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Letter from the Editor Hi, everyone, and welcome to the holiday issue of Rec Rider magazine. I and the staff here at Rec Rider would like to wish everyone the happiest of holidays. Please enjoy them responsibly with family and friends, and I hope you all have something you can be thankful for this year. I for one am thankful for all the new friends I’ve met because of Rec Rider, and I know it’s just the tip of the iceberg. In our first partial year, the Rec Rider crew has traveled the state to report on riding opportunities and cover some really cool events. They have told me how helpful and friendly everyone has been, and I know they look forward to the new year to come. This month find more Poker Run coverage and a report on the Tri-County Rescue Association. They offer you more great places to ride while helping the local communities in their area. We have more Dual Sport coverage and our first-ever test on a side-by-side. Check out the new China/USA hybrid; it seems to offer a good bang for the buck. We have fundraiser ride coverage and the first annual Mud Duck Tour, along with all our other regular features. In this issue also find some holiday gift-giving ideas for the resident recreational riding member of your family. The guys came up with a few suggestions, but our best recommendation is to contact the advertisers in our pages to see what they can offer you this gift-giving season. Please remember that they are the ones that make this publication possible, so please do business with them when you can. I’d like to also ask you to take notice of the PA OHV newsletters we publish every month. The association consists of a group of guys who are very passionate about protecting our rights to ride in the state. They are all volunteers, and they try to go out to fight the fight for us on a very small budget. I know many times that until something affects us directly, we fail to act. The sad truth is that although Rec Rider is full of great riding opportunities in our state, they are all at risk of being taken from us at any moment in time. The new year is rolling around, and we all spend a ton of money doing what we love to do. I would ask that you dig for another $20, fill out the form in this issue and mail it in to support their efforts. I’m sure that somewhere down the line, some of us will be thankful we did. Well, that’s about it for now. Thanks for reading, and we’ll see you back in 2012 with our February/March issue. Have a great winter…
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In This Issue Of
Rec Rider Magazine Hallstead Poker Run...........................6
ATV Registration, Titling.................20
Sharing Something Special................7
Fall Rides With The SVT...................22
Tri-County ATV: Built By Members....9
ATVingPA.com’s: Fall Feast...............10
Rec Rider Christmas List..................25
Bras For A Cause...............................13
The Reading Off Road Riders...........26
Fall Open House................................13
PA OHV Newsletter......................14-15
Rec Rider Test: Bennche 700....... 16-17
Flaming Foliage Festival..................29
Where to Ride..............................20-22
Sportin’ With Sprocket.....................30
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Hallstead Poker Run One of our journeys this month led us to the fifth annual Hallstead ATV Poker Run, located in beautiful Susquehanna County. We woke up early, and the three-hour drive seemed to go by quickly with the anticipation of a day of riding with a bunch of great people. This was our first time to the Hallstead ATV Poker Run, and we were excited to meet the guys and gals behind this great ride, which attracted over 800 riders last year! Once we were close, the many signs directed us to several miles of dirt roads that eventually led to the event location. Many staff were on hand, and the fields were filling up with trucks. The fog was thick over the farmland, and the 40-degree temps were brisk. We were 100 miles north of home, and it seemed like a much cooler climate. As the sun began to rise out of the East, it revealed a beautiful site ... hundreds of ATV’s & UTVs lined up ready to embark on a 20-plus-mile journey through the autumn landscape of Pennsylvania and New York. It was spectacular.
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Remembering that there are over 500 machines ready to go in line, the coordinators assembled riders into groups of about 30. This allowed for these small groups to move swiftly through the woods. We were lucky enough to “float” throughout the groups all day long. This enabled us to capture photos of everyone involved. Once we started moving from the beaten path to capture the moments, we found the Kymco up to its bumpers in thick, wet mud! And that was just the start! The trail system was truly awesome. It provided some very tight sections and undulations that took you up, over, down and through some very beautiful countryside. BUT… did we mention the mud? Yes, there was so much mud that it was nearly impossible to stay clean and dry! Even the leaves on the trees had mud on them! Then to top that off, there was a huge mud pit that swallowed several ATVs that day. What a great day of riding! I think we had smiles (and mud) on our faces for days thereafter! As we trekked along the trail system to each stop, we were pleased to see so many people and machines
... even an old Honda ATC200 three-wheeler made an appearance! The smiles on everybody’s face let us know that they were enjoying the trails and mud as much as we were. We stopped and talked with several people and met an entire family: a mom, dad, son and daughter out having a great time. We witnessed Mom learning the importance of the parking brake… and how forgetting to set it will make Dad dash through the woods to catch the machine! What a great time! As we neared the end, we were reminded of how many great people came together to make this event happen. Several miles of the trail system belonged to private land owners who were kind enough to allow us and our machines on their property. That is a big deal, as many of us know the struggles we face in land closures. The Hallstead Fire Department and the open-minded landowners should be proud of the work they’ve done. It takes a community cooperation to make an event like this so special. We cannot wait until next year! BTW, did we mention the word “MUD”?
