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Official Publication of the Michigan Snowmobile and Off Road Vehicle Association

MICHIGAN SNOWMOBILE & ORV ASSOCIATION NEWS

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PUBLISHER Joel Mellenthin EDITORIAL DIRECTOR Kale Wainer COPY EDITOR / ADMINISTRATOR Paula Jones ART DIRECTOR Corey Friesen ADVERTISING SALES Diane Voight, Dwain Stadie PHOTO ARCHIVES C. J. Ramstad EDITORIAL CONTRIBUTORS Kevin Beilke, David Fischer, Jim Urquhart CONTRIBUTIONS: Letters, manuscripts, stories, materials and photographs are welcome but cannot be returned unless sender provides a SASE. Michigan Snowmobile & ORV Association News is not responsible for unsolicited manuscripts, photos and drawings. Submission of articles and letters implies the right to edit and publish in all or part. ADVERTISING MSPN Phone: 952-473-7870 or 800-989-MSPN Fax: 952-473-7805 • sales@mspninc.com www.mspnads.com Send all advertising materials to: MSPN, Ad Department, 6595 Edenvale Blvd Ste 180, Eden Prairie, MN 55346

Fall is in sight and this issue of MISORVA is jam packed with informative events, ride areas, products and happenings. Buckle up for the rest of this summer’s riding opportunities.

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MISORVA President, John Newman updates on this summer’s happenings

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Arctic Cat shook up the industry and is giving a look at their 2024 Snowmobiles – find out when you can pre-order.

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Active Roles Jessica Holley-Roehrs from Michigan DNR talks about the importance of ORV Safety

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4 President 7 Michigan News 9 At the Trailhead

10 ISMA 12 Club News 15 Coming Events

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SUMMER FLY-BY BELLE ISLE

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o, is it me or has time started to fly by once summer started? Seems like things are moving at warp speed lately. I had an awesome opportunity in April to go to Belle Isle and attend the opening of a new section of trail made possible by a generous donation from the Ralph C. Wilson Jr Foundation. They opened a section of nonmotorized trail. The ribbon-cutting ceremony for the opening of Phase 1 of the Ralph C. Wilson Jr Gateway Trail and the Ground Breaking of the Eugene and Elaine C. Driker Trail on the southeast part of the island included inspiring public art sculptures from the Detroit Design Center. Many DNR representatives were present and I was hoping to meet several. Plans changed quickly, just as the ceremony ended, my son, Jacob, called and said the basement was flooded. I left immediately and by the time I got home, Jacob replaced the sump pump with a spare and had the water cleared out, not bad for a 16-year-old. In late April the Executive Committee met in Saginaw and spent over six hours preparing next year’s budget. Many things were discussed, numbers were adjusted and things came together very well. We were almost able to complete the budget for next year. Only a few things remained and those will be worked on via a Zoom meeting. We hope to have things ready to present to the board of directors at the August meeting. 4 MISORVA


BULLPEN RIDE In May, before the Board of Directors (BOD) meeting, a ride was held in conjunction with the East Jordan Trailblazers. Thank you to Ron Schroeder for all your help in organizing this fun event. On Friday we had a dusty ride down to the Bullpen in Atlanta and back. On the way back we were rerouted twice by the DNR due to a large forest fire in the area, so on top of the normal dust, we also had heavy smoke. Jeff Marrucci did an excellent job leading the group and keeping us together for the 130-mile ride. On Saturday, we broke into two groups of 13 and rode through the beautiful Chandler Hills area with Chef Archie Cole setting up by Weber Lake and cooking some excellent food for all. Everyone brought a dish to pass and we had a great time. After lunch, we continued riding through some beautiful scenery for over 70 miles. After putting together a committee of seven to handle the Miracle Millions grant requests, we held a meeting in Gaylord in mid-May to go through the 78 requests. 76 we determined, met the criteria to be eligible. The grant requests contained between one and three requests. The committee spent two days going through the requests and were able to give out over $1 Million to help the DNR grant sponsors with their needs. We were able to get out of Gaylord before the tornados hit the area later that afternoon.

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LEGISLATIVE LUNCHEON The following week I attended a Zoom meeting to talk about a game plan for our Legislative Luncheon in Lansing at the Capitol. This came together incredibly quick, thanks to the hard work of our Executive Director Karen Middendorp. From a mere mention of the idea to checking with Ed Klim, Executive Director of the International Snowmobile Manufacturers Association (ISMA), and asking if we could get the grant, we returned for our Legislative Snowmobile ride we were unable to do because of COVID. We were able to get the grant reissued for a luncheon and Karen went to work quickly with our lobbyist, Karoub and Associates. With the help of Karoub, dates were picked, a room was reserved and food was ordered. The luncheon was excellent and I would like to thank all that attended. We were able to have some excellent conversation about snowmobiling and the impact it and motorized recreation has in Michigan. A big thank you to ISMA for the grant to make it happen. At the June BOD meeting, Joshua Driscoll made a motion to have an ORV Initiatives sub-committee as part of the legislative committee. After much discussion, a motion was made, and the ORV initiatives committee was approved. I asked Joshua to lead the group and he agreed. Several members volunteered for the committee, if anyone else is interested please get ahold of Joshua. This was an excellent idea to find direction to help identify ways to help the ORV program. At the meeting, I also presented the ORV trail improvement financial graph provided in February at the ORV Workgroup Meeting (ORVWG) which showed a fund balance of $15 Million plus in the fund. Dave Titus pointed out I sounded negative toward the DNR and he was 100 percent right. He also pointed out part of the problem was the DNR was not able to spend this money as 6 MISORVA

the ORV program Legislation currently will not allow the DNR to spend the money in the fund. This needs to be worked on and many thanks to Dave for pointing that out. There were several ‘Team’ meetings on the National Parks in Michigan for a 10-year Trail Partnership Challenge that was very informative. What I found most important is the bridges in the National Forests, in many cases, are in poor condition. This is very concerning to the snowmobile program as we take heavy groomers across them to maintain the trails. I hope everyone is enjoying the summer as much as we are. Mary and I celebrated our 25th wedding anniversary in late June. We had lunch at the Cabana Blue in Fair Haven on Lake St. Clair near the place where we met. We also spent some time at the Historic St. Clair Inn in St. Clair on the St. Clair River. After finishing this, I saw a post on Facebook from the Western UP Trail Reports page that the areas damaged in the June of 2018 Keweenaw flood will not be repaired this year as bids have not gone out yet. I was in the area in June of 2019 and saw how extensive the damage was in many areas. I can understand it’s a very large project, but can’t understand why in four years it hasn’t been repaired yet? I feel so sorry for all the businesses that have lost revenue and been affected by this. Hopefully, this can be repaired soon.


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The Yamaha Outdoor Access Initiative is the industry leader in guaranteeing responsible access to our nation’s land for outdoor enthusiasts. Through this program, Yamaha has directly and indirectly supported thousands of miles of motorized recreation trails, maintained and rehabilitated riding and hunting areas, improved staging areas, supplied agricultural organizations with essential OHV safety education, built bridges over fish-bearing streams and partnered with local outdoor enthusiast communities across the country to improve access to public lands.

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A few teaser photos and a YouTube video were shared with us to pass the time until Hay Days. Here’s what we know regarding the 2024 Arctic Cats as this issue of MISORVA is headed to the printer:

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There is an all-new platform spanning 2-stroke Mountain, Crossover and Trail snowmobile categories

The all-new platform is performance-engineered for centralized weight distribution, is focused on being lightweight with an uncompromising strength in design with evolved rider ergonomics

Unveil will take place at the 55th Annual Hay Days Grass Drags in the Arctic Cat display on September 10, 2022 in North Branch, MN

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8 Editor Notes

40 Making 80

14 Oil Lessons

43 Seven Saviors

17 Prime Time Players

44 Best Tablets

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How to food plot with the pros

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A look at the best tablets suited for off-road navigation

26 Shocking Rides

10 things you didn’t know about electric vehicles

This issue of Midwest Rider is chock full of end of summer and fall destinations to explore covering South Dakota, Wisconsin, Minnesota and Michigan

