Thursday, October 27, 2011

SXSPerformance.com launches a unique idea to support land use efforts

With the new threats of recreation areas being closed every day around the nation SXSPerformance.com launched a new project this week with a unique spin on generating income for much needed OHV activism to help keep public lands open for motorized recreation.

The UTV and Side X Side based retail outlet from Montana offers discount pricing on its growing inventory of parts and accessories. SXSPerformance.com finishes every transaction with a pledge to match a dollar donation to the International Side X Side Association (ISA) if the customer choses to take the $1.00 "Check Out Challenge". The donations will be contributed to the ISA Heritage fund and be used to help keep our public lands open to OHV users.

Tipping the scales right now is the Johnson Valley Marine base expansion issue. "The Marine Base expansion into Johnson Valley is going to be a very expensive battle and every dollar we raise makes a difference in keeping our public lands open." stated Jeff Knoll ISA Chairman.

"The staff at SXSPerformance.com has a long standing tradition of land use activism and support for keeping our public lands open. The ISA offers a perfect opportunity to support that same tradition and foster the growth of a dedicated voice of the SXS industry," said Mike Lasher who has signed SXSPerformance.com as an associate sponsor of his Monster Energy Kawasaki UTV racing effort.

About SXSPerformance.com
SXSPerformance.com has created strategic partnerships with the top companies in the SXS Industry to offer competitive pricing and great customer service. SXSPerformance.com is a Corporate Charter member of the ISA. For more information or to make a purchase please visit SXSPerformance.com
or call 855-797-7373.


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Arctic Cat Sales Up in Second Quarter

Arctic Cat Inc. officials announced today during the company’s second quarter earnings call that its snowmobile sales rose 25 percent to $114.7 million in the fiscal 2012 second quarter, up from $91.5 million in the prior-year quarter.

Company officials said sales were fueled by Arctic Cat's new 2012 model lineup of 23 all-new snowmobiles that represent 75 percent of the company’s current offerings.

In addition, Arctic Cat’s net sales increased by 17 percent to $204.8 million on higher sales across all product lines in the company’s second quarter, compared to the second quarter in 2011.

Arctic Cat also raised its fiscal 2012 sales and earnings guidance to a range of $1.10-$1.15 earnings per share, a 57-64 percent increase over fiscal 2011, on expected full-year sales growth of 14-17 percent.

Arctic Cat’s net earnings increased to $21.4 million on net sales of $204.8 million for the fiscal second quarter ended Sept. 30. In the prior-year second quarter, Arctic Cat reported net earnings of $17.8 million on net sales of $175.8 million.

"We are very pleased to report double-digit sales and earnings gains in the second quarter," Arctic Cat president and CEO Claude Jordan said. "Once again, revenue grew across all product lines. Sales in the quarter benefited from particularly strong snowmobile sales, driven by the introduction of our extensive new 2012 snowmobile model lineup. We also continued to improve profitability through operational excellence and a lower cost structure."

For the six months ended Sept. 30, Arctic Cat's net earnings were $19.1 million on net sales of $279.8 million. In the first six months of last fiscal year, the company reported net earnings of $13.3 million, or $0.72 per diluted share, on net sales of $239.2 million.

ATV sales increased 4 percent to $58.8 million in the fiscal 2012 second quarter versus $56.6 million in the same period last year, primarily due to increased international ATV sales. Officials said Arctic Cat continued its strategy to match wholesale sales with actual retail demand, while introducing new models and features in segments with the greatest consumer demand.

During the second quarter, Arctic Cat began to roll out to dealers its all-new Wildcat V-twin 1000i H.O. pure-sport recreational off-road vehicle, which was officially unveiled in July 2011.

"The Wildcat gives consumers a pure-sport hot rod and marks our first entry into the growing sport side-by-side market," Jordan said. "Dealer demand for this off-road vehicle is very strong, and we remain on track to begin shipping it to dealers in the third quarter of this fiscal year."

Sales of PG&A in the fiscal 2012 second quarter grew 13 percent to $31.4 million versus $27.6 million in the prior-year quarter. Contributing to higher PG&A sales were preseason snowmobile-related parts, garments and accessories, as well as the e-commerce initiative launched earlier this year. Arctic Cat also recently launched an e-commerce initiative for consumers in Canada. Arctic Cat introduced nearly 40 Wildcat accessories for vehicle customization in the quarter.

"We are again raising our full-year sales and earnings outlook for fiscal 2012, based on better than anticipated second-quarter results, higher anticipated volume, and a continued focus on controlling costs and leveraging our operating efficiency," Jordan said. "The company remains well-positioned for future sales growth across all product lines. We continue to expect higher snowmobile sales, due to our new model lineup. We also see continued gains in our ATV business, due to the competitive strength of our core ATV and Prowler side-by-side offerings, and the growth potential for our Wildcat pure-sport ROV model. Additionally, we remain focused on further enhancing the company's profitability through operational efficiencies."

The company's fiscal 2012 outlook includes the following assumptions versus the prior fiscal year: ATV industry retail sales declining approximately 10-15 percent; snowmobile industry retail sales up approximately 5-10 percent; Arctic Cat dealer inventories decreasing 10-20 percent; achieving lower operating expense levels as a percent of sales; increasing cash flow from operations; and ending the year with more cash on the balance sheet.

Jordan also said the company’s snowmobile dealer inventory is down 12 percent in North America compared to the year-ago quarter, with dealer inventory of Arctic Cat ATVs down 24 percent compared to the year-ago quarter. Industry-wide, ATV sales decreased 12 percent in the quarter compared to the same period in 2010.

Arctic Cat saw side-by-side sales growth of 8 percent in the quarter compared to the second quarter of 2010. Initial orders of the Wildcat have been strong as expected.

“We thought we were going to take a large number of orders, and we did,” Jordan said.

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Wednesday, October 26, 2011

DragonFire SWEEPS GNCC UTV PODIUM!

Mesa, AZ October 25, 2011 — After battling with each other all season long, the GNCC championship came down to the season finale in Indiana for Team Hendershot and William Yokley piloting the National Guard Polaris Coastal DragonFire machine. Although Team Hendershot’s father/son team of Larry and Michael won the last round, Yokley’s calculated second place finish gave him just enough points to win the open modified UTV class in his Ranger RZR XP 900.

Yokley Racing’s Scott Kiger finished third on the day and for the season… but the real winner for the day was DragonFire as all three machines featured DFR racing components. “Win, place and show… DragonFire was definitely off to the races at the GNCC event this past weekend,” says DFR GM Scott Highland. “You could definitely ‘Feel The Heat!’ on the podium.”

With 54 total entries and 25 open modified machines taking to the tight tree sections, alternating with wide open cornfields and slick streambeds/hillclimbs making up the tough Crawfordsville terrain, many racers did not finish the aptly named “Ironman” race.

“The tighter, the better,” notes Highland. “All three of the top machines were running our Yokley Woods Edition RZR XP Suspension Kits.” Specifically designed for GNCC racing, this kit actually narrows the RZR XP by 3” on each side for a width that totals 6” narrower than stock. “Perfect for the trees, but more than stable enough for the high-speed sections through the cornfields,” claims Highland.

In addition to the Woods Suspension Package, DragonFire was proud to help William Yokley win his second National GNCC championship with a host of other hop-up components, according to Highland. “Yokley’s #1 rig also featured DragonFire’s RZR XP Dual Exhaust, DFR Racing Woods Cam, Low Boy doors, DragonBack seats, LockDown SFI-approved competiton harness, and DragonFire’s quick-detach steering wheel.”

The capper, literally, was the newly released DragonSkins numberplate system, which is the highlight of the just-released 2012 catalog. “DragonFire can’t help you drive like William Yokley, but we can guarantee you get the same top quality components he used to win the GNCC title,” says Highland.

