Good ATV Riding Etiquette that Protects Riding Privileges.

Off-road trails shouldn’t be taken for granted. There are various disputes across the country that threaten to minimize the amount of public lands available for trail riders. In addition, private land use can be taken away, when riders don’t show proper respect for the property, the environment, the rules, and others on the trail. There are many ways to get involved and fight for the right to enjoy off-road sports and hobbies. Perhaps the most practical rule of thumb is to simply adhere to proper etiquette on ATV trails.

ATV Etiquette
Access to off-road trail systems is a privilege that many have had the experience of losing as a result of irresponsible and careless acts of a few. It’s really important for every rider to act as a representative for quad riding. In general, it’s important to take care of the environment and share trails with others. One of the reasons ATV trails are often put at risk is that riding in extreme motorized vehicles is noisy and rowdy. If there are others in the area who are trying to enjoy the serenity in nature, it’s best to cut down the amount of noise and dust in the atmosphere.

The following is more information about basic rules of etiquette for ATV riders:
• Stay on the trail. When riders venture into muddy meadows or ride along the banks of streams, they create unwanted, unsightly ruts that can be a strike against everyone who enjoys off-road trails.
• Trail users that are non-motorized always get the right-of-way. Yield to bicyclists, hikers, and horses. The best practice is to pull over, turn off your engine, and let them pass.
• Whenever possible, avoid riding over shrubs, trees, and other vegetation. It never looks good when wildlife habitats are damaged. In addition, these destructive activities result in accelerated soil erosion.
• Stay in the middle of the trail. When trails are widened, they may need costly repair. Besides that, widened trails are unsightly.
• Keep your muffler system the way you got it from the manufacturer. Loud exhaust systems are annoying to just about everyone.
• When trails are closed, whether seasonally or permanently, stay off of them.
• Bring bags with you so that you can carry out your own trash. Never litter but pick up trash when you come across it.
• Don’t mess with wildlife or domestic animals on the trail. Keep a respectful distance from wild animals.
• Be polite when passing other riders. Follow at a safe distance until you get a signal to pass. Don’t bump your throttle right in front of them, since you could kick up dust or spray them with gravel, potentially angering the other person.
• Be sure to wash you quad after each ride so that you avoid possibly infecting new areas with harmful weeds.

Keep the Fun Going
ATVs are fun, powerful machines. Keep the excitement going for yourself and others by following these basic rules of etiquette for quad riding.

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Learn How To Read Your Spark Plug.

Your all-terrain vehicle is likely used for all kinds of rough trail riding, possibly including mud-running. ATVs are somewhat meant for abuse, but it will still significantly increase their longevity to stay on top of maintenance. Of course, cleaning off mud and making sure it isn’t clogging up engine parts is also important. The spark plugs alone can give you an indication of how well your ATV engine is operating, but additional maintenance is needed.

Check your Spark Plugs
Spark plugs have the following parts, from bottom to top: Connector, creepage current barriers, conductor with positive electrode, ceramic insulator, inner seal with talcum rings, interference suppression, seal surface, spark plug body metal case, nickel alloy copper plated positive electrode, and the negative electrode. The following provides information about what you can learn from looking at the firing end of the spark plug.

Good Condition
If the color is light gray or brown, it is in good condition. Function is optimal.

Overheated
You know that your spark plug overheats if there is an accumulation of deposits on the insulator tip and they have melted. The insulator tip will have a glossy or glazed appearance if there is overheating.

Carbon Fouling
Wet or dry carbon fouling can occur for a range of reasons. In general, an ATV engine can start normally if the insulation resistance between the shell and the center electrode is more than 10 ohms. The firing end will become fouled by dry or wet carbon, however, if the electrical resistance drops to 0 ohms.

Buildup of Deposits
When deposits accumulate on the firing end of the spark plug, it is due to oil leakage, quality of fuel, and the duration of engine operation.

Breakage
Sudden cooling or heating can result in breakage of the firing end, due to thermal shock and thermal expansion.

If you find that your spark plug is worn, chipped, or cracked, discard it and get a replacement.

