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When people come to us looking for an ATV or UTV in NH, they often don't know which one they want. Usually, this is because they do not understand the difference between the two types of offroad vehicles. Once you see how they are different, and you have evaluated why you want one, the choice should be easy!

What Does ATV and UTV Stand For?

ATV stands for All-Terrain-Vehicle. ATVs are sometimes called four-wheelers or quads.

UTV stands for Utility Task Vehicle or Utility Terrain Vehicle. They are also sometimes called side-by-sides or "SXS" because riders sit next to each other.

What is the Difference Between an ATV and a UTV?

An ATV has handlebars, no roll cage, and usually carries a single rider. A UTV is more similar to a low-profile car or truck and is designed to hold more than one person. UTV's are typically bigger and more expensive than ATV's.

Due to their size, ATV's are great for racing because they can handle tight spaces and quick turns much easier than their larger and heavier counterparts. However, they are physically harder to ride because the rider straddles the seat and needs to maintain balance around all those tight corners.

UTV's are safer and better for riding with others. They are more comfortable to sit in, although sometimes legroom can be a little tight. They are also designed to haul a heavy load and frequently have space for gear. UTVs are more customizable than their counterparts.

Is ATV or UTV Better?

You can't say one or the other is better, necessarily. It depends on your personality and reasons for wanting a new off-road vehicle. Each type of vehicle has its advantages and disadvantages; however, answering the following questions may help you make a decision.

Do you want something that can haul a load and carry more than one person, or do you want an adrenaline-pumping ride of speed by yourself? 

What kind of money do you want to spend? 

What sort of trails do you want to ride on?

What level of comfortability do you want?

Do I Want a UTV or an ATV?

Now that you know the difference between the two types of vehicles, you should be able to answer this question for yourself. 

Still don't know if you want an ATV or a UTV? If you are in the New England area, we have great and knowledgeable team members at Nault's Powersports who would love to help you decide. We have locations in Manchester and Windham, NH. Or you can give us a call at 866-670-7518!

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Motorcycle tires are expensive and it is tempting to turn to the internet for a better deal. After all, who doesn’t like to save a little money here and there? But there are some things that are just plain better to buy in person versus online. And if you are riding motorcycles in NH, there are a number of reasons why buying motorcycle tires online is a bad idea.

Why Are Motorcycle Tires so Expensive?

To help you understand why buying motorcycle tires online is such a bad idea, it will help for you to know why motorcycle tires are so expensive first.One reason is that there is a smaller market for motorcycle tires than car tires. But the main reason is that motorcycle tires are designed differently. For one thing, the amount of surface contact the road has with motorcycle tires is much smaller. The compounds and traction properties are designed differently to prevent slippage. Motorcycle tires also have a higher speed rating than most cars. 

Reasons Not to Buy Online

One reason buying tires online is an issue is that they still need to be installed once they are purchased. Many tires come with a warranty, but if they are purchased one place and installed at another, who is responsible for that warranty? This is part of the reason why shops charge extra to install motorcycle tires purchased somewhere else, if they are willing to do it at all.

When purchasing any tire, especially motorcycle tires, it is important to know when that tire was manufactured. Rubber quality can decrease over time, making older tires less reliable if not downright unsafe to use. (Although some people make a bigger deal out of this than they need to). Sometimes you can access the date that your tire was manufactured when purchasing online, but it isn’t a guarantee like it is when you buy from a reputable shop in person.

Finally, the way a tire is stored has a huge impact on its safety and reliability. When you are purchasing a tire online, you have no way to know how that tire was stored. You are taking a big risk just to save a few bucks.

It is Worth it to Spend a Little Extra

Tires are the only thing keeping you and your motorcycle from the road, so having the right set is very important. Some things are worth skimping on, but motorcycle tires definitely do not make that list.

If you’re in the market for new motorcycle tires, or any other parts for motorcycles in NH, stop on by Naults Powersports and we can help you out! We have locations in Windham and Manchester, NH to meet all your powersports and outdoor power shop needs!


Tread Lightly


Founded in 1990 with the U.S. Forest Service, Tread Lightly! Is a national nonprofit organization that promotes responsible outdoor recreation through ethics education and stewardship programs. In its 25th year, Tread Lightly! has more than 70 official partners from various industries including Arctic Cat. Along with these partners, Arctic Cat urges you to “Tread Lightly” on public and private lands. Ride only on designated areas or trails. Preserve your future riding opportunities by showing respect for the environment, local laws and the rights of others when riding.

