Midwest Rider May/June 2022

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CONTENTS MAY/JUNE 2022 / Vol. 2 No. 1

8 Editor Notes

36 A Superior Guide

16 Full Circle

42 Hot and Bothered

20 Great Places

44 Turn Up the Heat

The Boom Is Back

Get out and ride the Superior National Forest

Polaris Rider Levi LaVallee Thrills in Quebec

Cheap solutions to reduce in-cab heat

MWR Transcends on South Dakota’s Black Hills

A look at this summer’s hottest powersports events

24 Reviewed

An MWR Longterm Review of a Polaris Sportsman Gear up your rigs! This issue of Midwest Rider is full of summer destinations to explore covering South Dakota, Wisconsin, Minnesota and Michigan

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THE BOOM IS BACK

s we close the door to one riding season – an incredible one at that, the door to the offroad season is swinging open like never before. While the sport has previously experienced rapid growth during the 1990s when the ATV came of age and the boot squashing effects of the Consumer Products Safety Commission’s (CPSC) Consent Decree wore off, this is a different kind of growth.

The sport is now considered mature, with vehicles that are light years ahead of those simple ATVs from nearly three decades ago. We now have improved infrastructure in place, more clubs, more associations, more trails, more destinations, and more manufacturers. Unlike the 90s, when recreational ATV riders were often viewed as a nuisance, businesses and communities have learned how to embrace and profit from riders. Destinations like the Black Hills of South Dakota, which is featured in this issue, have exploded in popularity as riders flock to these areas where they feel welcome, and the trails roll on seemingly forever. Most importantly, we now have more riders. With better vehicles, more places to use them, and the unexpected pandemic benefit of new riders entering the sport over the past two years, the off-road boom is back and better than ever. In this issue we feature some of the best OHV riding destinations in the Midwest. Places that welcome riders with open arms and beaming smiles. Where tavern and restaurant parking lots are packed with ATVs and side-by-sides, and you’ll find a boot scraper at the door and tables and bar stools filled with riding enthusiasts just like you inside. Hopefully, we’ll see you there.


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Nissan Teaming With Snowmobile Manufacturer to Make NASA’s Next Lunar Vehicle Jake Lingeman, (Reprint from Newsweek.com posted 4/7/22) NEWSWEEK.COM

Nissan won’t let General Motors be the only automaker in space. On Thursday at the 37th Space Symposium in Colorado Springs, veteran space company Teledyne Brown Engineering said that it will partner with Nissan, Sierra Space and others to create the next crewed Lunar Terrain Vehicle. “Teledyne Brown Engineering built the first lunar rover prototype for Dr. Wernher von Braun in the 1960s and we have subsequently supported almost every major U.S. human rated space mission,” stated Reggie Spivey, Vice President of the company’s Space Systems Group in a press release. “We are proud to continue our extensive presence in space and are excited at the possibility of transporting the first woman and person of color on the surface of the moon.” Teledyne has more than 70 years of experience in the space industry. It recently designed, built, and delivered the first of three Launch Vehicle Stage Adapters of NASA’s Artemis Vehicle. The initial launch is scheduled for early this summer. Teledyne is considered a Prime Contractor for NASA and has sent payloads to and from the International Space Station in the past. Nissan North America will bring its expertise to the equation with decades of design and innovation, including experience in space. It will also infuse its autonomous driving knowledge and intelligent vehicle systems into the rover. And since there’s no air on the moon, it will be an electric vehicle. “Nissan was the obvious choice for our team due to its previous work with NASA on autonomous mobility at AMES Research Center, vast capacity and experience with electric vehicles,” Spivey told Newsweek. “It’s passion for space exploration is unmatched and evident in our discussions and preliminary designs.” The automaker gets to expand its engineering capability, with the goal of bringing some of that tech to its land vehicles. “Participation in this project allows for the extension of our industry’s technology and design capabilities to space technology, and vice versa,” said Maarten Sierhuis, Alliance Global Director of Nissan’s Alliance Innovation Laboratory in Silicon Valley, California in a press release. Sierra Space, which has been in the industry for more than 30 years, will produce the flight 10 Midwest Rider 2022

