6 Reasons Why You Should Buy A Personal Watercraft

TMS Parts has 6 great reasons for buying a PWC (personal watercraft)

Why Should I Buy a Jet Ski?

If you’re reading our blog, you’re more than likely a gear-head. No matter your vice; ATV’s, motorcycles, or anything else… you know how much fun it can be to relieve that need for speed. But, have you ever experienced the fun of speeding on the water on a PWC (AKA personal watercraft)?

We know, we know, you need to think about the cost and get the okay from your spouse. However! If you’ve been thinking about it, or just want to know more, we got you. Here are all of the reasons we think you should consider buying a personal watercraft. 

Reasons to Buy a PWC (Personal Watercraft)

There are an endless amount of reasons you should buy a Personal Watercraft! PWC’s are one of the best things you can keep in your garage. However, we can’t write you an article that never ends! So, consider the 6 awesome reasons why we think you (yes, you!) should buy a PWC.

buying a PWC means catching the wonderful taste of freedom!

1. PWC = Freedom 

It’s why we love motorcycles, and it’s the same reason we love a Personal Watercraft. Whether you’re riding a Jet Ski, Sea-Doo, or a Yamaha Waverunner, being out on the open ocean comes with freedom. Of course, the ocean isn’t a lawless wasteland. There are regulations on how old you have to be to ride, and necessary education.

What it does give you, though, is the freedom of a truly open road. Any direction, any speed, you can set your own course and begin your journey. Or you can just take laps on the shore. It doesn’t matter how you want to ride, you’re going to have a fun time doing it no matter what!

a PWC is way cheaper to buy than a boat is!

2. Cheaper Alternative To a Boat 

There’s a reason you grew up being jealous of the family that had their own boat; boats are expensive. The average price for a new, 22-foot pontoon boat is about $35,000. That’s pretty much the price of an additional car, and that’s not even for anything fancy. If you want a nice fishing boat, it can run you a lot more.

The beauty of a PWC is that you get the same kind of joy from being on the water… but at a fraction of the price. The average PWC price can range from about $6,000 – $18,000 for new models. With how wonderfully fuel-efficient these machines are, the cost of operation is a lot lower too. So it’s a win-win as far as your wallet is concerned!

PWCs can be used for tow sports too!

3. Awesome for Wakeboarding and Waterskiing

Using a PWC for tow sports isn’t something you might generally think of, but PWCs these days are often made with a tow attachment. Or at least with the option to add one. PWCs are just as good for wakeboarding, waterskiing, etc. as a boat is! The possibilities are endless! That being said, towing someone isn’t legal in every state of the U.S. But it is in most, so be sure to check with your state government laws.

Some regulations in place to keep in mind if you do want to use your PWC for tow sports are:

  • Personal Flotation Device – A PFD is required by most states for tow sports, which makes a lot of sense. If you’re out in the middle of a lake or ocean, having safety precautions accounted for is important.
  • Mirrors – While this isn’t a requirement in every state, it’s a great boon for your safety. Being able to see the rider behind you, as well as anything else behind you, is extremely invaluable. 
  • Age – Check your local laws on how old a PWC rider needs to be before you start pulling your friends out on the lake. Better safe than sorry!
buying a PWC is good for your health!

4. PWC’s Are Good for Your Health 

Because your muscles are constantly in action when you’re riding, a PWC can be great for your health. Keeping steady is a constant workout of your core muscles, and staying stable keeps your arms and legs engaged. In fact, riding a personal watercraft can vastly improve your cardiovascular health, improving your heart health! Plus, you burn over 200 calories from just a half-hour of riding. 

Beyond your physical health, it’s also incredibly mentally stimulating. Keeping your concentration focused on the water in front of you, you’re improving your attention span and your problem-solving and quick-thinking abilities.

playing on a PWC can relieve stress

5. Stress Relief 

This one goes right along with improving your health. Owning a personal watercraft can help you relieve some of that unwanted stress in your life. We all have it. Whether it comes from your job, your family, or somewhere else, we all carry around a little stress in our lives.

We already talked about what a great workout riding a PWC can be, and because of that, it’s also a great stress reducer. Exercising naturally releases endorphins in your body, the feel-good chemical. So every time you get on your PWC, you’re not just having a good time because you’re ripping through the water at top speed, it’s medically helping you!

you don't even need a truck to tow a PWC, your sedan will work just fine!

6. You Don’t Need a Truck to Tow a PWC

Like we said before, owning a PWC is the cheaper alternative to owning a boat, and towing is a big part of that. You might think that you just sign a check for your boat and you’re ready to go… until you realize you need to get the boat to the water. Towing a boat requires a truck with the right amount of power to be able to get your 22-footer moving on the highway. And if you don’t have the right truck for the job, it’ll make getting the boat in the water much, much harder. To say the least.

You can tow a jetski with just about any sedan. Of course, you are going to need a hitch on your car, and you need to check the manufacturer specifications. But thanks to the PWC, no truck with four-wheel drive will be necessary! Most mid-sized sedans have the capabilities to tow up to a three-seat PWC. It might sound unbelievable, but check out this video of a BMW towing a PWC on the highway

get on the water with your PWC! you won't regret it!

Are You On the Water Yet?

A personal watercraft is more than just another gas-powered vehicle you have in the garage. It’s a penny-pincher’s boat, it’s a waterski tower, it’s a portable gym and it’s a personal therapist. What else could you possibly ask for? A PWC only wants a little gasoline and a new battery every now and then. I mean, compared to a 22-foot boat, a PWC is a walk in the park. Or… a cruise through the water. You get what we mean. I think we’re all on the same page now.

Be sure to share this with your friend who was thinking about getting one, or your husband that told you no more gasoline-powered toys. If this can’t convince them, nothing will! If you do end up with a PWC, (and you’re in Cali!) be sure to check out our list of the best lakes for jet skiing in the state.

The 7 Awesome ATV and UTV Accessories You Gotta Have

find out what TMS Parts' favorite UTV and ATV accessories are!

TMS Parts’ List of Must-Have ATV and UTV Accessories

Whether you’re riding through the trails in the woods, flinging dirt in the field, or just getting some work done on the farm, everyone uses their ATV differently. Some people need a workhorse, and some people just want to have fun in the summertime. Every rider has a different need and a different personality. That’s why you see so many ATV and UTV accessories. In fact, you probably see so many that it can be hard to know what’s worth looking for. That’s why we compiled this list of our favorite ATV and UTV accessories for every type of rider!

The Best ATV Accessories

There are so many different ways and reasons to ride, as you well know. But here are some of our favorite ATV accessories for every lifestyle.

a Cargo Carrier is a great ATV accessory

1. Cargo Carrier 

ATV’s come with a certain amount of storage space. There’s a place to put your wallet, your phone, a spare set of sunglasses, and perhaps some other essentials. But where are you supposed to put cornhole boards, beach chairs, or the drink cooler? If you’re reading this list of great UTV and ATV accessories and parts, you know the answer is on your cargo carrier!

