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Snowmobiling In Maine: A Guide For Vacationers

Posted by on Aug 10, 2016 in Uncategorized | Comments Off on Snowmobiling In Maine: A Guide For Vacationers

Maine is known as Vacationland and it’s no wonder. This vacation spot offers activities for nearly everyone from hunting, fishing and hiking to enjoying life on the snowmobile trails. In fact, Maine has 14,000 miles of groomed and trimmed snowmobile trails, 4,000 of which make up the Interconnected Trails System (ITS) leading from one end or the State to the other, says the Maine Snowmobile Association. If you are visiting Maine during the winter and want to explore nature, traveling the local snowmobile trails provides an excellent opportunity to view the landscape, encounter wildlife and have some fun in the winter snow. Before you head off into the Maine wilderness with your snowmobile there are some things you need to know. Maine Snowmobile Regulations According to the Maine Department of Inland Fisheries and Wildlife , any snowmobile driven on the trails must be registered. There are several registrations available. Maine residents can register a snowmobile for the season for $45, while non-residents must pay a fee of $99. Non-residents can also purchase a 3-day or a 10-day registration for a fee of $49 and $75, says the Maine Department o Inland Fisheries and Wildlife. In addition to the registration requirements, there are some age requirements for operating a snowmobile. Children under the age of 10 are not allowed to operate a snowmobile and children between the ages of 10 and 16 must complete a safety training program with their parent or guardian, according to Maine State Statue TITLE 12, CHAPTER 939. Operating a snowmobile under the influence of alcohol or drugs, or if your driver’s license is suspended, is also prohibited. Other regulations apply, such as observing posted speed limits. Complete ATV/Snowmobile Rules and Regulations are available online or through local snowmobile clubs. Maine Snowmobile Clubs Maine boasts over 300 individual snowmobile clubs listed with SledMaine. These clubs work together to maintain the snowmobile trails and provide services to local snowmobilers. They provide maps of snowmobile trails and can give you valuable insight into the conditions of the trails in the area you wish to travel. If you are new to snowmobiling, or new to the area, a visit to the local snowmobile club can prove invaluable. Members are knowledgeable about the weather conditions and local sights you may want to observe and can even point in the direction for observing native wildlife. They can also direct you to the proper trails to take to reach your desired destination. Snowmobile Safety and Trail Etiquette Groomers spend long hours working to keep the trails well-maintained and safe for everyone. You can do your part by practicing safe operation of your snowmobile and observing trail etiquette. Always drive on the right hand side of the trail. Do not pass others until they have recognized you and motioned you on. Use your mirrors and beware of what’s behind you. Do not harass wildlife. Do not litter or destroy property. Landowners give permission for trails to pass through their land. Show respect for their property. Always give the trail groomers the right of way. Slow down for oncoming traffic, or when passing other snowmobiles, and observe all speed limit signs. Yield to uphill traffic if space is limited. It may be difficult to restart the snowmobile and gain momentum when you are climbing a large...

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Motorcycle Troubleshooting Tactics: What To Do When Your Bike Won’t Start

Posted by on Dec 19, 2015 in Uncategorized | Comments Off on Motorcycle Troubleshooting Tactics: What To Do When Your Bike Won’t Start

