Representatives Carolyn Maloney (D-NY), Ed Markey (D-MA) and Raul Grijalva (D-AZ) have once again introduced legislation (H.R. 1187, the Northern Rockies Ecosystem Protection Act) that would designate a massive 23 million acre area across five states (Idaho, Montana, Oregon, Washington, and Wyoming) as wilderness. This means each of these 23 million acres would be made permanently off-limits to motorized and mechanized recreation, including off-highway motorcycles, ATVs, ROVs (side-by-sides), 4x4s, snowmobiles and mountain bikes.  It is particularly important to note that the lead sponsor, Rep Maloney, represents Manhattan, Queens and Brooklyn in New York City, yet has introduced legislation that would have an economic and social impact on millions of Americans who live, work and recreate on or near the lands in question.  In a particularly ironic twist, Representative Maloney and the other cosponsors will not accept emails from anyone who does not live in their districts.  So, these Members seek to force the most restrictive land management on millions of Americans, but will not listen to their concerns.

Congratulations to Tucker Hibbert and the whole Arctic Cat/Monster Energy team on winning their record-setting sixth consecutive gold medal at Winter X Games 2013 in Aspen, Colorado.

Having spent two weeks prior in Colorado getting his sled dialed in and a convincing first place finish in his qualifier race, Tucker was looking and feeling confident. That didn’t stop him from watching the other two qualifier races and walking the track prior to the final confirming his lines. Based on what he saw, he elected to change his place on the start and move right by one position. A decision that helped him get out ahead of the pack in second place by turn one. From there, Tucker propelled his Sno Pro 600 past Ross Martin in the first lap and had 15 laps to build his lead and finish 11 seconds ahead of second place.

This gold medal gives Tucker 11 Winter X Games medals, seven of which are gold. We look forward to Tucker going for the seven-peat next year.

Phoenix, Arizona – Just in time for the winter snow season, KMS has released the best solution for powering your Snow Bike. A complete bolt on turbo system for a stock KTM motor. Increase your HP up to 100 with this amazing system. This system offers unparalleled power with incredible throttle response. Turbo lag is less than 0.2 sec!

Extensive development and field testing has allowed us to optimize design and component location for the rugged use of the snow bike. So, whether your taking a tree line or high-marking with the sleds, this system will stand the test of time.

Team Rockstar Energy Polaris Racing dominated Round 1 of the CSRA National Snowcross title hunt at Calabogie Peaks Resort near the nation’s capital this past weekend. While Friday and Saturday were on the mild side temperature wise, Sunday was much colder and felt more like winter and sledding weather.

Defending Pro Open National Champion Iain Hayden came, saw, and conquered the competition both days of the Capital Cup National Snowcross event. His teammate Lee Butler also nailed down a solid performance in the Pro Open while young up-and-comer Jacob Rosko-Fong raised some eyebrows in the Pro-Lite class.

As part of its annual summer sales meeting and its presence at the Sturgis® Motorcycle Rally, Polaris Industries Inc. (NYSE: PII), Victory Motorcycles and the Company’s dealers donated $154,125 to the Wounded Warrior Project™ (WWP). The donation was part of Polaris’ continuing relationship with the WWP, an organization that raises awareness and aids injured servicemen and women. Earlier this year, Polaris also gave away three special, blacked-out RANGER RZR XP 4 900 Side-by-Side vehicles to WWP veterans.

“Our relationship with the Wounded Warrior Project allows Polaris and our dealers to support the men and women who selflessly sacrifice for our nation through their military service,” said Scott Wine, Polaris Industries CEO. “We consider it an honor and a privilege to partner with the Wounded Warrior Project, an organization that lends a hand to those who merit it most. We hope this donation helps these brave men and women return to the rich, active lives they truly deserve.”

Kennesaw, GA –Yamaha Parts and Accessories Division announces the launch of Yamalube.com, the very first website dedicated to its growing line of Yamalube oils, maintenance and care products.

A resource for consumers looking to protect and maintain a range of vehicles and engines—from motorcycles to boats —Yamalube.com will feature Yamaha’s full line of Yamalube products. With consumers owning multiple Yamaha vehicles or engines, this site is a user-friendly guide to find the right Yamalube products for their needs in one place.

“Our full line of oils and maintenance products has always been available through Yamaha dealerships,” said John Tomsche, Yamaha’s Parts & Accessories division manager. “Now, consumers can review our entire product offering, choose which products they need, learn how to use them and find a dealer who carries them, all online.”

Elements on the new website include:
- Informational Videos: Product experts show visitors how to select the right products for their vehicles and engines, and provide tips on using those products to ensure the best performance.

ESPN, creator of the X Games, announced today it will bring the X Games to Foz do Iguaçu, Brazil; Munich, Germany and Barcelona, Spain beginning in 2013. Those cities will join Aspen, Colo.; Los Angeles, Calif. and Tignes, France to host the X Games in an effort to expand globally. With relevance to contemporary youth around the world, this expansion is a transformation from an action sports competition brand into an action sports lifestyle brand that will highlight new locations and enhanced cultural and digital elements around the world.

ESPN conducted a formal bid process starting last May which resulted in significant interest from locations around the world that bid to host one of three new events (which join Los Angeles, Aspen and Tignes).  Beginning today, local organizing committees for Foz do Iguaçu (pronounced Fawz Day Ig wah soo), Munich and Barcelona will collaborate with ESPN for the next three years to bring the premier action sports event to their cities, launching an annual, six-event X Games calendar  – four of which will be summer events and two winter.

