Archive for the ‘ATV’ Category

Turn Up the Heat and Extend Your Riding Season

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Most cars offer the option of heated seats and steering wheels these days, but where you really need auxiliary electric heating in winter is on your bike or ATV. Once upon a time, motorcycle electrical systems were so marginal that having the headlight always on could cause premature failure. Those bikes could barely handle an electric vest. But that was more than 30 years ago, and motorcycle charging systems are much more robust. Besides, modern technology has developed standalone, rechargeable heated clothing that doesn’t need to be connected to a bike at all.

Heated Grips

Heated grips are an inexpensive and popular upgrade to any bike, or anything that get’s ridden in the cold and/or wet weather.… Read the rest

The Indomitable Little Honda – From Super Cub to ATC to Grom and Back Again

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There are few modern products of any type that are currently in production in a form anything like what they were 60+ years ago. A time traveler from the 1950s would barely recognize our modern cars, appliances, televisions, aircraft, or ships, yet the 2019 Honda Super Cub would immediately be recognized by anyone who had one back then. The new Super Cub (C100) evolves the same essential ingredients Soichiro Honda combined into the first prototype in 1957, and it has only gotten better with time. As a testament to the Honda laydown single, in all its variations, our manual for the 1965-99 Honda 50-110cc OHC singles is one of our top 25 books every year, even now.… Read the rest

Clymer and Haynes at the AIMExpo in Las Vegas – Oct 11-14, 2018

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As the people who make the manuals at Haynes (our parent company) and Clymer we are naturally enthusiastic about powersports, so we love to get out and talk to other gearheads; the folks who buy our products. In October, during the the premier West Coast motorcycle rally, Las Vegas BikeFest, the American International Motorcycle Expo is taking place at the Mandalay Bay Convention Center from the 11th to the 14th, and we are excited to be there.

AIMExpo, as it is often called, is the biggest powersports industry get together in the USA, featuring the newest product from manufacturers of cruisers, scooters, sport bikes, dirt bikes, ATVs, accessories, gear and more.… Read the rest

1993-2000 HONDA FOURTRAX 90cc ATV SHOP MANUAL VIDEO PREVIEW

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What’s in your toolbox? Clymer DIY repair manual for the Honda FourTrax 90cc quad covers all models from the 1993-2000 model years of this small easy to ride ATV. The Clymer manual for the FourTrax is written specifically for home users and enthusiasts, with clear pictures and explanations in plain English, and it is available on your tablet or smartphone too! Unlike OEM factory service manuals, which are designed for the professional, Clymer Manuals are written with the do-it-yourself mechanic in mind, not the expert. Be that as it may, many experts still swear by them! The most important tool in your tool box may be your Clymer manual, so get one today.… Read the rest

1998-2002 Suzuki LT-F500F QuadRunner ATV Service Manual Preview

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What’s in your toolbox? Clymer Manuals Suzuki LT-F500F QuadRunner manual covers all 1998-2002 examples of this do-it-all, go-anywhere, ATV. The Clymer manual for this quad is written specifically for home users and enthusiasts, with clear pictures and explanations in plain English, and it is available on your tablet or smartphone too! Unlike OEM factory service manuals, which are designed for the professional, Clymer Manuals are written with the do-it-yourself mechanic in mind, not the expert. Be that as it may, many experts still swear by them! The most important tool in your tool box may be your Clymer manual, so get one today.… Read the rest

Different Types of ATVs

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ATVs are as varied as their riders, all with different acceleration, rider and cargo capacities, handling characteristics, and ground clearance. With all these options, how do you keep it all straight? Fortunately, the ATV market is broken into some fairly straightforward segments.

Utility

If you are an avid hunter, camper, or own a ranch or farm, odds are you have spent some time on one of these big guys. The muscled up utility class is designed to be tough enough for serious work, and buyers responded by making this the most popular class of quads in North America. UTVs have a bigger engine than most other ATVs, which provides a ton of torque for crossing the worst terrain.… Read the rest

Get your ATV Ready for Spring!

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It’s a beautiful day and you head outside excited for an off-road adventure. You get on your quad and fire it up – only, it doesn’t start. After multiple tries it will crank, but not start. Your day of riding is over before it even started. What went wrong? You forgot the spring tune-up. Follow along as we get you ready for warm weather riding.

Change your oil, if you did not during winter service. Use the proper weight, to the fill level, and don’t be a cheapo; change the oil filter too.

While you are down there, take a look at the spark plugs, hoses, and belts, and replace as needed.… Read the rest

Buying a Used ATV

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Buying a used quad can be as fun as buying a used car. While the machines are very different, there can be the same smarmy dealership experience, and the potential for getting ripped off by buying someone else’s problems. Before you plop down your heard earned cash, let’s look at some good to know advice.

First, remember that you are buying a used machine, and it likely will not be perfect. This is not a bad deal, as the price comes down as wear goes up. Looking at ATVs on a budget? You can buy one 10 years old for a great price, and it won’t be pretty, but it could have many years of dependable riding left.… Read the rest

Winterizing Your ATV

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It’s almost time to head south and spend winter riding through southern Texas and New Mexico. If that isn’t an option for you, proper winter prep can keep your ATV in great condition. Just this little bit of work now will make next spring’s pre-season maintenance a breeze. Think of this as the big tune-up, assemble your parts, and go down the list.

Fuel

Gasoline, left over several months, will change its chemical composition. This is due to elements in the gas evaporating, making your machine run poorly, a common sign of “bad gas.” Fortunately, this is easily corrected with a couple dollars’ worth of fuel stabilizer, and filling the gas tank.… Read the rest

Ongoing ATV Maintenance

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Enjoying the riding season this year? We’re a bit past the halfway point, so it might be a good time to take a look at your ride to make sure there are no problems down the trail. Here’s some simple reminders about what to look at before your next ride.

Oil

When was the last oil change? If it’s been 6 months, or you have been riding hard and/or a lot, it is probably due. It’s cheap preventative maintenance to the ATV’s most critical and expensive components. Be sure to tighten the drain bolt to the proper torque. If the bolt is too loose, it’ll come out, and you won’t enjoy losing that on a rough ride.… Read the rest