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In the Rear View: 5th Annual Honor Our Troops Ride

Posted on May 27th, 2015 in Sledder Featured Article, Sledder News, Uncategorized

Each month, will feature a tour story from the archives of Minnesota Snowmobiling and Wisconsin Snowmobile News. In the Rear View is a way to look back on the adventures we’ve had, while hopefully providing you with inspiration and ideas to plan your next snowmobile trip.

With Memorial Day just behind us, we find it only fitting that our first look back is on a ride that honors our nation’s military. This story was originally published in the March 2014 issue of Wisconsin Snowmobile News. 

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KYMCO Recalls ATVs Due to Burn, Fire Hazards

Posted on October 14th, 2014 in Facebook, Offroad News, Uncategorized

Recall Summary

Name of product: All-terrain vehicles

Hazard: In hot environments or high elevations, the fuel cap can fail to vent properly, causing the fuel to heat up and pressure to build up in the tank. The pressure can cause the fuel tank to rupture or the fuel to boil out of the tank onto the operator or hot engine, resulting in burns to the operator or a fire.

Remedy: Repair

Consumer Contact: KYMCO USA toll-free at (888) 235-3417 between 9 a.m. and 5 p.m. ET Monday through Friday, email, or online at and click on Recall Information for more information.

Recall Details

Units: About 540

Description: The recall involves model year 2013, 2014 and 2015 KYMCO MXU 700 all-terrain vehicles (ATVs) including standard, LE and Camo versions. The vehicles came in black, camouflage, gold, green, red and silver. The words KYMCO and MXU

700, MXU 700 LE or MXU 700 Camo are on the front of the hood and on each rear fender. The vehicle identification number (VIN) in the format RFBLU45U*xBxxxxxx is located on the frame behind the right front wheel. The 10th digit of the VIN indicates the model year: D = 2013, E = 2014 and F = 2015. ATVs with the last six VIN digits in the following ranges are being recalled:

Model year                  VIN RANGE (VINs begin with RFBLU45U*)

2013                            DB120111 through DB130158

2014                            EB120203 through EB130204

2015                            FB120315 through FB320123

* represents a check digit that varies in each VIN

KYMCO MXU 700 model years 2013 through 2015 came in black, green and red

KYMCO MXU 700 model years 2013 through 2015 came in black, green and red

Incidents/Injuries: None reported

Remedy: Consumers should immediately stop using the recalled ATVs and contact an authorized KYMCO dealer for a free repair. The original gas caps must be collected by the dealer to confirm the repair.

Sold at: KYMCO dealers nationwide from April 2013 to August 2014 for about $9,000.

Importer: KYMCO USA Inc., of Spartanburg, S.C.

Manufactured in: Taiwan

The U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) is still interested in receiving incident or injury reports that are either directly related to this product recall or involve a different hazard with the same product. Please tell us about your experience with the product on

CPSC is charged with protecting the public from unreasonable risks of injury or death associated with the use of the thousands of consumer products under the agency’s jurisdiction. Deaths, injuries and property damage from consumer product incidents cost the nation more than $1 trillion annually. CPSC is committed to protecting consumers and families from products that pose a fire, electrical, chemical or mechanical hazard. CPSC’s work to ensure the safety of consumer products – such as toys, cribs, power tools, cigarette lighters and household chemicals – contributed to a significant decline in the rate of deaths and injuries associated with consumer products over the past 40 years.

Federal law bars any person from selling products subject to a publicly-announced voluntary recall by a manufacturer or a mandatory recall ordered by the Commission.

To report a dangerous product or a product-related injury go online to or call CPSC’s Hotline at (800) 638-2772 or teletypewriter at (301) 595-7054 for the hearing impaired. Consumers can obtain news release and recall information at, on Twitter @OnSafety or by subscribing to CPSC’s free e-mail newsletters.

