The Best ATV Mud Tires for Mud Season

ATV mud tires are a must this spring!

Get The Best ATV Tires So You Don’t Get Stuck in the Mud

Spring is just about here, so you know what that means! Mud season is upon us. If you’re anything like us, you’ve been itching all winter to get back on the trails. Flinging dirt, riding with your buddies, does it get any better? Well if you get stuck in the mud, it can definitely get a lot worse.

But is there any avoiding it in mud season? Well, the answer is yes! If you’re a serious rider, and if you’re reading our blog you probably are, you need yourself a new set of wheels. Keep reading to see all of the best mud tires you can get for your ATV this mud season.

The Best ATV Tires For Mudding

the best ATV mud tires for mudding

So what are the best tires for mudding? Well, we can tell you one thing, it’s probably not your stock set of wheels. While your stock tires will get you through most situations, they’re designed kind of like your all-weather tires for your car. They’re pretty good at handling all sorts of different situations, but it can have trouble in extreme conditions. 

Getting stuck up to your waist in mud is definitely one of those extreme conditions. So what do you do to make it through the mud? Well, you have to come prepared for it, of course! So let’s take a look at what makes a mud tire so much better. 

What Makes an ATV Mud Tire Different?

Your regular tires are going to get you through a lot of tough situations. But for the most extreme terrains, you will really need some extra power. 

Let’s take a look at some of the benefits of mud tires

Let’s take a look at some of the benefits of mud tires:

  • Better Performance – One of the most important things your mud tires will do is power you through those really rough patches of mud. If you get yourself stuck with normal tires, you can get yourself in some deep trouble. Dirt, water, and other particles can get into your engine, cake up your shocks, and cause huge amounts of expensive damage if not taken care of quickly. With the added power of mud tires, your ATV won’t get a chance to get stuck! 
  • Traction – Loose terrain like rock, or even some dirt can cause you to lose traction on your ATV. While this might happen occasionally and it’s fine, it can spell some serious trouble in the wrong situation. The deep grooves of mud tires are made to stick to the ground and give you a firm grip on the earth beneath you. 
  • Durability – Your ATV tires should be durable, period. But with mud tires, you’re getting an entirely new level of durability. The tires are made to be thicker and tougher to handle more intense terrains and harsher obstacles. Any ATV tire is made to be tough, but a mud tire has that added durability to depend on for a long time. 
Your ATV tires should be durable, period

Heavy Duty Vs. All-Terrain ATV Mud Tires

One consideration you’re going to have to make when looking for mud tires is what type of mud tires you want. They fall into two basic categories: heavy-duty and all-terrain tires.

Heavy-duty tires are going to be the toughest tires that money can buy. They’re great for all different types of off-road terrain including rocks, gravel, dirt, mud, and just about anything you can think of. They’re designed with incredibly thick treads to give the best traction possible.

However, they are not good for use on the street. Heavy-duty mud tires are best for an ATV that you can trailer to and from your favorite trail.

All-terrain tires do the best they can to give that same durability and traction. There’s definitely nothing wrong with all-terrain mud tires, they’re just not quite as aggressive as their heavy-duty cousins.

However, all-terrain tires are usually better at street riding meaning you can ride your ATV straight to your favorite trail without trailering. 

What You Need to Know Before Looking at mud tires for your ATV this spring

What You Need to Know Before Looking at ATV Mud Tires

So just like with anything, there’s plenty to know about ATV mud tires (if you couldn’t tell from this blog already). Nobody wants to walk into a store and look like they don’t know what they’re talking about.

Even worse, nobody wants to walk into a store looking like they don’t know what they’re talking about and then get taken advantage of. So here are some things you want to know and think about before you start shopping:

ATV Mud Tire Features

ATV Mud Tire Features

  • Tread – On tires, you’ll see treads rated as a “ply-rating”. In the most basic sense, this just means how big the space between the treads is. The larger space is, the easier your tires grip onto the surface. ATV mud tires are usually rated from 6-ply up to 10-ply. Some thicker tread patterns are even designed to eject mud and stones from your tires as they spin.
  • Sidewalls – Your sidewalls are another feature of the tire that has their own rating you want to consider. Just like with your treads, sidewalls are rated by a ply-rating, usually from 3-ply and up. The thicker your sidewalls are the more durable your tires will be against punctures.
  • Shoulder Tread – In addition to the tread on the direct outside of your tires, mud tires also feature shoulder treads. This helps to give you more stability and traction when shouldering turns. The wider your treads go onto the shoulder, the more traction you’re going to have. 

All of the Best ATV Tires For Riding in the Mud

we love the ITP Mega Mayhem  ATV mud tires

ITP Mega Mayhem 

First on our list comes from one of the originators in the mud tire world, ITP. They were one of the first companies to manufacture a specific mud tire for ATVs called the Blackwater tires. ITP is still making some of the finest tires you can buy, and the Mega Mayhem is our top pick!

It’s a tire that’s great at sinking down and finding whatever traction there is to be had below the surface of that mud. It’s not great for paddling through the really deep lakes of mud you’ll find some places, but there are few tires you can count on for so much control. 

we love the SuperATV Assassinator Mud Tires for the mud season

SuperATV Assassinator Mud Tires 

Next up on our list is a seriously badass set of tires from SuperATV, the Assassinator mud tires. The real treasure of the Assasinators comes from the tread design.

They’re designed to be self-cleaning, flinging off all the unwanted mud, muck, rocks and more. The extremely deep treads actually even wrap all the way around the tire to the rim. It gives you unparalleled traction while shouldering.

It’s also designed to give you great traction anywhere else. Whether you’re spinning through mud, dirt, rocks, or anything else, those treads are going to bite down deep and keep you moving. It’s a great tire for the most extreme off-road conditions.

High Lifter Outlaw III ATV mud tires are super great on the trails

High Lifter Outlaw III

High Lifter are well known for making some fantastic quality tires and their mud tires are no different. The original model, the Outlaw I, and its predecessor, the Outlaw II are both well-revered designs in mud tire technology. The Outlaw III carries on that tradition by being one of the highest quality tires you can take into the bog. 