Tread Lightly! Principles:

Travel Responsibly on land by staying on designated road, trails and areas. Go over, not around, obstacles to avoid widening the trails. Cross streams only at designated fords. When possible, avoid wet, muddy trails. On water, stay on designated waterways and launch your watercraft in a designated area.

Respect the Rights of Others including private property owners, all recreational trail users, campers and others so they can enjoy their recreational activities undisturbed. Leave gates as you found them. Yield right of way to those passing you or going uphill. On water, respect anglers, swimmers, skiers, boaters, divers and those on or near shore.

Educate Yourself prior to your trip by obtaining travel maps and regulations from public agencies. Plan for your trip, take recreation skills classes and know how to operate your equipment safely.

Avoid Sensitive Areas on land such as meadows, lake shores, wetlands and streams. Stay on designated routes. this protects wildlife habitats and sensitive soils from damage. Don’t disturb historical, archeological or paleontological sites. On water, avoid operating your watercraft in shallow waters or near shorelines at high speeds.

Do Your Part by modeling appropriate behavior, leaving the area better than you found it, properly disposing of waste, minimizing the use of fire, avoiding the spread of invasive species and repairing degraded areas.

Tread Lightly’s diverse member base enjoys a wide range of outdoor activities including hunting, angling, camping, boating, biking, four-wheeling and much more. You can become a Tread Lightly! partner or member today and start supporting access, education and stewardship at “Membership in Tread Lightly! is an excellent way to help protect the great outdoors and our access to enjoy it,” said Lori McCullough, Tread Lightly!’s executive director.

Ninety percent of funds Tread Lightly! raises go directly to supporting its on-the-ground initiatives, including an expansive library of educational materials, comprehensive public awareness campaigns, educational volunteer training, and Restoration for Recreation projects. Its work encompasses nearly every form of outdoor recreation.

Tread Lightly’s diverse member base enjoys a wide range of outdoor activities including hunting, angling, camping, boating, biking, four-wheeling and much more. You can become a Tread Lightly! partner or member today and start supporting access, education and stewardship at

When it’s time to hit the trail, visit us at

Rules of motorcycle group riding

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Motorcycle Safety Foundation

The fun and camaraderie of group riding is, for many, one of the top draws of having a motorcycle. . It's an opportunity to share the open road and wonderful scenery with other like-minded people. However, it comes with a slew of risks all its own: Covering too much road, mixing riders of various skill levels, and general chaos are just a few of the group-riding concerns bikers mention.

Here are tips from our friends at the Motorcycle Safety Foundation to help ensure fun and safe group rides:

  • Arrive prepared. Arrive on time with a full gas tank.
  • Hold a riders’ meeting. Discuss things like the route, rest and fuel stops, and hand signals. Assign a lead and sweep (tail) rider. Both should be experienced riders who are well-versed in group riding procedures. The leader should assess everyone’s riding skills and the group’s riding style.
  • Keep the group to a manageable size, ideally five to seven riders. If necessary, break the group into smaller sub-groups, each with a lead and sweep rider.
  • Ride prepared. At least one rider in each group should pack a cell phone, first-aid kit, and full tool kit, so the group is prepared for any problem that they might encounter.
  • Ride information. The staggered riding formation (see diagram below) allows a proper space cushion between motorcycles so that each rider has enough time and space to maneuver and to react to hazards. The leader rides in the left third of the lane, while the next rider stays at least one second behind in the right third of the lane; the rest of the group follows the same pattern. A single-file formation is preferred on a curvy road, under conditions of poor visibility or poor road surfaces, entering/leaving highways, or other situations where an increased space cushion or maneuvering room is needed.
  • Avoid side-by-side formations, as they reduce the space cushion. If you suddenly needed to swerve to avoid a hazard, you would not have room to do so. You don’t want handlebars to get entangled.
  • Periodically check the riders following in your rearview mirror. If you see a rider falling behind, slow down so they may catch up. If all the riders in the group use this technique, the group should be able to maintain a fairly steady speed without pressure to ride too fast to catch up.
  • If you’re separated from the group, don’t panic. Your group should have a pre-planned procedure in place to regroup. Don’t break the law or ride beyond your skills to catch up.
  • For mechanical or medical problems, use a cell phone to call for assistance as the situation warrants.

