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    Arctic Cat Wildcat X TeaserArctic Cat is fairly new to the sport side-by-side game, but has been busy expanding its Wildcat family. It introduced the Wildcat 4 earlier in December and there now appears to be a new model on the horizon – the Wildcat X.

    Unfortunately, we don’t know much more than that at the moment. Arctic Cat emailed out a teaser image of the Wildcat X, but it’s mostly covered by a cloud of freshly roosted sand.

    So what will the new Wildcat X look like? We’ve been expecting Arctic Cat to come to market with a narrower Wildcat for folks who don’t ride in the open desert, but we’re skeptical this is that model since it was shot in a sand dune. Comparing it to the original Wildcat, the teaser image shows a similar-looking frame, but it’s awfully hard to get a good read on it.

    Arctic Cat Wildcat

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      Honda FourTrax Rancher TRX420TEAmerican Honda, in cooperation with the Consumer Product Safety Commission, has issued a recall of 2012 Honda FourTrax Rancher models.

      According to the recall notice, a weld on the ATV’s front right and left upper suspension arms can separate, which can cause the operator to lose control of the vehicle. About 19,500 units are involved in the recall. Honda is aware of 10 incidents of suspension arm weld failures, including one in which a rider suffered a sprained wrist.

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        2013 Yamaha Grizzly 700 EPS RedYamaha Motor Corp., U.S.A., is rounding out its utility ATV line with the addition of 2013 red utility ATVs produced at its Newnan, Ga., manufacturing facility. Red versions of Yamaha’s utility ATV models should start arriving at dealers before the end of the year and include the Grizzly 700 FI EPS, Grizzly 550 FI EPS and Grizzly 450 EPS.

        “Yamaha has strong demand from a variety of customer groups – including farmers and recreational users alike – for the red utility models, and we’ve seen our dealer partners ask for them this fall,” says Steve Nessl, Yamaha ATV/SxS group marketing manager. “All of Yamaha’s 4×4 ATVs now come from its U.S. manufacturing facility in Georgia, which allows the company to respond more quickly to customer demands while also streamlining distribution. It’s exciting to see that process in place.”

        All of Yamaha’s Grizzly 4×4 ATVs and Rhino Side-by-Side vehicles are produced at the Yamaha Motor Manufacturing Corporation of America (YMMC) in Newnan, Ga.

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          Traci Cecco Pickens with ATVTraci Cecco-Pickens, the most successful women’s ATV racer in history, was honored this week by the city of Shamokin, Pa.

          At a ceremony Monday night including the city council and approximately 50 spectators including Traci’s family and friends, Mayor George S. Rozinskie, Jr., proclaimed December 10, 2012, as Traci Cecco-Pickens day in Shamokin and presented her with the key to the city honoring her as a historic competitor and role model for the city’s youth.

          “I’ve enjoyed 14 years of racing professionally, fought for nine championships and a created lifetime of memories,” says Cecco-Pickens. “I’m honored to receive this key and proud to say I’m from Shamokin – the city that provided me all the tools and resources that I needed to make my dreams come true!”

          Traci Cecco Pickens Key to the City

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            Honda ATV Racing HistoryIt’s been out for about a month now, but we just stumbled upon a very cool video from American Honda about its ATV racing heritage.

            Chuck Miller, Senior Manager of Product Planning at American Honda, is a multi-time Baja champion and does an amazing job of breaking down Honda’s ATV racing history. No doubt he’s got many stories we’d all be interested to hear, but one in particular stood out in this video – the 1984 Baja 1000.

            “Our ATV actually got fourth overall that year, out of all the motorcycles, all the vehicles,” says Miller. “I’ll never forget Gaston Rahier, who was the motocross world champion and also Paris to Dakar champion, was riding for a factory BMW team and ended up fifth overall. And he couldn’t believe that they got beat by an ATV. He came in with his accent telling me ‘oh my gosh, I cannot believe I got passed and got beat by an ATV here in Baja!’”

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