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ATV-411 Newsletter, #17
December 30, 2009

Greetings fellow ATVers,

I hope that everyone had a very happy holiday, and please remember to be safe if you are heading out on New Year's Eve...

It has been a while since the last newsletter went out, but that means that there haven't been any ATV recalls for quite some time now. I was alerted to these two recalls which just happened, so here is another edition of the ATV Recall and Safety Newsletter.

I am going to try something a little bit different in this edition, I have added a Table of Contents, just below, to make getting to the info you want to see a little quicker and easier. If you do or don't like this change, send me a short email through the Contact Us page, and let me know what you think.

So here is the table of contents...

View the latest ATV Recall Notices
Check out the latest update/changes to ATV-411
SBI is having a buy one get one free sale

Alert #10-708

BRP Recalls All Terrain Vehicles Due to Loss of Steering Control

The following product safety recall was voluntarily conducted by the firm in cooperation with the CPSC. Consumers should stop using the product immediately unless otherwise instructed.

Name of Product: Model Year 2010 Can-Am ATVs

Units: About 2,400

Distributor: BRP U.S. Inc., of Sturtevant, Wis.

Hazard: The dynamic power steering can fail, resulting in the sudden loss of steering control. This poses a risk of injury or death to riders.

Incidents/Injuries: The firm has received one incident report with no injury no material damages.

Description: The recall involves Model Year 2010 Can-Am Outlander and Renegade ATVs. The following models are affected by this recall and can be located on the side panels:

Model Name/ Can-Am OUTLANDER

XT 4X 800EFI.............Yellow, Viper Red, Camo
MAX XT 4X 800EFI......Yellow, Viper Red, Camo
MAX LTD 4X 800EFI....Yellow, Viper Red, Camo
MAX XT 4X 650EFI......Yellow, Viper Red, Camo
XT 4X 500EFI.............Yellow, Viper Red, Camo
MAX XT 4X 500EFI......Yellow, Viper Red, Camo
XT-P 4X 800EFI...........Black
MAX XT-P 4X 800EFI....Black
XT-P 4X 650EFI...........Black
MAX XT-P 4X 650EFI....Black
XT-P 4X 500EFI...........Black
MAX XT-P 4X 500EFI....Black
MAX LTD 4X 500EFI.....Yellow, Viper Red, Camo
XT 4X 650EFI.............Yellow, Viper Red, Camo

XXC 4X 800EFI...........Black

Sold by: Authorized Can-AmĀ® dealers nationwide from August 2009 through November 2009 for between $6,800 and $13,500.

Manufactured in: Mexico

Remedy: Consumers should immediately stop using these vehicles and contact any Can-Am dealer to schedule a free repair. Consumers are being sent a direct notice from BRP. Consumer Contact: For additional information, call BRP toll-free at (888) 638-5397 between 8 a.m. and 6 p.m. ET Monday through Friday, or visit
The Can Am Website.

Alert #10-713

Polaris Industries Recalls Certain ATVs Due to Crash Hazard

The following product safety recall was voluntarily conducted by the firm in cooperation with the CPSC. Consumers should stop using the product immediately unless otherwise instructed.

Name of Product: 2009-2010 Polaris All-Terrain Vehicles (ATVs)

Units: About 8,500

Manufacturer: Polaris Industries Inc., of Medina, Minn.

Hazard: The front suspension ball joint stem can separate from the steering knuckle and cause the rider to lose steering control, posing a risk of injury or death to riders.

Incidents/Injuries: Polaris has received 19 reports of incidents involving the recalled ATVs. No injuries have been reported.

Description: This recall involves model year 2009 and 2010 Polaris Sportsman ATVs (models listed below) with certain VIN numbers. The ATVs were manufactured between January and August 2009. The VIN number and manufacture date are located on the right front of the ATV on the frame rail next to the front shock.

Model Year Model Name
2009 Sportsman XP 550
2009 Sportsman XP 550 EPS
2010 Sportsman 550
2010 Sportsman X2 550
2010 Sportsman Touring 550
2009/2010 Sportsman XP 850
2009/2010 Sportsman XP850 EPS
2010 Sportsman Touring 850

Sold at: Polaris dealers nationwide from February 2009 through November 2009 for between $7,500 and $10,800.

Manufactured in: United States

Remedy: Consumers should immediately stop using the recalled ATVs and contact their local Polaris dealer to determine if your model and VIN number are included in this recall and to schedule a free repair. Polaris is directly contacting registered owners about the recall.

Consumer Contact: For additional information, contact Polaris toll-free at (888) 704-5290 between 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. CT Monday through Friday, or visit The Polaris Website.