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EDITOR’S NOTES t’s hard to believe, but we’ve already reached the midway point of summer. While that might be cause for disappointment for some, I’m more of a glass half full guy. The close of summer means fall is fast approaching, and despite having a true passion for snow, it’s safe to say fall is my favorite season. No bugs, no humidity, cool temperatures, and eventually stunning colors, fall is the best time to ride. Oh, and let’s not forget fall is also hunting season, another great reason to get your side-by-side or ATV out and ride…respectfully of course. You’re holding another incredible issue of Midwest Rider. Thanks again for the support, it continues to motivate us to make every issue better than the last. Inside you’ll find information on great gear, great insights, great vehicles, and of course great destinations. While Midwest Rider’s primary focus is ATV, side-by-side, and snowmobile riding opportunities, the truth is we love all types of riding and all types of vehicles, and you’ll see that by some of the stories inside. Whether it’s wheelers, side-by-sides, dirt bikes, adventure bikes, snow bikes, three wheelers, snowmobiles, tracked vehicles, or even amphibious, we love them all, and we believe there’s room for all users to get out and enjoy the trails and riding areas. For far too long, specific vehicle riding groups, clubs, associations, and even state agencies have wanted to sort these various vehicle types and differing riders into not so neat, segregated boxes. While I won’t disagree that unique riding areas, trails, and definitions may make for a somewhat better riding experience for the few, it’s time to expand our view and accept all riders. Afterall, we share the same passion. Be it pedal power, gasoline power, diesel power, hybrid power, or electric power, how you choose to motivate your vehicle may differ, but what motivates each of us remains the same…because we’re all riders. Pat Bourgeois


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© 2021 Bombardier Recreational Products Inc. (BRP). All rights reserved. ®, TM and the BRP logo are trademarks of BRP or its affiliates. In the U.S.A., products are distributed by BRP US Inc. Offer is valid in the United States only from May 1, 2021, to July 31, 2021. Eligible units are select Can-Am Off-Road models sold and warranty. The terms and conditions may vary and these offers are subject to termination or change at any time without notice. †Rates as low as 3.99% APR (Annual Percentage Rate) for 36 months. Example of a monthly payment required over a 36-month term at a 3.99% APR: $29.52 per $1,000 financed. An example of a monthly payment with $0 down, no rebate, an APR of 3.99% for 36 months at an MSRP of $10,000 is $295.20/mo. Total cost of borrowing is $627.03 with a total repayment obligation of $10,000.00. Down payment may be required. Other financing offers may be available. Minimum and maximum amount financed may vary. Not all buyers will qualify. Higher rates apply for buyers with lower credit ratings. Other qualifi cations and restrictions may apply, depending on the participating financial institution(s). BRP is not responsible for any of the financing terms and conditions. Offer subject to change without notice. Financing promotions void where prohibited. See your BRP dealer for details. BRP recommends that all ATV-SSV drivers take a training course. See your dealer or call the ATV Safety Institute at 1-800-887-2887. ATVs and SSVs can be hazardous to operate. Never carry passengers on any ATV-SSV not specifi cally designed by the manufacturer for such use. All adult-model Can-Am ATVs are category G ATVs (general-use models) intended for recreational and/or utility use by an operator age 16 or older. Carefully read the vehicle’s operator’s guide. Follow all instructional and safety material and observe applicable laws and regulations. ATVs and SSVs are for off-road use only; never ride on paved surfaces or public roads. For your safety, the operator and passenger(s) must wear a helmet, eye protection and applicable protective clothing. Always remember that riding, alcohol and drugs don’t mix. Never engage in stunt driving. Avoid excessive speed and be particularly careful on diffi cult terrain. Always ride responsibly and safely. See your authorized BRP dealer for details and visit www.can-am.brp.com.

OCONTO COUNTY

If you’re someone who loves getting off the beaten path and exploring the natural world, Oconto County can’t be beat. With 500 miles of interconnected scenic riding, Oconto County is a true off-road playground. The trails here offer accessible, affordable and memorable fun for riders of all experience levels, with options to either rent or bring your own ATV/UTV.

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© 2020 Bombardier Recreational Products Inc. (BRP). All rights reserved. ®, TM and the BRP logo are trademarks of BRP or its affiliates. In the U.S.A., products are distributed by BRP US Inc. BRP reserves the right, at any time, to discontinue or change specifi cations, prices, designs, features, models or equipment without incurring obligation. CAN-AM OFF-ROAD VEHICLE: Some models depicted may include optional equipment. For side-by-side vehicles (SxS): Read the BRP side-by-side operator’s guide and watch the safety DVD before driving. Fasten lateral net and seat belt at all times. Operator must be at least 16 years old. Passenger must be at least 12 years old and able to hold handgrips and plant feet while seated against the backrest. SxSs are for off-road use only; never ride on paved surfaces or public roads. For your safety, the operator and passenger must wear a helmet, eye protection and other protective clothing. Always remember that riding, alcohol and drugs don’t mix. Never engage in stunt driving. Avoid excessive speed and be particularly careful on diffi cult terrain. Always ride responsibly and safely.

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ummer means hot weather and if you are following your grandfather’s footsteps you are probably reaching for heavier weight oil to protect your car, truck, ATV, UTV or anything else requiring a four-stroke lubricant. Lubricants are naturally thinner in hotter weather, so logic would tell us heavier weight oil is needed to provide the same engine protection you get from thinner oil in cooler weather. This logic holds true in some cases, but not for the reasons you would think.

Viscosity Since your Grandfather’s time, EPA fuel economy mandates have motivated automobile manufacturers and oil formulary scientists to adopt lower engine oil viscosity grades. Fuel economy is a major consideration in much of the engineering that goes into new cars. The new engine lubricants of today are designed to protect automobile engines over a wide temperature range, often with lower viscosity schemes. One of the major contributors to increased fuel economy is achieved through the lowering of viscous drag that heavier engine oils can create. Manufacturers have learned they can gain a fuel mileage advantage with thinner oil and protect their engines at the same time. Honda has capitalized on this by using 0W-20 oil and more recently have received API certification for its 0W-16 oil. Thinner oils have arguably played a bigger role in reducing EPA fuel mileage numbers than other technologies such as direct injection or CVT transmissions (comparing like models and gross vehicle weights). Automobile manufacturers go to great lengths to assure that the recommended lubricant is of the proper viscosity grade to optimize both fuel economy and engine protection. There is really no need to go outside of the recommended viscosity grade to protect your engine when it gets hot.

a lot more heat and shear forces, all of which require heavier weight oil to provide proper lubrication. Finally, ORVs aren’t built for mileage, they are built for work or play and they often see intermittent use putting even more responsibility on the oil to stand up to moisture, fuel dilution and other contaminants.

Oil Weights and Heat

While heat can be a real danger to internal combustion engines, modern automobiles have been engineered to run optimally on thinner oils no matter what the ambient temperature. Though they are designed and driven much differently than automobiles, ORVs can typically get by on an all-season oil as well but they are typically heavier in viscosity due to the factors listed Fuel Dilution above. Recently, manufacturers of ATVs have put more emphasis Turning to heavier weight oil is still important when it comes on special lubricants designed for to ATVs, UTVs and other off-road vehicles (ORVs). One of the extreme summer or hot weather main reasons is fuel dilution which thins the oil. Typical fuel use. If you work your ATV or other dilution in passenger cars is under one percent. Fuel dilution in ORV hard by using it to do such recreational vehicles can be as high as seven percent with three things as pull implements, race or to five percent being quite common. Using the manufacturer’s recommended lubricant assures that the engine will be protected use it in hot climates, using these in the face of high fuel dilution. ORVs and many motorcycles also special lubricants will assure you are doing all you can to protect run at higher RPMs (8,000 or more) and use a common sump your investment. for the engine and transmission which can introduce the oil to

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Named after the term, Rime, for frost formed on cold objects by rapid freezing of water vapor, DSG’s women’s snowmobiling boots are tough enough to stand through any weather. You can style the Rime women’s insulated snow boot to your liking with the four different shoe lace colors (black, pink, blue and purple) provided with each pair. The 3M Thinsulate insulation is at an ideal weight of 800 grams for warmth while on the trail. Your coziness level will be 100% because of the faux fur soft lining throughout the interior of this women’s insulated, waterproof snowmobile boot! The toe cap gives you extra wear protection and the out sole has excellent traction for walking on snow and ice. Available in women’s shoe sizes 6-11. (Whole sizes only)

Since 1999, Rox Speed FX has been turning heads and making snowmobiles better with their premium made in the USA products. Adjustable billet handlebar risers drove the company to be one of the industry leaders and the BRX pivoting fixed-height riser for T-style steering stems is proof of their forward thinking designs. Made from Aircraft Grade 6061T6 aluminum, the BRX riser is black anodized and mounts to any snowmobile with 7/8” T-style handlebar post and is available in 2.25”, 3.25”, 4.25” and 5.25” heights. The riser will accept 7/8” or 1 1/8” handlebars on the top side and works/looks great on the new Polaris Matryx models with T-style stem.