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“Built By Members, For Members” - Rec Rider Staff Report See what I’m getting at? We have driven thousands OUR fun started of miles to bring to you the the moment we pulled experiences hidden in the through the gate. Nuthin’ mountains of our home state but smiles. We were lucky of Pennsylvania. With all enough to arrive during the of the geologic, seasonal annual Haunted Halloween and earthly differences Ride. There was excitement we’ve encountered, we found one similarity Welcome to Tri-County ATV! in the air. People were in costumes and were happy to that remains true … help us to our campsite. We the attitudes of the soon realized that 90-plus people. These people, miles of trails were at our and us alike, are disposal. It was go time. driven by forces that Camp was established in a cannot be bought. We nice, wooded area. As if we spend thousands of our knew what we were doing dollars, and countless … we cranked the tunes, painful hours of work, There are miles of trails to explore started a fire, pitched the to muscle our way into on the club grounds. tent, inflated the airbeds dangerous adventures, and warmed up the simply to fuel our souls. machines to venture out into Now imagine what the wilderness. As always, those aforementioned happens when you unite 20 or 30 of these likeminded people. Let them processes took us about 20 total minutes to complete. volunteer, let them share ideas, let them lead and A handful of members stopped by our camp to let them follow. What you’ll have is something like welcome us to THEIR park. A fellow named Jerry Tri-County ATV. Tri-County was only an idea a and his son Sam took it one step further, personally decade ago, but once the founding members spread escorting us throughout the park. This is where we their vision, the enthusiasm caught like wildfire. learned of the abundance of human resources. They Members realized that for $100, they get a yearly explain who built each piece of the puzzle and how family membership. This includes free reign of an they were built. We learned not only the job titles of incredible trail system, a dirt drag strip, an adult/ the active members, we also learned their complete kids MX track, awesome camping and all types of biographies. It was evident how much respect they resources (water, gas grill, beverages, pavilion, etc.). had for each other … and the jobs they fulfill. Sitting by the fire that night, we were able to take Yes, I said $100 for a yearly membership. It would be $50 for your entire family if you’d be willing to the time to map out our plan for the next day’s ride. lend a hand. These open-minded ideas create tight- After a good meal we settled down with our trusty knit groups of people. Tight-knit groups work well sleepin’ bags that kept us satisfied on that 28-degree together. When things work well, people have fun. night. We woke up refreshed and hit the trail in
record time. As always, we began our trip down some fire roads to survey the land in a quick way. Travelling from one end of the park to the other on the main trails always provides us with a general directional layout. This gives us the chance to see the big picture. It didn’t take long for our own Billy to sniff out the motocross track, turn some laps, and make us all appreciate how much work goes into this place. We left the open meadows of the track and descended into some speedy woods trails. Elevation changes seemed to be around every corner. Water crossings were often spanned by well-constructed member-made bridges. The trails were tight for our Kymco UXV 500, but we managed well with our wellseasoned driver (wink, wink). We made our way back after hours of exploring, only to realize the immense amount of fun to be had at the dirt drag strip. “Run what ya brung!” is the attitude around this attraction. Three-wheeler? Twowheeler? Kids quad? Any of these are candidates. From what we heard, you may be lucky enough to witness a 100-mph drag machine throw roost down the entire 500-foot track! The scoring system, like street drags, allows all levels of machines to compete on a level playing field. This was like nothing we’ve ever experienced. After a quick tire plug by Jerry, Sam and the Tri-County tool shed, we proceeded to spend our final hours rippin’ around ANY and ALL trails we could find. Using gut instinct to lead the way, we found nothing short of perfection. We like to think that Tri-County ATV used the same “gut instinct” some 10 years ago when they set off on a ride with their friends. I think I speak for all of us when I say, “Well done.” For more information on Tri-County and what it can offer you and your family, log onto www. wewanttoatv.com. To see more pictures from our ride, log onto www.recrider.com.
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October 8, 2011 • By: Irish3Wheeler The sun came up on Saturday with the promise of a great day, and it did not disappoint us. After weeks of rainy weather across most of the state, we were ready for a day to blow out the cobwebs and get some trail riding under our belts. With this came the opportunity to meet up with a bunch of great people from our forum, which is a second home to some, at ATVingPa.com. John “Mud Duck” Fasig, our resident “official Mud Duck Tour guide,” organized the event for us to get out and meet each other. A total of 36 people from the site were able to get time away from their schedules and travel from all corners of Pennsylvania to put faces and proper names in place of screen names and avatars. Pulling into the parking lot at Rock Run and seeing all the trucks, trailers and every kind of trail machine you can imagine only reinforced our feeling that we were headed toward a perfect day. After we finished taking in the magnificent vistas from the upper parking area, we made our way to the event trailer to introduce ourselves, drool over each other’s machines, and enjoy some time of camaraderie without the aid of our keyboards. Then, all at one moment it seems, we noticed the sun was getting high and we needed to get out and ride. We each climbed onto our machines and tried to remember who was driving or riding which implement of mayhem. Our group’s machines were
More than 30 riders from the site came out for the group ride.
reminisce about all of it. Upon returning to the lower parking area for the feast, we each unloaded the side dish or appetizer we had brought with us and waited for the main course to be pulled from the roaster. Two well-humored and patient cooks and 95 pounds of charcoal had spent many hours cooking so we could enjoy slowroasted beef, homemade baked beans and some of the biggest baked potatoes I have seen Getting ready to hit the trail in quite some time. There were no holds barred in the food department, and we all stuffed ourselves with different kinds as diverse as the trails, including side-by-sides, 4WD of pasta salad, potato salad, varied smoked bologna utility quads, sport quads and even a 1985 350X and cheese trays, candied kielbasa, blond and three-wheeler. We split into two groups and headed regular brownies, homemade apple and pumpkin out to cover as much ground as possible before pies, and many more savory dishes that would take meeting up again for our first annual Fall Feast. too long to list. To ride Rock Run’s trails for the first time, with After eating, Tom McConnell, the brains some people I knew and others I had never met in behind ATVingPa.com, held some highest-card person before, was quite an experience, and every poker-style giveaways of RZR masks and forum minute of it was enjoyable. Having known each other merchandise. We all enjoyed seeing who won what from the forums, our similar respect for the trails, and taking jabs if we didn’t win anything, while we nature and each other was apparent as we rode out nursed some seriously overstuffed bellies. Once we on the well-marked trails. We rode as many trails as got done settling ourselves and posing for photos we could get to. We climbed the hills, helped each without friends and machines, we headed back out other out on rocks, got up some steep and muddy to explore other parts of the park we had not seen trails, and then laughed as we each took skillful turns in the morning. around the play areas. There is definitely something Of all the trails we rode in Rock Run, the Yamaha worthwhile in riding with a large group of people Trail has to be the most memorable one for me. We you already know, and it’s even better when you had 16 machines in our group for that part of the know you will communicate with all of them about ride. Navigating those types of trails and being a the events of the day, and be able to laugh and part of a large group is, as I’ve said before, a unique
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feeling that I can’t imagine would be easily duplicated otherwise, and this part of the trail system definitely added to the overall enjoyment of the day. As a rule I have never judged my rides by the miles ridden, only by the enjoyment the miles have brought me. Having been on this ride with this many people and spending the time we did meeting each other, eating, taking photos, and re-grouping after lunch, I never would have expected to have ridden as much as we did. All in all the group of 30-plus people rode about 35 miles and had an absolute BLAST while doing so! I’ve heard many positive and negative things about organized sites and rides. I know that
I would never have met such a wonderful and diverse group of family-oriented ATV nuts without having been a part of this site.There are forums out there for every kind of machine and riding style, full of people just like us who only want to meet up and ride. So find one, get on it and get active. I can honestly say that riding Rock Run with these friends from ATVingPa. com was like a family reunion without the nagging and fighting! Thank you, Mud Duck, and thank you, ATVingPa.com, for bringing us together for the first of many get-togethers that are sure to follow!! See you on the trails; I’ll be the guy missing a front wheel!
