Saturday, January 20, 2018

Susquehannock State Park Trail Review - Prepping for the AT

Hey all - so this is something fairly brand new for us as we embark on a multi year journey to prepare to do a thru hike on the famous Appalachian Trail on or before the spring of 2022


The Susquehannock State Park in Drumore, Pa covers 224 acres and offers just over 
5 miles of hiking trails. 

An AT thru hike consists of a 2190 mile journey and takes between 5-7 months to complete. It can also take years of preparation both mentally and physically to be ready to succeed at such a feat.

My wife Deb and I started this journey today - January 20, 2018 as we embarked on our first day hike together with the goal in mind to knock another dream off our bucket list.




The Susquehanna River crosses Pa from North to South and eventually flows into the 
Chesapeake Bay in Maryland.

From our brief research to date we realize that the best way to prepare is to go out and do. We both desire to improve our health and conditioning and what better or more affordable way than to go out into Gods Creation and "walk the walk".

We chose the Susquehannock State Park to begin as this hidden gem is only about a 20 minute ride from our home in Southern Lancaster County in Pa. The 224 acre recreation area offers moderate terrain to start our conditioning with only about 700 feet in elevation change while offering some spectacular views of the Susquehanna river.


Our goal as a couple is to be able to hike the entire AT in one summer before we turn 60.

We have made the decision to go out and hike at least once a week and to start small and build are way up in distance and difficulty as the year progresses. Today we hiked just under 2.5 miles of trail and enjoyed spending time together in the great outdoors.

Susquehannock State Park is becoming well know for its large bird watching capabilities as the American Bald Eagle and other large birds of prey make their homes among the rocky cliffs of the southern Susquehanna River Valley.


Perhaps the Susquehannock Indians used a canoe such as this in days gone by.

The area is full of American history too as Captain John Smith discovered the Susquehannock Indian tribes that inhabited the waterways and river towns in the early 1600's making this a great location to bring the kids and teach them about the early history of our great country.

Located centrally between York, Lancaster and Baltimore this is a destination to bring the entire family for a day trip or an overnight stay. Camping is available at the park and you can 
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Just a short message above as we finished up the beginning of our journey.













Friday, January 19, 2018

Argo - Its Not Your Average ATV




It's not something you see everyday out on the trail and I'm not even sure if these bad boys are trail legal in Pa. I can tell you that they look way cool and will do a lot of things the average off road vehicle won't. 

There's no specific reason for this article than to share one dream that an old industry guy has. To spend a summer in one of these critters exploring 
the great outdoors.


Why Argo
Whether it is for a commercial, governmental/public sector or personal utility application, ARGOs fill the gap between recreational quads and heavy off road equipment. ARGO will climb, crawl or swim anywhere you have to go, with the equipment and tools you need, at a cost you can afford.
Terrain Capabilities
ARGO goes where others can’t follow
- 8x8 mobility and strong-but-light construction give ARGOs the low ground pressure and traction to traverse all types of soft and difficult soils including muck, swamp, muskeg and snow
- With their add-on rubber tracks, ARGOs tread as lightly as your own footprint
- ARGOs swim or ford water obstacles with no preparation required to enter or exit
- The integral skid plate and high ground clearance of the ARGO body prevents bottoming out or hanging up on terrain obstacles


Passenger Safety
Today’s best Static Stability Factor (SSF) means ARGOs are up to four times less likely to roll-over  than traditional UTVs
- With the industry’s lowest center of gravity (CG), ARGO vehicles traverse side slopes, grades and obstacles that are inaccessible to other vehicles
- Attachments are designed, tested and engineered to minimize the impact of the Static Stability Factor
- Payloads are low  to the ground to maintain stability in motion, even when fully loaded
- The exclusive Admiral triple-differential transmission provides exceptionally smooth steering in constricted areas while maintaining traction on all wheels
“Green” mobility
In environmentally sensitive areas, ARGOs tread lightly and leave no toxic traces behind
- With ground pressure as low as 1.06 psi, ARGO will cross fragile terrain features with no lasting impact on vegetation and substrates
- ARGO's fully-sealed body ensures that all engine and mechanical fluids are well contained to avert all soil and water contamination
- The design and placement of the exhaust and electrical systems of ARGO minimize any risk of a fire hazard in dry vegetation

