Most Reliable ATVs

When deciding which brand to purchase reliability has to come to mind. The problem is that everyone has an opinion and the more you read the more you might get confused on what you really want to buy. Well here is another opinion – my opinion. I hope it doesn’t confuse you!

Rob’s reliability rules:

  1. Whatever you buy take care of it! Maintain it – don’t go overboard like some people. Change the oil depending on your usage. I don’t change it every year in all my machines. Think about it – oil has a long life, so do oil filters. If I only drive 500km a season does it really need an oil change? Probably not. Did I drive it 500km but drove it in deep water – then maybe yes. Use some common sense and visual observations to determine oil changes (engine, gear box, diff. etc..).
  2. Drive it right! Don’t ram though everything – you know what the outcome will be. Even if you own the “most reliable” ATV.
  3. Buy what you like. Don’t let keyboard warriors steer you away from what you really want. Well that is sort of true. Here is my BUT – if you like an “off brand” or a “big power” machine make sure you do a little research. More power = more problems. Off brand = uncertain dealer and parts support. I usually stay away from first year models (new design/new engine etc..) but if there is something spectator I wouldn’t hesitate to be a guinea pig – all problems can be solved.

I know my opinions are not rocket science and mind blowing. My point is don’t be scared and just take care of your stuff. Here is a cool link that I found online, from Dirt ObseXXIon.

Enjoy your Ride!

The Cat is Back

Arctic Cat is back. This couldn’t have made Cat enthusiasts happier.

As you have probably heard by now, Arctic Cat and BRP have came to an agreement and Arctic Cat can again sell their snowmobiles in Canada. BRP filed a lawsuit claiming patent infringement on their pyramidal chassis design. The ruling favoured BRP and Arctic Cat was forced to stop selling their snowmobiles in Canada.

Visiting some Arctic Cat dealers was a sad scene as showroom floors were virtually empty. Some dealers even talked to Yamaha to get their sleds in for the new season. People were wondering if this was the end of Arctic Cat. The big news years ago was that Arctic Cat went to pre orders only. Some thought this was to clear inventory so they can introduce their newest models. People who thought that were disappointed.

Arctic Cat is backed by some big money in Textron Inc. It would take something dramatic to shut down the cat.

In the end, BRP and Arctic Cat came to some sort of agreement and Arctic Cat is again allowed to sell their machines in Canada. Great news! We don’t know what BRP got in return. Some rumours say it might be the mono rail used in Arctic Cat’s Alpha One mountain sleds. Only time will tell.

Textron and Arctic Cat have gone through some growing pains during the 5 years since Textron took over. Hopefully all that is behind them and we can turn the page and see some new innovative models that Arctic Cat has been known for.

Arctic Cat – Where will the trail go?

As an Arctic Cat owner I have mixed feelings about the news today. A long court battle has been settle, in which BRP (Ski Doo) claims that Arctic Cat infringed on their patent for their pyramid frame design. The one that changed the industry in 2002 with the Rev chassis.  And the one that Cat riders fell in love with on the Procross/Proclimb models. The judge ruled in favour of BRP.

There are a lot of unknowns at this point. Where will the trail lead Arctic Cat. What we do know at this point is that Arctic Cat has been ordered to pay BRP $2.8 million and to stop sales of Arctic Cat sleds with that frame (which is pretty much everyone) in Canada.  Read the press release here.

So this information is still very fresh and I’m sure Arctic Cat will not go down without a fight. We are left with so many questions. Is this the beginning of the end of Arctic Cat? How will Arctic Cat recover for this on top of the economic struggles that Covid-19 is and will present? What does this mean for Arctic Cat outside of Canada? What does this mean for current Arctic Cat owners? And what does this mean for Yamaha? I’m sure we will get some answers soon.  All we really want is the best for the snowmobile industry. And you would think having Arctic Cat part of that would only make it better. Check back for more as this story unfolds


Iconic Evinrude Says Goodbye

Say it ain’t so – BRP has discontinued the Evinrude line of outboard motors. A legendary name in boating is no more. BRP says that they will retain the trademark and patents. And support all dealers and current owners.

BRP announce that they will be moving to Mercury outboards on their line of boats. Is this a Covid-19 casualty?

Read more here.

’87 Monte Carlo SS Project Grown

#FullMonte It may have taken Dan 16 years, 2 Montes and 1 accident but the insane build is in full force. Taking it down to the frame – just to build it right back up. Welcome to the full Monte build, A.K.A Project Grown.

The car has been stripped, the motor preped and parts are arriving daily. OneRide will keep you up to date on this build before we present the finished beast. Follow #FullMonte for project updates.

…more to come

Into the Future of Unknown

Unknown, unprecedented, unchartered are words we use to describe the present. And because of that we do not have an understanding of the future. How will that look? When will it look like the past? These are all questions we have. Now we are asking the question – how will the future look in terms of our ride?

