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First ATV ride of the season safety check list

Here are some tips to consider when reawakening your ATV for the season

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A close up photo of an ATV tire.

Tire integrity is a must check before you take your first ride of the season. Check for proper tire pressure and tire/tread integrity. — Trish Drinkle photo

Warmer weather and longer days find many ATVers eager to hit the trails for their first adventure of  the season.  It is important to consider a few key safety essentials before embarking upon that first ride.

Here are some tips to consider when reawakening your ATV for the season, designed to prevent you from becoming stranded in the backcountry.

A photo of a yellow ATV in a garage.

A professional tuneup is money well spent, giving you peace of mind and a clean bill of health for your ATV. — Trish Drinkle photo

  1. Battery life:  Those who do not use a battery tender, a device designed to maintain the integrity and charge of your ATV battery, may find their ATVs without power. The cold winter temperatures can drain and damage batteries, rendering them useless and unable to take a charge.  Bring your battery in to your local dealership or repair shop, and have the service department test the battery.  You may need to purchase a new battery.
  2. Mice: You must check for mice and other rodents who love to take up residence in your ATV air box.  Inspect your air box thoroughly and if you find signs of mice inspect all wiring—the critters are notorious for chewing wiring resulting in many an ATV rendered useless.
  3. Check tires and tire pressure as winter will create a fluctuation of tire pressure. Check your owner‘s manual for the optimum tire pressure setting as over-inflated or under-inflated tires can cause a loss of control when riding, or cause tires to become easily punctured.
  4. Check coolant levels as the winter climate will diminish these levels. Top up or completely refresh before riding for the first time.
  5. Check for pooling or puddles under your ATV.  If you notice oil, coolant or gas pooling, address this issue immediately and do not run your unit.  If you are unable to resolve the problem yourself, take the machine in to your nearest service shop.
  6. A spring tuneup/oil change by technicians at your local service shop is a great way to start the season. Their trained eyes can spot problems and potential problems, saving you time and frustration and avoiding the possibility of you becoming stranded in the backcountry.
  7. Moisture and cold temperatures can wreak havoc on cables.  Inspect and test the throttle and brake cables thoroughly before your first ride of the season. Replace or repair the cables should you find any compromise in their performance.
  8. Be sure to go through your safety kit.  Everyone entering the backcountry should be prepared. A backcountry safety kit should consist of items such as bandages, gauze, sting and burn relief ointment, sunscreen, pain relief, allergy relief, food and water rations, and special medications if needed such as an epi-pen or heart medications. A small saw, fire starter, a tire repair kit, and small booster cables are also great resources to have should you become lost or stranded in the backcountry. During each season safety essentials may become depleted so start the season off fresh with a replenished safety kit.
  9. Refresh or replace batteries in life-saving technology such as a GPS, radio communicators, and InReach or Spot locators to ensure reliability when needed.
  10. Inspect windshields for scratches and cracks and replace if necessary.  Scratches and cracks will collect dust, making the windshield useless especially if the sun creates a distortion glare.
  11. Taking the time to prepare your machine for the season ahead is one surefire way to keep you safe and smiling all season long.

Time to Take Action, Eastman ATV & ATV MB

Don’t take your riding area for granted!
Just look around the web or on one of the online Off Road forums. As an ORV rider it is up to you 🚹 to protect your privilege to ride Crown land here in Canada. “DON’T TAKE THIS for GRANTED”
Alberta’s exciting developed ORV trails are prosed to be phased out with in two to five years in a new designated park management plan.
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Renew your membership with Eastman ATV today and add your voice to the cause. Supporting responsible riding on sustainable trails.
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ATV MB  will be holding their AGM on March, 18th Please consider attending this very important meeting. This is your opportunity to make a difference.
Click Here for more information and the agenda for this very important meeting.

IT IS Up To YOU  to protect your riding area, take action today by adding your voice to cause.

