Planning a Romantic UTV Ride

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Cuffing season is here, and there’s no reason a UTV ride can’t be dripping in romance. After all, the adrenaline is pumping, you have some gorgeous scenery, and with the right amount of cargo space you can pack a great romantic picnic into the mix. If you want to take your paramour on a ride to remember this Valentine’s Day, it’ll take a little bit of prep work. Consider this your ultimate love guide for UTV fans:

  • Get any upgrades done now: Whether you need a new full-tilt windshield, a heater added to your rig, more cargo space, or a roll bar, make sure your UTV is kitted out with all the accessories you want before the big day.
  • Get it clean: You should ideally clean your UTV after every muddy ride, but that doesn’t always happen. Take this time to wash it, detail the insides, and make it worthy of a great date. During this time, you can also check for any damage.
  • Safety first: Before your big date, make sure the tires are in good condition, all the lights work, and take it for a brief spin to make sure all is well. The last thing you want is to be stuck with a flat tire, unable to ride because of a faulty light, or otherwise put you and your date in danger.
  • Map the ride: There are thousands of miles of trail to explore around the country—and a good chance you haven’t seen them all. You have two choices. Go with a trail you know and love, which is a great way to introduce someone to your hobby. Alternatively, you can choose a trail that’s new to both of you and experience the first ride there together. Either way, make sure you know the rules, have any permits required and know how to get to the trail in advance.
  • Pack romance: This is where you can get really personal, so imagine what the ultimate romantic picnic involves. Don’t forget a tarp (in case the ground is wet) and a durable blanket. Be sure to include romantic foods such as fruits, bubbly, s’mores ingredients, and anything else you envision that travels well. Pack food and drinks tightly to avoid destroying them on bumpy trails.
  • Include surprises: There’s a lot you can pack into a UTV—much more than just a picnic! Bringing flowers with you or a romantic playlist can help kick the romance up a notch. Also bring an extra change of unisex clothes, such as a sweater and gloves, just in case the trails are especially wet or muddy.

Long holidays are right around the corner, making it a weekend to get out of town and indulge in some romance. Get all the upgrades you need for a lovely weekend with you and your better half (your date can come, too, of course!).

 

Tips for Safely Towing Your UTV

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Whether you have a CF Moto, Arctic Cat or Honda Pioneer, not all UTV owners necessarily have trucks with big enough beds to haul a UTV. Towing your UTV can be done quickly, easily and safely, but not without the right tools and know-how. Unfortunately, many people don’t know how to best tow their UTV to the location where they’re going hunting, off-roading, landscaping or enjoying other activities. As a UTV owner (or hopeful owner), you may have seen dangerous towing practices on the highway ranging from illegal trailers to UTVs that seemed to magically be hanging on by a thread.

 

Bear in mind that if you need to suddenly change lanes, the weight of a UTV alone (no matter how heavy it is) will not be sufficient to keep it on a trailer. However, with the right security systems you can make sudden stops or swerve if necessary, but that should still be avoided. Take some time to ensure you have the right tools before taking your UTV on a joy ride.

Must-Have Features

winch-639703_1920Pick up some D-rings, which are very cost effective and offer additional hook points for trailers. Not all trailers come with “enough” hooks to keep a UTV optimally secured. Also, this can help prevent strap chafing on your machine, which regularly causes straps to break on individuals who haul their UTV often. Next, get a ratcheting strap—especially if you have a heavy UTV. Big ratcheting straps can keep the heaviest of UTVs on a trailer, so make sure you get the largest width possible. Otherwise, a 1,200 pound UTV doesn’t stand a chance.

One of the most important features you have is already on your UTV: The parking brake. It is a fast, simple and free move that might make the difference between a UTV staying on the trailer or not. Remember that there is no such thing as too many straps. The best number is three, and they can help immensely on bumpy roads. Criss-cross the straps to maximize “coverage”.

A Closer Inspection

trailers-1581033_1920No tool will work if it’s broken. Before pulling away, make sure the trailer brake lights are in good working order. The breakaway chains should also be double checked. These are the chains you hook up in case the hitch falters and becomes unattached from the vehicle/trailer. Ensure they are also criss-crossed to keep the trailer stable and straight on the highway.

Double check the trailer tires, lighting and gates, too. Of course, don’t forget about a safety inspection check of the UTV. Nothing is more frustrating than getting to a recreational area and finding out your UTV is in desperate need of maintenance or of a quick fix. Safety always comes first in all aspects of UTV ownership, including the towing stage.

 

Rallying

 

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How does rallying differ from something like Formula 1? Well a rally is more of a point-to-point race rather than round a circuit. The cars which take place must be built for roads, rather than using special race cars.

History:

The more famous example, and one of the first rallies, was the Monte Carlo Rally which began in 1911. Actually, there were rallies before that, the Paris-Rouen competition in 1894, you would be lucky getting a car to go all the way from Paris to Monte Carlo! After this came the Paris-Bordeaux-Paris race. Then in Britain came the London-Glasgow race and Germany the Herkomer trophy, which was a 1000Km hill climb.

Alpine rally began in the 1930s, starting with the Alpenfahrt, which despite its unfortunate sounding name, continued until 1973. (It just means “Alpen travel” by the way.)

After the Second World War, every European country seemed to hold its own rally. There needed to be a way to join all these rallies together, which unfortunately didn’t happen until 1953 with the European Rally Championship.oldtimer-1615212_1920

Rally Then and Now:

You don’t need to be professional to take part in a rally but it is expensive to join. A Sydney to London will cost about the equivalent of $41,000 and just because you sign up in a number of months before the race there’s no guarantee you will get a place – it’s first come, first served.