software, navigation, communications, pointing and timing for the lunar vehicle. The company is currently finishing up its Dream Chaser, the only winged commercial spaceplane. That craft will start cargo supply and return missions for NASA next year. A less surprising partner is Textron Specialized Vehicles. That company builds Arctic Cat snowmobiles, ATVs and E-Z-GO golf cars, among other things (Aviation). The company will bring its creative chassis design, vehicle dynamics and suspension and handling expertise to the team. “We feel that we have created a dynamic, cutting edge and proven team for this effort,” stated Scott Hall, President of Teledyne Brown Engineering in a release. “Together this team will deliver a rugged, versatile and intuitive vehicle to support our future in space.” WITH THIS PARTNERSHIP, WE WILL EXPLORE POSSIBILITIES OF AUTONOMY AND TELEOPERATIONS, POWER MANAGEMENT SYSTEMS, VEHICLE CONNECTIVITY, AND HUMAN-MACHINE INTERFACE TO HELP SHAPE THE FUTURE OF INTELLIGENT LUNAR ROVERS. WE THEN WILL TRANSLATE THESE LEARNINGS FROM THE LTV OPERATING ON THE LUNAR SURFACE BACK TO EARTH.”


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What’s heralded as a first-ever for CFMOTO, the company introduced, and began delivery, of a full line of seven different, model-year 2022 performance motorcycles to select U.S. dealerships in the month of April. Since 1989, CFMOTO has been a major supplier of engines, parts, and components for some of the biggest names in motorsports. Today, CFMOTO has grown to be a major manufacturer and top tier global market share leader in the ATV and side-by-side industry. With hundreds of thousands of CFMOTO vehicles sold all over the world every year, the U.S. market has experienced rapid growth, expanding to more than 500 dealers. The introduction of a full motorcycle line will open the door to more riders looking for a motorcycle that has the right style, size, and power at an incredible value.

“By Introducing a full 2022 motorcycle lineup, shows how serious we are to expand our dealer network and market share with a well-rounded line. We are committed to introducing full-featured exciting products to fit every rider, in every rider segment, at an affordable price, no matter the terrain.” – John Tranby, Director of Marketing, CFMOTO US

ADVENTURE SERIES When concrete slabs turn to rustic roads in the Midwest, the ride shouldn’t stop or be compromised. CFMOTO’s 650 ADVENTURA leads the Adventure Series with a pulse-quickening 649cc parallel twin featuring Bosch electronic fuel injection (EFI)- for instant throttle response. The upright riding position and supportive seat ensure all-day riding comfort while exploring an unpaved world at a price to keep you grinning. CFMOTO RIDE APP INTRODUCED CFMOTO has also launched an app to make your ride more fun, and you a better, safer rider. From navigation details to riding records and diagnostics, the app provides extensive information. The Self-Check feature is a systems scan of your entire motorcycle anytime, anywhere. The My Ride feature shows details of every ride including total mileage, top speed, acceleration, cornering stats, and even braking data. This is the type of information professional riders use to sharpen their skills, now you can too. Plus, the Vehicle Seek anti-theft feature helps you locate your vehicle if it’s stolen. The CFMOTO RIDE app can be downloaded for free from the App Store. 12 Midwest Rider 2022


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EASY WAYS TO ADVENTURE WITH POLARIS POLADV.COM/MEMBERSHIP Outdoor adventure lovers now have more ways and more reasons to explore the Midwest as Polaris Adventures, the outdoor experience arm of Polaris Inc., expands their new pay-by-the-month membership program. Polaris Adventures Select provides access to the best of the Polaris product portfolio including on-road vehicles, off-road vehicles, snowmobiles and pontoons at participating Polaris Adventures Outfitter locations. The membership program is now available in Michigan, Minnesota, South Dakota and Wisconsin. This first-ever monthly membership program in the powersports industry allows members to rent vehicles without the cost and long-term commitment of ownership. Tailor-made for those new to powersports, as well as current riders wanting flexible riding options and access to a variety of vehicles, Polaris Adventures Select delivers more value, more flexibility and more service to any outdoor adventure experience. The Polaris Adventures Select membership program is simple: 1. Sign up to buy credits: Sign up for a pay-by-themonth membership plan. Choose from three different plans to fit any lifestyle and budget. 2. Book adventures: Use credits to book an adventure. Pick how, when and where to ride. 3. Go ride: Adventure awaits and membership is the perfect way to get into the driver’s seat more often, for less. 4. Repeat: Sign up today and ride tomorrow, next month or whenever the next adventure arises. 14 Midwest Rider 2022

