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GearPods

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GearPods makes modular, lightweight adventure and survival gear to help the outdoor enthusiast to prepare for the unexpected. The gear combines an innovative container system – GearPods Connect – with a range of pre-built GearPods Kits. The result is a configurable kit system that caters to casual and serious outdoor enthusiasts looking for pre-built kits and a-la-carte components respectively.

The GearPods Connect system represents a new approach to organizing and packing adventure gear. GearPods Connect is a flexible and modular container system that is perfect for building kits. Sharing a common diameter as most sports bottle holders, GearPods are also easy to pack: in a bike water bottle cage, lumbar pack, hydration pack, backpack or even a pocket. Our pre-built GearPods Kits cover the essentials of adventure and survival: first aid, survival, shelter, and cooking. These kits provide the best of both worlds: highly compact yet capable adventure and survival gear.

GearPods are suitable for virtually every outdoor sport, including: hiking and backpacking, climbing, mountain biking, off-roading, kayaking, adventure racing, winter sports and hunting.
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May 31, 2011 |

Arizona land permits and passes

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Many of the off-roading trails in Arizona, including trails in the popular Florence Junction area, cross designated state lands. Sometimes these lands are posted with no trespassing signs and sometimes they are not. In either case you are required to have a State Land Recreational Use Permit to enter. The permit is inexpensive, easy to obtain and good anywhere in the state for a full year. You are required to carry the permit with you at all times while on state land. Responsible four-wheelers and riders who reside in Arizona purchase the permit annually just like a fishing or hunting licence. If you are heading to Arizona from another state, you can purchase the permit by mail in advance, in person at the Arizona State Land Department, or on-line. Get more information HERE.

 

You can check out this Arizona State Land Parcel Viewer.

 

All trails in the Sedona area require a special Red Rocks Pass if you park for more than few minutes near or along the trail. No pass is required to drive a trail as long as you keep moving. Passes are available at dispensing machines at the start of most trails. Many stores and government offices in Sedona also sell the passes. If you plan to picnic or hike you’ll need a pass too.
Get more information HERE.

 

 

May 30, 2011 |

Arizona’s Bureau of Land Management lands

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Whatever you seek, you will find it on the Arizona lands under the management of the BLM. Scattered throughout the state, and encompassing 14.2 million acres, these lands include winding roads, stark desert highlands, remote mountains, red canyons and rolling rivers, lush wetlands, cool forests, and large recreational lakes. For those more interested in human history than natural history, there are historic trails, prehistoric ruins and petroglyph sites.

Visitors to the lands managed by the BLM enjoy a variety of activities, including OHV use in southern Arizona, boating on the dammed areas of the Lower Colorado River, desert and wilderness adventures throughout the state, and wildlife watching and scenic rafting in the Gila Box. The BLM operates many developed areas, but the majority of these lands are remote wilderness which protect unusual and fragile desert ecosystems. Please treat all these lands resepectfully – tread lightly in these precious wild areas, and respect private land boundaries. Never remove artifacts, and get permission before collecting anything else.

In most cases there is no fee for entering BLM lands, but there are some exeptions.
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May 30, 2011 |

Santa Cruz Bicycles

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“All the marketing hype in the world won’t make a poorly designed bike handle well. Likewise, all the 3-D modeling software and metalworking technology in the world won’t amount to much unless the people directing it are serious about building truly great bicycles.

Call us misguided, but at Santa Cruz Bicycles we believe that to build a good bike, you have to first really love riding bikes. That’s an asset we have in spades here. Our engineers are mighty good at working Pro/E, but they are riders first and foremost. Our builders can rail dirt better than most. Our painter can catch more air than you can. Our sales office is filled with bikes that get ridden every day. From the people packing bikes into boxes to the owner of the company, our main obsession and our common bond is riding.

Ranging from our sophisticated VPP downhill weaponry to the Spartan simplicity of our new cyclocross frame, the bikes in our catalog are the bikes that we ride. They reflect our passion for riding, and they stand as a testament to our ongoing desire to make our rides better. We’re damn proud of them, and we hope you like riding them as much as we do.”
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May 16, 2011 |

OHV Decal, Title, License Plate, and Registration

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OHV Decal

The OHV Decal is a sticker that must be purchased annually to allow your OHV to be operated within Arizona. The decal will need to be applied to the upper left corner of your license plate, and your license plate will need to be visibly displayed on the rear of your OHV.

