Welcome back! As we discussed in Part I of our ShelterLogic DIY Garage on a Budget project, as ATV enthusiasts, we need a place to store our toys. There are many options, but for the money, We liked the options ShelterLogic had to offer and decided to give them a try. We went with with the company’s premium ShelterTech SP series, a wind- and snow-rated permanent structure. Now it’s time to get to building it.
Off-road helmets are a must have piece of safety equipment for every rider and passenger. We all know this, too. Anyone who has ever taken a serious spill on an ATV, UTV dirt bike or other fun toy, and had any sort of contact with his/her head, can attest that helmets are truly necessary. Helmet technology has taken massive leaps forward in safety lately. The Multi-Impact Protection System, or MIPS system was adapted by most of the manufacturers, but some have looked to surpass it, looking for ways to offer more protection. One of the latest helmets to offer extended protection is the new Fly Racing Formula Carbon Fiber helmet. We’ve been testing one for a while now and feel it is one of the best carbon fiber helmets you can buy.
Now that we’re reaching the halfway point for 2019, the ATV manufacturers are starting to roll out the new models. As you would expect, there is a lot to be excited about and several major surprises. We have teams in the field working to bring you the full scoop, but here is a preview of the new 2020 ATVs and UTVs from Can-Am, Honda and Yamaha.
Chris Borich and Walker Fowler headed into Saturday’s AMSOIL Ironman GNCC tied for the lead in the race for the 2014 AMSOIL Grand National Cross Country Series championship. In an all-out drag race to the finish, Borich emerged victorious to secure his sixth straight series championship.
As the green flag dropped for the highly anticipated finale, Fowler (Fab AmPro Yamaha/Lonestar/Maxxis/MXP) wasted no time in making his way to the front, and despite a bad jump off the start, Borich (Team Maxxis) quickly jumped into second close behind. Fowler commanded the lead for a majority of the two-hour race, while Borich took a more veteran approach in applying pressure from behind. However, in true Borich fashion, the champ kicked it up a notch on the final lap and the duo swapped lead positions several times as they encountered everything from lapped traffic to deep mud and even the occasional tree.
To call Walker Fowler’s sixth victory of the 2014 AMSOIL Grand National Cross Country Series a big one is not doing it justice. After picking up the win at the ITP Powerline Park GNCC, Fowler is now tied with five-time GNCC champion Chris Borich in the chase for the XC1 championship with just one round remaining.
Although it was Brent Sturdivant who led the early portion of the race after capturing his first-ever $250 Twin Air/DeRisi Racing XC1 Holeshot Award, Fowler and Borich found their way to the front by the end of the opening lap. The lead duo set a blistering pace early on, where they opened up a two-minute gap on third place by the second lap.
XC1 Pro class rookies Brycen Neal and Jay Shadron settled into the top five, engaging in a battle of their own early on. Neal put his Dave Bayless Motorsports/Dirtworks/DC Cycles machine into third on the second lap, while Waynesburg Yamaha/GBC’s Shadron chased close behind.
Walker Fowler (N-Fab AmPro Yamaha) picked up his fourth win of the season at the Car-Mate Mountain Ridge GNCC, the 11th round of the 2014 AMSOIL Grand National Cross Country Series, bringing him within five points of Chris Borich’s National Championship lead with two rounds remaining.
As the green flag dropped for XC1 Pro ATV racing, it was RacingPowersports.com/CST Tires/PirateMX.com’s Adam McGill who claimed the $250 Twin Air/DeRisi Racing XC1 Holeshot Award and led the pack into the opening lap of racing. The track conditions were very dusty so McGill’s holeshot allowed him to pull away from the group on the first lap, but Fowler was looming close behind. Fowler admittedly sat a ways back from McGill in the beginning to avoid the mass dust clouds that followed each racer.
Walker Fowler edged closer to the top of the XC1 Pro ATV standings this past weekend with a win at the Can-Am Unadilla GNCC in New Berlin, NY, round 10 of the 2014 AMSOIL Grand National Cross Country Series presented by Maxxis.
