Thumb-gas_prices_6-20-13Gas prices have only increased in recent years. Although they have somewhat stabilized and are not currently fluctuating as greatly as they once were, there’s no doubt higher gas prices are here to stay. Hybrids and electric cars don’t have a place off-road as of yet (and maybe never will), and with modifications for improved clearance and capability on the trail, these upgrades can often reduce fuel economy further. However, there are still ways to reduce fuel consumption and improve your MPG on your off-road vehicle.

Below is a list of 10 suggestions for improving fuel economy. Although some of them may not fit your specific situation, others can certainly help the MPG of your vehicle. Feel free to comment with other suggestions as well.

BFGoodrich-6-1-11Greenville, S.C. – Move aside Denver and Phoenix, it seems Chicagoans are the biggest thrill-seekers in the country, according to the new BFGoodrich Tires Adrenaline Index. The tire maker surveyed 3,500 Americans across the country, revealing that more than one-third of Americans are self-proclaimed thrill seekers who thrive on new adventures and enjoy activities that will provide an adrenaline rush.

Chicago topped the list as the thrill-seeking capital of the U.S., with 58 percent of Chicagoans saying that they seek out adventure or adrenaline-fuelled activities.  New York, Miami, Los Angeles and Orlando rounded out the top five cities with the most adrenaline.  Miami residents actually put their money where their mouth is, with thrill seekers saying they spent an average of $1,637 annually on extreme activities, compared to the national average of $733.

AMA-logo-230PICKERINGTON, Ohio — The National Defense Authorization Act, which includes language to create the Johnson Valley National Off-Highway Vehicle Recreation Area in California to protect it from a military takeover, has cleared the U.S. House, the American Motorcyclist Association reports.

On June 14, the House approved the authorization bill, H.R. 1960. The measure now goes to the Senate for further consideration.

The legislation includes language written by Rep. Paul Cook (R-Calif.) to protect Johnson Valley from a takeover by the U.S. Navy that would virtually end riding there. The Navy wants to expand the Marine Corps Air Ground Combat Center at Twentynine Palms into the 189,000-acre Johnson Valley area, which is a long-standing and popular area that is across the San Bernardino Mountains from Los Angeles.

ORBA-Logo-8-8-12The California Motorized Recreation Council (CMRC), Ecologic Partners, and Tierra Del Sol Four Wheel Drive Club (TDS), have started formulating a unified effort to defend Ocotillo Wells State Vehicular Recreation Area.

On May 21, 2013 Public Employees for Environmental Responsibility (PEER) and the Desert Protective Council (DPC) filed a lawsuit to stop open riding in the Ocotillo Wells State Vehicular Recreation Area (SVRA). The suit alleges that California Department of Parks and Recreation (State Parks) is not enforcing various Public Resources Codes with respect to trail maintenance and environmental protection.

The Ocotillo Wells SVRA is a very special place to the Off-Road Community and people from all over the country. Not only has it been the location of the popular TDS Desert Safari, but also many of us have raised our families there.  This park was set aside specifically for open OHV recreation.

BlueRibbon-Coalition-Logo-9-28-12BlueRibbon Coalition sent over this news item today:

As an interested party in recreational access on Idaho’s public lands, we thought you’d want to know about a great opportunity provided by the Idaho Non-Profit Center to help you support the BlueRibbon Coalition (BRC) and that cause!

The “Idaho Gives” day “is a unique celebration of the important role that our many nonprofits play in our communities,” according to Lynn Hoffmann, Executive Director of the Idaho Nonprofit Center. “By focusing the public’s attention on the great work our nonprofits do, we hope to spur people into action on May 2, allowing them to pick their favorite charity, learn about other charities, and make a donation through the Idaho Gives web site.”

CYPRESS, Calif. – Yamaha Motor Corp., U.S.A., announces the fifth anniversary of its OHV Access Initiative, the industry leader in Guaranteeing Responsible Access to our Nation’s Trails (GRANTs).  Launched in January, 2008, the program has aggressively funded the ever growing and diverse needs of the OHV community in support of its mission of promoting safe, responsible riding and open, sustainable access to riding areas. A few of the highlights of the past five years include:

·         200 GRANTs and more than $2 million in funding and equipment in pursuit of the program’s mission.

·         GRANT-funded projects in 37 of our 50 states.  The GRANT tracker map showcases the program’s cross-country appeal and highlights future opportunities for underrepresented areas.

·         Yamaha employees have personally embraced the tenets of OHV Access Initiative, putting in more than 1,500 volunteer man-hours planting trees, clearing trails and supporting restoration efforts on company-adopted trails in the San Bernardino National Forest.

The members and families of Tierra Del Sol would like to invite you to our 51st TDS Desert Safari. Reserve March 1st, 2nd and 3rd and come out and experience the magic and splendor of southern California’s finest wheeling.

This year will be another epic event with fantastic vendors onsite, an awesome trail, the best raffle on the planet, and yes after last’s years outrageous fireworks show….we are going to do it again.

BlueRibbon Coalition sent over this update after receiving an email from the New Mexico Off Highway Vehicle Alliance (NMOHVA), with their latest Access Alert on the Santa Fe National Forest.

We’ve pasted NMOHVA’s Action Alert below. Please take a minute to read the alert, take action and then pass it along to friends, family and riding buddies:

The New Mexico Off Highway Vehicle Alliance (NMOHVA) filed a lawsuit against the Santa Fe National Forest in federal district court on December 11th. Our lawsuit contests the Forest’s Travel Management decision signed by Forest Supervisor Maria T. Garcia on June 12th and upheld by the Region 3 Appeal Deciding Officer on October 2nd.  Filing a lawsuit is a major commitment of NMOHVA’s time and money.  The NMOHVA Board thought long and hard about this and then voted unanimously to go ahead with legal action.

POCATELLO, IDAHO (December 11, 2012) — The BlueRibbon Coalition (BRC), a national recreation advocacy group, today criticized a recommendation that President Obama  appoint Congressman Raúl Grijalva (AZ) as  the new Secretary of the Department of Interior. The recommendation of Grijalva was made recently by a collection of the most radical and litigious preservationist organizations.

Brian Hawthorne, BRC’s Public Lands Policy Director said; “The appointment of Grijalva to lead the Interior Department would be a step in the wrong direction, and would only further the political divide that currently exists between some land managers and western public lands states.”

After nearly 18 months of hard-fought litigation, EcoLogic Partners, Inc. (“EcoLogic”) has prevailed in its CEQA lawsuit against the California Department of Parks and Recreation (“State Parks”) over the closure of recreational vehicle routes in Truckhaven (also known as the “Freeman Property”).

On October 16, 2012, Judge Jeffrey Jones of the Imperial County Superior Court issued his final Judgment in the action, finding that State Parks violated CEQA when it approved a “boundary signage and fencing” project without first analyzing whether and to what extent the project would have adverse impacts on natural and recreational resources. As a result of the Court’s ruling, State Parks’ decision to approve the boundary signage and fencing project has been set aside.