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ATV DIGEST

January 20, 2005
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SUZUKI RECALLS EIGER AND VINSON QUADS
American Suzuki Motor Corp. (ASMC) has announced a recall involving about 27,000 units of its 2004-2005 Eiger and Vinson ATVs sold from August 2, 2003, to August 26, 2004.
The recalled ATVs were assembled in Rome, Ga., with an incorrectly sized mounting bolt under the fuel tank. This could result in fuel leakage presenting a fire safety hazard and risk of injury or death. ASMC has not received any reports of incidents.
Models in question are the 2004 and 2005 Eiger ATVs (LT-A400K4, LT- A400FK4, LT-F400K4, LT-F400FK4, LT-A500FK5, LT-F500FK5) and Vinson ATVs (KT-A500FK4 and LT-F500FK4).
Consumers are asked to take their ATV to an authorized Suzuki dealership for a no-charge replacement of the fuel petcock-mounting bolt and sealing washers.
Call ASMC for more information, 800/444-5077.

KOLPIN RECALLS 90CC ATV
Kolpin Powersports, Inc. is recalling its 90cc youth ATVs sold prior to Nov. 24, 2004.
The Fox Lake, Wis., company says there is a risk that some of the ATVs have steering assembly components that may prematurely loosen, resulting in loss of steering and posing a risk of serious injury or death.
Taiwan-made, the Kolpin brand ATVs, available as 50cc and 90cc models, are sold at Gander Mountain stores across the country. The 90cc model retails for $1,799.
Kolpin asks that owners stop using the ATVs immediately. The company has instructed owners to contact their retailer for a free retrofit with new components.
For more information, contact Kolpin Powersports, 205 Depot Street, Fox Lake, Wis. 53933; 877/9KO-LPIN

MAXXIS EARNS “SPONSOR OF THE YEAR”
Maxxis was named the Grand National Cross Country Sponsor of the Year. This marks the fourth year in a row the tire manufacturer earned this award. Racer Productions, the GNCC series promoter, gave the award to Maxxis at the annual GNCC banquet, held Nov. 27. The award is the result of a vote by GNCC riders.

FMF MAKES $5,000 DONATION
Because noise is a major issue facing off-roaders, FMF Racing, manufacturer of off-road exhaust pipes, gave a $5,000 grant to the BlueRibbon Coalition to assist the Forest Service, Bureau of Land Management and clubs to get riders into compliance with the 96dB sound limit in California. .
“FMF is proud to support the BRC in this program. Excessively loud OHVs are often cited as the number one ‘user conflict’ on public and private lands,” said Don Emler, FMF Racing’s owner and president. The FMF/BRC Sound Testing Program for OHVs will be at various off-road racing events and at dealerships educating the riding public.

NOHVCC SEEKS PROJECT COORDINATOR
The National Off-Highway Vehicle Conservation Council is seeking a project coordinator.
Interested parties were asked to send in a resume by Dec. 23. For additional informaiton, call Russ Ehnes, 406/454-9190.

FIELD & STREAM: POLARIS’ 2005 SPORTSMAN 800 “BEST OF THE BEST”
Polaris Industries’ 2005 Sportsman 800 Twin EFI was named “Best of the Best” ATV by Field & Stream magazine.
According to Field & Stream, “This is the first ATV to hit the 800cc class and it possesses enough torque to pull your garage down. It will also attack a trail, clear deep snow off a driveway, till a food plot effortlessly and get your deer out of any thick and nasty bottom.”
2004 marked the seventh annual Field & Stream “Best of the Best Awards.” A seven-man panel of expert sportsmen and gear fanatics spent one year testing hundreds of outdoor products. The panel chose 18 products, the best of the best, they felt exemplified smart designs, fair prices and performance that outmatched anything else they tested.
“We launched the 800 Twin EFI to our dealers and customers at our 50th anniversary celebration in July and the response was overwhelming,” said Bennett Morgan, vice president of the ATV Division at Polaris. “Since then, we’ve continued to see a growing demand for the machine.”

POLARIS INTRODUCES RANGER XP
Polaris has introduced a new utility vehicle for its line-up, the RANGER XP. Powered by a 40 horsepower, liquid-cooled 700cc parallel-twin Liberty engine with a Bosch multi-port semi-sequential electronic fuel injection system (EFI), the Ranger XP is being tagged by Polaris as a vehicle for “extreme off-road performance.”
Polaris says the XP delivers a top speed of 44 mph, plus 29% more acceleration than the RANGER 4×4, a 1,500 lb. payload capacity, 1,000 lb. cargo capacity, 1,750 lb. towing capacity, and is able to cross water depths of 27 inches.
Features include a new water-resistant under-seat Lock & Ride Cargo System, a 13-cubic-foot cargo volume, a new two-inch receiver hitch, On-demand all-wheel drive, automotive style 4 wheel hydraulic disc brakes, Polaris independent rear suspension (IRS), and a new electronic push-button turf-friendly locking rear differential.
Priced at $9,999 retail, the XP is available in a delta green color configuration, with a no-shine wrinkle black cab frame finish, exclusive XP and fuel injection identification, and Polaris designed PXT Radial tires.

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