Yamaha conquers new heights with 2015 Snowmobile lineup

Posted on March 3rd, 2014 in Uncategorized

(Pleasant Prairie, WI)— Yamaha announced its largest 4-stroke snowmobile product line today with nine new models in the SR Viper line, including four Limited Edition models only available during the Spring Power Surge program. “We made a commitment to our dealers last year that we would continue to bring new product to their showrooms every year for the next five years,” said the head of Yamaha’s North American Snowmobile team, Peter Smallman-Tew. “This is the second year of that plan, and we are excited to offer new SR Viper models for the deep snow market and some new product for the trail rider as well.”


Three new SRViper M-TX models headline the new product launch. The deep-snow sleds are packed with design features riders demand—adjustable, narrow ski stance on the new SRV-M front suspension, 2.6-inch lugs on the legendary Power Claw track, short mountain seat to accommodate rider movement and a tall, vertical steering post. Consumers have options in shock package as well as track length. The SRViper M-TX 162 and 153 both come in the SE package, with FOX FLOAT 3 front shocks, while the M-TX 153 sports coil springs over HPG front shocks.

The Phazer M-TX returns with its lightweight 2-cylinder engine and agile boondocking chassis setup.


Yamaha adds a new twist to the burgeoning crossover segment. These models are defined by their versatility and capabilities in a wide range of terrain and conditions. This is where the X-TX family has led the market, with its 141 and 144-inch track lengths. The new SRViper S-TX DX is built on the same 141-inch platform as the SRViper XTX SE, but it takes versatility a step further, with its modular rear bumper system. “The S-TX gives owners even more choice in the kind of sled they want,” explained Smallman-Tew. “The modular rear bumper comes stock with a cargo rack, but the accessories team will offer a host of additional pieces that fit right in. Saddlebags, additional racks and even an accessory passenger seat make the Viper S-TX DX a true crossover sled.”

The S-TX DX is rounded out by the DX, deluxe feature package: tall windshield, comfort-tuned coil spring suspension, heated seat and the large wedge bag behind the seat.

The super-nimble Phazer X-TX marks its sophomore year on the market with a color change to black and Yamaha Blue.


Yamaha’s 2015 trail sled offering returns to the snow with some key new components. All SRViper trail models ride on a pair of new, Yamaha-exclusive Deep-Keel Tuner skis. The ski is specifically engineered to deliver the same great ride on the Viper series as they do for other models.

The SRViper R-TX SE and L-TX SE return with their 129 and 137-inch, respectively 1.25” lug Rip Saw II tracks, FLOAT 3 front shocks and sport-tuned suspension calibrations. The SRViper R-TX DX and L-TX DX feature new names from ‘14 to better indicate their comfort-minded component package.

Yamaha continues to be the exclusive brand for Electric Power Steering in 2015. The Apex SE and Apex models combine the big power of the 4-cylinder Genesis Top Performance engine with EPS for the ultimate big power cruiser. If ultimate power isn’t your thing, take a long hard look at the RSVector and RSVector LTX. Year in and year out, the Vector models, with their ultra reliable, fuel injected triple, comfort-calibrated suspension package and power steering find themselves on industry top ten lists for best sled on the market.

The Phazer R-TX, with its torquey 500cc twin, returns to the line as well.

Multi Purpose

The touring and work crowd will find top–tier features like electric power steering, ample storage space and comfortable suspension calibrations in the 2015 Yamaha line. The RSVenture GT and TF both return, the latter with a slightly longer track length for greater fresh snow flotation.

The brawny RS Viking Professional and distinctive Venture MP also appeal to the more utilitarian snowmobile customer with their ample storage capacity and standard tow hitches.

The youngest sledders in the group will enjoy the fresh graphics package on the SRX 120, powered by a rugged and reliable 123cc Yamaha engine.

New LE models

Yamaha also announced an expanded Spring Power Surge program that runs through April 15, 2014. “We have built a robust spring deposit business over the years by offering incredibly strong warranty and finance combined with high quality exclusive items like custom jackets and bags for customers who come in and make a commitment to their dealers,” said Smallman-Tew. “But we saw an opportunity to expand our spring business by offering unique, limited edition snowmobiles during the Spring Power Surge. Our new LE line offers snowmobilers an opportunity to order a head-turning sled that also boasts component upgrades.”

