It may be the dead of winter, but riding season is just around the corner. The Sports Techie community blog loves machines with technology that provide sport and recreation opportunities for individuals or families like motocross and all terrain vehicles so start planning now! When the snow finally clears, be ready with new gear, new tools and a newfound sense of adventure:
Give an ATV Adventure
It pays to have a professional show you where the awesome trails are. The Alaska Backcountry Adventure Tours gives guided ATV tours throughout the year in the Alaskan wilderness. See grizzly bears fishing for salmon, or try your hand at fishing in glacier-fed streams and then hike on that same glacier. You can experience an ATV adventure for around $400 a day, which includes three meals, a tent, sleeping bag, pad and ATV. Don’t forget to bring your camera and enthusiasm. Photo by Police and Border Guard Border via Flickr
Start It Anywhere
You can have extra power wherever you go. The Antigravity Micro-Start Battery is a lithium ion battery that will slip into your pocket or backpack. It will perform multiple jump-starts before needing to be recharged. A side benefit is that it will jump cars, trucks and anything else that runs on battery power. It also will charge your mobile phone, laptop and tablet. The Antigravity Micro-Start Battery is a pocket-sized powerhouse. The XP-1 comes with 12 volts, 19 volt ports and 18 adapter tips for around $150. Be the one on the trail with the power.
Pack It Up
The Thor Hydropack backpack, available at Motosport’s online ATV store, is designed to keep you hydrated on long rides. The hydration unit will satisfy your thirst on the trail while the pockets give easy access to snacks, first-aid kits, tools and supplies. Load it up with spare parts and you’ll never be stranded again. If you are, there’s a pocket for your cell phone just in case. For $69.95, you can ride off into the sunset confident that you’re prepared for anything.
The First and Last Tool
Your off-road toolkit is not complete without a Leatherman Super Tool 300 strapped to your side or in your backpack. For around $100, you’ll have one of the best Leatherman multi-tools made. This is the 30th anniversary edition with heavy, sloped handles that let you easily work it with gloves on. Even the various tools can be pulled out with gloves. Great for cold weather repairs, this is not your discount store multi-tool. Plus, it will probably outlive several of your bikes. Photo by Jonas Bergsten via Wikimedia Commons
Say What Is on Your Mind
For just $19, tell the world what you’re thinking with an ATV custom license plate from The Trails Path. With a variety of backgrounds, image designs and fonts, you can completely customize your plate. Or send in a photo to be included. With three lines of text, tell the world “Get Off My Trail!” or “If You Can Read This, You’re on Your Head!”
Fix It Yourself
Clymer Manuals run about $35 and are available for all types of off-road vehicles. Made for the DIY rider, each manual contains step-by-step instructions for simple maintenance, and major engine and transmission rebuilding. The manuals have detailed photography and views of exploded parts so you can find the smallest nut and bolt. The Clymer Manuals are not just reference manuals, they are for the enthusiast who wants to do real hands-on bike work.
Sports Techie, Living in Washington gives my friends who ATV plenty of wide open spaces around the state to enjoy this outdoor activity whether you go ride by yourself or with others like family or neighbors.
Adventure and sports tech go hand-in-hand so when you shop for ATV gifts, be sure to include a new helmet, GPS app and smartphone cam to capture the best moments and share them on your social media network so others can enjoy your activity and perhaps be inspired to do the same.
Batteries are technologies lifeblood so be sure to shop wisely and purchase the right systems that will keep you riding as long as you want. Fixing broken parts is the nature of mechanical solutions, a digital or paper manual will help ensure that the adventure continues.
If you roadtrip to Alaska or live there, an ATV experience is a must if you can manage it. Enjoy your ATV time wherever you ride, respect the natural order of things and stay off delicate land where your wheels may cause damage irreplaceable plant and animal life.
If you know of any ATV adventures other Sports Techie community members may want to consider, or if you know of other products and gear that are a must have, please share this information below as a blog comment or on our social media network links below.
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