Aug. 10, 2009 – ATV Digest

Yamaha’s grants now exceed $300,000 for ’09

The Yamaha OHV (Off-Highway Vehicle) Access Initiative GRANTed more than $110,000 in cash and equipment to ATV riding clubs, national forests, local land managers, recreational conservancy advocates and other members of the greater OHV community in the second quarter of this year.
These GRANTs bring Yamaha’s total contributions for 2009 to $300,000, and the total contributions to date to more than $985,000, in support of the Access Initiative’s mission to promote safe, responsible riding and open, sustainable riding areas.
In this second-quarter funding cycle, 12 Yamaha GRANTs (Guaranteeing Responsible Access to our Nation’s Trails) were awarded to fund projects that directly impact the access, safety and sustainability of OHV riding areas across the country. GRANT recipients for Q2 2009 include:

  • Black Hills National Forest (South Dakota)
  • Clark County Forestry and Parks Department (Wisconsin)
  • Dayton Valley Events Center (Nevada)
  • Florida Trail Riders
  • Green County ATV Club (Wisconsin)
  • Indian Creek Valley ATV Club (Pennsylvania)
  • Public Access Preservation Association (Colorado)
  • Portage Lakers ATV Club (Maine)
  • San Diego Off-Road Coalition (California)
  • The Cascade Project (Idaho)
  • Tri-County ATV Recreation and Rescue Association Inc. (Pennslyvania)
  • Van Buren Pine Runners ATV Club (Maine)
    “Yamaha’s commitment to the OHV community, demonstrated by the continued, aggressive GRANT funding and hands-on support, remains strong,” Mike Martinez, Yamaha’s general manager of ATV and side-by-side operations, said in a press release. “Yamaha considers it our duty as a leading OHV manufacturer to help support these efforts and ensure that OHV enthusiasts have open access to safe and sustainable riding areas.”

    More than 4,500 ATVs recalled by Polaris

    In cooperation with the Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC), Polaris Industries voluntarily recalled 4,700 ATVs due to a fire hazard, according to the CPSC.
    The recall includes the Polaris model year 2009 Sportsman ESP XP 850 and Sportsman XP 850. On the vehicles, the valve assembly can fail in freezing temperatures, causing oil to leak into the exhaust system. This could pose a fire and burn hazard to the rider, stated the CPSC.
    There have been six reports of the valve assembly failing in freezing temperatures, resulting in three small fires. Minor fire damage to air boxes, ignition coils and the seat were reported, according to the CPSC.
    The model and serial number identification decal is located on the left side of the machine on the frame rail below the front fender. psb

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