You step outside into the warm sun, and you’re all geared up and ready to feel the wind on your face. You sit on your bike and adjust your weight until you are comfortable and balanced. Then, you hit the switch, but nothing happens. Your motorcycle won’t start. As your heart sinks in anticipation of not being able to hit the road on your bike, you start wondering if the problem is something you can quickly and easily fix yourself. There is a good chance you can still salvage the day when you follow these troubleshooting tactics: 1. Verify The Starting Drill Without trying to sound condescending, the first thing you should do is make sure you followed the right procedure to start the engine. Every motorcycle has its own starting drill. Sometimes you have to hold the clutch in, whether the bike is in gear or not. Some bikes need to be in neutral when their engines are turned on. So the first thing you should do is dig out your motorcycle’s owner manual and make sure you are doing the right things in the proper order to start the bike successfully. If this isn’t the problem, keep reading. 2. Check The Battery One of the most common reasons why a motorcycle won’t start is that it has a bum battery or something is preventing the battery from doing its job. Look for dim lights, slow or no starter activity, and a weak horn. These are all signs of a dead or low battery. If this seems to be the problem, you’ll need to recharge or replace the battery on your machine or bring it to a motorcycle repair shop for them to do it for you. Also look at the battery connections. A terminal could be loose or corroded. If this is the case, a good cleaning and/or tightening is all you need to do to get your bike running again. After you clean and/or tighten the terminals, grab a voltmeter to read the battery terminals. If it reads less than 12.5 volts without any load, or 10.5 volts with the lights on, you’ll need to recharge the battery. You can recharge your battery by jump-starting your bike from a buddy’s bike or your car. 3. Examine The Trouble Spots If the motorcycle’s battery is in good order, then you may be looking at an issue with one of several common motorcycle trouble spots. These include: Malfunctioning clutch/starter interlock switch – Take it to the professionals for repair. Blown fuse – Replace it with a new fuse of the same amperage rating. Broken kickstand safety switch – Have a motorcycle mechanic repair this for you. 4. Consider Your Recent Motorcycle Activities Think about the last few things you did to your bike, which could have caused a problem. For example: If you’ve recently power washed your bike, water may have gotten into the ignition switch, kickstand safety switch, or the kill switch. A few squirts of a moisture-displacing lubricant will probably solve the issue. These lubricants can be found in motorcycle shops, hardware stores, and also most department stores. 5. Look At The Fuel Let some of the fuel flow out into a small container by loosening the float-bowl drain screw. You are looking for water, which appears as...

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5 Ways To Choose Motocross Boot Designs For A Gift

Posted by on Jun 2, 2015 in Uncategorized | Comments Off on 5 Ways To Choose Motocross Boot Designs For A Gift

Motocross boots are great for riding dirt bikes, ATVs, and other off-road vehicles. These boots are durable, offer easy control, and can last for many years. Whether you’re shopping for Gaerne boots or something similar, you have a lot of options to choose from. Instead of just purchasing a gift card, you can make the present special by giving them the boots in person with an order you made yourself. To keep it a surprise, there are five different ways you can order boot styles and designs. The ultimate choice you make will depend on the person you are purchasing for. Basic Colors When browsing through boots for sale, there are two basic colors you can purchase: black and white. These colors are easy to match gear with, universally popular, and can be personalized a number of different ways. One of the easiest ways to offer personalization with the boot is by purchasing decals to go with it. Decals look great on black or white motocross boots. These decals can reflect a variety of companies that the rider uses. Additional decal options include themes like superheroes. For example, a black boot with a yellow Batman decal would turn the boot into a great Batman dedication. The decals can be placed on the boots before you gift them or just as a side accessory. Custom Boots If you have a specific boot in mind, you can easily create that by compiling an order for a custom boot. By purchasing a variety of accessories, you have the ability to create all types of design and color combinations. Boot Straps: Order replacement boot straps in a variety of colors to match the color you are looking for. These straps can easily be installed on the boot before you give the gift. Boot Buckles: Along with the strap, a buckle can be purchased in a matching color or contrasting color. Sports Colors If the person you are buying boots for has a favorite sports team, then you can represent that team with the boots that you purchase. A wide range of colors are available for motocross boots, so it’s easy to find a pair that matches a team. Follow team color guides to select the appropriate colors from multiple leagues including the NHL, NFL, and MLB. Team decals can also be purchased so the rider can enhance their boots even more. Vehicle Colors A lot of motocross riders like to match their gear with the equipment that they ride. Use the colors of their dirt bike or ATV to find a matching pair of boots. It’s also a good idea to find a slight contrast or complimenting colors. For example, if someone’s dirt bike is mostly red with a little blue, then you can compliment that design by purchasing boots that are mostly blue with a little red. If you are unsure of the exact colors, try browsing through their social media page for images of the dirt bike. This will help you gather information without giving away your gift purchase ideas. Package Deals Instead of purchasing just boots, you can create a whole package where the boots are the centerpiece. Matching gear can create a great outfit that riders will get a lot of use out of. Gloves: Matching gloves can often...

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