As long as your ATV or UTV has a hitch on it, you can install a cargo carrier. ATV cargo carriers are specially sized to fit behind your vehicle without sticking out on the sides. Don’t go trying to fit your Jeep Wrangler cargo carrier on the back of your Honda, though. Trust us, you’re going to have a pretty bad time. 

Carriers come in both rack and box forms. Kawasaki’s high-strength polyethylene cargo box has a rubber-sealed lid, lockable latches, and bolts in place so your gear is always safe and secure.

find the perfect front grab bar for your UTV or ATV

2. Front Grab Bar

Sometimes riding an ATV isn’t easy. If you ask our opinion, if it’s not easy, you’re doing it right. But if your ATV or UTV is stuck in the mud, you won’t be doing much of anything. So when you need to guide your horse out of some muddy waters, you’re going to want a front grab bar.

Heavy-duty grab bars are some of the best. Yamaha makes theirs with aluminum alloy tubing and sheet metal. The bar is tough, durable, and made to last. It fits a wide range of years and a few different models, so you don’t have to scratch your head too much wondering which bar to get for your Yamaha.

an ATV winch will be the saver of the day if you're in a pinch!

3. ATV Winch 

Here’s another one for all the mud-lovers and people who love having a hard time! If you’ve been out for some real-deal-Holifield mudding, you’ve probably gotten yourself stuck before. Perhaps you’ve got a friend with an ATV/UTV winch. So you know what a blessing it can be to have someone to pull you out. If you don’t have a friend with a winch, you know how hard it is to get a full-size ATV out of a full-size mud puddle.

However, the great people at Polaris make a wide variety of winches in different strengths to suit any level of need. Their selection includes winches with capacities of 3,500 lbs. They also sell synthetic rope, and remote controls to pull your winch automatically. Polaris’ best selling winch has a capacity of 2,500 lbs and comes with a 1-year warranty.

find an ATV skid plate that can work well for your ATV or one for your UTV

4. Skid Plate 

It doesn’t matter what kind of rider you are. No doubt, your ATV is going to take a beating. Not just from the rough riding, the mud holes, and the nasty spills, either. It’s also taking a beating in ways we don’t always think about. Your undercarriage is constantly being assaulted by dirt, debris, and small stones.

That’s why a lot of riders like to get a skid plate ATV accessory! A skid plate is a metal plate that attaches to the underside of your ATV and protects the exposed parts from all of that excessive debris you don’t want caking up your parts. 

Yamaha makes a really quality skid plate made of aluminum that is 3 mm thick. This replaces your plastic skid plate, which likely decays more easily. Yamaha also sells skid plate extensions that can cover more of your undercarriage and keep you riding clean well into the season.

sometimes you need a little help! ATV accessories can do that

5. Disc Harrow 

ATV’s aren’t always all fun and games. Sometimes we have to put them to work. Farmers are definitely no strangers to ATV’s. They can be a really convenient tool to have on the farm. It’s not a horse that you have to feed or a huge tractor that you have to store and take care of. ATV’s are a perfect tool for the smaller jobs that are too much for just your hands.

If you’re planting food plots this summer for yourself (or to attract deer), you might want to check out the wide variety of disc harrows available for ATVs. Disc harrows can easily help you make bedding areas for a new food source on your property. And they get the job done without breaking your back. There are all different kinds of the disc and chain harrows to choose from for your ATV accessories.

cover it in mud, clean it, and then use a ATV cover to keep it clean and safe!

6. ATV Cover

If your family is like mine, they don’t let you keep your ATV in the garage. “It smells like gas, it’s ugly”. Well, remind me not to tell you what I think of you guys (in case my wife is reading this is a JOKE). You don’t want to keep your ATV outside in the harsh elements though, so what are you going to do? Get a properly sized ATV cover for your make and model! This ATV accessory is a great way to keep your ride out of the harsh weather, and also out of the way of your loving family (are they still reading?). 

Arctic Cat makes really great covers for your ATV or UTV with urethane-coated exteriors. They make covers specifically for storage and for trailers. So you’re good to go no matter where you’re storing your vehicle! Yes, even whether it’s for riding to your favorite trail or for the whole fall and winter.

battery chargers can be a god-send!

7. Battery Charger

It doesn’t matter if you’re racing, having fun, or getting to work, we all need a battery charger in case of an emergency. If you’re trying to get the field plowed, or just get out on the trails with some friends, a dead battery is going to ruin your day. Pull-starting your ATV and letting it idle while the battery charges back up aren’t much better. 

If you want to recharge your battery without having to devote half of your day to staring at your ATV in the backyard, consider getting a battery charger. Just hook up your charger to the wall and let it sit while you get some other work done. Kawasaki makes great and affordable battery chargers that will get you back on the trails before you know it!

find the perfect ATV accessory for you!

UTV and ATV Accessories for Every Lifestyle

Making food plots for deer, riding on the rugged ridges, and just getting around; there are tons of reasons why we need our ATV’s, and even more ways we can customize them. Depending on the manufacturer of your ATV, you might need some specific accessories. 

Make sure to check the manufacturer’s website. And maybe even check out a forum for your brand of ATV or UTV to discover personal suggestions. We hope you saw something that you liked and inspires you to get out on the trails. Hope to see you out there with your favorite ATV accessories! Happy Trails!

The Best Motorcycle Rides in Southern California

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Our Picks for the Greatest Motorcycle Roads on the Pacific Coast

California is a beautiful state. That’s no secret. It’s not a secret that California is also a HUGE state, with some of the best motorcycle rides in Southern California. That could be why if you’re trying to find the best place to go for a motorcycle ride, it can be hard to choose. With so many different routes, destinations, and riding styles, you want to make sure you’re picking the right trip before heading out for the day. 

From the Los Angeles National Forest to Death Valley and everywhere in between, Southern California has some great scenic routes for motorcycle riding. But we know that you don’t have time to take your hog down every winding road. So whether you want to see the mountain peaks or the ocean coast, take a look at our favorite places to take your bike inside or outside the city.

Our Favorite Winding Roads in and out of Los Angeles County

There are so many great places to ride in California. So many, in fact, that we couldn’t possibly name all of them. So if you’re in the Southern California area, you’re in luck. Check out these awesome rides in and around the Los Angeles, California area. In our humble opinion, these are the best motorcycle rides in Southern California. You’ll see why.

ride through Hollywood as one of your options for the best rides in Southern California

1. Sunset Blvd to Pacific Coast Highway

If you want to see it all, this is the trip for you. Start out anywhere on the world-famous Sunset Boulevard. For the full experience, we suggest starting around Highland and Sunset to get the most out of your Hollywood sightseeing. You see landmarks like the Beverly Hills Hotel and the sunset strip while Sunset leads you right towards the coast. Following the 405 freeway, the Pacific Coast Highway will lead you directly to the beautiful ocean breezes of the Santa Monica Pier.