For those DragonFire fans who can’t wait to “Feel The Heat” just log onto www.dragonfireracing.com to access a downloadable .pdf of the new catalog, check out the Custom Shop to personalize your own set of DragonSkins personal I.D. plates

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Polaris Announces Investment in Brammo

Powersports Leader Acquires an Interest in Electric Motorcycle Leader

MINNEAPOLIS (October 26, 2011) — Polaris Industries Inc. (NYSE: PII) today announced a minority investment in Brammo, an Ashland, Ore.-based maker of electric vehicle technology and two-wheel electric vehicles. By investing in Brammo, Polaris obtains access to their proprietary electric vehicle powertrain technology, as well as exposure to the rapidly growing electric motorcycle market.

“We are excited to advance our electric vehicle capability by establishing Polaris as a business partner and part owner of Brammo, one of the most innovative and aggressive companies we have found in the electric motorcycle space,” said Scott Wine, Polaris CEO. “Our companies share a passion for performance, and we look forward to exploiting the numerous opportunities created by pairing Brammo’s industry-leading electric powertrain technology with Polaris’ vast array of market-leading powersports products. This is a small, but important, investment for Polaris in an electric vehicle market that we feel is poised for significant growth.”

Founded in 2002, Brammo has made its mark by developing electric vehicle technology tailored specifically for the motorcycle segment. Brammo currently offers the Enertia line of motorcycles, capable of speeds in excess of 60 mph and ranges up to 80 miles on a single charge. Brammo plans to expand their product line to include high-performance sport motorcycles capable of more than 100 miles on a single charge, as well as a full line of entry- to high-performance dirt and dual-sport motorcycles.

"We have always been impressed with Polaris’ leadership within the powersports industry. Polaris is a company founded on innovation and quality and, as such, their decision to partner with Brammo is a resounding endorsement of our technology,” said Brammo CEO and founder Craig Bramscher. "This is a terrific scenario for Brammo’s customers, as we bring Polaris' legendary engineering, manufacturing, and customer service expertise to bear on our products."

In addition to potentially utilizing Brammo technology in its own products, Polaris will collaborate with Brammo to grow their core business. Polaris and Brammo each bring distinct competencies and assets to this relationship, and share cultures centered on a passion for excellence and innovation. This combination of capabilities and culture will allow Polaris and Brammo to create and seize opportunities that neither could capture independently.

About Polaris
With annual 2010 sales of $1.99 billion, Polaris designs, engineers, manufactures and markets innovative, high quality off-road vehicles, including all-terrain vehicles (ATVs) and the Polaris RANGER® for recreational and utility use, snowmobiles, motorcycles and on-road electric powered vehicles.

Polaris is a recognized leader in the powersports industry, among the global sales leaders for both snowmobiles and off-road vehicles. The Company has established a presence in the heavyweight cruiser and touring motorcycle market with Victory motorcycles and the acquisition of the Indian motorcycle brand. Additionally, Polaris continues to invest in the Global on-road low speed vehicle industry with internally developed vehicles and the acquisition of Global Electric Motorcars (GEM). Polaris enhances the riding experience with a complete line of Pure Polaris apparel, accessories and parts, available at Polaris dealerships.

Polaris Industries Inc. trades on the New York Stock Exchange under the symbol “PII”, and the Company is included in the S&P Mid-Cap 400 stock price index.

Information about the complete line of Polaris products, apparel and vehicles accessories are available from authorized Polaris dealers or anytime at www.polarisindustries.com.

About Brammo
Brammo, Inc. is a leading electric vehicle technology company headquartered in North America. Brammo designs and develops electric vehicles including the Encite™, Enertia™, Empulse™ and Engage™ motorcycles. Brammo are the current TTXGP e-grand prix champions of North America. Brammo is an OEM supplier of its innovative Brammo Digital Drivetrain™ systems including the Brammo Power™ battery pack and Brammo Power™ vehicle management system. Brammo has vehicle distribution and marketing operations in North America, Europe and Asia. To learn more visit www.Brammo.com
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Tuesday, October 25, 2011

WORCS Announces 2012 Tentative Schedule and Rules Changes

2012 ATV Tentative Schedule
RoundDateTrackCityState
1Jan. 20-22, 2012Glen Helen MXDevoreCA
2*Feb. 10-12, 2012Buffalo BillsPrimmNV
3March 16-18, 2012Crazy HorseLake Havasu CityAZ
4April 13-15, 2012Speed World MXPhoenixAZ
5May 11-13, 2012Race Town 395AdelantoCA
6June 15-17, 2012Hungry Valley SVRAGormanCA
7Aug. 3-5, 2012Cahuilla CreekAnzaCA
8Sept. 14-16, 2012Honolulu HillsTaftCA



Check out the latest updates to the rules for 2012. All the changes are geared towards making racing more safe and keeping it simple. 2012 WORCS UTV Rules

For more information on the WORCS Racing, please visit worcsracing.com

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William Yokley’s National Guard RANGER RZR XP 900 Takes GNCC “Open Modified” UTV Championship

RANGER RZRs hold top three series spots
Minneapolis, Minn., Oct. 25, 2011 – William Yokley and his National Guard Polaris DragonFire Yokley Racing RANGER RZR XP 900 took the GNCC “Open Modified” UTV Championship for third consecutive year. RANGER RZRs proved to be a dominant force in the class with Team Hendershot finishing second with their RANGER RZR XP 900 and Yokley’s teammate, Scott Kiger ending the year in third place.

“We would like to congratulate William and Scott on an awesome GNCC side-by-side racing season,” said Donna Beadle, race team manager for Polaris Racing. “Both have worked very hard this season preparing a brand-new unit and the outcome is well-deserved.”

The last UTV race of the season, The Ironman, saw three RANGER RZRs, once again, on the podium for the “Open Modified” class. Team Hendershot would take the checkered flag with Yokley in second and Kiger in third.

Yokley and Kiger will race the season finale of the WORCS on Nov. 12, at Speed World MX in Surprise, Arizona. Yokley is leading the points and with a good finish, can wrap up the WORCS National Championship. Kiger is in the top seven in points, and has a chance to move up in the final standings.
Yokley Racing sponsors are: The Army National Guard, Polaris Industries, Coastal Racing, DragonFire Racing, Kenda Tires, Monavie, EXIT Suspension, Roll Design, XC Bobs.com, Douglas Wheel Technology, HMF Exhaust Systems, Moto Pro Training, SHIFT Riding Gear, Tsubaki Chains, IMS/Roll, CV4 Hoses, ATVRiders.com, Tireballs, Precision Racing Products, G-4 Graphics, SCOTT USA Goggles, IMS, Hygh Octane Designs, Bowers Motorsports, TanTerra Wines, Tusk Off-Road, Baldwin Motorsports, K&N Filters, RPM Axles, KG Clutches, PowerMadd and Fluidyne Powersports.

About Polaris
With annual 2010 sales of $1.99 billion, Polaris designs, engineers, manufactures and markets off-road vehicles (ORVs), including all-terrain vehicles (ATVs), the Polaris RANGER® Side x Sides, snowmobiles and Victory motorcycles for recreational and utility use and has recently introduced a new on-road electric powered neighborhood vehicle.

 Polaris is a recognized leader in the snowmobile industry; and one of the largest manufacturers of ORVs in the world. Victory motorcycles established in 1998 and representing the first all-new American-made motorcycle from a major company in nearly 60 years, are rapidly making impressive in-roads into the cruiser and touring motorcycle marketplace. Polaris also enhances the riding experience with a complete line of Pure Polaris apparel, accessories and parts, available at Polaris dealerships.

 Polaris Industries Inc. trades on the New York Stock Exchange under the symbol “PII,” and the Company is included in the S&P MidCap 400 stock price index.

Information about the complete line of Polaris products, apparel and vehicle accessories are available from authorized Polaris dealers or anytime from the Polaris homepage at www.polarisindustries.com.