BOISE, ID – The OHV community joins together today in mourning the loss of one of its greatest activists. On Thursday, April 5th, 2012, Adena Cook–one of the original founders of the BlueRibbon Coalition–passed away.

Adena will be sorely missed, both by those that knew her, and by the recreation community to whom she gave so much. She will forever be in our hearts and thoughts, and her legacy of dedication, perseverance and determination will live on.

Ms. Cook was amongst those that aided founder, Clark Collins, in turning the Idaho Public Land User’s Association into a national organization, re-titled the BlueRibbon Coalition (BRC). She served as the newly created group’s volunteer secretary until 1989, at which point she became the group’s first Public Lands Director, and the second paid staff member.

Expanding its range of GMRS radios, Cobra Electronics introduces two powerful two-way radios.  The affordable CXT135 and CXT235 feature advanced NOAA Weather Radio (NWR).  The CXT235 also has All Hazards Alert, providing audible alerts.

The new NWR feature allows listening to the NOAA Weather Radio All Hazards broadcasting of continuous weather information directly from the nearest National Weather Service nationwide network of transmitters.  NWR relays official weather service warnings, watches, forecasts and other hazard information 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.

The CXT135 is the most economical weather radio on the market.  It has a range of up to 16 miles, Power Saver circuitry for extended battery life, Call Alert and rechargeable NiMH batteries.

The powerful CXT235 includes all the features of the CXT135, plus a larger range of up to 20 miles.  It also features NOAA All Hazards Alerts, which provide loud audible tones in the event of a weather alert or other emergency.  The NOAA Alert feature activates an automatic alarm on the radio if NOAA sends a tone alert with the warning.  The tone will activate an alarm on the CXT235, even if the audio volume is turned down.  This is especially useful for warnings which occur at night when most people are sleeping.

MEDINA, MN (Feb. 21, 2012) – Bill Rader, the long-time racing coordinator for the Polaris snowmobile race program passed away Monday, Feb. 20, 2012, after a courageous battle with cancer. He was 54. Rader played a major role in the resurgence of the Polaris snowmobile racing program over the past dozen years. He worked closely with Racing Director Tom Rager, Sr., a close friend of Rader’s for more than 20 years.

“He was extremely well-liked and everyone in the industry knows how instrumental he was in rebuilding this Polaris program,” Rager said of Rader. “His specialty was working with young talent, the father-son race teams, nurturing them to get them to the next level. He worked with people like [Pro racers] TJ Gulla and D.J. Eckstrom and helped them as they rose through the program.”

In the early 1990s, Rager was managing the Ski-Doo racing program and he hired Rader as his race program coordinator. Rader and his family – his survivors include his wife Tammy and daughter Dana – moved from Michigan’s Upper Peninsula to Wausau, Wisconsin, at that time for the job.

When Rager was hired as racing manager by Polaris in August 2000, he immediately hired Rader as racing coordinator. The two men led the rebuilding of the Polaris racing program back to the championship level program it is today. “Billy took care of the ‘B Team’ programs, assisted me with outside sponsorships and he dealt heavily with the ISR,” the racing sanctioning body, Rager said.

The two men developed an incredible friendship over the years. “They always say you meet one person in life who is truly your best friend, and for me he was truly my best friend,” Rager said.

A Great Sportsman
Scott Judnick, co-owner of the Judnick Motorsports snocross racing team, said Rader was a great influence on racers of all brands. “I can remember when we were racing for Arctic Cat – this is our 10th year with Polaris – Bill would always come up and talk to you at the track, give you encouragement. He was a great sportsman. He worked with the Sport-class guys and he’d go trailer to trailer and make sure everybody had what they needed and give them input… Bill was a big part of our team and our success and the championships we’ve won over the years.”

Judnick said Rader contributed to the spirit and technology of racing. “He made it fun. He was always willing to help, whatever you needed, he was there for you,” Judnick said. “He came up with ideas, he would run for stuff – nothing was beneath him. He was a big part of the success of this program. On a lot of different test trips Bill would be there and his input was always fantastic. The guy would be talking to you and he was so smart, and you’d be like, ‘what did he say?’ He’s get into the chemistry end of things and he loved to study and read and figure things out.”

Rader was unable to attend races while battling cancer, and he was missed. “The snowmobile racing world was very concerned about Bill,” Judnick said. “Every single weekend people come up and ask, ‘how’s Bill doing?’ I can’t tell you how much we’ve missed not having him at the track, and now that he has passed, how much we will miss him going forward.”

Judnick said commemorative decals were being prepared for racers to put on their sleds in Rader’s honor.

A Vintage Mopar Enthusiast
William E. “Bill” Rader grew up in Michigan’s Upper Peninsula, where he loved racing snowmobiles and stock cars. He worked for a time in the mines and served as technical inspector for the USSA snowmobile racing circuit, where he was exemplary in his fairness and his concern for racer safety. He was operating an industrial supply company when Rager hired him to work with the Ski-Doo racing program.

Rader was focused on his family and his job, and he enjoyed restoring old vehicles. “He loved building old hot rods,” Rager said. “He rebuilt a ‘70 Road Runner, and his latest project was a ‘73 Dart. He loved the old Mopar stuff. He also did an incredible job refurbishing old Polaris snowmobiles, and his latest was an old StarFire sled.”

A memorial service is scheduled for 11 a.m. Friday, Feb. 24, 2012, at Saint Andrew Lutheran Church, 3200 N. Mountain Road, Wausau. Visitation will be from 5-8 p.m. on Thursday, Feb. 23, at Brainard Funeral Home, 5712 Memorial Court, Weston, WI, and again from 9:30 a.m. until the time of services Friday at the church.