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News, releases, events, and updates from the off-road industry.

Durhamtown Off-road Park

It has been one year this Christmas since 23 yrs old Stephen took his 1st step after his accident at Durhamtown. He crashed on his bike checking the tracks and trails for maintenance Oct 31 2011, after 6 weeks in a coma with a Traumatic Brain Injury, he regained conscious and began recovery at the Shephard Center in Atlanta. While there he met several other bike victims he has now recovered approx 90% and is back working at Durhamtown assisting with the everyday activities. He has not returned to his dirtbike “yet” but plans to in the near future.He has met many former injured riders here at Durhamtown with similar injuries and has realized how much he is fortunate. He wants to thank everyone for their prayers and thoughts during his accident.

Yamaha Motor USA Producing Additional 2013 Utility ATV Models in Red

Late Season “Assembled in USA” Production to Meet Demand for Popular 4x4 ATVs
CYPRESS, Calif. – December 13, 2012 – Yamaha Motor Corp., U.S.A., is rounding out its utility ATV line with the addition of 2013 red utility ATVs produced at its Newnan, Georgia, manufacturing facility.  Red versions of Yamaha’s popular utility ATV models should start arriving at dealers before the end of the year and include the Grizzly 700 FI EPS, Grizzly 550 FI EPS and Grizzly 450 EPS. “Yamaha has strong demand from a variety of customer groups – including farmers and recreational users alike – for the red utility models, and we’ve seen our dealer partners ask for them this fall,” said Steve Nessl, Yamaha ATV/SxS group marketing manager.  “All of Yamaha’s 4x4 ATVs now come from its U.S. manufacturing facility in Georgia, which allows the company to respond more quickly to customer demands while also streamlining distribution.  It’s exciting to see that process in place.” 

Murray Motorsports / Can-Am Commander 1000 Finishes Second In Best In the Desert Racing Series
Valcourt, Québec, December 12, 2012 – Murray Motorsports drove its Can-Am® Commander™ 1000 to a fifth-place finish in the Pro UTV class at the Best In The Desert finale held in Henderson, Nev. Co-pilots and brothers Jason and Derek Murray narrowly missed a class championship, finishing just two points behind and second overall in the standings despite earning the most season points (disregarding a throw out) and being the only race team to finish every BITD race and mile in 2012. In the Quad Sportsman class, reigning GNCC 4x4 Open ATV class champion Bryan Buckhannon and teammate Richard Goforth rode their Can-am Outlander™ 800R to a second-place finish.“While a championship eluded us, we were thrilled by the success and the consistency shown by the Murray brothers in the Best In The Desert series. Overall, Derek and Jason did a great job representing Can-Am with their Commander 1000 and a very close second place is nothing to hang your head about,” said Jimmie O’Dell, Race Manager, Can-Am. “We consider this BITD season as an excellent building block for what is to come in 2013. We are excited to have the Murray brothers debut the new 101-HP Can-Am Maverick™ 1000 X® rs at the first round of racing in January.”

Traci Cecco-Pickens Honored by Shamokin, PA, for ATV Racing Career

Winningest Women in GNCC ATV Racing History Capped 2012 with 9th Championship
CYPRESS, Calif. – December 12, 2012 – Yamaha ATV racing champ Traci Cecco-Pickens was honored this week by the city of Shamokin, Pa., for her successful ATV racing career.  At a ceremony Monday night including the city council and approximately 50 spectators including Traci’s family and friends, Mayor George S. Rozinskie, Jr., proclaimed December 10, 2012, as Traci Cecco-Pickens day in Shamokin and presented her with the key to the city honoring her as a historic competitor and role model for the city’s youth.“I’ve enjoyed 14 years of racing professionally, fought for nine championships and a created lifetime of memories,” Traci said of her career.  “I'm honored to receive this key and proud to say I'm from Shamokin – the city that provided me all the tools and resources that I needed to make my dreams come true!”

