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.
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Reader Project submitted by Chris Holdbrooks from Guntersville, AL
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“The width of the carrier is the same as the factory rack on my ATV [40 inches]. The basket is 12 inches off the ground, allowing plenty of clearance for steep approach angles, and the 22-inch-deep basket accommodates two climbing stands.
“The trusses [horizontal members] that run from front to back have a 3/16-inch plate welded to them for bolting to the factory rack. Two horizontal members extending from the front of the basket insert into 1 ¼-inch square tube receivers welded to the ATV’s frame and support the majority of the weight of the carrier and cargo. [ 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 ]
2014 Honda FourTrax Rancher4x4 Automatic DCT with Power Steering
MSRP: $7,399 (Test Model); Ranges from $5,199-$7,799
Honda’s FourTrax Rancher line of ATVs has earned a solid and well-deserved reputation for being some of the most durable ATVs on the planet. It’s not uncommon for ranchers raising free-range livestock on thousands of acres in the western U.S. to have a fleet containing several dozen Honda Ranchers. And they’re run from day to night, for many years and thousands of miles, and remain virtually trouble-free. The all-new 2014 Rancher was developed to continue in those footsteps while also gracefully evolving into a more refined, comfortable, and capable mid-size ATV. [ Read Full Post ]
An emergency pack or bag is the one item that you should always have on your ATV or SxS. Never leave the trailer or barn without it. Ever.
Whether you live in Mississippi or Montana, carrying an ER bag will allow you to safely — not necessarily comfortably — spend the night, start a fire, deal with basic first aid, and complete a minimal repair to your machine.
Most western BLM riders I know do a fairly decent job of carrying an ER pack, but it’s the winter snowmobilers that usually carry the most fastidious emergency packs. And we ATV riders can learn a lot from them. [ Read Full Post ]
When it comes to ATV riding, there is an imperative rule that will keep you on the trail and get you home safely to your family: Let someone know where you’re going, when to expect you home, and always check in.
I learned this lesson the hard way about five years ago. I was testing a set of tires in eastern Tennessee with a small group of editors. We were riding solo with a return ETA of 2 p.m. My watch read 12:30 p.m. just as I entered into a boulder garden.
While crawling sideways at an impressively steep pitch, the carbureted bike lost power. With no forward momentum, the nearly 600-pound machine started to tip over. [ Read Full Post ]
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 ]