Coming off a big win at the previous round at Snowshoe, RacingPowersports.com/CST Tires/PirateMX.com’s Adam McGill kept his momentum rolling as he captured the $250 Twin Air/DeRisi Racing XC1 Holeshot Award and the early lead.
However, Fowler (N-Fab AmPro Yamaha ) quickly made his way into the lead on the opening lap where he controlled the pace for the rest of the two-hour competition. Borich put his Maxxis-backed machine into the second place position early on but the five-time champion admitted to experiencing arm pump fatigue at the beginning of the race. Borich finally loosened up and started to make a charge on Fowler’s lead just after the halfway mark, but Fowler held onto the lead through the checkers for the overall victory.
Having already secured his third straight ATV Motocross National Championship two weeks earlier, Chad Wienen ended the 2014 season on a high note by securing his seventh win in the nine-round series at Loretta Lynn’s Ranch in Hurricane Mills, Tenn. on Saturday, August 9th.
Rain was intermittent throughout the afternoon in Tennessee, but enough moisture fell to make for extremely challenging conditions on the Loretta Lynn’s layout.
The opening moto wasn’t without some drama on the opening lap as Wienen (Wienen Motorsports/SSi Decals/Walsh Yamaha) put himself in control early, grabbing the SSi Decals Holeshot Award over Motosport.com/RRR/Ford/DWT/Walsh Honda‘s John Natalie. Moments later Natalie made contact with Wienen while going for the lead, which forced his ATV to flip. Wienen emerged from the incident unscathed and just ahead of his teammate Thomas Brown. Once out front, the Yamaha duo never looked back and maintained about a two-second gap over the field, while mere bike lengths separated them from one another. Brown kept his boss and mentor honest, but was unable to make a move. The action behind them, however, was exciting.
Chad Wienen earned his fourth win of the season as the Mtn. Dew ATV Motocross National Championship returned to Spring Creek MX Park in Millville, Minn.
Veteran Josh Upperman put his Baldwin Motorsports/PEP/Upperman Racing Honda up front early in the opening moto by grabbing the SSi Decals Holeshot Award. The Ohio native opened a small margin over BCS Performance Can-Am’s Josh Creamer and Wienen Motorsports/SSi Decals/Walsh Yamaha’s Wienen, and was able to set the pace for the first couple laps. Wienen began his charge to the front early, passing Creamer for second and then applying pressure on Upperman for the lead. By the time the field came around to complete the second lap, Wienen was out front and proceeded to open a multi-second gap over the field.
Adam McGill picked up his first win of the year at the picturesque and treacherous Snowshoe GNCC, round nine of the 2014 AMSOIL Grand National Cross Country Series in West Virginia.
One unique feature of the Snowshoe GNCC is the starting procedure. Based off the overall championship point standings, riders are placed in rows of five for a live engine “grand prix” style start, with 10 seconds between each row. Snowshoe GNCC winner, GT Thunder-backed Brian Wolf was a heavy favorite heading into this year’s race and the Ohio native proved exactly why as he jumped into the early lead on the adjusted time clock. However, it didn’t take long for N-Fab AmPro Yamaha’s Walker Fowler to regain the lead by lap two. Reigning champion and current XC1 points leader Chris Borich held the second place position behind Fowler and rookie Jay Shadron sat close behind in third.
After a two-round absence from the top step of the podium, Wienen Motorsports/SSi Decals/Walsh Yamaha’s Chad Wienen returned to prominence on Saturday at the fifth stop of the 2014 Mtn. Dew ATV Motocross National Championship.
The defending two-time series champion and current AMA Pro ATV Class points leader completed his most dominant effort of the season thus far with a 1-1 outing that allowed him to become the inaugural winner at Nashport, Ohio’s Briarcliff MX and the Built Ford Tough Briarcliff ATV National.
With its great soil and competitive layout, many felt as though the new track at Briarcliff would cater to great racing. Despite Wienen’s prowess, the newest stop of the championship lived up to expectations as the action for positions second through fifth was arguably the most thrilling battle the series has seen all season.
Walker Fowler put together his best performance of the year with a dominating win at the 25th running of the Wiseco John Penton GNCC in Millfield, Ohio, the eighth round of the 2014 AMSOIL Grand National Cross Country Series.
