There are tons of cool destinations across the country that can be explored by ATV or Side-by-Side. Scott says he recently wrapped up a 3-day ride on Arizona's Peace Trail that winds through old mining towns, ghost towns and explores the remote Sonoran Desert landscapes of western Arizona. The Arizona Peace Trail is diverse with rock landscapes, sand, canyons, mountains, plenty of cactuses and lots of wildlife. Scott says it's amazing what many of these off-road trails have to offer and the experiences that are available to everyone if they choose to get out there and explore them. America's trail system comes with varying terrain and in many places offers the opportunity for riders to navigate through rocky or otherwise rough landscapes. Rock crawling isn't just for beefed up Jeeps anymore. Side-by-Sides like the Yamaha RMAX 1000 are very capable right off the showroom floor without any upgrades. Scott says the RMAX 1000 is nimble, capable and has features built into it standard like the D-Mode Switch that can be dialed into crawl mode for a smooth, linear engine response while traversing rocky sections. Other features like fully welded skid plates on the bottom, class leading ground clearance, highly capable suspension and more make the RMAX 1000 a capable extreme adventure machine.
In the last year, people across the country have really reconnected with the outdoors via hunting, fishing, hiking and more. The motorsports industry has also been an avenue for people to explore the outdoors in a new way and as result, the ATV and Side-by-Side markets have been seeing tremendous growth. With more and more people out on the trails, it's important to think about the condition and sustainability of those trails, Scott says. For more than 10 years, Yamaha has raised money and used their "Yamaha Outdoor Access Initiative" to give back to the country's trail systems with advanced trail development, restoration and maintenance projects and more. During that time, the Yamaha Outdoor Access Initiative has completed 380 projects across the nation and put $4.5 million dollars back into the nation's trails. Yamaha isn't alone in their efforts to make America's trail system better. Since 1991, the Recreational Trails Program has provided funding for states to develop and maintain outdoor recreational trails. These trails are used by millions of Americans for all kinds of different purposes - off-roading, snowmobiling, hiking, bicycling, and cross-country skiing. A new bipartisan bill reintroduced recently aims to double the funding of the program currently at $84 million to a new and more fairly distributed $250 million. The increased funding would come through taxes paid on gasoline used to fuel ATVs, Side-by-Sides, snowmobiles, and other recreational vehicles that do not use highways. Scott says he is happy to see that there is an effort outside of the motorsports industry to get extra help and aid to make sure that trails are well-maintained and kept open for use. The bill still awaits action so now is the time for outdoor enthusiasts to get in touch with their representatives and ask them to support The Recreational Trails Full Funding Act of 2021 (H.R. 1864).
Be sure to listen in as Scott Newby, Yamaha's ATV & Side-by-Side Senior Communications Specialist joins The Revolution talk rock crawling in the Yamaha RMAX 1000, funding efforts to maintain and sustain the nation's trail systems, and the opportunities that can be found and sights that can be seen when you get off the highway and get onto the trails.