I had never ridden anything with a motor (my car doesn't count) before I bought my first ATV at 29 years of age. I had no idea where to ride, so I did what anyone would do - I "googled" where to ride in my area, and several motocross tracks came up. I did a little more research, found a track that actually allowed quads, and off I went! Before I left the track that first day of riding, I had already decided I wanted to race my quad. And that is how it all began for me.....
Now, not everyone who rides a quad wants to race it, but for those of you out there who are like me, and feel you want to try your hand at racing your ATV, but might not know exactly where to start, we have come up with a basic guide to the types of ATV racing available. Its up to you to decide what looks like the most fun, or the best fit for you - but for now, here are some general ATV racing diciplines to check out - via ATV Racing - What kind of Racing is Available?
Yamaha Motor Corp. pretty much started the entire UTV (SxS) shift into popularity back in 2004 with their introduction of the Yamaha Rhino 660. Designed as a utility vehicle to do work and provide hunters with a way to get in and out of the woods, the powersports consumers gobbled the Rhino up as a versatile and fun trail and dune machine. The Rhino basically started a UTV revolution, and now here we are - 2014 - and the SxS market is booming and threatening to overtake even the ever-popular ATV segment.
After taking a few years to fight some very important court battles (which they won), Yamaha is back and heading into the UTV market that they had previously dominated. The 2014 Yamaha Viking FI 4x4 is Yamaha's first of several new UTV models that have been promised, and it is aimed squarely at the true utility segment of the market. We got the chance to spend a few days with the new Viking, and here are our thoughts via 2014 Yamaha Viking Review.
You have owned ATVs for a while now......and you just bought your first UTV. Can you wear the same stuff to drive your new Side-by-Side that you already own for riding quads? While UTVs and ATVs are certainly similar, there are a few big differences, and as a result, sometimes what works well for riding your quad might not be the best choice for piloting your "family wagon".
For some ideas and options on what gear is available for your next UTV adventure, check out our newest article discussing UTV Apparel.
Now that it's getting warmer outside (at least for most of the country), it's time to think about pulling your ATV out of the garage or shed and checking it over.
If you followed our tips for storing your ATV for the winter, then getting your ATV ready to ride should be a piece of cake! If not, and it's been sitting idle for a few months, now is the time to give it a thorough once-over and make sure it's ready to go with our Springtime Checklist for your ATV.
The 2012 Kawasaki Teryx is a great all-purpose vehicle that's used on farms and properties around the world as a light utility vehicle and it's also used for a wide variety of work and recreational purposes, especially in conditions where you can't get a jeep or truck.
Adventure lovers have wanted to see what this all purpose vehicle can really do in any type of weather or terrain conditions like trails, mountains, snow, sand wash, desert or rocks, and the Teryx was recently tested by a team of adventurers in the rough country of Arizona.
The 2012 Crew Diesel UTV is the most powerful Polaris Ranger to be released to date. Over 900 CCs of diesel power will give you plenty of power to carry around six full size adults in total comfort.
When it comes to fun and work you'll have a hard time finding a better utility vehicle than the 2012 Polaris RANGER Crew Diesel UTV.
Polaris has been making the Ranger EV (Electric Vehicle) for a couple of years now and it gets better every year. Find out what's new with the 2012 Polaris RANGER EV Electric UTV and see why they keep taking it to the next level.
The 2012 Polaris Sportsman Big Boss 6x6 800 ATV will stand alone thanks to its capacity and traction. With the 2012 Sportsman Big Boss, anyone who rides this ATV will be able to enjoy awesome benefits like a six-wheel drive system plus the ability to pick up, haul or dump heavy loads.
Read the preview of 2012 Polaris Sportsman Big Boss 6x6 800 ATV.
You may have heard the term "offshoring" before, where manufacturing that was done in the United States has been moved offshore to places like China, Philippines, Taiwan etc. The process is commonly called offshoring.
It's good for US companies but bad for US workers because, well... we're losing jobs and moving from a society of producers to a society of mostly consumers.
Yamaha is doing just the opposite: They're "reshoring" ATV manufacturing BACK to the US, in Newnan, Georgia, creating jobs and giving Yamaha quads a Made in America stamp.
Find out more about Yamaha moving the bulk of ATV manufacturing back to the USA.
The Cooler Mount by Rite Side Products is a drop in mount, with a cooler, for Polaris RZRs.
It doesn't require any hardware or modifications to the RZR, it just drops into an existing hole pattern and locks into place with expanding grommets.
Find out more about this cool mount before they hit the market by reading my preview of the Cooler Mount for Polaris RZR by Rite Side Products.