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BFGoodrich Tires Honors Dusy-Ershim OHV Trail as 2011 Outstanding Trail

BFGoodrich Tires honored the Dusy-Ershim OHV Trail in Sanger, Calif., over the weekend as one of the 2011 Outstanding Trails. For the first time ever, fans in the off-road community were given the power to vote for their favorite off-road trail, and Dusy-Ershim came out on top. Off-road enthusiasts and members of the Four Wheel Drive Club of Fresno, Calif., were in attendance as BFGoodrich Tires presented a grant of $4,000 to the club. The grant will be used to preserve the scenic trail and continue conservation efforts for one of America’s most beautiful areas for off-roading.

Dusy-Ershim OHV Trail in the Sierra National Forest offers 33 miles of high mountain meadows, creeks, six natural lakes, unique granite mountains, cliffs and panoramic views at 10,200 feet. The trail is a major challenge for drivers, and having advanced driving skills is highly recommended. Dusy-Ershim offers the perfect escape, because it does not cross any roads or other OHV trails. It also has many foot trails, lakes and creeks that are accessible to walkers and hikers.

The Four Wheel Drive Club of Fresno was founded in 1954. It has built 10 trails and currently maintains six of them. The club coordinates with the Forest Service to perform various work projects that maintain and preserve the trails throughout the year. Some of the work projects include building and maintaining toilets, maintaining campgrounds, trail cleanups and upkeep of trail signage.

Dusy-Ershim OHV Trail Facebook photo gallery— http://on.fb.me/ubbBJ8

About the Outstanding Trails Program
The BFGoodrich® Tires Outstanding Trails program was established in 2006 to raise awareness for responsible use and preservation of off-road trails while providing aid in the trails’ conservation efforts. Through 2010, the Outstanding Trails program has recognized 24 off-road trails and 24 clubs across 16 states and two trails in Canada. The program has provided more than $90,000 in grants in support of the various trails conservation efforts.

Both Tread Lightly!® and UFWDA are non-profit organizations dedicated to responsible and ethical outdoor recreation. BFGoodrich Tires collaborated with these two groups to select the finest off-road trails, and it will continue to work with these organizations on restoration and education initiatives.

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RECREATION GROUPS RESPOND TO ROADLESS RULE DECISION

DENVER, CO (October 24, 2011)--Recreation access advocates expressed disappointment with the recent decision of the U.S. Tenth Circuit Court of Appeals reinstating the 2001 Roadless Rule. That decision was issued on October 21, 2011 by a three-judge panel over eighteen months after the case was argued. Their 120-page opinion disagreed with the Wyoming district court, emphasizing the procedural low bar that the Forest Service cleared under laws like the National Environmental Policy Act. The 2001 Rule was issued in the waning days of the Clinton administration and is considered by many to be the brainchild of preservationist special interests channeled through former vice president named Al Gore.

"We would have rather seen a different outcome, but hope this will allow energy to be diverted away from the courts and into actual management of our public lands," said Greg Mumm, Executive Director of the BlueRibbon Coalition, a national advocacy organization for trails-based recreation that has participated in the various Roadless cases. "We are naively hopeful that preservationist interests and decision-makers take to heart the Court's conclusion that the Roadless Rule does not create de facto wilderness, but rather 'no prohibitions on the use of motorized vehicles or equipment, boats or aircraft, or other forms of mechanical transport'" noted Mumm (quoting page 28 of the Decision). "Contrary to the parade of horribles that supporters invoke in hopes of currying favor for the Rule, the recreation community has never sought more than recognition of continuing access along existing routes in 'roadless' areas," Mumm concluded.

Other recreational groups participating alongside BlueRibbon were the California Association of 4 Wheel Drive Clubs, United Four Wheel Drive Associations, and the American Council of Snowmobile Associations.
It remains to be seen how interest groups, bureaucrats and elected officials will respond to this development. The "roadless" issue is complex and ongoing, with the quality of any side's perceived or claimed victory sometimes correlated with the tenacity of opposition from others. The Recreation Groups intend to remain active in the ongoing efforts to follow this decision, including governing law and helping to craft sound policy recreational opportunity for a diverse array of public lands visitors.

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The BlueRibbon Coalition is a national recreation group that champions responsible recreation, and encourages individual environmental stewardship. With members in all 50 states, BRC is focused on building enthusiast involvement with organizational efforts through membership, outreach, education, and collaboration among recreationists. 1-800-BlueRib - www.sharetrails.org

United Four Wheel Drive Associations is an international organization comprised of four wheel drive enthusiasts, clubs, associations, and businesses dedicated to providing community services around the world, education in responsible land use and safe vehicle operation, and protection of our natural resources through conservation practices. 1-800-448-3932. www.ufwda.org

The California Association of 4 Wheel Drive Clubs is a California nonprofit organization actively promoting conservation and responsible vehicle-oriented recreation. The Association represents over 8,000 members and 160 member clubs. 1-800-4x4-FUNN. www.cal4wheel.com

The American Council of Snowmobile Associations (ACSA) is a national organization that was formed to unite the snowmobile community. ACSA is your voice for snowmobiling on national issues and working to keep thousands of miles of snowmobile trails on public and private lands, open for snowmobiling in the future. ACSA is committed to the future preservation of our sport. (517) 351-4362 www.snowmobilers.org

Monday, October 24, 2011

GoPro Launches HD HERO2 Camera

2x More Powerful in Every Way, The HD HERO2 Democratizes Professional Image Capture and Broadcast with Support for Remote Control and Live Video Streaming from Virtually Anywhere to the Web


HALF MOON BAY, CA (October 24, 2011) - GoPro today announced the release of its new HD HERO2® camera. Twice as powerful as GoPro's original HD HERO camera, the HD HERO2 enables consumers and professionals to capture and broadcast their lives' most exciting moments in professional quality 1080p HD video and 11 megapixel photos. The new HD HERO2 is now available at GoPro.com, specialty retailers around the world, and at Best Buy for MSRP $299.99.
For more information, go to: www.gopro.com

GoPro cameras are used by more motorsports professionals, race teams, and core enthusiasts than any other camera in the world. The HD HERO2: Motorsports Edition is the most advanced GoPro camera, yet. Wearable and gear mountable, waterproof to 197? (60m), capable of capturing professional full 170ยบ wide angle 1080p video and 11 megapixel photos at a rate of 10 photos per second, the HD HERO2 is the world’s most versatile camera. It is simply the smallest, lightest, most powerful HD camera in the world for capturing and sharing immersive videos and photos of your racing, driving and riding. Whether your goal is to capture footage of a spirited rip through backcountry roads or you want to capture and study lapping footage to learn how to set track records, the HD HERO2: Motorsports Edition is going to be one of your favorite motorsports purchases of all time.

Included are mounting accessories you’re most likely to use during motorsports activities. Other accessories are available via links on the right hand side of this page.
The HD HERO2: Motorsports Edition is compatible with all GoPro expansion accessories and BacPacs™, including the Wi-Fi BacPac and Wi-Fi Remote (coming soon).

What’s Included:
  • 1 11MP HD HERO2 Camera
  • 1 Waterproof Housing (197? / 60m)
  • 1 HD Skeleton Housing
  • 1 Rechargeable Li-on Battery
  • 1 USB Cable
  • 1 Suction Cup Mount
  • 1 J-Hook Buckle
  • 2 Curved Surface Adhesive Mounts
  • 3 Flat Surface Adhesive Mounts
  • 1 3-Way Pivot Arm
  • Assorted Mounting Hardware
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Thursday, October 20, 2011

RANGER RZRs One, Two at Best in the Desert’s Epic Racing Products Bluewater Gran Prix

Parks wins race for second time in a row
Minneapolis, Oct. 20, 2011–For the second year in a row, Matt Parks took the checkered flag in his RANGER RZR 4 800, at the Best in the Desert’s Bluewater Grand Prix. Parks came into the two-day race seven points out of the BITD points lead and a win at Bluewater would help close the points gap.

