Thursday, January 22, 2004
Living It Up: Four-Wheeling On An ATV
Tonight, Jackie Johnson's exposing her rough and rugged side. She's conquering the hills, water, and mud of South Florida's terrain. She's Living It Up, four-wheeling on an ATV.
(WSVN) -- Jackie: "We are Living It Up and it might not be South Beach, but this is still South Florida, and we are going to be taking ATVs out. We are going to go four-wheeling. You gotta join us for this adventure."
Jackie: "Jim, just tell me something about the ATVs."
Jim Flippen: "It's a machine that can go just about anywhere. It started back in the days of NASA, with the lunar excursion module. That was actually the first real four- wheeler that was put in place. "
Jackie: "And why has four-wheeling become so popular in the past couple of years?"
Jim: "It has a lot of different uses. From everything as far, extreme as, racing to exploring the wilderness, hunting, camping. That kind of stuff."
Jackie: "So, this is the baby that I'm going to be riding. Just tell me a little bit about it."
Jim: "It has full independent suspension. Kind of like a Hummer. Take a look at this back here."
Jackie: "Looks pretty sturdy."
Jim: "Oh, yes, it is, and it's going to be able to handle the bumps and the gullies and so forth."
Jackie: "How much would one of these cost?"
Jim: "This unit here is about $5700."
Jackie: "How fast does this go?"
Jim: "Top speed on this machine would probably be somewhere 50 plus."
Jackie puts on gear on and then a helmet.
Jackie: "Well, looks like I'm in full gear. I've got the goggles, I've got the pads, we're ready to go hit the trails. Come on."
Chris: "This is your accelerator here. It's called a thumb throttle."
Chris: "This is the shift mechanism. It's a heel-toe shift pattern. Use the heel of your boot to push down on the pedal to shift it into gear."
Jackie: "And then what does it do, to hit it in the front?"
Chris: "The front shifts down."
Jackie: "Everybody ready?"
Jackie: "Let's go! Follow me."
Jackie: "Well, Chris that was a lot of fun four-wheeling. Now, the question is, how to do you clean these bad boys up?"
Chris: "Little soap, little water."
Jackie: "I think that's what I need. I think I need to be cleaned up as well. Well, it's been so much fun Living It Up four-wheeling in South Florida. A big thanks to Gold Coast Motorsports.
Next week, Jackie's letting us see her softer side. She's going to show us why diamonds are a girl's best friend by making some jewelry. That's next Thursday at ten.
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