There are four LE models available during the Spring Power Surge program. The SRViper M-TX 162 LE carries the same track and chassis package as the in-season SE model, but carries upgraded FOX FLOAT 3 EVOL shocks on the front suspension for added performance in the rough mountain environment.

The SRViper X-TX LE boats a host of upgrades over the SE model by virtue of its deep-snow component package. Like the M-TX models, the X-TX LE boasts the vertical steering post, short mountain seat, single-keel mountain skis and a 15 x 144 x 2.25-inch Power Claw track. The X-TX LE maintains the trail width 42-43” ski stance.

The SRViper L-TX LE offers buyers an additional measure of deep snow performance with a 1.75-inch Back Country track. However, the L-TX LE keeps the coupled Dual Shock SR 137 rear suspension for excellent on-trail comfort and performance.

The final model in the LE offering is the R-TX LE. Unlike the other limited edition models, the R-TX LE will have a pair of color options: LE Yamaha Blue and Orange and a more competition-minded White and Yamaha Blue color scheme. Both models have the new Dual Shock SR 129 Race rear suspension with a pair of clicker-adjustable shocks and beefy torque arms. Up front, both colors will feature FOX FLOAT 3 EVOL RC shocks with both compression and rebound clicker adjustability. There will be two tracks available on the R-TX LE, however. The Yamaha Blue and Orange model spins the 1.25” Rip Saw II track, while the White/Yamaha Blue sled will rock a 1.7” Snocross track for those who crave competition.

All LE models are only available by putting a deposit down at your local Yamaha Snowmobile Dealer before April 15, 2014.

For more information, including full specs and feature information, visit or stop in at your Yamaha Snowmobile Dealer. Connect with fellow snowmobilers at


C&A Pro Skis named official ski for ISOC

Posted on October 16th, 2012 in Sledder News, Uncategorized

October 16, 2012 – The C&A Skis has partnered with International Series of Champions’ (ISOC) AMSOIL Championship Snocross as a sponsor and named the official ski of ISOC. Professional and semi pro snocross racers have a long history of favoring the C&A Pro Ski products because of the ski’s strong durability and design for unmatched maneuverability. These snowmobile ski characteristics are influential to the racer’s performance.

C&A Skis offer a range of snowmobile ski options to suit the various riding preferences. Besides the aggressive racing skis in their product line up, C&A provides skis for freestyler, deep powder, boondocking, recreational riders, watercross and even pint-size riders.

ISOC Race Events

Beginning with the ACS season-opening round in Duluth, Minnesota on November 23-25 and running through the season finale in Lake Geneva, Wisconsin March 15-17, CBS Sports Network will broadcast 16 half-hour race shows – all in HD – on Sundays at 10:30 a.m. EST. As an added bonus, AMSOIL Championship Snocross will also air in an evening repeat of each show during the week.

Light Up Your Night with Auxiliary Lighting from BRP

Posted on September 27th, 2012 in Sledder News, Uncategorized

Valcourt, QC – BRP brings yet another industry first to the snowmobile market with integrated auxiliary lighting for brighter night vision. Using ten LED lamps, the auxiliary lighting kit provides for 2100 extra lumens to light up the trail in front of riders. The unparalleled brilliance is delivered in a super-wide fog light type pattern increasing the field of light.

Auxiliary Light Kit $299.99 USD/$344.99CAD

 The kit is a true plug and play system on Ski-Doo REV-XS and REV-XM platform snowmobiles which are pre-wired to accept the lights. The attachment below the stock headlight is secure and delivers a smooth, naturally integrated look. The switch provided allows for OFF or ON WITH HIGH BEAM settings so riders can easily switch to extra light without removing their hand while riding. In addition, the benefit of using LED’s bring low maintenance, low power requirements, long life and great illumination to the package.

For information on all the genuine BRP accessories to fit your ride visit or your local Ski-Doo dealer.