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Unread postPosted: Tue Apr 01, 2014 10:08 pm 
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My Ride: 2014 Can Am 500maxxt
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Hi, my name is John. I am new too four wheeling but me and wifey are thinking of making an investment on having some fun. We are looking at either polaris or cam an 2 ups. Any opinions would be appreciated. We have both been working very hard building our house past couple of years and we are ready to start having fun again.
We are both interested in riding with others, exploring regular trails as well as being off the "beaten track".
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Unread postPosted: Wed Apr 02, 2014 1:13 am 
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Hi John: Welcome to Mudhole.

You asked a couple of questions. First off you are looking at a 2 Up either Can Am or Polaris. Arctic Cat also makes a 2 up just to let you know. I have a Can Am Max which is a 2 up; expensive! Polaris and Arctic Cat are a little cheaper. Before you chose, figure out who your local dealers are and what their reputation is for service. Secondly to let you know, 2 Ups and side by sides are classified differently under todays Ontario Laws. There is something in the works for changing the laws but who knows when.

As for getting off the beaten path, trails and clubs. You are pretty close to Havelock which has a growing club and trails and the EOTA is the umbrella organization for trails your way. There are also clubs to the south of you which I cannot recall names.
If you are into adventuring north, look into the Haliburton ATV club and Kawartha Lakes clubs both of which are run very well.

Feel free to post and ask questions. There is lots to be learned. Click on the board index and read through the threads.

Take Care and Have Fun

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Unread postPosted: Wed Apr 02, 2014 5:49 pm 
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Hello John welcome aboard. You're opening a can of worms when you ask for opinions on bikes.

I have a 2014 Outlander Max XT, I got it last fall when I traded in my 2008 Outlander XT with over 10,000 km on it. The 2008 was a good machine with no problems and it never let me down. It was a 500 and the new one is a 650 I got the larger engine as it was a 2 up machine and I also got tracks for it.

You're in a good location for ATVing one of our club members lives in Campbellford and plans mid week rides for those lucky retired farts! He leaves from his house on some of these rides. Rockhead has some good advice he also mentioned the Havelock ATV club. I was on a ride with them last year we went around Weslemkoon Lake, great ride. I belong to the Northumberland District ATV Riders. Its also associated with EOTA. One of the trails starts about 1 km east of Centre St on the 6 Line in Campbellford. Good luck on your choice of ATV's


Northumberland District ATV Riders
http://www.northumberlandatvriders.com/


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Unread postPosted: Fri Apr 04, 2014 10:22 pm 
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My Ride: 2014 Can Am 500maxxt
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Thanks for the reply Rock head and oh no.
There is some useful information on this site that I have been looking through.
I usually learn by trial and error but 2 questions that I have are
1, what tips would you give to find the "back" trails?
2, what would be an essential never go on a ride without it kit?


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Unread postPosted: Sat Apr 05, 2014 1:31 am 
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Johnbrickie wrote:
Thanks for the reply Rock head and oh no.
There is some useful information on this site that I have been looking through.
I usually learn by trial and error but 2 questions that I have are
1, what tips would you give to find the "back" trails?
2, what would be an essential never go on a ride without it kit?


I often keep a tyvek suite, a hammer, shovel, sleeping pills, bag of lime on my rides. When I don't have room for that.

Food/drinks
GPS
extra jacket
extra gloves
small ratchet set
slime
mini pump
tire plug kit
map
fuses
first aid kit.

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2014 Can Am Max 800r XT
Yellow
Can Am Box
Can Am Heated Grips
Tires and more coming :)


Sold 2008 Camo Grizz 700
Hairy Back
Sold 400 Outy and 8x8 Argo
http://www.youtube.com/user/mtnbikehead ... rid&view=0
Sold Shack on Haliburton Lake


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Unread postPosted: Sat Apr 05, 2014 7:08 am 
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Welcome to the site Johnbrickie,I'm just south of you in Codrington,but work in Campbellford,allot of the stuff you asked about having on rides that I carry has already been mentioned,but if your wife is involved with riding something that I carry in a ziplock bag at all times...... toilet paper !!! She will be for ever in your debt if you carry this when the 2 of you go out riding :)

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Unread postPosted: Sat Apr 05, 2014 6:47 pm 
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You ask about how to find back trails. From my own experience some are found by just exploring and traveling with others. Club rides are another good way. As mentioned in my first reply, the ride around Weslemkoon.

