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    Polaris recently sent out pricing info for all its 2011 ATVs and Rangers and conspicuously absent is the Outlaw 450 MXR and Outlaw 525 S. The only Outlaw listed was the venerable 525 IRS model.

    We asked Polaris about the state of the two missing Outlaws and we were told that neither will be produced in 2011.

    So is this the end of the Outlaw 450 MXR and 525 S? Perhaps not. It’s possible that Polaris produced enough of these models in 2009 and 2010 that it could keep up with demand for 2011. In fact, this is not an entirely unusual practice. The most recent example is Suzuki, which released only a few 2010 models late in that model year due to low consumer demand thanks to the economic crisis. Suzuki is back on track in 2011 and production has resumed. We suspect Polaris to do the same in 2012, though we won’t know for sure until next summer.

    Also of note, Polaris won’t be producing the Sportsman 300 in 2011. This is the end of the line for what used to be the entry-level Sportsman.

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      The aftermarket for side-by-sides is absolutely massive and obsessed with improving performance and adding style to the latest and greatest UTVs. These companies were waiting with baited breath for the new Can-Am Commander, so when it was unveiled in June we knew it wouldn’t take long before we started seeing products. After all, this was perhaps the most anticipated and long awaited performance UTV ever.

      We can’t possibly keep track of every aftermarket company, but the first one notify us about a Commander-specific product is Holz Racing Products, who unveiled a new long travel suspension kit for Can-Am’s side-by-side.

      Though Holz isn’t quite ready for its long travel kit to hit dealerships, it has given interested early Commander buyers a first look.

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        Pleasure Valley was host to a big Fourth of July weekend of motocross racing. You can read our race recap here, but gist of it is that John Natalie went 1-2 to give Can-Am its first ever Pro overall victory in the history of the series.

        Also of note, Joe Byrd returned to action after sitting out a few weeks due to injury while two Suzuki riders finished on the podium…and one of them wasn’t Dustin Wimmer!

        You can watch all the highlights from the race, including interviews with some of the top riders in the latest Motosode from the producers of the series.

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          The family of comedian Stephen Colbert has donated an ATV to be used to track nesting loggerhead sea turtles near Charleston, SC.

          The Colbert family donated the ATV to Learning Through Loggerheads, a summer program that provides scholarships to students in loggerhead protection. The program was without a means to transport students to various loggerhead nesting sites.

          According to WMBF News, the small non-profit organization sent out an email blast asking for donations. The Colbert family was on the list and put the organization in contact with an area businessman who found the program a used ATV.