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 ]
Tougher, more powerful and more terrainable -- the all-new Yamaha Viking is setting a new standard in multi-purpose, three-passenger Side-by-Side (SxS) vehicles, and each one is being assembled in the U.S.A. at Yamaha’s factory in Newnan, Georgia.
Sit in the Viking and feel its comfortable and confidence-inspiring three-person cab. Turn the key to appreciate Yamaha’s most powerful four-wheel drive engine to date. And hit the trails to experience the Viking’s precise steering and class-leading handling. [ Read Full Post ]
Mid-size utility ATVs are the heart and soul of the off-road industry. As Americans, we’re programmed by the media (I’m guilty as charged) to believe bigger is often better. I’d personally rather drive a $60,000 Chevy Duramax Diesel Crew than the Toyota Tacoma I own. But, at the end of the day, a Tacoma can do for me nearly everything the big diesel can do — at half the price. When you look at the data, a Grizzly 550 has all the towing and hauling capacities as the bigger Grizzly 700, and weighs the same; all while costing $800 less. [ Read Full Post ]
2014 Arctic Cat Prowler 500 HDX
MSRP: 500 HDX - $10,999; 500 HDX XT - $11,699; 500 HDX Limited EPS - $12,399
Arctic Cat recently introduced its new 2014 Prowler 500 HDX series. This side-by-side line includes several features from the company's larger 700 series, but comes at the lower price point.
I got the chance to test drive the 500 HDX in Minnesota last week. It's a fun ride and a capable work machine. Handling is sporty even without electronic power steering (EPS is available on Limited EPS models). The simple controls and digital display make it easy for beginners to operate on the fly. All three models are powered by a 443cc liquid-cooled engine. [ Read Full Post ]
One of the only things more fun than piloting a SxS is having the capability to bring along three other people to enjoy the experience. With the recent announcement of Honda's new 2014 Pioneer line of SxS's, this feat is now completely possible. Available in either a two seat or four seat version, the Pioneer is a substantial improvement over Honda's previous Big Red SxS. Both machines are built on the same chassis with the same dimensions, but the Pioneer-4 raises the bar with Honda's innovative stowable rear seats. Since it's priced at only $1,700 more than the two-seat Pioneer, there is little doubt this model will gain the attention of new buyers.
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Real focus. Real passion. Real Outdoors. The all-new Yamaha Viking is Real World Tough and Assembled right here in the U.S.A. with true three-person seating capacity and the most off-road capability of any vehicle in its class.
Born in Newnan, Georgia, home of Yamaha’s ATV and SxS vehicle production plant, the Viking is made for work and adventure. This all-new vehicle was designed and engineered as a robust and high-capacity utility vehicle. It combines Yamaha’s most powerful four-wheel drive engine to date with a comfortable and confidence-inspiring three-person cab, precision steering and class-leading handling. [ Read Full Post ]