Just take a look at how it handles in clay and mud. The deep tread designs are able to handle a multitude of different terrains and really dig in to find solid traction. The tread designs have been steadily improved upon from model to model and we have to say, they’ve truly outdone themselves with the Outlaw III!

the ITP MudLite II ATV mud tires will rock the muddy trails this spring

ITP MudLite II

Now we’ve already discussed ITP, but they’re good enough to show up twice on our list! The MudLite is one of their best selling tires due to its fantastic design, and the MudLite II is even better! While the wheel is based on the original model and features a lot of similar design, the improvements are really awesome. 

One of the biggest improvements is the claw tread added between the larger treads. The purpose of these smaller and more shallow treads is to reduce suction on your tires.

If you’re in the mud long enough the wells between your treads can fill with mud and create a suction effect. This hangs onto the mud and doesn’t allow for your treads to grip the dirt. With these added, smaller treads, it reduces the tires’ ability to act like a mud magnet giving you better traction throughout the day.

who doesn't love the Maxxis Maxxzilla ATV mud Tires?

Maxxis Maxxzilla

One last one on our list today, but certainly far from the least is the Maxxis Maxxzilla. These bad boys are big, beefy, and give you the extreme control you’re looking for. One notable feature of the Maxxzillas is that the treads are very soft and pliable. Now, this isn’t to say that you should be worried about punctures.

What that actually means is that it’s extremely well equipped to form itself and grip onto just about any surface. Maxxzilla tires are like a chameleon, ready to adapt to any terrain, any surface, and give you the best handling possible. 

Staying Ahead of the Pack With the Best ATV Mud Tires

Staying Ahead of the Pack With the Best ATV Mud Tires

There’s always that one person in the group. They’ve been stuck in the mud for 15 minutes, and it doesn’t look like they’re getting out anytime soon. Everyone takes a break, gets out the tow rope and gets them out of trouble. It takes time out of the day, and that’s less time you get to spend tearing up the trails.

What’s even worse is when you are that person. No one wants to be the person holding everyone else up, so give yourself an upgrade this year! Slap some new mud tires on your favorite ATV and get down to business this mud season!

Get Ready for Spring with this ATV Maintenance Checklist

What You Should Be Doing for Routine Maintenance

What You Should Be Doing for Routine Maintenance

The weather is starting to get warmer, the birds are coming home from migration, and the flowers are almost in bloom. Spring is right around the corner so you know what that means: mudding season is almost here! 

The most wonderful time of year for ATV enthusiasts is coming up fast, so are you ready for it? Not just ready to ride, but have you done your routine maintenance this year? Of course, we all just want to get out on the trails, but before we take our first ride of the year let’s get ready for spring wit this ATV maintenance checklist. 

Annual Routine Maintenance Checklist

Get Ready for Spring with this ATV Maintenance Checklist

So before we get started, you might be asking, how often should I be doing maintenance on my ATV? Of course, you want to address any mechanical issues you have as they come up. Waiting on any small issue can turn it into a more serious issue. 

However, outside of emergency repairs or replacements, you want to run through your maintenance checklist at least once every year. We recommend doing it when winter rolls around and the season is over. That way spring finally arrives you’ll be good to go! But if you’re not a model citizen like us, doing it before the spring season starts is perfect, too. 

Check Your Fluid Levels

Get Ready for Spring with this ATV Maintenance Checklist

The first thing you want to do when you’re doing your pre-season tune-up is to check your fluid levels. That means your oil of course, but also things like your brake fluid and even your fuel. If you left your ATV sitting over the winter with any fluid in it, make sure you check them.

You want to check to see what your oil looks like as well. If it’s chunky or grimy at all, it’s time for an oil change. You also want to look out for a milky, brown color to your oil. This could possibly mean that water has leaked into your oil tank. This could cause serious damage to your engine and your ATV if you don’t swap it out.

Check Your Tires

Your tire’s ability to grip the dirt is what keeps you safely stopping, so it’s important to check.

Your next step should be taking a look at your tires. You want to check the air pressure, of course (check out your owner’s manual for factory recommendations). However, you also want to be checking your tread depths. Your tire’s ability to grip the dirt is what keeps you safely stopping, so it’s important to check.

Also, take a look at your valves and make sure they aren’t leaking. Keeping your tire pressure at the correct level and keeping it there consistently keeps you safe. A leaking valve may not seem like a make-or-break thing right now, but it becomes a bigger problem if left unchecked. 

Cleaning or Replacing Your Air Filter 

Cleaning or Replacing Your Air Filter should be a part of your ATV maintenance checklist this spring

You love mud. Your ATV loves mud. Your air filters do not love mud. But they’re along for the ride, so they’re gonna get dirty. It’s not very glamorous, but making your air filters part of your yearly maintenance routine is going to keep your ATV running like new. When your filters get dirty it’s allowing less air intake to your engine. This seriously hinders your performance.

Now, you can clean your air filters. It’s not very difficult and you can do it pretty quickly. However, just cleaning them isn’t going to make your ATV run as well as a full replacement. We would definitely recommend a full swap out at least every other year. However, if you change your air filters every year, you’re going to notice that difference in performance.

The Nuts and Bolts 

Every year you definitely want to run over your ATV with a fine-tooth comb checking all of your screws, nuts, and bolts.

Speaking of not very glamorous, this is another job that doesn’t get the press it deserves. Every year you definitely want to run over your ATV with a fine-tooth comb checking all of your screws, nuts, and bolts. A year of rough riding is sure to knock a few loose. 

The most important place to check is your undercarriage. This is the part of your ATV that’s taking the most wear and tear. If you find any that are seriously rusted, go ahead and swap them out. It may not be the first thing you think about when you’re going over your maintenance checklist, but it’s definitely important.