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It ended with 10 lucky participants who found a bright pink bra hidden in the woods and claimed prizes donated by our sponsors. We would like to thank those sponsors, who even with our struggling economy still gave generously. Our platinum sponsors included The Lost Trails ATV Adventures, North American Warhorse, and Valley ATV Club. The Lost Trails has over 2,000 acres of riding area to enjoy and accommodates all riders from beginning to advanced. Terrain varies from a kiddie track to an old railroad bed, rock crawls, winding trails, hills and mud! There are open vistas such as the Top of the World (a 2,000-foot lookout point), a reservoir, lakes, and a historic 800foot tunnel that you can ride your ATV through. These all made great places to hide the pink bras! A big thank you to all the local volunteers who helped make this benefit ride a complete success. Without such great volunteers to donate their time, this ride would not have been able to come to fruition. We all look forward to next year’s Bras for a Cause!
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Fall Open House
WAYNESBURG YAMAHA WAYNESBURG, PA 15370 ICV724-852-1226 ATV Club – White, PA • By: 4 WHEEL DEALER The Indian Creek Valley (ICV) ATV Club WHEELS OF WILLIAMSPORTS held its second open house on September MONTOURSVILLE, PA 17754 25, and it was a great success. A total of 570-546-2525 98FULL guests took the opportunity to ride LINE DEALER the private trail system and enjoy a free lunch. Over 30 club members were there to share the day with the guests and get some riding in as well. The weather was perfect and the Steelers game started at Choose Your Own8 p.m., Path. so the crowd enjoyed a full day Choose Your Own Path. riding beforehand. A full week of rain KYMCOUSA.com Follow us on Facebook: facebook.com/KYMCO.ATV prior to the event meant no dust and KYMCOUSA.com Follow us on Facebook: facebook.com/KYMCO.ATV
Al Sain, VP ICV ATV Club some great mud holes. Mark Lynch, a board member and safety instructor for ASI and DCNR, held a training session before the open house, and the students used the club trails to practice their new and updated skills. If you would like more info about the ICV ATV Club, check out its extensive website at www.icvatvclub.com. You will also find a video and slideshow about this open house, as well as night rides and trips to other riding areas.
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We Are Not Alone… By Dick Lepley - PaOHV Executive Director Backcountry trails provide a key gateway to special places, making them “an essential part of a forest transportation system,” PaOHV says in comments submitted recently on the U.S. Forest Service’s proposed Forest Service Planning Rule. PaOHV proposed that the Forest Service add specific language referring to trails to a section of the rule that defines multiple uses that must be provided for in national forests. Motorized recreation is one of many uses of the national forests, and we want to continue to see that access to national forest trails is available to PaOHV members. Yes, PaOHV has been involved in the ongoing struggle with the Forest Service Planning Rule, but we did not pen the above language. Go ahead … it’s OK to say, “What the heck are you trying to say, Lepley?” But before you think I’ve completely lost it, take the time to substitute the following word or words in place of those italicized in the above paragraph: 1) airstrips 2) AOPA 3) AOPA 4) airstrips 5) Recreational aviation 6) AOPA
I love airplanes as much as I do riding in the dirt, and the above paragraph was part of an article on backcountry aviation in one of my latest AOPA (Aircraft Owners and Pilots Association) magazines. It presented the perfect opportunity to “bookend” the broader land-access issue by positioning those passionate about airplanes on one end; ATV and dirt bike riders on the other; and 4WD folks, equestrians, mountain bikers, snowmobile enthusiasts, etc. all in the middle. Quite frankly, I can’t think of a better way to illustrate the complexity of the struggle for responsible access. The good thing is, all of us are looking for the same thing … more places to play. The bad thing is we have failed to recognize the need to work together. By contrast, those against us have created a formidable nationwide coalition bent on denying us the right to enjoy the wide variety of disciplines that are such an important part of our lives. None of us should feel
secure about our right to ride. The opening paragraph of this article defines the fight for access to public land, but don’t think for a minute that private land is off-limits to those who would take away our toys. PaOHV is aware of one township in Pennsylvania that by law defines the minimum size of the property you must own before you can operate a motorized vehicle, limits the number of people who can ride with you at the same time, and limits the hours the site can be ridden on. And draconian measures like these are being imposed all across America. The time for you to act was yesterday. Get involved politically, join a dirt bike or ATV club, and become a member of PaOHV. Following that, get to know those around you who enjoy other motorized disciplines, and get them to understand the issues and join in the fight. Our very freedoms are at stake. Together we can make a difference.
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Mission Statement Pennsylvania Off Highway Vehicle Association
• Promote legislation with the purpose • Provide assistance for legislation • Seek and provide educational of developing and maintaining trails favorable to trail and open space and programming opportunities and open space favorably and legally accessible to OHV recreation.
for the proper riding procedures, intelligent safety choices, and the execution of appropriate environmental decisions.
to the OHV industry.
are sustainable and compatible with the environmental resources.
and foster camaraderie among • Inspire instrumental and influential • Become motorized OHV users as well as all recreational trail user groups. in interactions with the public and research pertaining to the private land managers. • Promote Provide a medium for the dissemination • most desirable maintenance and trail construction techniques that • Defend the OHV community against of information and knowledge relating legislation
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Certified Pennsylvania DCNR Youth Safety Instructor Contact Info Pennsylvania requires any child between the ages of 8 and 16 to have a Certificate of Completion for the Youth ATV Safety Course in order to ride any state land. Below is a list
of Instructors who have the training provided by the DCNR to offer these courses and provide the training necessary to complete it and receive a certificate.
Nicole Yiengst • York 717-577-5142 email@example.com
Robert Smith • Minersville 570-527-6197 firstname.lastname@example.org
Lance Schwartz Lewisburg 570-847-6102
Ed Geehan Bucks County / Pocono. Eddiecharles11@yahoo.com
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If you do not see an Instructor listed in your area, please call 717-783-7941 and ask for the nearest Instructor’s contact information. Children under the age 8 or over age 16 are not eligible to receive the certificate, but if your rider is between the ages of 8 and 16 they are eligible to take the course and receive the certificate. Proper safety gear and a safe machine are required to take
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the course. By contacting your local Instructor, you can receive all the information you need to ensure your child has the proper gear to complete this course. Completing the course and receiving the certificate provides the knowledge and skill to operate the machines in the various manners necessary to ride trails with confidence, not to mention that most children think it’s really cool to get their “license” in the mail!
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Bennche(BEN-chee) Bighorn 700 The Bennche was right at home working around our test facility.
The liquid-cooled power plant made great power.
