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Reviews, product testing, comparisons, and articles related to ATVs, UTVs, and Side-x-Sides.

New Product Test - Transfer Flow Fuel Tank

Gas on the Go
Written By: 
Moxie Karasek
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If you’re planning any riding adventure, you’ll also be using a little fuel, and that often means toting fuel cans or jugs along. We’ve never really liked hauling a potential fire bomb in the back of our truck, especially when the sun is constantly causing the jugs to expand and vapors to escape. There had to be a more secure, safer way to transport fuel, and recently we found one.

Product Test - DEI Radiator Relief

Cooler Heads Prevail!
Written By: 
Pete Bengel
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HEAT. Sometimes it’s your friend, sometimes it’s your enemy. The line between the two is very fine and often by the time you realize it’s been crossed, your engine has already taken a significant hit. Design Engineering Inc. of Ohio knows all about that line and has an extensive line of products that are designed to keep you firmly planted on the right side. One of those products that we’ve used is called “Radiator Relief”.

What is it?

New Model Test - Year of the Cat

Riding Arctic Cat's New XR ATV Lineup
Written By: 
John Arens
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Riding high into the majestic, red rock mountains just outside Moab, Utah is an experience like no other. It’s no wonder so many western movies have been shot here.

Product Test - The Good Path

Hoelscher's Li'l Spike - Your Best Shot at Good Grades
Written By: 
Moxie Karasek
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We always have work to do around the yard or farm, and a couple times a year that includes grading the drive to take out the holes that somehow develop on their own for no apparent reason. In the past that has meant a rake and shovel, but it’s darn near impossible when the drive is one step below the hardness of concrete. Thankfully, we’ve finally solved that problem and now we’ve got a tool that makes it a whole lot easier.

Ride Guide - Trail & Travel 2015

Explore a New Ride Area Near You!
Written By: 
Staff
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Everybody loves to explore a new ride area, and regardless of where you live, there is almost certainly a great riding area within a day’s drive. With summer here it's time to load up the trailer, gather up your family and riding buddies, and head out for a little off-road vacation. Go do your best Louis & Clark impression and explore some new territory of your own!
 

ARIZONA

Honda Ride & Review - Sierra Club

A Mountain Ride on Honda's Best 2015 Fourtrax Rancher
Written By: 
John Arens
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Since the introduction of Honda’s original Rancher 350 over 15 years ago, top-of-the-line ATVs have ballooned up in both displacement and physical size to a point where a machine like the original Rancher would be considered an “introductory” machine. In fact, the biggest machines on the market can be a handful even for highly experienced riders, and for almost every type of riding situation, we prefer something that is easier to control and much more forgiving on the trail.

Ride Review - The 2015 Polaris Ranger XP 900

North Star Edition - All-Weather Comfort Machine
Written By: 
John Arens
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Look outside any creaking, cabin door where the machines are stabled much like horses were a hundred years ago and you will almost certainly find a Polaris Sportsman ATV or Ranger Side x Side. No other lineup has enjoyed more success and acceptance with outdoor enthusiasts, mostly due to Polaris designing machines with the features that appealed directly to their needs. It was a match made in heaven, and finally hunting, fishing, camping enthusiasts, and generally anybody that enjoyed time in the woods had a machine that fit their lifestyle perfectly.

First Ride and Review - Can-Am Maverick X ds 1000R Turbo

Turbo Time - Can-Am's Mega-Horsepower Maverick
Written By: 
John Arens
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Turbochargers work by funneling the hot exhaust gas through a small vein turbine, creating a rapidly spinning shaft attached to a similar vein turbine that forces cool air into the airbox and air intake tract. This pumps more air through the engine, creating more horsepower. In theory it is a simple system. In practice though, turbochargers can be finicky mechanisms that run on the extreme edge of performance thanks to the very high temperatures and high RPMs. They require excellent bearings and consistent lubrication to remain reliable.

New Model Review - Return of the Wolverine

The All-New 2016 Yamaha Wolverine R-Spec
Written By: 
John Arens
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The last decade has not been kind to Wolverines, whether it was the economic downturn felt by the Wolverine State of Michigan, the four-legged forest dweller, or the cellar dwellers of Big Ten football, the Michigan Wolverines. All three were seemingly on the brink of extinction, and even the comic book character Wolverine was killed off in recent months, but there may be hope on the horizon.

Trip Tips - Must-Have Accessories

The Short List of Tools for the Trail
Written By: 
Staff
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While it’s fairly easy to find a way to prop up an ATV to get a corner or an end off the ground, a 1200+ pound SxS is another story. Having a small jack with you can turn a big problem (and perhaps an injured back) into a small ordeal. There are several SxS related products on the market. We’ve also found that a trip to an auto salvage yard with a few bucks can get you a compact scissor jack that is plenty strong to lift your SxS.

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