Riding Yamahas In San Bernadino National Forest

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The San Bernadino riding area continues to be one of my favorites. Even the most seasoned ATV rider will experience challenges at almost every turn.

I’ve seen fellow journalists take some serious get-offs and low and high speeds and even I’ve had some trouble with the dry, thin-air climate in these mountains. Rider errors aside though, the Yamaha ATVs and Rhinos have always functioned flawlessly.

Over the years Yamaha has been integral in bringing me to this area and I have to admit, I have only ridden Yamaha products here. My best estimation is that I’ve logged somewhere in the ballpark of 300 miles on these mountainous trails and rock faces over the years all on Yamaha ATVs and Rhinos.

The abuse these vehicles endure on this punishing terrain is testament to the quality of these Yamaha machines. Unless you’ve been here, you can only imagine what this experience is truly like. It’s a perfect blend of breath-taking beauty combined with technical riding unlike no other.

One thing I love about riding with the Yamaha crew is not only their riding abilities, but the passion for their product and deep-down faith every person who works for this segment of the company has in it.

Not many companies would take the chance on bringing every editor in the industry to one of the most challenging riding terrains imaginable and then proceed to ask them to please punish their product over and over again.

I’m happy to report that other than a couple of flat tires (that were rider errors), every Yamaha ATV and Side x Side we’ve tested here has performed perfectly – not one technical glitch ever. That’s a pretty awesome statement.

If you’re going to visit the SBNF and ride the trails, you’re going to also want to contact the San Bernardino National Forest Association and all that it does for the forest and OHV, including programs like Forest Care, Big Bear Discovery Center, OHV Patrol Volunteers and OHV Education Outreach.


Supervisor’s Office
602 South Tippecanoe Avenue
San Bernardino, CA 92408
(909) 382-2600 (voice)
(TDD/TTY dial 7-1-1)

If you haven’t done so lately, do yourself a favor and visit a Yamaha ATV and Side x Side showroom. You can get a head start by visiting www.yamaha-motor.com.

Matt Lester
Matt Lester
Matt Lester is an Account Manager for Dirt Trax TV. He is also a Contributing Editor and Guest Correspondent on the show focusing on tourism & adventure segments.

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