Keeping Your ATV in Good Health with a Yearly ATV Maintenance Checklist

The more maintenance you perform on your ATV the easier it’s going to be on you and your machine.

You want your ATV to be ready for anything. You want to be able to hit any hill, get through any muddy trail, and do it all easily. The more maintenance you perform on your ATV the easier it’s going to be on you and your machine.

You wouldn’t skip your kids’ yearly physicals and your ATV is like your baby right? So you have to get it in for that annual checkup so it can give you a full day’s ride every time.

We hope this ATV maintenance checklist was helpful! If you need some more helpful tips, take a look at our blog for tips on mudding this spring

Three Incredible Snowmobile Tours in the World

Three Incredible Snowmobile Tours in the World

The Best Snowmobile Adventures From Around the World

The smell of gasoline, the feeling of brisk winter air on your cheeks, there’s nothing quite like the thrill of snowmobiling. It’s a great way to enjoy some high-speed fun while reveling in the beauty of nature. But hitting the same trails over and over again in your home town can get a little dull after a while. Don’t fret, though! There are plenty more places to snowmobile than just your own backyard. So strap on your helmet, fill up your tank, and get ready while we talk about the most incredible snowmobile tours in the world! 

The World’s Best Guided Snowmobile Tours

Akureyri Guided Tours - Njarðarnes, Akureyri, Iceland

Akureyri Guided Tours – Njarðarnes, Akureyri, Iceland

The first stop on our tour of guided tours brings us to the cold tundra of Iceland. The tour happens in Akureyri, not too far from the Arctic Circle! The tour will take you to the mountains near Eyjafjörður Fjord. Here you can do some amazing snowmobiling in fresh powder while getting spectacular views of the Icelandic landscape. 

Tours are guided by English-speaking locals and feature lots of local cuisine in between great runs in the snow. Check out their website for more details! 

Guided Snowmobile Tours in the Swiss Alps

Guided Snowmobile Tours in the Swiss Alps

You read that right! The Alps aren’t just for skiing. They also have a thriving snowmobile community with a number of different guided tours you can take part in across the Alps. Some are shorter trips over groomed trails, only a few dozen miles, some are all-day trips. Of course, no matter which route you go, you’re bound to see some of the most beautiful mountainsides in the world. 

Tours are dependent upon weather, so make sure you book a trip for a time forecasted with some good weather!

Queenstown Helicopter-Snowmobile Tour - Queenstown, New Zealand

Queenstown Helicopter-Snowmobile Tour – Queenstown, New Zealand

You don’t have to be a hobbit to enjoy an adventure in New Zealand! If you don’t have to worry about destroying the One Ring, why not enjoy the country’s only helicopter and snowmobiling tour? Small groups (maximum of 6) take a helicopter tour over the country to see the beautiful Southern Alps and Mt. Cook.

After landing, your tour guide will take you for some of the most remote snowmobiling you can ask for in the entire country. Incredible scenic views and a once in a lifetime adventure, what more can you ask for?

The 3 Most Incredible Snowmobile Tours in the World

The world is full of amazing snowmobile tours!

The world is full of amazing snowmobile tours! Some of them are even right in your own backyard! But if you’re looking for an adventure that’s a little more worldly, hopefully, this blog gave you some ideas! But these are far from the only options.

All across the globe, anywhere there’s snow, you’ll find someone snowmobiling on it. So if you’re looking to get out of your own neck of the woods, consider taking some of these amazing snowmobile tours!

What You Need in Your Snowmobile Emergency Kit

emergency snowmobile kits are a smart thing to have with you every time you hit the trails

An On-The-Trail Survival Kit for Any Emergency Situation on Your Snowmobile

There’s nothing better than getting out on the trails on your snowmobile. It’s early on a Saturday, the kids are at their friend’s house, and you’re out on your snowmobile with all your best buds. There’s nothing more carefree in the world! But as carefree as you are when you’re out there, you can still run into emergency situations. The thing about an emergency is that you never plan on having one. But when you’re miles away from the nearest paved road, you need to be prepared for anything! So if you’re going out on the trails this weekend and want to stay safe, let’s talk about everything you need in your snowmobile emergency kit. 

Building Your Snowmobile First-Aid Kit

what do you need to be prepared for when you build your emergency snowmobile kit

What Do You Need To Be Prepared For? 

Before we begin building our snowmobile emergency kit we need to know what kind of snowmobile emergencies we are preparing for. Not everything in your kit is going to be for the highest emergency situations. Some things in the emergency kit will just be to make our riding experience a little easier.

So what kinds of actual emergencies are we preparing for?

  • Becoming Stranded – Snowmobiling often occurs in fairly remote places. Becoming lost, running out of gas, or running into mechanical issues with your snowmobile are all real possibilities
  • Injuries – Your snowmobile isn’t the only thing that can break down. Taking a nasty spill can bang up your bike, but banging up your body is an even worse result. 
  • Snowmobile Trouble – Sometimes an emergency isn’t anything as dramatic as an avalanche. Sometimes just going a couple of seasons without any maintenance will put you in a situation where your snowmobile is in trouble and so are you.

What Do you Need in Your Snowmobile Emergency Kit?

These are far from the only emergencies we will find ourselves in out on the trails. However, these are some of the most common troubles we’re going to have. You can’t prepare for everything that’s going to happen out there, but you can be prepared for what you can expect. 

What Do you Need in Your Snowmobile Emergency Kit?

Food and Water 

In an emergency situation, the most important thing you can do is to keep your wits about you. That, of course, means staying awake and alert and one of the best ways to do that is to keep hydrated and eat high-calorie snacks. Of course, this keeps your energy levels up, but it also does another really important thing: it keeps your body temperature high while you’re out in the cold.

for your kit, get foods that are high in calorie content and easy to carry around.

