Jun. 15, 2009 – ATV Digest
June 15, 2009
Filed under Features
Hatfield-McCoy adds to its trail system
Just in time for the summer riding season, the Hatfield-McCoy Trails system has added 15 miles of new trails on two of its systems, as well as made some wholesale changes to another.
Ten miles of new trails have been added to the Buffalo Mountain Trail System, including five new miles of single track and five for ATV/UTV use.
“The five new miles of single track gives Buffalo Mountain 15 total miles exclusively for dirt bike use,” John Fekete, Hatfield-McCoy’s deputy executive director, said in a press release. “That’s more than any other system.”
The Pinnacle Creek system, near Pineville, received a new 5-mile stretch of “extreme difficulty” trails, Fekete said. This trail system is known for its scenic views and is located less than one hour from world-class whitewater rafting.
In other news, the Little Coal River system is now completely open to UTVs, including the black or “most difficult” trails. This makes Little Coal the first system to open up all types of trails to the side-by-side circuit.
Additional trails are scheduled to be opened during the remainder of the year, including one connecting the Fountain Place area near the town of Logan and the Bearwallow trailhead.
Yamaha motor Employees Support National Forest
Yamaha Motor Corp., U.S.A., employees recently volunteered for two projects to support the San Bernardino National Forest in Southern California and its off-highway vehicle (OHV) trails.
During two days, approximately 100 volunteers, including Yamaha employees and family members, planted 1,200 trees and cleaned up miles of ATV and side-by-side OHV trails.
First, on April 25, a group of Yamaha employees along with staff from the nonprofit, volunteer-based San Bernardino National Forest Association (SBNFA) scouted and worked on miles of trails that Yamaha has sponsored and adopted as part of the company’s OHV Access Initiative (www.yamaha-motor.com/ohvaccess).
The San Bernardino National Forest is within driving distance to more than 20 million people in Southern California and contains the highest concentration of threatened and endangered species in the continental United States. The San Bernardino National Forest Association manages a number of educational, recreation and conservation programs complimenting the mission of its U.S. Forest Service partners, including its OHV program, which is a model for national forests across the country.
“It is critically important that we support organizations like the SBNFA and their efforts to promote safe, responsible riding and open, sustainable OHV trails,” said Steve Nessl, Yamaha’s ATV/SxS marketing manager who participated in both events by cleaning up trails and planting trees. “We hope that Yamaha’s hand-on participation will inspire other OHV enthusiasts to get involved and support their own local riding areas and national forests.”
Kawasaki gets $28.3 million contract with U.S. Special Operations Command
The Kawasaki Teryx UTV was selected for use by the United States Special Operations Command (SOCOM). The order of more than 1,600 vehicles was included in the contract of $28.3 million, according to a press release from Kawasaki.
The United States Special Operations Command was looking for a UTV to satisfy its needs. Last June, Shannon Tracy, owner of dealership UV Country Kawasaki in Houston, replied to SOCOM’s bid request, with a proposal for UV Country to provide a large quantity of Kawasaki Teryx over a multi-year period.
The 2009 Kawasaki Teryx 750 FI was chosen, and UV Country is scheduled to deliver 1,625 units on a 5-year indefinite delivery/indefinite quantity contract.
The dealership has also filled smaller state contracts, but Tracy says this is the largest.
“It provides a great boost to our business, lends extra credibility to the Teryx and assists all Kawasaki dealers by capitalizing on its outstanding performance,” she said in the release. “If it’s good enough for the SOCOM environment, then it must be capable of handling whatever American hunters and outdoor enthusiasts can throw at it.” psb