This is a great ride if you want to get the “Hollywood” experience. There are so many fun sights to see on Sunset and you can make custom pit stops anywhere you want. But if you’re aching to get out of the city, this is a great route for you, too. Enjoy that beautiful California coast as you’re ripping up and down the highway.

the Angeles Crest Highway is one of the best motorcycle routes in Southern California

2. Angeles Crest Highway

Just 20 minutes north of Los Angeles, there is a secret oasis for motorcycle riders who want to take the scenic route. Follow the entrance to Highway 2 all the way to that oasis, the Angeles Crest Highway. The ACH takes a beautiful winding mountain road into the state park. Even better, the national forest areas are just north of the city. 

There are beautiful sights and leisurely roads that are great for everyone from beginners to full-fledged pros. If you head up that way, a really popular dining destination for hungry bikers is Newcomb’s Ranch. Great food and a biker-friendly environment keep people coming back year after year!

head down Highway 38 this summer on your motorcycle

3. Big Bear

Highway 38 leads East out of the city of Los Angeles. It then goes through the San Bernardino national forest and towards beautiful Big Bear Lake. Riders will enjoy the quiet nature roads and beautiful looks at the surrounding mountains. There are also several wonderful rest areas for bikers to take a break and soak up the amazing mountainside views of the national forest. 

If you’re looking for a place to eat, we would highly suggest the Seven Oaks Mountain Resort. It’s a great place to sit down and get a sandwich before cooling off in Big Bear Lake for the afternoon. This is an easy trip to make a day or a whole weekend out of.

Highway 74 is one of TMS Parts' favorite motorcycle rides in Southern California

4. Ortega Highway

Located in Riverside County, the Ortega Highway, AKA Highway 74, is a load of fun. If you start your journey in San Juan Capistrano you’ve got a wonderful 30-miles of pavement ahead of you. It all leads to beautiful Lake Elsinore, a premier swimming destination in Southern California. And definitely one worth making the trip for. 

If you’re looking for some really great and affordable food after taking a dip in the lake, check out Guadelajara Mexican Grill & Cantina. They serve excellent and authentic Mexican cuisine, and it’s the perfect way to end a long, hard day of riding.

for a quiet, scenic motorcycle ride, be sure to follow I-10 to Highway 243

5. Idyllwild

Following Interstate 10 from Banning, you’ll eventually find signs for Highway 243 headed southeast towards Idyllwild. One part of what makes this trip so much fun is that it is extremely quiet. These roads are safe from a lot of the heavy traffic that plagues some other great motorcycle riding routes. Highway 243 is truly a hidden gem in that way. It takes you past lovely palm deserts and national forest without the hassle of too many other riders or drivers. 

“Little traffic” might raise a red flag in your head, but rest easy knowing this route is well maintained. So if you’re looking for a little more privacy or solitude in your trip, this might be a great pick for your needs. 

death valley is one of the most beautiful places to take your motorcycle out

6. Death Valley

Death Valley National Park is a place of extremes. It is the hottest and driest place in all of America. While that might sound a little intimidating, you should also know it’s one of the most fun motorcycle trips you can take in North America. It lies almost 300 miles outside of LA, so it’s not a trip for the faint of heart.

However, if you want to put your skills and your bike to the test, there’s no better way to do it. Just make sure you have a ton of water with you! It’s best to do your research to ensure you’re prepared; no one wants to get lost in the desert without water! It’ll be hard to tell if this is one of the best motorcycle rides in Southern California if you don’t prepare!

be sure to check out the Snake !

7. The Snake

30 miles northwest of Hollywood is a spot that is equally famous for its stars. “The Snake”, as the locals call it, is two miles of pristine riding on Mulholland Highway. It was a frequent stomping ground for Steve McQueen in the past, and it’s not uncommon to see Jay Leno driving one of his famously expensive cars on the highway. If you want to eat like a biker, too, make sure you stop by The Rock Store.

be sure to plan your motorcycle rides accordingly!

Plan for the Trip of a Lifetime with the Best Motorcycle Rides in Southern California

Well there you have it, some of the best places (in our opinion) to get your bike out on the pavement in Southern California. We talk about a wide variety of places, and they appeal to a wide array of skill sets, so make sure you do some research before you get your boots on. 

It’s also important that you have the proper safety gear when you get out on the roads. Check out our blog about some of the best helmets for riding, you won’t be disappointed! No matter what your riding experience or what kind of bike you have, California has something for everybody riding around on two wheels. And we hope that you can see how these are some of the best motorcycle rides in Southern California.

The Top 5 ATV Races in the U.S. You Gotta See

if you love ATV racing, you'll love this list from TMS

Oh Yeah, it’s ATV Racing Time!

Finally, it’s time for the ATV races. Are you ready to breathe in gasoline, get covered in dirt, and battle it out with other competitive racers for the gold this summer? Lord knows we are! We know there’s nothing like the exhilarating feeling you get from the sound of the engine purring and the sight of the mud flying. 

Whether you’re ready to race, or just ready to see some high-octane action, it can be overwhelming deciding which race to go to. That’s why we came up with this list of the top 5 ATV races happening across the United States. So if you want to find the best tracks to test your skills, keep reading!

Top 5 ATV Motocross Racing Series in the U.S.

Make sure you get to the ATV motocross track this summer

1. Grand National Cross Country Series

The GNCC series races are some of the best known in the dirt community. That’s because their races are fun, challenging, and sure to get your heart pumping whether you’re riding or just spectating. 

They boast more than 100 classes of races that riders can register for. From youth classes all the way up to pro classes, there’s something for every level of rider in this series. The GNCC series has run annually since the ’70s, so you know they’ve got something good going. If you want to sign up, you can register here or check the TV & online broadcast schedule to see the races from the comfort of your home!

Hear those engines roar at the best ATV races in the US this summer

2. ATV MX National Championship

Since 1985, the ATV MX National Championship race has been one of the best in the ATV community. Self-proclaimed as “the premier professional and amateur ATV motocross series in the world”, their races typically attract between 500-600 racers from all over the country. They hold their race series over 3 days, giving riders a day to practice and hone their skills followed by two days of intense racing regiments.

The series is already underway this year, but there are plenty more dates coming up! Take a look at their event schedule to see if they’re coming to your city and get ready to take on the challenge!

extreme sports, extreme fun

3. NE Extreme Dirt Track Championship Series

Commonly referred to as TT or Tourist Trophy racing, the North East Extreme Dirt Track Championship series is all about rough riding and tight traction. The NEEDT season is currently underway, but there is still plenty of time to get yourself registered for upcoming events!