“The only thing more thrilling than driving the latest Polaris vehicle is being able to drive them all.” - Vic Koelsch, Senior Vice President, CDIO Polaris Membership starts at $149/ month. As part of the program, members acquire credits to be redeemed for product access to Polaris ATVs, Polaris RANGER®, RZR® and GENERAL™ sideby-side off-road vehicles, Slingshot® open-air roadsters, Indian Motorcycles®, snowmobiles and boats in limited markets. Vehicles can be reserved for pick up, delivered directly to the rider’s home or reserved for an on-trail, on-road or on-water experience hosted through a Polaris

Adventures Outfitter. Fuel, safety equipment, insurance and maintenance are all included. Booking for Michigan, Minnesota, South Dakota and Wisconsin is available now and riding will begin May 18, 2022, (weather dependent). Interested riders can reserve their membership by visiting: poladv.com/ membership

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Minnesota snowmobile legend, Levi LaVallee, embarked on a mission to accomplish a lifelong dream of riding an inverted loop on a snowmobile - a feat only ever previously conquered by a few Polaris Thrill Team riders before him.

There are some great videos documenting LaVallee’s Full Circle project on the Red Bull website all aimed to revisit the history of snowmobiling at the birthplace of the sport in Québec City, Canada which challenged LaVallee’s skills on a custom course built on one of the country’s oldest military bases, La Citadelle. The freestyle snowmobile icon has had a decorated career and accomplished many unique projects in his lifetime, but there has always been one elusive item on his bucket list, the loop. The inspiration comes from The Polaris Thrill Team, who completed the world’s first loop on a snowmobile in 1969. In Full Circle, LaVallee brings this idea to Quebec and pushes himself to new limits by taking on an ambitious course culminating in a 30ft (9.14m) loop. With that goal in mind, hours of research and development went into making the course and building a loop feature fit for a snowmobile. Snow park and design creation company Today’s Park partnered with LaVallee to serve as lead engineers on the project. One of the biggest challenges was developing a design to bring such a large feature into the location. Clocking up high speeds on a snowmobile, Levi had to negotiate the twists and turns of the course built on La Citadelle with just inches between the edges of steep hills and drops. The course, over a kilometer in length, includes step ups, banks and jumps offering a freestyle paradise for the professional snowmobiler. 16 Midwest Rider 2022


“This is the bucket-list feature I have yet to do. In 2004, Polaris had their 50th anniversary and I saw the loop for the first time thinking that’s something I could do. The amount of preparation for this project is insane. There are all these little things that if you do them wrong, it turns into a big disaster. I think about how incredible it is that my snowmobile brought me here. This is where snowmobiling started, here in Québec, it’s a true honor to get this opportunity.” – Levi LaVallee

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WILD BILL, WILDLIFE AND WIDE-EYED MEMORIES, THE BLACK HILLS OF SOUTH DAKOTA HAS IT ALL.

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on’t look now, but suddenly the Midwest has become an offroad riding mecca and leading the charge is an iconic family vacation destination – the Black Hills of South Dakota. Home to Mount Rushmore, the Wonderland Cave, and the Mammoth Dig to name just a few, the reasons to visit the Black Hills for families across the United States, and specifically the Midwest are many. Family friendly, a short day’s drive, rich in history, stunning beauty, and home to some of the most well-known roadside attractions, monuments, and legendary towns anywhere. What’s more, the Black Hills has become one of the most OHV friendly destinations anywhere. Just about every family in the Midwest has visited the Black Hills. For many, it remains a vivid and favorite childhood memory. It was and remains a place to camp, to see our country’s history carved in stone, watch a herd of wild buffalo, and learn about storied outlaws in the historic town of Deadwood. More than just a series of roadside attractions, perhaps the most memorable component to the Black Hills is its rugged beauty. Rising from the prairie almost magically, the hills, which aren’t actually black but only appeared that way from a distance to early explorers, features majestic Ponderosa Pines, jagged rock outcroppings and an abundance of forest roads and trails that crisscross the 8,426 square miles that make up the area. It’s these trails and accompanying scenic roadways that have turned the Black Hills into one of the most popular OHV riding destinations anywhere. More than just great trails, what sets the Black Hills apart is how open they are to OHV traffic. You can ride just about everywhere, and that includes right down main street of towns like Hill City,

