<![CDATA[Interactive ATV Trails - Blog]]>Fri, 16 Mar 2018 16:00:02 -0700Weebly<![CDATA[Choosing The Right Dirt Bike [Video]]]>Tue, 21 Jul 2015 04:34:15 GMThttp://interactiveatvtrails.com/blog/choosing-the-right-dirt-bikePicture
Selecting the right size dirt bike is essential to having safe and enjoyable experience. If you don't enjoy riding your machine, guess what? You won't ride it. There are so many factors that go into this important decision, including age, height, weight, and experience level. Other important factors include the type of riding you will do and you're riding style. Pure motocross bikes and pure trail or enduro bikes differ greatly (a topic for another time), so consider the type of riding you intend to do and select a bike that fits that style. The same is true for choosing between a two-stroke and a four-stroke. Each behaves very differently and each has its pros and cons.  

Remember that it's okay to start small and work your way up. There is no shame in starting with 150 or 230 and progressively upgrading to a 250, 350, or 450 four-stroke or a 250 or 300 two-stroke. Don't cave to peer pressure or think you have to prove something to your buddies by buying a big bore bike. We've talked to a lot of 450 guys who didn't know what they were getting themselves into and wanted to downsize to a 250. A 450 will beat you up and take you for a wild ride if you're not ready for it. Our 250s have never let us down, and we've taken them over some nasty stuff.

At the end of the day, it comes down to you and your preferences. Do a lot of research. Get expert opinions. Attend demo rides. Compare different bikes. Your local dealership can be an excellent source of information. Become informed. 

Check out his video from ShawTVSSM for more tips on selecting your next dirt bike.
<![CDATA[How We Found the Abandoned Railroad Tunnel [Video]]]>Wed, 01 Jul 2015 04:43:57 GMThttp://interactiveatvtrails.com/blog/how-we-found-the-abandoned-railroad-tunnel-video
In November 2013 my son, who was six at the time, and I set out to enjoy one of the last good riding days of the year. A couple of months prior we had headed down to the mountains west of Elberta, Utah to target practice in preparation for a shooting competition in Parma, Idaho. On this occasion, we also took the dirt bikes to explore the surrounding historic Tintic Mining District. 
We had an enjoyable time exploring the area, looking down seemingly endless mine shafts, and following every side road to find another mine. At the time my son had only been riding his Yamaha TTR50 for a few months. The roads were easy for him to ride, but difficult enough to teach him basic dirt biking skills. Because of this, we decided that the Tintic Mining District would be the perfect place to go back for him to gain some quality seat time.

Instead of starting on Elberta Slant Road as we had before, we decided to start farther to the north. From Highway 68 we turned west onto Chimney Rock Pass Road (9600 South) and continued west until reaching a popular dispersed camping area. From there, we unloaded the bikes and headed towards Allens Ranch. From the ranch we continued south on a fairly well-maintained dirt road that eventually connected to an old, abandoned railroad bed. We followed the railroad until it dumped us into Eureka.
While in Eureka we stopped at the nearest gas station, bought some snacks, and then continued south up the canyon. The summit just south of town provides spectacular views of the Wasatch Mountains, the peaks of which had just been blanketed by a recent snowstorm. Despite the recent storm, it was a warm 50 degrees - perfect riding weather. The fall colors were waning, but still breathtaking, and the air smelled like fall.  

The decent down Burriston Canyon Road lead us to the heart of the mining district, where some mines are still actively mined today. Although not as old as other mining areas, the mining district still possesses interesting relics from the middle of the twentieth century. 

After exploring the area for about an hour, it was getting late so we decided to head back up Burriston Canyon Road. We got about three miles up the canyon when we were stopped dead in our tracks by a charging sheep dog. He had heard us coming and rushed toward us to protect the flock behind him. He continued to bark at us as for what seemed like an eternity while I plotted our next move. Meanwhile, the sheep had come to complete stop. A few minutes later, an irate rancher berated us and threatened us to move. Considering that he was just trying to do his job and realizing that it was easier for us to turn around than for him to carve a path for us, we agreed to go back the way we came; however, I had no idea how to get back to the truck accept for the way we came. 