Weekend race events are coming up from July through their last date in October. If you want to see something really special, their 50th-anniversary race is going to be Ohio on July 25th. To see a full list of all the upcoming races take a look at their full event schedule

the ultimate off road experience - ATV Racing style!

4. World Offroad Championship Series

The WORCS series is a young gun in the game, only starting their national races in 2001. However, they’ve quickly made a name for themselves as one of the top racing series nation-wide. This year they are expecting more than 11,000 racers and 50,000 spectators, all waiting to feel the roar of the engine.

Their races have a wide array of different challenges for riders. Tracks from across the western U.S. in Nevada, California, Utah, and Arizona feature open deserts, professional motocross tracks, and many other terrains. 

We’ve already gotten to round 6 in their ATV racing schedule for the year, but there are still three more rounds to go. Two tracks in California and one in Nevada are all that stand in the way of a new WORCS champion. If you think you’ve got what it takes to throw your hat in the ring take a look at their schedule and get yourself a registration form. Be warned, though, these races are for the experienced riders!

Make it to the ATV races this summer

5. High Lifter Mud Nationals

If you’re looking for the muddiest event, look no further than the High Lifter Mud Nationals event. This event features camping, vendors with all sorts of great food, and all sorts of fun ATV events outside of racing to keep the fun rolling even when the race is over. 

This event sponsored by Polaris has already passed this year in March, but if you’re in the Arkansas area, keep an eye on their website for details about next year’s event! With all of the fun of cash prizes and challenging races, you won’t want to miss out!

be sure to check us out when you need a list of ATV races to go to!

The Best Tracks Nationally

ATV racing events are one of the best parts of the sport. It’s a chance for riders to come together and test their skills against one another. It’s also a great chance to visit new places, eat some good food, and hang out with like-minded people who love ATV races just as much as you. 

So get packing! And check out these hilarious ATV/UTV memes when you’re on the road. It’s time to have some fun in the great outdoors with the smell of gasoline filling the air. And… come on, be serious for a minute. Is there truly anything better than that?

5 of the Best Lakes in California for Jet Skiing

splash your way across the golden state in your jet ski

Splashing Your Way Across the Golden State

From Sacramento to the city of Los Angeles, and everywhere in between, summertime in California means one thing: it’s time for water sports. We’ve got lots of love for the folks who love water skiing. But we want to take a minute to talk about the best lakes in Southern California and beyond for your jet ski and other personal watercraft adventures. 

It doesn’t matter if you’re riding a Sea-Doo, Kawasaki, Yamaha, or any of our other favorite brands! Let the RPM’s fly on the water this summer, and be sure you have the best safety gear! Keep reading to see our list of the best lakes in California for jet skiing. You won’t be disappointed, we promise. 

The 6 Best Places to Jet Ski in California

enjoy time on the water on your jet ski this summer 2019

1. Bass Lake 

Bass Lake, conveniently located in Bass Lake, California is a beautiful spot to enjoy some time on the water. They offer competitive boat rental and jet ski rental prices, starting from just $77/hr. 

The marina is located right in the center of Bass Lake, California. Bass Lake Marina is able to provide a convenient location to have fun on the water as well as giving access to all sorts of great food and lodging. For a complete list of everything fun to do, give their website a look and book your trip today!

explore the 6 best lakes in california for jet skiing

2. Big Bear Lake 

With a name like Big Bear Lake, you know they’re not messing around when it comes to having fun in the water. Sure, they have wonderful campgrounds for RV or tent camping. But the Big Bear Lake itself is the real attraction. Here you can rent boats and jet skis by the hour or by the day. They even offer great deals if you make a reservation before 10 a.m.! 

Known in the winter for their awesome skiing and snowboarding, they’re equally renowned in the summer months for their amazing beauty on the water. What more could you ask for? 

the best lakes in Cali for jet skiing

3. Castaic Lake 

Castaic Lake is a part of the Alpine Lakes located in the beautiful Angeles National Forest in Southern California. And let me tell you, Castaic Lake is a true gem. While they only offer boat rentals, jet skis are more than welcome on this beautiful and pristine lake. Best of all, each has its own designated section of the lake. No one gets in anyone’s way, and everybody has a great time. 

They have campgrounds, beaches for swimming, and hold great fishing competitions. There are daily usage charges, but you are able to get an annual membership for reduced entry fees. 

no matter where you jet ski, it's a great time

4. Marina Del Ray 

Not sure if you caught the running theme for the lakes on this list yet. Well, surprise!  All of the towns with the best lakes in California for jet skiing are in towns named after bodies of water. That makes a lot of sense once you go to visit one of these beautiful places and realize there’s nothing that could pull more attention. That’s definitely true for beautiful Marina Del Ray

You can rent jet skis by the hour. Even up to 8 hours at a time for longer excursions in the Marina. They also offer parasailing, boat rentals, and kayaks for endless amounts of fun in the sun. 

TMS Parts wants you to have a safe and fun summer on your favorite PWC

5. Newport Beach 

Just outside of Santa Ana is the little slice of paradise known as Newport Beach. Newport Beach is always thriving with activities of all sorts. Just one look at the beach’s event page will leave your calendar full.

That’s all on top of their awesome jet-skiing available on the beach. While this isn’t technically a “lake”, it’s close to lots of music, great hotels, and amazing restaurants, and if you’re looking for great jet skiing in Southern California, it would be a crime not to mention Newport Beach!

bring the whole family on the best lakes in california for jet skiing

Get Your Jet Ski On, Summer Has Only Just Begun! 

Summer is finally here, but it’ll be gone before you know it! It happens every year; the weather gets warmer and you breathe a sigh of relief. Then you blink! And summer is gone and you have to get your coats out of the closet again. So if you’re in the California area, don’t let your summer slip by without checking out our favorite spots to get your jet ski running!

get your jet ski on, summer has only just begun!

2019 Buyer’s Guide to the Best Personal Watercraft (PWC)

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TMS Parts’ Top Picks for the Best PWC’s in 2019

How’s your PWC (aka personal watercraft) doing? Still running well? Are you sure? Because you know there’s a whole bunch of new, beautiful models that you could try out this summer. I mean, you know… it’s just a thought.

Or, maybe you feel no shame. It’s understandable! ‘Cause guess what? It’s summer, and it’s time for a new personal watercraft! It doesn’t matter if you’re in the market for a new jet ski or you’re just window shopping. (Wait… is your partner gone? Yeah, you can buy one, it’s okay, we’re giving you the green light!) Either way, there are so many awesome new PWC models out on the oceans and lakes this summer.