The MSF is an internationally recognized not-for-profit foundation, supported by motorcycle manufacturers, that provides leadership to the motorcycle safety community through its expertise, tools, and partnerships. The Motorcycle Safety Foundation is sponsored by Honda, Kawasaki, Suzuki, BMW, BRP, Ducati, Harley-Davidson, KTM, Piaggio, Polaris Motorcycles, Triumph and Yamaha.

Nault’s Powersports is also a great resource for safe riding. We carry a full line up of helmets, gloves and goggles and protective gear for adults and youth.

Mark the Date! Mt. Washington Auto Road ATV Climb June 26

Be part of this amazing experience. Climb the Mt. Washington Auto Road with the NH ATV Club during the Gerry Pomerleau Memorial ATV Weekend. Views like you have never seen before...while riding your ATV / SxS!!!

The NH ATV Club will be hosting the 17th Annual Gerry Pomerleau ATV Ride Weekend. The cost to ride the mountain is $35 for the operator and $10 each for passengers. Purchase your tickets the day of the event at the mountain. NH Registration is not required for this event only.

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Here are a few more ride rules for 2016:

  • Hours of Operation: 8:00 A.M. to 4:00 P.M.)
  • Open to all ATV and UTV Riders...all factory 2-4-6 passenger UTV's are included.
  • Valid Drivers License Required
  • Maximum 25 MPH Speed Limit
  • Single File and NO Passing
  • Headlights Must Be On If Equipped
  • Second Rider On FACTORY 2-Up Machine Only
  • No Standing Up On Machine While Riding on the Auto Road
  • Eye Protection Required. Helmets NOT Required UNLESS Under 18 Years Of Age
  • Stay On Road UNLESS You Use Designated Viewing/Pull-Off Areas. Only ONE Trip Up the Auto Road.
  • The auto road is patrolled by trail patrol members to ensure the safety of all riders.

For more information check in to the event facebook or NHATV web pages:

In Memory Of Gerry Pomerleau

Gerry Pomerleau was a retired fireman, from Dracut, Massachusetts. He joined the NH ATV Club in 1999 and soon became a director. Gerry was the founder of the Mt. Washington Auto Road Ride. In the year 2000 (the first year), the numbers were small but increased over the years, as it became more publicly known by ATV enthusiasts. Sunset rides were available in the early years but didn’t prove to be popular. He was a big influence in the early years of the club, driving the club towards success. He would be proud to know the Mt. Washington Auto Road Ride is in its 15th season – a small part of his legacy.


That’s good because riding is awesome - a stress reliever, a time saver and a money saver – and early spring is the perfect time. A great place to get started is the Motorcycle Safety Foundation® (MSF) website, The MSF is a not-for-profit organization sponsored by Honda, Kawasaki, Suzuki, Yamaha, BMW, BRP, Ducati, Harley-Davidson, KTM, Piaggio, Polaris Motorcycles, and Triumph.

The Motorcycle Safety Foundation®

The Motorcycle Safety foundation promotes safety through rider training and education, operator licensing tests and public information programs. The MSF works with the federal government, state agencies and others to offer training for all skill levels so riders can enjoy a lifetime of safe, responsible motorcycling. Standards established by the MSF® have been recognized worldwide since 1973.

The Motorcycle Safety Foundation – or MSF – offers a range of classes for all experience levels. And if you’re a newbie, the Basic Rider Course is essential. You’ll spend five hours in a classroom, and 10 hours on a closed course, learning the ins-and-outs of how to be a smart, safe and confident rider. These classes are easily affordable. You simply register and show up – motorcycles and gear are provided for you.

The MSF Basic RiderCourse is a complete entry-level, learn-to-ride class that consists of at least 15 hours of formal classroom activities and on-cycle riding exercises conducted over two or three days. About five hours are devoted to learning activities in the classroom, and around 10 hours of hands-on practice are included. Training motorcycles are provided. Successful completion may lead to a waiver of the motorcycle license skill test and an insurance discount.

MSF courses teach you everything you'll need to know:

Controls: Throttle, clutch, brakes & gears

Maneuvering & balance

Braking techniques

Changing lanes, passing & avoiding obstacles

Street strategies to stay safe

Swerving & avoiding collisions

Riding at night & in the rain

Carrying a passenger or cargo

Wearing the proper protective gear

For safety information or to enroll in the RiderCourse nearest you, visit or call (800) 446-9227

When it comes to choosing your ride, come see the experts at Nault’s Powersports!