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BIKEMANPERFORMANCE.COM Founded in 2004, Bikeman Performance has been dedicated to giving you the best performance possible from your snowmobile or UTV. The dedicated crew lives their passion through racing and riding including drags, hillclimb, snocross, watercross, freestyle, mountain and trail riding. If you are a Ski-Doo 850 Turbo owner looking for huge performance gains in one simple package, you’ll want to look into Bikeman’s new Stage 3 bolt-on kit. You’ll get great gains at both low and high altitudes via four different tune levels and the kit includes their Stage 3 clutch kit with TEAM tied secondary, Torque Link ECU license, Torque Link flasher device, ceramic chrome Y-pipe, Fatazz Turbo Pipe with Fast Reacting Turbo Stinger and a silicone Charge Tube. 16 Midwest Rider 2022

SLEDBRITE SNOWMOBILE BELLY PAN CLEANER BIOKLEEN.COM Sledbrite’s Bellypan Cleaner is the answer to cleaning those nasty exhaust stains off your snowmobile’s bellypan. You can also clean your hood, belts, clutches and other snowmobile equipment. The spray is safe for all decals and plastic, is biodegradable, and is ozone safe. Buy at Hay Days and get your snowmobile shining like new.


prime time WAHL RACING HOODIE SWEATSHIRT WAHLRACING.COM Racing has been a Wahl family tradition for 35 years. Beginning in 1968, Durmont Wahl was an active part of Team Arctic factory racing. He served as a factory technician for some of the Arctic racing heroes including Dave Thompson, Larry Coltom, Bob Elsner and Jim Dimmerman. His brother Dave Wahl started racing in the upper Midwest circuits in the mid-70s. Dave was a dominant force in racing and surprised many factory-sponsored teams with his superior handling and performance race sleds. Wahl Racing fans will surely enjoy this new soft hoodie for 2022 with a blend of 52% cotton/48% poly. Fits true to size, but if you prefer a relaxed fit, or are in between sizes, choose one size larger. Available in Heather Charcoal Gray and sizes S-3XL. Where ever you want to go we have the equipment to get you there.

COUNTRY CAT – PRIDE. PASSION. PERFORMANCE COUNTRYCAT.COM Country Cat is your full line Arctic Cat, Kawasaki and E-Z-GO dealer. They carry an extensive selection of snowmobiles, ATVs, side-by-sides and golf carts. Country Cat also has a massive inventory of OEM parts, clothing and accessories on-hand and available through their convenient, easy-to-shop website. You can find the best brands there including, 509, Klim, FXR, Skinz Protective Gear and Speedwerx. Find them at Hay Days.

BITEHARDER CARBIDE RUNNER SHARPENING TOOL BITEHARDER.COM BITEHARDER’s Standard Series Runner tool is designed as a maintenance bit to be used with a portable drill to easily keep your runner’s sharp, without the need to remove them from your ski. BITEHARDER tools provide the best edge for handling, performance and safety. Never ride on dull carbide runners again.

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prime time EAZYMOVE SNOWMOBILE CART EAZYMOVECARTS.COM An Eazymove snowmobile cart has been solving lower back pains for over twenty years. With no lifting required, an Eazymove snowmobile cart adjusts to fit all snowmobiles and literally takes the pain out of moving your snowmobile around the garage. All Eazymove carts are backed by a Lifetime warranty, are finished with an industrial E-coating and padded decking will not damage your snowmobile bodywork.

iGRIP SNOWMOBILE AND OFF-ROAD TIRE STUDS iGRIPSTUD.COM iGrip is a Canadian company specialized in the design and manufacturing of screw studs since 2015. Their studs are innovative with a unique design and superior quality and are suitable for any kind of vehicle. iGRIP has several kinds of studs designed for automobiles, agricultural vehicles, heavy and light machinery, recreational vehicles, snowmobiles, forest vehicles, military vehicles, mining vehicles and bikes, as well as for safety boots. All iGRIP studs are manufactured in hot dipped steel to maximize their durability and with a zinc heat galvanization process which acts as a shield against corrosion. All studs are equipped with a tungsten carbide point to provide continued and increased traction. Hayday22.pdf

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Story: Pat Bourgeois The forward momentum of electric vehicles is on. After being scoffed at for several years, Tesla has become a major player in the automotive industry, and the benchmark by which all other electric cars are measured. Regardless of where you stand in the electric vehicle discussion, and the opinions are many, there’s little doubt electric vehicles in some capacity, will be part of our transportation future. he same can be said for the future of powersports. Already, we’ve seen the major manufacturers wade into the electric fray. Polaris has come to market with an all-electric Ranger called the XP Kinetic, and according to reports, saw its initial production run sell-out within the first day. The Minnesota company’s primary rival, BRP in Quebec, also announced they too would be electrifying their line-up, with an electric vehicle offering in each of their primary categories including Can-Am side-by-sides by model year 2026. Back in 2019, BRP purchased the electric motorcycle manufacturer Alta to get a jump-start on the technology necessary to make the EV transition. Alta was considered by many within the two-wheel industry to have leading technology in the category. Of course, there are others who have made these same proclamations and have since fallen to the wayside. Nikola Motors was in the news plenty a few years ago after the company blindsided investors who eventually learned its then hero product was mostly smoke and mirrors after a damning video of its “game changing” truck was proven to be a fake. There was also a powersports division of Nikola that had big aspirations to build electric ATVs and side-by-sides. However, 26 Midwest Rider 2022

after much hype, those plans came to a screeching halt when the Nikola powersports division was shuttered back in February of 2021. However, there are plenty of new companies to fill the void and the hype left behind by Nikola. It seems every few months, we hear of rumblings of yet another start-up manufacturer with plans of an electric powersports vehicle. We look at a few of those within this article. Thus, if an electric off-road vehicle is destined to be part of our riding future, we thought it would be prudent to give more insight and dispel some myths about electric vehicles. As a Tesla owning household for the past five years, I personally had to overcome a steep learning curve when it comes to owning and understanding electric vehicles. At my core I remain a gas and oil lover, but I’ve also come to appreciate and dare I say love electric vehicles. I know they’re not for everyone, nor will they currently replace our beloved internal combustion engines any time soon. But in the right application and the right mindset, they have a place in our lives now and in the future. So, with that, here are ten tings you need to know about electric vehicles.


10 THINGS POWER The power and instant torque of an electric vehicle is amazing. Unlike an internal combustion engine that has “build” power and has a torque curve, an electric vehicle can hit instantly, and can retain that peak power or peak torque indefinitely, or at least until the battery runs out. I’ve made grown men giggle and God-fearing folks swear when stomping the accelerator of our Tesla. That same kind of acceleration can be expected from electric performance powersports vehicles.

KNOW YOUR EV CHARGING STATIONS

CHARGE TIME You’ll see plenty of arguments against electric vehicles saying they take “forever” to charge. What they often leave out is how the vehicle is being charged. Charging speed or range is all about charging power. In the EV world, charge is referred as miles of charge per hour. In other words, if you are charging at 30 miles per hour, you are adding 30 miles of range to your battery for each hour of charge. It’s true if you attempt to charge using a lowly 15amp, 110volt typical household circuit it could take you days to fully charge a vehicle. Tesla Supercharging stations for example, vary in capabilities, with both 150amp and 250amp options. The more amps you have the faster you can recharge, but dealing with the heat while charging is one of the limitations that engineers are looking to mitigate with future technology.

TEMPERATURE Yes, colder temperatures will reduce the overall range of your vehicle. Nearly all electric vehicle specs will give you best case scenario numbers. From experience, I’ve seen anywhere from 20 to 35 percent reduction in range based upon temperature. In most cars, a heating system is built into the battery bank to heat the battery in cold weather situations. This obviously takes power as well, not to mention space. Such a system to our knowledge, is not being employed in current electric powersports vehicles.

REGENERATIVE BRAKING Regenerative braking is the ability of a vehicle to produce its own energy and thus charge the battery. When slowing, the electric motor(s) becomes a generator. Such a system helps the overall range of vehicle, but it’s simply not enough to overcome the net draw on the system. A hidden benefit of regenerative braking is how it dramatically prolongs the life of your brakes. If the system is adjustable, you can dial up the regenerative braking capabilities to maximum and, once you get used to it, you’ll barely touch the brakes as the system captures maximum energy and, in the process, slows the vehicle considerably.