Don’t worry about trying to find a diamond in the rough, though. Let us show you our picks for the best personal watercraft for 2019.

Sea-Doo GTR 230

  • Starting from: $12,199
  • Seating Capacity: 3
  • Length: 132.6”
  • Width: 48.5”
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Sea-Doo, always purveyors of high-quality motor vehicles. They truly outdo themselves again with the GTR 230. The GTR 230 comes equipped with a powerful supercharged 230-hp Rotax engine. It uses components from their top shelf Rotax 1630 ACE engine to give you the best performance at the best value.

This model features third-generation Intelligent Brake and Reverse technology. This allows you to stop up to 160 feet shorter than the watercrafts not using their brakes. Riders can easily engage forward, neutral, and reverse for incredibly easy maneuvering at low speeds.

Some additional features include a storage capacity over 30 gallons (the biggest on the market for its class) and an anti-theft security system. It also has a learning key to limit the top speed for younger and learning riders. This makes it a great PWC for the whole family.

Yamaha VXR

  • Starting from: $12,299
  • Seating Capacity: 1-3
  • Length: 131.9”
  • Width: 48.0”
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Featuring a 4-cylinder, 4-stroke, 1.8 Liter High Output Yamaha Marine Engine, the newest model of VXR is nothing to shake a stick at. Inspired by the fastest racing models, the VXR features some upgrades to its design in the intake grate and ride plate giving you responsive performance like you wouldn’t think possible.

Outside of its great performance features, it also has something to offer the more leisurely riders. A newly designed reboarding step folds down to allow you to more easily climb back on after taking a swim. And it folds up conveniently when not in use! In addition, riders can switch from forward to neutral in order to reverse with a single pull on the throttle. This making docking your PWC a breeze.

Kawasaki JET SKI ULTRA 310LX

  • Starting from: $17,999
  • Seating Capacity: 3
  • Length: 132.7”
  • Width: 49.4”
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This is supercharged and intercooled, 4-stroke, DOHC, four valves per cylinder, inline 4-cylinder engine and a fuel tank capacity of over 20 gallons kinda PWC. Oh yes, the Kawasaki JET SKI ULTRA 310LX was built to go the distance. In fact, it’s currently the most powerful watercraft on the market!

But don’t think they invested all their time in that beautiful engine and forgot the rider. The 310LX is the only watercraft that features a built-in Jet Sound Audio system, so you can take the music out on the ocean or lake with you. It also has a GPS system mounted in the handlebar pad and features a deep-v hull to give you the best handling possible while you figure out where you’re going.

Plus with enough room to seat 3 and an adjustable handlebar with 5 different positions, it’s built with every rider in mind.

Yamaha FX LIMITED SVHO

  • Starting from: $17,399
  • Seating Capacity: 1-3
  • Length: 140.9”
  • Width: 50.0”
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Coming at you from the luxury line of Yamaha Waverunner FX models, the FX Limited SVHO is one of the best watercraft that money can buy. We know that’s a pretty lofty statement, but it’s hard to disagree. Especially when you see all of the features that come on a personal watercraft when the emphasis is on luxury. The SVHO comes with waterproof, wireless Bluetooth speakers, a GPS Fish Finder, and beverage mounts for ultimate relaxation out on the water.

But don’t think they forgot to pack the punch in the engine. This model comes with a supercharged 4-cylinder, 4-stroke, super vortex High Output Yamaha marine engine with a displacement of 1812cc. But we don’t need to tell you that Yamaha doesn’t mess around, do we?

Sea-Doo GTX Limited 230/300

  • Starting from: $16,099
  • Seating Capacity: 3
  • Length: 135.9”
  • Width: 49.4”
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If you liked the sound of the GTR 230 we mentioned earlier, you’re going to flip your lid for the GTX Limited 230/300. The 230 model features the 1500 HO ACE engine we talked about before. And the bigger cousin 300 features the real deal Holifield, the ROTAX 1630 ACE engine. The real claim to fame on this model, however, is the emphasis on the personal in personal watercraft.

These specific models feature the biggest swim platform in the industry. Which makes it perfect for lounging and soaking up the sun. You can also remove the rear seat for even more space on the swim platform! These models also feature a watertight phone box with USB plug in and Bluetooth audio systems. Sea-Doo’s aim is to give you the ultimate experience on your day on the lake.

Additionally, these models feature the same intelligent breaking systems and closed-loop cooling system engines that you’ve come to expect from Sea-Doo. Combined with their revolutionary ST3 Hull, providing maximum control and stability in the roughest conditions, it doesn’t get much better than the GTX Limited series.

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Are you as excited about these new models as we are? Seriously, it seems like every year our favorite companies are outdoing themselves. And if you’re like us, you can’t get enough of it! So we hope you had fun checking out these new models.

And remember, delete your cookies and browsing history, get the secret credit card, and just check to see what your favorite model and options will run you. We’re kidding!… (we’re not). And if you’re wondering where to take out your flashy new PWC, check out a few of our personal recommendations.

ATV vs UTV: Which One is Best for You?

ATV's vs UTV's

ATV vs UTV: Which Off-Road Vehicle Is Right For Your Needs?

If you’re in the market for a new off-road vehicle but aren’t sure which one is right for you, you’ve come to the right place! ATV’s vs UTV’s might both have four wheels, but they’re pretty different animals when you take a closer look at them.

So let’s take a little dive into the world of off-road vehicles and see what exactly is the difference between ATV’s vs UTV’s. And most importantly, deciding which is the correct vehicle for your needs.

What Makes an ATV vs a UTV?

All Terrain Vehicle

ATV stands for All-Terrain Vehicle. It is also sometimes called a “quad” or “four-wheeler”, of course referencing the wheels. The tires tend to be filled to a lower pressure than UTV’s or cars. With a little effort and money, you can make your ATV street-legal, but it is really designed to handle many different kinds of outdoor terrain.

Characteristic ATV Features

Handling

ATV’s are controlled by a set of handlebars, much like a motorcycle. Similarly, it is also straddled like a motorcycle. It has a smaller body than a UTV and is designed to handle more acutely in dicey situations.

Seating

Most ATV’s are designed for a single rider, although there are double-seaters as well. If you prefer to ride alone or to test your skills against other riders, the ATV might be the right choice for you.

Safety

All motor vehicles are made safer by following safety guidelines. This means wearing proper protective gear such as helmets and gloves. However, ATV’s are generally a little less safe than UTV’s. According to data published by the National Trauma Data Bank, ATV’s are more dangerous than dirtbikes and about as dangerous as motorcycles.

No matter what vehicle you choose, it is extremely important to get one with an engine and size that meets your physical size and handling abilities so as to ensure optimum safety.

rip it up on your ATV

Uses

ATV’s are mainly used for recreation, sport, and for getting through a tighter situation than a UTV can handle. Professional uses for ATV’s include farming, land surveying, emergency medical services and many more.

