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Blake G

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About Blake G

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  • Location
  • Main Riding Area
    Central Ontario
  • Club
    Haliburton CSA
  • Sled
    ZR 9000 / TZ1 Turbo / 550 Adventure 155
  • Previous and/or Other Sleds
    GSX 800/Grand Touring 800/Indy Trail Touring 550/Silver Bullet 294/Colt 175/Olympic 250
  • 16/17 Mileage
    6269 km
  • 15/16 Mileage
    4401 km
  • 14/15 Mileage
    6011 km
  • 13/14 Mileage
    6175 km
  • 12/13 Mileage
    1407 km
  • 11/12 Mileage
    733 km
  • 10/11 Mileage
    10 km
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  1. In my world, this would seem like a good job for a snowmobile repair shop.
  2. I found an unused belt I bought four years ago for an 800 Grand Touring Triple. Ultimax from Royal Distributing. It's been stored indoors on a shelf. Free to a good home.
  3. http://www.stthomastimesjournal.com/2017/04/25/deaths-on-the-rise-on-ontarios-roads-trails-and-waterways?utm_source=addThis&utm_medium=addthis_button_facebook&utm_campaign=Deaths+on+the+rise+|+Woodstock+Sentinel+Review#.WQCEkzLUVAU.facebook The Ontario Provincial Police has released statistics that reveal 2016/2017 was the worst in 14 years for snowmobile deaths. There were a total of 26 fatalities with 12 deaths in February alone in OPP jurisdictions. People between the ages of 45 and 64 accounted for 65 per cent of the death toll at 17. Off-road vehicle deaths were close behind with 22 fatalities, making it the highest in 10 years in 2016. The majority of the deaths were linked to alcohol and drugs or people who weren’t wearing a helmet. Water-related deaths were at a three year high in 2016 on OPP patrolled waterways with 23 deaths in 19 incidents. Seven of those incidents involved non-motorized vessels like canoes and kayaks. Nineteen of those deaths were people who were not using a Personal Floatation Device or not using one correctly. Alcohol was a factor in eight of the incidents. Road deaths There were 307 deaths on OPP patrolled roads in 2016 marking a four-year high. OPP attribute the majority of deaths to the “Big Four”: aggressive, inattentive and impaired driving as well as a lack of seat belt use. The Big Four was responsible for 165 deaths. Although the OPP investigated 67,372 motor vehicle collisions in 2016 – over 2,000 less than 2015 – there were 275 fatal collisions compared to 262 in 2015. The same goes for collisions involving motorcycles; there were fewer collisions but there wasn’t a big change in the number of fatalities. The year 2016 had 33 fatalities while 2015 had 35 deaths. Motor vehicle collision deaths 2016 – 307 2015 – 301 2014 – 290 2013 – 293 Number of fatal motor vehicle collisions 2016 – 275 2015 – 262 2014 – 268 2013 – 254 Number of motor vehicle collisions involving motorcycles (fatalities) 2016 – 749 (31) 2015 – 837 (27)
  4. Too exciting for me, I think. Sounds like quite the event though. LOL Will there be a couple of big mud holes, after 400 machines rumble around for the day? Sorry to be a wimp but I seem to prefer to avoid the water and mud challenges, if possible. How long do think it will be until the trails are ok for a guy like me?
  5. Once again I bought from the Algonquin West ATV Club. http://www.algonquinwestatv.com/ Here's the AWATV home network, shown in red: Roads are open to ATVs in the AWATV area, with the exception of Highway 11. Luckily, AWATV has an agreement with the Park to Park Trail, meaning that the AWATV pass includes the Seguin Trail from Parry Sound to the AWATV territory. It is my understanding that the roads in the area of the Seguin Trail also allow ATVs. Furthermore, the AWATV club is an associate club of the Haliburton ATV Association (HATVA), with a large network of trails, plus friendly roads. This make available all the HATVA associated trails, as described below: http://haliburtonatv.com/pages/index.php Here's What All Terrain Vehicle Magazine Recently Wrote About HATVA "ATV owners interested in an exceptional place to ride should check out the Haliburton ATV Association website. This club is among the most active and well organized groups in Canada. Take for example the scope of the HATVA trail system: 1,700 km of marked, signed and mapped trails cover an area that includes the regions of Muskoka, Madawaska, Peterborough, Kawartha and Haliburton County. Newly sanctioned associate member, the Algonquin West ATV Club increases HATVA catchment to include Near North Tourist jurisdictions north all the way to Sundridge Ontario. What this all means is this: You can unload your ATV, affix a HATVA membership to it and ride from destination to destination enjoying great trails. And these trails actually go somewhere - to hotels, restaurants and dealers. There's only one integrated system in Canada bigger than the HATVA system and that's the FCQC in Quebec. To get this kind of trail system south of the border you need to venture to Hatfield McCoy Trails in West Virginia. Don't just take our word for it. We ride HATVA trails all season (it's where our Canadian offices are located). Come and find out for yourself what a real ATV touring excursion looks like." ATV Riders Note: Only HATVA, ATVOntario Power Pass & KATVA memberships and passes work on HATVA trails. OFATV, EOTA, the so called TTNGold passes DO NOT WORK ON HATVA TRAILS OR KATVA TRAILS OR ON ANY ATVONTARIO TRAIL - BUYER BEWARE As nearly as I can tell, the AWATV pass is equivalent to the HATVA pass, but also includes the Seguin Trail agreement. Excellent value for $110 per machine. In Gravenhurst there is no ATV club, but at least the municipal roads have allowed ATV's for the past two or three years, with the exception of the downtown core. If you do buy a machine, and plan on carrying a passenger, I would recommend the actual "touring" or "factory specified two-up" machine.
  6. Yes. Lots of railbed riding this year compared to a normal year. Early snow allowed rail beds to open while other central Ontario trails had difficulty. I rode the Victoria rail line about 12 times last winter. Normally 2 or 3 times.
  7. I too have played little golf - - just enough to find out I can hit a ball about the same distance I can throw a club.
  8. I think wind resistance is the biggest factor. A few years ago I had 20 and 30 foot trailers, towed by straight trucks and cube vans. With an E350 cube van (7.3 diesel), an 8.5 by 30 foot trailer could be towed very easily. You hardly knew it was hooked on. With a narrower E350 Club Wagon (7.3 diesel), the same trailer would feel much different, mainly because the narrower tow vehicle resulted in more wind resistance on the front of the trailer.
  9. I got a single enclosed last April. Tows easily with an SUV. For two sleds I use the single trailer plus pickup truck bed. I do agree that a valid case can be made for buying a double trailer, assuming the tow vehicle is hefty. This past winter I picked up a used double in-line trailer (5 feet wide), and it tows almost as easily as the single enclosed - - but it requires a larger parking and turnaround space at the unloading site.
  10. I hate to disappoint you, but this year there won't be a trophy for Animal Husbandry.
  11. Saw a little more info via Facebook....claimed 0-100 kph in 3.2 seconds.... http://cs.amsnow.com/sno/b/news/archive/2017/04/21/electric-snowmobile-here-to-stay.aspx
  12. Good quality images. What type of drone and camera did you use?