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10 THINGS RANGE We already touched on this briefly, but the range you see listed in the specs is best case scenario — perfect conditions, perfect temperatures, and smooth and steady speeds. Once you start mashing the pedal with a hammer down approach, your range will suffer.

STRANDED I’ve seen plenty of memes on social media poking fun at EV owners running out of juice in the worst situations. Obviously, this can happen, but you should also know most electric vehicles have several failsafe operations in place to help you avoid this. From countless warnings, to reduced power and speed modes, to extended “hidden” reserves, they’re all there to keep you from being stranded. More importantly, owning and driving an electric vehicle requires planning and forethought when it comes to routes and destinations.

DEGREDATION Batteries have a lifespan and how you treat them will impact that lifespan. Contrary to the myths you read on social media about having to replace the battery of your electric car or sideby-side in a few short years, most modern EV vehicles have a battery life that will likely far outlive other parts of the vehicle, especially if you take care of it. Charging the battery to only the level you need (versus fully charging it every time), and draining the battery to near empty occasionally will extend the life of the battery.

HOME CHARGING As pointed out earlier, charging with a standard 110 outlet is not going to cut it. You need more power and one of the best things you can do as an electric vehicle owner is to install a home charging system. Most utilize a 50amp circuit and can charge at a rate of 40 to 50 miles per hour.

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CHEAPER THAN GAS With gas prices at record highs and rising electric rates, this argument is a moving target at best. But, when you factor in the additional maintenance required of an internal combustion vehicle, and if you look at off-peak charging programs, an EV vehicle can be cheaper to operate than a gas one. While the off-road environment will be much more abusive than an on-road one, our Tesla has nearly 60,000 miles logged and has only needed one set of tires and windshield washer fluid.


10 THINGS NOT FOR EVERYONE By no means do we think electric vehicles are for everyone. For any kind of long-distance trail ride we’re grabbing the gasser keys every time. But if you’re riding style or work requirements keep you close to home with the ability to apply a fresh charge every night, an electric side-by-side could be in your future. VOLCON STAG For the past few years, Texas based start-up Volcon ePowersports has been slowly building momentum in the offroad space. It started on two wheels with the Grunt, followed by the smaller statured Runt. Resembling the original 1985 Yamaha Big Wheel 200 (BW200), these big tire e-bikes are simplistic, urban focused, and tout a top speed of 40mph with a projected range up to 75 miles (Grunt). However, Volcon now appears to be a more serious player in the off-road space with their recently announced Stag full-electric side-by-side. Like many big announcements from start-ups these days, the Stag has been launched with lots of bold proclamations, but few, if any actual production units to back it up. Still, on paper and in the photos, the Stag appears to have the potential to deliver some serious fun. With output up to 140-horsepower, a range up to 100-miles, and plenty of integrated technology including on-board cameras, driving modes, route planning, and smart phone connectivity, the four seat Stag looks every bit the part of a modern performance side-by-side. Starting at just under $40,000 (you can reserve one for a $100), the Stag is projecting deliveries to start during the summer of 2023, and we’ll be waiting for our test ride opportunity with charging plug in hand. volcon.com RINDEV UNITY There’s no shortage of bold bravado coming from the electric powersports start up Rindel and their recently announced Unity side-byside. With a claimed whopping 507-horspower, a range up to 350-miles (for an extra $10K, the base model has a suggested price of $29,999) and a top speed of more than 70mph, it all sounds too good to be true. With plans to assemble the Unity somewhere in Colorado using a high percentage of American sourced parts, the Rindel company is also saying all the right things. Of course, we won’t know just what the Unity is truly capable of until a production model hits the dirt. For now, we’ll have to rely on some sweet computer-generated images, and a chance to reserve one for a fully refundable $100. rindev.com AMERICAN LANDMASTER EV 4X4 If you haven’t heard of American Landmaster, it’s likely because the company has been quietly working under the boisterous noise of the off-road landscape just on the outskirts of Fort Wayne, Indiana. For the past several years, the utility focused side-by-side builder has been pumping out a nice selection of UTVs ranging from the simple and affordable L3 at just over $7K up to the LX7 with top speed of 34mph and a price tag of just over $14K. But it’s the new for 2022 EV 4x4 that got our attention during a recent visit. Landmaster already has a pair of rear-wheel drive only electric side-by-sides in their lineup, but this is their first electric 4x4 offering. Like all Landmaster units, the new EV is work and adventure utility focused and will deliver a top speed of 30mph and a range up to 65 miles. The EV 4x4 touts a price tag of $17,499, and you can find a dealer near you by visiting their website. americanlandmaster.com July/Aug 2022 29


PROSPECTORS ATV CLUB

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HONORS GREG MOSHER WITH MEMORIAL RIDE PROSPECTOR.RIDETRAILS.ORG

reg Mosher was an integral part of the Prospectors ATV Club based out of Ely, Minnesota which also represents the Tower, Babbitt and Embarrass areas. Greg was a great friend to many, and sadly passed away unexpectedly this past Christmas Eve. The Prospectors recently held the Inaugural Greg Mosher Memorial Ride in June. Over 100 people and 53 machines had perfect weather while traversing a 70 mile route and raising over $1,000 in donations. The Babbitt ATV Club cooked everyone a great lunch for all participants who then stopped near Putnam Lake where an overlook will be built dedicated to Greg as a memorial.

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RECREATE THE GREG MOSHER MEMORIAL RIDE If you are looking for an area to explore, this Northeast portion of Minnesota is incredibly beautiful to take in via the seat of an ATV or UTV. The Greg Mosher Memorial Ride left from Ely’s Whiteside Park and headed down the Taconite Trail to the Beaver River bridge to Trail #5 and #3 onto Babbitt. From Babbitt, the ride went back across the Soular swamp boardwalk onto Trail #3 and then onto Trail #4 where the Putman Lake Greg Mosher outlook is planned. All of Trail #4 was taken back to the Taconite Trail and returned to the starting point in Ely. (70 Miles) The Prospectors Trail Alliance considers the availability of destination travel routes throughout the northland, a key consideration in providing public access through ATV use to many desired locations. Connecting communities with such features as Soudan Underground Mine State Park, Lake Vermilion State Park, Bear Head Lake State Park and a variety of other features within the Superior National Forest is a key component to enabling the use and access of these wonderful attributes that Minnesota has to offer.

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wisconsin’s douglas county forest

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VOLUNTEERS ARE THE REASON THESE TRAILS EXIST Trail maintenance and signage are completed by the Straight Arrow Enduro Riders (SAER) Motorcycle Club under general direction of the Douglas County Forestry Department. SAER is a non-profit organization chartered by the American Motorcycle Association (AMA) and Amateur Riders Motorcycle Association (ARMCA), recognized as District 23. The Club promotes and supports off- road motorcycle racing and recreational trail riding. All trail maintenance activities are performed by club member volunteers and without this volunteer work there would not be a trail system.

ith over five miles of single track trails traversing a rugged forested landscape, the Douglas County Forest offers off-highway motorcycle enthusiasts a very unique opportunity to test their riding skills and experience a remote riding adventure. From steep hill climbs and descents, to highspeed straights and tight corners, the thrill of maneuvering a motorcycle through a forested setting is a feeling like no other. Officially established in 2009, Douglas County’s Straight Arrow off-Highway Motorcycle (OHM) trail system is open to OHM use only and directly links with more than 45 32 Midwest Rider 2022

additional miles of trails in Minnesota’s neighboring Nemadji State Forest. Riders of all abilities can expect to be challenged by the varied terrain and inspired by the scenic natural beauty. Whether you’re a beginner or a veteran rider, you’re sure to find the type of riding excitement you’re looking for. LOCATION The OHM trail system is located in the northwestern region of the county forest approximately 7-1⁄2 miles west of State Highway 35 in the Town of Summit. Take County Highway BB west for 2-3⁄4 miles, turn left on PatzauFoxboro Road and take it west for 3 miles, turn left (south) on Foxboro Chaffey Road and take

it for 1-1⁄2 miles until you see the trailhead entrance (signed) on the right (west) side of the road. The trailhead offers an ample parking area for vehicles with trailers and direct access to the trail. HOURS The Douglas County portion of the trail system is open to public use 24 hours a day 7 days a week from the official summer trail opening date (typically late May) to October 31, annually. Please note that although trails may be open, they can be very susceptible to damage depending on day-to-day conditions. All riders should use their best judgment, and if it’s wet, don’t ride to protect the trails!