Weighing my options and realizing that my son's bike was getting low on gas, I pulled out my phone to find the shortest way back. I found an alternate route, but I had no idea how difficult it would be and if my son would be able to do it. We easily made it across Highway 6, and from highway six to Elberta Slant Road. The route I had identified took us north along the eastern foothills of the mountains northwest of Elberta. It was this route that led us to the abandoned railroad tunnel. We had no idea it existed and were pleasantly surprised when we came around the corner and saw a giant hole in the side of the mountain.  
Although I understood the rancher's point of view, I can still remember being furious at him for not allowing us to pass. However, if it hadn't been for him we never would have found the abandoned railroad tunnel, which is still one of the coolest things we've encountered on our many dirt bike adventures. To this day, I'm a grateful for his stubbornness. 

To see exactly where the railroad tunnel is, check out the full review of the Tintic Mining District Loop. You'll need to visit the desktop version of the website on you desktop, laptop, or tablet in order to use the interactive map.
<![CDATA[ATV Riding Canadian Style [Video]]]>Tue, 30 Jun 2015 03:14:47 GMThttp://interactiveatvtrails.com/blog/atv-riding-canadian-style-video

These crazy Canadians know how to have a good time. Their highly modified big bore machines are definitely not your grandpa's four-wheeler. For these guys its all about "going deep and gettin dirty."

When riding on public lands be responsible, stay on the trail, and don't cause irreparable damage. Excessive damage may cause federal and state land-managing agencies to permanently close a trail if it determines that past or future use is harmful to the environment. 
<![CDATA[Angry Ram Attacks Dirt Biker [Video]]]>Sat, 27 Jun 2015 04:03:09 GMThttp://interactiveatvtrails.com/blog/angry-ram-attacks-dirt-biker-video In a recent post, we showed you what it would look like hitting a deer while riding an ATV. Well, it appears mother nature has had enough and is out for revenge. Check out these hilarious videos of an angry ram attacking a dirt biker. The first video was posted in June 2013 and the second was posted in September 2013. 
Yes, that is a GoPro strapped to the angry ram's back in the second video. It appears that between the first and second videos, this guy and the angry ram, affectionately called Rambro, developed a unique relationship - one that is based on trust, provocation, and violence. The angry ram provoker says that Rambro may have broken his shin while filming the second video. Growing up my dad would say to me after getting hurt by doing something stupid: "Son, you mess with the bull, you get the horn." In this case, if you provoke a ram, you're going to get rammed.

The angry ram has become such a viral sensation that this guy has posted other videos of him provoking Rambro by various means, including prodding it with a truck, pestering it with a backhoe, buzzing it with a drone, and feeding it hot chili peppers. Check out his YouTube channel.
<![CDATA[Husqvarna Announces 2016 Enduro Lineup [Video]]]>Fri, 26 Jun 2015 05:19:28 GMThttp://interactiveatvtrails.com/blog/husqvarna-announces-2016-enduro-lineup Husqvarna Motorcycles released its 2016 enduro lineup. These things are sweet! I'm diggin' the new yellow, blue, and white graphics. The plastics are sharp and modern. In my opinion, these are the best looking bikes on dirt second only to their orange KTM brethren. Two stroke models range from 125cc to 300cc (the TE300 is calling my name). Four stroke models start at 250cc and increase in size all the way up to the behemoth 501cc. 

If you've been under the proverbial enduro rock, Husky and KTM dominate the competitive enduro scene (Husky is owned by KTM). As such, these things are race ready from the show room floor. Check out this video from Husky showcasing what these bikes can do in skilled hands. Continue reading below for the full press release from Husky, including all the new updates, or visit their website.
Here's the press release from Husqvarna:

Closely linked to their continued sporting successes, Husqvarna’s new 2016 enduro model range sees notable improvements and refinements. Engine, chassis and suspension upgrades focused on improving offroad performance ensure the highest grade of Enduro development available.

Sharp and modern bodywork with a Swedish design approach, high-tech chassis and engines, rear link suspension, premium components together with long service intervals and high reliability, plus the largest capacity fuel tank on the market, guarantee Husqvarna Motorcycles have not rested in the development of their MY16 enduro range.

From the light and super-agile 2-stroke TE 125 through to the breath taking performance of the 4-stroke FE 501, Husqvarna Motorcycles’ premium enduro bikes once again feature seven models to cater for the needs of both competitive racers and weekend trail warriors. With easy rideability to support the rider in every situation there is no better choice when pioneering new terrain.