ATV vs UTV Advantages

The biggest factor for some people is money, and if that is your deciding factor, an ATV is probably right for you. Quads are generally cheaper than UTV’s, although this can vary, of course. Remember, when factoring out your costs you always need to think of additional costs, like safety gear and insurance.

What Makes a UTV vs an ATV?

Utility Task Vehicle

The acronym UTV stands for Utility Task Vehicle. It is often called a “side by side”, and written as SXS for shorthand. UTV’s are the workhorse of the off-road vehicle world and are built to be tougher, sturdier, and more stable than an ATV.

Characteristic UTV Features

Handling

While an ATV is very much akin to a motorcycle, UTV’s are much more like a car. They are controlled by a steering wheel. They are not always made for the most extreme terrains but are fully capable of handling them, depending on how your UTV is set up.

Seating

Seating in UTV’s tend to be one of two styles. Most use either bench seats or bucket seats. UTV’s were designed with more than one rider in mind (hence side by side). SXS’s are usually 2 or 4 seaters, but there are also 6 seaters available, and they usually have some sort of storage compartment for additional belongings, tools, etc.

Safety

One of the best safety features on the UTV is the ROPS or Roll Over Protective System. In layman’s terms, it refers to the roll-cage overhead. Many of the reported injuries from ATV’s vs UTV’s are caused by rolling the vehicle over. This UTV roll cage provides the extra protection on top to keep you from being crushed or flung across the field like a rag doll.

Other safety features include seat belts, a windshield, and lights on the front and back of the vehicle. If you want to get an off-road vehicle to safely enjoy with your family, the UTV might be the right choice.

rip it up on your UTV... with friends aboard!

Uses

They don’t call it a utility vehicle for nothin’! One of the biggest differences between ATV’s vs UTV’s is that there is ample storage space. One of the main uses of UTV’s has always been agricultural. However, they are now more often popping up in different environments. It isn’t uncommon to see them at schools to transport athletic equipment or by landscapers to transport tools.

UTV vs ATV Advantages

There are a few deciding factors that might make the UTV a better option for what you need. It’s a better option for riding safely with friends and family on the same vehicle. The extra storage space also makes it superior for hauling and transporting. While it might be more expensive than an ATV (on average), it’s pretty well justified in the additional safety features and uses as a tool in your arsenal.

Deciding on the Best Utility Vehicle For You: ATV’s vs UTV’s

which is best? the ATV's vs UTV's?

While an ATV might be more geared towards fun than work, it can get some heavy-duty jobs done, too! Similarly, UTV’s are designed to be your workhorse, but they can also be used for fun. There are so many different modifications that can be made and activities that you can use both kinds of vehicles for.

Both ATV’s and UTV’s have their strengths and weaknesses, however. Hopefully, this outline of some of the bigger differences of an ATV’s vs UTV’s will help you choose which vehicle is right for you and your own needs.
If you want some additional information on ATV’s vs UTV’s, what they’re used for, and how they work, make sure to check out our blog for all sorts of interesting and informative articles!

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Dirt Bike Size Chart: Picking the Right Bike for You

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Get Yourself A Dirt Bike That’s Juuust Right

There’s nothing like the feeling of hitting the berms and flinging dirt. That’s why we want to share our love of dirt biking with our friends and family. It’s also the reason why we want to pass along this love and tradition to our kids. No matter what your reason, we’re here with a handy dirt bike size chart so you can be sure you’re buying the right bike for you or your family.

For instance, maybe you bought your daughter or son their first dirtbike. You can’t wait for them to get the hang of riding and starting to really explore what they can do on two wheels. Except they’re not getting the hang of it because their feet don’t touch the ground.

When we get excited buying a dirt bike for our kids or even for yourself, we can often overlook something as simple as buying the right sized bike. Or maybe you didn’t realize there were different sized bikes for different sized people. Take a look at this guide to get a better idea of where you or your loved one fits on the dirt bike sizing chart.

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Height of the Bike, Not The Size of the Engine

Most often when we talk about the size of the dirt bike, we talk about the size of the engine. 50cc dirt bikes, 250cc dirt bikes, and the whole array of other engine sizes can come in just about any bike height when you think about a dirt bike size chart.

“CC” stands for cubic centimeters and literally describes the volume of the cylinders in your bike’s engine. A bigger volume means more air can be taken into the engine, and it can run more quickly than cylinders with a smaller volume.

In a very basic sense, this means that the higher CC your engine is, the faster it will go. But this does not necessarily translate to size. Big frames can be homes to small dirt bike engines and vice versa. So if you’re a tall person and a new rider, don’t be intimidated by the big bikes and end up getting something too small for you. Getting a properly sized dirt bike is directly going to affect your riding experience and how much fun you’re having.

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Proper Bike Height

So, if having the right sized bike is so important, how do you figure it out? Well, the best way is to simply sit on the dirt bike. The height of the dirt bike doesn’t matter so much as how you rest on top of it.

At the proper size, both of your feet should touch the ground. However, your feet should not be flat on the ground. You should be able to touch the balls of your foot and your toes on the ground. The reason you want that extra room is that it is indicative of your shocks.

With the extra room, your shocks are going to absorb any of the impacts you might feel if you go over a big rock or hit the ground coming off a ramp. Without that extra room, you’re going to be taking all of that force directly into your groin, which we don’t need to tell you can be very painful.

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The Right Seat Height

A Taller Body Doesn’t Mean a Taller Seat

Moreover, while bikes are sized differently, you also need to think about the height of your seat. But, it can be more complicated than you think. Your height does influence what seat height you should be at, but it’s not an exact science. The reason for this is that people have differently shaped bodies. Longer legs, taller torsos, there are lots of things that can affect how tall you need your bike vs. your seat to be.

So there’s no way to exactly tell you how tall your seat should be based on your height, but the folks at Dirt Bike Planet came up with this handy guide to give you a ballpark idea:

  • 6′ (182cm) Tall and Taller – 37.5″ or taller seat height
  • 5’10” (178cm) Tall – 35 to 39″ seat height
  • 5’8″ (172cm) Tall – 34 to 38″ seat height
  • 5′ 6″ (167cm) Tall – 34 to 37″ seat height
  • 5’4″ (162cm) Tall – 33 to 36″ seat height
  • 5’2″ (157cm) Tall – 31 to 35″ seat height
  • Kids 10 to 12 years old – 26 to 31″ seat height
  • Kids 8 to 9 years old – 24 to 28″ seat height
  • Children 3 to 6 years-old – 50cc dirt bike

Again, this is not the end-all, be-all list when it comes to your height and your bike height. But it’s a good place to get an idea from when you start to think about your place in the dirt bike size chart.