An off-highway vehicle is any motor vehicle operated on unimproved roads, trails and approved use areas not suitable for conventional two-wheel-drive vehicular travel. Examples include: ATVs, UTVs, trail motorcycles and dirt bikes.

The OHV Decal is available for purchase online at ServiceArizona.com or at a Motor Vehicle Division (MVD) Office or Authorized Third Party Provider. The cost is $25.00. The decal is valid for one year. It is the ATV/OHV owner’s responsibility to purchase subsequent year decals.
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May 13, 2011 |

Tie Down Strap Sack

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How many times have you gone to use your dirt bike tie down, ATV tie down, etc… and had to tie-up the excess strapping to prevent flapping or dragging of the excess strapping of the tie down straps. Not only is this annoying to spend the time tying up the excess strapping, it is equally as frustrating un-tying the knots made. The Strap Sack attaches to your existing tie down straps and hold all of the excess strapping and when you are finished, the Strap Sack stores the entire strap in the bag. No more tie downs laying in the bed of your truck or a in a bucket or bin all tangled-up. Using the storage capabilities of the Strap Sack, many store their tie downs in the side pocket of the truck.

 

Most of us keep our tie downs in a bucket, crate, box, on a shelf, or in the back of our vehicles. This storage system tends to produce one thing- an aggravating mess! There is usually frustrating loss of time needed to unravel the straps that are entangled with other straps, rope, bungee cords, etc. When the tie down straps are applied to whatever you are attempting to secure there is always excess strapping that needs to be dealt with. For most of us this means tying several knots to secure the excess strapping that needs to be untied once you reach your destination. And of course, then the strap is thrown back in its previous unorganized storage space.

THE SOLUTION IS STRAP SACK! The Strap Sack allows the user to secure the excess strapping without tying knots, preventing flapping or dragging. After use, the Strap Sack stores the entire tie down preventing a “spaghetti like” mess with other tie down. The Strap Sack installs to your existing tie downs in seconds.

 

The Strap Sack quickly installs to any existing tie down strap. Take the end that is attached to the ratchet and slide it through the top of the bag (where the drawstring is located). Continue to feed it through the bottom of the bag and use the zip tie to cinch it to the strap. Cut off the remaining zip tie and the bag is installed. To use the Strap Sack simply remove the tie down strap from the sack, ratchet the tie down tight, pull the Strap Sack over the ratchet and the extra strapping goes in the bag. Use the drawstring to close the bag and away you go!

 

Strap Sacks are made for different applications. All of the Strap Sacks have parachute cord drawstrings with cord stops and installed zip-tie for easy installation. The most common is the Medium duty 1″ – 1.5″ Strap Sack which is made of a quality rip-stop nylon fabric that is available in: red, orange, blue, black, and camouflage (not rip-stop). For a more demanding environment there are the new Heavy-duty Strap Sacks that are made of 7oz, 430 denier poly coated Pack Cloth. These are made for more rugged application or those who want to throw their straps in the back of the truck and then pile some wood on top.

 

There are three versions available currently:
– Strap Sack for 1″ – 1.5″ Tie Down Straps (4 Pack = $15.00)
– 1″ – 1.5″ Heavy Duty Strap Sacks (4 Pack = $19.99)
– Strap Sack for 2″ Tie Down Straps (2 Pack = $15.99)

 

You can pick up the Strap Sack at www.tie-down-storage.com

 

If you own Strap Sack and have used it, make sure to COMMENT and let others know what you think.

 

April 24, 2011 |

GoPro’s HD Helmet HERO camera

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GoPro’s HD Helmet HERO is the world’s highest performance wearable 1080p HD video and still photo camera. Professional quality 1080p / 960p / 720p HD resolutions record at 30 and 60 frames per second (60 fps in 720p). Record up to 2.5 hours on a single charge and up to 9 hours total on a 32GB SD card (not included).

In addition to HD video, this digital action sports helmet cam also shoots 5MP still photographs at 2/5/10/30 or 60 second intervals. Press the shutter button once and record up to 2.5 hours of poster-print quality POV photos of you and your friends’ most memorable moments.