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The Black Hills has more than 3,600 miles of roads and trails open to OHV travel. Of those, over 650 miles are designated for all types of OHV vehicles. Custer, and Hot Springs or directly into the visitor’s center parking lot of Mount Rushmore. Then when it’s time to leave, simply hit the highway, find the first dirt trail (often appearing in less than a mile) and disappear back into the hills. The past several years, we’ve visited the area in the late fall, after the tourist season has subsided and the hills come alive with a burst of color. Given the access that the communities in the area have allowed, you can easily stay at a hotel and ride right from the parking lot or choose from countless campgrounds nestled in the hills and end your ride with good conversation and a cold brew over a campfire. According to the Black Hills and Badlands Tourism Association, the Black Hills has more than 3,600 miles of roads and trails open to OHV travel (most allowing vehicles 62-inches or less in width). Of those, over 650 miles are designated for all types of OHV vehicles. Aside from having a vast trail network, the Black Hills gives you the ability to choose different types of riding adventures. One day, you may want to keep things tight and slow, and explore the


narrowest and steepest areas. The next day you can mix it up and hit the popular tourist attractions. On our most recent visit, we took a break from the dirt and ran the incredibly beautiful Spearfish Canyon Road into the town of Spearfish. After a satisfying lunch at a local restaurant, we charted a different path back to our campsite that included a little of everything, from paved road, gravel, and two-track trail. This kind of variety and possibility of easy running makes the hills a great place to bring the family or newer riders.

With easy to navigate trails at your disposal and the ability to visit the most popular destinations and towns, the Black Hills is a perfect riding destination for families.

We chose the Mystic Hills Hideaway as our campground on our most recent visit. They offer campsites and cabins and feature a full-service bar and restaurant on-site. You can also rent a sideby-side from them. From here you can make Custer Peak, one of the most prominent mountains in the hills one of your first riding destinations.

Before You Go Like any new riding destination, knowing the rules and obtaining the proper registration before you get there will make the trip that much more enjoyable once you arrive. For starters, permits are required and can be purchased online at blackhillsbadlands. com/permits. You can choose either a 7-day pass for $20 or an annual pass for $25. You can also purchase these permits at various visitor centers and campgrounds. We were able to purchase ours when we checked in to pay for our RV site. Also, if you plan to travel into Wyoming, you will need to purchase a separate permit as there is no reciprocity for out-of-state registrations.

Once you set your adventure spirit free, you’ll find many offthe-beaten-path destinations including this popular watering hole located in the hidden community of Rochford.

The rules and regulations for riding the Black Hills are, much like the attitude of the community, not cumbersome. They include: • On-the-road drivers need a licensed OHV, must be 14 years of age or older and possess a valid driver’s license. • ATV/UTV use is strictly prohibited on the interstate highway system at all times. • Eye protection is required for ATV/UTV operators on all public roads unless a windshield is in place. • Helmets are advised for all ATV/UTV operators and riders on all roads. Helmets are required by law for anyone under 18. • Operators on roads must be able to provide registration and proof of insurance. There is no minimum age or license requirement for off-road drivers on trails. However, as always, use common sense and keep it safe. • Lastly, cross country travel in the forest is prohibited.

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hen we first learned the Polaris Sportsman 450 and 570 had undergone a major transformation for model year 2021, it was the first time in a long time we yearned to throw a leg over an ATV. With the ever-increasing number of options afforded to us in the side-by-side space, the ATV, regardless of brand, had become somewhat of an afterthought. But the new look Sportsman with newfound capability, greater strength, and more intuitive operation had us eager to get behind a pair of handlebars once again and rediscover the benefits that only an ATV can deliver.

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Our love for the ATV was immediately rekindled after spending the better part of last fall with a 2021 Sportsman 450 HO with Electronic Power Steering (EPS). Considered just one-step away from the entry point for the full-size Sportsman line, both the new platform 450 and 570 received a dramatic make-over, and for 2022 is available in 10 different variants including a Utility focused model and a hunt edition.

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REDESIGNED AND READY experience are the prewired winch hook up and pre-wired hand and thumb warmer upgrades, making it easy for you to add many of the accessories Polaris has available for the revamped Sportsman. But despite this long list of improvements, our biggest takeaway after enjoying the Sportsman 450 HO for the several months was it’s so much more than an “entry” level ATV. The Sportsman is quiet, smooth, and with available Electronic Power Steering, incredibly easy to

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isconsin’s Price County is centrally located in the state’s northern half and has hundreds of miles of trail riding for ATV/UTV enthusiasts. Motorized vehicles are permitted to operate on designated routes in many of the communities which help your direct access to lodging, camping, food and fuel. There are four trail systems located within Price County including the Tuscobia State Trail (62 miles), Flambeau (70 miles), Solberg (10 miles) and Georgetown (16 miles). Adventure riders have several opportunities to explore neighboring, Sawyer County on the Flambeau River State Forest Trail (38 miles) and Dead Horse Run Trail (56 miles).