One key component of Rally Driving is the ability to repair common mechanical issues on the fly. This was a much bigger component historically as vintage and veteran cars are more likely to break down than their modern counterparts. But even with a modern style rally you will need knowledge of mechanic repair should anything go wrong.

It seems that people want bigger challenges, preferring not to look at the small events; however this must be the place to start for anyone new to the wheel, as it were.

Dangers of Rally:

People go on about the dangers of Formula One racing, especially in its beginnings, but how dangerous is rally driving? At the time of writing Anthony Mora seems to be the last registered death in 2017 in the French Rally Cup.

However, an unnamed spectator died when Hayden Padden performed a rather large corner skid and made the car fall down an embankment in 2017. Three spectators were killed in a rally in single accident in Scotland the same year, making spectating seem more dangerous than racing.

Despite Morbid Curiosity:

As with any other racing, people do take a morbid interest in car crashes and the internet overflows with pictures of damaged cars as well as crash footage. I suppose the most interesting part of the racing are the crashes, however unsettling it might seem, the real issue is the false perception that racing is inherently dangerous.

Safety concerns are quickly addressed in the industry and the races are continuously improved. Although rally driving doesn’t produce the most deaths in motor sport, far from it, it seems that racing and death will always keep close company, whatever changes are made.

Your UTV + President’s Day!

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You depended on your UTV to be your wingman (or wingwoman!) for Valentine’s Day—or maybe you don’t believe in celebrating love just one day out of the year. However, this February we have a whopper of a holiday weekend with back to back events: V-Day on the 14th and President’s Day on the 19th. If you got President’s Day off, or you simply want to make the most of this smack in the middle of the month weekend, there’s no better way to celebrate than by heading to the Badlands of South Dakota.

The Black Hills National Forest is home to 1.2 million stunning acres of land, and much of it is open to off-road lovers. Explore thousands of acres on the Motorized Trail System, which includes more than 3,600 miles of roads and 600 miles of trails. Both are UTV-legal and many offer a peek of Mt. Rushmore. You’ll find more than 90 miles of single-track options for motorcycles, as well as 347 miles designed just for UTVs that are less than 62 inches wide.

Embrace Your Bad Self

The Badlands are home to 72 miles of trails for vehicles narrower than 50 inches, and 148 miles are a free for all. Bring all your off-road machines, from UTVs to motorcycles. Many of the trails are looped and there’s clear marking to 20 key trailheads. It’s a very good idea to pick up the Black Hills Forest Service map before your ride. It’s updated every year to identify new trails, construction areas, and any spaces that are currently off limits. Some routes aren’t clear on the trails but are well marked on the maps.

It’s absolutely required that all riders stay on the trails. This forest is for trail riding only, and cross-country drivers are strictly prohibited. Still, the Black Hills embrace the “tread lightly” mantra of many UTV riders. Always pack out what you pack in, and follow UTV social etiquette. In South Dakota, UTVs are managed by the state’s motorcycle law. This means there’s no legal age limit to drive a UTV. Follow common sense, and know that you still need a valid driver’s license when on non-trail roads.

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A Presidential Welcome

You can get an annual pass for $25, or a week pass for $20. The Forest Service is open on weekdays from 8am to 4pm, but is closed on President’s Day. Plan early and pay your fees online before arriving. Every vehicle on the trail needs an independent permit, and you will get a free route map when you purchase your trail permit.

While you’re in the Badlands, take a detour to get up close and personal with some of our most beloved of presidents. Seeing Mt. Rushmore is a bucket list item that can’t be missed! Before heading out, make sure you have all the upgrades necessary for a great President’s Day!

 

Turf Vehicles for Any Terrain

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Whether you call them turf vehicles, utility vehicles, or even golf cars, these powerful and rugged machines can handle some very trying terrain. Of course, one of the most common places you see turf vehicles is on golf courses, whisking players around the greens so you can really enjoy your game. You’ll also see other kinds of turf vehicles on the course when the food and beverage carts trolly by. However, turf vehicles are very multi-faceted and can be found on nearly every type of terrain being used for a number of tasks.

Mehta_Turf GolfYou’ll find turf vehicles like the CarryAll series and XRT 1500 series tackling landscaping projects and sometimes even on construction sites. Available with a variety of hauling power capabilities, they’re used to transport branches, mulch, and fertilizer, large shrubs to be planted and sometimes even kindly caught pests like raccoons! From deep muddy soil to frozen and frosty terrain, there’s no such thing as an offseason for construction and renovation projects.

Turf Vehicles for Luxury

Turf vehicles capable of carrying large groups are spotted on college campuses, retirement communities, and any type of campus (including corporate) that’s too big for everyone to easily walk. If you’re on a tour, perhaps checking out your child’s future university, you don’t want to spend the entire time huffing and puffing across campus. Turf vehicles help make tours and transportation easier, faster and much more comfortable. With heating, cooling and a number of coverage options, you’ll also be able to avoid inclement weather.Mehta_Turf Taxi

Airports are another place where turf vehicles are a staple and a reminder that these machines aren’t just for the outdoors. Easily able to transition from the indoors and outdoors, you might want a turf vehicle for very large and spacious interiors. Additional options include mega malls and some corporate buildings, although your imagination is the limit.

Bumps, Hills and Sand

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Turf vehicles have the ability to easily get where you cannot. This can include sand dunes, very steep and trying hills, deep mud, and navigating across the icy or snowy terrain. Some can navigate surprisingly deep water, and others are designed with very hot temperatures in mind. Matching your turf vehicle to the job you have in mind is critical, and something a reputable terrain vehicle company can help you with.

Those on a budget can always check out used turf vehicle options, or consider a variety of model types to handpick which features you don’t necessarily need. A turf vehicle for every owner, budget, and terrain is sure to make life much simpler. Get started on your turf vehicle shopping process now!