High Utilization
You get more value from an ARGO because you can do more with it
- Optional cargo decks and interchangeable attachments turn the ARGO into a versatile mobile platform for completing heavy duty tasks on the jobsite, farm, fishing camp or hunting lodge
- ARGO’s exceptional terrain capabilities and high altitude performance extends the range of sites and seasons where vehicles can operate productively
- ARGO’s add-on trailer vastly improves “payload per sortie” to carry 6 personnel plus up to 2000 lb 907 kg) of equipment, instruments and supplies
- Choice of diesel or gasoline power fits the available fuel type to suit remote jobsites

Cost/Value
ARGO keeps crews and equipment productive in work areas where the only alternative is heavy machinery or air lifts
- ARGOs cost far less than the heavier equipment required for equal off-road mobility; multiple ARGO units less cost than a single off-road hauler
- An ARGO vehicle allows access to the worksite regardless of the remoteness of the location for more work days so high-value crews and equipment earn more every year
- The complete family of ARGO 8x8 extreme terrain and amphibious models provides the right selection to match the needs of local customers and provide operators and rental companies with the right mix of products and accessories for maximized utilization of the fleet.

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A2 Tomorrow Night - Round #1 Triple Crown

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Like Déjà Vu, It’s A2 As Yamaha Factory Supercrossers Webb And Barcia Return To Anaheim This Saturday



Cypress, CA - January 18, 2018 – After a quick trip to Texas last weekend, the Monster Energy/Knich/Yamaha Factory Racing team is back in California for Round 3 of the 2018 Monster Energy AMA Supercross Championship this Saturday as the series makes its encore visit to Angel Stadium of Anaheim, just down the street from the headquarters of Yamaha Motor Corporation, U.S.A., in nearby Cypress. Cooper Webb (#2) and Justin Barcia (#51) are ready to make this return engagement at Anaheim for “A2” a memorable one. Teammate Davi Millsaps will also be there to meet fans and cheer on the team, even though he won’t be racing.

A2 will be the first round of the Triple Crown, a three-city showdown where the riders will compete in three Main Events. An Olympic-style scoring method will be used to determine an overall winner from all three Main Events where the rider with the lowest combined score at the end will be awarded the overall win.


Commenting on A2, Cooper said, “It’ll be exciting to see what changes are in store for us this weekend with this being the first of the Triple Crown events. I think the sport badly needs some changes to the program just to switch things up and keep the fans interested. This new format gives me a chance to make up some points, as well. Last weekend, we had an unfortunate incident in turn one that was somewhat out of my control, so I look forward to the new event format this weekend and making the most of it!”

“I am absolutely pumped to be heading back to Anaheim, especially since it’s the first leg of the brand-new Triple Crown,” said Justin. “I’m a sprinter by heart, so I think the format will really suit my style of racing. I’m feeling more comfortable every weekend, and I’m definitely ready to have some more fun this weekend at A2!

Meet The bLU cRU Supercross Riders, And You Could Also Win An Autographed Jersey!
On Friday night, January 19, from 6 to 7 PM, stop by Del Amo Motorsports of Orange County at 2401 Pullman Street in Santa Ana. Cooper, Justin, and Davi will be on hand to meet fans, sign autographs, and give away posters.

Plus, be sure to get your FREE numbered Yamaha Financial Services Drawing Card! There will be a number of exciting, free-prize giveaways throughout the night. If your number is drawn, you might win an autographed Monster Energy/Knich/Yamaha Factory Racing Team Jersey just like the ones worn by Cooper, Justin, or Davi. All three riders’ jerseys will be given away, which means you’ll have three great chances to win a jersey!

