2014 Polaris Sportsman ACE
MSRP: Starts at $7,499
The Polaris Ace features an innovative hybrid design that shatters the stereotypical ATV and UTV definitions we've all grown accustomed to. With the footprint and dimensions of a traditional ATV and the ability to be piloted like a typical UTV/SxS, this machine has the capability to reach a whole new audience that would likely have never given a conventional ATV a consideration. [ Read Full Post ]
In today’s market, side by side manufacturers offer three options when it comes to power steering: standard, optional, or none at all. For owners with vehicles in the last category, there are a few solutions available from aftermarket companies.
Adding power steering to a machine that is not initially designed for it can be a little tricky. There are some small yet important things you need to consider before dropping big dollars on these products. Some involve the machine and the rest involve the type of steering assist you will actually get once the product is installed. [ Read Full Post ]
Sooner or later you will need to change the tires on your ATV or UTV. Choosing good replacements can be a bit confusing, but diligent research of tire reviews and knowing how each tire design affects the ride of your machine is crucial and a good place to start. Here are some simple things to think about when shopping for tires.
The weight of each tire adds to the overall weight of the machine but it goes a bit further than that. Heavier tires will put an additional load on the engine and its components as you ride along the trails. Be sure to choose a tire that can easily be turned by the engine of your machine. Larger displacement engines, such as a 499cc and above, have little trouble pulling most after market tires. But smaller engines will strain to turn more aggressive heavy tread. [ Read Full Post ]
An all-terrain vehicle (ATV) is one of the best ways for people to traverse tough terrain and haul hunting gear. If you’re planning on buying one, have an honest conversation with yourself about your riding skills and how you’ll be using your ATV before you visit an ATV dealer.
Manufacturers pack plenty of power, convenience – like power steering – and thrills into machines that satisfy a user’s need for speed. They like to highlight the horsepower of an engine, but you should focus on buying a machine that meets your needs and won’t break your budget. For example, if you’re looking specifically for a hunting rig, an ATV that runs quietly and smoothly might be more useful than a super-fast machine. [ Read Full Post ]
2014 Yamaha Viking
MSRP: Starts at $11,500
After spending an eventful day trail riding and rock crawling California’s wonderful San Bernardino National Forest in the 2014 Yamaha Viking, there's no question the new Viking is a significant improvement over the decommissioned Rhino it now replaces. The all-new model is the most powerful, comfortable, and capable SxS Yamaha has ever produced. [ Read Full Post ]
One of the most disappointing and irritating moments in ATV ownership is when your machine decides that it’s just not coming out to play.
Although most of today’s ATVs and UTVs can come to life after sitting for long periods of time with little more than a battery charge, it’s not always that easy. Older machines, in particular, can be fussy when it comes to fuel and will need more TLC to get back in the game after winter storage.
Any form of maintenance should always refer to the manufacturer’s specs. Unfortunately, these are often not readily found on the web. While there are numerous helpful forums and online sites to look through when a problem does arise, most owners I know lack the single most helpful tool to keep their wheels turning: a factory service manual. [ Read Full Post ]
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In today’s world of mostly belt driven ATVs and UTVs, the transmission seems to take a beating whenever you decide to get in the muddy stuff. Also, hauling a trailer or a hunting blind through swampy terrain can potentially destroy a machine’s driveline without you even realizing it.
Obviously, the wheels cannot spin as well once you’re in deep mud. As you apply the throttle to get them to move, the belt begins to slip and starts heating up. These factors, when combined, can destroy the drive belt. [ Read Full Post ]