Website Updates

I have been somewhat busy with updates to the ATV-411 website. The latest change is that I have added some Navigation Headers to the navigation bar, to help you find exactly what you are looking for a little easier and quicker. There are headers for General Info, Buying/Selling, Parts, Riding Gear, Let's Ride, Can't Ride, Got a Question??, and Want My Job?

So under Let's Ride, you will find the buttons to take you to ATV Clubs and Associations, How to Wheelie Your ATV, ATV Tours and Vacations, and ATV Rentals.

And under Buying/Selling, I have the following pages, which are all related to, what else, buying and selling an ATV. The first item here is The ATV Blue Book, this will help you determine how much to pay for an ATV, or what to sell your ATV for. Next is ATV Insurance, for a small price you can make sure that your ATV is covered in case of loss, theft, or even if you cause some property damage while you're out riding around. And lastly, The Stolen ATV Page, here you can check the vin to see if you are about to purchase a stolen quad or parts. With the dramatic increase in ATV sales, the bad guys have found that stealing and chopping ATVs can be more profitable than cars. Check out the page, and make sure you don't become a victim yourself!

The rest of the headers are pretty self-explanatory, so if you haven't visited the site for a while, take a few and get familiar with again.

I will also be adding a couple of pages for ATV Video games, since they are one of my favorite things to do when I can't ride. Those should be up very soon.

And I will have a GPS page for those of you who navigate the dunes or your favorite riding area by using one of these handy little gadgets. If you would like to contribute some GPS coordinates, send me the info through the contact us page.

And, what would you like to see at the site? Drop me an email, and let me know. Some folks have expressed interest in a photo gallery, does that sound cool to you? Let me know, and it will happen.

And for all you shadetree or professional mechanics, make sure to stop by the ATV Forum, and see if you can answer some of the questions our visitors have posted recently. And if you have a question, feel free to post it there as well.

The SBI Special is Back!

I get asked a lot about how easy or difficult it is to build a website, and how profitable it REALLY is...

And I offer up the same reply almost every time. This isn't a "get rich quick" deal, since owning a website is a legitimate business, just like owning a retail store, or any other business. You have to work at it to be successful. But, as several of you know from asking me this question via email, the SBI program makes it a whole lot easier to do. With the most complete set of online tools at your disposal (yes, online so you give up tons of valuable hard drive space to install some monster sized program), it is very easy to start, update, and build an online business that generates a second revenue.

My wife and I got started in 2004 with SBI, and we own a "family of websites" now, and all but one of them is through SBI. I have three sites of my own, manage three sites for non-profit groups here in Washington state, and am about to launch another. My wife Diane has three SBI sites of her own, and is freelancing to help a friend of ours in California to build his site.

So, how great is the payoff?

Not all of our sites are making tons of money, but a couple are doing well. They are doing so well that we work from home, are completely self employed, and our schedule is incredibly flexible. We have a special needs child, who was the inspiration for one of our sites, and got me working with those non-profits that deal with special needs kids.

But back to SBI, and their special...

Normally, the one year subscription price is $299.00 US for everything, hosting, domain registration, unlimited email addresses for your site, unlimited pages, over 100 customizable templates for your site, the ability to upload your own HTML, in case you don't want to use a template, a newsletter that can maintain up to 5,000 members on your mail list, dedicated blog, RSS feed and more.

The online tools are incredible, the Brainstormer makes quick work of finding valuable keywords to get you site found by the Search Engines, a Graphics Library to handle tons of pictures, a Special File Manage so you can offer downloadable PDFs, videos, podcasts and more. The features I like the most are the Page Analyzer which checks the page before it goes live to make sure that it meets the Search Engine criteria for great placement in the Search Engine Results page.

With SBI, you can turn a hobby or passion into a revenue stream, which is great for retirees, work at home moms and dads, college students, and even those of you who own your own store or free-standing business.

And they run this special just a couple times a year, so you buy one, and get another complete program for free. The only requirement is that the second site must be activated within 9 months of the purchase date. So, buy one for yourself, and give the other to a friend, your spouse, and even the kids. Our daughter Shelby started building her own site when she was just twelve years old...

For some more info, visit the "your website" page at

The two for one special ends January 4, 2010. And SBI comes with a risk free 30 day trial. Buy it, play with it, and see if it works for you. You have 30 days to say "No Thanks", and get a full refund, no questions asked. And if you would like to see the different ways Diane and I have used SBI, follow these links to visit our second family...

Sites edited due to the divorce process - 10-29-13 *CD

All of these sites were built using SBI, and yet no two look the same. It truly is a great program, and that is why I am happy to endorse it.

*I am also an affiliate for SBI, so I do earn a small commission for a sale. But I don't endorse it so I can just make money. I endorse it because it over delivers benefits and features, and it has changed our lives for the better.*

That's about it for now, I will talk with you soon.

Ride Safe. Ride Legal. Ride Again...Curtis

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