Since the inception of The Rec Rider Crew, our goal was to “Bring Unbiased Opinions of Land, Products, and Events to the Riders of Today.” We promised to start reviewing more products and we are happy to bring to you “The Rec Rider Readers”, our very first test review on a UTV. Lebanon Valley Cycles, in Lebanon, Pa., was gracious enough to lend us one of their brand-new products, the Bennche Bighorn 700. What? That was our reaction too. Bennche, pronounced (ben-chee), is a Chinese-born product distributed from Texas. They offer five different UTV models and three ATVs. We tested the Bighorn 700. Find them online at www.bennche.com. The Bighorn 700 comes standard with a 3,500-lb. winch, windshield and roof, as well as lighting features (turn signals, mirrors, etc.) that almost appear to make it street legal. (We were informed that in PA it is not!) The Bennche Bighorn 700 is designed as a sport/utility model, geared a little more toward the utility side. It
The Bennche seems a great option, especially at its $8,499 MSRP.
has a cargo dump bed with a 400-lb. capacity and a tow rating of 1,200 lbs. Other standard features include push button 4WD with differential lock, speedometer and tachometer, and a very well-designed emergency brake. When asked about parts, Dick at Lebanon Valley Cycles informed us that the factory in Texas has over 90% of all parts in stock, and if they don’t have them, they will get them. So, what did we think of the Bennche? Well, here we go!
CHASSIS & HANDLING Our first ride in the Bennche was at night. We checked tire pressures and fluid levels, and we were off. Immediately we noticed that the dash lights were very bright and distracting ... almost too bright. However, we managed, and began our ride up into the mountains. Right away we were impressed with the Bennche’s handling and turning radius. The front sway bar allows
very little body roll even when taken out of its comfort zone, which we found to be about 20 mph in the rough stuff. Out on some of the fire roads the Bennche quickly ran up to 43 mph. Again, with the front sway bar in place, the Bighorn handled better then we expected. It has a sharp quickness not commonly found on sport/utilities. The suspension works fine on the farm, but out on the trail it can quickly be pushed past its comfort zone.
ENGINE & POWER Power is made with a 686-cc single-cylinder, liquidcooled, fuel-injected engine. Over- head cam/valve train feeds the 102-mm bore and 84-mm stroke to produce a claimed 33.5 hp. Very smooth-running sound (very similar to a Yamaha 660 engine). That power is then fed through a CVT into a gear box that provides a high, low, reverse and neutral. The shifting was very smooth from gear to gear, and power delivery was adequate. In low
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Specifications Engine Engine Type Displacement Bore & Stroke Compression Ratio Fuel System Ignition Transmission
Four-Stroke, Single Cylinder 686 cc 102 x 84 mm 9.2:1 Electronic Fuel Injection (EFI) Electronic Control Unit (ECU) Automatic L-H-N-R-P Shaft Drive; On-Demand 2WD/4WD; Drive Train Locking Differential Cooling Liquid Horse Power 33.5 HP Fuel Tank Capacity 7.6 gallons Battery 12 volts 35 amp
Dimension Overall Length Overall Width Overall Height Seat Height Ground Clearance Front Tire Rear Tire Wheelbase Dry Weight Bed Capacity Towing Capacity
115 in 56.5 in 73.5 in 31.5 in 13 in 25x8-12 25x10-12 73.7 in 1155 lbs 400 lbs 1200 lbs
Suspension Front Suspension Rear Suspension
Dual A-Arm with Anti-Sway Bar Dual A-Arm with Anti-Sway Bar
Brake Front Brake Rear Brake
Dual Ventilated Hydraulic Disc Dual Ventilated Hydraulic Disc
Other Some standard equipment includes winch, windshield, roof and alloy wheels.
range the Bighorn has the power to climb as long as its tires can find the traction. Overall we were pleased with the power output to the ground. The Bighorn accelerated to 25 mph in only 4.9 seconds. Not too bad. The brakes also worked well, stopping the Bighorn in only 30.5 feet from 25 mph. These tests were done in dry grass, and are an average of 10 separate attempts.
CONCLUSIONS Overall we were impressed with the Bennche. If you’re simply looking to get out and have some fun for a very affordable $8,500, this really is a worthy machine, especially when you add in the winch, roof and other standard equipment. An area where would like to see improvement would be the dump bed latch. It takes far too much effort to release the dump bed. I believe it could be easily modified to work properly. Once the lever is pushed, the
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bed dumps down quickly. The doors are a little clumsy and make getting in and out a little tight. We know why they are installed... for the same reason fast-food coffee lids say “HOT.” Initially, the fact that Bennche is a Chinese product concerned us. There are many Chinese power sports products that have been sold through auto parts stores and others like them that do not support their products adequately with parts and service. This often sends relatively new machines on an early trip to the scrap yard. Bennche is on their way to dispelling these myths. Being sold at reputable dealers like Lebanon Valley Cycles should alleviate these concerns. Let’s face it, sometimes parts break and/or wear out. If we can get the parts, no worries– we can fix it. Lebanon Valley Cycles claims that Bennche is a company that constantly betters their products and has shown a commitment to “getting it right.” Time will
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tell if these machines will hold up to the demands of the consumers. If I were a “betting man,” I foresee the Bighorn 700 working well over time. Perhaps Bennche would like to step up and let Rec Rider perform a longterm test on one of their many other UTVs. From what we have seen so far from this company, they certainly deserve a second look.
Farm Duty Sport Duty Power Handling Braking Value Features Overall
3.5 out of 5 3.0 out of 5 3.5 out of 5 3.5 out of 5 3.0 out of 5 4.0 out of 5 4.0 out of 5 24.5 out of 35
Definitely worth a look.
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WHERE TO RIDE - ATV Trails on State Forest Land Please Note:
Snyder & Union Counties
Summer riding season ends on September 25th this year, and the winter trails will not open until the day after antlerless deer season ends. Those trails are open through April 1. Please check all rules and regulations before you head out on the trail.
7 miles of summer trails and winter trails. Access is at the Jacks Mountain Trailhead located along Route 235 three miles south of Glen Iron. The trail includes the East Kettle Road, which has been closed to other types of motor vehicles. Registered Class II ATVs are permitted on this trail that are less than 58” in width and less than 1,200 pounds. Contact: Bald Eagle State Forest, 18865 Old Turnpike Rd, Milmont, PA 17845. Phone: (570) 922-3344
17 miles of summer and winter trail. Trails are located near Haneyville and include the Button Road and a network of wooded trails built by the Civilian Conservation Corps in the 1930s. Access to the trail is from a parking area located at the former parking area at the CCC Camp along Route 44, one mile south of Haneyville. Contact: Tiadaghton State Forest, 423 East Central Avenue, South Williamsport, PA 17702 Phone: (570) 327-3450
Summer and Winter Trails
Dixon R. Miller Recreation Area (Formerly the Pohopoco Tract) - Monroe County
These trails are open during the summer and winter seasons. The summer season runs from the Friday before Memorial Day through the last full weekend in September. The winter season runs from the day following the last day of the regular or extended antlerless deer season as established by the Game Commission through the following April 1. There are some trails that remain closed until after the late muzzleloader season. Please check with the individual forest district to see when the trails will open for the winter season.
