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Hamilton Police Services Crime Scene Training

On Saturday May 7th, 2005, the Hamilton Police Service will be hosting a training seminar at the Division 20 community room commencing at 10am. Members from OATVSARF from across Ontario will be attending for this training seminar.

The objective of the training is as follows:

1. A classroom presentation on “Crime Scene Preservation” will be presented by the Hamilton Police Forensic Unit followed up with an outdoor mock search.

2. The OATVSARF members will be directed by the Hamilton Police Service SAR and will conduct several pre-staged searches that the search members will have no prior knowledge of. Members of OATVSARF will be given an opportunity to put the inclass session to practical use.

3. OATVSARF is a civilian group that is offering there services to Police Agencies throughout Ontario. This resource is a valuable tool that can assist in the search and rescue of individuals who become lost in vast areas that require the use of All Terrain Vehicles.

For more information, contact:

Larry Larson #77
Criminal Investigation Division
Division – 20
Hamilton Police Service
llarson@hamiltonpolice.on.ca

Will Honda Step Up?

Honda dealers would definitely like to see a bigger version of the Rincon and we can’t imagine there isn’t a 700 to 750cc prototype of the mighty Red 650 with a dual range tranny, diff locker and yes, EFI.

Stay tuned…

Poll Results

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Our last poll asked you, “When shopping for a Sport Utility 4X4 model, which of these five features is most important to you?”. From 354 votes, the clear and dominant choice was True 4×4. See below for full results.

50.28% – True 4X4 (Diff lock, Visco-Lok, Demand Drive) (178 votes – )
19.49% – Independent Rear Suspension (69 votes)
16.10% – Automatic Transmission (57 votes)
07.34% – Largest Available Engine Displacement (26 votes)
06.78% – Electronic Fuel Injection (24 votes)

Scroll down to the bottom of the page to participate in our latest poll…

Honda Recall

TRX owners should be aware that Honda has issued a recall due to a safety defect that may exist in the steering system.

Honda strongly recommends that you do not operate your TRX until this issue has been repaired.

Visit the website for more details [ honda.com ].

In It Up To Here

We had the opportunity this week to test the limits of Ramsey Winch’s ATV3000 Winch.

As classic early spring weather in Canada would dictate, there was plenty of muck to wade through on our mid week ATV adventure through the back trails of Ontario’s North. An especially challenging mire left our 700 Sportsman about 50 feet from solid earth and 2 feet deep in cake batter that completely covered the tires!

Luckily, this machine was equipped with an ATV3000 Winch. This winch has the most innovative and invaluable feature a stuck rider could ever ask for: wireless remote. The hand held remote allowed our swamped rider (yours truly) to focus on throttle and steering while a second member of the group secured the cable to a strong foothold on shore and slowly wound the cable back pulling our Sportsman out of the soup.

If we hadn’t had the ATV3000 Winch with us on this ride, we’d still be digging our ATV out today.

For more details, visit Ramsey Winch at RamseyATV.com.

Talon Off-Road Go Kart Now Available in Canada

Canadian Motorsports Importer & Distributors is introducing the successful Talon series off-road go-kart by Carter to Canada this year. After two years of very successful sales in the United States and Europe, the Talon is now available for wide distribution across Canada.

The Talon’s manufacturer, Carter Brothers Manufacturing Company, has been building go-karts in their Alabama facility since 1968. As the newest addition to the Carter line, the Talon series has been very successful since it was released two years ago. Last year 40,000 units were purchased in the United States and Europe.

Canadian Motorsports Importer & Distributors, Ltd is Carter’s Canadian distributor. For purchase or dealer inquires call 1-877-882-3774.

For more information on the full line of Carter go-karts go to canadianmotorsports.ca.

Mid-Pack EFI

Look for the emergence of more EFI engines in 2006. So far electronic fuel injection has appeared on only premium priced, big displacement Sport Utility ATVs carrying relatively high retail stickers.

Look for at least one OEM to land a mid-performance 400-500cc model with the convenience and efficiency of EFI very soon.

New Bear in the Den?

Yamaha has made big hay with the Grizzly 660 the past four model years. This fun and powerful ATV continues to sell in huge numbers. However, we think Yamaha is not getting all they can from the growing Big Bore Sport Utility marketplace with only one model in the segment.

Polaris has four (600, 700 carb, 700 EFI, 800 EFI), Kawasaki has three (Brute Force 650, 750 and KVF Prairie 700), Suzuki has two (KingQuad 700 and Twin Peaks) and Arctic Cat has two (650 Vee Twin and 650 H-1) big bore models.

We’re looking for the Grizzly to be around for some time in the future but we suspect it will be joined by a more potent and feature laden model very soon.

Look for at least a 700 to 750cc IRS, 4×4 with all the stuff you’ve come to know and love on the current Grizzly plus… EFI.

1000cc ATV Rumor

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There’s tons of speculation surrounding a new, biggest ever, Sport Utility ATV about to hit the market this year.

There’s little doubt last year’s intro of the Sportsman 800 EFI and the Kawasaki Brute Force 750 signaled the escalation of engine displacement in this hot market segment.

Some industry insiders are pegging the sales of 600cc and up models at almost 25 percent of the market. For sure, there have been more introductions in the Big Bore Sport Utility segment in the past two seasons than any other model range.

Seems the ATV market can’t get enough big displacement models and apparently, big isn’t big enough… yet!

Polaris Announces New President And COO

Press Release – Polaris Industries Inc announces the appointment of Bennett Morgan as president and chief operating officer, effective immediately.

Morgan, 41, is an eighteen-year veteran of Polaris. Prior to this promotion, he was vice president and general manager responsible for leading the company’s all terrain vehicle division, its largest, for the last four years.

Over his career, Morgan has demonstrated success in a wide variety of sales, marketing, and general management roles, including general manager of the Parts, Garments and Accessories Division.

Morgan is taking over the role of President and COO, a position held by Tiller since 1999, and will be charged with the internal operations of the Company and the day-to-day execution. Tiller, as CEO, will focus on strategic issues, the long term direction of the Company and will continue to be the external voice for Polaris.

The Company indicated that separating the duties of CEO and COO has become a necessary step, in part because the company has nearly doubled in size, is growing its international business very rapidly and is facing a larger and more complex competitive and regulatory environment.