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 ]
If you do a lot of to late summer riding, the time is now to check the coolant in your ATV. Coolant levels can drop due to any number of issues, including worn engine components and leaky reservoir bottles or internal seals on your ride. There are several tools available at your local auto parts dealer that can also tell you if the coolant is capable of doing its job or if it may need to be flushed then replaced. One thing to note about the coolant in your ATV is the coolant actually lubricates seals and internal components as well to help properly maintain the system in which the coolant lives. Here are three items to keep the ATV you love running strong in extreme heat or cold. [ Read Full Post ]
Only two years after its introduction, Kawasaki has made major updates to an already impressively performing machine with the launch of the 2014 Teryx4 LE. I got to test the new model in Utah’s Fishlake National Forest on the Paiute Trail, one of hardest, rockiest and most unforgiving trails in the country. The ride covered 152 miles in just two days with elevation changes ranging from 4,000 feet to just under 11,000.
The updates to the model include an increase in horsepower — from 749cc in the 2012 model to 783cc — and torque with dramatic fuel-economy improvements. The classic Kawasaki V-twin also received a revised piston crown, raising compression from 9.3:1 to 10.7:1. Mass has been added to the crank and the flywheel. A new cam and a retuned exhaust help the refined transmission ratios deliver a 7-plus percent increase in power with a 10 percent increase in torque. [ Read Full Post ]
If you’re ever in Alaska on a fishing road trip, there’s a good chance you’ll drive right by Black Bear ATV Adventures when you cross the Susitna River Bridge at mile 105 on the Parks Highway.
While heading north, look to your left and you’ll spot two large parked trailers; one with a porta potty and a second hauling a dozen or so Yamaha 450 and 350 Grizzlies.
Black Bear ATV Adventures specializes in wilderness ATV tours that can be taken by first-time riders along the Susitna River and Rabideaux Creek. The trips average three hours, with an optional eight-hour adventure that covers 65 miles in the Petersville gold mining district against the foothills of the Tokosha Mountains, at the base of Mount McKinley—known locally as Denali. [ Read Full Post ]