But a growing number of ATV enthusiasts ride all year long. You can create your own ATV winter adventure by checking off a few maintenance items before hitting the winter trails:
Winterize Your Ride
One way to make sure your ATV will start in cold weather is to invest in quality fuel antifreeze for your tank. Fuel additives prevent gas lines from freezing up. It's also a good idea to change the engine oil to a cold-weather formula for improved engine performance. While riding in very heavy snow or plowing, be on the lookout for ice buildup around the radiator and brakes. If ice and snow pack around these areas, overheating can occur or the brakes not function effectively.
During winter months, many riders replace their stock tires with larger-diameter tires for more ground clearance and increased traction. Another option is adding a track conversion system to your ATV, which enables it to stay on the surface of the snow, much like a snowmobile. Before using a track system or tire chains, make sure they are legal in your area.
By adding a few accessories, you can turn a winter ride into a toasty excursion. Everything from cabs, windshields, heated grips and hand warmers are available to make a winter ride more enjoyable. And be sure to keep your hands and face protected from frostbite by investing in the proper winter apparel.