• Off-highway motorcycles that are NOT LEGAL for public highway use (IE: dirt bikes and mini-bikes) are permitted to operate on the OHM trail system. No statewide registration available or required in Wisconsin. • Motorcycles that ARE LEGAL for public highway use (IE: street bikes, enduro and dual-purpose) are permitted to operate on the OHM trail system. State of Wisconsin registration required. • Operation of all non-street legal motorcycles is prohibited on all Wisconsin State Highways, Douglas County Highways, and Town of Summit roads. • Operation of all non-street legal and street legal motorcycles is prohibited on the Wisconsin portion of the Gandy Dancer Recreational Trail. • Operating on any permanently, temporarily, or seasonally closed trail is prohibited. • Operating off the designated trail (cross- country) is prohibited. • It is prohibited to construct or establish a new trail or otherwise modify an existing trail. Use of any illegally constructed or established trail is prohibited. • It is prohibited to remove, alter, or damage any trail sign, blockage device, or other trail improvement or feature. • All trails are two-way trails and can be ridden in either direction. Users are asked to remain alert for other oncoming riders and to be courteous when meeting or approaching others. • Trail access is provided at the Foxboro-Chaffey Road trailhead where informational signage is posted. Trails are marked with a motorcycle rider symbol. No other authorized access points are available in Douglas County.


wisconsin’s SAWYER county

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awyer County is located in Wisconsin’s Northwoods and is a beautiful recreation area for both summer and winter powersports lovers. The Sawyer County Snowmobile & ATV Alliance is a non-profit corporation made up of 10 snowmobile and ATV clubs located in the county and their goal is to help create and maintain some of the best trails in North America. Exploring there, you’ll find over 600 miles of uncongested, wellgroomed, well-marked, trails that twist and turn past glacial lakes and rivers which include miles of routes on gravel and paved roads connecting the trail system. Northern Wisconsin also has an incredibly supportive infrastructure for off-road traffic. You can ride for days encountering little traffic, but never be far from restaurants, resorts, fuel, repairs and lodging.

The Alliance is a members of the Association of Wisconsin Snowmobile Clubs (AWSC) and the Wisconsin ATV Association (WATVA) for the betterment of both sports throughout the state. Their unrivaled trail system and infrastructure is only possible because of the dedication of hundreds of ATV and snowmobile club volunteer members working together to renovate, clear and mark the trails in order to keep them in great riding condition.

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TRAIL RIDING IN JACKSON COUNTY CO.JACKSON.WI.US

ackson County is host to some of the most popular ATV trails in the Midwest. Over 100 miles of trail wind through the scenic Black River State Forest and Jackson County Forest. The trails can best be described as sandy and rolling connecting many food, fuel and lodging establishments in the Villages of Millston, Pray and Black River Falls. Trails are groomed periodically by state and county workers to ensure the best and safest riding conditions. The trails are also open to the use of street legal motorcycles driven by licensed operators. All street legal motorcycles are required to display a Jackson County use sticker before riding the trails. Stickers are available at many local vendors. All non-street legal motorcycles may only operate on the Jackson County Crawford Hills Motorcycle Trail system. All motorcycles using any trail system must have a Jackson County Motorcycle sticker.

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Wisconsin Law requires all non-resident (out of state) ATVs purchase a non-resident trail pass. We recommend purchasing these in the Sports Section of the local Walmart in Black River Falls located on Highway 54.

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MINNESOTA’S NORTH SHORE

ALGER GRADE SINGLE TRACK TRAIL OPENS ALGER GRADE SINGLE TRACK BUILDERS CLUB WILD COUNTRY ATV CLUB

The Wild Country ATV Club, based out of Two Harbors, Minnesota, hosted a June grand opening of the new 14 mile single-track Off-Highway Motorcycle (OHM) trail built in Lake County. The trail was routed and designed to be one of Minnesota’s best technical single-tracks with hills, off cambers, drops, step-ups and even a short hardenduro section. There are easier/harder splits called blue and black sections so it’s accessible to all. This Minnesota Grant-in-Aid trail requires an OHM sticker. LOCATION North from Two Harbors, MN on Lake Co. Highway 2 for 8+ miles to E. Alger Grade. Turn right. Parking in the CJ Ramstad parking lot. 36 Midwest Rider 2022

MORE INFO Search for the private Facebook group: “Alger Grade Single Track Builders Group” and request membership. There is a trail map on the FB group (Avenza app store as well). You can also reach out to jleusman@hotmail.com with any questions. If you would like to see the trail before you ride it, searching “Alger Grade” on YouTube will bring up many videos from Bjork Offroad, and others, during various stages of the building process.


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DRUMMOND ISLAND – MICHIGAN’S LARGEST CLOSED-LOOP TRAIL VISITDRUMMONDISLAND.COM

he off road vehicle (ORV) trails on Drummond Island are home to some of the most scenic and rugged in Michigan. Drummond’s DNR-sponsored trail system is the largest closed-loop ORV system in the state. With over 60 miles of ATV trails and 40 miles of ORV routes, there’s a lot to explore. Drummond Island’s ORV system contains a wide variety of terrain. From picturesque hardwood forests, to expansive, wide open meadows, spiced up with occasional short rock climbs. Discover island routes running along stone ridges carved out by Lake Huron and the last Ice Age. Ride loops taking you near the shore of Lake Huron for some exceptional vistas, as well as distant views of the Canadian shore. ​ If challenging trails set deep into the woods can be considered a treasure, then Drummond Island has the mother lode. Drummond’s trails lend themselves to long extended trail rides where you’ll want to take water, food, first aid, and tools, in addition to extra clothing. With the rugged nature of Drummond’s ATV trails, 4x4 utility ATVs are preferred. Even though utility style quads and 4x4s lend themselves more to the kind of ride Drummond has to offer, side-by-sides have ample trails to explore on the ORV routes. 38 Midwest Rider 2022

Remember: riding along the shore or beach or in the water is illegal in Michigan and on Drummond Island. Please help protect the island by NOT following illegal tracks.


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he M-20 Motorsport Trail is located just northeast of White Cloud. It is the beginning of the MCCCT Trail and the first 15-miles have been widened to accommodate Highway Legal ATVs. This section also provides 26-miles for Highway Legal motorcycles (40-inches wide or less) north of the ATV loop.

“Great place to take the ATVs or dirtbikes. Lots of sandy hills and whoop sections with a few roots to spice things up! 3rd gear trail most of the time 2nd in the tight corners. Two way (trail) traffic, easy open parking lot, there were about 20 people riding the day we went so the trails were not crowded at all. Overall fun place to take the bikes with friends!” – Kristopher K, Google Review The trail traverses flat to rolling hills and goes through areas ranging from heavily wooded forests with oak, maple and pine with a shrub, grass and fern understory, to open meadows. There are several scenic bridge crossings along the route. The M-20 Motorsport Trail is shown on the Huron-Manistee National Forests Motor Vehicle Use Map and is located on the MI-DNR website of the MCCCT Trail from M-20 to the Big O Trail. DIRECTIONS FROM WHITE CLOUD • Travel north on M-37 for 1.75 miles. • Turn left and travel west on M-20 for 4 miles. • The site is located on the right.

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MAKING 80

FOOD PLOTS

FOOD PLOTS WITH POLARIS POLARIS.COM/HUNTING

The time is now to start prepping your food plots for the quick-approaching fall hunting season and Polaris has some great YouTube videos on the topic shared to their website. Get a first-hand look at how 80 acres of land in northern Minnesota is transformed into a prime deer hunting property. Join Samuel Moore, a hunter and first-time property owner, as he learns from renowned whitetail hunter, and host of Driven TV, Pat Reeve. EPISODE 1: HOW TO DEVELOP LAND FOR DEER HUNTING

Samuel purchased 80 acres of land in northern Minnesota for whitetail. Now the question is, where to start? Thankfully, Samuel has just the person to call, Pat Reeve. Follow along as Sam learns what it will take to turn this land into a whitetail oasis.

EPISODE 3: HOW TO PLANT A FOOD PLOT

Now it’s time to plant the food plot. Watch Samuel till the plot, fertilize, spread seed, and more to ensure this food plot takes root.

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EPISODE 2: HOW TO CLEAR & SPRAY FOOD PLOTS

Watch Samuel take on the next phase of the project, clearing and spraying the food plot. Listen and learn from Pat as to why you don’t want to miss this step.

