Have questions about Motorcycles, ATVs, Snowmobiles or Marine Products? Read our Frequently Asked Questions to learn more! If you still have questions, feel free to give us a call or visit us in-store – We’ll be happy to answer all of your questions and get you into the recreational product best suited for you and your family!
Always obey the laws , drive carefully and with proper equipment. Having the proper safety gear for riding can save your life.
For information on Helmets please see this great article: Motorcycle Helmet FAQ
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Touring bikes are generally quite large and heavy. They do have the great benefit of lots of luggage for taking trips.
Sport-Touring refers to either a style of motorcycle design, or a philosophy of riding. It is an attempt to blend performance with long-distance capabilities while providing comfort and relative safety to the rider. Sport touring has evolved over decades from simply strapping a bag to the back of any sporty motorcycle to a very specified genre of motorcycle riding for which specific models of motorcycles, luggage, riding apparel and other accessories have been designed. Also see here
Sport bikes, also known as crotch rockets, are small, fast, light, and covered with shiny, cool, and expensive plastic. They are light and easy to handle, but their go-fast handles are very sensitive. These are designed for well rounded and experienced riders.
Standard or “naked” bare bones bikes are good at everything. Having little or no plastic to break when you drop one, they are an excellent choice for a beginner.
Cruisers are low and long; big and heavy and generally are for more experienced riders. Also see this.
Enduro bikes have suspensions that can soak up large bumps and tires that can deal with mud and gravel. They’re good for long cross-country trips on dirt roads.
Dual-Sport bikes have big knobby tires and can go anywhere a street bike can go as well as almost everywhere an off-road bike can go. They choice of tires are endless you can have 60 percent highway 40 percent trail …the more highway the smoother, the more trail the knobbier the time.
Off-Road bikes have big knobby tires and can climb around trails. These bikes are not usually licensed for highway use as they do not have a headlamp or tail lamps.
Every Yamaha ATV comes with an oil cooler or a radiator. If your ATV is liquid cooled, it is important to check over your ATV to ensure there are no leaks, and check the coolant overflow bottle to make sure you have enough coolant. If coolant must be added any good coolant (i.e. Prestone) is ok to use as long as it is mixed 50-50 with distilled water.
Some brands come premixed with water and this is also acceptable. It is important to clean your filler cap before opening it to make sure you don’t get any dirt in the cooling system. If it is an oil cooled unit, make sure you do not have any leaks, and check your oil level & ensure it is clean oil.
If your coolant/oil level is ok and no leaks are present, check your oil cooler/radiator to ensure it is not blocked with mud. We often have people bring their units in with an overheating complaint when their radiators are simply blocked with mud. If you cannot see light through your rad/oil cooler, it is most certainly blocked. It is important to regularly clean out your rad with the garden hose. DO NOT use a pressure washer on a radiator/oil cooler. Using a gently pressurized stream of water, gently wash out your rad until you can see light through the rad.
If you have checked all of these things and the unit is overheating, it should come in for inspection by a qualified mechanic. Book a service appointment today!
Certain off-road vehicles are allowed to operate on the shoulder of the road and can move to the travelled portion of the highway if the shoulder is impassable/unsafe. Generally, these vehicles are allowed access to highways 500-899, 7000 series highways and highways with low traffic volume (Summer Average Daily Traffic less than 5000).
The specific sections of highways are defined in the regulation schedules. Review the Highway Traffic Act for details.
Municipalities have the authority to pass by-laws to define if, where and when off-road vehicle use is appropriate on municipal roads.
Off-road vehicles are not allowed on rights-of-way (e.g., medians) between opposing lanes of traffic. They cannot operate in a construction zone on a closed highway or within a provincial park unless allowed by the park.
To learn more about laws and regulations for ATVs in Ontario, visit the Ministry of Transportation..
What are off-road vehicles?
Off-road vehicles (ORVs) are any two or three-wheeled motorized vehicles as well as specific vehicles described by regulations, with four or more wheels, intended for recreational use.
- has four wheels, the tires of which are all in contact with the ground;
- has steering handlebars;
- has a seat that is designed to be straddled by the driver; and
- is designed to carry a driver only and no passengers.
The Blue Ribbon Coalition has excellent guidelines in their Recreation Code of Ethic.
The Off-Road Vehicles Act (ORVA) and Highway Traffic Act (HTA) govern off-road vehicle users and detail registration, licensing, insurance, road access and safety requirements.
It is against the law to drive an off-road vehicle when impaired by alcohol or drugs. Yes you can be charged.
While it is important to thoroughly check over your machine prior to riding it the first time each season, it is important to service your machine before storing it for the off season. This would include changing the oil(s), making sure everything is well lubricated and properly preparing the unit for storage as per your owner’s manual. In this manner, you protect the bearings in your unit from harmful acidic components that are in used oil.
Yamaha has blended specific oils for use with their four stroke snowmobile technologies. Yamaha’s line of oils is called Yamalube. The best oil to use is their Yamalube 0W30 semi-synthetic or full synthetic oils for the best performance. These oils have been designed with your sled in mind, giving optimum protection in severe cold start situations
The answer is NO. The reason is that these units should only be started if you intend to ride. Multiple starts without reaching optimal running temperature will cause the spark plugs to foul. The spark plugs in these units are intended to last 20000 kms or more, and they are not easily accessible on many units. Not only that, but many units have iridium plugs & they average $20/plug or more.