RacingPowersports.com/CST Tires/PirateMX.com’s Adam McGill got off to a great start after grabbing the $250 Twin Air/DeRisi Racing XC1 Holeshot Award, leading the field of XC1 Pro riders into the first lap. Fowler (N-Fab AmPro Yamaha) stole the lead away on the opening lap and the duo diced it out for the lead position early on.
McGill took over the lead on the second lap, where he opted to pit for fuel, while Fowler chose to fly past his pits and into the lead. The rest of the front-runners joined McGill in pitting on lap two, allowing Fowler to break away out front.
Chad Wienen’s bid for a fourth consecutive win at his hometown race at Sunset Ridge MX in Walnut, Illinois, came up just a couple points short on Saturday as he watched his Wienen Motorsports/SSi Decals/Walsh Yamaha teammate Thomas Brown capture his first win of the 2014 Mtn. Dew ATV Motocross National Championship, sanctioned by AMA (ATVMX), season. The fourth round of the championship featured the most parity of the season thus far, with Brown becoming the fifth different rider to finish on the overall podium.
At the start of the first moto, it was Baldwin Motorsports/PEP/Upperman Racing Honda’s Josh Upperman who raced to the SSi Decals Holeshot. However, his lead was short lived as Motosport.com/RRR/Ford/DWT/Walsh/Fox Honda’s John Natalie took over the top spot in the second corner. Shortly thereafter, JB Racing/Cheerwine Can-Am’s Jeffrey Rastrelli moved to the front of the field to lead the first lap with his JB Racing/DWT/Mtn. Dew Live Wire Can-Am teammate Joel Hetrick in second, searching for back-to-back overall wins. Upperman settled into third with Natalie fourth and Wienen crossing the line in fifth, while Brown slotted into sixth.
N-Fab AmPro Yamaha’s Walker Fowler earned his second victory of the season at the third running of the Rocky Mountain ATV/MC Mountaineer Run GNCC, which took place on Saturday in Masontown, WV. The 2014 AMSOIL Grand National Cross Country Series presented by Maxxis, an AMA National Championship, reached its halfway mark this weekend with Round 7 of the 13-race championship series, and Fowler proved that there’s still plenty of racing left to go in 2014 as he closed the points gap on current leader and reigning XC1 Pro ATV Champion Chris Borich.
It was XC1 rookie Jay Shadron who captured his first career pro class holeshot to earn the $250 Twin Air/DeRisi Racing XC1 Holeshot Award. From there, the Waynesburg Yamaha rider held an impressive lead over the seasoned veterans of the class, including five-time champ Borich, Brent Sturdivant, Fowler and BNR Motorsports/Loctite’s Kevin Yoho, who all ran inside the top five early on.
The 2014 Mtn. Dew ATV Motocross National Championship, sanctioned by AMA (ATVMX), returned to action after a six-week break at High Point Raceway in Mt. Morris, Pa. for the Maxxis ATV Stampede – the third round of the series.
Pennsylvania native Joel Hetrick (JB Racing/DWT/Mtn. Dew Live Wire Can-Am) relied on his win in the second moto to earn his first overall victory via tiebreaker over defending two-time series champion Chad Wienen.
High Point hosted a boisterous crowd on Saturday afternoon as the field entered the day looking to end Wienen’s hot streak, with the Wienen Motorsports/SSi Decals/Walsh Yamaha rider capturing the win at the opening two rounds and establishing a six-point lead in the AMA Pro ATV Class championship standings.
As the gate dropped on Moto 1, Wienen raced to his first SSi Decals Holeshot of the season with Motosport.com/RRR/Ford/DWT/Walsh/Fox Honda’s John Natalie, BCS Performance Can-Am’s Josh Creamer, Hetrick, and RootRiver Motorsports/Motowoz Suspension/ITP/JB Racing Honda’s Sean Taylor rounding out the top five. In the ensuing laps, Wienen and Natalie established a hotly contested battle for the lead while Creamer and Hetrick went wheel-to-wheel for third.