The Bloody Skillet ATV riding area, located in Centre County, consists of 37 trail miles (Phase 1 & 2) and is accessed from SR 144 approximately 18 1/2 miles north of Snow Shoe. Turn right onto DeHaas Road and travel 5 miles south to the Northern Terminus Trailhead. Registered Class II ATVs are permitted on this trail that are less than 58” in width and less than 1,200 pounds Contact: Sproul State Forest, 15187 Renovo Road, Renovo, PA 17764. Phone: (570) 923-6011
Burnt Mills - Pike County
* Bloody Skillet – SSRT Connector *
7 miles of summer and winter trail. Access is from a parking area on Route 402, one mile south of Porters Lake. Registered Class II ATVs are permitted on this trail that are less than 58” in width and less than 1,200 pounds. Contact: Delaware State Forest, HC 1 Box 95A, Swiftwater, PA 18370. Phone: (570) 895-4000
On August 26th the long-awaited connector between the Bloody Skillet State trail system and the privately-run Snow Shoe Rails to Trails (SSRT) system opened. This connector will allow riders to travel over 60 miles of trail without interruption (see story in this issue). Please be aware that a separate permit is needed to ride the SSRT system and that can be obtained online at www.ssrt.com. Please obey all rules and regulations to keep this great riding opportunity open well into the future.
Adams & Cumberland Counties 36 miles of summer trail. During the winter season the trail system is expanded to 42 miles by using some dirt roads that are gated during the winter. Part of the trail system is shared with snowmobiles when there is sufficient snowfall. The trail is located between Big Flat and Pine Grove Furnace State Park. Access to these are from parking lots located at Big Flat along Shippensburg Road about 1-1/4 miles north of its intersection with Route 233 and on Piney Mountain along Bendersville Road south of Pine Grove Furnace State Park. Contact: Michaux State Forest, 10099 Lincoln Way East, Feyetteville, PA 17222. Phone: (717) 352-2211
Clinton County The Whiskey Springs ATV Trail. Access is from the Two Miles Road, 1-1/2 miles west of Westport toward Kettle Creek State Park. Registered Class II ATVs are permitted on this trail that are less than 58” in width and less than 1,200 pounds Contact: Sproul State Forest, 15187 Renovo Road, Renovo, PA 17764. Phone: (570) 923-6011
13 miles of summer and winter trails. Access is from Route 115, five miles south of I-80. Registered Class II ATVs are permitted on this trail that are less than 58” in width and less than 1,200 pounds. Contact: Delaware State Forest, HC 1 Box 95A, Swiftwater, PA 18370 Phone: (570) 895-4000
These trails are open from the Friday before Memorial Day through the last full weekend in September.
Martin Hill - Bedford County 18 miles of summer trail. Access to the trail is from the parking area located on Route 326 two miles south of Rainsburg. Trail head GPS location: N 39° 52’ 24.69” W 78° 30’ 34.80” Contact: Buchanan State Forest, 440 Buchanan Trail, McConnellsburg, PA 17233 Phone: (717) 485-3148
Sideling Hill - Fulton County 15 miles of summer trail in the Wells Tannery area. Access is from Ray’s Cove Road or Childers Ridge Road. Trail Head GPS location: N 40° 5’ 0.28 W 78° 10’ 12.17” Contact: Buchanan State Forest, 440 Buchanan Trail, McConnellsburg, PA 17233. Phone: (717) 485-3148
Registration, Titling and Insuring Your ATV Who must register and title? All ATVs in Pennsylvania, except ATVs used solely for business or agricultural purposes, need to be registered and titled with DCNR. ATVs used in Pennsylvania must be registered and titled with DCNR’s Snowmobile/ATV Section. The ATV registration and titling fees are NOT user fees for the privilege of using trails on stateowned land. The fees provide funding to administer the program, maintain trails in DCNR-managed parks and forests, and provide grants to profit and nonprofit organizations for developing additional riding opportunities.
Two Types Of Registrations Apply: •
Registration For ATVs used anywhere off of your own property or property leased by you, such as designated State Forest trails. $20 fee every two years Limited Registration For ATVs used solely on your own land or land leased by you. Free registration -No expiration, unless ownership of vehicle changes
Plates and Decals An ATV owner will be issued a registration plate for the vehicle. An expiration sticker to be affixed to the plate will be issued for standard registrations. Liability Insurance If you are using your ATV solely on land owned or leased by you, you are not required to get liability insurance. All other riders must carry liability insurance. Proof of that insurance must be carried with you when you ride. There are no minimum requirements or coverage standards established by DCNR or the Snowmobile/ATV Law for the liability insurance.
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Allegheny National Forest
Motorcycle and/or ATV Riding Areas
43 miles of summer trail. A loop trail located south of Denton Hill State Park. Access to the trail is from Lyman Run State Park, on SR 44 north of Cherry Springs, or the intersection of Rock Run Road and the Ridge Trail (ATV trail). Registered Class II ATVs are permitted on this trail that are less than 58” in width and less than 1,200 pounds. Contact: Susquehannock State Forest, P.O. Box 673, Coudersport, PA 16915. Phone: (814) 274-3600
The federally-operated Allegheny National Forest has more than 100 miles of ATV trails. ATV trail season runs from the Friday before Memorial Day through the last Sunday in September. Winter season is from December 20 to April 1. Contact the Allegheny National Forest Supervisor’s Office, P.O. Box 847, 222 Liberty Street, Warren, PA 16365, (814) 723-5150. Effective July 1, 2002, the Allegheny National Forest implemented the Fee Demo Program for ATV and motorized bike trails. An annual $35 permit fee is required, and can be purchased from any Allegheny National Forest office, and some local vendors, or online at www.fs.fed.us/r9/allegheny.
Seven Mountains Ramble (Dual Sport Licensed Motorcycles) - Riding areas are located in portions of Mifflin, Snyder and Union Counties in the Bald Eagle Forest. Loop 1 starts at the 7 Mountains Campground, located just south of Potters Mill or west of Milroy on Route 22/322. Compensation for Campground owner for parking strongly recommended. Proceed on Sand Mountain road to the trailhead at Ground Oak trail. The loop is about 30 miles long. Contact: Bureau of Forestry District #7; 18865 Old Turnpike Rd; Millmont, Pa 17845; Phone: 570 922-3344
Maple Run Tract - Pike County - 8 miles of summer trail. Access is from a parking area on Route 402, 1-3/4 miles north of the village of Pecks Pond. Registered Class II ATVs are permitted on this trail that are less than 58” in width and less than 1,200 pounds. Contact: Delaware State Forest, HC 1 Box 95A, Swiftwater, PA 18370. Phone: (570) 895-4000
The following trails are within the Allegheny National Forest (ANF). Please contact the ANF using the information above concerning these trails:
State Game Lands
Marienville ATV/Bike Trail
ATVs are not permitted on State Game Lands except those used by disabled hunters.
on State Route 66 east of the town of Marienville.
