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Old School – The Original ATV

Testing the RangeRunner
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Every so often while exploring a new ride area, we’ll stumble onto a vehicle we haven’t seen before. Then again, sometimes it stumbles onto us. Such was the case when a charismatic character called “Tinley Park Dave” clattered by us at the Badlands Ride area in Indiana. With World War II helmet slung low on his head, unfastened strap swinging in the breeze, heavy work gloves on the stick, and dark shades and heavy work coat completing the image, we managed to flag down General Dave’s one man invasion force. This guy had a story, and we were eager to hear it!

Sand Storm - Yamaha Special Edition Sport ATVs

We ride the Glamis Dunes
Written By: 
John Arens
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For those that live in a Northern climate, winter presents a whole new type of riding as lakes and ponds freeze over, and as snow piles up on the trail. It’s a blast pitching the back end of an ATV or Side x Side around in the fluff, or charging through drifts that explode in a white cloud as you power through. The trouble is, after several months of cold weather riding, we’re ready for a few days in the sun, and the perfect place to unwind is at the most famous sand box in the country: Southern California’s Imperial Sand Dunes, aka. GLAMIS!

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.

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. 

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