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The Tuscobia State Trail is a western route from Park Falls to Birchwood traversing a repurposed railroad grade. For firsttime visitors you can’t go wrong starting your adventure in the Park Falls-Tuscobia Trailhead County Park. Price County has done an amazing job providing everything to accommodate you comfortably including ample parking for trucks/trailers complete with a loading/unloading ramp and pavilion area with grilling and restroom facilities. From that location, Price County is yours to explore and enjoy!


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Right on the Trail …with everything you need! This quiet 31-unit motel offers WiFi and free continental breakfast. Located in the heart of Park Falls with direct access to ATV and snowmobile trails; large parking lot for trailers and toy haulers. Adjacent to the hotel is The Lanes Pub & Eatery and bowling alley, conveniently located in the same building – you can walk back and forth without going outside! 1113 S 4th Ave.

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EXPLORE WISCONSIN’S DRIFTLESS AREA JUNEAUCOUNTY.COM / ATVRIDEWI.COM

The Driftless Area was not covered by a glacier during the last Ice Age, and as a result, many river valleys and ridges were formed by the melting glacial waters.

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uneau County and the surrounding areas have some of the most diverse and appealing scenery in the Midwest. From hills to forests, bluffs and waterways, each corner of the county has something special to offer. With the expansion of ATV routes, visitors can exit at any of the four Juneau County I-90/94 exits, eat and stay locally, and hop on their vehicles to explore the area. The success of organized off-roading in the region is partly thanks to the formation of the Joint County ATV Council (JCAC). Comprised of 17 individual ATV/UTV clubs associated with 10 Wisconsin counties (Clark, Wood, Jackson, Monroe, Juneau, LaCrosse, Vernon, Richland, Sauk, and Crawford), 32 Midwest Rider 2022

JCAC has carefully mapped the counties to show ATV/UTV road routes and off-road trails throughout the region. Visit their website for use of free interactive GPS-enabled or PDF print-it-yourself maps. Several of the JCAC mapped counties are included in what is known as the Driftless Area. The Driftless Area was not covered by a glacier during the last Ice Age, and as a result, many river valleys and ridges were formed by the melting glacial waters. The local topography includes bluffs, steep ridges, many rivers and streams, and an abundance of beautiful scenery.


Some of the highest degrees of slope are located in Vernon, Crawford and Richland counties. Finding a flat, straight road in any of

these counties is difficult – if not impossible. Explore these beautiful areas this summer. We guarantee you’ll enjoy the unique experience.

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AN ADVENTURER'S INTRO TO OCONTO COUNTY OCONTOCOUNTY.ORG

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et your Oconto County adventures off to a fitting start with a little all-terrain vehicle excitement. This Wisconsin county is home to 500 miles of interconnected scenic riding with options for all experience levels. The ultimate ATV excursion in Oconto County is the Nicolet State Recreational Trail, which spans the entire eastern segment of the Chequamegon-Nicolet National Forest. The trail begins in Gillett. Traveling due north on this trail leads you to some seriously breathtak-

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ing scenery — including the famous Cathedral Pines State Natural Area. Here, oldgrowth white pine, hemlock, and red pine trees create an awe-inspiring atmosphere. Bonus: During early summer you may catch a glimpse of great blue herons nesting high in the tallest pines. It’s a great stopping point to cool off and relax a bit before getting back on your vehicle to explore more. For your convenience, trailheads have been strategically placed throughout the County. Trailheads are

located near the Highway 32/64 intersection, just east of Chute Pond, in Gillett at Zippel Park, in Suring near the Village Hall, and Lake-

wood on Highway 32. The Nicolet State Recreational Trail starts in Gillett and runs 90 miles north to connect numerous trails systems.

The ultimate ATV excursion in Oconto County is the Nicolet State Recreational Trail, which spans the entire eastern segment of the Chequamegon-Nicolet National Forest.