EPISODE 4: FINAL TO-DOS BEFORE HUNTING SEASON In the final episode, Samuel has to find a way to water the food plot to combat a dry spell in Minnesota. When he returns a few weeks before hunting opener, he’ll see if his efforts paid off as he finishes the last to-dos for the season.


MAKING 80

FOOD PLOTS

koLPin food plot attachment product guide KOLPIN.COM

The ATV/UTV attachments used to create the food plots in the Polaris Making 80 videos were all from the Kolpin DirtWorks® line of products. While designed to fit most vehicles, Kolpin does not guarantee fitment for ALL vehicles, so it’s best to review their latest vehicle fitment charts, and always refer to your vehicle’s OEM operator manual to understand warnings and fitment, which takes precedence over Kolpin product instructions and fitment.

HEAVY-DUTY 3-POINT ELECTRIC LIFT HITCH SYSTEM PART #WHS03HD $949.99 Category ‘0’ Agricultural Implement System with 20-inch integrated tool bar with 5/8” diameter pins Heavy-duty 1-1/2” square tubing frame Fits any 2” automotive style receiver hitch Convenient rocker switch can be mounted to your handle bars/dash so soil depth adjustments and lift for transport is done without ever having to get off your machine 12v electric actuator lift system with 20 amp maximum draw. 250 lbs. lift capacity at the tool bar 300 lbs. down pressure capacity and 15” vertical lift at the toolbar Fully adjustable lift arms and top link

60-INCH LANDSCAPE RAKE PART #LSR60 $369.99 Clear trails, groom horse corrals, rake the beach or maintain your gravel driveway 5 position angling for customized results 21 individual 1-5/16” hardened landscape rake tines Heavy-duty steel, black powder coated rake

SOIL S-TINE CULTIVATOR KIT PART #CT036 $429.99

DISC PLOW KIT PART #DP82 $479.99 Two individual gangs of (4) discs easily attach to the DirtWorks® Accessory Tool Bar Five adjustable cutting angles accommodate different soil types and conditions

Cultivator tines break up compacted ground providing deeper penetration and more aeration when preparing your soil (6) 1-1/2” Agricultural grade Danish ”S” tines feature reversible sweeps

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TRAIL MAINTENANCE SAWS FROM STIHL

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MS 271 FARM BOSS – HIGHPERFORMANCE, HIGH-TECH AND FUEL-EFFICIENT The MS 271 FARM BOSS replaces the mighty MS 270 with a saw loaded with features and technology. It starts with a highly efficient engine delivering 20 percent longer run times between refueling, and cuts exhaust emissions in half compared to the MS 270. The pre-separation air filtration system is so effective, your air filter can last up to five times longer. Stihl engineered all this into one compact, ergonomic design into a 12lb powerhead package which is great to tackle any size treefall or trim you’ll come across on the trail. GTA 26 - ELECTRIC While considered a garden pruner, the battery-powered STIHL GTA 26 is a completely new tool in the STIHL product range, and a first of its kind on the U.S. market. With a 25-minute run time and a 4-inch bar, this handheld unit can go beyond the garden though and is sized perfectly to stow in your ATV or UTV trunk when a quick branch trim becomes necessary. Lightweight (2.7lbs) and compact, the new design with rubber grips provides ease of use and minimizes wrist torsion. An LED light display provides charge level and status of the tool. With battery, charger, multi-oil, and even a transport bag, the GTA 26 set comes with everything users need to take on a variety of landscaping or small cutting tasks. 42 Midwest Rider 2022


FEATURE

FALL HUNTING ACCESSORIES

7

SAVIORS

FOR THIS HUNTING SEASON This is one diverse assembly of products that all revolve around the powersports industry and/or making your life easier this hunting season. From vehicles to clothing, these seven saviors will improve your hunt one way or another.

WARN AXON WINCHES WARN.COM With the all-new AXON lineup, WARN has taken winching to the next level by combining a powerful motor and first-of-its-kind digital contactor into one unit called a Motactor. The WARN Motactor increases performance, drops installation time, and provides never-before-seen levels of performance and feedback to the user. Tech is nothing without durability, so WARN claims to have made AXON the most durable powersports winch ever. Allmetal construction, waterproof sealing, and increased structural rigidity are made for extreme environments. It’s smart, tough, and perfect for a wide range of powersports vehicles. Available in 3,500, 4,500, and 5,500 pulling capacities, with a choice of steel or Spydura synthetic rope.

YAMAHA EF5500D 5500 WATT GENERATOR WITH CO SENSOR YAMAHAGENERATORS.COM

MAXXIS BIGHORN RADIAL TIRES MAXXIS.COM If there were a Hall of Fame for ATV tires, the now-legendary Maxxis Bighorn would be front and center. The tire of choice for myriad riders ranging from pros to weekend enthusiasts, the original Bighorn is the most durable offering in the Bighorn line-up and will power you through any hunting property this fall. The Bighorn has a tough 6-ply rated radial construction and is available in sizes 12-, 14- and 15-inch.

If you have a remote, or primitive hunting camp, the portable electric Yamaha EF5500D 5500 watt consumer generator will keep your lights on longer for those late night card games where the biggest buck stories are swapped. The EF5500D uses a 358cc OHV engine with recoil start that combines 5500 watts maximum AC output with outstanding fuel efficiency. Allows nine hours of continuous operation on a single tank of fuel. July/Aug 2022 43


feature ARGO AURORA 800SX HUNTMASTER ARGOXTV.COM The Aurora 800 SX Huntmaster is raring to go on its next hunting adventure. With the full amphibious body, the Aurora 8x8 Series is the premium platform for ARGO, making it the most advanced and powerful XTV available. The massive V-Twin engine options give you the highperformance power to conquer obstacles at work or at play. The new Instant Torque Clutch (ITC) technology complements the Admiral transmission with ARGO Progressive Steering for a smooth and comfortable ride. This modern-day landand-water warrior wears TrueTimber Prairie camo and is ready to explore every bit of your hunting property.

LEATHERMAN CURL MULTI-TOOL LEATHERMAN.COM If you are looking for the perfect full-size multi-tool to help you out this hunting season and beyond, don’t look further than the Leatherman Curl. This instant classic is great for beginners, is easy to use, durable and most importantly, a great value. Packed with 15 tools including pliers, wire cutters, wire stripper, knife, spring-action scissors, ruler, awl, can and bottle openers, files, bit driver and screwdrivers.

POLAR HD MAX TA TRAILER POLARTRAILER.COM The Polar HD Max is the king of the Polar trailer line. With a monster 1,800 pound capacity, this trailer can haul just about anything you can throw in it for your hunting property and carry it over the roughest of terrains. A heavy duty, removable rotating tailgate gives a cleaner dump than comparable models. Simply maneuver the trailer in position, pull the tailgate and dump your payload right where it needs to be.

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DSG OUTERWEAR HUNTING JACKETS FOR WOMEN DSGOUTERWEAR.COM DSG Outerwear is an industry leader of creating gear specifically for women. Made famous in the snowmobile industry, the DSG crew can get you ready for deer season with thin-profile insulated women’s camouflage jackets. Designed to truly fit a woman, the use of fit models of all shapes and sizes ensures a perfect fit of these ladies hunting jackets, up to women’s 5XL.


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beautiful design. The lightness of the tablet makes it easy to bring anywhere. You can also use an Apple Pencil 2 on this tablet. The iPad mini 6 features USB-C charging and a high quality webcam. Apple iPad Pro 12.9 Built with a great deal of power, the iPad Pro 12.9 is perfect for off-roaders who crave long days on the trail. The tablet allows users to explore different apps, videos and browser tabs quickly. You can go with the model of 16GB of RAM but the 8GM RAM variant should work fine. The Liquid Retina XDR mini-LED display allows for immensely expressive pictures. The tablet’s audio is also noteworthy. The iPad Pro 12.9 has USB4 and Thunderbolt 3 support. The tablet is also incredibly durable for a device with a slim build.


