Tuesday, May 3, 2016

CAN-AM RACER CODY MILLER EARNS HISTORIC DOUBLE VICTORY AT INAUGURALCAMP COKER BULLET GNCC

Can-Am Maverick
Miller followed up his 4x4 Pro class victory by winning the UTV overall and
XC1 Pro UTV class with his Can-Am Maverick X ds side-by-side vehicle

Valcourt, Quebec/Canada, May 3, 2016 – Can-Am X-Team racer Cody Miller made history at the inaugural Camp Coker Bullet Grand National Cross Country race in Society Hill, S.C., becoming the first racer to win a 4x4 Pro ATV class and the XC1 Pro UTV class on the same day. Miller was also joined by Can-Am X-Team teammates on the UTV overall and class podiums, giving Can-Am a sweep. 
“Cody Miller was outstanding in South Carolina, winning both premier GNCC Pro classes he entered and making the morning and UTV overall podiums,” said Jeff Leclerc, Racing Project Leader, Can-Am. “Miller has matured as a racer and it’s nice to see him continue to make huge strides toward winning both championships this year in his first full season of GNCC racing. Kevin Cunningham, Tim Farr and Steve Matko each made their respective class podiums as well in South Carolina, so it was a good weekend for Can-Am.”

Miller (Can-Am / DWT / Houser Racing / Elka Suspension / HMF) is the now the clear GNCC XC1 Pro UTV class points leader after three rounds of side-by-side racing and his most recent victory. The Texas racer has now won two events, including the opener in Florida, and been on the podium at all three UTV rounds. Tim Farr (JB Racing / Can-Am / Houser Racing / Maxxis) and Steve Matko (Offroad Motorsports / WickedBilt / Can-Am) joined Miller on the XC1 Pro UTV class podium, giving Can-Am the sweep. 

“What a weekend! All year, I've been dreaming of bringing home a first place in both the 4x4 Pro and the XC1 Pro SxS classes,” said Miller. “I was finally able to make that dream a reality at the Camp Cocker Bullet GNCC, marking my name down in the history books as the first one to put down a double win in these two Pro classes. With its large motocross section and lots of fast fields, this new property showcased the speed, power and handling of both my Can-Am Outlander XT-P and Maverick X ds 1000R vehicles. I'm on a mission to bring home two championships in 2017, but still have work to do.”

Fourth-place in the XC1 Pro UTV class went to Mouse Pratt (Jack’s Excavating / Can-Am), while reigning two-time XC1 Pro UTV class champion Kyle Chaney took 11th place. Despite the finish, Chaney remains second in the points race heading into the next UTV race. Can-Am Maverick racer Dave Plavi won the XC2 Pro Sport class in his Off-Road Motorsports / WickedBilt / Can-Am to extend his points lead, while another Jack’s Excavating / Can-Am pilot, Joe Krcelich, finished third.

In ATV action, Can-Am ATV racers recorded three class wins and 11 total podiums in South Carolina. Miller notched his first 4x4 Pro class win of the season aboard his Can-Am Outlander XT-P and was followed across the finish line by Can-Am Renegade Pro racer Kevin Cunningham (Cunningham Racing / Can-Am). The two Can-Am riders diced back and forth during the final three laps, but it was Miller who came out on top. Three Can-Am racers are currently in the top five in points after five rounds of ATV racing. Cunningham leads in points, while Jordan Phillips, who won round three, and Miller are tied with 86 total points.

GNCC ATV racing resumes May 14-15 in Indiana, while side-by-side vehicles return to action May 28-29 in Ohio.

About BRP
BRP (TSX:DOO) is a global leader in the design, development, manufacturing, distribution and marketing of powersports vehicles and propulsion systems. Its portfolio includes Ski-Doo and Lynx snowmobiles, Sea-Doo watercraft, Can-Am all-terrain and side-by-side vehicles, Can-Am Spyder roadsters, Evinrude and Rotax marine propulsion systems as well as Rotax engines for karts, motorcycles and recreational aircraft. BRP supports its line of products with a dedicated parts, accessories and clothing business. With annual sales of over CA$3.8 billion from over 100 countries, the Company employs approximately 7,900 people worldwide. 

