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Man injured in ATV crash


N-ATV-crash-MontcalmA Greenville man suffered serious internal injuries last weekend after losing control and crashing his ATV.

According to the Montcalm County Sheriff Department, the crash occurred on Sunday, July 24, about 7:30 a.m., on Evergreen Road, west of Johnson Road, in Montcalm Township.

Police said that a 23-year-old Greenville man was driving his 2004 Honda four wheeler west bound through the curves on Evergreen Road and was going too fast, which caused him run off the left side of the road, strike a log on the road, and overturn. Montcalm County Emergency Medical Services transported the man to United Memorial Hospital for his injuries. He was later transferred to Spectrum for treatment of serious internal injuries.

Police also said that section of Evergreen Road is a narrow gravel road and it was raining at the time of the crash. The driver was wearing a helmet. In addition to the speed, alcohol may have been a factor and the crash remains under investigation.

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Platinum Powersports


 

If you are looking for a good used motorcycle, ATV, or other type of recreational vehicle, you might want to check out Platinum Powersports, located at 11745 Cedar Rock Drive.

Owners Tony LeFever and Jennifer LeFever established the business in 2012, and are recently new to the Cedar Rock area. They provide sales, service parts, and accessories, for top Powersports brands such as Harley Davidson, Honda, Yamaha, Suzuki, Kawasaki, Polaris, Arctic Cat and Can-Am. They have recently added the Yamaha brand of motorcycles, ATVs, UTVs, snowmobiles, scooters, and power equipment.

“We specialize in pre-owned motorcycles and have the area’s best selection of pre-owned Harley Davidson’s,” said Tony. “And with the addition of Yamaha, exclusively for new machines, we will be the Yamaha experts.”

Tony has spent his entire professional life working in the industry, from motocross racing teams to dealerships. He is a state certified technician and has 10 years of experience at corporate Yamaha.

“We will have the cleanest used bikes around, have the best selection of Yamaha products, and offer the best service—guaranteed,” said Tony.

They are open Monday, Tuesday, Thursday, and Friday, from 9 a.m. to 5:30 p.m., and Saturday from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. On Wednesdays they are gone riding! For more info contact them at 616-379-6060.

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How to ride an ATV


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As summer kicks off in Michigan, national ATV Safety Week (June 6-14) is a good opportunity for the Department of Natural Resources to remind riders of important safety tips that can help ensure a more enjoyable off-road experience.

“ATV riding continues to grow in popularity in our state, and it’s important that riders observe safety at all times while on the trail and in the woods,” said DNR Law Enforcement Division Chief Gary Hagler. “These common-sense safety reminders can save lives and reduce accidents and injuries.”
Here are the DNR’s top 10 safety tips for ATV riding:

  • Always wear a U.S. Department of Transportation-approved helmet, goggles, long sleeves, long pants, over-the-ankle boots and gloves.
  • Never ride under the influence of alcohol or other drugs.
  • Never carry a passenger on a single-rider ATV, and no more than one passenger on an ATV specifically designed for two people.
  • Supervise riders younger than 16; ATVs are not toys.
  • Ride only on designated trails and at a safe speed.
  • Take an off-road vehicle safety course or an online course. Visit the DNR website at michigan.gov/dnr and check for a course near you under the Education & Outreach menu.
  • Do a pre-ride check of your vehicle to make sure it is in proper working order. Pay close attention to the tires, making sure they aren’t low and don’t have leaks. Low tire pressure can cause handling issues for your ORV.
  • Know your trail. Study the map for where you are riding before you head out and become familiar with where the sharp curves are located.
  • Know where you’re riding. Before heading out, make sure you know whether or not the county you’re riding in allows ORV use on county roads. Do not mistake state forest roads for county roads. Contact the county sheriff’s department, road commission or county clerk’s office for information about each county’s ORV ordinances. The DNR also keeps updated ORV maps on its website at http://1.usa.gov/19tmpgi.

ORVs primarily are designed for off-road use. Driving on paved surfaces is hazardous because of handling issues. Riding on paved roads is a common cause of ORV-related fatalities.

For a complete overview of ORV rules and regulations in Michigan, go to the Michigan ORV Handbook online at http://www.offroad-ed.com/michigan/handbook/book.html. If, while out riding, you encounter someone violating land-use rules for ORVs, please contact the DNR’s Report All Poaching law enforcement line at 800-292-7800.

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