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The Right Size for Your Kids

Getting the best dirt bike for your daughter or son can be a little bit trickier than your teenager because they have to overcome the intimidation. Also, just like with their clothes, you have to think about not spending a lot of money on something they’re going to grow out of next year.

For kids, you want to stick pretty hard by “the balls of your feet on the ground” rule. Your kids might think they feel more comfortable with their whole foot on the ground, but it’s going to have you going back to your dealer to get them a new bike much sooner than you’d like.

Get your kids something that they feel safe and comfortable on, but make sure that they can continue to grow into it.

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DIY Dirt Bike Size Chart: Adjusting Your Bike Height

So maybe you’ve already got your bike. But, reading this you’re realizing that maybe it’s not the right size for you. Well, if you can afford to, you can always go buy a new one that is the proper size. On the other hand, for the rest of us, you can think about ways to adjust the height of your dirt bike.

Lowering the Bike

The easiest way to make your bike lower to the ground is to fiddle with your seat foam. You can easily slip the foam out entirely, or make some holes in the foam so that it sinks more easily. You can also think about replacing the foam with softer foam. This will allow your body to sink more and put you closer to the ground.

Keep in mind, however, that softer (or no) foam will mean you hit the ground just a little bit harder. Another route is to set the sag for your rear suspension to it’s lowest level. Again, you need to think about the impact of making contact with the ground as well as your ability to steer.

Raise the Height

Again, the simple solution resides in your seat foam. Replace your seat foam with a thicker one. You can adjust your height this way by a matter of a couple of inches. It can greatly affect your comfort levels without compromising how your bike handles.

Also, think about your handlebars. You can adjust your handlebars to set them forward, or just get taller handlebars. This will allow you to lean further forward and stretch out your body. This can give you more of a comfortable fit without adjusting your seat or suspension. And it can affect how well you can maintain control of your ride.

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A Ride For Life

We all love dirt bikes. That’s why you’re reading this article, and that’s why I’m writing it. But just imagine for a moment, if you will, all of those poor souls who think they don’t like dirt biking because they rode one that wasn’t the right size for them. (Where the heck was this dirt bike size chart when they needed it?!)


Dirt biking is a sport with so much to offer the people who partake in it. So, don’t let your kids or your partner go through the rest of their lives without riding a properly sized dirt bike. You know how much fun it is, so make sure they do, too! In short, share this dirt bike size chart with all your friends, TMS Parts loves to be loved. Also, if you’re looking to buy an ATV, be sure to check out our handy buyer’s guide.

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ATV Tune-Ups for the Springtime

ATV Tune-Up time!

Have You Done Your ATV Tune-Up Yet?

If you saw our blog on snowmobile repairs you can do at home and thought “where’s my article for my ATV”? Well, the wait is over! You’ve been patiently waiting all winter to get your ATV back out on the trail and start flinging some mud, and it’s finally time. Time for a ATV tune-up that is!

The longer you keep your ATV sitting, the more it’s going to be in need of a little TLC when the spring comes around. But before you get out there and start raising some hell, read on to find out how you can maximize your engine performance without giving the repairman the keys to your house.

Consider this your owner’s manual for the ATV tune-ups you’re going to want to perform this spring to make sure you’re riding hard with the best of ‘em.

pre-season tune-up check

Pre Season Tune-Up Check

You don’t leave your Corvette sitting in the garage all winter and take it out on the first sunny day with the top down without doing some work to it, right? Wait, you don’t have a Corvette? Neither do I, actually… Well, we wouldn’t do that with our Corvette if we had one, and we shouldn’t do it with our ATV’s either. So what sort of things do we need to check for when it comes time for your ATV tune-up?

The Pre-Season ATV Tune-Up Check List

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Check the Oil

Oil is the blood of your ATV. Are your oil levels appropriate? What about the quality of the oil? Is it grimy or chunky? Oil is one of the first things you want to check when you’re starting out for the season. It’s also going to be one of the things that help prolong the life and health of your ATV’s engine. Visually inspect the oil to see if it looks healthy. Take a look at your mileage as well. While we always think we can get away with our oil a little bit longer than we actually can, it’s much better for your ATV to have it changed on time.

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Check the Tires

Are they starting to wear down? Your tires are one of your keys to safety on an ATV. Your ability to grip the terrain is your lifeline. Being able to take off down the trail at top speed is great, but how about stopping? Can your tires grip into the ground and stop you before you hit that tree? You better hope they can. Think about replacing your tires if the tread starts to wear low, and don’t hesitate when the tread wears away.

Here are some more useful tips to keep in mind when checking your tire health to keep in mind as well. Regularly check your tire pressure. Properly inflated tires are just as crucial as your tread to your ability to grip the terrain and maintain control. Also, make sure to replace leaky valves. While this may not seem so important, it will snowball into a much bigger problem if you don’t take care of it. Keep an eye out for dry rot, and remember, it’s just as important to rotate your ATV tires as it is to rotate the tires on your car.

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Inspecting Your Brakes

Just like we said with your tires, being able to stop is probably even more important than being able to take off. That’s why you need to be aware of the health of your brakes. We’re talking pads for ATVs with disc brakes, or shoes for ATVs with drum brakes… the whole nine yards. That means brake fluid, too. If you notice that your pads are worn away, or you feel like you’re not able to stop as well as you used to, take your ATV into a local mechanic and have them replace any parts necessary.

check your ATV's air filter

Got Dirt?

ATV riders love dirt. It’s part of the reason we want to get out there. I mean, if you don’t come home covered in so much mud that your kids don’t recognize you, did you really even go out riding?

While we might love getting dirty, your air filters definitely don’t, so this is one of the most important parts of doing an ATV tune-up. A dirty filter is going to decrease the flow of air through your engine and cause your engine performance levels to go way down. While you are able to clean your air filters, you need to think about just how much dirt is getting in there. Cleaning is fine, but always make sure to regularly replace your filters to get top performance out of your vehicle. It might not be the most glamorous thing to tune up, but trust us, you will notice the difference immediately.

make sure there are no loose screws on your ATV!

A Few Screws Loose

When I was young, my dad would tell me that he thought I had a few screws loose. I always thought he meant I was a troublemaker, but it turns out he was actually talking about my ATV! Every year I like to go over my ATV with a fine tooth comb looking for any nuts and bolts that are starting to come loose.

