Friday, December 30, 2016

5 Tips For Cold-Weather Motorcycle Riding

Although it is the winter time, it doesn't mean you have to put away all the fun stuff! While you shouldn't necessarily take your bike out in a snow storm, taking it out for a ride during a nicer day does no harm. However, there are a few things you should be aware of before taking your motorcycle out on the winter roads. Your Lake of the Ozarks Yamaha dealer has a few tips for you if you decide to take your motorcycle out for a ride this winter.

1. Layer It Up

Riding comfortably in the cold weather begins with correct gear choice, which is all about layering. A base layer is important, as it allows the skin to breathe and wick away moisture. This helps sweat evaporate rather than turning to cold perspiration on the body. The type of outer gear you choose to wear is also important. You want something that is breathable and waterproof. In addition to keeping your body layered and covered, you want to make sure your feet and hands are toasty too with the proper boots and gloves. Most of our heat is lost through our heads, so it is important to keep it covered. Wearing a full face helmet with a fog-free face shield will help along with neck warmer. There is also heated gear available, however, layering up should keep you toasty during winter rides.

2. Cold Weather = Colder Tires

Cold weather means colder tires, which means limited traction. While riding, the tires will heat up and help with traction, however, once you stop they will cool down, providing a lack of traction. It is also important to check the tire pressure and make sure there is adequate tread for winter riding. Cold weather affects the amount of pressure in your tires and having properly inflated tires is important to gaining traction on the road. Having adequate tread on the tires can help when driving in the winter weather, as you'll need the tread to channel water or snow. 

3. Watch for Salt & Cracks

Salt isn't just bad for metal, it's also bad for traction. Treat salt the way you would treat ice; if you see crystalized appearances on the side of the road, stay away. However, because salt is bad for metal, it's important to make sure your motorcycle stays clean during the winter season. If you take your motorcycle out and there is salt on the road, make sure you clean it the next time it is nice out.  It's also important to remember that snow plow trucks are rough on the roads. They cause new cracks, sometimes they are huge, which could be bad for your motorcycle. The winter season brings in a lot of bad weather, which means there could be ice on the road. Black ice is sneaky, so when driving, if it even remotely looks like ice, stay away.  

4. Look Ahead

While riding in the winter, increase your visibility by looking further down the road. This helps recognize hazards before they occur. It allows you to react to a potential threat well in advance, which is needed in the winter when traction is limited from the cold roads. In addition to looking ahead, make sure you give yourself plenty of distance between you and the person ahead of you. You need more stopping time in the winter than you do during the summer months, as it is harder to stop on cold roads. 

5. Take It Slow

Although you may feel the need to test how fast your bike can go every time you hop on it, during the winter, this isn't the best idea. In colder weather, be extra-easy with the accelerator and refrain from sudden braking, acceleration, cornering nad swerving. 

The weather in Missouri can be a bit unpredictable, so it is important to make sure you check the weather before leaving and if it snows, enjoy the day inside if you can. If you need a new motorcycle to enjoy the upcoming warm season to its fullest, stop by the best motorcycle dealer at the Lake of the Ozarks. At Surdyke Yamaha, we are experts in all things fun whether it's on land or water! Our team can assist you in finding the best motorcycle to fit your style. Stop by our store in Osage Beach, or visit us online at

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Celebrate The New Year Surdyke Style!

There are many ways you can celebrate the New Year from watching the ball drop to dancing the night away. However, after the festivities, Surdyke Yamaha likes to do what we do best to ring in the new year - enjoy the great outdoors! Here are a few things you can do if you want to celebrate the beginning of 2017 like the Lake of the Ozarks best Yamaha dealership.


There's no better way to celebrate the new year at the Lake of the Ozarks other than getting out onto the water. Although it may be too cold to get into the water, it is the perfect time to hop on your boat to go fishing! During the winter months, anglers can enjoy catching fish like largemouth bass and crappie. The weather outside may be cold, but the fishing at the Lake of the Ozarks is just heating up!


Although the Deer season in Missouri is winding down (archery until January 15 and firearm until January 3), there are many other game hunters can pursue like coyotes (all year), duck (ends January 22) and turkey (archery ends January 15). Ring in the new year by hoping on your ATV to hunt down your first big buck of 2017. Although there's no snow in the forecast, there's no need to worry about it if it does when you own a Yamaha Wolverine or Viking, as they can get you to all the best hunting spots, no matter the weather! 