Helmet camera mount options include a headlamp style head strap that you can quickly share with your friends, a lace-through strap-mount for vented helmets, two curved and two flat adhesive mounts for attaching to gear, vehicles or whatever else moves you.

The HD Helmet HERO is compatible with all other GoPro HERO camera mounts & accessories, so it’s very easy to expand the functionality of your camera to attach with a suction cup to vehicles, clamp to bike handlebars and seat posts, mount to surfboards, and even be worn on the wrist or chest.

Waterproof to 180’ / 60m, shockproof, and protected from rocks and other hazards thanks to its removable polycarbonate housing. Replacement housings and lens kits are available, making repairs or refurbishing your HD HERO camera affordable and convenient.
It’s a GoPro…go for it.™

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April 18, 2011 |

Spider M1 grips

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Few weeks ago I decided it’s time to get new grips for my bike. I had my KTM dual compound grips for several months and I was ready for something new. I wasn’t very satisfied with the feel of those old grips. After some research I picked Spider M1 grips because it’s a new design and the manufacturer claims they rebound and absorb more vibration. I bought them at Motorcycle Superstore and they arrived few days later.

The grips were easy to put onto the handlebars and I’m happy with the way they fit without the safety wire. I could immediately feel the difference. It’s both the thickness of the grips and stickiness that make them very comfortable, at least for me. I’ve read some reviews where people say they wear out pretty fast, but I haven’t noticed it yet, since it’s been only about 50 hours of riding for me. I would definitely buy these again and recommend them to other dirt bike and ATV riders.

According to the manufacurer it’s “not just another grip, these are acoustically engineered to rebound and absorb more vibration than any other grip on the market”.  The inner layer includes the flange and the end cap which is specially designed to resist punching out. The outer layer features a soft density diamond pattern designed to shed water and mud while having a tacky surface for maximum grip. Spider Grips also feature ART (Acoustical Rebound Technology) a patent pending design that refers to the special shaping of the boundary layer that deflects vibrations away from the rider.

 

Features:

  • Dual layers of Spider Traction Gel engineered to rebound and absorb more vibration than any other grip on the market, while shedding mud and water to make it easier to hold on to,
  • Full flange and a super strong end cap ideal for off-road, dual-sport and motard riding

 

They come in 9 colors, Titanium, Graphite, Red, Blue, Yellow, Orange, Black, Green and Pink.

You can find out more about their products HERE!

January 1, 2011 |

2011 Kawasaki KFX450R ATV

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“A full featured sport ATV with race ready technology.

You’ll know you’re on a muscular ride from the moment you thumb the KFX®450R’s electric starter. With its lightweight aluminum frame, long lower front A-arm suspension and a fully adjustable rear shock, this ATV offers track dominating handling and confidence-inspiring stability to compliment its powerful engine.

Sharing engine DNA with the highly acclaimed KX™450F motocrosser, the KFX450R is ready to race. Equipped with titanium valves to keep reciprocating weight low, the engine is fitted with a highly responsive 32-bit digital fuel injection (DFI®) system that automatically compensates for temperature or altitude. DFI enhances the KFX450R’s ability to translate its four-stroke power into outstanding thrust, with easily accessible torque in the low- and medium-rpm ranges.

The fast and reliable KFX450R also includes a lightweight reverse gear system integrated with its five-speed manual transmission. The KFX450R’s reverse gear allows riders to quickly and easily extricate themselves from first turn chaos, trail bottlenecks or any other on-track incident, using the normal shift lever, plus a convenient handlebar mounted lock-out lever.

Built to handle tough trail conditions and win races, the KFX450R’s lightweight all-aluminum frame has both incredible stiffness and significant strength. The high-tech chassis also provides a low center of gravity and excellent roll resistance for higher corner speeds and race-level handling.

The front suspension design utilizes long lower A-arms mounted to a single box-section lower frame tube, paired with dual-rate front springs for excellent rough-terrain handling. In the rear, an adjustable shock with low- and high-speed compression and rebound damping adjustability is mated to a cast aluminum swingarm that offers the ideal balance of flexibility and rigidity. Regardless of track surfaces or conditions, this race-oriented chassis makes the KFX450R a potent weapon.