As for essentials these are a few other things you might want to have with you.

I always have rain gear with me. Nothing special I got it at TSC it's by Viking, made of nylon or some synthetic and has a fishnet type of liner. I use the jacket and pants more as a wind breaker then for rainy weather. It's good for those cold spring and fall mornings.

As mentioned toilet paper is an essential and not just for the ladies, I also stick a small bottle of hand sanitizer in the roll hole.

Rope or tree strap for towing

On my key ring I have a safety whistle. If you get yourself in trouble it will carry much further then yelling.

Some kind of antacid, I carry those chewable tablets. With all the bouncing around, sometimes breakfast doesn't sit well.

A few other items depending on conditions and weather. Dust masks, sunglasses, sunscreen, bug repellent.


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Unread postPosted: Sun Apr 06, 2014 7:01 am 
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Welcome to the forum! :beer:


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Unread postPosted: Sat Apr 12, 2014 8:11 pm 
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My Ride: 2014 Can Am 500maxxt
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Well I pulled the trigger today and bought a Can Am 500 max xt.
I will go into a detailed explanation of why the Can Am over Polaris but needless to say I can't freaking wait until next Saturday when I pick her up.
:grin::

Thanks for all of your advice :thumbs:


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Unread postPosted: Sun Apr 13, 2014 6:57 am 
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Congratulation on your new bike John. Your getting it just in time for the start of the season. Did you get any options with it?


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Unread postPosted: Sun Apr 13, 2014 7:36 am 
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No options yet.
There are too many to choose from and they are a little pricey.
I think for sure a front/back rack will be coming.
Just want to get out riding then I can figure out later what we want or need later.
Maybe a map!


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Unread postPosted: Fri May 09, 2014 8:32 pm 
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Johnbrickie wrote:
No options yet.
There are too many to choose from and they are a little pricey.
I think for sure a front/back rack will be coming.
Just want to get out riding then I can figure out later what we want or need later.
Maybe a map!


Skid Plates. That little piece of plastic that comes stock is a POS. I tore mine up in 3 rides. ORPS or 2Kool, prices are similar. I have dealt with ORPS, decent guy to buy from. I hear good things about 2Kool .

If you don't already have a GPS, get a good one with an expandable memory for topo maps.

A GoPro is a nice addition as well.

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2014 Can Am Max 800r XT
Yellow
Can Am Box
Can Am Heated Grips
Tires and more coming :)


Sold 2008 Camo Grizz 700
Hairy Back
Sold 400 Outy and 8x8 Argo
http://www.youtube.com/user/mtnbikehead ... rid&view=0
Sold Shack on Haliburton Lake


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Unread postPosted: Sun Apr 05, 2015 10:49 am 
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My Ride: 2012 Can Am 500 XT M
John: Lots happening at the Havelock ATV Club, Can check us out at our Facebook page. Our first ride is April 11th 2015 County Rd 50 to Kaladar, Lunch at the Spud Box. Meeting 9.00AM


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Unread postPosted: Sat Apr 18, 2015 8:20 am 
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Johnbrickie wrote:
Well I pulled the trigger today and bought a Can Am 500 max xt.
I will go into a detailed explanation of why the Can Am over Polaris but needless to say I can't freaking wait until next Saturday when I pick her up.
:grin::

Thanks for all of your advice :thumbs:


Congratulations on your new machine, your going to have a great time this summer I'm sure!

Join your local club and take in some of their group rides. They are a great way to get to know the legal places to ride in your area.

Heres a link that may be of assistance: viewtopic.php?f=33&t=8854&p=80204&hilit=carry+on+my+atv#p80204

Have fun and enjoy the site,
Sting :wink:

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Unread postPosted: Sun Apr 19, 2015 1:10 pm 
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Wecome to the Mudhole and congrats on your new ride. :band:

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