Other Yamaha bLU cRU Supercross riders who will be at Del Amo Motorsports of Orange County include:
• Monster Energy/Yamalube/Star/Yamaha Racing’s Aaron Plessinger and Mitchell Oldenburg
 CycleTrader/Rock River/Yamaha’s Bradley TaftBrandon Hartranft, and Alex Ray
• 51FIFTY Energy Drink/Yamaha’s Kyle Chisholm and Hayden Mellross

Meet Cooper Webb, Justin Barcia, and Davi Millsaps Again On Saturday
Stop by the Monster Energy/Knich/Yamaha Factory Racing team transporter on Saturday afternoon from 1:30 to 2:30 PM (subject to change due to scheduling). Cooper, Justin, and Davi will be there to meet you and sign autographs, and the Monster Energy Girls will be there, as well.

Enter To Win A Cooper Webb Factory Team Replica 2018 Yamaha YZ450F Friday Night At Del Amo Motorsports AND Again On Saturday At The Team Transporter!
While visiting Del Amo Motorsports of Orange County for the riders appearance on Saturday night, as well as the Monster Energy/Knich/Yamaha Factory Racing Team transporter on Saturday during the Pit Party at Angel Stadium, be sure to enter the “2018 Team Replica Yamaha YZ450F Sweepstakes.”

• FIRST PRIZE: A replica of Cooper Webb’s #2 2018 Yamaha YZ450F decked out in full Monster Energy/Knich/Yamaha Factory Racing team livery
• SECOND PRIZE: Five (5) KMC Side-by-Side Wheels, five (5) EFX MotoHammer UTV Tires, and one (1) Installation Kit
• THIRD PRIZE: One (1) Knich Brigade Wake Surfboard, one (1) Knich Brigade Wake Surfboard Carry Bag, one (1) set of Knich Fins, one (1) pair of Knich Athletic Socks, one (1) Knich Shirt, and one (1) Knich Knomad Membership

Look for the Yamaha Financial Services Brand Ambassadors, and ask them to enter your name in the “2018 Team Replica Yamaha YZ450F Sweepstakes.” No purchase necessary to enter or win. All names collected will be automatically entered in a random drawing. A First Prize Winner, Second Prize Winner, and Third Prize Winner will be selected from among all eligible and qualified entries on June 1, 2018. Sweepstakes ends on 5/11/18 at 11:59 PM.

No purchase is necessary to win. For Official Sweepstakes Rules and more information, please visit:https://www.YZsweeps.com

Stay Through The Weekend, And Cheer On The Yamaha bLU cRU Amateur Supercross Riders On Sunday
Sunday is Supercross Amateur race day as Yamaha bLU cRU Amateurs compete at Angel Stadium of Anaheim on the same track as the stars of Supercross did.

For more Yamaha racing news, results, photos, and videos, visithttp://www.YamahaMotorsports.com/Racing

Also, check out “YamahaMotorUSA” on your favorite social media site.

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Sunday, January 14, 2018

ECEA Awards Banquet - 2017 Champions Crowned

On Saturday January 13th the East Coast Enduro Association crowned their 2017 Enduro and Harescramble champions at the Valley Forge Casino and Resorts in 
King of Prussia, Pa.
(scroll to bottom to link to all photos)


The evening banquet hosted 500 attendees and presented over 350 awards.

The day started with a vendor show at noon for the sponsors of this great series to display their wares. Through out the day champions were crowned for the Jr. Sprint Enduro Series which just completed its second full season followed by the ECEA Fast Kids Harescramble Series champions.


After the youth awards the ECEA Fast Kids were treated to a pizza party and lots 
of fun games and activities.

