Gaylord is a city which lives and breathes winter sports. Parked comfortably in the snow belt of northern Michigan, come this time of year, we are usually hammered with snow. However, the sound of sleds buzzing the many lakes in the area has been noticeably absent this December. We’ve only had a dusting of snow. However, worry not. This winter is sure to be prime for snowmobile enthusiast, even if it is a little late.
Gaylord is a great town with a rich and enthusiastic snowmobile culture. There are many restaurants, bars, and attractions geared towards Snowmobilers in town. Here are a few good ones if you happen to be in the area.
Tim’s is located centrally in downtown Gaylord. It has a good atmosphere, but it can get rowdy at times. They have an affordable menu, good dinners, and cheap beer. Just a bit off the snowmobile trail, Tim’s is a good place to stop for a quick bite to eat or a game of pool and a beer.
Bennethum’s Northern Inn
ennethum’s is located just off Otsego Lake, and has a fantastic, quiet and relaxing atmosphere. Their menu is slightly more expensive. Some food and a drink might set you back $50, but you get what you pay for in this case. They have a great selection of micro-brew beers, spirits, and wine, not to mention fantastic food. A great stop that is easily accessible from the trails.
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If you’re working with a mechanic, or looking to do some repairs yourself, here are a simple tips when buying ATV parts that will save you time and frustration, and make sure you get exactly what you’re looking for.
There are a few different types of parts on the market. There are OEM parts, and aftermarket parts. OEM parts are made by the original manufacturer, and are an easy way to restore parts of your machine to its original manufacturing specifications. Aftermarket parts are parts which are made by the original manufacturer of your ATV. Each has their advantage and disadvantage.
ATV Aftermarket Parts
Aftermarket parts vary widely in quality. You can get fantastic aftermarket parts, which improve the performance of your ATV. However, the quality of the part you buy can vary depending on the brand. Some vendors study an OEM part and make improvements on its overall function and sell a higher quality product, while others may sell something which serves the same purpose, but is cheaper to produce.
With the changes in quality, the aftermarket part may be intimidating for some. However, an experienced individual can find the perfect balance between price and quality, improving your ride and saving you a few dollars in the process.
OEM ATV Parts
OEM parts will always be the correct part for the job. With OEM parts you can keep your ATV at stock settings, and you don’t want to have to worry about the quality. Most manufacturers will ...
Its official! Snow is flying in Northern Michigan, which of course means it’s time to break out the winter toys. Now is the perfect time to take the snowmobile out of storage, and make sure it’s in top-top shape to rip through the trails. Here are a couple quick tips you can use to make sure you’re riding in style, and not stuck on the trails.
Carry some basic parts for your snowmobile
Check the trunk and engine compartment of your snowmobile. Make sure you have all the essentials, and a good just-in-case set of tools and equipment. You should always carry a spare belt, and spark plugs. Carry some basic tools such as a spark plug wrench, a belt tool, a screw driver, and a few wrenches. Most snowmobiles come with a basic toolkit. Check to make sure that you have the basics and anything you might need for a quick-fix.
Essential Liquids are what motors crave
Always check your oil before you hop on your snowmobile. Even with that, be sure to bring extra oil with you. If possible, you should also bring some extra gas. You can get rear mounted or tunnel mounted tanks which ensure you never run out. As a general rule, if your snowmobile requires some type of liquid to keep you moving, it is helpful to carry a little extra with you.
Tie Down / Ratchet Straps
You should carry a set of ratchet straps with you. If you get ...