The race consisted of racing three 25-mile laps both Saturday and Sunday with the cumulative time determining the finishing order. The race is unique as they start the side-by-sides every 30 seconds, in pairs, in a drag race to the first turn. To start out the day, Parks raced another RANGER RZR, got the hole shot and was quickly chasing dust from the two side-by-sides that started 30 seconds ahead of them. By race mile 3, he had caught both of the side-by-sides and by mile 4, was the second place UTV on course physically, but had to pass all of the Jeep Speeds and Baja bugs that started ahead of them. The only side-by-side Parks hadn’t passed was the Jagged X RANGER RZR XP 900 which had quite a lead on them and ended up winning the Saturday race by a minute-and-a-half with Parks in second.

Day two started the same way as day one with day one’s finishing order as the starting order. Parks and Jagged X would start side-by-side with Jagged X taking the hole shot. Jagged X and Parks were running one, two when they caught up to the first Jeep Speed. The Jeep Speed got out of the way, but didn’t realize that there were two side-by-sides behind them and they cut right in front of Parks after letting Jagged X by. After a few miles, Parks was eventually able to get by them. Coming into the hot pit, Parks was only 30 seconds behind Jagged X and by the end of the three-mile Parker Python infield section, they were within 20 seconds. They ran one, two for a few more miles until they got onto the river road and Parks was able to get by and try to make up a minute-and-a-half in a lap-and-a-half in order to take the win. They ended up winning on corrected time by making up the one minute thirty second deficit from day one.

‘We had a blast racing this unique two-day race,” said Parks. “We won this race last year which was the first race for my Holz built race RZR 4 nicknamed the Baja Bobsled. Winning it twice in a row makes it even sweeter.”

The final 2011 Best in the Desert race is the Transwest Ford Henderson 250, in Henderson, Nevada, on December 3rd.

Parks is sponsored by Holz Racing Products, Walker Evans Shocks and Wheels, Maxxis Tires, Kroyer Racing Engines, Desert West Off Road Race Prep, Muzzy Exhaust, OMF, Tire Balls, Pure Polaris Lubricants, Valley Cycle – Bakersfield, Utendorfer Graphics

Jagged X is sponsored by Polaris Industries, BF Goodrich Tires, CR Designs- Custom Painting and design, Cutting Edge Manufacturing- laser cutting and CAD design, OMF Performance- Custom beadlock wheels, Elka Suspension- Shocks, Simpson- Harnesses & safety products, Total Auto Pros- equipment for support trucks, Affordable powder coating- durable high quality coatings, Summers Brothers- Axle shafts, Walker Evans-Wheels, Vision X- Off road lighting

PHOTO SOURCE: Mikesphotos

About Polaris
With annual 2010 sales of $1.99 billion, Polaris designs, engineers, manufactures and markets off-road vehicles (ORVs), including all-terrain vehicles (ATVs) and the Polaris RANGER™, snowmobiles and Victory motorcycles for recreational and utility use and has recently introduced a new on-road electric powered neighborhood vehicle.

Polaris is a recognized leader in the snowmobile industry; and one of the largest manufacturers of ORVs in the world. Victory motorcycles established in 1998 and representing the first all-new American-made motorcycle from a major company in nearly 60 years, are rapidly making impressive in-roads into the cruiser and touring motorcycle marketplace. Polaris also enhances the riding experience with a complete line of Pure Polaris apparel, accessories and parts, available at Polaris dealerships.

Polaris Industries Inc. trades on the New York Stock Exchange under the symbol “PII,” and the Company is included in the S&P MidCap 400 stock price index.

Information about the complete line of Polaris products, apparel and vehicle accessories are available from authorized Polaris dealers or anytime from the Polaris homepage at www.polarisindustries.com.

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MATT PARKS WINS BLUEWATER DESERT CHALLENGE

Lynden, Washington (October 19, 2011) – Matt Parks started the weekend 7 points out of the lead in the Best In The Desert race series. He needed a win at the Bluewater Desert Challenge to remain in contention with only one more race on the schedule. The Challenge is a two-day event – three laps of the 25-mile desert course both Saturday and Sunday. Driving his “Baja Bobsled”, a custom 2-seat RZR 4 built by Holz Racing Products, Matt and his co-pilots, Jason Spiess (Saturday) and Mike Carr (Sunday), raced aggressively through the dust. “The Kroyer built RZR 800 engine ran flawlessly both days,” Matt said. “It was really put to the test in the deep sand and silt.”

Parks finished second on Saturday, 1:35 behind the first-place UTV Pro. Like Saturday, the 15-UTV field started behind Jeep Speed and Baja Bug Classes.  The leading UTV had a strong start off the line and Matt chased him through the pack of Jeeps and Bugs that started ahead. “Our Holz Racing-built RZR 4 handled the course better than most,” comments Parks. “The course on day two was really torn up after 175 race vehicles each did three laps on the 25-mile course.  The whoops were massive, the silt blinding and the ruts so deeps that we dragged the skid plate.” With 37 miles left to race, the Bobsled overtook the lead UTV and the team focused on the gap. “We had a minute and a half to make up in a lap and a half in order to take the overall win. Mike and I waited at the finish line and, after a while, celebrated knowing we had won on corrected time having made up our deficit from day one.  I don’t know where we are in the points, but we have to be really close going into the season’s final race.”

Parks will race the Transwest Ford Henderson 250 in Henderson, Nevada on December 3rd.
  
ABOUT HOLZ RACING PRODUCTS
For 16 years, Holz Racing Products has been building the highest quality, best performing suspensions and chassis components available. Everyone says “race-proven.” We Live it. From WORCS, desert to short-course, Holz Racing Products are developed and proven in the most grueling applications. What we learn out there is built into our 2011 UTV product line. Exacting tolerances, OEM-like fit, durability and performance engineered right into every part. It all stems from our overly simple design philosophy — build the best performing, most durable products in the industry. We’ve earned our reputation one year and one win at a time. We strive to keep all our parts in stock and ship everything as quick as possible to keep you riding, not waiting for the delivery man. Visit our website to see our full line of Can-Am Commander and Polaris RZR parts. Holz Racing Products... Engineered to Win.

Photo credit: Michael P. Hoppe

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Ultra4 Racing Announces the Pit Bull Tires King of The Hammers UTV Race Presented by SXSPerformance

(10/15/11-Riverside, CA) Pit Bull Tires has once again taken the lead and is returning as title sponsor for the 2012 Pit Bull Tires King of The Hammers UTV Race presented by SXSPerformance.com. This year's event promises to be bigger than last years with big prize money and more classes competing to be crowned the UTV King of the Hammers.
 
This year's event will be the best yet as Ultra4 Racing has partnered with the International Side X Side Association (ISA) to sanction the UTV Race. "The team at the ISA has worked long and hard to create a uniform rules package that gives drivers of different vehicle types and skill levels a chance at being competitive." said Ultra4 Director Dave Cole. The PitBull Tires UTV Race presented by SXSPerformance.com will feature 5 classes of competition that will allow everything from a Stock RZR to a fully modified Teryx to compete competitively in the race.
With $5,000 in prize money from Pit Bull Tires up for grabs in this year's race the top 3 overall UTVs will split the purse as follows; 1st- $3000 2nd-$1500 and 3rd $500. All classes will receive trophies for 1st, 2nd, and 3rd and the overall winner will receive the coveted KOH Hammer.