Just because Polaris reclaimed its horsepower king title with the 107-horsepower RZR XP 1000 last year doesn’t mean the Minnesota-based manufacturer is sitting idly by. In fact, we’ve recently stumbled upon some patent documents submitted to the United States Patent and Trademark Office that show Polaris is working on a continuously adjustable suspension system that could take ATV and Side-by-Side handling to a new level.
Here is how Polaris describes the continuously adjustable suspension system in the patent documents:
A damping control system for a vehicle having a suspension located between a plurality of ground engaging members and a vehicle frame includes at least one adjustable shock absorber having an adjustable damping characteristic. The system also includes a controller coupled to each adjustable shock absorber to adjust the damping characteristic of each adjustable shock absorber, and a user interface coupled to the controller and accessible to a driver of the vehicle. The user interface includes at least one user input to permit manual adjustment of the damping characteristic of the at least one adjustable shock absorber during operation of the vehicle. Vehicle sensors may also be coupled to the controller to adjust the damping characteristic of the at least one adjustable shock absorber based on sensor output signals.
After two grueling hours of battle in the hot and humid woods, Chris Borich captured his fourth consecutive win of the season at the Parts Unlimited Loretta Lynn’s GNCC in Hurricane Mills, Tenn.
With 15 riders lined up in the XC1 Pro class, it was RacingPowersports.com/CST Tires/PirateMX.com’s Adam McGill who shot out to the first turn, capturing the $250 Twin Air/DeRisi Racing XC1 Holeshot Award. McGill led the opening lap, while heavy hitters such as Borich and Precision/Maxxis Tires Chris Bithell followed close behind.
Chris Borich just keeps finding ways to win. After two hours of hard racing with the top cross country riders in the sport, Borich emerged with the win at the Dunlop Limestone 100, Round 5 of the 2014 AMSOIL Grand National Cross Country Series.
Precision/Maxxis Tires Chris Bithell got off to a fast start and grabbed the lead on the opening lap. Bithell was followed closely by N-Fab AmPro Yamaha’s Walker Fowler and RacingPowersports.com/CST Tires/PirateMX.com’s Adam McGill early on.
While Borich didn’t get off to the best start, the five-time champion applied the pressure on Bithell, Fowler and McGill throughout the first half of the four-lap race. As the two lap-card fell, Borich made his charge towards the front where he first passed McGill for third. From there, it was an all-out battle between Bithell, Fowler, and Borich.
Chris Borich and Walker Fowler battled hard all day, but Borich emerged victorious at Saturday’s VP Racing Fuels Big Buck GNCC in Union, SC, the fourth round of the 2014 AMSOIL Grand National Cross Country Series.
Borich kicked off the afternoon by grabbing the $250 Twin Air/DeRisi Racing XC1 Holeshot Award as he led the pack into the woods on the opening lap. Fowler then took over the lead for the next three laps but Borich kept himself within one second of Fowler’s rear wheel.
The duo remained wheel-to-wheel until the final lap when Borich made a mistake that sent him to the ground.
Riding high after his opening round victory two weeks ago, Chad Wienen (Motorsports/SSi Decals/Walsh Yamaha) used 2-1 moto finishes at Muddy Creek Raceway in Blountville, Tenn. to secure his second straight victory of the 2014 Mtn. Dew ATV Motocross National Championship, sanctioned by AMA.
Just like at the opening round, Wienen’s path to victory wasn’t easy as his fellow contenders stepped up in their efforts to unseat the champion. Muddy Creek Raceway presented some changes to its popular layout, which were well received by the riders and played a major role in the outcome of each moto. From new jumps to off-camber corners, track position was at a premium and starting up front paid big dividends.
Chris Borich, the five-time defending GNCC champion, secured a record-breaking 69th career win at Saturday’s FMF Steele Creek GNCC in Morganton, NC.
Borich’s victory didn’t come without a challenge, as DWT Racing’s Jarrod McClure put in a hard fight to finish only three seconds behind the reigning champ.
N-Fab AmPro Yamaha’s Walker Fowler grabbed the $250 Twin Air/DeRisi Racing XC1 Holeshot Award and challenged McClure for the lead early on. Fowler soon made a pass for the lead but he got stuck behind a lapped rider and lost several positions.