The evening festivities started off with a social and cocktail hour around 6:00 pm followed by a delicious buffet style meal at 7. Then long time ECEA President Jamie Theurkamf kicked off the awards with a few hall of fame presentations, then the Grand Champions were announced followed by the general awards for both the Enduro and Harescramble programs.


Ryder Lafferty is your 2017 Harescramble Grand Champion.


Brian Maco is your 2017 Enduro Grand Champion.

A great time was had by all in attendance. I hit a lot of awards presentations each year and they are all good but I can tell you that this is the largest one I attend each year. Props to the leadership of the ECEA, all the sponsors that help support it but most of all the riders that compete. You are all champions in my book.


Watch for the full story in the next issue of Brapp Magazine due out February 1st by 



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Team Perfect Storm was in the house.








Wednesday, January 10, 2018

Rd 1 SRT-AMA East HS Championship Series

01/06-07/18 Charlotte Hall, MD

Below 0 Temps did not stop 250 determined racers from attending the 2018 Hangover Hare Scramble.  AMA East was especially excited as this was the 1st time as an AMA Sanctioned event.  It was also to be the opening round for the SRT/AMA East Hare Scramble Championship Series.  Billy Schlag and the staff at Trail Pros, with the help of Southern Maryland Dirt Riders (a District #7 club) delivered one heck of a venue.  I cannot begin to imagine the hard work that went into this event.  The cold temps leading up to and during the event set all kinds of Mid Atlantic records.  The 5 lap main event would test mind, body and bikes.


Zack Nolan would lead start to finish

In the 9.5 mile Main event it was KTM mounted Zack Nolan with the Hole Shot.  Behind him was KTM mounted Nick Marti with Beta mounted Kyle McDonal giving chase.  A bar to bar battle immediately ensued on the 1 mile moto-x track between the top 3 before heading into the woods.  Exiting the woods and re-emerging onto the 2nd Moto-x, it was still Nolan with a slight lead over now 2nd place McDonal.  McDonal leaving behind his Beta 2 stroke for a 4 stroke on this day, was working great for him.  Marti and Yamaha mounted Shawn "Woodsy" Jackson were now battling for 3rd position.  


Beta Mount Kyle McDonal

At the half way point the Pro line did not see any position changes however A Open racer Tanner Way, aboard his Beta, would sneak up on the Pro Line and take the 3rd Overall position.  Many of the top A and B riders were ill equipped and were forced to pull off the track due to the cold conditions.  If you didn't have complete hand guards your day was over early.  


When the checkered dropped it was Nolan with the win by less then 30 seconds.  McDonal would settle for 2nd and A Open racer, Way, with 3rd O/A. 

The C event who had started earlier in the day, endured even colder temps.  14 degrees was displayed on the local thermometer.  The 90 minute 4 lap race win went to Schoolboy 1 rider Dakoda Hardy aboard his KTM.  2nd place Jacob Stirn and 3rd place Rigobarto Romero, both from the Open class. 


Team Perfect Storms Julian Wojcik (left) wins the Youth O/A

The Heroes in my book for this day however would go to the Youth racers.   With a 9:30 am start, the temps were still in the single digits.  If you didn't have large hand guards and ski gloves, your day was over almost immediately.  28 brave determined youth would line up for the 4 lap, 1 + hour event.  On the 1st lap it was Marina Cancro aboard her Team Green KX100 from the 14-15 Super mini class.  Giving chase was 14-15 Super min racer Julian Wojcik aboard his "Team Perfect Storm" prepped RM100.  The 2 would exchange positions for the 1st 2 laps but Cancro would relinquish the lead to Wojcik due to some crashes.  Wojcik would stay in the lead for the remainder.  2nd O/A would go to up and coming racer Griere Moir aboard his KTM 85 from the Jrs class.  Way to go Griere!  3rd O/A would go to fellow "Team Perfect Storm" member Kenito Held from the 85 Sr Class. 