When the green flag drops on race day the classes will be lined up as follows; Unlimited 4, Production 1000, Production 850, Production 700, and Beginner/Stock. Drivers will leave the starting line in 30 second intervals and the Driver with the best overall time will be crowned the King of the Hammers UTV Champion.
This year's course will be a combination of desert trails and rock trails that will make it exciting for both the competitors and spectators alike. Tackling one lap around the rough Johnson Valley desert along with a couple of the famous Hammer trails will prove the durability of both the driver and machine.
The good news to racers is entry fees will remain low with an entry fee of $475. IRC tracking will also be required for the race this year so your family and friends that weren't able to make it to the lake bed will be able to watch your progress during the race.
Technical inspection will take place in downtown Hammertown on Wednesday night at the SXSPerformance.com vendor booth.
To obtain a complete set of class rules visit the ISA at www.isxsa.com.ISA Logo
For more information about the UTV race and to view the registration form you can visit www.ultra4racing.com.
Photos courtesy of Joey D/UTVunderground.com
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Yamaha Employees Support OHV Areas in Southern California

CYPRESS, Calif. – October 20, 2011 – Yamaha Motor Corp., U.S.A., has taken a leading role in supporting safe, responsible riding and open, sustainable riding areas by GRANTing nearly $2 million through its OHV Access Initiative since 2008. This financial support has proven critical in areas such as building bridges over fish-baring streams, improving thousands of miles of trails, and renovating staging areas.

In addition to financial support from the OHV Access Initiative, Yamaha employees out of the company’s Cypress, Calif., headquarters have taken on a personal obligation to support this mission as well.

Earlier this October, more than 60 employees, family members and friends convened in the San Bernardino National Forest (SBNF) volunteering more than 200 work hours and kicking off a long-term restoration project at the popular Cactus Flats staging area near Big Bear Lake. Volunteers reached some initial restoration goals through weeding, grubbing, seed collecting, planting native shrubs, watering and other important clean-up projects.

“It’s exciting to see so many Yamaha employees volunteer their weekend and get their hands dirty in support of our local mountains and OHV areas,” said Steve Nessl, Yamaha ATV and SxS group marketing manager, who participated in the volunteer project and helps spearhead the OHV Access Initiative. “The San Bernardino National Forest Association has a model OHV program that garners thousands of volunteer hours every year. We’re happy to do our small part for our local trails, and we encourage OHV enthusiasts across the country to continue to keep their riding areas safe and sustainable, as well as look to our OHV program for support.”

The weekend’s activities were hosted by the Yamaha ATV/SxS Group, as part of the OHV Access Initiative, and in conjunction with the San Bernardino National Forest Association (SBNFA), a long time Yamaha partner and beneficiary of the OHV Access Initiative. SBNFA staff have helped lead past Yamaha volunteer projects in the forest and many volunteers from its own OHV program have helped out onsite as well.

“Yamaha’s partnership continues to grow as do our restoration initiatives on the San Bernardino National Forest,” said Rick Lavello, SBNFA OHV program director. “They set a high standard for employee teambuilding events with enthusiasm and pride in giving back to their local forest land and trails. The SBNFA appreciates their commitment and hard work.”

In previous years, Yamaha employees conducted a number of volunteer projects in this area, offering their time and energy planting trees, clearing brush, pulling weeds, picking up trash and generally cleaning up riding areas and the surrounding forest. In 2009 and 2010, close to 200 volunteers including Yamaha employees, their family and friends, donated approximately 1,000 hours and planted more than 3,400 trees to help reforest burn areas. This is in addition to Yamaha’s ongoing work on the company’s adopted and sponsored trails in the SBNF system (downloadable maps are available here: http://www.nationalforestassociation.org/ohvmaps.php).

The SBNF is the mountain playground to 24 million Southern Californians -- or 10 percent of the nation’s population. Given its proximity to this population base, the SBNF is an “urban” forest and, consequently, is the most recreated and populated national forest in the system. More than 2.5 million people recreate annually in the SBNF and 60,000 reside full- or part-time.

The SBNFA is seeking additional support from corporate, community and nonprofit organizations interested in creating a restoration event for their employees or members to add their legacy to a healthier and sustainable San Bernardino National Forest. To inquire, contact Stacy Gorin, restoration director, at 909-382-2794.

About Yamaha Motor Corp., U.S.A.


Yamaha Motor Corporation, U.S.A., (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, race kart engines, 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.yamaha-motor.com.

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Arctic Cat Wildcat 1000 Review

I was fortunate enough to be invited by Arctic Cat to drive the new 2012 Arctic Cat Wildcat at the media introduction in Barstow, CA. After spending two days behind the wheel and as passenger, I can honestly say that Arctic Cat has stepped up the Sport UTV market. If you have been off-roading in Barstow, you know that it is an unforgiving place.  If you haven’t been there, then imagine deep, uneven whoops created by every sort of off-road vehicle imaginable.  In most UTVs, the only way to traverse the area is going slow. But not for the new Wildcat. As a passenger, I saw terrain ahead and thought “Uh Oh”.  But then we blasted right through it. Truly impressive. And what we all experienced is based on shocks that were valved for all types of terrain across the United States.  If you want something tuned for big whoops and g-outs, I can only imagine the nirvana that could be obtained with the Wildcat!



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Wednesday, October 19, 2011

Polaris Reports Record Third Quarter 2011 Results

Polaris Industries Inc. (NYSE: PII) today reported record third quarter net income of $67.6 million, or $0.95 per diluted share, for the quarter ended September 30, 2011, up 43 percent and 38 percent, respectively, from the prior year's third quarter net income of $47.2 million, or $0.69 per diluted share. Sales for the third quarter 2011 totaled a record $729.9 million, an increase of 26 percent from last year's third quarter sales of $580.1 million.

Scott Wine, Polaris' Chief Executive Officer, stated that "Despite challenging economic conditions, we are pleased to report another record quarter of sales, net income and earnings per share. I am exceptionally proud of how the Polaris team continued to drive growth and productivity in the third quarter. Each of our businesses experienced strong sales growth in the period, primarily driven by sustained market share gains. North American consumer retail demand for Polaris products remains vital, increasing 16 percent. We also once again improved our profitability, with healthy gross profit margin and net income margin increases when compared to last year."

"I am also pleased to report that our Monterrey, Mexico manufacturing facility shipped their 10,000th side-by-side product in the quarter, marking an important milestone while demonstrating the schedule fidelity and focus on quality that is a cornerstone of Polaris operations. Additionally, integration of Global Electric Motorcars (GEM) and Indian Motorcycle Company is progressing according to plan, providing us with exciting new growth platforms."

2011 Business Outlook The Company is increasing its previously issued sales and earnings guidance and now expects full year 2011 earnings in the range of $3.10 to $3.16 per diluted share, an increase of 45 to 48 percent over full year 2010 earnings of $2.14 per diluted share. Full year 2011 sales are now expected to grow in the range of 30 to 32 percent from 2010.

Wine noted, "Given our year-to-date results, the positive momentum exhibited by our businesses, and the strong performance of our 2012 model year products introduced earlier this year, we are raising our full year 2011 sales and earnings expectations. We expect 2011 will be a record year for Polaris, demonstrating our commitment to making growth happen in spite of adverse economic conditions.

"Looking ahead to 2012, we expect the overall economic climate to remain challenging. However, we believe our business is well positioned to offset these headwinds, as we continue to execute our successful long-term strategy, invest in product innovation, and seize additional opportunities to sustain our momentum. While our current success means the sales and earnings comparisons will be much tougher in 2012, at this early stage we expect to have another year of increasing sales, net income and earnings per share."