Some examples of great, light-weight, high-calorie snacks to bring with you on your rides are:

  • Nuts
  • Energy Bars
  • Granola
  • Peanut Butter

Mainly you want to get foods that are high in calorie content and easy to carry around. We don’t want to take up too much space trying to pack a whole steak dinner.

first aid kits are an essential part to have with your emergency snowmobile kit

First- Aid Kit

One of the emergencies we absolutely need to be prepared for is a personal injury. This could be anything as minor as getting a scrape or twisting an ankle or as serious as a broken bone. The main thing to remember is that we can never be sure what sort of emergencies might occur, so we need to prepare for anything. Here are some things you should think about keeping in your mobile first-aid kit:

  • Bandages of varying sizes
  • Gauze for dressing wounds
  • Tape and scissors
  • An antiseptic cream
  • Aspirin
  • Disposable, sterile gloves

You don’t need to have a mobile hospital with you. These are some of the essentials, and you’ll probably bring a little more but you don’t need to make every pound you pack first-aid equipment. The point of your first-aid kit is simply to keep an injured person safe and comfortable until emergency responders get to you. 

you should never leave home for the trails without your cellphone.

Electronics 

Of course, you should never leave home for the trails without your cellphone. How else would you know it was dinner time? In addition to your phone, though, there are some electronics we can pack up to bring with us to keep us safe in emergency situations.

The first item you want to consider is a backup battery for your mobile phone. You don’t want to be waiting for emergency responders and worrying that they won’t be able to find you with a dead cell phone.

Another item you should consider investing in is an avalanche transceiver or avalanche beacon. An avalanche beacon is a small radio device that you keep on your person. The device emits regular radio pulses that emergency responders would be able to find if you were caught in an avalanche under the snow. However, this is NOT a replacement for knowing snow and trail conditions

One more thing you need to be prepared for is your snowmobile breaking down.

Replacement Parts

One more thing you need to be prepared for is your snowmobile breaking down. While you’re not going to bring a whole new motor with you, there are some simple items you can keep with you while you’re on the trail. Some light-weight spare parts to keep with you are:

  • An extra drive belt
  • Some spark plugs
  • Basic tools to perform repairs

You might also want to consider what’s going to happen if you get yourself stuck in a ditch. Bringing along some rope to help pull yourself out isn’t a bad idea. 

bring some rope just in case you get stuck on the trail

Staying Safe until Help Arrives

So if you do run into that emergency, there’s another factor to consider: how to keep yourself safe until help arrives. Here are some things you can keep with you to make staying safe and getting found easier:

 Study your maps before you leave and try to stay in areas where you can locate yourself.
  • Waterproof matches/lighter and a hatchet: If you’re going to be stuck for a while a warm fire is going to be your best friend. A small hatchet or wood saw to cut down some tinder will make this much easier
  • Maps: while you obviously have GPS on your cell-phone, you also want to have a good idea of where you are. Study your maps before you leave and try to stay in areas where you can locate yourself. That way emergency responders can locate you later on.

Staying Safe with Your Snowmobile Emergency Kit

 when you’re gone for a few hours in the heart of the forest, you’re running into different kinds of danger, so make sure you have a snowmobile emergency kit ready

Staying safe when you’re out on the trail takes more than just a helmet. The truth is, you never quite know what’s going to happen when you leave the house. That’s always true.

But when you’re gone for a few hours in the heart of the forest, you’re running into different kinds of danger. It could be wildlife, forces of nature, or just making the wrong move on your snowmobile. No matter what happens, if you follow these tips you will stay prepared for anything!

Three Really Great Snowmobile Clubs in California

Check out our blog about three great snowmobile clubs in California!

Good Clubs to Join for Riding in the Good Snow

If you’re not a Californian, you might be looking at this and thinking, “Really? Snowmobile clubs?”. Well, that’s right! We’ve got a lot more to us than just the sand dunes and Hollywood Boulevard, you know.

Riders in California know that depending on what part of the state you’re from, you can get some seriously nice powder! But maybe you’re new to the area, or just new to riding. Don’t worry, we’ve got you covered! Check out these three great snowmobile clubs in California!

Good Riding Starts with Good Company: Snowmobile Clubs in California

Good Riding Starts with Good Company: Snowmobile Clubs in  California

Snowmobiling is about more than just kicking up fresh powder. It’s about the community we create. It’s about the friends we make and the friends we love to ride with. It’s also about family, respect, and being the best rider you can be!

Butte Meadows Hillsiders

butte meadows hillsiders is a great snowmobile club in CA

The first club on our list is the Butte Meadows Hillsiders located in Chico, California. The club was founded 30 years ago in 1990. They now boast over 130 miles of groomed trails in the Lassen National Forest area. In addition to all of the trails, the club also owns a regularly maintained warming hut to keep you warm on those long winter days!

You can become a member for as little as thirty dollars and reap all the benefits of this awesome club. Some additional club perks are activities like their yearly Poker Run, and tons of other activities put on by members. One of the best features is that members receive email updates called the “Groomer’s Flash”. The Flash updates members with snow conditions, trail conditions, and other members-only info. Just make sure you read up on the laws for snowmobiling in Lassen National Forest!

Mt. Shasta Snowmobile Club

Mt. Shasta Snowmobile Club is one of the snowmobile clubs in california that people love

Mt. Shasta Sno-Monilers, Inc. was formed way back in 1973. They gained non-profit status in 1996, and they have been doing incredible work with the community ever since. In addition to being a great crew of people to go out riding and have fun with, they also give back. They have participated in volunteer programs, snowmobile safety courses, and much more. They proudly serve the Tri-Forest Snowmobile Trail System.

Speaking of the trails, one of the best parts of this club is the huge area they cover. Mt. Shasta club members have access to four different snowmobile parks and a combined 260 miles of groomed trails. It’s a great club for riding with friends, the family, and everyone in between!

Bucks Lake Snow Drifters

The Bucks Lake Snow Drifters lay claim to a huge swath of over 100 miles of groomed trails across Plumas County, California.

The Bucks Lake Snow Drifters have been proud members of the California-Nevada Snowmobile Association since 1982. That’s nearly 40 years of proud snowmobiling excellence! The Bucks Lake Snow Drifters lay claim to a huge swath of over 100 miles of groomed trails across Plumas County, California.