Preparing For The Summer

The winter season is a great time to prepare for the summer. If your boat needs servicing or a new paint job, now is the time to do it, as you won't lose any time out on the water! If you need a new boat to spend the summer time out on the Lake with, the winter months are the best time to shop for one. Although we love the summer month, as we get to enjoy time out on the Lake, we also love winter because it's boat show season! Take this time to go to as many shows as possible to find the perfect boat to spend your summers on, however, when it is time to buy, don't forget to visit the best boat dealer at the Lake of the Ozarks.

Surdyke Yamaha Wishes You A Happy New Year!

Happy New Year from everyone at Surdyke Yamaha! There are many fun ways to close out 2016 or begin 2017 from a relaxing day hunting or preparing for all the fun you and your family are going to have this upcoming summer. Although Surdyke Yamaha, Marina and Port 20 are closed until January 3 for our employees to spend time with family, we're open 24/7 at To request a service appointment for your boat, bike, PWC or off-road vehicle, visit our website or call 573-348-6575.

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Wednesday, December 21, 2016

Santas From Around The World

Christmas is observed in almost every country and there are many different ways that people celebrate this fun holiday. While some traditions remain the same, there are some aspects that are unique to different parts of the world. One thing that typically remains the same throughout the Christmas celebrations is the tradition of giving gifts. However, who gives out the gifts is what makes each tradition unique. Surdyke Yamaha has looked into the different Santas from different countries to help get you in the gift-giving spirit. 

Russia - Ded Moroz & The Snow Maiden

Also known as Grandfather Frost, Ded Moroz is very similar to Santa Claus, however, there are a few noticeable differences. Ded Moroz travels with his granddaughter Snegurochka, The Snow Maiden. Together they plan New Year's Eve parties for kids and will show up at each party hand delivering gifts to the children. Instead of using reindeer, Dez Moroz travels by troika, which is a horse drawn sled. Legend has it that Ded Moroz was once a wicked sorcerer, but over time he turned good and decided to give out gifts to children to make up for all of his evil deeds. 

Italy - La Befana

In Italy, many Italians believe in la befana, a "good witch" who was following the wise men when they visited baby Jesus. She is a friendly old woman with magical powers who delivers toys to good kids and coal or ashes to naughty kids. Instead of leaving her cookies and milk, she prefers sausage and red wine. She is very courteous and will sweep up any mess she might make around the fireplace with the broom she travels on. She usually visits kids on January 6, which is the end of the Christmas season in Italy, also known as the Day of Epiphany. 

Iceland - The Yule Lads

The Yule Lads or Yulemen are thirteen dwarves, similar to elves, who give out gifts to children. They all have individual personalities and each play their own mischievous tricks. Ketkrokur uses a long hook to steal meat and Gluggagaegir (don't worry we're not sure how to pronounce this one either!) will spy into kids' bedroom looking for things to take while they're sleeping. Each Yule Lad will leave gifts in kids' shoes for the 13 nights leading up to Christmas. Good children will receive sweets and small gifts, while naughty children will receive rotten potatoes. 

Netherlands - Sinterklaas

The American Santa Claus was based on the Dutch's Sinterklaas. Sinterklaas dons a red costume, flowing white beard and has a jolly demeanor. However, unlike Santa, Sinterklaas comes to the Netherlands every year in late November. He is said to arrive by steamboat from Spain, and after landing, he is paraded through the city so all the Dutch children can greet him. 

Merry Christmas From Surdyke Yamaha!

No matter what traditions you like to do around the holidays, we hope you get to enjoy spending time with your friends and family. If you are needing a few last minute gifts, swing by the best boat dealer at the Lake of the Ozarks! From boats and PWC to bikes and ATVs at the Lake of the Ozarks, we have toys to fit the whole family. Merry Christmas from all of us at Surdyke Yamaha

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Friday, December 16, 2016

Surdyke's Spotlight - 2003 Charger CS 195 TF

At Surdyke Yamaha, you ride on our reputation, so when you buy a used boat from us, you know it will also be a quality boat you can rely on. We have been in the business more than 45 years and have serviced and sold more power sports customers than any other boat dealer in the Midwest. At Surdyke Yamaha, we have lots of options, so you can find the perfect boat for you and your family. If you are in the market for a fishing boat at the Lake of the Ozarks, check out this week's spotlight boat. 