Cabela’s GPS Seminar

Our membership had an opportunity to attend a GPS seminar hosted by Cabela’s .  Eastman Members spend over 3 hours with Nick Lisney, Former Optics Outfitter/Current Fishing Outfitter at Cabela’s. We were given the opportunity to learn more about our personal GPS units as well we explore the units offered by Cabela’s. We had over 25 members attend. This session was a great start to learning what we as a club require and how to program and download maps as well as fine tuning our GPS to our personal needs. If anyone has any questions on their own GPS or would like any further information on how to use or buy a GPS to suit their needs, please contact Nick Lisney at Cabela’s. He will spend time in the store with anyone interested on a more personal level. Thank you for making our first event of this king a great success!

 

“EASTMAN 2017” Membership Renewal Time

 Riding Season is Fast Approaching!

It’s hard to believe that another year has passed by for Eastman ATV Association.  It was a very busy and productive 2016, with a very exciting riding season, the Ride for Mom, a lot of trail work and new members joining Eastman. We finished out the year with ninety two paid family memberships. We would like to thank you all personally for coming out and making Eastman a great group to ride with. We are laying out the groundwork for the future of our sport, as there is certain to be changes on the horizon to the locations where we can ride.

Please know that by supporting Eastman ATV Association and being an organized club we have a voice and an opportunity to show the general public that the sport of ATV riding can be a family sport and a great way to get out and safely explore this great Province of Manitoba.

We will be facing many new challenges in the coming year. By continuing to support Eastman and working as a team we are sure to accomplish great things for our sport and our communities. I would also like to hear ideas and ways we can improve our club, for all to use and benefit from for many years to come.

Please take the time to visit our website and fill out your membership application renewal for 2017, at eastmanatv.com. The Annual General Meeting for Eastman ATV Association will be on April 2, 2017, we will be looking for you to come out and be involved! Please bring your ideas and support, as this is your club, be a part of its future.

By being a paid member of Eastman ATV Association, you are also a paid member of the All Terrain Vehicle Association of Manitoba (ATVMB).  The Annual General Meeting of the All Terrain Vehicle Association of Manitoba will take place on Saturday, March 18, 2017.  This is an opportunity to learn about what ATV Manitoba has been doing on behalf of all ATV Enthusiasts and to hear from guest speakers.

We will be looking for you on the trail this summer and please remember this is your club, as a paid member of Eastman ATV Association you have a vested right and an opportunity to make a difference and to be a part of the development and decision making process for the future of the ATV Community here in Manitoba.

Renewal Eastman Membership 2017

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*** Please note the we will be handing out the membership cards at the Eastman ATV Association AGM in April. Date and location to be announced shortly. *** 

Thank you!
Deborah Nicol
President, Eastman ATV Association

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Manitoba Outdoors Show – Feb. 10 – 12, 2017

Eastman ATV Association will be promoting the Ride for Mom and Eastman at the Manitoba Outdoors Show.  Please come out and show support, man the post and have some fun meeting new people and talking about what we all know and love – ATVing!

Date – February 10th – 12th

Place – Red River Exhibition Place

Admission – Adults $10.00, Children 16 & Under FREE

Free Parking

Stage & Pool Demonstrations

Show Hours – Friday 4pm – 8pm, Saturday 11pm – 5pm, Sunday 11pm – 5pm

Ride for Mom June, 3, 2017

The Second Ride for Mom being hosted by Eastman ATV Association, is being held on June 3, 2017. Eastman will be supporting CancerCare Manitoba Foundation for Breast Cancer Research, where all funds raised stay in Manitoba.

If you would like to come out and be a huge part of this amazing event, we would appreciate your volunteer time. Please go to our site at atvrideformom.com and register today! We will place you where needed to help make the Ride for Mom a huge success.

If you have any questions, please contact me.

Deborah Nicol
Chair, Eastman ATV Association
Ride for Mom

ATV Designated Trails – Rider Restrictions During Snowmobile Season

ATV trails are open to all trail users from April 1st to November 30th annually.  During the snowmobile season, December 1st to March 31st, please stay off of all groomed snowmobile trails.  These dates apply to all Snoman groomed trails, with the exception of the Interlake Pioneer Trail where the ATV closure dates are November1st to April 30th.

It is through mutual respect and cooperation that all trail enthusiasts will be able to enjoy the beautiful Manitoba trail system.

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