Of course, the Snow Drifters hold events like an annual poker run for their members. They also have a scholarship for young snow drifters with big academic dreams! If you want to see what kinds of amazing slopes await you near Bucks Lake, take a look at their gallery!

La Porte Snowmobile Club 

who says california doesn't have some of the best snowmobiling trails in the country?

The La Porte Snowmobile Club, located in Marysville, California is another club you should definitely know about! They have over 60 miles of groomed trails devoted to the club in the Plumas National Forest. In addition to snowmobiles, rangers, RZRs, and Can-Ams are able to access the OHV trails in the forest. For a full list of regulations, check out their website.

Speaking of, one of the best parts of this club, aside from their community presence and great events, is their website! They also have a scholarship that academic riders can apply for as well as event updates. However, one of the best parts is that they have a link to the live weather report in La Porte so you always know how the trails are!

The Best Snowmobile Clubs in California

see the beauty of California from the comfort of your sled, check out these snowmobile clubs!

Waste-deep in snow, wind howling by your head, and beautiful scenery all around you. Is there anything more appealing for snowmobiling? If that sounds like heaven to you, the place you’re really thinking of is California!

California has the beaches, the entertainment, the fashion, but they’ve also got the snowmobiling! It’s a sport beloved by Californians just as much as any other! So if you want to see the beauty of California from the comfort of your sled, check out these snowmobile clubs!

7 Awesome Snowmobile Tricks… with Videos!

TMS Parts brings you a blog with some awesome snowmobile tricks

The Coolest Things You Can Do on a Track and Two Skis

Snowmobilers are a special breed of daredevils. Is taking your snowmobile out into the wilderness in zero-degree weather dangerous enough? Definitely. Do snowmobilers like to take it farther than that? Also definitely. Much farther than that! If you’ve been mountain riding or seen the Winter X-Games, you already know it: snowmobilers are some of the craziest riders out there. But if you need to have the point proven, or you just want to see some amazing videos, check out these 7 awesome snowmobile tricks!

Awesome Snowmobile Tricks: The Basics

Carving is one of the best awesome snowmobile tricks

7. Carving

Before you learn to run, you have to learn how to walk, right? Well before you can get to the X-Games, you probably have to learn how to carve like the pros

6. Wheelies

One of the first tricks you might see folks attempting is the wheelie. How about these awesome wheelies on the mountain tops of British Columbia?

5. Turn-Up

Not every trick is about showing off your finesse. Sometimes it’s just about finessing your way out of a sticky situation, like a row of trees you don’t imagine are going to get up and move any time soon.

The Heavy Hitters

Okay, so we’ve covered some of the basics, and you can probably do at least a couple of these. How about some stuff we’re only going to see the pros do? Take a look at some of these amazing snowmobile tricks!

4. Daniel Bodin’s Seat Grab Indy Backflip

There are few legends in the world of snowmobiling like Daniel Bodin. He is an athlete in the truest sense of the word. One of his greatest moments was this seat-grab Indy backflip by at the 2017 Winter X games. He went on to win the Gold in 2019… don’t worry, we’ll get to it in a bit!

3. Caleb Moore Winning the Silver at the Winter X Games

Caleb Moore was a rider well-known for his innovation and his daring skills. He definitely proved both of those with this incredible Superman Seatgrab into Carolla and ending with a no-handed landing. It doesn’t get much more nerve-wracking!

2. Heath Frisby’s Legendary Front Flip

In the world of snowmobiling, folks are always pushing themselves to the limit. For the incredible folks competing in the Winter X-Games, this is maybe truer than ever. We see constant leaps forward in what folks are capable of like the world’s first-ever front flip on a snowmobile performed by Heath Frisby in 2012.

1. Daniel Bodin Winning the Gold in the Freestyle Competition, 2019

So, sure we might have already talked about Bodin’s legendary skills, but we had to give it up for him a second time with this run. Bodin won his first gold in the freestyle competition back in 2011. Almost a decade later, Bodin came back fired up more than ever and performed these mind-boggling backflip combos! When they say no rest for the wicked, they must be talking about Bodin!

The Coolest Way to Have Fun in the Snow

If you’re reading this, you probably already know that there’s no better way to have fun in the winter than by riding a snowmobile. Learning tricks can make it even more fun, but just make sure you’re always practicing with a buddy and doing it safely! We don’t all land the front-flip on the first try!

The Best Snowmobile Trails in California

the best snowmobile trails in california

The Best Groomed Snowmobile Trails on the West Side of the Country

When you think of California you’re probably thinking of sandy beaches, surfing, and the Hollywood Hills. California is a gigantic state, though, and this is just a small piece of what it has to offer. In addition to great hiking in their lovely national forests and amazing weather year-round, they also have some amazing snowmobile trails. While you might not think of snow in California first when you think of the state, it gets plenty! If you’re looking for a new place to ride, or you want to learn something new about the state, here are the best snowmobile trails in California!

The Best Trails To Ride In California

California isn’t all palm trees and beaches! For the local riders, you already know there are plenty of great places to get into the wilderness and ride. If you’re a little skeptical, check out our list of the best trails to ride in California. While there are dozens of trails in California, and these obviously aren’t all of them, they are some of the most popular and beloved! 

If you’re thinking about checking out any of these awesome trails, make sure you’re prepared! Take a look at our favorite snowmobiling apps to help you ride safely!

the china wall foresthill divide winter trails are super great

China Wall / Foresthill Divide Winter Trails

We begin our journey in Sacramento, California with the China Wall/Forest Hill Divide trails. In the summer, this beautiful national park is great for hiking, camping, and enjoying the beautiful California wildlife. However, in the winter, when the OHV trails are closed for use by dirt bikers, the real fun begins!

In the winter, snowmobile riders can enjoy 15 miles of groomed trails through the California forest. While the area is great for camping in the summer, it’s even better for riding in the winter. The trail is also accessed by snowshoers and cross-country skiers, so it’s important to be mindful when you’re on the trail.

