Photos by John "Doogie" Howell and Lance Schwartz
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.
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I own an ATV. It has proven to be one of the most useful tools I've purchased in recent years.
It wasn't so long ago, back when I used to spend a week every November hunting deer in Michigan's Upper Peninsula (a time when there were deer to hunt in Michigan's Upper Peninsula), that I would have scoffed at the notion of owning an ATV for hunting purposes.
See, I had no exposure to the machines outside of the guys I'd see hauling loads of apples, carrots, and sugar beets to deer shacks scattered throughout the Ottawa National Forest.
For those of you who are careful readers, you'll notice that I mentioned seeing these guys using their ATVs on National Forest lands to haul bait to their hunting sites.
And you must be asking: "Is that legal?" [ Read Full Post ]
If you’re an ATV owner and a whitetail hunter, chances are that one of the reasons you bought an ATV in the first place was to haul a deer out of the woods.
You need to be realistic if you’re going to put that deer on the rack. Here are some points to consider:
If you have a smaller machine — allotment say under 300cc’s — you may well exceed the manufacturer’s total weight for the machine. Even if you meet the manufacturer's weight maximum, smaller wheelers will sag dramatically. If you bottom out the suspension, it will be very difficult to steer safely. And, in the case of loading deer on the rear rack, the bike’s front tires could be lifted off the ground. [ Read Full Post ]
Photo by Lance Schwartz
2014 Polaris Ranger 570 EFI
MSRP: $9,499 - Ranger 570 EFI in Sage Green/Solar Red; $9,999 - Polaris Pursuit in Camo; $11,199 - Ranger 570 EPS in Gold Mist LE
When it comes to building high quality SxS utility vehicles that are both comfortable and capable, Polaris has pretty much reinvented every single category of this broad market over the last few years. Polaris answered the call of budget-minded folks this year by redesigning their midsize SxS.
Originally launched in the sportier RZR chassis last year, the liquid-cooled, Electronically Fuel Injected (EFI) Pro-Star 570 engine found in the 2014 Polaris Ranger 570 EFI packs 40 horsepower more than the 500cc model it replaces. This means the 570 is 25 percent more powerful, and it’s smoother, quieter, and more efficient. [ Read Full Post ]
Are you thirsting for pure off-road, off-trail adventure? Looking for an exciting new ride to conquer? Searching for a family-friendly trail offering plenty of natural beauty and solitude?
It’s time to take life off the beaten path. Start with these 8 American treasures, then get planning your biggest and best off-road excursion yet. Some of these trails offer the simple joy of the open trail. Others take you into unforgiving environments where only bravest dare go. A few explore magnificent backcountry where wildlife abounds. Whether you want to live life on the edge, or maybe just on the edge of comfort, there’s a trail–and a tale–waiting for you. [ Read Full Post ]
During the summer I mentioned the highly anticipated release of the new Viking, Yamaha’s latest addition to its side-by-side family. Last week I was lucky enough to test this machine on a whitetail hunt in western Oklahoma.
As expected, the Viking has smart updates that did not disappoint. The Viking holds three across in bucket seats and the stance is 61.8 inches wide to accommodate for this. The center seat is tilted back to ingeniously keep all the occupants from rubbing shoulders. [ Read Full Post ]
When Can-Am announced the new 2013 Maverick 1000 last fall, I hypothesized that this would just be the beginning of Can-Am’s foray into the sporty SxS market. For 2014, Can Am proved me right by making some basic evolutionary changes to the Maverick, ranging from simple new color offerings to all-new models like the four-seat Maverick Max. However, the biggest news was the introduction of several new “packages” (with really confusing names) designed to help meet the needs of the fast-growing and ever-changing SxS market — by tailoring these machines to better fit specific types of users. [ Read Full Post ]