It’s almost a little hard to believe an 800cc machine would not be the most powerful ATV in the lineup, but with Can-Am anything is possible. The Can-Am Outlander 800R definitely qualifies as a big bore machine by anybody’s standard, however, and it’s our pick as the best Open Class Utility ATV of 2012. What sets the Outlander 800R above other models in the Can-Am (and everybody else’s) lineup is the second generation SST chassis.
The old saying is, “It’s not the size of the dog in the fight, but the fight in the dog.” The best example of that in the ATV World is the Kawasaki Brute Force 300. While less than half the displacement of its bigger brothers in the Kawasaki lineup, it’s a huge overachiever on the trail.
Every time other companies begin to catch up, Polaris just presses their foot on the gas a little harder. Watching the ATV and Side x Side lineups of major manufacturers evolve over the last several years reminds us very much of a race, and in many ways it is. Rather than on the motocross or circle track, this race plays out in the showrooms, board rooms, and accounting offices. We do our best to stay impartial, but after a while, we almost feel a little sorry for some of the other guys.
People initially come to Ride Royal Blue for the trails, but it’s about much more than that for owner Sheila Westray and her crew. To them you’re not just another rider; you are a personal guest, and they’ve considered every detail for your visit right down to the food at the on-site restaurant.
Riding a familiar trail after the sun goes down is often a surreal experience. Features you recognize and know during the day blend into endless shadows and the trail takes on the characteristics of an entirely new area. Unless you’re very careful it’s even possible to become lost on a night ride, and more than once we’ve back tracked to a turn we should have made but blew by because we didn’t recognize it. Other dangers lurk in the shadows as well and creatures large and small often share the trail, oblivious to any danger.
KYMCO Introduces Two New ATVs and a Special Edition UTV
A few months ago, we tested a KYMCO UXV 500i Side x Side in the rocks of Moab, Utah. Recently we had a chance to try an all-new 2013 MOAB Special Edition UXV 500i across the road from Charlotte Motor Speedway. KYMCO had a big surprise waiting for us with the Moab Special Edition UXV 500i, but it wasn’t their only new model. They’re also introducing two new ATVs, including one with their biggest engine yet.
It takes more than a few laps around the track or a quick ride through the dunes to truly get the feel for a machine. We like to ride it, use it for work, maintain it, and live with it on our turf before we write any review. It also helps to let many different riders try it as well, and although most machines hit the mark for some riders, there is one machine that is almost universally loved. Welcome to the Polaris Sportsman 550.
Whether you’re tending a hunting food plot, a backyard garden, or a huge field, weed control is the key to a healthy crop. Kill the weeds, spread a little fertilizer, and with a rain shower now and then you have a good chance at a successful stand. The first step is to kill the weeds.
We’ve all been there - knee or even seat deep in muck and mire while friends watch safely from the edge. They’re too far away to be of much help, none too anxious to wade into the quagmire and save you from a problem of your own making, and truth be told, it’s always a little amusing to see somebody else stuck anyway. You’re pretty much on your own. At this point, you’ve only got two possible sources of help you can count on: divine intervention, and a WARN winch. No doubt, past indiscretion has cost you mightily with the almighty, so you had better count on Warn.