2003 Charger CX 195 TF

This 2003 Charger CX 195 TF is in great condition and was well maintained!This bass boat features a Mercury 150 hp 2 stroke engine, hot foot, nice electronics, custom cover, and trailer offered all for just $13,999.

Charger has long been known for top-quality, high-end bassboats. In 2002, the company offered its entry-level CX 195; a bass boat that provides all the amenities needed by serious bass anglers, but with a more economical price. You get the famous Charger features that include a built-in jack plate, raised forward and rear casting decks, and a solid 4-inch-thick transom.

No-feedback, dual rack-and-pinion steering makes driving easy, while the two bilge pumps, including an automatic model, keep the bilge clear. Duallive wells feature a recirculating Charge-Air and pump-out system for easy fish handling.

Fully Equipped

Seven storage lockers and two huge rod lockers, along with an ice chest, provide storage, while carpeted aluminum lids and power-assist door openers make it easy to store gear. Other standard amenities include a pork chunk tray, passenger-side glove box on the dual-console model and a passenger-side rod ramp.

The console features deluxe instrumentation, such as a Zercom depth finder in an elegant, burled wood dash. Dual Pro XL battery charger, console courtesy lights, wrap-around driver and passenger seat, all-weather fold down seat with pole and a lean-a-butt seat with stand-up power pedestal are standard. The entire package includes a tube construction trailer with Swing Away jack, double-carpeted bunks, side guides and recessed taillights.


Model Name: Charger CX 195
Maximum Horsepower Rating: 200
Length: 19' 3"
Beam: 94"
Construction: Fiberglass
Rigged Weight: 2,220 pounds
Trailered Weight: 3,070 pounds
Fuel Capacity: 44 gallons
Livewell Capacity: 2 at 171/2 gallons each
Load Capacity: 6 persons

Find Your Next Ride At Surdyke Yamaha

Whether you are looking for fun on the water or an adventure on land, your Yamaha dealer at the Lake of the Ozarks has something to make it happen. If it has wheels or floats, we ride it and sell it! Our expert sales staff can help you find the best vehicle to suit your needs and lifestyle. If you are looking for a new or used boat, PWC, ATV or motorbike, stop by our store in Osage Beach or visit us online at

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Friday, December 9, 2016

Christmas Shopping With Surdyke Yamaha

Winter is one of the best times to invest in a watercraft for a number of reasons. So why not turn that investment into a gift the whole family can enjoy. From PWCs and Wake Boats to Pontoons and Cabin Cruisers, there are many different types of watercraft your family could enjoy. Surdyke Yamaha wants to make this Christmas one to remember. Here are a few options for the Lake lover in your life, however, remember to visit the best watercraft dealer at the Lake of the Ozarks to see what we have available.


There are many different types of personal watercrafts that you can choose from from luxury to performace, Surdyke Yamaha has all the types of PWCs your loved one is looking for.

2016 Yamaha FZS

Yamaha's 1.8 liter Supercharged Super Vortex High Output Marine engine and 160 millimeter high- pressure pump create outstanding hook up, accelerating from 0-30 MPH in just over a second. The NanoXcel®2 hull and deck reduce weight for livelier handling. Features a passenger-friendly seat and tow hook.


Pontoons are very versatile and have many different uses from fishing to tubing. Because of their versitility, pontoons make great family boats.

2017 G3 Elite 322 C
Classic family friendly layout with plush furniture and single sundeck with privacy enclosure advances into the Elite category. The SunCatcher Elite 322 C adds all of the high-end amenities that this upscale design deserves, including mood lighting, Kicker® entertainment system, and stylish color and flooring options.

Wake Boats

Wake boats are great for adrenaline junkies. Built for making wakes and turning heads, wake boats are great for families looking for fun on the Lake!

2016 Centurion Enzo FS44
The RAMFILL ballast system is ready to displace water for your ideal wakes and waves in as little as 30 seconds. The Centurion Articulating Tracking System (CATS) provides an unprecedented level of adjustability in your wave shape, size and control of your boat. Add QuickSurf Pro to your Centurion boat to transfer side to side between riders or midsession. This Enzo sports the Maximus Tower by Roswell with fold assist and patented CAM Latch System, swivel board racks and integrated dome lights. The Maximus Tower is optioned up to include the Centurion DOWNFIRE Audio System framed in blue LEDs, a swimming light, and a bimini with surf board sleeves built-in.