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Mammoth Lakes

Mammoth Lakes, located in Mammoth, California, is another exceptional snowmobiling destination in the Golden State. It’s an incredibly popular destination at all times of the year, and for good reason. The summer offers camping and hiking, there is great foliage viewing in the fall, and of course, winter brings snow sports!

Mammoth Lakes has hundreds of miles of roads and trails to discover. It’s a great place to go over and over again and always get a unique experience. They even have some fan-favorite rides like the trail from Shady Rest to Bald Mountain. It provides great views of the mountain range along with a beautiful system of trails and open-country riding.

little truckee summit winter trails are so much fun

Little Truckee Summit Winter Trails

Located in Tahoe, California, the Little Truckee Summit Winter Trails is a great destination for serious riders. In the winter, there are more than 100 miles of groomed trails for snowmobilers. Trails range from easy to more difficult terrains depending on the length of the ride you want to take. It’s the best kind of “choose-your-own-adventure” story!

This area is heavily trafficked by snowmobilers. While skiing is not prohibited, it is not recommended. While this is bad news for skiers, it’s great news for riders! For the daring folks, there is also free camping available at the Little Truckee Summit parking area, however, not year-round. Camping is permitted for 7 or fewer days between mid-February and mid-April

Sherman Pass is  one of the best snowmobile trails in california

Sherman Pass / Kern Plateau Area 

Sherman Pass in Sequoia National Forest isn’t one of the most fearsome trails in California, but it’s one of the most popular. While the Sherman Pass trail is only 25 miles by itself, riding the pass will give you great access to other trails in the Kern Plateau area. The Sherman Pass trail is well-groomed, and it’s great for beginning riders.

The greater Kern Plateau area offers more than 100 miles of additional trails to explore with a range of riding difficulties. The trail will take you along rolling hills, beautiful ridgelines, and perfectly groomed trails. There is plenty to explore for the more seasoned riders in your group. However, for any beginners, there are few trails that offer such easy riding with such great rewards.

Yuba Pass is one of the best snowmobile trails in California, we swear!

Yuba Pass

The Yuba Pass in Tahoe, California might just take the whole cake for great trails in California. The Yuba Pass is home to more than 150 miles of trails that are groomed and maintained by the California/Nevada Snowmobile Association. The pass offers fantastic views of the Sierra mountains and valley. It’s accessible for snowmobilers, snowshoers, and hikers.

This park is heavily trafficked by both snowmobilers and other snow-enthusiasts. It’s a popular destination for skiing, snowshoeing and of course, snowmobiling. There is a very short shared-trail for snowmobilers and skiers, but the paths quickly diverge. There is a lot to explore in the Yuba Pass with easy access for snowmobilers to other highways and trail systems.

Take a look at this awesome ride in the Yuba Pass.

Getting the Most from Your Winter in California

California is a beautiful place to ride your sled this winter

California is a beautiful state. This isn’t a secret. What might be a secret is just how much fun you can have on a sled in the Californian winters. So don’t think that California is only good for a summer vacation destination. Any local rider can tell you, there are some really amazing trails to ride in California. So if you’re looking for a new, great place to ride, check out these awesome snowmobile trails in California!

TMS Parts Recap: the Best Snowmobile Apps of 2019

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Beyond Paper Maps: The Best Snowmobile Apps for your Smart Phone

The tech-savvy snowmobiler knows that the days of paper maps are long gone. But there are plenty of more ways that your smartphone can make your riding life much easier. The Maps app on your phone can already give you an idea of where you can ride. However, these apps will give you an idea of so much more! If you want to see your trails in real-time and navigate your snowmobile through places you’ve never seen before, keep reading! We’re going to talk about all of the best snowmobile apps out there in 2019.

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Our Favorite Snowmobile Apps of the Year!

Whether you’ve got an iPhone, Android device, or otherwise, you’re going to love these fantastic snowmobile apps. Each one offers something slightly different and has its own advantages and disadvantages. Let’s take a look at the best snowmobile apps of the year.

best snowmobile apps for the year

OFSC Interactive Trail Guide

This app is a little more niche than the rest on our list, but if you’re looking for the best snowmobile trail map for Ontario, you’ve found it! The OFSC Interactive Trail Guide app is absolutely the best source for trails in Ontario, Canada. The app downloads several maps daily to keep you and your ride group constantly informed of all the opened and closed trails in the region.

There are more than 18,000 miles of trails in the province of Ontario. If you’re a Canadian citizen or an American visiting for the snowmobile vacation of a lifetime, the OFSC app is just what you needed. View real-time trail conditions, fuel stops close to your location, and plenty more!

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Backcountry Navigator

Maybe you’re not an Ontario native, though. What are you going to use when you get back home? Sure, you’ve got your GPS app, but you can do even better. Well, luckily for our Canadian readers and our American readers, the Backcountry Navigator app covers 5 Canadian provinces and 27 U.S. states!

The Backcountry Navigator app has nearly 200,000 miles of trails in its database. There are thousands of numbered intersections and trails, and you can even search for the specific trail you’re looking for. Another great feature is that the app doesn’t require a WiFi or data connection that drains your battery. Backcountry Navigator works offline to save your battery life. You can even view previously downloaded maps while you’re offline. Conserve your battery life without ever getting lost!

get a weather app that also helps you on the trails

RadarScope

Having an accurate weather app on your phone is important for day to day life. You want to know when you’re going to need that umbrella or pair of gloves before you leave the house. But if you’re out camping and riding, the 7-day forecast doesn’t mean so much. You need to know what weather is happening today, and where it’s happening.

One great way to keep up to date on the weather while you’re in the middle of it is with the RadarScope app. RadarScope shows you the weather radar in real-time. Watch how storms are moving around your camping area so you can know what to avoid and where to plan your rides during the day. If you love to get out into the wilderness and really experience it, RadarScope is an essential part of your tool kit. 