Ski-Doo, Lynx, Sea-Doo, Evinrude, Rotax, Can-Am, Spyder, Maverick, Defender, Renegade, Commander and the BRP logo are trademarks of Bombardier Recreational Products Inc. or its affiliates. All other trademarks are the property of their respective owners.

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Monday, May 2, 2016

New 10-Ply Rated Kanati Mongrel UTV Tire from GBC Motorsports Now In Stock

Anaheim, Calif. - May 2, 2016 - GBC Motorsports continues to push forward in the world of UTV tires with the release of their popular Kanati Mongrel tire in 10-ply rated construction. Available in all current sizes, the new 10-ply rated Mongrel will provide drivers with an improved sidewall for greater puncture resistance, a smoother ride, and increased overall reliability.

10-Ply Rated Kanati Mongrel UTV Tire


For more than 20 years, GBC Motorsports has paved the way for aftermarket ATV and UTV tires. Along with the first 8-ply rated radial ATV/UTV tire, and the first 1,000lb capacity ATV/UTV tire, GBC Motorsports introduced the Kanati Mongrel as the industry’s first DOT approved tire built specifically for Side-X-Sides.

Now four years after its 2012 debut, the new 10-ply rated Kanati Mongrel radial tire features a re-engineered carcass and sidewall all while keeping the tire weight to a minimum. With the growing size and increasing horsepower of modern sport UTVs, Mongrel tires are sure to remain the preferred choice of professional and recreational drivers.
The 10-ply rated Mongrel will be available in all of the line’s current sizes:


12-Inch 14-Inch 15-Inch
25x8.00R12*
25x10.00R12*

26x10.00R12
27x9.00R12
27x11.00R12
27x9.00R14
27x11.00R14
28x10.00R14
30x10.00R14
32x10.00R14
28x10.00R15
30x10.00R15
32x10.00R15


*New sizes coming summer 2016

The new Mongrels are now in stock and available through GBC Motorsports dealers across the country. Learn more about GBC Motorsports tires at www.GBCMotorsports.com, and get the latest updates on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram.

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Yamaha Volunteers Return to Rehabilitate San Bernardino National Forest

Yamaha Outdoor Access Initiative volunteers
Yamaha Outdoor Access Initiative volunteers

CYPRESS, Calif. – May 2, 2016 – Yamaha Motor Corp., USA, employees returned to the San Bernardino National Forest this past weekend to volunteer their time in support of projects aiding the popular Summit OHV Staging Area. Working with members of the Southern California Mountains Foundation (SCMF) and the U.S. Forest Service (USFS), the effort represented the eighth year of Yamaha Outdoor Access Initiative volunteer projects in one of the nation’s busiest forests.

More than 60 volunteers including Yamaha employees, their friends and family members, along with members of local Girl and Cub Scout troops, contributed more than 200 hours of volunteer service throughout the weekend. Activities included installing signs and kiosks, watering and planting native seedlings, and helping general restoration and rehabilitation of the staging area and surrounding trails.

“Yamaha is proud to continue its longstanding working relationship with the Southern California Mountains Foundation and U.S. Forest Service as we create models for productive private-public collaboration with the shared goal of increasing safe, responsible access to popular public off-road riding areas,” said Steve Nessl, Yamaha’s ATV/SxS group marketing manager. “The Yamaha Outdoor Access Initiative is dedicated to those who work and play outdoors. This commitment includes financial investments through quarterly Yamaha OAI grants, as well as the hands-on loyalty from our passionate employees.”

Yamaha volunteers have participated in eight restoration projects within the San Bernardino National Forest. Past work includes projects in and around the Pinnacles, Cactus Flats, Big Pine Flats and Coxey Meadows areas, planting more than 4,000 native seedlings and restoring and maintaining the OHV trails and trailheads.

“Yamaha is a valued partner of the Southern California Mountains Foundation helping to support our OHV program and many of the 2.4 million visitors who come to enjoy the mountains each year,” said Stacy Gorin, Southern California Mountains Foundation executive officer. “In all their years of support for the program, Yamaha volunteers made a positive, significant impact on the San Bernardino National Forest, completing projects from the Big Bear area to across the mountains at the Summit Staging Area.”