tablets Dell Latitude 7212 Rugged Extreme Built for whatever obstacles your journey entails, the Dell Latitude 7212 is worth it for any off-roader who values their tablet’s durability. The tablet will accompany you through thick and thin as it is compression sealed from sand, dust and liquids. You will also get a secondary Li-ion battery secured by a two-year warranty. Both the front and rear cameras are protected by a built-in-shutter. Featuring a MicroSD memory card reader, the tablet has plenty of storage. The screen presents maps that can be read easily. The Dell Latitude 7212 weighs about two pounds. Samsung Galaxy Tab S6 Lite Another one of the best GPS tablets, the Samsung Galaxy Tab S6 Lite provides off-roaders with visuals key to successful navigation. With a 10.4-inch display, the tablet is bright enough to view maps without taking a toll on your eyes. Apps load quickly and run efficiently. You can bring the tablet along from anywhere with its thin build. The three distinctive colors of the tablet include Oxford Gray, Chiffon Pink and Angora Blue. The tablet also comes with the S Pen which works for taking notes. The battery life is another favorable aspect along with decent audio and stunning display. Samsung Galaxy Tab S7 Samsung Galaxy Tab S7 thrives as one of the best GPS tablets for Android. Color options include Mystic Silver, Mystic Black and Mystic Bronze. Built lightly, the tablet is easy to travel with. You can open numerous tabs smoothly. The battery life is very strong

also. The beautiful 120Hz display is another reason the Samsung Galaxy Tab S7 is one of the best Android GPS tablets. The sound also works proficiently. Samsung Galaxy Tab S7 Plus Off-roaders familiar with the Samsung Galaxy Tab S7 Plus know this is one of the best off-road GPS tablets out there. The tablet has a captivating 12.4-inch display along with 120Hz refresh rate. With an HDR10+ feature, you will be able to navigate with outstanding picture quality that also works well in direct sunlight. The Samsung Galaxy Tab S7 Plus also supports 5G connectivity. One of the reasons this is one of the best tablets with GPS is the outstanding battery life. The Samsung Galaxy Tab S7 Plus also performs quickly. The audio on this tablet is very favorable. Those who enjoy a keyboard will find great use for the optional book cover keyboard. Vanquisher 8-Inch Ultra Rugged Built sturdy and for convenience, the Vanquisher 8-Inch Ultra Rugged works for off-roaders seeking one of the best GPS tablets. Weighing less than 1.5lbs, this tablet will fit in your hand. You can also hold the tablet with the strap to keep it in place. The panel made with Corning Gorilla glass keeps the screen highly protected from whatever comes its way. Integrated GPS provides off-roaders with GPS navigation that doesn’t need service. The Vanquisher 8-Inch Ultra Rugged has a high capacity battery. A smooth design is also an appealing factor.

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COMING EVENTS Rides and Rallies

STURGIS OFF-ROAD RALLY Sturgis, South Dakota September 8-11 The City of Sturgis Rally and Events Department along with Mount Rushmore Motorsports proudly presents the 2022 5th Annual “Sturgis Off-Road Rally” September 8-11, 2022. There’s nothing like spending a crisp fall weekend exploring over 3000 miles of roads and trails in the Black Hills of South Dakota. There will be a poker run, barrel races, ride on your own, pole bending, socials, the always popular Director’s Ride, and other exciting things to do. The fun begins Thursday, September 8, with check-in from 8am - 1pm in the lobby of the library at 1040 Harley Davidson Way and wraps up Saturday, September 11. Register in advance and check out the many events by visiting officialsturgisevents.com/off-road-rally.

NITRO RALLYCROSS Elk River, Minnesota October 1-2 After its debut season last year, the Nitro Rallycross series will make a triumphant return to ERX Motor Park in Elk River, Minnesota later this year. With a ten-race series scheduled, including stops in Sweden, Finland, Canada, and Saudi Arabia, the Nitro RX series will feature drivers from around the world competing on a closed-circuit rally course. Travis Pastrana, Nitro RX mastermind and 2021 series champion said, “I’m so excited to see Nitro Rallycross expand into a full worldwide series. This is the action-packed, no limits racing that teams, drivers and fans have been looking for, and going global has been our goal from the beginning.” Advance ticket sales and more information will be released soon at both nitrorallycross.com and erxmotorpark.com.

PUMPKIN RUN RALLY Mercer, Wisconsin October 6-9 The Annual Pumpkin Run ATV/UTV Rally is held in Mercer, Wisconsin and takes place on all Iron County ATV/UTV trails and routes. The purpose of the rally is for participants to take part in a poker run, making stops at different locations across all the area’s ATV/UTV trails. Your weekend begins with registration Thursday-Friday with the annual tractor pull taking place Friday. On Saturday, you’ll enjoy the Pumpkin Parade through downtown Mercer until finally reaching the Pumpkin Party Host Sight (location yet to be announced). Finally, you’ll complete the day with great live music and getting your final card for what could be a winning poker hand. 50 Midwest Rider 2022


MICHIGAN TREADHEAD COLOR RIDE Indian River, Michigan October 15 Choose from two different rides and sit back and enjoy the fall colors on this oneday ride. This 130-mile Advanced Pace Ride is designed for Sport side-by-sides and quads. Registration starts at 7:00am and ends at 8:45 at the Hometown Inn. The ride will head to Atlanta for lunch and then will return to Indian River on a different route. The Moderate Pace Ride is a little slower and shorter. The 110mile loop will also head to Atlanta for lunch and return to Indian River around 5:00pm. There will also be a shorter ride on Sunday leaving at 9:30am and returning by 3:00pm. You can register day of the ride or call the Hometown Inn at 231-238-3000 for advanced registration.

MICHIGAN’S ST. HELEN ORV JAM NOW IN SEPTEMBER! STHELENORVJAM.COM Participate in the 7th Annual St. Helen ORV Jam in Michigan and note the new dates, September 2-4, 2022. The ORV jam surely has something to float your proverbial ATV or UTV boat including Mud Bog, Sand Drags, Show and Shine, Charity Raffles and Open Riding. The supporting sponsors of this premier Michigan event are the reason it exists and St. Helens invites you to support all the businesses, groups and organizations who are supporting. Find a listing of those sponsors as well as a list of accommodations close to the event. You can also find additional lodging options in nearby Houghton Lake or West Branch, Michigan.

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EDUCATING SAFE RIDERS Jessica Holley-Roehrs - Motorized Trails Specialist – Michigan DNR, holleyj1@michigan.gov

Did you know the DNR ORV Trail Improvement Fund awarded four Michigan Counties ORV Safety Education Grants in 2022, and awarded 30 ORV Law Enforcement Grants to Michigan County Sheriffs in 2022? These grant funds are legislatively mandated as part of the distributed funds collected through ORV license and permit sales each year.

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he academy was organized and led by conservation officers and staff from the DNR’s Law Enforcement Division’s Recreational Safety section. It was held at the scenic Ralph A. MacMullan Conference Center, or better known to insiders as, “the RAM,” on a couple of the nicest days that a central Michigan summer has to offer. The course kept us moving along with intense instruction. We went over every aspect of safe and responsible off-road vehicle operation following the Michigan ORV safety course manual. Other subjects covered were best practices for teaching led by the ever-enthusiastic Natalie Elkins from the DNR’s Marketing and Outreach Division; information on ADA, DEIJ and cultural awareness; an outdoor ORV riding practice range set-up exercise; an outdoor winching safety demonstration; and a session on using the event manager on-line system where instructors set up, advertise, and document their classes, students and safety certificates issued. Each person who taught our group and led discussions was knowledgeable and well prepared to share their information with the group. I can’t forget to mention the helpful and friendly staff at the RAM Center. As with each of my visits there over the years, I was made to feel welcome and we were all well fed. And I for one slept very well with my window open listening to the sound of the breezes coming off Higgins Lake whispering through the tall pines and the many maples that surround every building at this great facility!

VOLUNTEER INSTRUCTORS NEEDED The State of Michigan is in need of volunteer instructors because there are not enough conservation officers to conduct training in every community across the state. We strive to recruit the most qualified instructors available and provide them the materials and training necessary to conduct recreational education courses including snowmobile and ORV safety. Complete and submit the instructor application in Volunteer Manager at https://michigan.

Jessica Holley-Roehrs pictured on right in white hat In June, I had the privilege to attend the Michigan ORV Education Volunteer Safety Instructor Academy and earned my status as Certified Instructor. What a great opportunity to meet, mingle and learn with others who have a passion for sharing their knowledge of ORV riding and safety! The class was made up of both private citizens and representatives from several county sheriffs’ offices who teach ORV Safety as a part of their job. I encourage you to share your knowledge of SAFE riding practices, not just with youth, but with new and inexperienced riders as well. Be a mentor. Be an example. Ride Right, and I hope to meet you sometime soon, at an ORV or Snowmobile Safety Class, or out with your riding crew…At the Trailhead.

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ere’s an inside look at the landscape of the 20212022 snowmobile scene in North America and Scandinavia provided by the International Snowmobile Manufacturers Association (ISMA -Arctic Cat, Polaris, Ski-Doo and Yamaha).

that snowmobiling continues to be an active, healthy winter sport.

