going to take the Ace on it's first ride this coming weekend. WV has everything you could want in a trail ride, big water holes, lots of good mud and plenty of hills with all kinds of thrills. Wish me luck cause I'm gonna test her out.
We were going to plan a WV and or Kentucky (Black Mountain/Evarts) trip the 12th thu the 18th, but I just changed our plans last week. After watching a bunch of summer videos of these places, I was a bit disappointed that I was going when everything still looked gloomy - We decided to wait till later in the summer or fall to enjoy the scenery a bit more.
Back last spring we went and stayed at "Big Earls" and rode Both Little Coal River and Ivey Branch, you really should ride both. Big Earls is good place to stay but it's pretty basic. Cabins are clean and the bath house also. See if you can get hooked up with the cook out they put on. The food is great.
I'll give a short ride report from this weekend. Arrived in WV around 10am Friday morning a some pretty heavy rain coming down so I got all my mess dragged into my camper, in about 30 minutes the rain stopped and I hit the trails. Now remember I've been riding an ATV for the past 12 years so this is all new to me. The trails up in WV can go from really mudding to nothing but rock in one turn so I got to try the Ace out on just about anything you may find on a trail. I ended up with a little over 50 miles Friday. Saturday several of the club members showed up, had a little breakfast and headed out. When we got back we had 84 miles on the odometer. Sunday I was on my own again cause the others had to leave early so I hit the trails and since I had got some good miles in I pushed the Ace a little harder. I ended up doing some where around 40 miles Sunday. My take on the Ace is it was money well spent. It handled any hill, mud hole, tight trail and everything in between. As some have said it will not win many drag races but it will go anywhere you want and do it with ease. At one point during the ride Saturday we came to a spot with a tree down across the trail, there was a straight rock wall on the right and a small valley on the left. Everyone was looking around and started getting out a chain saw to cut the tree, what do you think did. I made a left went down the valley on the left and back up the other side. I don't think it ever even spun the tires, just climbed. Now I have to wash it and we'll see how much of a job that will be. The only thing I have noticed that could be an issue is that lots of mud get's thrown up around the air intake area's and the prefilters should take care of the big stuff but the small things could get in. Anybody tried out the fender flares that Polaris makes and are they worth the money. I've tried to upload some pictures but the system will not let me. Any idea what may be up with that.
I can't wait to get back out there with the Ace in July. We rode the Rockhouse trails last year on quads. Taking the Ace and Rhino this year. Staying in the same cabin in Gilbert this year and plan on going to as many of the different trail systems we can get to in the week. Will also take the FJ on the Ivy Branch. Should be a great time! Rode the Ace last weekend at a minimally maintained park. It was awesome and did a lot more than I would have imagined. Great little machine!
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