Keeping your eye on the condition of your spark plugs is just one way to properly maintain your ATV. Another maintenance step is regularly checking your oil and adding more or changing it, as needed. If you operate your ATV with dirty oil, your engine could become damaged. In addition, routinely install a new oil filter, add radiator coolant when needed, check the brake fluid and brake pad, and service the spark arrestor every 100 hours of operation. Ongoing maintenance is the best way to keep your ATV ready for more off-road adventures.

Recommended to ATV Riders: Visit Hatfield ~ McCoy Trails!

Life is better with regular doses of adrenaline. Switching up the scenery now and again is also good, when you find excitement on ATV trails. In southern West Virginia there is a gigantic system with seven trails in the very region where two famous families had the ultimate family feud. Hatfield-McCoy Trails is among the world’s largest off-highway trail systems. Over time, the trails have continued to expand so that now there are more than 600 miles professionally managed, creating an economic boon for locals. You can plan a ride to Hatfield-McCoy Trails during daylight hours 365 days per year.

ATV Trails for Everyone
The six trails at Hafield-McCoy Trails include clearly marked paths, each with a rating. The categories follow:
• Easiest are, in general, wider and more level.
• More Difficult trails are more narrow and uneven, and there are some obstacles such as rocks on the trails.
• The Most Difficult trails marked in black have large rocks and a greater number of obstacles and they can be extremely steep and have some overgrowth on paths.
• The Most Difficult trails marked in red and black have the same characteristics of the above-mentioned Most Difficult trails and also have the following stipulations: No one under 18, no two-wheel drive machines allowed, and no machines under 200cc.

There are also Single Track trails. They are divided into two types: More Difficult and Most Difficult. These trails are for more experienced riders only.

Plan Ahead: 2017 National Trailfest October 5-9, 2017

In Gilbert, West Virginia, October 5-9, 2017, you may want to plan to attend 2017 National Trailfest, which is among the premier UTV, ATV, and Dirtbike riding events in the nation. It is a world-class national event at Hatfield-McCoy Trails with trail riding so good, it’s said to be the best on the planet. Possible daily and nightly activities you can participate in while there, besides riding the trails, include:
• Poker run and dice run for cash prizes
• Nightly ATV, SxS & Dirt Bike Drags and Mud Pit Action
• Vegas Nigh & auction with more than $1,000 in prizes
• Battery-operated Kids’ Drags
• Music and live entertainment
• Mud pit run for cash prizes
• Fireworks displays

If Reviews Count for Anything…Go!

One of the greatest things about being so easily connected to everyone else via the Internet is you get to read real reviews before you ever spend your money anywhere. The reviews of Hatfield-McCoy Trails are glowing. Riders from other areas that are accustomed to flatlands find the challenge of the rocky, hilly terrain to be a whole new experience worth 5 out of 5 stars. Get your quad ready with a visit to Outdoor Powerhouse and head on over to what people call the best trails in the world.

Protect your ATV with Locks and More

All the money you sink into maintaining and upgrading your ATV is worth it, as long as you protect yourself from possible theft. The unfortunate reality is that insurance against theft is something every ATV owner should have. In addition to carrying insurance, other steps to deter potential thieves are highly recommended.

Lock it Up
A good practice is to lock up your ATV anytime it’s not in use. Prevent your trailer from being quickly attached to another vehicle by locking the trailer hitch and receiver hitch. Use a chain and padlock for your ATVs. There are many different types of locks to choose from, including the following:
• Adjustable locking cable that can hold a cable tight at any length
• Disk brake lock with a steel shackle – an easy push-button locking system with a high security cylinder
• Steel Cuff® is a lightweight, compact lock that can be tucked into a cargo area and allows you to secure your ATV to a parking meter, sign post, or another ATV
• Receiver lock – stainless steel corrosion resistant shackle with a rubber keyway cover that protects the lock core

Additional Tips to Protect your Investment
Like motorcycles, ATVs are more vulnerable to theft than other types of automobiles. You can never be sure when someone is watching who may be on the lookout to nab a free ride. Protecting your ATV begins with safety at home. It’s advisable to become acquainted with neighbors. It can help a lot when neighbors look out for one another’s property. The last thing you want to do is allow your ATV to be an easy target, no matter where it’s parked.