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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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EXPLORE northerN minnesota’s superior forest FS.USDA.GOV

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iding an off highway vehicle (OHV) can be a great way to get out and enjoy the forest, particularly one as large as Minnesota’s Superior National Forest. While exploring, there are some regulations you must follow and some guidelines you’ll want to follow. Both will help you have a safe and fun ride while minimizing impact to our natural resources. WHAT IS AN OHV? An OHV is any vehicle designed for off highway travel, excluding snowmobiles. This includes, but is not restricted to: • ATVs and UTVs • Off highway motorcycles • Four wheel drive trucks and other vehicles which are also capable of highway travel. WHERE CAN I RIDE? WHAT IS MVUM? The Motor Vehicle Use Map (MVUM) is your key clearly showing which roads and trails are open to which type of OHV, as well as any seasonal restrictions. • If a road or trail you find in the forest is not on the map, it is not legal for you to ride it, regardless of signs. • Cross country travel is not permitted. • Downloadable map files are geo-referenced for use with smart phone wayfinding apps and some GPS devices. (fs.usda.gov) HIGHLIGHTS Refer to the MVUM for details, but here are some highlights. • These regulations pertain to any vehicle designed for offhighway use traveling within the Superior National Forest, with the exception of snowmobiles. • Travel is permitted only on the roads or trails which are shown on the map. • No cross country travel is permitted. • State regulations regarding OHVs apply in the National Forest.

• Seasonal restrictions are indicated on the map. • The maps are the final authority on use. • Maps are updated annually. Make sure yours is current. • Respect posted and unposted closures. • MVUMs show permitted use only within the Superior National Forest. Features outside the Forest are only shown as a courtesy: some roads and trails may not be shown; permitted use and restrictions are neither shown nor implied. MORE ABOUT MVUM The Motor Vehicle Use Map is published annually as four doublesided map sheets. The fronts and backs of these sheets define eight areas which cover the entire Superior National Forest. Each sheet has roads and trails coded to show precisely where you can use your particular type of off highway vehicle (OHV). OPERATE RESPONSIBLY Operating a motor vehicle on National Forest System roads, National Forest System trails, and in areas on National Forest System lands carries a greater responsibility than operating that vehicle in a city or other developed setting. Not only must you know and follow all applicable traffic laws, you need to show concern for the environment as well as other forest users. The misuse of motor vehicles can lead to the temporary or permanent closure of any designated road, trail, or area. As a motor vehicle operator, you are also subject to state traffic law, including state requirements for licensing, registration, and operation of the vehicle in question.

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KNOW THE RISKS Motor vehicle use, especially off highway vehicle use, involves inherent risks that may cause property damage, serious injury, and possibly death to participants. Drive cautiously and anticipate rough surfaces and features, such as snow, mud, vegetation, and water crossings common to remote driving conditions. By your participation, you voluntarily assume full responsibility for these damages, risks, and dangers. Take care at all times to protect yourself and those under your responsibility. YOU’RE RECREATING REMOTELY Much of the Superior National Forest is remote. Medical assistance may not be readily available. Cellular telephones do not work in many areas of the Superior National Forest. Take adequate food, water, first-aid supplies, and other equipment appropriate for the conditions and expected weather.

ALWAYS REMEMBER TO HAVE FUN, BUT RESPECT PRIVATE LAND! PROTECT YOUR PRIVILEGE. STAY ON DESIGNATED ROADS AND TRAILS AND IN DESIGNATED AREAS.

For more information, go to fs.usda.gov/superior or contact: Superior National Forest Headquarters 8901 Grand Avenue Place, Duluth, MN 55808 (218)626-4300 r9_superior_NF@fs.fed.us Gunflint Ranger District 2020 W. Hwy 61 Grand Marais, MN 55604 (218) 387-1750 gunflint@fs.fed.us Tofte Ranger District P.O. Box 2159 7355 W Hwy 61 Tofte, MN 55615 (218) 663-8060 tofte@fs.fed.us Kawishiwi Ranger District 1393 Hwy. 169 Ely, MN 55731 (218) 365-7600 kawishiwi@fs.fed.us LaCroix Ranger District 320 Hwy 53 North Cook, MN 55723 (218) 666-0020 lacroix@fs.fed.us Laurentian Ranger District 318 Forestry Road Aurora, MN 55705 (218) 229-8800 laurentian@fs.fed.us May/June 2022 37


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ichigan’s Keweenaw has over 160 miles of trail to explore and there’s no better way to access their natural wonders, terrain, and history than by ATV or UTV. Glide along the coast of Lake Superior, or our favorite, through the ghost towns hidden among the vast Keweenaw forestlands. Trails on the peninsula run from Mass City in the south, all the way to Copper Harbor in the north. Many trails utilize repurposed rail grades built to transport copper ore and timber during the Copper Country’s mining heyday. The majority of communities can be accessed by trail with plenty of opportunities for fuel, dining and lodging. Visit the Keweenaw website for more detailed maps and resource information on the area to plan your off-road

tour of Copper Country this summer. For now, we’ll tease you with some ghost town stories…

prosperity, can be. When you hone in on your ghost town exploration, here are a few things to think about:

It is serenely quiet as you cautiously walk into the deserted towns located up and down the Keweenaw Peninsula. Standing in the overgrown grass, it’s hard to imagine these were lively, often raucous communities in the mid-1800s to early 1900s. America’s first mining boom was roaring to life and unearthing copper producing 10 times more wealth than the California Gold Rush.