Private and other public trail opportunities and other ATV riding opportunities exist across the state on public lands and local municipalities. Contact a local Tourist Promotion Agency, ATV clubs, dealers or county governments to find out more about your region of interest.
Timberline ATV Trail accessed from State Route 948, north of Ridgway (also connects to the Marienville ATV Trail).
Rocky Gap ATV Trail
Shade Mountain Trails (Non-Licenced Off-Highway Motorcycles) Riding areas are located in portions of Mifflin, Snyder and Union Counties in the Bald Eagle Forest. The Shade Mountain Riding area is located just north of McAlisterville, PA, on PA Route 235. Trail at dirt parking lot at the top of the mountain. Contact: Bureau of Forestry District #7; 18865 Old Turnpike Rd; Millmont, Pa 17845; Phone: 570 922-3344; Email email@example.com
accessed from Township Road 3005, southeast of Warren.
Snow Shoe Rails to Trails ATV & SnowMobile,
Willow Creek ATV Trail
Open Year-Round P.O. Box 314 Clarence, Pa. ATV - Snowmobile www.ssrt.org. SSRT requires membership for riding access. Detailed terms and conditions can be found at their website.
on the eastern side of the Allegheny Reservoir, just south of the New York State line. Closed during the winter season.
For Bike, ATV & UTV Riders Of All Ages 8,500 Acres of Trails for Year-Round Riding *Membership Required *Camping Available Too!
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WHERE TO RIDE - Private Riding Facilities This is a partial list of riding areas that you can pay by the day to ride with some requiring annual memberships. Some offer riding for motorcycles or quads only, and others allow both. Please check with the individual businesses before you make the trip.
Atco MX Berlin, NJ www.atcomx.com
Indian Creek Valley ATV Club Melcroft, PA
Breezewood Proving Grounds Clearville, PA www.breezewoodprovinggrounds.com
MX573 Montrose, PA www.mx573practicetrack.com Rausch Creek Trail Riders Tremont, PA www.rauschcreekracing.com
Dirt Soldiers MX Loretto, PA www.dirtsoldiers.com
Latrobe Motorsports Latrobe, PA www.latrobemotorsports.com
Reading Anthracite Co. Pottsville, PA www.readinganthracite.com
Doublin Gap MX Newburg, PA www.doublingap.com
Lost Trails Dunmore, PA www.ridelosttrails.com
Rocket Raceway Three springs, PA www.rocketraceway.com
Headquarters Moto Facility Lake Ariel, PA www.headquartersmotofacility.com
Majestic Trails Rew, PA www.majestictrails.com
Hill Top Lodge Emporium, PA
Mines and Meadows Resort Wampum, PA
Shady Rest Farm Marienville, PA www.shadyrestfarm.net
Irish Valley MX Park Paxinos, PA
Rock Run Recreation Patton, PA www.rockrunrecreation.com
Miles Mountain Motocross Elkland, PA
Slippery Rock Dunes Slippery Rock, PA www.slipperyrockdunes.com
Four Seasons Resort West Finley, PA www.campfourseasonsresort.com
Mountain Ridge ATV Trails Reels Corner, PA www.mountainridgeatvtrails.com
If you have a riding area and would like to be listed in our pages, please contact Jim Bull at (717) 464 -5381 or email JBull@RecRider.com.
Evansville MX Park Berwick, PA
FALL RIDES WITH THE SVT www.svtrailblazers.com ATV rides enjoyed by the Susquehanna Valley Trailblazers included trips to the Allegheny National Forest and to Mines and Meadows. On Labor Day weekend eight members and three potential members enjoyed camping near the Marienville trails in northern PA and were joined by more club members for Saturday’s ride. Saturday was a beautiful day, and a long (in time, not length) and sometimes challenging ride was enjoyed by all. Dinner, a campfire and great conversations brought an end to a perfect day. Sunday’s ride was easier, faster and included a little playtime in the pond, and by the time the group headed back to camp, soggy. Multiple canopies kept everyone dry during and after dinner as the group rehashed the highlights of two days of riding. The club members enjoyed another camping/riding trip the last weekend of September when they headed out to Mines and Meadows in western PA. The highlight of this weekend was riding through an old limestone mine, especially when the guide led the group into the depths of the mine and had everyone stop and turn off
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their headlights. Total darkness… In addition to the mine tour, the club enjoyed riding the extensive trail system, playing in the mud, and group meals and a campfire once everyone was ready to kick back and relax. The SVT also participated in two Halloween parades this year with two floats followed by an entourage of members riding their ATVs. The first float displayed ATV and snowmobile units with riders in realistic-looking outdoor scenes, and the second one was set up with a movie screen showing videos of recent rides set to music. Snowmobiling season means several club trips are in the works. Canada and New York trips are being planned. The last weekend in October the club manned a booth at the PSSA Power sports Show in Lebanon and added more new members and sponsors because of the event. The SVT is proud to promote familyoriented, safe, responsible riding. They participate in numerous riding events, work details and fundraisers, and are rapidly becoming the club of choice among snowmobilers, trail bikers and ATV riders. Check them out at www. svtrailblazers.com.
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Winter is here and events are limited. The ANF is having a winter ride sometime in December. Watch their website at www.fs.fed.us/r9/allegheny.
SSRT Winter Ride
January 14, 2012 www.ssrt.org Special permit required
Keep an eye on ATVingPA.com and RecRider.com for more winter event information.
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Rec Rider Christmas List 1. Knipex 10 in. Plier Wrench
Excellent for gripping, holding, pressing and bending. A must-have trail tool; it takes the place of just about every tool in your bag. It replaces a complete set of inch and metric open-end wrenches. With a 10-to-1 lever transmission ratio and push-button adjustment, it makes getting any job done much easier.
Available at www.sears.com
2. Casio G’zOne Commando
Rugged, tough, submersible, built for the outdoors. It is about time a smart phone is built to withstand the lifestyle of an outdoorsman. Built to military specs with a 5mp Camera, built-in GPS, thermometer and trip memory, it is one awesome phone. Running on Verizon 3G network and accompanied by Android 2.3 Gingerbread software, it seems like a pretty solid phone.
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3. Plano All-Weather Handgun & Accessory Cases
The AW Handgun Case is great for us to keep our camera gear clean and dry. With tons of room, we are able to carry everything we need on the trail in one really nice case. The features include the added security of four dual-stage, lockable latches on the outside, with high-density, customizable, pick-and-pluck foam on the inside that allows you to customize the storage to your needs. Padlock tabs for travel and safe storage, plus integrated purge relief valve to relieve pressure if traveling by plane and so you can keep your valuables with you on the trail or on the go.