Snowmobilers enjoyed the Winter of 2021-2022, finding reasonable snow conditions in many parts of North America. 130,644 new snowmobiles were sold worldwide, a 2% decline from the previous year – which was a strong sales year supported by a long winter season. Sales in all three major markets, (United States, Canada, and Scandinavia) were strong overall, supported by record breaking sales of parts, garments and accessories. Sales in the United States were 53,821 new snowmobiles sold, while 50,943 new snowmobiles were sold in Canada.

Registration in Northern Europe is steady, and there are 320,000 active snowmobilers in Scandinavia.

Sales in Europe showed a slight increase in Finland reporting 3736 units sold compared to 3437 units last year, and Sweden continues its strong sales activity with 8671 new sleds sold following last year’s sales of 8443 sleds. Overall sales in Europe and Russia were 25,880 snowmobiles sold – a 10 percent increase in sales from last year. There are 1.2 million registered snowmobiles in the United States and over 601,000 in Canada. The registration numbers continue to increase, showing 10 MISORVA

Surveys show 74 percent of the snowmobiling households own two snowmobiles, and 39 percent own three snowmobiles.

Snowmobile related tourism continues to increase in North America and beyond. This can be seen in recent economic studies conducted by major colleges/ universities. Miles ridden by snowmobilers, which is always predictive of economic impact, showed riding and related tourism continued on a steady pace compared to previous years. The average age of a snowmobiler this past season was 53 years of age. Approximately 88 percent of snowmobilers are males and 12 percent female. Snowmobilers are outdoor enthusiasts and most participate in activities such as boating, camping, fishing, ATV and motorcycle riding, and more. Over 70 percent of snowmobilers in North America are club and/or snowmobile association/federation members. They are also active in raising money for charity and annually raise over $3 Million dollars for National Charities.


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The snowmobile clubs and state and provincial snowmobile organizations continue to expand as they serve as a great conduit for snowmobiling and are involved in local issues supporting their local communities. Economic impact studies show that snowmobiling is growing in importance as part of the overall economic engine and job growth for winter tourism. Snowmobiling generates over $30 Billion worth of economic activity in North America. Snowmobiling joins other outdoor recreation activities in generating over $689 Billion worth of economic activity in the United States. Economic Activity generated by snowmobilers provides many jobs and investment opportunities and generates considerable tax revenue for local governments which eagerly support snowmobiling. The most recent surveys show snowmobilers spending over $3500 per family supporting snowmobiling activities, on average and does not include the purchase of a snowmobile(s) and trailer.

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wo Michigan snowmobilers, Ed Klim and David Low, will be inducted into the International Snowmobile Hall of Fame as part of the Class of 2022. For 33 years, this prestigious Hall of Fame honor is bestowed upon the incoming class of recipients in recognition of their achievements in the sport of snowmobiling; as awarded each year from select categories that include:     

Inventors, Designers & Manufacturers Explorers & Adventurers Trail & Program Developers Volunteers & Club Organizers Publishers & Journalists Ed Klim

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With his strong background in economics and communications, Ed Klim honed his skills by being involved with a chamber of commerce, working in the RV Industry and serving in the US Army. He then took on a whole new challenge in 1995 when he became president of the International Snowmobile Manufacturers Association (ISMA). A role like this was unprecedented. For the first time, all four snowmobile manufacturers worked together as a united group (ISMA) to develop programs keying on snowmobile safety and promoting the snowmobile industry worldwide. Ed was the catalyst the snowmobile manufacturers relied on to set the programs in motion to shed a more positive light on the sport of snowmobiling and to improve its image.

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or email: info@ishof.com ISMA developed these715-479-2186 programs under the watchful www.ishof.com guidance and promotion done by Ed Klim and several Individual donations are welcome in any amount. sub-committees directing the Public Relations and PubYOU FOR YOUR SUPPORT! lic Affairs programs. THANK He took the lead with Yellowstone National Park to make sure the Park was kept open to snowmobiles. This was a major undertaking working with all manufacturers, lobbyists, media, user groups and local leaders to provide legal assistance and letter writing campaigns for many years to find a solution to keep snowmobiling active in Yellowstone. He visited legislators regularly in Washington D.C. armed with Snowmobiling Fact Books to “tell the truth about snowmobiling” on behalf of manufacturers and snowmobilers throughout the entire U.S.

All of this plus his tireless dedication and enthusiastic communication skills make Ed Klim a most deserving candidate for induction into the International Snowmobile Hall of Fame, Class of 2022. David Low Wayland, Michigan Volunteer and Club Organizer, Explorer and Adventurer

While running his Citizen Band (CB) Radio sales and service business in the 1970s, a customer suggested a barter of a new CB radio for his Scorpion snowmobile. David knew nothing about snowmobiles at the time but after a single ride that all changed. He was hooked and his Ed soon realized that snowmobiling was a huge ecopassion for all things snowmobile related began. Soon nomic generator for many rural areas throughout the David became a shining example of what a volunteer snowbelt. However, there were many negative myths and club organizer was all about. David became inabout snowmobiling that needed to be dispelled volved in his local snowmobile club, served on several regarding snowmobile safety, noise and emissions. Ed committees and was elected to positions on local and addressed these head-on by developing a Snowmobilstate levels. Before long, David distinguished himself as ing Fact Book. The fact book is updated annually with a one of the most dedicated snowmobilers the Michigan circulation of over a half a million in printed and digital Snowmobile Association (MSA) has ever known. copy. He served as president of MSA and worked to increase the participation of the Grant Sponsors Program by This was just the beginning of programs promoting coordinating groomer workshops to provide training the snowmobile industry in a more positive manner. and education in all aspects of the program. David can Programs also include Safe Riders, Emissions and be counted on as the first guy to put his hand up when Sound Standards, Clean Snowmobile Challenge, ISMA Land Access Grants, Family Friendly ISMA Photo Shoots, there is a call for help. He never says no. Take a Friend Snowmobiling and most recently Take 12 MISORVA


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Ken McCrum John Houk Archie Cole Ron Schroeder Kaye Houk Alan Kava Andrea Eder

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Dave Gentry Gary Blazer

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District 7

Todd Maschke Lyle Curry Brian E Hicks Emerson Corder Nick Ferrante Dan White

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District 8

Steve Veltman Dave Nuechterlien Jim Berens Randy Belliel Brad Beardsley Cheryl Ziola Mike Keith

District 9

Lee Palmer Jeff Mariucci David Low Joshua Driscoll

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AUGUST 5-7: Save the Date ORV Group Ride Location TBD. Contact office@misorva.org if you’d like your club to host. 9: Support Your Sport Call, 7PM ET, Open meeting to discuss ideas and suggestions for motorized trails in Michigan. All welcome to join round table discussion, see misorva.org calendar for Zoom call information. 10: MISORVA Board of Directors Zoom Meeting 6:30PM ET 23: Support Your Sport Call, 7PM ET, Open meeting to discuss ideas and suggestions for motorized trails in Michigan. All welcome to join round table discussion, see misorva.org calendar for Zoom call information. 24: ORV Advisory Workgroup meeting, 5-7PM ET, The Off-Road Vehicle Advisory Workgroup assists the Michigan Trails Advisory Council with its duties and responsibilities and provides the Department of Natural Resources advice related to the creation, development, operation and maintenance of the state’s designated ORV trail system. More information can be found here: michigan.gov/dnr SEPTEMBER 10-11: Hay Days Grass Drags North Branch, MN 13: Support Your Sport Call, 7PM ET, Open meeting to discuss ideas and suggestions for motorized trails in Michigan. All welcome to join round table discussion, see misorva. org calendar for Zoom call information. 15: The Snowmobile Advisory Workgroup meeting, 10AM – 2PM, SAW assists the Michigan Trails Advisory Council with its duties and responsibilities

and provides the Department of Natural Resources advice related to the creation, development, operation and maintenance of the state’s designated snowmobile trail system. misorva.org 22: The Michigan Trails Advisory Council meeting, 9AM-NOON CST, advises the Department of Natural Resources and the governor on the creation, development, operation and maintenance of motorized and nonmotorized trails in the state, including snowmobile, biking, equestrian, hiking, off-road vehicle and skiing trails. 27: Support Your Sport Call, 7PM ET, Open meeting to discuss ideas and suggestions for motorized trails in Michigan. All welcome to join round table discussion, see misorva.org calendar for Zoom call information.

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