Covid-19 has probably brought us closer to our ride. More time to spend maintaining, cleaning and updating them. In curtain situations, it has giving us more time to enjoy riding them. But I’m asking myself how will the future look?

Of course the health and safety of everyone is the most important thing. But things will be back and better than before. In the meantime we ask, how will this affect the innovation and progression of the toys we love to enjoy?

Some of big manufacturers, like Polaris and Honda, have already announced temporary manufacturing plant closures. BRP, the makers of Can Am and SkiDoo, has already cut down on staff. They all know it’s coming, if not here already. A big economic slow down. They have all announce that if you have purchased a new machine you have no need to worry, they are still being built to your standards.

The concern is that this slow down will no doubt hit their bottom line and how will that translate to new products and design? We have seen tremendous steps taken in the snowmobile industry. Turbo powered 2 strokes, new R Motion X suspension are a couple things new to the market. The SXS (side by side) market has jumped up as well all the new big powered, mud digging ATVs. On those we see massive improvements in suspension and handling as power steering and electronic throttle seems like the new norm.

In the automotive industry we now see turbo powered sports cars, and resigned classics on showroom floors. Something that went missing in the early 2000’s. Will the focus drift away from all the fun?

Well this is all temporary. The future will be bright again! We all might not be jumping up to purchase a new 2021 machine, but there are many positives from this experience. We are learning to enjoy what we have, and more importantly, we are learning to have fun with what we have. In terms of innovation we all know these engineers and R&D teams cannot sit still. Their minds are actively thinking and they are all just expanding their abilities. We might not see these results in 2021, or 2022 for that matter, but these concepts that can only be dreamt during unusual times will come to light eventually. When the time is right they will explode into the market and we won’t know what hit us! The time will come.

Stay safe and healthy.

Self Isolate – With Your Ride

This Covid-19 situation has taken the world by storm. We hope everyone stays safe and healthy. As everyone does their part to social distance themselves we think that being with your ride is one of the best things to do to get your mind focused on positive things.

What better way to self isolate then to take your ride out into into the forest. Just you, your machine and nature! I had a big to do-list to complete, some preventative maintenance on my machine. Lucky I had most of the parts and oils already in my garage. I did need one thing and the local dealership was more then happy to leave the parts in their mailbox. All my “nice to do” things have been completed and I’m ready for the upcoming season! Along with this I did find some things that need attention… some ripped boots. Nothing major but I am glad I found it now, before it becomes a problem!


I hope your ride can help you get through this weird time. If it’s maintaining it, modifying it or cleaning it, I hope you find your happiness.


Enjoy the ride!

2021 Ski-Doo Doubles Down w/ rMotion X & RAS X

Wow. Just as you thought the snowmobile industry can’t get more innovated, Ski-Doo has stepped it up again for the 2021 model line up. We already heard about the 2021 Summit 850 turbo, now let’s look at the game changer. The brand new rMotion X and RAS X.

In some people’s opinion the rMotion rear end is the best in the business. How can Ski-Doo improve on that? Well, if you remember the rMotion was slapped into the Gen 4 chassis. Now the rMotion X and RAS X is designed specifically for the Gen 4 chassis.

Without getting into the engineering design, the simple way to describe the improvements is that the ride is way superior! The sled stays flatter and you can accelerate hard out of the corner into the next.

With all the hype focused on the new 2 stroke turbo and the suspension upgrades, let’s not forget that Ski-Doo is introducing a new digital gauge which is GPS and Bluetooth enabled.

If you have been contemplating about dropping some coin on a new model, this spring might be the time! For pricing and full details check out Ski-Doo’s site.

Rallye Perce-Neige 2020

2020 Rallye Perce-Neige. Maniwaki, Quebec.

By Richard Racine

Saturday February 1 was the first round of the Canadian Rally Championship. Held in the city of Maniwaki, Quebec. 28 teams took the starting line but only a few were the lucky ones.

Overall podium
1st place – Karel Carre and Hubert Gaydreau
2nd place – Maxime Labrie and Anick Barrette
3rd place – Marc Bourassa and Elise Racette
Podium for OPRC and RSQ
1st place – Alexandre Moreau and Ian Guite
2nd place – Marc Bourassa and Elise Racette
3rd place – Jean Sebastien Besner and Yvan Joyal

Meet the Contenders for 2020 Pickup Truck of the Year

It’s that time of year again: time to crown our 2020 Pickup Truck of the Year. The journey that embarks on the following pages is the culmination of hundreds of hours of hard work that encompasses several months. The days spent testing are long and nights often seem longer. We are up before sunrise and work until the last light leaves us and sometimes into the dark. Our crew is forced to work tirelessly in the harshest conditions Mother Nature can dish out. Nothing can weaken our resolve.

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