For more information on the Yamaha Outdoor Access Initiative, or to submit a grant application for similar projects, visitwww.yamahaoai.com. Follow Yamaha Outdoors atwww.facebook.com/yamahaoutdoors,www.twitter.com/yamahaoutdoors orwww.instagram.com/yamahaoutdoors.

About the Yamaha Outdoor Access Initiative
The Yamaha Outdoor Access Initiative is dedicated to those who work and play outdoors including, but not limited to, those who rely on off-highway vehicles (OHVs) to ride, camp, hunt, fish or farm.

Supporting the outdoor enthusiast, the Yamaha Outdoor Access Initiative’s mission is to provide practical support for efforts that promote safe, responsible use of OHVs, educate the public on proper recreational land use and wildlife conservation practices, and protect appropriate and sustainable access to public lands.

Each quarter, Yamaha accepts applications from non-profit or tax exempt groups (clubs & associations), public riding areas (local, state and federal), outdoor enthusiast associations and land conservation organizations, and agricultural communities with an interest in protecting, improving, expanding and/or maintaining access for safe, responsible and sustainable use by motorized off-road vehicles. Our committee will review each application and award funds to deserving projects.

Updated guidelines, an application form and information on the Outdoor Access Initiative are available www.yamahaoai.com. For specific questions about the Outdoor Access Initiative, call Yamaha’s dedicated hotline at 1-877-OHV-TRAIL (877-648-8724), emailOHVAccess@yamaha-motor.com or write to:

Yamaha Outdoor Access Initiative
Yamaha Motor Corp., USA

About Yamaha Motor Corp., USA
Yamaha Motor Corporation, USA, (YMUS), a leader in the motorsports market, makes the toughest, most capable and versatile ATV and Side-by-Side vehicles. The company’s ever-expanding product offerings also include motorcycles, outboard motors, personal watercraft, snowmobiles, boats, outdoor power equipment, accessories, apparel and much more. YMUS products are sold through a nationwide network of dealers in the United States.

Headquartered in Cypress, Calif., since its incorporation in 1976, Yamaha also has facilities in Wisconsin and Georgia, as well as factory operations in Tennessee and Georgia. For more information on Yamaha, visit www.yamahamotorsports.com

Introducing the all-new Bad Boy Stampede 900 4x4

Bad Boy Stampede 900 4x4
Bad Boy Stampede 900 4x4
The new Stampede 900 4x4 offers best-in-class power and unrivaled handling.

AUGUSTA, GA — Bad Boy® Off Road, a Textron Specialized Vehicles brand, is proud to announce the Stampede 900 4x4, a side-by-side with unmatched power, nimble suspension and handling, unrivaled hauling and storage capacity, an extraordinary driver experience and exceptional reliability.

Textron Specialized Vehicles Inc., which designs and manufactures Bad Boy Off Road vehicles, is a Textron Inc. (NYSE: TXT) company.

“We designed Stampede to be industry-leading on the features that drivers told us matter most – power, a comfortable ride, and the ability to haul and store everything they need,” said John Collins, Vice President – Consumer for Textron Specialized Vehicles Inc.

“We tested Stampede extensively in extreme conditions to ensure it can handle whatever you throw its way,” Collins said. “And we’re building it in a brand new manufacturing line with state-of-the-art processes and equipment. As a result, we’re backing Stampede with a robust two-year warranty.”

Bad Boy Stampede 900 4x4
Bad Boy Stampede 900 4x4
Power: Featuring a German-engineered, precision-tuned 846cc liquid-cooled, 80HP engine with electronic fuel injection, Stampede is a powerhouse with 59 lb-ft of torque to accelerate, climb and tow. Its forged internals (crankshaft, connecting rods and pistons) ensure outstanding durability. A dry sump oil system, which is commonly found in high-performance engines, reduces oil operating temperatures and provides enhanced lubrication and protection. Stampede features a CVT transmission (H,L,N,R,P) with a selectable locking rear differential in EPS and EPS+ models. Fuel capacity is 9.5 gallons.