How To Choose the Right Standby or Portable Generator

Portable generators are extremely helpful and versatile. From the job site to the campsite, they can power your tools on a worksite or provide a higher level of personal comfort on a camping trip. Portable generators are also invaluable in the event of a power outage. They can keep vital appliances running until power is restored - just make sure you get a generator that can power everything you need. When the power to your home fails, a standby generator goes to work automatically. It then shuts itself off when the utility power resumes. 

How Big a Generator Should I Get?

According to popular mechanics, the size depends on the sum of the electrical loads you want to power simultaneously, measured in watts. First, add up all the loads you know you want to be able to run simultaneously. You want to make sure your generator can accommodate that extra electricity requirement; that way, larger items won't overload the system if they start up. The Honda Wattage Calculator can help.

According to Honda Power Equipment, there are many other factors you should also consider when selecting a new generator before visiting a dealer, including:

How will you use the generator?

  • Honda home generators offer convenient, reliable back up power for ouHonda Generatortages.
  • Honda portable generators provide quiet power for camping, RVing, tailgating, races, parties, and more.

Since each customer has unique needs, you should consider other factors 
while making a choice.

  • Noise level - Many areas have noise ordinances that may impact generator usage, particularly at night. Noisy generators are unsuitable for many applications, including camping, powering outdoor events, and RVing. Most generators are labeled with a 
    decibel rating. For every increase in 10 decibels, the noise level 
    is 10 times more powerful. A generator that runs at 70 decibels 
    is ten times as loud as a generator that runs at 60 decibels.
  • Fuel efficiency & runtime - Look for a generator that is both fuel efficient and has a long run time. Honda generators offer several features that meet this need.
  • Power output quality - Consistent power is extremely important. Fluctuations in power can cause equipment to shut down or even damage the appliance.
  • Size & ease of transport - Consider how you will be moving and storing the generator.
  • Ease of starting – If interested, many offer electric starts as an added convenience.
  • Service and support - service and parts support are essential for your peace of mind.

Come down to Nault’s Powersports in Manchester to talk generators anytime. We carry a full line of Honda Power Equipment Generators and will help you choose the right portable or standby generator for your needs. Fewer worries at home - more time to ride! We've got new and pre-owned ATV's, Honda and Suzuki motorcycles and Arctic Cat snowmobiles for trail time too!

Get Your Kicks on Route 66

Route 66 has been called "the most famous highway in the world”, “America’s Main Street” and “The road of dreams” and is officially listed as “the Will Rogers Highway”. No matter what you call it; Route 66 is the ultimate road trip showcasing an America that still exists off the modern freeway system.


Ten tips about traveling Route 66.

We picked these tips up from around the web including You might want to keep them in mind when planning your Route 66 motorcycle trip.

  1. Take your trip in the spring or the fall. If you go in the winter, you will freeze on the eastern portion and if you go in the summer, you will roast in the desert. For some, the favorite month for riding Route 66 is September when the weather is still fine and there are less people on the road,
  2. Plan your trip to go from cooler to warmer weather, for example, Chicago to LA, versus LA to Chicago. That way, you can ditch heavier clothes as you go along, and mail them home, giving you more space in your saddlebags for souvenirs towards the end.
  3. Plan your Route 66 tour. If you just turn up expecting to follow signs and ride Route 66, you’re going to get very frustrated and very lost. A good map of America will be indispensable. The Route 66: EZ66 Guide for Travelers by Jerry McClanahan and Drew Knowles’ Route 66 Adventure Handbook have been mentioned as great resources. Be sure to mark down the things that you really want to see before you go.
  4. Four weeks will give you the opportunity to see most everything both directions. Two weeks is too rushed. Three is even better. There are many museums, great places to eat, historically significant spots, and endless side journeys you can take to see things just a short distance off Route 66. Be sure to take your time, don’t rush, the slower you go the better time you’ll have.
  5. Ride the right bike. On a typical motorcycle tour, you look for great roads, twisties, diamond smooth tarmac where you can hustle the bike around a bit and get your pulse going. Route 66 isn’t like that – the pavement can be awful in some spots, with long sections of straight road. Choose a bike with maximum rider and passenger comfort that feels great doing 30-70 miles an hour
  6. Talk to the locals. A huge part of the character of Route 66 is the people. You’ll meet folks who’ve lived on Route 66 their whole lives, as well as young entrepreneurs trying to bring beautiful old motels and restaurants back to life. Take the time to talk to these people; it will make your tour a far richer experience.
  7. If you are a member of the AMA, you can join their “Help ‘n Hands” which gives you a way to find other motorcyclists in whatever town you’re in to give you recommendations of any motorcycle shops for repairs, etc.
  8. There are plusses and minuses to booking accommodations in advance. Planning your stops ahead of time assures you a place to stay that fits in with the type of place you are looking for. On the flip side, when you are on a motorcycle, having your stops pre-planned gives you a lot less flexibility if it’s a bad weather day. In either case, the Route 66 Dining & Lodging Guide has been recommended as a good place to start.
  9. Consider a Guided Tour. If you just want to have a good time, see all the sights, have a support vehicle carry your luggage and be guided by someone who knows Route 66 really well, it’s the smart option.
  10. Here are two comprehensive facebook pages about Route 66 with additional insider tips:

