Jun. 2, 2008 – ATV Digest

Honda Recalls ATVs Because of Steering Control Loss

In cooperation with the Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC), American Honda Motor Co. recalled about 1,400 ATVs, according to the CPSC.
The 2008 Honda TRX500 ATVs were recalled because the electric power steering shaft could break unexpectedly, resulting in loss of steering control. No injuries or incidents have been reported.
The vehicles were sold nationally from October 2007-March for $6,850-$7,400. They came in red, black, olive, white and camouflage. The Honda and wing logo are printed on the fuel tank, and TRX500 is printed on the side panel just below the seat. Registered owners of the ATVs were sent direct notices.

Pennsylvania Grants $1.16 M to Recreational Trails

More than $1.16 million in grants were awarded to 19 Pennsylvania counties for 25 projects involving the planning, acquisition, construction and maintenance of recreational trails, according to the state’s Department of Conservation and Natural Resources.
The funding supports motorized and non-motorized recreation, including snowmobiling, ATV riding and off-road motorcycling. The grant program provides up to 80 percent of the project’s cost, with the applicant providing the remaining 20 percent.
The Pennsylvania Recreational Trails grants receive funding from the Federal Transportation Equity Act for the 21st Century. The grants provide funding to maintain, improve and restore existing trails; develop trailhead facilities; construct new trails; purchase and lease equipment needed to maintain trails; and provide educational programs to promote safety and environmental protection related to trails.

WPSA 2008 PowerSports ATV Tour Race Schedule Canceled

PowerSports Entertainment has suspended operations and as a result the WPSA 2008 PowerSports ATV Tour race schedule is now canceled, the company said in a press release May 1.
“All of us here at the WPSA regret that we have no choice but to suspend operations and cancel the ATV tour at this time,” said Rick Murphy, CEO. “We have been working diligently for many months to fundamentally improve our business model and acquire financing that would allow us to move forward, but we were not able to consummate the contemplated transactions and we foresee no significant increases in sponsorship or event revenue that would gap the projected deficits.”
Scott O’Malley, president, said “while the company is considering a variety of options, none of these options would happen quickly enough to justify running the WPSA Championship ATV Tour according to our established standards, and we believe that it is best to cancel the 2008 ATV season rather than attempt a watered-down version.
“We are attempting to find remedies that would allow us to resume operations, but at this time we have no firm solutions.” psb

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