Available at www.basspro.com
4. Original Gold Ice Screws
What an awesome way to gain an edge in the snow and ice without having to invest in snow tires, and when the cold is gone, simply unscrew them. These screws come in five sizes, ranging from 7/16” to 1”. Unique hex-head design offers more cutting edges. They are legal in all types of racing, also AMA approved and sold in 250- or 1,000-piece bags.
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5. Slime Power Sport Tire Inflator
The Slime Power Sport Tire Inflator is the world’s most versatile, compact inflation system. It features interchangeable power connectors that allow for multiple power sources. Everything stores easily in the rugged carrying case. The Slime Power Sport Smart Spare offers a compact, portable flat tire-repair system for autos, motorcycles, ATVs and more!
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6. MSR Attak Jacket
Quality HYPORA® coating and seam tape make the Attak Jacket fully waterproof and breathable. Seven zippered vents in front and back allow you to keep your body temperature just right. With two front pockets, one internal pocket and a rear storage pouch, there is plenty of room for all your on-trail needs.
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The Reading Off Road Riders ECEA Dual Sport October 23, 2011 - Pine Grove, Pa.
One of many scenic mine shafts along the route
“Iron Man” Sam Jones
By Chris Borger, AMA District 7 Dual Sport Series Representative - The annual RORR ECEA Dual Sport was held Sunday, October 23, in Pine Grove, Pa. This year the RORR club went all-out to provide one of its best Dual Sport events ever. In recent years, the club has really stepped up the effort for this event, and indeed it has paid off in a big way. The event has expanded, with new trail riding opportunities and substantial support from many local landowners. The club’s partnership with the local North End Fire Company has provided a very nice camping area, sign-up facility, lots of good food on site, and a great starting area for the day’s ride. Weather conditions this year were outstanding, starting out with temperatures in the upper 30s and reaching the low 60s by afternoon, providing perfect fall riding weather. The route runs about 85 miles through the area around Pine Grove, Tremont, Ravine and Rausch Creek. The club did a great job organizing the trail system with A, B and C class options, and new for this year was the Big Bike Adventure route. The trail consisted of some of the finest single track in the area, with lots of new trail. There were several sections of technical action, with rocks, roots, deep puddles, stream crossings, mud holes, high-gauge rail crossings, hill climbs and more rocks. The riders had many opportunities for scenic views and to stop and visit historic mining sights along the route. The course was well arrowed, and RORR had several patrol riders on the route throughout the day. The first half of the event took you into some very nice high-speed action through the coal pit areas and then over to the Rausch Creek Trail Riders Club property. This year, RORR and Rausch Creek teamed up for access to pass through their fantastic trail system, with an opportunity to stop in at their local supply store. This was a great section in the event and a perfect location for a reset and break. A short road course led us back to Pine Grove, and then to a good pork sandwich lunch with sides and lots of drinks served up by the fire department. The second half of the ride was awesome. The route took another short road course north up to the Blackwater riding area. At Blackwater, the trails were outstanding - miles of fast single-track action and lots of new trail. The options in this area were very technical, with long sections of rock gardens, deep mud holes, and rocky uphills. This area also had very nice high-speed action in the mine areas, where you could really put the power down; some technical stream crossings; and a couple of rail crossings. The course was well marked for all skill levels in all the sections of the event. There were 225 riders signed up for this year’s event (a record number), and everyone had an awesome day of riding. Several ECEA members from all of the regional clubs were in attendance, along with Dual Sport enthusiasts from all around the mid-Atlantic area. Many thanks go out to the RORR club for providing a fantastic event, the Rausch Creek and Blackwater clubs for their support and great trails, and the North End Fire Department for all its efforts and accommodations. Also, a very special thank you to Mike DeScosta, the trail boss and main organizer of the event, who puts in countless hours of work on this event each year; and club member Ron Adams. Check out RORR’s site at www.rorr.org for a complete schedule of the club’s upcoming events. Be sure and mark your calendars for next year’s event, as this is one ride you do not want to miss out on. On a final note, please remember that this event is held on private property that is not open to public riding at any other time.
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Wrench Report BY: Bill Kaster
TECH Flow-Seal® Inserts, Self-Vulcanizing Inside/Outside Repairs
Being that I am an ATV rider, you could only guess at how many times I have had to plug tires due to on-the-trail punctures. I have tried just about every type of tire plug I could find, and eventually they began to leak air. Well, I was out on the trail riding and just so happened to introduce my rear tire to another nail, and I wanted to try something different this time. After plugging the hole with a bolt off my ATV and filling it with air from our handy trail pump, I managed to limp home. I went to my local MX and ATV shop, TNT Cycles, and they suggested I try a cold-vulcanizing tire plug made by TECH. Now I had heard of vulcanizing tires before, but I knew it was a costly process that involved removing the tire and melting the rubber patches together with heat and chemicals. Well, this process eliminated most of that. You can repair small injuries in tubeless tires fast and easy with TECH Flow-Seal Inserts. Unique gray cushion gum flows into the injury and completely seals the inner liner as well as broken cord and cable ends. The insert permanently vulcanizes to the tire, and the tire is immediately ready for use. Flow-Seal Inserts are ideal for use in both bias and steel-belted radial tires. All you need are three tools. The first is a razor in order to scrape clean the area around the hole, or holes. The next tool needed is a ream tool to open the hole up cleanly and large enough to accept the plug. The final tool needed is used to stretch the plug and insert it. The first step is to find the hole. Mine was easy to find due to the nail sticking out. If there is no nail, a soapy water solution can be sprayed on the tire and when the tire is filled with air, the hole will bubble. So I pulled the nail, and then proceeded to clean the area around the hole. This allows the vulcanizing chemicals to take hold. After that I used the ream tool to clean the hole out, and stretch it out large enough to accept the plug. Then we poured the rubber buffering solution onto the hole and rubbed it in. This helps the chemical bond by providing a clean area. Now it is time to insert the plug. This process begins by putting the plug into the stretch tool and then applying a nice coat of chemical vulcanizing cement to the stretched plug. At this point, it is time to insert the plug into the hole. Once inserted, let it sit for five minutes before finally trimming the plug so only ¼ inch is left showing. At this point, TNT suggests letting the tire sit for a few hours before airing it to your preferred pressure. The best part of this type of tire plug is that it actually melts the rubber of the plug to the rubber of the tire. So now it was time to test it out, and it performed quite well. The plugs have now held up through many, many miles of the very rough terrain that is the Pennsylvania backwoods. TECH claims these plugs last as long as 50,000 miles in their test tires! So all in all I would say it was a total success. Now let’s all try to avoid needing to fix our tires in the first place! Check ’em out at www.techtirerepair.com.
