You’ve decided you want to pick up a new hobby to enjoy over the new year. A hobby where you can feel the wind in your hair and a sense of adventure. Why not look into an ATV or snowmobile?
Every vehicle has its own appeal. Some turn their motorcycle into a lifestyle, joining up with like-minded enthusiasts to ride on the open roads and perform stunts. Others embrace the art of owning a truck for camping, fishing and hiking. Dirt biking and snowmobiling hold their own appeal for the summer and winter months, respectively, offering you mobility and flexibility in one handy little package. Knowing where to begin, in fact, is often the toughest part. Before you look up a Polaris dealer or some boats for sale, check out the list below and get yourself started on the right foot.
What makes motorcycling and boating so much fun, anyway?
There are more than enough sub-cultures for you to sink your teeth into on your way to a new hobby. Recent studies found global spending on motorsports sanctioning bodies, teams and tracks reached nearly $6 billion back in 2016. That’s a 3% increase from the year prior. Global motorsports sponsorship spending is also pretty impressive, with 2012 raking in $5 billion and the next year nearly $5 and a half million. When you chalk that all up with professional games and advertising? You’ve got a lot to look forward to.
Perhaps you were first interested after watching some dirt biking on television. You’re definitely not the first to have your interest piqued by the culture. The very first X Games was held all the way back in 1995, with its attendance numbers starting strong at 195,000. The highest ever attendance record for any X Games was in 1999, bringing in a whopping 250,000 people. Back in 2017 the total X Games attendance was 215,000, meaning a deeper interest in dirt bike equipment and motorcycling won’t be going anywhere soon.
It’s not just a Polaris dealer or custom motorcycle dealer enjoying a lot of attention, either. Snowmobiling is how you get an extra kick out of your winter activities, opening up an entire avenue of long slopes and gorgeous mountain ranges. Today there are over one million registered snowmobiles in the United States, with over 600,000 registered in Canada. The snowmobile industry in North America boasts an impressive 100,000 full-time jobs, to boot, and snowmobiling’s impact on the economy is $25 billion every year. Sound like a lot to enjoy?
Choosing which season and environment speaks deepest to you will decide on whether you visit a Polaris dealer or look up local snowmobile dealers. Some people prefer an ATV to supplement their camping, giving them free range to roam plains and uneven terrain. Others love the feel of the ocean and have been dreaming of visiting Sea Doo dealers for years. Last year there were over 115,000 snowmobiles sold around the world, with a solid 50,000 sold in the United States. Just like owning a car or standard motorcycle investing in a vehicle that’s all about performance can be an incredibly fulfilling thing, indeed.
You can find a used boat for sale or seek out a Polaris dealer that’s offering limited-time specials to get your toes wet in your new hobby. It’s important to maintain the utmost safety every time you step behind the wheel, even if you’re just showing off for a few minutes to your friends. This means investing in a snug helmet that won’t fall off, good gloves for grip and any accessories needed to keep every ride smoother than the last. Over 40,000 all-terrain vehicles were sold to customers in the United States between January and March of 2017.
To snow or to coast? There are snowmobile dealers or a Polaris dealer just waiting to hear from you.