The following are some preventative tips that can protect your ATV from theft:

• Many thefts occur when the ignition has been turned off but isn’t locked. Lock your ignition and remove the key.
• If you’re traveling alone, be sure to secure your ATV to a stationary object such as a light pole or some other object that won’t easily give.
• If you’re traveling with others, lock your ATVs together when they aren’t in use.
• Install an audible alarm on your ATV.
• After parking your ATV in a public area, check it occasionally. It’s best to check back almost immediately, as well, in case a person was already looking for an opportunity.
• If you keep your ATV in a garage, keep the garage door locked and block it with other vehicles, as well.
• Add unique markings to your ATV and take photos of it. If someone takes your all-terrain vehicle, you will be able to show law enforcement officials how to identify it.

Protect your ATV
Some people have had the misfortune of failing to insure their ATV and then it crashes down a steep hillside, for instance. That’s one type of potential problem to try to avoid. Potential theft is just as much a possibility as an unfortunate accident, and precautionary measures can save you all kinds of possible frustration and loss. How do you protect your ATV?

Choosing an ATV for a Child

Choosing an ATV for a Child

Riding ATVs can be an ideal fun activity for the entire family to share together. Undeniably, potential dangers are involved, which is why children should attain a certain maturity level before riding. They also must, of course, be physically able to safely reach and control the handlebars and brakes. The next thing to consider is ensuring that you have the right all-terrain vehicle for your child. Some helpful tips are below.

Tips on Choosing ATVs for Children

The factors to consider when choosing an ATV for a child include the ATV type, how much power the vehicle has, how fast it can travel, drive mechanism, supervisory controls adults can use, brake and foot controls, and prevention of burns or avoiding an uncomfortable amount of heat.

ATV Type. Although you can choose between three-wheelers and four-wheelers for children, a four-wheeler is really the only choice, if you are putting safety at the forefront of your decisions. A four-wheeler provides a greater level of stability and is not as prone to overturning onto its side. Three-wheelers have actually been banned, but they are only available as after-market purchases.

Speed and Power. Size suggestions for young ATV riders have been provided by the Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC). The organization suggests that children under 16 should not use an adult-sized ATV with an engine of 90cc or greater. Guidelines for engine sizes for children are also offered by manufacturers, to ensure safe use. Recommendations follow:
• It is recommended that children under 6 do not ride ATVs.
• Children between ages 6 and 11 are safest riding an ATV with an engine size under 70cc. The maximum speed is about 24 miles per hour, though many ATVs provide the option of using a speed governor. For example, an ATV can be set to have a maximum speed of 10 miles per hour.
• Children between ages 12 and 15 are safest riding an ATV with an engine size between 70cc and 90cc. A speed limiter on a 90cc typically tops out at 15 mph.
• Children age 16 and older should be able to safely ride an ATV with an engine size over 90cc.

Drive Line. For beginning riders, automatic, single-speed transmissions are perfect. An automatic transmission offers greater safety and reasonable speed for novices.

Supervisory Controls. Parents can enjoy greater peace of mind when their children are riding ATVs because supervisory controls are available. Types of supervisory controls include: remote shut-off switches, throttle limiters, and exhaust restrictors.

Children need to be properly trained to operate the braking system on an ATV. In addition, hot engine components such as the exhaust and muffler need to be guarded to prevent burns, unless they are located in a position that doesn’t pose a threat to safety.

A final tip for parents is to ensure that children wear the recommended clothing to enhance safety. Riding ATVs is the kind of hobby that no one wants to have cut short for any reason. Getting children properly situated with the right ATV is just another way to stay on off-road adventure trails longer.

Scenic Adventures

As an ATV / UTV enthusiast, the chances are pretty good that you have money to spend on your adventurous hobby. Sure, there are plenty of excellent ATV trails to ride in Louisiana and other not-too-distant locations, and they are all worth exploring. But why not add a trip to beautiful Jackson Hole, Wyoming, to get in on Scenic Safaris, which is something completely different? Not too far away, you can also have all new thrills at ATV & Jeep Adventure Tours in Washington, Utah.

What Does Scenic Safaris Offer for ATV Lovers?

Your ATV may be your pride and joy, but you can choose to leave it behind on a visit to Scenic Safaris. This place makes the decision to travel light an easy one. The family-owned company is top-rated in reviews, and they are passionate about providing only top quality equipment and gear, to make experiences there as safe and comfortable as they are unforgettable.