Use extreme caution especially at abandoned mining sites. Dangerous, open mineshafts and wells are hidden by overgrowth. With 25+-foot drops, you won’t get out. Use caution near deteriorated townsite buildings and obey no trespassing signs.

But one-industry towns are risky. Rising production costs, a failed miners’ strike in 1913, followed by the Great Depression, caused jobs and people to vanish. Now, these phantom towns are vivid reminders of how fleeting natural resources, and

Look for old apple trees. Townspeople frequently planted these hardier fruit trees for a food source in their backyards. The trees will give you a sense of where children played, neighbors caught up on the news and rugged men soaked up the sun after spending hours in the dark earth. Visit (and stay at) Central Mine located north of U.S.

41, four miles north of Phoenix. This site has restored buildings, a visitor center with interpretive exhibits and a self-guided walking tour to introduce you to copper mining and town life. The town’s population peaked at 1,200+ in 1887 and dwindled to 100 by 1903 showing how quickly the pendulum of prosperity swung. Local Recommendations: Climb to the top of the upper rock pile for a magnificent view of the valley. Stay for a week at Miners house #8 and totally immerse in the story of this historically rich area. Tour the Laurium Manor Inn. While the village of Laurium is not a ghost town, it is the site of large homes that rose up from the hey-day of copper mining and lumbering. The most opulent is the Laurium Manor, a 45-room mansion built in 1908 for Calumet &

Michigan’s Keweenaw has over 160 miles of trail to explore and there’s no better way to access their natural wonders, terrain, and history than by ATV or UTV.

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Arizona Mining Co. owners Thomas H. & Cornelia Hoatson. Today it is a bed-and-breakfast inn that in addition to being available for overnight stays offers daily self-guided tours between Memorial Weekend and late October. Visiting the Laurium Manor Inn is an excellent way to see the disparity of wealth during the height of copper boom-andbust years.

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he warm summer days of exploring a wooded trail or an off-the-beaten-path minimum maintenance road are here. If you’re like us, a fully stocked cooler, your favorite navigation tools, and a few good friends is a recipe for a good time. To call Midwest weather unpredictable would be an understatement. Hot and humid one day can quickly turn to just above freezing and overcast the next. For that reason, we outfit our side-by-sides to be quickly adaptable to changing conditions. Flip down or removable windshields, quick conversion half doors, adjustable side venting, and rear close-off panels are all must haves for our side-by-side rides. But despite these popular accessories, many owners often complain about excessive in-cab heat, especially from more compact vehicles such as 50” wide models. The tighter packaging often puts you closer to the engine, radiator, exhaust, and cooling lines. The result is a cab area that can be nearly unbearable during the hottest days of summer. Fortunately, there are some simple do it yourself remedies that will dramatically reduce in cab temps and make for a more enjoyable experience by reducing noise and unwanted rattles and vibrations. The subject for this exercise was a Can-Am Maverick Trail 1000, a 50-inch-wide trail vehicle. While we love the performance of the Maverick Trail, a late season trip last summer had us melting from excessive cab heat.