Third Quarter Performance Summary (in thousands except per share data)
Three Months ended September 30, Nine Months ended September 30,
Product line sales 2011 2010 Change 2011 2010 Change
Off-Road Vehicles $486,243 $389,349 25% $1,356,566 $981,823 38%
Snowmobiles 95,102 77,285 23% 110,865 84,804 31%
On-Road Vehicles 35,655 20,137 77% 111,449 60,984 83%
Parts, Garments, Access. 112,861 93,311 21% 296,100 245,086 21%
Total Sales $729,861 $580,082 +26% $1,874,980 $1,372,697 +37%
Gross profit $206,836 $150,699 +37% $536,275 $358,697 +50%
Gross profit as % of sales 28.3% 26.0% +230 bpts 28.6% 26.1% +250 bpts
Operating expenses $102,873 $87,139 +18% $296,620 $228,759 +30%
Operating expenses as 14.1% 15.0% -90 bpts 15.8% 16.7% -90 bpts
% of sales
Operating Income $110,290 $67,696 +63% $256,794 $142,575 +80%
Operating Income as 15.1% 11.7% +340 bpts 13.7% 10.4% +330 bpts
% of sales
Net Income $67,637 $47,221 +43% $163,676 $92,616 +77%
Net income as % of sales 9.3% 8.1% +120 bpts 8.7% 6.7% +200 bpts
Diluted Net Income $0.95 $0.69 +38% $2.30 $1.36 +69%
per share

Summary of Operations
Off-Road Vehicle ("ORV") sales, comprised of all-terrain vehicles ("ATVs") and RANGER? side-by-side vehicles, increased 25 percent year-over-year, to $486.2 million, during the third quarter 2011. This increase reflects significant North American market share gains for both ATVs and side-by-side vehicles. North American ORV unit retail sales from dealers to consumers for the 2011 third quarter were up low-teens percent year-over-year, with side-by-side vehicle consumer retail sales climbing significantly and ATV consumer retail sales down mid-single digits percent. As a result of consistently strong demand for Polaris products, North American ORV dealer inventories were up modestly compared to the third quarter of 2010, as higher side-by-side vehicle dealer inventory was largely offset by lower ATV dealer inventory. Polaris sales of ORVs outside of North America increased 59 percent compared to the third quarter 2010.

Snowmobile sales for third quarter 2011 were $95.1 million, an increase of 23 percent over third quarter 2010. These results reflect significantly reduced snowmobile dealer inventory levels entering the 2011 - 2012 selling season compared to the prior year, as well as the benefit of more higher priced snowmobiles shipping during the 2011 third quarter than in third quarter 2010.

On-Road Vehicle sales totaled $35.7 million, 77 percent higher than the same period in 2010, primarily due to Victory motorcycle sales increases. Sales of On-Road Vehicles to customers outside of North America increased 74 percent compared to the prior year's third quarter. Third quarter North American heavyweight cruiser and touring motorcycle industry retail sales were up mid-single digits percent over the prior year's third quarter, while Victory unit retail sales in North America increased upper-teens percent during the same period. In addition, a modest amount of On-Road vehicle sales related to the GEM and Indian Motorcycle Company acquisitions were recorded in the third quarter 2011.
Parts, Garments, and Accessories ("PG&A") sales increased 21 percent during the third quarter 2011 to $112.9 million compared to the same period last year, with PG&A sales increasing across all businesses and geographies. During the 2011 third quarter the Company introduced over 200 new accessories and garments to the PG&A product line for the 2012 model year.

International sales totaled $97.9 million for the 2011 third quarter, a 59 percent increase over the same period in 2010. All regions and product lines experienced growth during the quarter driven by higher volume, and increased sales of higher priced side-by-side vehicles and motorcycles. Year-to-date, international sales totaled $293.2 million, an increase of 37 percent over the same period last year.

Gross profit was 28.3 percent of sales for the third quarter of 2011, up 230 basis points from 26.0 percent for the third quarter of 2010. Gross profit dollars increased 37 percent to $206.8 million for the third quarter of 2011, compared to $150.7 million for the third quarter of 2010. Continued product cost reduction efforts, production efficiencies on increased volumes, and higher selling prices were the most significant factors in this increase, partially offset by increasing commodity costs and unfavorable currency movements.

Operating expenses for third quarter 2011 decreased 90 basis points, as a percent of sales, to 14.1 percent of sales compared to 15.0 percent of sales for the same period last year as we gain leverage from the sales increases. Operating expenses in absolute dollars for the third quarter of 2011 increased 18 percent to $102.9 million compared to $87.1 million last year primarily due to continued investments in future growth opportunities and acquisition integration. This was offset somewhat by lower share-based incentive compensation plan expenses in the third quarter 2011, primarily as a result of the lower stock price at September 30, 2011 than a quarter ago.

Income from financial services increased to $6.3 million during third quarter 2011 from $4.1 million in the third quarter of 2010, primarily due to increased profitability generated from the retail credit portfolios with GE, HSBC, and Sheffield.
Non-operating other expense was $5.5 million in the third quarter of 2011, as compared to $1.5 million of income in the third quarter of 2010. The decrease in profitability was the result of foreign currency exchange rate movements and the resulting effects on foreign currency transactions related to the Company's foreign subsidiaries.

Financial Position and Cash Flow
Net cash provided by operating activities increased 26 percent to $198.1 million for the year-to-date period ended September 30, 2011 compared to $156.9 million for the same period in 2010. The increase was driven by higher net income; partially offset by an increased investment in working capital, in particular factory inventory levels supporting business growth. Total long-term debt at September 30, 2011 was $100.0 million compared to $200.0 million a year ago. The Company's debt-to-total capital ratio was 17 percent at September 30, 2011, compared to 40 percent for the same period in 2010. Cash and cash equivalents were $335.7 million at September 30, 2011 compared to $264.5 million for the same period in 2010.

2-for-1 stock split completed during the quarter
During the 2011 third quarter, the Board of Directors declared a two-for-one split of the Company's outstanding shares of common stock. On September 12, 2011 Polaris shareholders received one additional share of common stock for each share they held of record at the close of business on September 2, 2011. All share and per share information for all periods presented have been adjusted to give effect to the stock split.

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New Pro Comp Xtreme Trax ATV/UTV 6 Ply Radial Tires

Pro Comp has been a leader in off road and light truck tires for years. Extensive tire testing and development to produce the best performing off road tires available has given Pro Comp a bullet proof reputation on the trail, race track and street. We are now proud to introduce the all new Xtreme Trax 6 Ply Radial UTV Tire. This new UTV tires features advanced construction and tread design to deliver maximum traction and control.

The NEW Xtreme Trax Radial was designed specifically for today's high performance side-by-side UTVs. The advantage comes from the Xtreme Trax cutting edge directional tread pattern which is optimized to deliver superior traction and control with a smooth and quiet ride on any terrain. The tire also features aggressive shoulder lugs that enhance off road traction and provide the ultimate protection for the sidewall and rim.

About Pro Comp USA
Since 1992, Pro Comp USA has been manufacturing high-quality, durable products for on and off road enthusiasts including tires, wheels, suspensions, shocks, and more. Suspension systems were our original foundation and they continue to be one of our strongest departments as we develop innovative new suspensions to this day.

Starting in 1998 we took on tires and have since become one of the top tire-manufacturing contenders in the aftermarket industry. This has been supported by the release of our Pro Comp wheels in 2001, designed to be the strongest steel and cast wheels in the market.

No matter what the product, we offer a shopping experience that is fast and simple as we continue to strive for unmatched customer service each and every day.

You can find Pro Comp online at www.procompusa.com



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DRAGONFIRE INTRODUCES THE ULTIMATE IN UTV PERSONALIZATION

DragonSkins Crank Up The Heat In 2012 Catalog

Mesa, AZ October 17, 2011 — Forget homemade number plates or rattle can spray-on graphics, DragonFire has taken vehicle personalization to a whole new level. You can now create your own “Personal I.D. System” to go along with the new DragonSkins number plate system that headlines the hot-off-the-presses 2012 DFR catalog. Talk about “Feel The Heat!”

As part of the innovative DragonFire Custom Shop program, you can choose the color, number, name and sponsor logos to create a high quality pre-printed background for your number plates. Don’t go for that race-ready look? No problem! Theme graphic panels are also readily available, including the American flag, Jolly Roger pirate motif, POW/MIA tribute and more. Simply log onto www.dragonfirecustomshop.com in order to see the wide array of options.

