Category: Riding & Racing

Dirt- Ranger 1000 Polaris 2018 Model

By Eileen Majors We stopped by Glende Polaris in Chico to see what they might recommend to our readers for ATV family fun this holiday season. She told us that families really enjoy the fun and workability of the Polaris Ranger. When it comes to work and play, Shaylee at Glende Polaris quickly recommended the all-new 2018 Ranger XP 1000. This new, more rugged, more refined model features over one hundred owner-inspired improvements. Setting a new standard for what a utility side-by-side can do, its modern design takes you to the next level when it comes to in-cab comfort. Its...

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Places To Go Off Road

California welcomes dirt bikers, snowmobilers, dune buggies, ATVs and 4 wheel drives in selected areas across the state. So, gather your gear! You’ll find 130+ terrain parks in California at OHV.parks.ca.gov. We chose a few NorCal favorites to share with you. Plumas National Forest Backcountry Discovery Trail. Pick up a Motor Vehicle Use Map (MVUM); it explains all travel regulations and is available free of charge at any Forest Service office, or download it at www.fs.usda.gov/Internet/FSE_DOCUMENTS/stelprdb5428383.pdf . Complete driving instructions are included, pointing out...

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Ridin’ Wild- Racing Schedules

By Melissa Wynn Spring has sprung in NorCal and that means racing has returned to Mountain Valley Living country.  Pack up your friends and family and enjoy the roar of the race track at these local favorites. American Valley Speedway – 204 Fairground Rd, Quincy 3/8 Mile Dirt Track Upcoming Events April 15, Play day all classes – starts at noon April 29, IMCA modifieds, Hobby Stocks, pure mini stocks & IMCA sport mods, dwarf cars May 5, Friday night dwarf nationals – IMCA sport mods & hobby stocks May 6, Saturday night dwarf nationals – IMCA modifieds &...

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Best Snowmobile Hot Spots

There is nothing like the feeling of a little wind in your face if you’re breaking through fresh powder on the top of a mountain somewhere, behind 700 cc of raw, untamed power. For some, that is exactly why they live where they live and do what they do. For many, a trailer is not even needed as alleys and access ways surround many of the rural communities in Lassen, Plumas and Sierra counties. As soon as the snow begins piling u p, the sleds are warming up. When kids are tucked in and most folks are settled in by a warm fire, you can hear the adventurous few heading out late-night after a...

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Westwood Museum +1.530.256.2233, WebDirecting.biz

The Westwood Museum, located in the little mountain community of Westwood, contains the artifacts of a once thriving logging town that was founded in 1913 by the Walker Family. During the time the town was owned by the Walker family, the nation experienced the Industrial Revolution, two World Wars and significant societal changes. The Red River Mill was the largest operating mill in North America. The town had a state-of-the-art hospital, a theater and opera house, the largest sawdust pile in the world and an indoor mall, said to be the first indoor mall in the United States. The people who...

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Hitting the dirt with Mikey Majors

When we talked to Mikey Majors of Westwood, he was eager to give us the scoop on the MRANN series. Being part of the organization is obviously important to Majors. He sees it as a big part of his riding agenda. “You get 50 extra points when you work with your club to put on a race,” he told us, “and the points add up to your season totals.” Many dirt bike enthusiasts from Northern Nevada and Northern California are involved in MRANN (Motorcycle Racing Association of Northern Nevada). The non-profit organization is comprised of volunteers working together to promote safe desert racing in the...

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Kool April Nites Showcasing Hot Classic Cars

Hot Classic Cars Cruising Kool April Nites Story by Stacy Fisher Photos courtesy Kool April Nites It’s almost time to rev your engines and drive, walk, or run to view a plethora of classic beauties cruising the neighborhoods of Redding during Kool April Nites. The car extravaganza runs from April 16 – 24. From the Kick-Off Show and Shines to the final day’s Show Awards, the entire Kool April Nites week is filled with fun and exploration. The weeklong happenings begin with a number of local businesses including the Kia dealership hosting Show and Shines featuring various vintage vehicles put...

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The Best Spots To Hit The Slopes

By Mara Dobyns (When it comes to riding, every hill or ski resort is not the same.) They all offer their own diverse set of benefits. Heavenly located on the south shore of Lake Tahoe is the region’s largest ski area. It has the highest elevation as well as the longest vertical drop. Plus the views are breathtaking. It sits on the border of California and Nevada and get this, you can actually ski or board across the border. Squaw Valley | Alpine Meadows found in north Lake Tahoe and spreading over more than 6,000 acres. The resort offers 42 lifts and 270 trails. They have a European inspired...

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Snowmobile Adventure

There is nothing like the feeling of a little wind in your face if you’re breaking through fresh powder on the top of a mountain somewhere, behind 700 cc of raw, untamed power. For some, that is exactly why they live where they live and do what they do. For many, a trailer is not even needed as alleys and access ways surround many of the rural communities in Lassen, Plumas and Sierra counties. As soon as the snow begins piling up, the sleds are warming up. When kids are tucked in and most folks are settled in by a warm fire, you can hear the adventurous few heading out late-night after a...

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Great Gifts for Riders! By Mikey Majors

The Motherload for any rider, 2016 Husqvarna FE 350 S Dual Sport With the introduction of the street legal variant of the FE 350, Husqvarna provides the freedom of everyday-riding on and off the dirt. Check it out at ChicoHonda.com. Riders will love showcasing this product on their shelves. This cool find is available at www.TwistedThrottle.com, a neat wooden puzzle to put together. This is a unique gift for dirt bike riders on your gift list. Who says dressing up can’t be fun? This sweater is available at www.teespring.com. If you are looking for something unique, this Riding Boot Christmas...

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Part-Time Four Wheel Drive

Part-Time Four Wheel Drive  By Paul Romesburg  (PT – 4WD), the point and the issues The essential just of this system is to provide the operator with more traction when necessary. One of the biggest faults with said system is the fact that people leave it on and think nothing of it, “oh it will help when I need it”. There are several problems with this ideology: gas consumption, unnecessary wear and tear to the drive train system and other components, and degeneration of the system itself. So the overall thought here is just turn the button to off (make sure hubs are not locked) when...

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Off-Highway Vehicle Maps, Download For Free

Off-Highway Vehicle Maps, Download For Free Ten years ago, The Forest Service announced a new regulation that would govern off-highway vehicle use and other motor vehicle use on national forests and grasslands. Each national forest or ranger district is now required to designate those roads, trails and areas open to motor vehicles and display them on a Motor Vehicle Use Map (MVUM). MVUMs are available for download on The Forest Service Website and maps can be obtained at USFS Ranger Stations. Plumas National Forest draws riders from throughout the region. With several recreational lakes and...

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