Cabin Cruisers

If you are wanting to treat your loved ones to a fun day out on the lake in style, then our cabin cruisers are the perfect gift. With luxury, style and speed, cabin cruisers have it all!

2016 Four Winns H440
This is the largest bowrider on the market. Period. All 44 feet are designed for the ultimate in comfortable living and generous entertaining. Among the many amenities is the hydraulic table, which lowers to become a spacious sun area, and the large head with enclosed shower.


If you have an angler in your life, treat them to a new fishing boat this Christmas! The Lake of the Ozarks has some of the best fishing in the Midwest, so make sure your fishing lover has the proper gear.

2016 Glastron GTSF 205
When you want it all – a ski and fish boat with upscale styling, remarkable value and comfort features -- you want the 20-foot GTSF 205. It’s loaded with extras like a large padded sun lounge, swivel chairs that convert to fishing mode and optional extended swim platform.

A new boat can be in your future when you buy with Surdyke Yamaha. We've been selling boats at the lake of the Ozarks for over 40 years, and we are proud to get you and your family on the water. Boating season will be back before you know it, so it's time to start the paperwork for your new boat. Visit our Osage Beach store and our team can walk you through the process of owning a new boat. At Surdyke Yamaha, you really do ride on our reputation!

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Friday, December 2, 2016

Prepare Your ATV For Winter

Winter is just around the corner, so it is time to start preparing your ATV for the colder season. Whether you plan to store it or use it on even the coldest of the days, there are a few things you should do to make sure your ATV lasts. Your ATV dealer at the Lake of the Ozarks has a few tips to make sure your ATV is prepared for winter.

Winterizing ATV

If you plan to store your ATV this winter, it is a good idea to have it winterized. Here are a few things you should consider doing to make sure it is protected while in storage.

1. Make sure it is clean before storing. Although it is not recommended to clean it during cold days, it is a good idea to at least wipe it down before placing it in storage. If there is a nice warm day, take some soap and water and rise it down. It is also a good idea to lubricate the drive chain and anything else that takes some grease. Use either a muffler plug or stuff a rag into the exhaust pipe to prevent dust and bugs from getting inside. 

2. Add stabilizer to your gas to prevent it from going bad while sitting for the extended periods. However, if your ATV has a plastic gas tank, it may be better to drain the remaining gas. If you use stabilizer, make sure to run the engine to get the stabilized fuel throughout the system. 

3. Tires tend to deflate over time, but they also deflate during cold weather. It is important to remember to inflate the tires before placing in storage to prevent them from becoming completely flat over the course of the cold season. In addition, it is a good idea to make sure the ATV is not resting on cold concrete, so use blocks to lift the ATV off the ground. 

4. Use a cover to protect your ATV from the environment. However, remember to use breathable fabric. Otherwise, moisture can't evaporate, which could create a rusty environment for your ATV as well as a good environment for mold and mildew to arise. 

Using ATV During Cold Weather

If you want to use your ATV during the colder season, there are a few things you will need to do to ensure your machine will start smoothly in the winter.

1. It is nearly unavoidable to get water in your gas tank. However, the effects of having water in your tank become extremely noticeable during colder weather. To prevent this from causing issues, use fuel stabilizer to mitigate moisture and keep ethanol from causing long-term problems. 

2. Keep the battery alive by using a trickler on extremely cold nights. It is also important to make sure the battery connections are clean and tight. 

3. One of the best ways to make sure your machine will start smoothly in the winter is to change your oil. Having old oil may have a big impact on your ATV during the colder weather. In addition to changing the oil, it is also a good idea to change the air filter. 

4. Make sure you warm up your ATV before taking off. Once your ATV is idling, it is a good idea to use the engine to warm the transmission and differential. It is not a good idea to hop on and take off into the cold weather. Start your ATV and let it sit for a good 10 minutes at an idle to allow the heat from your engine to warm up the rest of the parts. 

Keep Your ATV Running Smoothly

At Surdyke Yamaha, we are here for you not only during the purchase of your ATV, but also during its life. If you are needing help taking care of your investment, your Lake of the Ozarks ATV dealer can help! At Surdyke Yamaha, we have a service department that can help make sure your ATV is running smoothly no matter the season. To schedule an appointment with our Lake of the Ozarks ATV service department, call 573-348-6575 or visit us online at

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Osage Beach, MO 65065            Osage Beach, MO 65065         Osage Beach, MO 65065
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