Bears love to chew on ATV seats and tires. I’m not sure if it’s the springiness of the foam or rubber, the smell, or just boredom. Park a vehicle in the north woods overnight, or spend the day fishing down the trail, and you may return to hundreds of dollars worth of damage and a less-than-comfortable ride back to camp.
If you live in extreme country, you must resort to extreme measures. Ken Gangler of Gangler’s North Seal River Lodge in the Canadian province of Northern Manitoba, has to protect three wilderness-stored UTVs that are used as shuttles to alternate lakes at his fly-out camp. It took over $1,000 worth of damages before he resorted to building log forts. [ Read Full Post ]
The Kymco 2014 UXV 700i is basically a carryover of last year’s model, with the addition of a healthier 695cc liquid-cooled four stroke engine that pumps out a claimed 45 horsepower. There are several trim options available. While model designation determines which bolt-on goodies each machine gets, all UXV 700i's get this fuel-injected power plant, which debuted in their ATV line last year. Power and performance is on par with other 700-class machines. [ Read Full Post ]
Whether you are out riding in the wilderness or just cruising the back 80 acres, having the right emergency gear is essential. I have several key items that I bring along on various rides. Obviously, I’m not counting the tool kit provided on the ATV, as it should always be on board. This tool kit comes with a spark plug wrench as well as a set of small wrenches to repair an ailing quad on the trail. Aside from this standard kit, here are my picks for three things to never ride without. [ Read Full Post ]
Depending on the game you are hunting, getting into the woods before the sun comes up or goes down is key. The last thing you need is added noise from your ATV scaring off any potential animals and blowing up the stand. Most problems on a noisy quad can be quieted with a few maintenance techniques and most others with aftermarket products. Here are a few items to consider if you have a whiz-banging rattletrap for a quad. [ Read Full Post ]
I first swung my leg over a Honda Rincon 680 — a 2006 model — on the rugged trails of Northern Quebec, Canada in 2005. Since that time, many changes have occurred in my life, the most prolific being watching my two incredibly cool kids make their way into this world. While the hands of time have dealt us all changes, for better or worse, Honda’s big-bore 2013 Rincon has remained frozen in time.
Now this might seem like terrible news to some, but the 2013 Rincon is still a good ATV — even if it can be considered "old-school" when compared to other premium machines. The Rincon 680 has always been one of my favorite ATVs to ride. In fact, I owned one myself for several years and I put many hard, trouble-free miles on that machine. [ Read Full Post ]
Yamaha looks to broaden the brand’s impressive portfolio of highly capable off-road vehicles with the introduction of the 2014 Grizzly 700 and Viking SxS.
The 2014 Yamaha Grizzly 700 arrives with a number of improvements, including a 60mm (2.36 inches) wider tread width, a longer suspension stroke, new EPS settings, and an increase in performance and fuel efficiency. Always a leader in the big-bore ATV market, these improvements should propel the Grizzly 700 to even greater heights. [ Read Full Post ]
Yamaha introduced the 2014 Viking EPS Side-by-Side with three person seating last week. Although I have not driven this unit, the stats are pretty impressive.
The new Viking’s three-person pass-through bucket seating has an offset center position (set 5 degrees back) with generous shoulder room for all three occupants. There are three-point seat belts, headrests all around, and adjustable handholds for passengers. [ Read Full Post ]