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 ]
ATVs and deer season are inextricably linked. There's little question that many quad owners use their machines in the fall to set up stands, get to a hunting site, and recover game.
While hunters are spending large sums of cash for a new wheeler, this may be a good time to ask the following question: Do UTVs and ATVs really scare game?
By Peter B. Mathiesen
After a couple of decades of hunting with gas-powered wheelers and plenty of field experience with electrics, I've learned a few lessons. [ Read Full Post ]
I am amazed at how few trail riders I meet carry a spare tire or a repair kit. If you drive with any regularity on a mountain slope or a river bottom, a sharp rock or beaver stick will find a way into your tire. A spare is great if you have the room, but most situations can be remedied with a tire repair kit and a portable 12-volt air compressor.
The compressor will get air in the tire to find the leak and fill it once the repair is made to get you back on the trail. Portable air is also your only hope if you hit a rock and blow a bead. [ Read Full Post ]
Packed with premium off-road features, the all-new Yamaha Viking Side-by-Side (SxS) is setting a new standard in multi-purpose, three-passenger Side-by-Side (SxS) vehicles.
Yamaha is known for performance, and the new Viking boasts Yamaha’s most powerful four-wheel drive engine to date. The 686cc liquid-cooled 4-stroke, SOHC, single-cylinder, 4-valve fuel-injected engine provides peak performance at maximum capacity. Yamaha Fuel Injection delivers consistent starts and power even at elevation and in cold weather, and the 9.7 gallon fuel tank allows for long days in the field or on the trail. [ Read Full Post ]
Do you use the full towing capability of your ATV? Most of us will occasionally use our ATVs to haul things to and from the barn or hunt camp, but if you load the machine down every time you go out or max out on heavy loads, you’re going to have to pay extra attention to keep your quad running for years to come. Here are five things to consider. [ Read Full Post ]
I've been riding my Phantom Camo 2013 Honda FourTrax Foreman 4X4 ES with power steering for the last eight months. This capable, reliable ATV that will find itself at home around the farm, hunting camp, or around the trails. Now thanks to an ATV clearance event — to make room for the 2014 Foreman and other top secret models rumored to be on the way — the 2013 Foreman became a little more affordable. Honda is is offering $700 in bonus bucks and a fixed 2.99 percent financing for 36 months. The event runs until the end of September. [ Read Full Post ]
Owning an ATV or side by side is all fun and games until you make the mistake of running one with stock tires that have an aggressive tread across a lush green lawn. Factory tires on most machines will lift grass from the roots and damage expensive lawns.
Getting a "turf friendly" tire can greatly reduced the damage caused by the machine — riding lawn mowers come with turf friendly tires for this very purpose. Many tire manufacturers have a selection of these tires, but you should hold off on getting them until you decide exactly how you will use your machine. Changing the tires on your ATV or SxS can be expensive. But having a lighter tread can be beneficial if you plan to use the machine for several different tasks or for maintaining a facility during the workweek. Sometimes staying off sensitive ground might be the cheapest way to enjoy your off-road machine. [ Read Full Post ]