Getting the help you need to the job site or transporting a group of hunters into the field can be a burden. That’s where a big, off-road vehicle such as the Yamaha Viking shines. Yamaha released the new Viking line just a year ago and now it has added a second version to the family in the 2015 Yamaha Viking VI. I had an opportunity to test this new rig on a few fresh-cut trails just outside Austin, Texas.
Up until a few weeks ago, if you were able to travel back in time to 2009 and walked into a Suzuki dealership, that six year old Suzuki King Quad 750AXi Power Steering could easily be mistaken for a new model. For lack of a more politically correct explanation, Suzuki has been on cruise control for the last five or six years with no game changing new models to offer. Although the 2014 King Quad 750 AXi looks like the same old King Quad Suzuki has been offering for half a decade, there's a little magic hidden underneath the plastic bodywork that shows Suzuki might finally be ready to dig in and fight.
Whenever we went on family trips while I was a kid I would stare out of the side window for hours. I would imagine that I was racing “Big Blue,” our baby blue family wagon, on a four-wheeler. If a bridge came, I would jump it. A fence — I would blast through it. Water? Well. My 4-wheeler would turn into a boat. Kids have great imaginations. We tend to lose that creativity when we grow up. [ Read Full Post ]
Machine: 2012 Can Am Outlander 1000 XT MSRP: $11,949 -Yellow/Black $12,349 - Camo/Pure Magnesium Metallic www.canamoffroad.com
Over the last few months, I’ve logged nearly 300 miles testing Can Am’s new Outlander 1000 XT in the rocky, muddy, densely forested terrain of Pennsylvania’s anthracite coal region. The time spent riding the Outlander gave me a clear perception of how the machine performed in nearly every situation a typical rider would subject it to. The takeaway? This is the best ATV the company has ever produced.
What makes it so good? The updates to the new Outlander 1000 XT are both evolutionary and revolutionary, but the most obvious change is to the engine. Past Outlander models featured engines ranging from 400 to 800cc. But with other manufacturers bumping engine size above 800cc, and after the successful launch of the Can Am Commander 1000 Side-by-Side in 2011, it made sense for Can Am to transplant the Commander’s massive 1000cc power plant into a new, mega-bore ATV. [ Read Full Post ]
So Outdoor Life is part of a cool contest operated by Crown Royal, sponsor of Field & Stream’s Hook Shots show and maker of the whiskey that comes in a purple bag. The contest is called “Pass the Crown,” and it’s a variation on the Secret Santa gift exchange anyone who’s ever worked in an office is familiar with. Are you lucky enough to have never worked in an office? Then here’s how this works: [ Read Full Post ]