“Although we are better known for offering race-ready components, we know that not every UTV owner is a racer,” says DragonFire’s GM, Scott Highland. “So we developed the DragonSkins concept to allow for increased personalization by incorporating various lifestyles elements. This is just the first step in a comprehensive program that will enable any owner to enhance the visual appeal of their rig.”

The days of pie plates and duct tape graphics are over! “We have invested a tremendous amount of R&D into the entire 2012 product range,” concludes Highland. “And we are pretty proud of all the new products packed into our catalog, especially the DragonSkins program and the DragonFireCustomShop.com portal!”

For those DragonFire fans who can’t wait to “Feel The Heat” just log onto www.dragonfireracing.com to access a downloadable .pdf of the new catalog, check out the Custom Shop link from the home page or “Like” DFR’s Facebook page at http://www.facebook.com/DragonFireRacing?ref=ts.

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Fox Racing Shox set to unleash revolutionary new products at the 2011 SEMA Show

FOX Racing Shox is Redefining Ride Dynamics. Renowned the world over for leading the off-road industry in shock design and development, FOX is positioned to unleash several revolutionary new products at the 2011 SEMA Show. The FOX booth #34111 is located in the South Hall Upper Level in the Truck, SUV, and Off Road Hall. Be sure to pick up the all-new 2012 FOX Racing Shox Truck, SUV, and Off Road Race Catalog along with the new easy find application guides, all available at the booth. One-on-one appointments during the show can be prearranged by emailing orsales@foxracingshox.com or calling 619-768-1800.

New for 2012 and featured at the FOX booth and in the SEMA New Products Showcase are the all-new Performance Series shocks which boasts a starting retail price of $127.50. This all-new line-up delivers our race-dominating performance in an affordable, hassle-free, bolt-on package for all popular trucks and SUVs. They feature a one-piece, metal-impacted aluminum body that dissipates heat faster than conventional steel. Inside, an Internal Floating Piston (IFP) separates oil from a high-pressure nitrogen chamber. These new features provide an easy, bolt-on, application-specific performance package that will deliver a comfortable ride that is capable of handling the roughest road conditions.

FOX will also be displaying the new External Cooling System (ECS)—code-named “Cactus Cooler”— which is available for all new and existing bypass shocks. Without employing pumps or fans, it uses the normal motion of the shock piston as it cycles up and down to pump fluid through a fully adjustable bypass check valve, which then moves the fluid into a billet aluminum and stainless steel heat sink. Effectively dropping shock temperatures over 100 degrees, your shocks work faster and last longer, providing nonstop performance.



FOX redefines ride dynamics for ATVs, mountain bikes, motocross, off-road vehicles, snowmobiles, trucks, and UTVs. In 1974, Bob Fox redefined the world of motocross suspension with the FOX AirShox and for over three decades, FOX's team of enthusiasts and professional athletes have been uniquely committed to redefining ride dynamics that improve your performance. Global Headquarters and manufacturing operations are located in Watsonville, CA, with its Offroad Division and manufacturing in Santee, CA, and a Midwest Service Center in Brainerd, MN. FOX distributes its products in more than 40 countries.

FOXRACINGSHOX.com 1.800.FOX.SHOX

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STI NOW OFFERS POLARIS OWNERS AN AFTERMARKET WHEEL SOLUTION TO MEET 50-INCH TRAIL REGULATIONS, AND MORE

Many off-road recreation areas and land management agencies currently limit vehicle width to 50 inches or less. This can present a problem for Polaris Ranger RZR 800 and 570 side-by-side UTV owners. Although these models meet the 50-inch-maximum trail restrictions as they come from the factory, no aftermarket wheels have been available to maintain that narrow legal width. Owners who wanted to customize their RZRs or replace damaged stock wheels with something other than OEM have been out of luck. Until now.

STI has the solution with a new “Polaris 50-Inch Trail Legal” wheel alternative that utilizes a 6+1 offset to keep the standard RZR 800 and 570 to within 50-inch allowable limits. This 6+1 STI HD2 is available in 12x7 and 14x7 sizes with the Polaris 4/156 bolt pattern. No other aftermarket wheel is offered in these specifications.

This same wheel will also benefit owners of Polaris Sportsman XP 850 and 550 ATVs. It’s the only aftermarket option that keeps these models close to OEM dimensions (adding just two inches to overall width), which still provides plenty of clearance for most aftermarket tires and keeps them tucked in under the fenders to maintain good splash protection.

And best of all, the STI Polaris 50-Inch Trail Legal HD2 wheel provides much more than optimal sizing. This lightweight 8-spoke wheel is a real head-turner, featuring a durable matte black finish with bright machined accents, topped with a tough matte clear coat. Like all STI HD Alloy series wheels, the surprisingly affordable HD2 comes with a lifetime structural warranty, thanks in large part to the HD2’s unique inner and outer heavy-duty wheel lip reinforcement. The HD2 is as strong as it is attractive, boasting load ratings of 700 lb. for the 12-inch size and 800 lb. for the 14-inch size. A matching HD logo wheel cap is included with every wheel.

STI Polaris 50-Inch Trail Legal wheels are available at finer ATV/UTV dealers everywhere, through MTA Distributing. For more information, to place an order or to locate an STI dealer, visit www.stitireandwheel.com or call: East (318) 255-0049; West (951) 272-0971.

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Friday, October 14, 2011

Custom Creations Takes on the 6th Annual Powderpuff Race for the Cure

Custom Creations had a great race weekend… We brought our 1931 Custom Creations built Kawasaki Teryx to race for the Cure and raise money for Breast cancer research in the 6th annual M.O.R.E Powderpuff race in sunny Barstow, CA. There were a total of 124 entries in this years race, consisting of 2 races morning and afternoon. We were set to leave in the morning race.

Fully equipped with our King Shocks, GBC Grim Reapers outfitted in my pink OMF beadlocks, fresh Redline oil and our Pink themed Starside Paint job with the pink stickers from Rialto Trophy and our new 44 inch LED lightbar from Tribal Whips, we were ready to rock!!! “Let’s go kick cancer’s butt” My whole team was very excited and confident we could bring home a win!! We got off the line at 8:47 am. 17 minutes behind the first car off the line, we started 5th in our class (aka dead last) with a 20 second delay in between cars, we were finally off and running… By mile one we had moved up to 4th position, mile 3 into 3rd and had the leaders in our sight.. just about mile 5 we moved into 2nd and was on the tail of the leader, we grabbed and passed her along with 3 other cars from other classes at mile 7. She quickly passed us again when we grabbed a path with a flipped over truck. We were on her tail and in her dust until around mile 18. We took an easy clear path to pass and kept on… from then on we were just passing other vehicles in all other classes. We continued on pulling our lead time. We stopped for an amazing 30 second pit stop for fuel, some water to drink and got a clean visor… we didn’t have to stop again until my last lap for a quick visual, I felt something and they cleared me to go in about 10 seconds and sent us on our way! Our 112 miles was pretty uneventful besides having some fun passing lots of cars… Tammy and I were giggling the whole time…we were only passed by one car the whole race which was running in class 5… were able to make 4 laps because we came through the start finish line at 11:09 beating the 11:30 cutoff to be sent for 1 more lap…We ended finishing with a commanding 9 minute and 25 second lead in our class… We completed 112 miles in 3 hours and 11 minutes. And ended up with a victorious 3rd Overall in the entire 1st race. We started 57th out of 61 vehicles. Again UTV’s have proven to be able to hold there own in the rocky desert terrain…

We had a great day.. motor didn’t even hiccup, not even a drop of oil out of the breather set up… you rock!! the GBC Grim Reapers were perfect not even a slit in the tires, King Shocks sucked up Barstow’s nasty terrain like it was nothing, and of course the Wicked Bilt power Steering made for an easy handle and a comfy ride in my PRP suspension seats and my Pro Armor Race inspired seatbelts.

