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July 23, 2007 – ATV Report

July 23, 2007
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Kawasaki Recalls 6,000 KFX450Rs
In cooperation with the Consumer Product Safety Commission, Kawasaki has recalled approximately 6,000 units of its 2008 model year KFX450R ATV.
According to the recall, the flange, which holds the fuel pump in the fuel tank, might not be sufficiently bonded to the tank on certain affected models. This can allow fuel to leak from the flange area, causing the risk of fire, with the subsequent risk of property damage, injury or death.
So far there have been 60 reports of fuel leaks, with no reported injuries. The ATVs were sold by Kawasaki between March and June of 2007.
More information is available at 866/802-9381.
KYMCO USA Joins Specialty Vehicle Institute of America
KYMCO USA is the newest member and is the 11th participant to join the Specialty Vehicle Institute of America (SVIA). The SVIA is the not-for-profit trade association founded and funded by the leading manufacturers and distributors of ATVs in the United States, including Arctic Cat, BRP, Bush Hog, Honda, John Deere, Kawasaki, Polaris, Suzuki, Tomberlin and Yamaha.
The ATV manufacturer joined the SVIA to help support the longstanding programs and efforts to make ATV riding safer and more enjoyable for all riders, including hands-on ATV rider training offered nationwide through the ATV Safety Institute and advocating for state legislation to regulate known problematic behavior.
The SVIA also is an accredited standards developer by the American National Standards Institute for the four-wheel ATV in the United States.
Polaris Industries Recalls 2007 Outlaw 525 ATVs
Polaris Industries Inc. is recalling the 2007 model year Outlaw 525 ATVs sold nationwide from January-May of this year.
The recalled ATVs could have a loose fuel valve within the fuel tank, which could cause a fuel leak and pose a fire hazard. Consumers should stop using the product immediately unless otherwise instructed.
The recall was voluntarily conducted by Polaris in cooperation with the Consumer Product Safety Commission.
Kubota Releases New UTV With Air Conditioning
Kubota Tractor Corp. released the new RTV1100 side-by-side vehicle, the first utility vehicle available with a factory-installed cab, standard air conditioning and heater and defroster.
It’s powered by a three-cylinder, 24.8 HP Kubota diesel engine that boasts a claimed best-in-class 50.3 pound-feet of torque.
“The RTV1100 with Premium Grand Cab is the ultimate combination of all-season protection, comfort and usability – summer or winter, rain or shine,” said Dan Muramoto, product manager for Kubota. “The standard climate control and roomy factory cab, combined with exceptional heavy duty work capabilities, raises the bar among utility vehicles and takes the category to a level that simply did not exist prior to this exclusive Kubota innovation.”
Available in worksite and recreational models, the RTV1100 also comes standard with Variable Hydrostatic Transmission, power steering, a front guard, 4-wheel wet-disc brakes, hydraulic bed-lift system and more than 1,100 pounds of cargo-load capacity in the 16 cubic feet bed.
It is offered in Kubota orange or Realtree Hardwood Camouflage and is priced at $16,999.
Michigan’s Pioneer Trail Opens After Years of Volunteer Work
After 15 years of work, Upper Michigan’s Mi-TRALE organization was able to celebrate the ribbon cutting of its new Pioneer Trail.
The Pioneer Trail serves as a connecting link through the Ottawa National Forest between the town of Bergland, the Sidnaw State Forest and Rockland, according to a Mi-TRALE press release.
Aside from the thousands of dollars and countless hours of volunteer work, the Pioneer Trail was made possible by private landowners who gave the club permission to use the land.
Plans for the trail originally started in 1991 but took participation from landowners, the Michigan DNR, the state’s National Guard and Army Reserve and the United States Forest Service.
Two of the trail’s missions were to maintain environmental protection and safety for ATV riders who will use it.
“It is important for different user groups to work together,” commented Mi-TRALE President Skip Schulz. “From the beginning in 1991 to [now], this trail has been the culmination of many groups and people coming together. From the Guard and Reserve to the Superior Snowmobile Club to those in the public service sector, everyone has been fantastic.”
More information is available at www.mi-trale.org.
Oregon Workshop Planned for Route Designation
The National Off-Highway Vehicle Conservation Council (NOHVCC) is conducting a Motorized Route Designation Workshop on Aug. 9-12 at the Blue Mountain Conference Center/National Guard Armory in LaGrande, Ore.
The purpose of the workshop is to provide information for agency personnel and other stakeholders interested in travel management and the route designation process on national forests in Eastern Oregon.
The workshop will focus on effective implementation of the U.S. Forest Service Travel Management Rule.
Participants will gain a better understanding of the planning and route designation process, how to best participate in the local processes and how to provide meaningful comments during the entire process.
Registration is required online at www.nohvcc.org. Click on the “Forest Service OHV Route Designation Workshops and Database” link to register. psb

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