After months of anticipation, the opening round of the 2014 Mtn. Dew ATV Motocross National Championship, sanctioned by AMA (ATVMX), season took place at Aonia Pass Motocross Park in Washington, Ga., on Saturday. After a pair of AMA Pro ATV motos, reigning back-to-back champion Chad Wienen rode his Wienen Motorsports/SSi Decals/Walsh Yamaha to the overall victory after 1-2 moto results.
At the start of the opening moto, Motosport.com/RRR/Ford/DWT/Walsh/Fox Honda’s John Natalie grabbed the SSi Decals Holeshot but was quickly overtaken by Joel Hetrick. The JB Racing/DWT/Mtn. Dew Live Wire Can-Am rider ran out front for a majority of the moto before being overtaken by Wienen on Lap 9. The reigning champ held on to the Moto 1 victory, followed by Hetrick and BCS Performance Can-Am rider Josh Creamer.
Walker Fowler (N-Fab/AmPro Yamaha) picked up his first win of 2014 at the Maxxis General GNCC in Washington, Ga., Round 2 of the 2014 AMSOIL Grand National Cross Country Series.
The dry track conditions at Round 2 was a welcome change from last weekend’s muddy season opener in Florida. RacingPowersports.com/CST Tires/PirateMX.com’s Adam McGill put himself in a favorable position early on after grabbing the $250 Twin Air/DeRisi Racing XC1 Holeshot and tucked in behind Fowler on the opening lap.
Borich had trouble firing up his machine but even a last place start couldn’t stop the five-time champion from making his way to the front of the pack. Borich caught and passed McGill for the second place position after the halfway point, but the champ soon got caught up in a creek section that eventually cost him some time.
The 2014 AMSOIL Grand National Cross Country Series presented by Maxxis and sanctioned by AMA, kicked off its 13-round series with the inaugural running of the Moose Racing Mud Mucker GNCC. The event held true to its name as Saturday’s ATV competition saw some of the wettest terrain of the entire circuit, but that didn’t stop five-time GNCC National Champion Chris Borich from taking the first win of 2014 in Bunnell, Fla.
Borich got off to an early start aboard his Maxxis-backed machine after grabbing the $250 Twin Air/DeRisi Racing XC1 Holeshot ahead of nearly twenty other XC1 Pro competitors. Precision/Maxxis Tires/Suzuki’s Chris Bithell, who took over the lead on the opening lap, quickly challenged Borich. GT Thunder-backed Brian Wolf inserted himself into the lead battle early on, breaking up the Suzuki duo of Bithell and Borich. However, Wolf ran into mechanical issues that caused him to fall outside the top ten by the second lap.
Chris Borich fought off Walker Fowler to win the season-ending AMSOIL Ironman GNCC in Crawfordsville, Ind. The win was the 67th of his career, tying him with Bill Ballance for the all-time ATV win record.
Borich kicked off the afternoon by grabbing the $250 DeRisi Racing/Team Woodhead Holeshot, but he opted to follow Precision/ITP/Lonestar/Axis/Baldwin Racing’s Adam McGill into the woods on the opening lap. It wasn’t long before AmPro Yamaha’s Walker Fowler joined the front-runners, creating a three-way battle for the lead early on.
In the second-to-last round of the 2013 AMSOIL Grand National Cross Country Series, AmPro Yamaha’s Walker Fowler took home the checkers after a thrilling battle with Precision/ITP/Lonestar/Axis/Baldwin Racing’s Adam McGill.
Thousands of fans were on hand for the 12th running of the ITP Powerline Park GNCC to see Fowler earn his third victory of the season.
McGill carried the early momentum after claiming the $250 DeRisi Racing/Team Woodhead XC1 Holeshot, with five-time XC1 Champion Chris Borich and Fowler close in tow. Kevin Yoho put his BNR Motorsports machine into fourth place on the opening lap, while JB Racing/Cheerwine/Can-Am’s Jarrod McClure began in the fifth place position.
Though Chris Bithell managed to hold him off and take the overall victory, Chris Borich’s second-place finish at the inaugural Car-Mate Gusher GNCC was enough to secure his fifth straight AMSOIL Grand National Cross Country Series championship in Foxburg, Pa.