Together with Husqvarna’s offroad race teams, experienced designers and engineers have worked tirelessly to deliver important updates for the coming year. Extensive input into the 2016 models has come from Husqvarna’s top-level racers – Enduro 2 World Champion Pela Renet, Extreme Enduro star Graham Jarvis and AMA National Enduro Champion Andrew DeLong. Knowledge gained from competition lies at the heart of Husqvarna’s 2016 model improvements.

Chassis, suspension and engine enhancements deliver a lighter, more comfortable and competitive ride. Upgraded suspension geometry and revised settings, combined with a standard handlebar map switch improve handling, confidence and control.

On all 2016 enduro bikes a new lighter 22 mm front axle with optimised axle clamp dimensions replace the previous 26 mm axle to offer improved stability and better front-end feel. Shorter axle clamp offset also helps improve fork function.

High quality, anodised black CNC machined triple clamps on all bikes now feature a 22 mm offset. Designed to evenly distribute the clamping force on the fork leg, when combined with the new front axle and axle clamp geometry it ensures improved agility and stability. The triple clamps also allow for four handlebar positions to suit the needs of a wide variety of riders.

Complementing the front axle and triple clamp updates, the 4CS fork – now in its fourth year of production – has been further developed to improve damping, handling, plushness and rider comfort. Easy access clicker dials provide quick adjustments on the go. The high performance DCC (Dual Compression Control) rear link suspension made by WP has a revised setup perfectly matching the geometry and setup changes on the front-end, allowing the rider to command the trail with confidence.

An updated lightweight six-speed gearbox with enduro specific gearing has been fitted to all enduro models to ensure easy and precise shifting. Combined with the DDS clutch system and the premium Brembo hydraulic system means the MY16 enduro range delivers smoother shifting and consistent clutch action. For 2016 the FE 450 and FE 501clutch basket is now 80 grams lighter.

Modifications to the lubrication system on the FE 250 and FE 350 improve lubrication in extreme conditions while also helping to prevent damage against excessive oil fill-up.

Further developments for 2016 see new fork protectors, a standard ignition map switch, GFK disc brakes front and rear, lighter spokes with a weight saving of 100g, a sporty looking blue anodised Supersprox 2K rear sprocket, new seat cover and finally new colours and graphics that reflect Husqvarna’s traditional colours.


  • New 22 mm front axle
  • 22 mm offset triple clamps
  • Revised 4CS fork setup
  • New rear shock setup
  • New fork protectors with inmould graphics
  • Updated gearbox on FE 250 and FE 350
  • Updated DDS clutch on FE 450 and FE 501
  • Standard map switch
  • Modified lubrication system on FE 250 and FE 350
  • New front and rear disc brakes
  • New lightweight spokes
  • Blue anodised rear sprocket
  • New seat cover with high-grip and durable material
  • New colours and graphics
The new Husqvarna 2016 enduro range is available from all authorized European Husqvarna dealers during the month of July.

TE 300
FE 350
<![CDATA[ATV Hits Deer [Video]]]>Thu, 25 Jun 2015 03:17:54 GMThttp://interactiveatvtrails.com/blog/atv-hits-deer-video Have you ever worried about hitting a deer while ripping up your favorite trail? I'm sure that was the last thing on this guy's mind. Check out this amazing footage to see if the deer survives.

Tags: Crazy videos, ATV, trail riding, deer hit by ATV
<![CDATA[Craziest Dirt Biker Ever! [Video]]]>Wed, 24 Jun 2015 04:10:16 GMThttp://interactiveatvtrails.com/blog/craziest-dirt-biker-ever-video Is this guy insane? I thought for sure he was going lose it and tumble down the side of the mountain, or did he? Check out one of the craziest videos you'll ever seen to find out if he makes it.

Tags: Crazy videos, enduro, trail riding, guy with a death wish, dirt bike
<![CDATA[How to wheelie on a dirt bike [video]]]>Wed, 24 Jun 2015 03:27:38 GMThttp://interactiveatvtrails.com/blog/how-to-wheelie-on-a-dirt-bike-video The wheelie is probably the most practical and most often used enduro and trail riding technique. This video by Offroad Fanatic is the best video we've found that thoroughly explains how to do an enduro style wheelie. While we can't wheelie as good as Brian Capper (see the video below), we can still raise the front tire in the air to clear large rocks and fallen trees. Aside from looking cool, you'll be able to more easily maneuver your bike over gnarly, highly technical terrain. 
Courtesy of Offroad Fanatic

Tags: Dirt bike techniques, enduro, trail riding