Trail & Track time with the arm stretching Can-Am Renegade 800X xc
One blow out the cob webs ride on the Can-Am Renegade 800X-xc is enough to convince most riders they have met their match. Developed with the help of the Can-Am racing team, The 800X xc was meant to deliver performance that nothing else could touch, and it does not disappoint. The 800X xc is loaded with a host of unique features we couldn't wait to try, and we wanted to see what this racer had both on the track and on the trail.
Everybody loves to explore a new ride area, and regardless of where you live there is almost certainly a great riding area within a days drive. With summer here it's time to load up the truck and trailer, gather up your family and riding buddies, and head out for a little vacation spent exploring unknown territory. We've picked out a few of our favorites, and it sure beats standing behind sleeveless mullet man in a sweltering, never ending line for the Tilt-A-Whirl!
Yamaha has never been a company to sit on their laurels when it comes to being involved in the very things that ensure the motorsports industry will have a continued and stable future. After a very successful event in 2009, the employees at Yamaha Motor Corp, based in Cypress, CA, once again came together with volunteers and officials from the San Bernardino National Forest (SBNF) to do their part in helping to preserve the riding areas in this very popular recreation area just north of Los Angeles.
Testing the Kawasaki Lineup in the Bluegrass State
Whether above ground or a half mile beneath the surface, mining is a tough business. It's dusty, loud, and dangerous, but a vital part of our countries energy chain, and that's not going to change anytime soon. As long as we keep using electricity, we'll need mines to help keep the river of energy flowing, but in the case of surface mining there is a concern even after the energy is extracted. Like the early morning fog that silently drifts between the mountain tops and through the valleys, the question has always been what to do with the area once the mining is completed.
Utilizing the core elements of their philosophy such as innovation, forward thinking and technology, the design gurus at Yamaha Motor Corp. have once again put their collective minds together and produced several changes to some current models for 2011, as well as a brand new model that should fit well within the ‘newbie’ sport riding sector of the ATV industry.
Most ATV owners use their ATV to do a little work around the farm or yard, to get back to the hunting stand, or for weekend recreation exploring a leafy forest trail. Maximum pulling power and top speed are not a high priority, but handling, performance and reliability is. While big bore ATVs are typically seen as those offering 700cc's or more, there are many excellent mid sized utility atvs ranging from 450 to 650cc's providing more than enough power for the vast majority of consumers, and with the features they desire.
Power and Performance make the 'Z the Best 400cc Sport ATV Today
We're always happy to head to the track on an ATV built for racing. The performance, handling, and power from the 450cc racers on the market today was only a distant dream a decade ago. Like most ATV owners, much of our riding is on the trails and in the woods however, and that's not always the best place for a high strung racer, better suited to rocketing corner to corner and between jumps than winding through the trees or gliding across the dunes.
We receive press reports on new products, race results, and industry events every day, but the ones we find most interesting are the reports covering advanced technology and continuing product development. Usually they come from small companies with a couple creative and free thinking engineers, diligently working away in obscurity on something that is their passion, until one day they discover a solution, or a new way to solve an old problem.
Most riding in North America is confined to the trails and track, but in many countries you can enjoy your ATV on the street too! That makes us a little jealous, and we'll admit that many times we've found ourselves sitting at a traffic light, imagining how great it would be to drop the clutch and rocket forward past the other vehicles. While we see only the ATVs meant for dirt, there quite a few other models and manufacturers of road legal ATVs, and even cross over models that are equipped for the tarmac or the trail.
Regardless of the season, our testing never stops. In rainy, cold, or just plain nasty conditions, that can mean a less than comfortable ride. One vehicle that sees almost daily use is our Polaris Ranger. Whether on a trail ride or wood hauling duty, like anybody else, we look for extra comfort where we can find it. When the snow began to fly last winter, it was time for a little more protection.