If you have never seen the Teton Mountains in person, that alone makes a trip to Scenic Safaris worth your while. On the Teton Vista ATV Tour, the trips begins in the Bridger Teton National Forest. Two hours on the trail offers amazing mountain scenery, with excellent views of the Tetons. The total trip time is 6 hours. The only equipment needed includes: Sunglasses, sunscreen, a camera, long pants, appropriate footwear, and an extra layer of clothing. A DOT-approved helmet and rain poncho are provided.

About ATV & Jeep Adventure Tours in Utah

ATV & Jeep Adventure Tours provides ATV and Jeep-UTV tours in unique, breathtaking country that includes rocky outcroppings and a lot of red rocks and sand. There are several tours to choose from. The “Red Rock Rally” is a full-day tour lasting approximately 5 hours. You will ride through an area dubbed “Jurassic Park” because of pre-historic-looking formations. You can enjoy hiking, exploring, and taking plenty of photos. A tasty picnic lunch is provided. This is your chance to experience the terrain of Southern Utah.

Zion National Park is where you’ll find ATV & Jeep Adventure Tours. The terrain is marked by valleys, trails, sand, and rocks. The large ATVs available for tours can handle any weight limit – there’s an ATV that’s just right for a wide range of sizes. Another option is to ride a Jeep-UTV, whether a two-seater or four-seater. These vehicles are more like cars, with seat belts, brake and gas peddles, mirrors, and a steering wheel.

An extra attraction you can get on is zip-lining 800 feet over dessert sagebrush and cliffs. There’s no other experience quite like it.

Book a Tour

At Outdoor Powerhouse, we enjoy pointing out some of the great ATV experiences to be had in the U.S. and around the world. We’ve got a full line of motorsport products from top brands, including Suzuki, Polaris, Kawasaki, Can-Am, and Sea-Doo. Contact us or visit us today, for help putting more thrill in your off-road riding.

Tips On Preparing A Child For Safe Riding On An ATV

With proper precautions, children can safely get in on the fun of riding ATVs. Hopefully, parents will have already evaluated such things as maturity and the child’s ability to reach all of the components involved with riding. A few helpful tools are available to parents, to further ensure the safety of their kids. The following information may be all you need to get kids started on off-road trails.

Supervisory Controls
Supervisory controls that you can add to your child’s ATV can bring a lot of peace of mind. Some of the controls that adults can use as a way of supervising beginning ATV riders include the following:
• Throttle limiters, which create the condition of maintaining slower speeds.
• Exhaust restrictors reduce the amount of power the engine releases.
• Remote shut-off switches can be in the form of a tether or stop leash that an adult can pull as a way of operating a switch the shuts off the engine. More expensive styles are available that can be activated at a further distance from the child’s ATV.

Take Note of Design Features
There are certain design characteristics in ATVs that are safer than others, making some best for children’s ATVs. Brakes, for instance, can be in the rear only or in the front and rear, with independent controls. It’s best to acquaint children with proper use of the brakes. Help reduce the danger of possibly losing control due to sharp braking. The design of the foot peg or rear fenders should make it difficult for a child’s foot to be able to slip off and get caught underneath the rear wheel.

Certain components can potentially cause burns, and their location shouldn’t be positioned so that a child is at risk. This includes the exhaust and muffler, though there are other engine components that may need to be guarded, to provide protection against heat.

Proper Dress
The best type of helmet, for maximum protection, has a full face shield. Helmets should always be approved by a Department of Transportation and/or SNELL, which will be indicated on the helmet. Many inexpensive helmets don’t have these approval ratings, which means they may not provide adequate protection. For riding an ATV, a child should also have over-the-ankle shoes with heels and soles that won’t slip as well as long-sleeved shirts, long pants, and gloves.

Safe Operation
ATV operation rules should always be strictly followed, and it’s especially important when children are involved. These rules include using reflectors, riding safely without trying to perform stunts, never carrying passengers, and staying off of paved and public roads.

Riding an ATV may be all about fun for a child, or it could be because a child is helping with some type of chore. Either way, children can enjoy and stay safe, when these tips are taken into consideration.