Yamaha Selects National Hunting and Fishing Day Sweepstakes Winner

Rhino 700 Side-by-Side Donation Promotes Outdoors Sports and Conservation
CYPRESS, Calif. – December 11, 2012 – Yamaha Motor Corp., U.S.A., the leading maker of ATV and Side-by-Side (SxS) vehicles for outdoors enthusiasts, has selected its 2012 National Hunting and Fishing (NHF) Day sweepstakes winner. As part of Yamaha’s ongoing support of NHF Day, the company announced that Nancy Watkins of Eau Claire, Wis., is the winner of the Rhino 700 FI.  Mrs. Watkins was one of more than 42,000 people who entered the sweepstakes, which is designed to help promote outdoors sports and conservation. The Rhino 700 FI donated for NHF Day – including Genuine Yamaha hunting accessories – is valued at more than $13,000.  The Rhino, along with all of Yamaha’s 4x4 products, is assembled at the company’s state-of-the-art manufacturing facility in Newnan, Georgia.

Polaris Acquires KLIM Technical Riding Gear

Addition of KLIM enhances Polaris offerings in the parts, garments and accessories market
MINNEAPOLIS (December 6, 2012) — Polaris Industries Inc. (NYSE: PII) today announced the acquisition of Teton Outfitters, LLC, a privately owned, Rigby, Idaho-based company which designs, develops and distributes KLIM Technical Riding Gear. Calendar year 2012 sales for KLIM are anticipated to approach $30 million. KLIM is an industry leader in technical riding gear. This acquisition adds KLIM to Polaris’ growing parts, garments and accessories (PG&A) business. The terms of the transaction were not disclosed.“The KLIM acquisition provides yet another growth opportunity for our PG&A business, a key contributor to Polaris’ top-line growth and profitability,” said Steve Eastman, Polaris’ vice president of PG&A. “KLIM is an established leader in the powersports apparel market with a strong track record of providing innovative, premium technical riding gear to a broad range of consumers. Adding an outstanding brand like KLIM, whose strengths complement our existing business, gives us a more complete PG&A product lineup, one which will flourish in the global market. We are excited to welcome KLIM employees into the Polaris family. With our common culture and vision, we believe this will be a mutually beneficial partnership for everyone involved.”

Show us your Dirty Mug Contest!

ATV Illustrated Magazine in conjunction with RZ Mask announces the latest winners in their Show us your Dirty Mug Contest! For the month of December send us your picture on the trails to win a year's subscription of ATV SxS Illustrated and a RZ Mask Please include name, address and where picture was taken.Rules: Show us your dirty mug contest, 20 winners will be selected for the month of December.Winners will receive a complimentary year's subscription to ATV Illustrated Magazine and a RZ Mask!Photo submissions must include an ATV or UTV and at least one DIRTY MUG (photos of you wearing a RZ mask are encouraged!)Submit your photo and email address for our newsletter to enter! Submit pics to moxie@atvillustrated.comContest limited to residents of the United States.

Coastal Racing and their Ranger RZR XP 900 Take Best in the Desert UTV Championship

Jagged X has strong race to finish season
Minneapolis, Dec. 4, 2012–With the Best in the Desert Championship up for grabs, the BITD Henderson 250 would determine the fate of the teams in the running. Scott Kiger and Mark Holz in their Coastal Racing No. 1934 RZR XP 900 came into the race trailing the leaders by a mere four points. Matt Parks and Jason Spiess in their No. 1932 RZR XP 4 900, and Brandon Schueler and Blake Van De Loo in their No. 1919 RZR XP 4, both from Team Polaris/Jagged X racing, have had an up and down year and were looking to end the season on a high note.  

Extreme Metal Products releases folding mirrors for the Ranger XP900

Ranger XP900 Folding Mirror SetP/N: EMP-11969Fits: 2013 Ranger XP900 (not RZR XP900) to your Ranger XP900 in minutes using your stock hardware.  Simply, remove our torx head bolts that attach your side nets and bolt the bracket on. 

VectorMount for GoPro

GoPro just released the VectorMount, which delivers free-flowing shots all without the need for robotics, unwieldy machinery, or batteries. It is based around simple physics, employing wind-vane technology coupled with centrifugal force to automatically drive the camera. Here's a little teaser video to give you an idea of what it's all More info at


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