Everyone who drives or rides on a snowmobile requires a helmet that meets the standards approved for motorcycle helmets. Everyone who rides on a cutter, sled or similar device towed by a snowmobile must also wear a helmet.
ISMA is one of the best on the net, recommended by Transport Canada
Yamaha has some great tips at Yamaha Motor.
Compliments of Yamaha these are the best tips:
- Never consume alcohol or drugs before or during snowmobiling.
- Become familiar with the snowmobile you ride.
- Operate at safe and reasonable speeds.
- Stay on trails and areas where snowmobiling is permitted.
- Avoid travel on unfamiliar frozen bodies of water.
- Use extra caution at night.
- Keep your snowmobile properly maintained.
- Become familiar with the terrain you will travel on.
- Listen to the weather forecast before you leave.
- Always wear a helmet and proper clothing.
- Never ride alone, and let someone know where you are going and when you plan to return.
- Carry emergency supplies and learn survival skills.
Gates “G-Force and Powerlink Belts” has detailed information and advice on belts for your sled.
Marine & Boat
No, the computer system is not updated for boat hours, please call for more information. Regardless of the amount of hours on any of our used boats, they all go through a full mechinical appraisal to ensure we know exactly what we are trading in before it goes for sale on the lot. Example of items checked on a boat would be; Engine compression, running condition, bilge and water pumps, electrical systems, transom rot, hull osmosis, trailer bearings, tires, lights…
If your boat has an engine larger than 10hp, then it is required to be licensed (aka registered) by Transport Canada. When you buy a boat off Hully Gully, we will take care of all this for you.
By 2009 everyone and all boats will be required to have a ‘Pleasure Craft Operators card”. Currently any boat under 4Meters must have an operators card. Visit www.cps-ecp.ca for more info regarding this and other boating aspects.
There is a wealth of information on the internet, The Canadian Government has an excellent resource for Boating Safety and Rules.
Know your seller. A dealership will have factory trained technicians and use approved parts and procedures for repairs. Is the dealership one that has staying power and will be there in years to come to assist you and service and winterizing? Generally, regardless if you’re buying new or used, there are a variety of things you should watch for when you purchase a boat. Generally , An out-of-water inspection is beneficial to check for any irregularities in the hull, a boat inspection should include an in-depth examination of the following:
- Bilge Pump
- Electrical components
- Floors & Siding / Mildew
- Propeller and shaf
- Deck Hardware
- Fuel Tanks
- Batteries / powe
- Hull condition
- Throttle controls /steering
One of the primary mistakes that people make when they buy a boat is not understanding exactly what type of boat is needed. A lot of this involves paying attention to the type of water you’ll be boating on, and your lifestyle. Write down what you primarily plan to use the boat for, as well as the average number of people you expect to have on board. Make sure the needs and preferences of your entire family are taken into consideration – don’t buy a leisurely fishing boat if everyone else in your family is looking forward to waterskiing! The consultants at Hully Gully are trained to first identify what your needs and preferences are , indentify your lifestyle needs, and then help you choose the best water craft for you.
Buying a boat is not as painful as you might think! Of course prices for new boats do vary depending on size and make, but it is possible to put you in the captain’s chair for considerably less than a monthly new-car payment, monthly payments for many entry-level boats can be less than $200.
Before heading out, you need to know the laws, regulations and local rules. These generally include: collision regulations, small vessel regulations, local rules concerning safe speeds, vessel separation/right of way, and key laws that apply to the operation of all vessels, regardless of size. In addition, there are criminal code laws concerning impaired or dangerous driving and other activities.
To navigate safely, you should know and understand many things. For example: Canadian buoyage system, the use of marine charts, compasses, navigation lights and signals, plotting courses, positioning methods, navigational references such as notices to mariners, sailing directions and the use of electronic navigational equipment.
For more information on boating in Canada Please also visit Transport Canada – Marine Safety
Although many folks are mechanically inclined it is important to remember that our technicians are being constantly trained & updated by the manufacturers on new techniques and products. We always work hard to make sure we have the latest tools and knowledge available to keep your unit in tip top shape. It is also important to remember that many manufacturers require dealer servicing during the warranty period or they have the right to decline warranty coverage. Also, it is important to service your unit according to the schedule laid out in your owner’s manual for the optimum enjoyment and performance of your machine. It is often more cost effective to have your engine serviced professionally rather than having to pay for major repairs down the road.
For example, a 4 cylinder 3.0L Mercruiser engine costs about $300 for the annual winterization. We have had many people who have not had their engines professionally winterized wish later they had.
Winterization about $300
V.S. New Engine installed approx $8000
It would take about 25yrs of professional winterization to pay for a new engine!!
Due to the mechanical fuel pump in these units, this is a characteristic of these boats. The mechanical fuel pump has a diaphragm in it that pumps fuel to the cylinders and takes a few seconds to slow down after running the boat at higher RPMs, unlike your car it does not have a “brain” and works only on vacuum pressure. Therefore, it continues to feed the motor fuel even when it doesn’t really require it. The motor has enough compression in it to continue burning the fuel even without the spark plugs firing, hence the reason the condition is called “dieseling”. To help this issue it is wise to back off the throttle slowly prior to shutting the boat off. Also, it helps to idle the boat for about 30 seconds. With the bilge blower on to get rid of any extra fuel vapors. It is important to remember these facts especially when docking and the motor is very warm, or when towing a skier.