of those on our short list of very important tools.