The KFX450R is easy to work on, so owners can spend more time in the dirt than in the garage. The two-piece front and rear “lapped” fenders make it easier to customize the size of the fenders or quickly replace damaged sections. Even the headlight assembly is quickly detachable for closed-course races — this ATV looks just as aggressive with or without headlights. These features leave little doubt that the KFX450R was designed to be on the track and winning races as quickly as possible.

Owners can customize their KFX450R, using a full line of Authentic Kawasaki Accessories from their local Kawasaki dealer.”

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July 31, 2010 |

2009 Suzuki QuadRacer R450 ATV

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“Having recently been crowned the AMA/ATVA National MX champion, the QuadRacer R450 is indisputably the hottest four-wheeler on the track. Its Suzuki fuel-injected 450cc powerplant offers astounding top-end performance, with a technically advanced chassis and responsive, long-travel suspension so you can conquer the toughest tracks.”

New Features
– New aluminum seat rail to reduce weight

New Engine Features
– ECU programming and cam profiles designed for optimum engine output especially at low- to mid-rpm range
– New countershaft for improved gear shift feel

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July 31, 2010 |

2011 Yamaha Raptor 700R SE ATV

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Key Features:
  • Raptor 700R Special Edition includes wave-style rear brake disc, dealer-installed GYTR® front grab bar and heel guards, plus special graphics and colors.
  • A 686cc Yamaha fuel-injected engine makes this the most powerful Yamaha sport ATV ever, with big torque right off idle, transitioning into a fat mid-range and monstrous top end.
  • America’s best-selling sport ATV comes standard with a digital meter. Riders have plenty of information available at a glance, including speedometer, dual trip meters, odometer, clock and engine warning indicators, plus neutral and reverse indicators.
  • Sport-tuned piggyback shocks provide long stroke for excellent sport-riding comfort, and are fully adjustable with convenient adjustment knobs to fine-tune the ride.
  • Hybrid steel and aluminum frame with a Controlled-Fill aluminum subframe and cast aluminum swingarm combine to produce a super-strong structure and the lightest ATV in its class.
  • Aggressive styling reflects Raptor 700R’s intent, and YFZ-inspired handling means it walks the walk, too.
  • Long-travel suspension—9.1 inches front, 10.1 rear—a cush seat and excellent ergonomics make the Raptor 700R comfortable to ride hard all day long.
 New for 2011:
  • New inner rolled wheel’s reduce weight while maintaining strength.

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July 31, 2010 |

2009 Honda TRX700XX ATV

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“Cast your eyes upon the 2009 TRX700XX, the biggest, toughest sport ATV Honda has ever created. The TRX700XX isn’t just the most powerful ATV we have ever built, with its thundering 686cc, SOHC, liquid-cooled, fuel-injected, four-valve four-stroke engine. It’s also the most innovative—consider its four-wheel Independent front and rear double-wishbone Suspension (IRS), another Honda sport ATV first. More? Clothe this snarling package in some of our most outrageously styled bodywork ever, and watch all the other riders mumble to themselves.” 

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July 31, 2010 |

KTM 525 XC ATV

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Born into superiority. This sentence applies to no other ATV better than to the 525 XC. The KTM Enduro flagship sets new standards in the cross-country sector. With extremely high performance and perfect handling, the 525 XC is the ideal candidate for demanding trails or dune adventures. Brutal power and standard-fit racing equipment ensure that this ATV takes the lead in the favour of the quad fan from the start.

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July 29, 2010 |

2011 Suzuki RM-Z250

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For 2011 Suzuki has taken its potent RM-Z250, and have fine-tuned it into an even more capable machine. The 2011 RM-Z has seen numerous updates: it now meets a stricter AMA noise limit (94db) while maintaining smooth engine output; the intake and exhaust timing has been changed for better engine feeling with lower noise output; the exhaust pipe length has been changed for better engine feeling with lower noise; ECU settings have been updated for more linear acceleration and improved over-rev; and the radiator hose routing has been changed for more efficient cooling.