On Saturday afternoon the Pee Wees would be the terrain testers.  The 30+ minute event did not disappoint.  "Lil" Johnny Probst aboard his Fun Factory Cobra would take the early lead and begin to check out.  In 2nd place it was "Team Rockhound" racer Mason Tsakanikas and in 3rd position "Use the Force" Luke Harding aboard his KTM.  Unfortunately for Probst, lack of hand guards and light gear forced him off the track in extreme pain.  His hands were iced allowing Tasakinkas to take the lead.  3rd place racer Harding would also succumb to the frigid conditions.  Neither Harding or Probst were going to surrender for the day.  After a brief pit stop and change of gloves, the 2 would re - enter the track and finish.  In the end It was Tsakinaikas, Probst and Harding. 


Full AMA East HS Series Schedule Coming Soon - Stay Tuned

Congratulations to all the racers who would venture out this weekend.  The wind chill at times demonstrated temperatures up to 20 degrees below 0.   See you at Round 2 of the SRT/AMA East HS which will be hosted by SETRA on 02-17-18 @ Battery Off Road Park in SC.


Kenny Held
AMA East HS Coordinator

Photos: Dan Morton 


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Sunday, January 7, 2018

Brapp Mag Review Polaris 1000 EPS General - White Lightning

Offroad Motorsports Trail Report - Clinton / Potter County News Years Eve Ride

How appropriate - what other machine fits the bill better to ride in the New Year on than the White Lightening. And I wish I could tell you that I didn't know what that slang stood for but I'd be lying if I did. Anyhow, thank goodness those days are behind me, but on second thought as I write this article maybe a little White Lightening in its liquid form might have helped us stay a little warmer on this frigid night.


I called my friends at Off Road Motorsports in early December and told them I needed a machine to ride and test for a New Years ride with the Central Mountains ATV Association and my only request was that it be equipped with a windshield.

Offroad Motorsports is a used equipment dealer located in Myerstown, Pa that has one of the best selections of used ATV's and side by sides that I've ever seen and thats saying something working around the industry for over 30 years now.


Click Here to check out their current inventory

I called Jordan a few days before Christmas and he said, yeah I'll have something for you. To my delight as I rolled into the shop on the Friday before our ride he had the above 2017 Polaris General EPS with only a 100 miles on waiting for me. The machine was loaded with a roof, windshield and winch along with some trick tires for tracking in the snow. What more could a guy ask for to go riding in this current cyclone bomb that has attacked much of our country.

Polaris created the General as a crossover machine to satisfy both the guy who needed a work machine for around the property but also loved to go out and play on the weekends. I can honestly tell you that I've tried to do both chores with machines designed for one or the other purposes and it just does not work. If you've ever been there, you'll know what I mean.

This weekends ride was designed for pure fun and with temps below 5 degrees all weekend we certainly weren't looking to haul any hale bales around. Maybe some firewood lol but we were on the move. So I can only relay what I know about the machine in that regard. 


Polaris equipped this baby with a powerful 999cc Four Stroke Twin Cylinder engine with Electronic Fuel Injection. Never once did she sputter trying to start up in these sub zero temps and our White Lightening never ran out of power, even when climbing 2000 foot snow covered peaks in the middle of the night.

The General comes standard with an 1100 pound payload capacity and a two inch receiver hitch with a tow rating of 1500 pounds. With the added EPS Electronic Power Steering I can only imagine that it could get the job done in any work environment that you throw at it.


But as I said earlier, our mission was pure fun. We rode close to 30 miles during the daylight hours just to get a feel for our machine before meeting up with the gang for our night ride. After dinner at Debs Cross Fork Inn we departed as a group and headed north towards Lyman Run State Park.

Our first challenge was crossing a wooden bridge that was marked at 62 inches wide. The General just made it threw without having to detour around. After that we traversed lots of township dirt roads that were snow covered with 2-3 inches of snow. At several points we jumped off the roads onto narrower mountain trails that were covered with up to 5 inches of snow in some parts. 