With a steady rain pouring down, the afternoon race kicked off with Borich claiming the $250 DeRisi Racing/Team Woodhead Holeshot Award. From there, it was a close-knit battle to the woods on the opening lap between BNR’s Kevin Yoho, Borich and DeRisi Racing’s Eric Hoyland. However, it was the Reliable Tool Supply/Maxxis rider Bithell who checked in with the lead on Lap 1, followed by Borich, Hoyland and AmPro Yamaha’s Walker Fowler.
The 2013 AMSOIL Grand National Cross Country Series returned after a two-month summer break at Unadilla Raceway in New Berlin, NY for round 10 of the series. Chris Borich fought off a tough challenge from Walker Fowler to secure the XC1 victory.
It was Waynesburg Yamaha/GT Thunder’s Jeff Pickens (12) who shot out to claim the $250 DeRisi Racing/Team Woodhead Holeshot Award and the early lead but AmPro Yamaha’s Fowler quickly took over out front. Maxxis-backed Borich jumped in right behind Fowler and the duo began their race-long battle for the lead.
Thomas Brown (Wienen Motorsports SSi Walsh Yamaha presented by Maxxis Tires & Team Vollmer) won his first ever ATVMX Pro class event as the 2013 Mtn. Dew ATV Motocross National Championship, sanctioned by AMA, wrapped up this weekend at the Loretta Lynn Ranch in Hurricane Mills, Tenn.
Brown made his pro debut in 2009 and has been working towards his first victory ever since. Brown has been present on the podium at all but two rounds this season and was able to secure second place overall for the 2013 Championship points this weekend.
Chad Wienen left little doubt who the top ATV motocross rider on the planet is this past weekend at RedBud MX in Buchanan, Mich. Wienen (Wienen Motorsports SSi Walsh Yamaha presented by Maxxis Tires & Team Vollmer) swept both motos to secure his seventh straight victory and clinch his second consecutive national championship at Round 9 of the 2013 Mtn. Dew ATV Motocross National Championship Series.
“It hasn’t really hit me yet. This season has been so surreal and now that I’ve clinched my second consecutive national championship it’s more than a dream come true,” says Wienen. “I’m still looking forward to one more round of racing but I’ve been working my entire life to win a championship and now that I’ve done it two years in a row I can’t believe it, makes me even hungrier for more.”
Chad Wienen’s dream season continued this past weekend at Unadilla Raceway as he secured his sixth straight overall victory at the eighth round of the 2013 Mtn. Dew ATV Motocross National Championship Series, sanctioned by AMA. Wienen was joined on the podium by Josh Creamer and John Natalie.
“I’m so thankful for the season I’ve been having so far it’s been a lot of hard work and dedication. Holding onto the red points lead plate at the end of each race weekend is what keeps me motivated as we wind down on the season,” says Wienen.
Though it was four weeks since the Mtn. Dew ATV Motocross National Championship series last held an event, Chad Wienen certainly didn’t look rusty. The defending champion raced to 1-2 moto finishes at Steel City Raceway to earn his fifth straight overall victory.
Pennsylvania native John Natalie grabbed the moto 1 holeshot as the field came roaring into the first turn aboard his MotoSport.com Motoworks DWT machine. Natalie led the tight field until halfway through Moto 1.
“I had a good jump off the gate and was able to run a good moto, leading up until halfway when I made a mistake and fell back into second. I knew I had to ride smart but I was happy to be able to get a good result in front of all my hometown family and friends that came out to support me this weekend,” says Natalie.
Walker Fowler conquered Saturday’s rough and tumble AMSOIL Snowshoe GNCC racecourse at West Virginia’s Snowshoe Mountain, besting points leader Chris Borich and the rest of the XC1 field by over two minutes.
The Snowshoe GNCC showcased a concrete start, sending waves of five riders per row in increments of 10-15 seconds through the downtown village of Snowshoe Resort. AmPro Yamaha‘s Walker Fowler jumped out to the front on the opening lap and the Ohio native didn’t seem to look back from there. Borich had a small slip-up on the opening lap but the defending champion managed to put his Maxxis-backed Suzuki into the second place position early on where he set his sights on the leader Fowler right away.