Suspension and Handling: Stampede has 11.25 inches of ground clearance and delivers a smooth ride thanks to high-quality springs, performance shocks and a four-wheel double A-arm suspension with 9.5 inches of travel in the front and 10.5 inches in the rear. Front and rear sway bars help to keep all four wheels on the ground when cornering for increased traction and handling.

Hauling and Storage: An industry-first, customizable extended cab keeps tools, gear, guns and bows secure, dry and easy to reach. Between the bed, dash pockets and extended cab, Stampede boasts 24 cubic-feet of storage space, the most in its class. Stampede comes with a 2inch receiver hitch, can tow up to 2,000 pounds and has a 600-pound bed capacity. The unique Fast-N-Latch™ System on Stampede utilizes specially designed connection points in the bed to securely haul a variety of accessories while maximizing bed space. Each component is quickly and easily interchangeable using a simple hand tool provided, for unparalleled versatility.

Bad Boy Stampede 900 4x4
Bad Boy Stampede 900 4x4
Driver Experience: With a spacious 10-sq-ft opening to the cab, it’s easy to get in and out of Stampede. Full-coverage, impact- and corrosion-resistant doors come standard, providing a safe, durable and easy-to-clean exterior. Other safety features include: four wheel hydraulic disc brakes, three-point seat belts, steel-tube rollover protective structure, front-mounted steel brush guard and passenger grab handle. Drivers get instant feedback on fuel level, engine temperature, RPM, gear position and diagnostic codes from Stampede’s industry-best 5.25- x 3.25-inch LCD display that’s visible in any light. The cab also has a handy 12-volt outlet.

Reliability: During testing, Stampede endured 800 hours/10,000 km (6,213.7 miles) of nonstop use in temperatures from 0 to 120 degrees Fahrenheit, and each component was separately stress-tested to strict standards. This side-by-side has a two-year warranty and is built in a state-of-the-art facility in Augusta, Georgia, home of Textron Specialized Vehicles. The facility has rigorous end-of-line testing, laser wheel alignment and automated systems for total consistency. 

Bad Boy Stampede 900 4x4
Bad Boy Stampede 900 4x4
Customization: Because no two side-by-sides will ever be used in exactly the same way, Stampede features more than 70 custom-fit, purpose-built accessories, including two popular ready-made packages, the “Hunting” and the “Workman.” The Hunting package includes a hard top roof, split windshield, plate brush guard, plate rear bumper, gun mount and bow mount, WARN® ProVantage 4500 winch with wire rope, hood rack, light bar mount, 42-inch LED curved light bar and two 6-inch flush-mounted LED light bars. The Workman package includes: a hard top roof, full windshield, tubular brush guard, tubular rear bumper, Fast-N-Latch toolbox, bolt-in front receiver, WARN® ProVantage 4500 winch with synthetic rope, light bar mount and 42-inch curved light bar.

Available Models: Stampede is offered in three configurations: Stampede 900 4x4, Stampede 900 4x4 EPS with electronic power steering and selectable locking rear differential, and Stampede 900 4x4 EPS+ with alloy wheels, 27-inch Maxxis Bighorn 2.0 tires and color-accented seats.

The base model is available in Forest Green and Inferno Red; Stampede 900 EPS colors include Forest Green, Black and Inferno Red, with Realtree Xtra® camouflage as an option; and Stampede 900 EPS Plus is available in Platinum, Black and Inferno Red. Manufacturer’s suggested retail price for the base model starts at $13,799.

Stampede will be available starting June 1, 2016 at Bad Boy Authorized Dealers, with EPS+ models available in July. To learn more, or to find your local dealer, visit badboyoffroad.com. Join the conversation on Facebook at Facebook.com/BadBoyOffRoad, on Twitter at @BadBoyOffRoad, and on Instagram at @BadBoyOffRoad.

More: Bad Boy Stampede 900 Review

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About Bad Boy Off Road
The Bad Boy brand pioneered the category of electrically powered 4x4 vehicles, ideal for hunting and outdoor recreation due to their silent, odorless operation and environmentally friendly, emissions-free drivetrains. Today, the diverse Bad Boy product line includes gas, electric, and hybrid-powered off-road vehicles for a variety of uses in work and play, including the new Stampede 900 4x4 side-by-side.

