Kawasaki takes us to Hatfield McCoy’s Newest Trail Section
The State of West Virginia is a wonderland of natural beauty. Venture off the interstate in any direction and you will quickly find yourself immersed in rolling hills and the mountains of Appalachia. West Virginia is also blessed with abundant natural resources, most notably coal, and state and local officials have welcomed others to enjoy the beauty of their mountains with the creation of the Hatfield-McCoy Trail System, the preeminent off-road trail system in the country.
The Gator species has evolved. What began as the humble, hard-working AMT (All Materials Transport) back in 1987 has now become a very capable off-road performer. John Deere has sold over 500,000 of their Gator utility vehicles, but never has there been one as quick, nimble, powerful, or just plain fun as the new RSX 850i, and now there are three! These Gators are meant for much more than the farm!
Through the years we’ve worked on just about every ATV or Side x Side ever built. In that time we’ve also collected quite a few tools, but there are a few that we use all the time. If you’re planning on doing much riding you can expect to use a few tools also, and we’ve put together our list of the “dirty dozen” tools we recommend you include in your tool box. Own these and you can do just about any job in the off-road world.
If there is one machine that defines the do-it-all, hardworking and hard playing utility ATV, it is the Polaris Sportsman 500. They’re practically mandatory at every hunting camp in the country, and they’re on every trail regardless of whether it’s a Louisiana swamp run or a climb into the snow covered mountains of Idaho. Along the way, they became the best-selling ATV ever built. Nearly all were abused occasionally, if not on a regular basis, with some owners completely ignoring any regular maintenance; yet the Sportsman was always ready for more.
Can-Am has upped the ante for every other OEM by going all-in with their new high-performance side x side, the MAVERICK 1000R. The new MAVERICK 1000R is designed to go wheel-to-wheel with the Polaris RZR XP900 and the Arctic Cat Wildcat 1000i, and by wheel-to-wheel we mean flat out across the toughest terrain you can find.
We have been riding all over North America but never under it until we visited the Mines & Meadows ride area near Wampum, PA. Roughly a half hour northwest of Pittsburgh, Mines and Meadows is over 70 miles of trails on 600 acres of steep hills, tight trees, mud, rocky hill climbs, fast open sections, and even a small, open meadow at the top of the largest hill. It’s like riding just about every type of terrain common to every riding area in the country, all on the same day! No other riding area we know of can claim an underground section of trail though.
Attending a ride, rally, or jamboree is a great way to ride a new area, to check out new parts, and to meet other people that enjoy the same sport. Combine that with awesome scenery and you have a can’t-miss event.
With summer here, it's time to gather up your family, riding buddies, and gear for a little vacation spent exploring new territory. We've picked out a few of our favorite places, but regardless of where you live, there is a riding area near you.
Even the most familiar trail looks completely different at night. With deep shadows, dark corners and obstacles you now see only at the last moment it’s almost like exploring an all-new area. As much as we appreciate the last second thrills however, we’ve always been the type that likes to see anything headed our way long before it meets the front bumper, and nothing helps light up the trail better than a good set of lights.