You definitely won’t be taking one of these out on your next hunting trip, but for just 2 million yen (about $25,500) you will be able to brag to your friends about the Lambo parked in your garage. This bad boy is obviously marketed to the more-money-than-brains crowd.
The super deformed little Lamborghini Murcielago based on an ATV frame was built by some dudes in Japan. It might look cool, but the 50cc powerplant means this mini-Lambo sure can’t keep up with the real thing. See how a Yamaha Grizzly 660 fared against a real Lambo. [ Read Full Post ]
I’ve been a big fan of the Polaris Ranger for many years, especially the 2012 Ranger XP 800 EPS I’ve been using for the last six months. Polaris’ marketing slogan, “Hardest Working Smoothest Riding,” mirrors my own impression of the Ranger lineup. Rangers have earned a legendary reputation for their work ethic because of their muscle and capability. Yet, somehow, the Ranger also manages to deliver a sporty and comfortable ride, despite its utilitarian nature. The completely redesigned 2013 Ranger XP 900 is better than any previous Ranger ever built, period. With more power, additional comfort, enhanced safety, better efficiency, and new design features the Side-by-Side (SxS) market has never seen before, the 2013 Polaris Ranger pushes the evolution of the SxS to the next level. [ Read Full Post ]
In this handout image provided by London Organizing Committee of the Olympic and Paralympic Games (LOCOG), European ATV racing champion, John Mitchell, carries the Olympic Flame on his quad during his Torch Relay leg through Stornoway, Scotland on day 24 of the London 2012 Olympic Torch Relay.
A total of 8,000 people carried the flame during its 8,000 mile, 70-day journey to the opening ceremony of the Olympic Games in London on 27 July. [ Read Full Post ]
Fly Racing F2 Carbon Helmet
A quality helmet is the most important safety equipment an off-road rider will ever purchase. Protecting the rider’s head from impact is certainly the helmet’s the top purpose. But the best helmets also provide users with other creature comforts that “Dukes of Hazard”-type helmets never dreamed of.
The Fly F2 Carbon utilizes a carbon/Kevlar construction to provide excellent protection in a lightweight design. The helmet fit my face snuggly — the way it’s supposed to — and was very comfortable for the 10 straight hours I spent with it on my head. The carbon/Kevlar construction certainly helped prevent my neck from feeling fatigued as well. [ Read Full Post ]
ATVs and baseball team mascots seem to be natural enemies.
The Norfolk Tides' (the Triple-A affiliate for the Baltimore Orioles) mascot, Rip Tide, recently fell off his ATV like a heap of carpet while taking a right turn on the field. To top the embarrassing crash, Rip Tide's ATV refused to start up again. Good thing those costumes are padded. Go ahead and laugh, Riptide is fine.
Rip Tide is not the first — and I am sure not the last — oversized Muppet to feel the wrath of a 4-wheeler. The battle between these two rivals has a deep rooted history. [ Read Full Post ]
I refuse to ride without wearing a good quality riding boot. The main reason is that a riding boot, by design, will protect the rider’s ankles and the soles of their feet. Foot pegs tend to be pretty sharp and without a sturdy boot, those pegs don’t take long to shred ordinary footwear.
I’ve run into two significant problems while wearing a full height riding boot. First, they make the task of walking even a menial distance frustrating at best. Second, pushing the gas and brake pedals on a SxS is nearly impossible. Over the last month, I’ve spent many hours in a pair of black size 13 Alpinestars Tech 2 boots. For me, the Tech 2’s have taken the place of two pairs of boots. In the past, I’ve always packed a pair of riding boots to ride ATV’s and a pair of hiking boots to drive a SxS. Those days are officially over. [ Read Full Post ]
Getting stuck while riding is part of the game sometimes. And it was the only game during a trip a few years ago in northern Manitoba with Field & Stream’s online editor, Nate Matthews.
The plan was to ride ATVs on the ice roads right after ice-out to get first dibs on the virgin lakes. The soft and nearly impassable muskeg forced us to spend more time winching than actually riding. Luckily, all of our machines were rigged with Warn winches. Ever since that trip I have become a loyal fan of Warn and personally use and trust their equipment on all of my rides. [ Read Full Post ]