Thank you again to my wonderful husband for building such an amazing Teryx for me to race, I never felt that I had to drive her hard at all, I had plenty left and available if needed. Rialto Trophy for all my cute pink graphics, Starside Designs for a sweet paintjob, Web cam and Cp Pistons for a flawless motor combo and redline oil for the best oil ever. Thank you to all my supporters and sponsors, Rosa Maria’s Mexican restaurant, IMS Metals, OMF performance, B and B Powdercoating, Pink Divas, V force John, Pro Armor and Summer Brothers Racing, Dil Inspection Labs, GBC Tires, Redline Oil, Wicked Bilt, King Shocks, Web Cam, Custom Creations, Tribal Whips, PRP, Starside Designs, UTV Underground.com, Twisted Images Ink and Dirty Clothing, thank you to prospectator.com for hooking us up with some great action photos!

Thank You to all my friends and family who came to pit and support such a great cause and Tammy for getting back in the seat with me….

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King Shocks to debut a new catalog and exciting new products at SEMA

King Shocks will debut a new 3.0 kit for the Ford, Raptor, a 3.0 Internal Bypass shock (IBP) and their newly revised catalog at the Specialty Equipment Market Association show (SEMA) November 1-7 in Las Vegas, Nevada. The 3.0 Raptor kit and the 3.0 IBP will be on display in the New Products Pavilion.
Raptor_Rear_Shock
King's new 3.0 Raptor kit features large, 3.0-inch diameter shocks front and rear. The Internal bypass in front comes with the Wide Range Compression adjuster for quick compression adjustments with the twist of a knob. In the rear, the kit uses a 3.0-inch, 3-tube external bypass shock that offers position sensitive compression and rebound adjustment. The kit gives you a huge gain in performance and versatility compared to the factory shocks.
Raptor_Front_Shock
 The 3.0 IBP is a revolutionary position sensitive, monotube, internal bypass shock that offers remarkable damping performance in a compact package. At the King booth you can give our hand operated IBP shock a try so you can feel how smooth and effective the position sensitive internal bypass valving works, it will amaze you. King will also have numerous vehicles on display throughout the show for you to enjoy.
King_Trailer1
The King Shocks booth will be in the south hall, upper level, space #36121. Stop by to get the new 2011 King Shocks catalog and to check out our full line of innovative products for UTV's, bolt-on OEM upgrades, race vehicles and just about anything else on four wheels that throws dirt, rocks, mud or sand. Product specialists will be on hand to answer any questions you may have about the many products and services offered by King.

 Photos by: Mike Ingalsbee, Mikes Race Photo.com



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Wednesday, October 12, 2011

RACELINE WHEELS AND WARN LAUNCH CHRISTMAS AUCTION FOR BLUERIBBON COALITION

POCATELLO, ID (October 12, 2011) -- BlueRibbon Coalition is excited to announce our third annual Christmas Auction to save trails and keep public lands FOR the public instead of FROM the public. The eBay bidding will start December 1st, 2011.

BRC Auctioneer Del Albright said, "I'm stoked; this auction is kickin' it for public lands and waterways. Businesses from all over have donated products and goodies to make this year's auction a record-breaker."

Raceline Wheels and WARN Industries started off filling the virtual storeroom shelves already. Get ready to see Raceline Monster Diamond Beadlocks and a WARN winch to start with. More partner-contributing businesses will include a long list of recognizable names. Stay tuned.

BRC lists hundreds of items on eBay (as donated by supporting businesses) with all proceeds benefiting their national efforts to save trails and riding areas for our continued access.

"Each bidder is contributing to our winning team," said Greg Mumm, Executive Director of BRC. "Thanks to the vendors donations, not only is each winning bidder getting some awesome product, they are also contributing to our winning team," said Greg Mumm, Executive Director of BRC. "This annual eBay auction significantly beefs up our ability to fight back," Greg added.

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The BlueRibbon Coalition is a national recreation group that champions responsible recreation, and encourages individual environmental stewardship. With members in all 50 states, BRC is focused on building enthusiast involvement with organizational efforts through membership, outreach, education, and collaboration among recreationists.

The Combined Federal Campaign (CFC) season is here. Federal employees, please mark BlueRibbon Coalition and Check #11402 on your CFC pledge form to support our efforts to protect your access. Join us at 1-800-258-3742 or http://www.sharetrails.org


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EXPERIENCE THE NEW ARCTIC CAT WILDCAT AT ERX OCTOBER 15

Summer is not over yet, and neither is the action at ERX Motor Park as Arctic Cat brings the all-new, pure sport Wildcat side-by-side to ERX for a day of demo rides on a specially prepared track. Inspired by the unrelenting terrain experienced in the legendary Baja 1000 off-road race, the bad to bone Wildcat is the most potent pure sport off-road side-by-side in the industry, and now is your chance to experience it first hand.

Powered by a 1000cc V-twin, the Arctic Cat Wildcat is literally race ready out of the box, thanks to its full perimeter frame, 13-inches of ground clearance, and a whopping 17-inches of suspension travel. Adding comfort and control to the wild beast is electronic power steering, contoured bucket seats, tube-framed doors, and oversized digital/analog display.

Gates will open at 9:00am and demo ride opportunities will run throughout the day till 5:00pm. The Red Snack Shack will be serving food and beverages courtesy of the Otsego Holiday Inn. This is quite possibly the first Wildcat consumer demo ride opportunity in North America; don’t miss it. Please note, you must be 18-years of age and in possession of a valid drivers license in order to participate.

For more information on the all-new Arctic Cat Wildcat, visit their website at arcticcat.com.

The Elk River Extreme Motor Park (ERX) is a privately owned family oriented motorsports facility located north on U.S. Highway 169 in Elk River Minnesota. The facility is designed to host year-round racing events including snowmobiles, motorcycles, ATVs, side by side UTVs, go-karts and more. ERX Motor Park is also available for private events, club functions, fund-raisers and practice. Information on ERX Motor Park can be found at www.erxmotorpark.com or email the ERX staff at info@erxmotorpark.com.
 
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RANGER RZRs Dominate ITP Powerline Park GNCC Race

Minneapolis, Oct. 12, 2011–Polaris RANGER RZRs came out in full force at the GNCC ITP Powerline Park race taking the top four spots in the “Open Modified” class and the top spot in the “Open Limited” class.

William Yokley and his Polaris National Guard RANGER RZR XP 900 took the checkered flag in the “Open Modified” class and first overall with Team Hendershot taking second and ATR Performance taking the third podium spot. In the “Open Limited class,” Team Two Brothers Racing took the win.

The next and final GNCC UTV race is the Amsoil Ironman, in Crawfordsville, IN, Oct. 22-23.

About Polaris
With annual 2010 sales of $1.99 billion, Polaris designs, engineers, manufactures and markets off-road vehicles (ORVs), including all-terrain vehicles (ATVs), the Polaris RANGER® Side x Sides, snowmobiles and Victory motorcycles for recreational and utility use and has recently introduced a new on-road electric powered neighborhood vehicle.

Polaris is a recognized leader in the snowmobile industry; and one of the largest manufacturers of ORVs in the world. Victory motorcycles established in 1998 and representing the first all-new American-made motorcycle from a major company in nearly 60 years, are rapidly making impressive in-roads into the cruiser and touring motorcycle marketplace. Polaris also enhances the riding experience with a complete line of Pure Polaris apparel, accessories and parts, available at Polaris dealerships.

Polaris Industries Inc. trades on the New York Stock Exchange under the symbol “PII,” and the Company is included in the S&P MidCap 400 stock price index.

Information about the complete line of Polaris products, apparel and vehicle accessories are available from authorized Polaris dealers or anytime from the Polaris homepage at www.polarisindustries.com.
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