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KYMCO USA Joins Community Outreach Racing Program

Press Release – KYMCO USA, exclusive North American distributor of KYMCO brand scooters and ATVs, has become an official 2005 sponsor of Team Sheriff Racing, a unique community education program developed by deputies from the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Office.

With their NHRA (National Hot Rod Association) police race cars and Formula One CCS (Championship Cup Series) police race motorcycles, Team Sheriff travels up and down the West coast to race tracks and school presentations, as well as making regular appearances at community, industry, and media events.

The goal of Team Sheriff is to reach out to young people to educate them about the dangers of drugs, gangs, impaired driving, and illegal street racing. The cars and bikes are raced by the deputy-drivers and supported by sponsors including KYMCO USA.

KYMCO’s sponsorship includes the donation of Super 9 model scooter for use as a support vehicle at the track. According to Deputy Churney, on busy race days, as many as 15 off-duty deputies staff Team Sheriff Racing, and the Super 9 scooter will facilitate movement.

It will especially help at spread-out venues like Pomona Raceway, one of the 3 major tracks, including Las Vegas and Sonoma, visited by Team Sheriff. Churney said the Super 9 would not only be practical transportation, but also an asset in drawing the attention of young people because “it looks gnarly.”

Visit sheriffsracing.com for more details.

Up the Ante

We’ve been expecting Polaris to respond to the emerging two-passenger segment with a very serious, ready-for-two model this year.

We suspect Polaris may up the ante in this class with a twin cylinder (600 or 700EFI) twofer that’ll send both Bombardier and Arctic Cat looking for more power.

It has also been rumored Polaris has a new and improved 400cc engine for the Sportsman 400. Last year’s re-engineering of the most popular chassis in the industry was exciting but we have to say we were looking for a more potent 400 Sportsman a year ago.

Polaris is never slow to respond to customer demands so watch out for this model in 2006 or ‘07.

Wireless Technology and A Synthetic Rope!

Press Release – Ramsey introduces the wireless remote – ATV3000 that is now even better! Not only does this hardworking winch include wireless technology, it is available with 50′ of Technora synthetic rope and the Ramsey aluminum fairlead – making a great winch even better.

Synthetic rope is quickly becoming the standard for everyone from hardcore rockcrawling competitors to the weekend warrior off-road enthusiast. Synthetic rope has many advantages over wire cable including; safety, strength, and ease of use. And Ramsey is the first to introduce a wireless winch with the synthetic rope straight out of the box!

The ATV3000’s efficient, powerful 0.9 hp motor has a pulling capacity of up to 3,000 lbs, faster line speed and 20% less AMP draw than the competitor’s ATV winch. This means the ATV can be winched faster out of nearly any sticky situation and still have the power to start the engine when finished!

Other features of the ATV3000 include; weather resistant solenoid assembly, 3-stage planetary gear system for the fastest line speed, optional automatic load-holding brake for strength, a cam action clutch that disengages the planetary gear system for free spooling, and a machined aluminum hawse fairlead.

Not only does Ramsey take advantage of the latest and best technology available, we have a history of delivering consistent quality and performance.

Visit Ramsey Winch online at www.RamseyATV.com.

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.