In addition, Suzuki has focused on improving operation and overall feeling (primarily in shifting and starting). The 2011 RM-Z250 features improved lubrication on the center of the clutch and counter shaft for better durability and improved clutch feel; an updated transmission (focusing on 3rd and 4th gear) provides improved durability; and the kick starting arm has been redesigned for improved starting.

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July 28, 2010 |

2010 Yamaha YZ250F

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 Key Features:
     
  • The all-new, Bilateral Beam frame is specific to the 250 and is more compact than the previous generation chassis. This places the rider closer to the front wheel, which delivers superb rigidity balance for unmatched lightweight handling and cornering. This nimbleness lets the rider get on the gas sooner out of corners and cross the finish line with less fatigue – even on long motos.
  • The optimized engine delivers a new level of power in low-to-midrange, with a great torquey feel, exactly where riders want it. That is due to the new straight intake boot that enhances breathing, new carburetor that provides excellent throttle response and fuel atomization, and redesigned valve train components that reduce inertial mass and boost low end torque. Exhaust is also enhanced with a new D-shaped exhaust port and newly designed exhaust system. Ongoing refinement to the suspension and engine produces an amazingly balanced, light-handling machine with performance that’s accessible to all levels of riders.
  • All new styling emphasizes the bike’s light weight and nimble handling character. The sharp, horizontal lines set the bike apart, with a clean, aggressive look.
  • KYB® suspension has been recalibrated front and rear and is tuned to work with the new Bilateral Beam frame for unmatched handling. The clutch lever has a lighter pull feel even though the clutch has stronger engagement. The new clutch also has a wider engagement range that will give riders an advantage off the line. . . shift after shift, moto after moto.
  • There’s no disputing the YZ250F’s unmatched four-stroke prowess – it was the 1st four-stroke 250 motocross bike on the market, the 1st to win an international race, the 1st to win an AMA® Supercross ® and the 1st to take an AMA® U.S. Supercross Championship® title, as well as the first to win an AMA® National race.
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July 28, 2010 |

2010 Honda CRF250R

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The CRF250R likes to win. Plain and simple. In fact, this machine has grown so used to taking checkered flags that it considers the top of the podium home. It’s not easy, though, because when you’re this good, everyone else is always gunning for you. And that means you always have to stay that much better, which is exactly what this year’s all-new-from-the-dirt-up Honda CRF250R has done.

And we didn’t have to look far for inspiration, adapting many of the same cutting-edge features found on the open-class-leading and championship-winning CRF450R. Like Honda’s revolutionary batteryless fuel-injection system. A lightweight, more potent Unicam engine. An innovative new single exhaust setup. An all-new twin-spar aluminum frame. And our exclusive Honda Progressive Steering Damper (HPSD). It even takes some serious new styling cues from its big brother.

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July 18, 2010 |

2011 Kawasaki KX 250F

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It’s an old refrain: The factory guys get all the good stuff. Their bikes are faster, lighter and just plain tricker than the motocrossers you can buy off the showroom floor. There’s some truth there. But that’s changing. The gap between production and factory-prepped motocrossers has never been narrower. And with the introduction of Kawasaki’s massively reworked 2011 KX™250F, that gap just shrank a little more.

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July 18, 2010 |

2011 KTM 250 SX-F

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When you have a bike in your range like the 250 SX-F, which has been the dominant force in the World Championship MX2 class for years, then it would be very easy to just sit back and carry on as before. Luckily, however, that’s not how things work in racing, or at KTM for that matter. That’s why the new 2011 generation is being launched with a completely reworked chassis, new bodywork and the next stage in engine development with fuel injection.

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July 18, 2010 |

2011 KTM 250 SX

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250 SX
For years KTM has committed to the development of 2-stroke engines which are an advantage against 4-strokes in many aspects. With an unbeatable power-to-weight ratio, lower cost of acquisition and easy to maintain and service – there is no better choice than a two-stroke.

New MY 2011:
– New chassis (PDS)
– New airbox
– Air flow optimized intake boot between filter and carburetor
– New exhaust (new shape with bigger diameter at connection pipe)
– New two component rear silencer (better connection and bigger inner diameter)
– Newly developed cylinder (lower exhaust port, new timing and optimized exhaust control)
– Noticeable increase in power performance
– Higher torque
– Better rideability

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July 18, 2010 |
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