First Ride - The Amazing Polaris RZR4

The Best Ever?
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Most manufacturers have nightmares about extra unaccounted passengers on any vehicle they build. For years, the rule of thumb with ATVs was "one seat and one set of pegs equals one rider only." A trip to almost any riding area more than illustrated the real world practice of people riding double, however, and although we ALWAYS follow proper safety practices and do everything we can to encourage others to do so as well, we could see the point of riding double in some cases. It was only natural to take your significant other along for an enjoyable day of exploration.

Big Cats Roar

2010 May be the Year of the Cat!
Written By: 
John Arens
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Of all the ATVs that offer power steering, none have benefited more than the 2010 Arctic Cats. When the Cat crew announced that several of their 2010 utility ATVs were going to feature variable assist power steering, they were almost a little apologetic about not introducing it a year ago, but they wanted extra time to develop the system as a package and not as a simple “me-too” add on. It was worth the wait.

Extreme Metal Products releases the "Cooter Brown" RZR Cargo Cover.

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Thermoformed from High Impact Polyethylene for a Stylish OEM look. Maximize your dry storage area while not compromizing your external storage for gas cans and coolers. Flip up lid allows easy access to the large weather proof cargo area. Easily attaches with Rubber Compression Tie-Down Plungers without tools. The external storage area includes stainless steel tie down hooks to secure gas cans/coolers etc. Includes rubber plugs to seal remaining holes in the stock cargo deck.

WORCS Racing Weapon - Kawasaki's KFX450R

What Did We Think?
Written By: 
Cory Weller
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“What do you think about racing a stock Kawi, Corry?” These were the words that began my little journey to Glen Helen, CA for round seven of the WORCS series, in order to race in Kawasaki’s own media class; a class which would allow us “editor types” to get a taste of what the 2010 Kawasaki KFX450R has to offer in stock trim.

Snow Pro

We test a Polaris plow
Written By: 
John Arens
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For those of us that live in a northern climate, the first snowfall is often a wondrous event. School children leap from their desks to gather at the windows, amazed at the fluffy, giant flakes that drift to the ground, slowly turning everything pristine, pillow soft, and white. Invariably, a few radio stations can’t resist playing “White Christmas” for a sentimental caller or two, and for one quiet afternoon, it’s Americana, as captured by a Norman Rockwell painting.

The New Guy; An Interview with Hyosung Motors

Written By: 
John Arens
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Every year at the Indianapolis Dealer Expo, there are dozens of new companies that preview their products. Sometimes the products are innovative and well made, and the company prospers. Other times we look at each other silently but in disbelief, kind of like when your buddy claims he’s going to stop smoking. On one occasion we even made the company rep cry as we explained why his product was not legal for the U.S. market. Thankfully for the off-road loving public, we’ve never seen either of them since.

Hot Rod Mods - Pro Armor/Sparks Racing Honda 500R

Making a TRX450 into a better all-around trail & dune quad
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How good is the stock Honda TRX450R? Good enough to be a perrenial top choice for off-road racers and trail riders all across the country. But even good machine can always be made better, right?  As Bill Murray in Stripes would say, "That's a fact, Jack. " 

So, to prove this theory right, we took a 2007 model 450R, which we had access to, and set about transforming it from a 'standard' looking and 'standard' running TRX450 into a veritable roost-rocket, fully blinged out 500R dunster!

Roundup Ready - Testing the Curtis Cab

Making an all weather John Deere 620 XUVi
Written By: 
John Arens (aka Farmer John)
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As a boy, every day was filled with adventures around the farm.  A daily trip through the woods was seemingly required as well, either on foot, by bicycle, on a little Suzuki dirt bike, or eventually, on an ATV.  No weather was too formidable, and no chance to explore was missed. 

Curtis Introduces New Soft-Sided Cab for John Deere Gator XUV/HPX models

Lightweight, flexible, improved utility and value-priced
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Curtis Industries, LLC has introduced a new soft-sided cab system for the John Deere Gator XUV and HPX models that easily mounts to the factory installed Operator Protection System (OPS). The new Gator XUV TrailPro SS series cab is manufactured from 40 oz. heavy-duty, high quality vinyl for improved cold weather performance. Using an extremely lightweight design, the cab is easy to install and use in varying weather conditions. The roof is thermoformed TPO, the same material used in car bumpers, to resist breaking and cracking.  The polycarbonate windshield has a Quantum hard coat to protect it from scratching.

Kimtek FIRELITE Foam System Multiplies Fire Control Effectiveness

Skid units take foam advantages to remote areas
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Westmore, Vermont, April 1, 2010 –– Kimtek Corporation’s integrated “around-the-pump” foam system increases the fire control capacity of the company’s FIRELITE units providing firefighters greater effectiveness in remote or off-road firefighting situations. The rugged, lightweight FIRLITE wild land fire skid units offer quality construction at an affordable cost with foam systems designed for fast, flexible application. 

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