Meanwhile, check your wheels and handlebars, but don’t forget the undercarriage! Your suspension system is going to be the biggest culprit of loose nuts and bolts. Just make sure to check your owner’s manual for the torque values before you do more harm than good with this portion of your ATV tune-up.

be sure to check everything when you do your

A New Pair of Boots

No, we’re not talking about riding boots, we’re talking about CV boots. The constant velocity boots on your ATV are crucial to a smooth ride. In a very basic sense, it keeps the lubricating oil inside your joints, and it keeps the dirt out. Look out for any cracks in your boot while doing your ATV tune-up. This will allow dirt and other debris inside of the joint. Once it’s in there, it’s going to start grinding and damaging the metal inside the joint, which will require total replacement of the joint. It might not be the most expensive repair, but it’s one you can avoid with proper tune-ups and maintenance.

Have Fun This Spring (Not Sitting in a Mechanic Shop!)

Nobody wants to be sitting at the mechanic’s shop when there are birds chirping and dirt to be flung. So if you want to stay out of the shop and get yourself on the trails, make sure you regularly take a look at the moving parts of your ATV.

A vigilant ATV tune-up care routine is going to be your key to maximizing your springtime fun and the money in your saving’s account.

ATV Safety: 7 Tips to Make Your Ride Safer

ATV safety

What You Can Do to Stay on Your ATV and out of the ER

There isn’t a gasoline-powered vehicle on wheels that is completely safe. We all know this, and unfortunately, ATV’s are in this group. Each year between 300-400 deaths occur that are related to ATV use on United States roadways. While it’s probably also true that we don’t ride ATV’s because they’re the safest, there are still things we can do to ensure ATV safety.

There’s nothing you can do to guarantee that you’ll never get hurt or injured riding your ATV. But there are things you can do to significantly reduce your risk and the risk of others around you. So strap on your helmet and slip on your best pair of riding gloves. Oh, and some boots with good ankle support while we talk about some great ATV safety tips to have a safe experience on the trail.

ATV Safety Tips for a Safe Ride

ATV safe trails

1. Get Safety Certified

There’s no better offense than a good defense. That’s why it’s a great idea to get ATV safety-certified on your ATV before you even get on the trail. That is to say, trail systems are unpredictable and change all the time due to natural forces. So before you head out into the woods for the first time, check out some classes for yourself and the little riders in your life at the ATV safety institute.

You wouldn’t take the SAT’s without studying, so why get on a gas-powered workhorse that’s liable to buck you off without the right training? Getting ATV safety-certified is going to save you a lot of physical and mental headaches. Best of all, it not only makes riding safer for you… but also everyone you ride with.

get the right sized ATV before you ride

2. Select the Correct Size ATV

There is a wide array of different sized ATV’s, engines included. Engines can be as small as 50cc and reach upwards of 300cc and weigh more than 600 pounds. Obviously, this isn’t the ATV you want to put your teenager (under 16 years old) on. The bigger your ride is, the harder it will be to control. That’s why it’s important to get yourself and your loved ones an ATV that is appropriate for the age and size of the rider.

You might be tempted to buy your kids an ATV that’s a little larger than they can handle so they’ll grow into it, but trust us, it’s not worth it. The hospital bills you’ll pay if they take a serious spill are going to cost you more than buying that second ATV.

always wear a helmet when you ride your ATV

3. Wear Appropriate Protective Clothing

Maybe your teenager will try to convince you that they look cooler riding their ATV without a helmet. But, you can let them know that the really happenin’ look this spring is having your brains inside your skull. That’s one cool-lookin’ ATV safety tip, right?

However, protective gear doesn’t stop at a helmet. Essential ATV safety gear includes eye protection, gloves, long pants, and long sleeves while riding. ATV’s have a naturally high center of gravity and tips happen. When that tip over does happen, though, you’ll be glad you have long clothes to protect you from scrapes and scratches.

Also, make sure to get shatter-proof eye protection. Your mirrored aviator glasses look nice, but they won’t stop a piece of debris flung up from your buddy’s tire from hitting you in the eye.

ATVs are not meant for riding on a paved road

4. Don’t Ride on a Paved Road (except…)

You read our statistic earlier. That number was only for deaths that occurred on the road systems. You might have four wheels on your vehicle, but that doesn’t mean you should be riding alongside the road, it’s an accident waiting to happen.

Above all, you shouldn’t ride your ATV over the roads except to cross where it is indicated and appropriate to do so. It’s called an All-terrain vehicle, but it’s not meant for driving on the road, it’s meant for tearing up off-road terrain.

We aren’t forgetting about Street-Legal ATVs, don’t worry. There are some places where you can make your ATV street-legal, read more about where and how to do that here.

never ride your ATV while under the influence of alcohol or drugs

5. Never Ride Under the Influence

You should never operate an ATV (or any vehicle) under the influence of alcohol or other drugs. That is a simple fact and it’s illegal. Alcohol is involved in more than 30% of ORV deaths. Please note as well that ATV riders are subject to all of the same drinking and driving laws as car drivers are. ATV safety should also include common sense and responsible handling.

Drugs and alcohol are always going to affect your ability to operate any motor vehicle. However, ATV’s, unlike cars, don’t have a windshield, seat belts, and most don’t have a roll cage. When you got knocked off your ATV because you weren’t paying attention, you’re definitely going to feel it. This ATV safety tip may seem obvious, but the stats seem to say otherwise. Don’t become a part of that statistic!

ride your ATV at a safe speed and go the speed limit

6. Always Ride at a Safe Speed

Yeah, your ATV can go upwards of 80 miles an hour on a straight stretch. That’s cool, but so is not being wrapped around a tree! Speed is a top contributing factor for any accident that involves a vehicle with a motor; ATV’s definitely included.  Never push your limits when you’re riding, especially in an unfamiliar environment or you can end up like these folks. ATV safety saves lives.

ride your ATV on designated trails

7. Ride Only on Designated Trails

Okay, maybe you’ve seen a strange trail in the woods on your way home from work. You think, “man, that would be a great place to go for a ride!”. Sure, it might be fun to flex your adventurer’s muscle. But, when it comes to ATV safety, you have to consider that you just don’t know what kind of condition a non-designated trail is in.

Bad terrain or sinkholes, for example, just show that you don’t know what is in store for your ATV. Designated trails are regularly traveled and you don’t have to worry about coming up against something you and your ATV can’t tackle. Not to mention this is where people know you’re going to be and you won’t accidentally hit a pedestrian going for a hike.

Something To Think About Before Your Next Ride

keep your ATV safety tips in mind whenever you ride

ATV Safety Affects Everybody

Are you guilty of breaking one of these ATV safety rules? Probably. Most of us are. Likewise, for those of you reading that aren’t, congratulations! Meanwhile, for the rest of us, keep these ATV safety tips in mind the next time you go out for a ride. Not just for your own safety, but for the safety of everyone else on the trail, too.


And if you’re looking to explore some of the best ATV trails in the U.S., be sure to check out our blog. While ATV safety is very important to us and should be taken seriously, the TMS Parts family LOVES to have fun. But, you know, safely.