There are really two solutions to reducing in-cab heat (short of having air-conditioning or moving to the Arctic Circle). One is to prevent the heat from penetrating the space through insulation and heat shielding. And the other is to generate more airflow to rapidly remove the heat – both from the cab after it enters, or better yet, from areas where the heat itself is being generated. We first looked at ways to reduce the amount of heat entering the cab. There are several options in the market when it comes to a combination insulation and sound deadening material. Most come in sheets, are self-adhesive, and can be easily formed and trimmed to fit just about any space. Some of the more effective versions include a foil face to further reflect heat. Knowing we didn’t need to tackle the underside of the engine compartment, we went with a non-foil faced solution form Noico Solutions (noico.info). The diamond patterned black finish blended perfectly with the OEM plastic making the finished product indiscernible to the casual eye. While the adhesive qualities of the product are very effective, we took the extra time to thoroughly clean the plastic before application. A warm, soapy water mixture and some elbow grease is all it takes. Another major area of heat production comes from the radiator lines that often run within the middle console up the forward mounted radiator. These often bare-aluminum or rubber lines can emit a ton of heat. To quell the output, we used simple neoprene insulation tubing from the plumbing section of our local hardware store. Lastly, while you have your buggy tore apart and cleaned up, look for any cracks and crevices where air from the engine compartment can leak into the cab. We used memory foam from an old mattress topper, cut the sections to size, and squeezed them into the gaps. Pay special attention to the front firewall area of the cab. With a forward mounted radiator, the rush of air blowing through the hot radiator will find its way into the cab through practically any gap. Use the memory foam or self-adhesive window and door gasket (also found at your local hardware store) to seal up the firewall as tight as you can.

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Upon completion, we found in-cab temps to be about 10-degrees cooler than previous. While not the same as enjoying the comfort of an air-conditioned enclosed cab, the results are definitely noticeable and well worth the less than $100 in material and half-day’s time we invested. Have a project or aftermarket product you’d like for us to evaluate and review here? Drop us a line and let us know at info@midwestriders.com

For additional, on-command airflow inside the cab, Wolf Snout offers this easy to install and wire overhead fan. While designed for a Polaris RZR, we suspect it could be easily adapted to just about any vehicle. Cost is just under $300, and you can find it at wolfsnout.net.

We removed the engine access cover and doubled-down the insulation in this area given it is closest to the engine and exhaust.

The Noico material comes in sheets measuring 36-square feet and is easily trimmed.

With the seats removed and the rear panel cleaned, cutting the forming the insulation was straightforward. A good tip is to tackle the space with several smaller pieces versus one or two large ones.

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If you were born to enjoy an entire weekend filled with the sweet sounds of horsepower ringing through a symphony of pistons via an off-road event enjoyed by thousands of like-minded individuals, then MudFest in Hillman, Minnesota is where you should be on Memorial and Labor Day weekends! This family-friendly event continues to grow with popularity and for good reason. You can camp on the grounds, cruise your ATV/UTV to all the muddied-up events including mud truck drags, freestyle events, jump contests, beater car races, ATV/UTV challenges and MudFest even includes a PowerWheels race for your youngsters and live music! Check out the MudFest website and social media pages for a variety of videos capturing the awesomeness of this weekend!

TREK THE MIGHTY MAC – ST. IGNACE, MICHIGAN SEPTEMBER 23-25 STIGNACE.COM

The Mackinac Bridge is one of the longest bridges in the world spanning five miles and connecting both sides of Michigan over the Straits of Mackinac. The tourist town of St. Ignace is located in the Upper Peninsula of Michigan and is riddled with attractions including incredible restaurants, hotels and plenty of shopping. The off-road riding for ATV/UTV enthusiasts is also plentiful, and one event dedicated specifically to them is Trek The Mighty Mac. This yearly event sees hundreds and hundreds of attendees line up and cross the Mackinac Bridge in a parade-like fashion. Visit their website today to register and view a full list of event details. 44 Midwest Rider 2022


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Championship Off-Road brings the Midwest states of Wisconsin, Minnesota and Michigan some of the most talented professional drivers piloting the best offroad racing vehicles on the planet. Your entire family will enjoy seeing and hearing 900-horsepower trucks fly through the air while battling to the finish line door-todoor with nothing to lose but the glory of winning. These events feature camping options, plenty of food and beverage options and many up-close vantage points to watch the weekend events comfortably. Visit their website to plan your weekend.

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Dusty Trails ATV Club is located in Wisconsin’s Oconto County and is one of five ATV clubs in the county sharing over 450 miles of interconnecting trails and routes. The beautiful, winding trails are mostly heavily wooded and groomed weekly. Those choosing the Nicolet State Trail can take you into Michigan. Dusty Trails has two well-attended poker runs bookending both sides of the riding season. The Spring Poker Run and Club Fundraiser is held on June 25-26 at the Arrowhead Saloon, 13486 County Road AA, Suring, WI, 54174. You can enjoy meat and bucket raffles, food & refreshments. The Summer Long Poker run is the second event and begins on opening weekend of the trail system and ends September 25, with a party at Crooked Lake Sportman’s Club. This event is sponsored by both the Dusty Trails and Crooked Trails ATV clubs.

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