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Polaris Ride Command App

We’ve talked about a few really great apps, but perhaps our very favorite one is the Polaris Ride Command app for the iPhone and Android. Ride Command gives you the ultimate eagle’s eye view of your ride group. You can designate one of your riders as the leader, and every member will be able to see their exact GPS position. You’ll also be able to see the trail, and how you can go about getting back to them. The app even acts as a convenient portal for calling or texting the other members of your crew, and a way to invite even more members!

The Ride Command app will ask you to choose whether you’re looking for a snowmobile or ATV trail, and the rest is easy! You can record your trips and add waypoints so you never lose track of that awesome trail you didn’t plan on finding. The app also shows you points of interest and rest stops on your journey. 

We already talked about a weather app, but if you like the minimalist approach to your phone, the Ride Command app has a weather function in it. It also allows you to register your ride group’s vehicles to see warranty information, keep maintenance records, and see the closest dealers to perform services on your snowmobiles. 

We love all of these apps, but the Ride Command app really does it all!

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Get Ready to Ride with Confidence with the Best Snowmobile Apps

You don’t have to ride blind into a storm when you go out for the afternoon. You don’t have to spend your week researching trails to have a safe ride, either. If you’re looking for a way to enhance your riding experience this season, you’ve found the right article! Take a look at each app’s website and find the perfect snowmobile app to make 2020 the best riding season ever!

Look at these 7 Awesome Vintage Snowmobiles

7 vintage snowmobiles you just have to read about

Respecting the Classics

Around the holiday season, it’s easy to get worked up about the new snowmobiles on the block. They’ve got new electric starts, BlueTooth sound systems, and digital displays. They’ve got all the new gear to really turn heads. But nothing really turns heads like a classic, right? There’s just something about those old race sleds that takes you back. The shape, the sound of the motor – it all makes you think of the glory riding days of yesteryear. Let’s take a minute to walk down memory lane and look at 7 awesome vintage snowmobiles!

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The 7 Best Vintage Snowmobiles Through the Ages

People like to say, “They don’t make them like they used to.” While we’re pretty big fans of all the innovations in making more efficient engines and safer sleds, seeing these old models definitely brings you back. How many of these classic sleds do you remember from the glory days?

1966 Arctic Cat Panther 

the 1966 vintage arctic cat panther snowmobile

The early Arctic Cat Panthers were legendary in many respects. The first reason for this being on our list is that this is one of the sleds that secured Arctic Cat’s place as a major snowmobile name. In the mid and late 1960s, Ski-Doo was the major name in the snowmobiling world. However, with the Panther, Arctic Cat began to break out from the pack.

Not only did we get a beautiful body from the Panther, but it also had a beautiful design. Fiberglass replaced heavy iron on the hood, shedding a lot of weight off the sled. It also featured slide rails instead of rollers inside the track. This snowmobile also had the engine placed in the front rather than the middle or back of the sled, giving riders weight where they needed it to help with traction. It was an innovative machine, and if you can believe it, beautiful, too.

1975 Ski-Doo TNT 

the 1975 vintage ski doo TNT snowmobile

Speaking of the big boys on the block, how about the 1975 Ski-Doo TNT? That’s not “TNT” as in “this sled is the bomb” (although it is), but actually Track n’ Trail. This sled was truly ready for it all. The first model of TNT was released in 1969, and this model persisted for over a decade. 

Most notable about this snowmobile was the sleek, trimmed-down design. You can see a definite progression in design between the comparatively clunky Panther and the slimmer TNT, especially in regard to aerodynamics. This Ski-Doo really put its focus on great handling and performance. 

1976 Yamaha SRX 340 

the shiny 1976 yamaha SRX 340 snowmobile

At its inception, the SRX was meant for a single purpose: speed. This model was designed to go fast, make tight turns, and keep cruising until the 2.6-gallon gas tank ran dry. The sled had aluminum skis, a tachometer because the speedometer was optional, and no windshield. We’re talking bare-bones speed.

Something really special about the ‘76 edition, the SRX 340, was that this was the first Yamaha to use a liquid-cooled engine. While earlier models were released as great options for normal trail riding, the SRX 340 was only meant as a race sled. It did the job well.

1980 Polaris TXL Indy 

the 1980 polaris TXL indy

In the earlier days of snowmobile riding, sleds were made for just that purpose – riding. Racing wasn’t as hot a spot as it is these days. We didn’t see many designs specifically for speed, but if you’re paying attention, you can see that those are some of our favorites. The Polaris TXL Indy was another one of these race sleds built to absolutely smoke the competition.

The Polaris TXL Indy featured great handling, sleek design, and really great suspension that made it easy to ride. You might often see in those days that factory racers could really only win on the sled they knew best. The TXL Indy was so well-rounded that just about anyone could hop on and start competing – and do it well. 

1980 Yamaha Enticer 

the 1980 yamaha enticer

Okay, so we’ve talked about some race sleds, but those aren’t the only ones that matter to us. All snowmobiles are beautiful! So how about we take a look at one of the most well-rounded factory vintage snowmobiles from the glory days, the Yamaha Enticer!

It didn’t have the sharp angles of the race sleds or the intimidating front end. That’s because the Enticer didn’t need them. What the Enticer offered was a great entry-level sled that any Tom, Dick, or Harry could hop on and have a great time. It was designed for easy use, with an oil-injection engine and disc brakes, but it retailed for only $1,000 dollars when it first came out in 1977. 

If you were a newer rider looking for something that you could enjoy without getting in too far over your head with mechanics, this was a perfect choice.

1982 Arctic Cat Jag 

1982 arctic cat jag vintage snowmobiles

Around the early ‘80s, we start to see snowmobiles taking a much more familiar shape. One of our favorite sleds from this time is the Arctic Cat Jag. Its design was much closer to our contemporary ideas of how a sled looks, unlike its more boxy predecessors. The Jag had a windshield, speedometer, great rear suspension, and looked pretty, to boot. 