Bad Boy Off Road is a brand of Textron Specialized Vehicles Inc., a Textron Inc. (NYSE: TXT) company.

About Textron Specialized Vehicles Inc.

Textron Specialized Vehicles Inc. is a leading global manufacturer of golf cars, utility and personal transportation vehicles, and ground support equipment. Textron Specialized Vehicles markets products under the E-Z-GO®, Cushman®, Bad Boy®, TUG™ and Douglas™ brands; Its vehicles are found in environments ranging from golf courses to factories, airports to planned communities, and theme parks to hunting preserves.

About Textron Inc.


Textron Inc. is a multi-industry company that leverages its global network of aircraft, defense, industrial and finance businesses to provide customers with innovative solutions and services. Textron is known around the world for its powerful brands such as Bell Helicopter, Cessna, Beechcraft, Hawker, Jacobsen, Kautex, Lycoming, E-Z-GO, Greenlee, Textron Systems, and TRU Simulation + Training. For more information visit: www.textron.com.
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Friday, April 29, 2016

Grounded 4 Unveils Stealth Bomber +3 inch suspension package for Polaris RZR XP 1000 and XP Turbo

Polaris RZR XP 1000


Grounded 4, manufacturer of high performance UTV products for the Polaris RZR XP 1000 and RZR XP Turbo, is excited to announce the release of its newest product, the Stealth Bomber +3 inch suspension package.

Mimicking the design and functionality of the already existing Stealth Fighter series, the +3 Bomber control arms are stronger and provide a significantly improved stance over stock width while retaining the use of the vehicles stock shocks. Adding a total of six inches to the overall width of the vehicle and two inches to the wheelbase improves stability and overall vehicle performance in virtually every terrain.

The Stealth Bomber Series suspension kit is indeed the total package. It comes standard with +3 front A-arms, rear trailing arms and radius rods. Also included are upgraded + 3 tie rods, extended length stainless steel brake lines as well as Summer Brothers 4340 axles. The A-arms, trailing arms and radius rods are laser cut and constructed of 4130 N Plate & tubing for maximum strength. Everything you need is provided in the kit so you can bolt it on and go ride.

Grounded 4 is approaching its one year anniversary since re-entering the UTV market last year and has been warmly received by enthusiasts. “It’s getting better and better” said Brent Spooner, owner and founder of Grounded 4. “More people are recognizing our products and we’ve got people racing and winning on them so it shows that our components work and can handle the abuse.”

As far as the reason to introduce a +3 suspension kit, Spooner said a lot of people are wanting to go bigger and wider. “This kit gives people the ability to improve the stance of their vehicle and pick up more suspension travel without having to replace the factory shocks. Our Stealth Bomber package gives people one of the lightest, more durable aftermarket +3 suspension kits with a race inspired design and function.

The Bomber series suspension package for the Polaris RZR XP1000 and XP Turbo are available for preorder with kits shipping 5/23/16. For the first 10 pre-orders customers will receive either a Grounded 4 Grill, Shock Shaft Shields, Radius Rod Plate or mud flap upgrade at NO additional charge.

The complete kit retails for $4,499.95 and includes:
  • +3 wide +1 forward front A-Arms
  • +3 wide +1 back trailing arms
  • Radius Rods
  • Extended stainless steel brake lines
  • Summer Brothers 4340 extended axles
  • Upgraded +3 tie rods
  • All Uni-ball, Heim Joints and hardware are included
  • Note: Powder Coating not included but is optional.
About Grounded 4

Grounded 4 founder Brent spooner began his off-road endeavors as a fabricator in the early 90’s for one of the leading ATV suspension manufacturers. After years spent honing his skills, Spooner partnered with his brother to found Rhino Craft / Pro Craft as one of the first aftermarket suspension manufacturers in the UTV Industry. Spooner and his brother made significant contributions to the way suspension products were designed and many of their designs are still replicated in the industry today. After a short hiatus, the inception of Grounded 4 marks Brent’s return to the off-road industry as he is excited to once again make contributions to the advancement of off-road suspension design.
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