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    It doesn’t happen all that often, but every once in a while a new ATV or side-by-side comes out that we NEED to ride right away. Just thinking about it can keep us up at night. The new RZR XP 900 was just such a machine.

    Fortunately for us, we didn’t have to wait very long. Earlier this week Polaris invited us to Arizona to take the RZR XP 900 for a spin. We’ll have a full review ready early next week, but we couldn’t wait to give you some quick impressions.

    Impression No. 1: Wow!

    The new ProStar 900 engine makes an immediate impression. It just sounds fast. A quick stab of the throttle and you know you’re in for something special. The top speed of the RZR XP 900 is north of 70 mph, but its acceleration off the line and out of the corners that is most impressive.

    As great as the new engine is, the real story with this unit probably lies in the 3-link trailing arm rear suspension. The trailing arm conects far up in the chassis – about under the seats. This lends itself to a huge amound of suspension travel – a ridiculous 14 inches in the rear. We hammered through the whoops pretty aggressively and the RZR XP 900 tracked rembarkably straight. We also didn’t bottom out the Fox Podium X 2.0 shocks all day.

    We’ll leave you with this for now, but check back soon for a full writeup and a video.

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      We’re itching to ride Polaris’ outlandish new Ranger RZR XP 900, but until then Polaris has offered us another taste with a video walk-around of the latest member of the RZR family.

      Every time we lay eyes on that 3-Link Trailing Arm Independent Rear Suspension we get weak in the knees. We’ve never ridden anything quite like that before so we don’t really know what to expect.

      We’ll have a chance to get behind the wheel in the coming days so you can expect to hear our impressions soon. Keep an eye on the ATV.com Blog and the ATV.com Twitter feed for updates from the official launch.

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        Three-time Olympic gold medalist and the world’s fastest human, Usain Bolt recently went on an ATV tour in his home country of Jamaica.

        Bolt, who holds the world record in the 100m, 200m, and 4X100m relay, took part in the Chukka ATV Safari. Tour organizers posted a video of Bolt’s ride on YouTube, which you can view below.

        Truthfully, the video doesn’t show a great deal, but if you wanted to see perhaps the top athlete on the planet zipping around on a Polaris Trail Blazer this is probably your only chance. He even does one of his classic poses at the end of the video.

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          Glen Helen Raceway, which is primarily known for hosting motocross, ATV, and Short Course racing events, is now offering off-road enthusiasts a new way to ride with Glen Helen Ride Days.

          The Glen Helen Ride Days are a brand new event that takes place on the last Friday of each month. The Ride Days will consist of trail riding on specially designed trails laid out by legendary racer Gary Jones. The trails are all clearly marked and range in skill level from beginner to expert, taking you throughout the vast Glen Helen facility, offering great riding as well as spectacular views of the Inland Empire.

          Gary Jones himself will be leading three major trail rides throughout the day – one in the morning, one at midday, and one in the evening. In addition to riding with a motocross legend on one of America’s premier racetracks, there will be free overnight camping for participants in the Glen Helen Ride Day.

          The first Glen Helen Ride Day is scheduled to take place January 28. Gate fees are $20 for adults, $10 for children 6-12, free for 6 and under. For more information, check out GlenHelen.com.

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            Bomb Squad Racing dropped a bomb on the ATV world by signing current AMA ATV MX National Champion, Josh Creamer to ride for its 2011 team.

            Creamer has a long history as a top factory racer, and last year dominated the ATV MX series with the Rockstar/Makita,Suzuki team. Instead of defending his AMA ATV MX championship he will the World OffRoad Championship Series and fight for that title.

            “I am very excited to be a part of this new team,” says Creamer. “The Bomb Squad has such a long history in the ATV world for being industry innovators. I’m looking forward to testing my skills in this challenging series. It’s going to make for some great racing.”

            What this means for Dustin Wimmer and the Rockstar/Makita/Suzuki team is unclear at this point. However, Bomb Squad Racing didn’t stop at luring Creamer. The team also signed team manager Kory Ellis and mechanic Theo Lusardi.

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