Yamaha-OHV-Logo-11-10-11KENNESAW, GA – Yamaha Motor Corp., USA, announces the Yamaha Outdoor Access Initiative awarded more than $350,000 in funds and equipment to 26 grant recipients in 2016. The final grants for 2016 comprised more than $73,000 awarded to four recipients, including support for both National Hunting and Fishing Day (NHF Day) and the Progressive Agricultural Foundation’s Safety Day program.

“For a decade, Yamaha has been supporting National Hunting and Fishing Day’s message of responsible outdoor recreation and open access, and with an Access Initiative grant to the Progressive Agricultural Foundation, we extend that message to families and youth in the farming and ranching communities across the country,” said Steve Nessl, Yamaha’s ATV and SxS group marketing manager. “With the challenges facing access to our nation’s land, the Yamaha Outdoor Access Initiative remains a steadfast resource supporting those working to responsibly, safely and sustainably protect and expand the opportunities for enjoying the outdoors.”

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Editor’s Note: Best in the Desert will live stream the “Celebration of Life” in honor of Casey Folks tomorrow. Check out the release on the event below, which also has a link to the stream.

Casey Folks touched the lives of thousands of people in the off-road community. If you are unable to join us for this special occasion in honor of him, you can still be part of it.

Polaris-Engineered-Lubricants-1-30-2017Formulated specifically for use in the vehicles Polaris manufactures, Polaris Engineered Lubricants have been proven to perform in some of the most grueling racing on the planet including off-road desert racing and snowmobile, enduro and cross-country racing. And they don’t just work, they win.

Sherp ATV ice
If you’ve never heard of or seen the Sherp ATV before your initial thought might be that falling though the ice would be a terrible tragedy. Well as you can see, neither ice, water, rocks or mud are any match for this all-terrain vehicle.

Dirt-Logo-Best-in-the-Desert-1-26-16Editor’s Note: BITD sent out this note regarding the health of Best in the Desert Director Casey Folks and the upcoming Parker 425.

January 9, 2017 – Thank you to everyone for your concerns, messages and prayers regarding Casey. We truly appreciate the support.

While we would like to speak with everyone about Casey, we are currently busy trying to make preparations for the upcoming Parker “425.” So please do not call the office at this time looking for updates on him.

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Earlier this month, Yamaha inducted nine of its ATV, side-by-side, dirt bike and road racing titleholders to its Wall of Champions. The ceremony for the event was held at its office in Cypress, California, with 11 championships acknowledged during the event.

Trail-Tech-CVT-Temp-Gauge-12-22-16Trail Tech, Inc. recently announced the release of its new CVT Belt Temp Monitoring Gauge. Designed to help riders easily monitor thier CVT Belt Temperature 30-500°F (0-270°C), this device can help save your CVT belt from failure.

Serious ATV Mud Riding
It’s really amazing to see the different types of riding people gravitate toward. Some stick solely to the sand and wouldn’t dream of taking their prized ATV or UTV through a mud hole; others will spend thousands of dollars on upgrades just to bury it in the thickest, nastiest slop they can find. Different strokes for different folks, and if ATV mud riding is your thing, then more power to you. Check out the video below of a turbocharged ATV powering through the slop.

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– BRP (TSX:DOO) recently opened a state-of-the-art technician training institute within its Sturtevant, Wisconsin manufacturing facility. This new institute will train dealers and their employees to maintain and repair all BRP vehicles, engines and accessories. Alain Villemure, vice president and general manager of BRP’s Marine Propulsion Systems division and Martin Soucy, vice president of its global after-sales function, participated in the ribbon-cutting ceremony before employees, media and the general public.

Pismo ATV Dune Jump
Over the last decade, throngs of off-road enthusiasts have made the switch from ATVs to UTVs, so much so that on a busy holiday weekend you’re likely to see far more UTVs than ATVs almost anywhere you go. That being said, this video of a huge ATV dune jump shows us that there are still a handful of diehards out there that haven’t given up that ATV life.