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First Ride - The John Deere Gator XUV 550

A Look Under the Hood and a Quick Spin on Deere's Newest Gator
Written By: 
John Arens
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In every manufacturer’s lineup, there are models that mark watershed moments of major change.  In the hardworking utility vehicle market, John Deere first found success with the five wheeled AMT, then enjoyed an even greater following with their next generation Gator.  Last year they celebrated a huge milestone when the 500,000th Gator rolled off the line at their Horicon, Wisconsin plant, but other companies took notice of the Gator as well.

Trailer Tips - Tow & Go

Tips for Safe Hauling
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Ever headed off for a riding adventure only to have your trailer swooping from side to side behind your truck like it was a happy participant in some kind of highway hoedown?  It’s not only annoying, it’s also dangerous to you, to other drivers, and to whatever you’re hauling.   Like so many things in life, towing a trailer is all about balance, and we’ll tell you how to tow a load safely.

Ride Tested - The Utility Player

Riding KYMCO's Value Priced Workhorse, the MXU 500i IRS 4x4
Written By: 
John Arens
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Regardless of the product it’s all about the value these days.  Customers are better educated, more adept at comparison shopping, and expect more for their dollar.  In the powersports world KYMCO has been building components and even entire machines for some of the other manufacturers and by doing so they’ve learned what customers are looking for, how to maintain world class quality standards, and how to build efficiently; all keystones of value.

Special Edition - The Elite

Can-Am's Limited Edition Models Deliver Off-Road Luxury
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CAN-AM is a company on the move.  Last year they introduced an all-new chassis in their top of the line ATVs and this year we expect the second generation chassis to make it on almost every other Renegade and Outlander model in the lineup as well.  Their special edition models come with over-the-top features that make them the luxury vehicles of the off-road world, but they’re much more than just a pretty face.  The first mandate for any Can-Am ATV or Side x Side is that it must perform and these are the models that really put them over the top.

Awesome Adventure Ride - Viva Mexico!

We Explore Baja, Mexico on the Grape Adventure Ride
Written By: 
Moxie, Rick, and the Roving Road Crew
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Hola Riders!  Have you ever wondered what a riding adventure in another country would be like?  We just completed a unique ride through some of the most beautiful terrain of Mexico's Baja Peninsula and it’s a trail ride we won’t ever forget.  It’s also a trip anyone can do and all it takes is a passport and a spirit of adventure.

Safety Gear - Protect Your Neck

A Look at the Leatt-Brace Protection System
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The one injury athletes in every sport fear is devastating damage to the spine.  However remote the possibility, it’s always there and for the unfortunate few who suffer such an injury, it’s almost always a life changing event.  Thankfully, new materials, better methods, and advanced medical research have aided the recovery for some, but nothing beats doing all you can to avoid the injury in the first place.

Riding Gear - Fly Girl Gear

Strong Enough for a Man, but made for a Woman!
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Visit any ride area and you will find women, lots of women, out enjoying riding just as much as the guys.  Ask any fun-loving girl if she wants to go riding and the result will almost always be an enthusiastic, “yes!”  For the most part, riding an ATV or Side x Side is a pretty gender neutral sport  and women can ride anything the guys can, often times even better, but there is one area where they have sadly been left behind.  Women have been largely overlooked by the companies that make riding gear and mostly end up wearing gear made for guys.

New Product Test - Snow Eagle

Testing American Manufacturing's Generation II Eagle Plow
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One of the best-selling accessories for ATV and Side x Sides is an aftermarket plow. With their maneuverability, 4wd, and ability to work in tight quarters, an ATV or UTV with a plow can get into places a tractor or truck mounted plow can’t reach, and they’re much more cost effective. If you already own an ATV or Side x Side, it’s a no-brainer to turn it into a winter work tool as well.

New Ride Area - Diamond in the Rough

Pennsylvania's Anthracite Outdoor Adventure Area
Written By: 
Moxie, Rick, and the Road Crew
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For thousands of years there have been mining operations in North America, and everything from copper to coal to turquoise and tar was hewn from the ground and either made into items of higher value or used in its raw form.  Regardless of the material or the geography, mining always has been and still is a tough business.  As long as we keep using electricity, we’ll need mines.  Every mine comes with two identical problems, however: the material being extracted is limited, and when played out you’ve got a big hole in the ground, especially with surface mines.

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