While this wasn’t one of the top-tier sleds giving onlookers whiplash, it was a beautiful and solid machine. It was another great design from Arctic Cat that helped to keep them at the forefront of snowmobile design at the time.

1984 Yamaha Phazer 

1984 yamaha phazer was one of the coolest vintage snowmobiles

While they can’t all be winning race sleds, the Yamaha Phazer was definitely one of the winners. The Phazer’s cousin, the Enticer, was a great entry-level snowmobile. The Phazer, on the other hand, was what you would upgrade to once you got a taste for Yamaha engineering. 

So what made the Phazer so slick? It’s all in that aerodynamic design. A pivoting headlight aided in safely making it through the course. The excellent IFS and long-travel rear suspension gave it incredible handling. The combination of the sled’s lightweight and the tapered body and running boards made it hard to keep up with on the snow.

Our Picks for the Best Vintage Snowmobiles

We’ve come a long way in the snowmobiling world. Personally, we’re pretty glad that a speedometer comes stock on your sled now. How else can you know if you’re feeding the need for speed?

But, ignoring our technological advancements, there’s just something about those old sleds. The clunky bodies, the work, and dedication we put into vintage snowmobiles… the falls and scrapes we took along the way. It was all part of the learning curve. Looking back on it now, we wouldn’t have it any other way.

TMS Parts Shows You How to Winterize a Motorcycle

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How to Store your Bike until Next Riding Season

It’s officially the saddest time of the year: time to think about putting your bike into storage. For some of us in the sunniest states, it’s not something you need to worry about. For the rest of us living in a winter wonderland, storing your bike for the winter months is essential. There are a few schools of thought as to the best methods for winterizing a motorcycle. However, not all of these methods work equally well, and we want to dispel the myths. So if you’ve never done it before, or you want to see if you’ve been doing it right, here’s everything you need to know about how to winterize a motorcycle. 

Simple Steps for Winterizing Your Motorcycle

Here are a few simple steps for winterizing your motorcycle. Follow along to give your bike the best protection until those temperatures start to rise again.

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Keep Exposed Metal Safe – Take it Inside

The best advice will always be to keep your bike inside a temperature-controlled environment like a garage. The main reason for doing so is to protect against condensation. Condensation can cause corrosion and rust that will ruin the integrity of your motorcycle.

Of course, not all of us have access to a temperature-controlled garage. One great alternative is to rent a storage unit for your bike. Many are temperature-controlled. Even if it’s not, your bike is far better off sitting inside a storage unit than parked on the street with a tarp over it. 

It’s going to save you from damage caused by condensation and one other thing. One of the biggest enemies to your stored motorcycle is going to be animals like field mice, rats, and more that are looking for a warm place to sleep. Keeping your bike inside doesn’t just keep the cold out, it keeps the critters out, too. 

Also, make sure when your bike is ready for storage that you seal it up. Plug up any hole (like your exhaust) with anything you have handy to keep animals from making it their winter getaway.

fresh lube oil and a coat of wax is how to winterize a motorcycle

Fresh Oil, Lube, and a Coat of Wax

Using a motorcycle-specific soap, wash down your bike. Get off all the dirt, bugs, and other debris it’s been collecting this season. This is going to protect the paint while it’s sitting for a while. Make sure you put a fresh layer of wax over the painted surfaces for extra protection.

Likewise, you want to treat any exposed metal surfaces with polish for the same reason. You also want to treat any moving parts with lubricant. If your bike is going to be sitting for a few months, this will help it wake up and get rolling in the spring. 

If you’ve got a chain-driven bike, don’t forget about that chain! Take your bike out for one last good ride and get the chain warm. Then when you’re ready to winterize your motorcycle, hit the chain with a fresh layer of lubricant. Doing this while your chain is still warm will help to move the lubricant throughout all of the pieces of the chain. Of course, this results in better protection from rust.

wondering how to winterize a motorcycle? winterize the fuel system too

Winterize Your Fuel System

There are two methods for protecting your fuel system. The first is to simply empty your tank entirely. Left sitting for a long time, gasoline can turn into a dense sludge that your bike won’t be able to ignite. It can ruin your fuel tank and potentially your bike.

The second method is to fill your fuel tank and add some fuel stabilizer to the tank. You want to put your motorcycle into storage with the gas tank at about 90% full if you choose this method. This is going to prevent condensation from forming in your tank. Adding a fuel stabilizer and letting it run through your bike’s fuel system will keep your fuel fresh and healthy.

time to do some work!

Fresh Oil and Filters

Nothing fancy here. You just want to be prepared for that first spring ride. Along with your fuel, you don’t want your old oil to get stale sitting around for a few months. You can prevent that from happening by changing your oil and filters. This is going to keep the inside of your engine happy and healthy.

Check Your Levels

To give your bike the full treatment, you really want to change your brake fluid, clutch fluid, and transmission fluid if your bike uses them. At the very least, you want to top off those levels to make sure your bike is ready for the first spring ride. 

Remove the Battery

This is another simple one. You just want to remove your battery and make sure you store it in a cool, dry place. If you have an older battery, you might want to think about picking up a battery tender. That way you can make sure your battery keeps its charge over winter.

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Keep Your Tires Protected From Flat Spots

When you finally winterize your motorcycle, it’s going to be in one place for a long time. During that time you want to take the stress off of your tires. Use a center stand (not your kickstand) to elevate your bike. Getting your tires off the ground will keep them from forming flat spots where it’s been sitting. 

If you don’t have a center stand, put a rug or piece of plywood under your tires. This will help prevent those flat spots and will also keep your tires from absorbing moisture from the ground.

how to winterize a motorcycle for a better spring ride

Winterizing Your Motorcycle For a Better Spring Ride

Winterizing your motorcycle can take some work. However, don’t focus on the work. Focus on how much easier it’s going to be getting back on the road in spring. If you properly winterize your motorcycle, getting it running when the weather gets warmer will be a snap. If you’re planning on doing a little early riding, make sure you check out our tips for winter riding and stay safe out there!