I was most impressed that evening in one section of trail that we headed up the mountain on. It was very rutted up and had a small stream of water trickling down it at parts. As all 20 machines started up the mountain we were third in line. This hill never seemed to stop going and at possibly two points I thought, man are we gonna make it to the top.

I just smiled behind my balaclava as I knew we were still in 2 wheel drive mode and high range. The General had plenty left and I believe we could have climbed another 2000 feet if need be.


I could go on and on about the 12 plus inches of suspension travel, the 4 wheel disc brakes and Polaris Engine Braking System, the availability of turf, 2 or 4 wheel drive modes, the fact that we traveled well over a 100 miles on less than a full tank of gas, blah, blah, blah, but I won't. I'll list the full specs below and let it up to you to dig thru. You can also Click Here to get the full run down from Polaris.

My suggestion is though that give either Jordon or Ben a call to see if the above machine is still available from Offroad Motorsports (717) 866-5606. I gotta apologize however because it has a few more miles on now. We took her home with I think 249 miles on it. This unit never skipped a beat and would make a great addition to anyone's garage. Hey, maybe if its gone they'll have something else you like too.

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POLARIS GENERAL™ 1000 EPS 



Engine & Drivetrain

  • Cooling
  • Liquid
  • Cylinders Displacement 
  • 999cc
  • Drive System Type 
  • On-Demand True AWD/2WD/VersaTrac Turf Mode
  • Engine Braking System (EBS)
  • Standard
  • Engine Type 
  • 4-Stroke Twin Cylinder
  • Fuel System/Battery
  • Electronic Fuel Injection
  • Transmission/Final Drive 
  • Automatic PVT P/R/N/L/H; Shaft

Dimensions

  • Bed Box Dimensions (L x W x H)
  • 27.5 x 43.1 x 11.6 in (69.8 x 109 x 29.5 cm)
  • Estimated Dry Weight
  • 1,430 lb (648 kg)
  • Front/Rear Rack or Box Capacity
  • N/A lb / 600 lb (N/A kg / 272 kg)
  • Fuel Capacity
  • 9.5 gal (35.9 L)
  • Ground Clearance 
  • 12 in (30.5 cm)
  • Overall Vehicle Size (L x W x H)
  • 116.4 x 62.5 x 73.8 in (295.6 x 158.7 x 187 cm)
  • Payload Capacity 
  • 1,100 lb (499 kg)
  • Person Capacity
  • 2
  • Wheelbase 
  • 81 in (206 cm)

Brakes

  • Front/Rear Brakes 
  • 4-Wheel Hydraulic Disc with Dual-Bore Front Calipers
  • Parking Brake
  • Park In-Transmission

Specifications

  • Adjustable Driver Seat
  • Standard
  • Cargo System
  • Lock & Ride®
  • Front Suspension 
  • Dual A-Arm 12.25 in (31.1 cm) Travel
  • Hitch Towing Rating
  • 1,500 lb (680.4 kg)
  • Hitch Type
  • Standard 2 in (5 cm) Receiver
  • Instrumentation
  • Digital Gauge, Speedometer, Odometer, Tachometer, Tripmeter, Clock, Hour Meter, Gear Indicator, Fuel Gauge, Hi-Temp, Coolant Temperature, Volt Meter, Service Indicator, Seat Belt Reminder, User selectable Blue/Red backlighting, Gear Indicator, DC Outlet
  • Lighting
  • 55W low/ 60W high, LED Tail
  • Rear Suspension 
  • Dual A-Arm, IRS 13.2 in (33.5 cm) Travel
  • Tilt Steering
  • Standard
  • Unbraked Trailer Towing Capacity
  • N/A

Tires / Wheels

  • Electronic Power Steering 
  • Standard
  • Front Tires 
  • 27 x 9-12 NHS; CST Clincher
  • Rear Tires 
  • 27 x 11-12 NHS; CST Clincher
  • Wheels
  • Stamped Steel