You are here

Best Open Class Utility ATV - The 2011 Polaris Sportsman XP 850

2011.polaris.sportsman-xp850.red_.front_.riding.on-dirt.jpg

When it was introduced 2 years ago, the Polaris Sportsman XP 850 set a new standard for big bore utility ATVs that has yet to be matched. In our experience logging over a thousand odd trail miles, reliability has been perfect, and it has never let us down. The engine runs smooth, quiet, and crisp thanks to electronic fuel injection. We’re especially happy to report maintenance tasks are a breeze due to a spin off oil filter, a cartridge type air filter, and a handy, easy access dipstick (Take note Suzuki).

Best 500cc Class Utility ATV - The 2011 Polaris Sportsman XP 550

2010.polaris.sportsman-xp550.green_.front-left.riding.on-dirt.jpg

Polaris engineers came up with a simple solution for riders who love the XP 850’s excellent features, but may feel intimidated with an 850cc engine – offer the same features and chassis with a 550cc engine! As a smaller brother to the XP 850, the Sportsman XP 550 shares an almost identical chassis but with a liquid cooled, single cylinder, EFI equipped engine mated to a carefree, CVT transmission. The engine runs crisp and smooth, and the XP550 gets a high performance clutch with a roller system for a very noticeable snap off the bottom.

Best Big Bore Sport ATV - The 2010 Polaris 525 S

2010.polaris.525s.red_.front-right.riding.on-dirt.jpg

No other big bore sport ATV can match the power to weight ratio of the Polaris 525S. Torque from the KTM motor is outstanding and the ability to raise the front wheels at any time makes it an absolute blast to ride. We’ve raced the 525S in the woods and on the motocross track; with its lighter weight and more aggressive stance, it easily out handles other big bore sport ATVs. We really like the stock Maxxis tires which hold up well and get good traction on soft loam, but in the sand they also steer very well because of the front center rib.

Best Sport ATV - The 2011 Suzuki LTZ 400

Playmate of the Year
2010.suzuki.ltz400.yellow.front-right.riding.on-sand_0.jpg

Most riders use their ATVs for work, as pack mules on camping or hunting trips, or for trail exploration, but the best times are when out play riding with friends. After all, that’s why nearly every one of us got into this sport! For the simple joy of play riding, we want an ATV that offers all-day comfort, great handling, and an excellent engine with enough power to conquer hills and provide plenty of thrills. The Suzuki LTZ 400 fits the bill perfectly.

Ride Tested - The Cowboys

Testing Two New Arctic Cat Prowlers on the Trail
Written By: 
John Arens
2011.arctic-cat.prowler700hdx.front-left.camo_.parked.on-dirt.jpg

Whenever we test any all-new ATV or UTV, whether from Arctic Cat, Yamaha, Honda, Polaris, or any of the OEMS, we usually don’t stray too far from the truck on our first day. After all, we don’t know exactly what to expect from the new model, and we might need to make adjustments or even repairs. Not this time however. Our initial ride on Arctic Cats new heavy duty 700 HDX, and 700 XTX wouldn’t be a casual ride through familiar woods, farm, or trail, but a go-for-broke, no turning back trek spread over 3 days and 400 miles of some of the most remote and toughest terrain in North America.

2010 Kawasaki Mule 610 4x4 XC

Newest Mule Offers Expanded Off-Road Capabilities
Written By: 
John Arens
2011.kawasaki.mule610xc.black_.rear-right.riding.over-rocks.jpg

After more than 20 years of service, the Mule name has come to define a whole category of hardworking utility vehicles. For 2010, there’s an entirely new take on this beast of burden: The Mule 610 4x4 XC appears to have been crossbred with Kawasaki’s Teryx RUV. Aggressive 26 inch Maxxis Bighorn 2.0 radial tires mounted on 12-inch wheels give it newfound off-road ability—and a slew of upgrades designed to complement its suddenly more aggressive nature infuse the new Mule XC with something it’s never really been known for: This Mule is cool.

New Cub Cadet Volunteer VTX Cross-Over Concept Stakes Claim in New UTV Class at SEMA

Cub Cadet Announces Vision for Uniquely Transformable Utility Vehicle
2011.cubcadet.volunteer-vtx.yellow.front-right.studio.jpg
Las Vegas, Nev. (Nov. 2, 2010) – Knowing that consumers demand a utility vehicle that excels at applications related to both work and recreation, Cub Cadet is excited to unveil its newest concept vehicle, the Volunteer VTX, during the premiere performance industry event, SEMA (Specialty Equipment Market Association). From its new engine and drive train to numerous innovative features and fresh purposeful styling, the Volunteer VTX gives users premium power and seemingly unlimited versatility. And, with its new transformable cross-over design, it’s ideal for institutional and municipal work, event production and VIP transport, large property maintenance and recreational use, medical and security applications and more. Maximizing the possibilities of the UTV, the Volunteer VTX concept ushers in the industry’s first transformable Utility Vehicle.

The 2011 Yamaha Grizzly 450 EPS

Mid Sized Package - Full Sized Features
Written By: 
John Arens
2011.yamaha.grizzly450eps.blue_.front-left.riding.up-hill.jpg

Everybody likes to push the throttle to the stops and feel a burst of power from a big bore engine now and then, and the top utility ATVs from Polaris, Yamaha, Arctic Cat, Suzuki, Kawasaki, and Can-Am are all more than capable of delivering a solid punch, followed by an adrenaline shot to your spine!  The performance from top of the line utility ATVs is truly incredible, but 99% of the time all the power isn’t really needed!  Far more important to the overall performance of a vehicle is handling and suspension.

Yamaha Rolls Out Free One Industries Graphics Kit Promotion

New Yamaha Sport ATV Owners in Nine States Can Order Free Custom Kit
logo.2010.yamaha.red_.jpg
CYPRESS, Calif. – November 4, 2010 – Yamaha Motor Corp., U.S.A., the number one maker of sport ATVs, is rolling out an industry-first promotion with One Industries to give new buyers in select states the opportunity to order a free customizable graphics kit.  For now, anyone in Arizona, California, Louisiana, Missouri, Nevada, New Mexico, Oregon, Texas and Washington who buys a new Raptor 700, YFZ450R, YFZ450X or Raptor 250 model ATV can order this free kit online at http://oneindustries.com/yamahaoneidpromo/.

Extreme Metal Products Can-Am Commander Aluminum Hard Top with LED Dome Light

vendor.2010.extreme-metal-products.can-am-commander-hardtop.jpg
P/N: EMP-10921Fits: 2011 ModelsFabricated from .100" Thick 5052 Aircraft Grade Aluminum insures a rigid structure and no rattling.  Laser Cut and CNC formed for a perfect fit.  The sides are hemmed to add strength, style and a soft edge.  The front and rear features a rain gutter so that the water will run off on the sides and not in the middle.  Welds are tig welded and ground smooth.  Powder coated with a Texture Black Finish to match the stock cage.  Shipped in two sections and bolts together along a gasketed water tight seam.Laser Cut and CNC formed to insure a perfect fit.Rubber Coated Mounting Hardware.Water Proof LED Dome Light runs on 100 hours in "AAA" batteries (Included).Fabricated from almost 1/8" Thick 5052 Aircraft Grade Aluminum.Powder Coated Texture Black for superior protection (Raw aluminum is available, special order only).Front and Rear rain gutters.Bolts together design allows for UPS ground shipping to your door.  Made in Cleveland Ohio.

Pages