Stop by Nault's Powersports when it's time to gear up for a trip down "America's Main Street"!

Dates Are Set For 2016 Jericho ATV Festival

Don't miss the biggest ATV event in the North East August 5-7!

Jericho ATV festival crowd

The Jericho ATV Festival is a North Country tradition and a must-do event for OHRV enthusiasts from New England and beyond. People attend for the:

  • Freestyle Shows
    Crowds gather to watch ATVs and dirt bikes perform
    exciting aerial stunts off or a steel ramp.
  • Mud-related Fun
    Attendees can bring their own ATV or side-by-side and compete in the mud races, an obstacle course, ATV
    pull, or an ATV poker run.
  • Displays and demo rides by the Big 4 ATV and
    side-by-side manufacturers

    Arctic Cat, Can-Am, Polaris and Yamaha. Visitors can
    try out the newest machines and take a guided test
    ride with other riders, led by expert staff from the manufacturers.
  • Family-oriented and Community Activities
    A downtown block party, s’mores by the campfire, torch-lit ATV parade, live music, and great food make it a family fun event.

See the full schedule at or check out the Festival Facebook page at

The Androscoggin Valley Area (Berlin, Gorham, Milan, Jericho Mountain, Success ATV trails, etc.) is the Southern Portal to the RIDE THE WILDS – 1,000 MILES OF INTERCONNECTING TRAILS. Check out that website at http//,

Nault's Powersports has all the accessories and equipment you need for a safe and fun day out on the trails. 

Sisters' Centennial Ride Celebrates Female Motorcycling Heroines

2016 is the 100th anniversary of Augusta and Adeline Van Buren’s courageous and unprecedented ride across the United States on motorcycles, each on her own motorcycle. The Sisters' Centennial Motorcycle Ride July 3-24, 2016, will honor and celebrate female motorcycling heroines of the past, as well as promote the growth of women motorcyclists and the motorcycling community.


The sisters left New York, on July 4, 1916, and arrived in San Francisco on September 2, having endured unpaved roads, hazardous conditions and nearly running out of water in the desert near Salt Lake. On the journey, they also became the first women to reach the 14,115 ft summit of Pike’s Peak. Descendants of President Martin Van Buren, the Van Buren sisters were born before the turn of the 20th century. When the sisters made their journey, women did not yet have the right to vote!

Both women were active members in the National Preparedness Movement, which preceded the US entry into World War I. Their idea was that completing this adventure would prove that women could be excellent dispatch riders in the war effort, freeing up the men for the front lines. After their remarkable achievement both Augusta and Adeline pursued exceptional lives. Adeline earned her law degree from NYU and Augusta became a pilot, flying with the 99s, a women’s flying group founded by Amelia Earhart. In 2002 the sisters were inducted into the AMA’s Motorcycle Hall of Fame and into the Sturgis Motorcycle Museum & Hall of Fame in 2003.

Singles, couples, women, men and friends are all encouraged to join the ride.

You can join the 2016 Sisters' Centennial Motorcycle Ride and ride across the country, with a safe, organized, fun and encouraging group of women (and men). The ride will loosely follow the Van Buren sisters’ 1916 route, primarily following the Lincoln Highway across the United States from New York to San Francisco. Two charities will be funded as a result of the event efforts:

Final Salute: A national women’s veterans’ organization which provides temporary and permanent housing for the over 500,000 homeless female veterans in the United States and

Women’s Coalition of Motorcyclists: Providing funding for motorcycle train-the-trainer scholarships that will help enlarge the number of female instructors and coaches for road, dirt and track.

For more information visit:

Stock up with everything you need to ride at Nault's Powersports!