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Step 2: Cleaning dirt and debris from punctured area
Step 3: Loading the plug into TECH’S Insert-O-Matic tool, and applying TECH Chemical Cement.
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Step 4: Inserted plug trimmed to ¼”.
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The floods of 2011 made it impossible for BMER to hold their Harescramble events.
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By Wayne Yahn President, CMATVA Inc. - www.CMATV.org
The Back Mountain Enduro Riders would like to extend thoughts and prayers to all who had a difficult 2011. All the flooding and natural disasters were strange and not normal for our area. We hope all recover completely and have a great rest of the year and an even better 2012. As a nonprofit, promoting club, we had two bad-weather events that had very low entry, and two cancelled events. As a club we will survive. But we also had many members with weatherrelated problems as well as medical and personal problems. We wish all a full recovery. Ride Hard!
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Most of you are aware that CMATVA was planning to participate in the Parade on Saturday the 15th during the Flaming Foliage Festival weekend. As it turns out, there were only six of us who chose to be part of it. Some of us wore our Renovo ATV Cruise for a Cure T-shirts from June and others their CMATVA Safety Green Staff T-shirts. Attending members were Rich Wykoff, Carl Johnson, Bob Thompson, Tom Johnson, Paul Eggler and me. Thanks, guys - very nice job. This was our first try at being part of this parade, so we were all naturally a little nervous since there are typically in the area of 3,000 people attending this annual event. However, everything came together better than I had even hoped for. We all actually had fun along with some good laughs. Rich was our first rider and pulled a wagon with a display created by the Bucktail Medical Center’s Relay for Life team. They had asked for our help, and we were glad to give that assistance. Behind him was Paul Eggler, pulling CMATVA’s eight-car train (each car is stenciled with our club’s ID and our website address) and a large American flag on a pole attached to the lead car. We had some young people riding in the cars, which turned out to be a real asset. After the train, Carl and I rode two-wide, and following us were Tom and Bob, also riding two-wide. Behind them was the convertible car carrying a Jersey Shore Beauty Queen contestant, the only one we actually got to see. As Paul snaked from side to side along the approximately twomile parade route, his riders played a reverse on the candy handout game. Most groups throw candy out to the spectators, but our riders played the spectators and had them throwing the candy. The kids were quite athletic with their catches with their hands and baseball caps. People who made a bad throw were actually picking their candy back up and running out and dropping it into hands and caps. Our audience enjoyed the whole process. We occasionally received applause from groups along the route and received many nice comments and thumbs-up. We also all got to wave and say hi to many friends we spotted along the way. The parade started pretty much on time at 1:45 p.m. and went along quite smoothly. We finished at the same spot we had been assigned prior to the start, and from there we proceeded back to the parking area we came from at Heritage Park. This is the same area we parked and left from for the Renovo ATV Cruise for a Cure back in June. We had no problems coming or leaving the area and left this parade with the feeling that it was time well spent and was a positive experience. I was definitely happy I was part of it.
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teaching them survival techniques in case they ever find themselves in an emergency situation. I also didn’t really think that one day I would find myself again in the woods by myself, because nature has taken over and made my boys grow up. It’s kind of a sad thing for me to think about but in reality, that day is closing in fast. “One down and one to go” is the motto that everyone goes by, but at this stage of the game, that will be a sad day for me when my boys will both be able to be on their own. Anyways, with the PA archery season well underway, we are watching and waiting for the right opportunity to present itself. Hunter is waiting for his first attempt at harvesting his first deer with a bow. He is very excited to accomplish this feat. He would really like to get a shot at a monster buck, but I think he will settle for even a doe. He has gotten very close several
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times now, but with all the extra sets of eyes watching him in the woods, he hasn’t connected yet. But there is still plenty of time. As the end of October is upon us, our thoughts are also of all the black bears roaming through the woods around our camp. We have a known resident population of five, and two of them will probably top out around 300 pounds. The third one will go over 400. By the middle of November I will be in hot pursuit of one of these three big ones. Last year I was fortunate enough to shoot one with a bow, and hope this year will bring the same opportunity. But until then, we are still playing the part of a forest ninja, entering the woods undetected and being there without being seen or noticed by all the critters that live where we have infiltrated. Our little neck of the woods, located at an undisclosed location here in York County, holds all the opportunity we need. The
deer are there but just haven’t presented themselves yet. The time will come, hopefully soon, but if not in this archery season, the next attempt will be in the firearms season right after bear season. This in my eyes is the whole reason for my existence: the hunting season that starts in the beginning of September and comes to a close with the ending of turkey season in May. Once the end of May comes around, I usually start to head into hibernation as it gets too hot for me. I’m a snow, cold and ice person from way back. Did your folks ever tell you that a stork brings babies? Well, back in the day, that’s what my folks told me when I asked the question of where babies come from. It took me a long time to realize that the stork just got tired of carrying me and dropped me off here in good ole PA. But I know in my heart that there is an Eskimo somewhere up there in Alaska or the Arctic that really hates the cold. Switched at birth, I tell ya ¬- that’s what happened to me! As I am writing this, I am looking out the window, watching the snow fly and starting to think about the next time I venture into the woods. The only question I have for myself right now is, “Should I put the chains back on my quad already?” With the snow piling up here at the end of October, my answer is YES! Until next time, keep all four on the ground and pointed straight down the trail.
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Welcome back again to another great issue of Rec Rider. The past three months seem to be speeding by now that I can be outdoors every single minute of the daylight, and even in the dark. Since September has gone away and the times have past into October, there is a lot on the menu for hunting season. During the September scouting trips and with the help of the ole cheater trail cams, my oldest son Hunter and I have seen several times now the buck that each one of us want to add to our wall of brag. Yes, that’s right, the wall of brag. I started this wall many years ago when I was just starting out my quest for dust collectors and cobweb catchers. I have been blessed with some impressive-size deer to grace this wall and keep the Swiffer busy. As I mentioned in an earlier article, since my boy’s started hunting, I haven’t harvested a deer. I’m hoping that this trend is at its end this year, as Hunter is now able to hunt by himself. This leaves me with only one to worry about besides myself. Years ago, when Hunter and Chase started to hunt, I didn’t realize how much knowledge I had learned and pieced together from all my mentors in my life until I started to share my “woods wise” information. It seems there is a never ending supply of do’s and don’ts that I try to instill in my pair of would-be Jeremiah Johnsons. Not only am I teaching them the best hunting practices I have been taught, but I am also
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