Yamaha Raptor 250 Project – Part 5
Santor Design Co. graphics and Maier USA plastics

ATV.com is building up a Project Yamaha Raptor 250. This is the fifth article in a six-part series. Once the build is complete we will be giving the modified Raptor to one of our readers. Click here to enter for a chance to win.

Over the first four articles in our Raptor 250 Project we’ve enhanced the power with a package of GYTR accessories; upgraded the traction with some new tires from Kenda and some slick wheels from MotoSport Alloys; added some protection with armor from DG Performance and Nerf bars from GYTR; and increased the comfort with a set of Flexx handlebars, Quad Tech seat cover, PowerMadd handguards, and bar clamp and risers from Santor Design Co. With all our performance upgrades complete, we chose to add something that would really make our project Raptor stand out. Eye candy!

Some say beauty is no contest. Well, in this case we decided that it is. We wanted the lucky person who wins the Project Raptor to turn heads wherever they go. To do this, we enlisted the services of Santor Design Co. for a new graphics package and Maier USA for some killer plastics.

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Yamaha Raptor 250 Project – Part 4
Flexx handlebars, Quad Tech seat cover and more

ATV.com is building up a Project Yamaha Raptor 250. This is the fourth article in a six-part series. Once the build is complete we will be giving the modified Raptor to one of our readers. Click here to enter for a chance to win.

Safety & Comfort

Speaking from first hand experience, being comfortable while riding your ATV can make a world of difference. After coming out of past seasons with several broken bones and more than a few bumps and bruises, we knew we had to look for some products that would help reduce the risk of injury and improve our overall riding comfort.

With a shiny new Yamaha Raptor 250 in the garage primed for our project build, we decided to outfit this awesome machine with some cool products that will hopefully spare the lucky winner the heartache of riding the bench while nursing preventable injuries. Well, at least that’s the idea.

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Yamaha Raptor 250 Project – Part 3
Protection from DG Performance and GYTR

ATV.com is building up a Project Yamaha Raptor 250. This is the third article in a six-part series. Once the build is complete we will be giving the modified Raptor to one of our readers. Click here to enter for a chance to win.

Protection

Most of us are very conscious about protecting a number of things in our lives. Our families, our health and our investments are some of the more obvious examples, but what about our ATVs?

ATVs, after all, touch on all those. They can provide us with hours of enjoyment with our families, keep us active and fit and are certainly a financial investment – unless, of course, you’re lucky enough to win our Project Yamaha Raptor 250.

Just like you wear a helmet, boots and gloves to keep you safe while riding, your ATV needs some protection from the terrain you so often tread upon. We chose to help safeguard our Project Raptor with a few key products from DG Performance and GYTR.

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Yamaha Raptor 250 Project – Part 2
Motosport Alloys wheels and Kenda tires

ATV.com is building up a Project Yamaha Raptor 250. This is the second article in a six-part weekly series. Once the build is complete we will be giving the modified Raptor to one of our readers. Click here to enter for a chance to win.

Shortly after installing all the GYTR power accessories we featured in Part 1 of our Raptor 250 project, we realized we needed a way to get that extra power to the ground. We solved this dilemma by adding some tricked out Motosport Alloys wheels and set of Kenda tires.

We’ve heard about Motosport Alloys before and we knew about its reputation for manufacturing some of the most stylish and slick looking wheels in the powersports industry. We wanted to check out some product for ourselves and decided to throw a set of Phantom Blue S3 Redline wheels on our Yamaha Raptor 250 Project!

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Yamaha Raptor 250 Project – Part 1
GYTR power and performance

ATV.com is building up a Project Yamaha Raptor 250. This is the first article in a six-part weekly series. Once the build is complete, we will be giving away the modified Raptor to one of our readers. Click here to enter for a chance to win.

If you haven’t had a chance to throw a leg over Yamaha’s race quad prodigy, the Raptor 250, you’re missing out. You may think a 250cc machine might not sound like much compared to the more race-ready 450cc machines out there but the Yamaha Raptor 250 is an absolute blast! With an MSRP of $4,499 it’s also a lot more affordable.

After taking the stock Raptor 250 out for an initial test, it was obvious that this was already the top 250cc quad on the market. It’s the perfect machine to replace the Blaster in Yamaha’s diverse line of ATVs. However, we like to go fast so we figured the Raptor could use a little boost in the power department. Luckily GYTR makes a few accessories that wake up the Raptor 250 engine and provide more power to this already boisterous machine.

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2008 Year in Review - Sport Quads
New and updated for 2009 sport ATVs

Seeing as we are just entering the new year, ATV.com has decided to take a look back at the last 12 months to see all the new sport ATVs that have been released. We’ve already tackled utility quads and we’ll check out the latest side-by-sides in the near future.

Though the economy is struggling, ATV manufacturers did not shy away from introducing new innovations to the sport quad market in 2008. Yamaha and Suzuki made major renovations to some familiar machines, while KTM and Can-Am introduced some race-specific models. Polaris’ Outlaw family has a new look and shed some weight, while Arctic Cat has gone in a different direction. Even Honda stepped up to the plate with something completely different…sort of.

2009 Yamaha YFZ450R

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2008 Year in Review - Utility Quads
New and updated for 2009 utility ATVs

As we gear up for the new year, ATV.com has decided to look back at all the new utility ATVs that have been released for the 2009 model year. We will also be looking at sport ATVs and side-by-sides in the coming weeks.

Even with a sagging economy, we saw no shortage of updated and completely new ATVs the past 12 months. Nobody did more, in fact, than the two American-based manufacturers – Arctic Cat and Polaris. Both companies made a variety of utility quads, as well as some very interesting and industry-changing side-by-sides.

As for the Japanese builders, Honda gave a major facelift to its popular Rancher, while Yamaha and Suzuki each introduced a brand new 500-class ATV. Korean-based Kymco also made a splash with a solid lightweight quad.

2009 Honda FourTrax Rancher AT

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Reasons to Ride Your Utility
Maintaining a Motocross Practice Track

There are a lot of reasons to build, design and maintain your own private motocross practice track. First and foremost, it gives you, your young racers and your friends an opportunity to practice close to home without paying $20 or more per person – plus gas in your truck – for a day of riding. And it gives you the perfect excuse to buy some accessories for your utility quad and spend some time behind the bars of your workhorse.

But before you push that starter button there are two primary factors to consider: Have you got the land? Do you have access to heavy machinery? If you’re starting from scratch you’re going to need, at minimum, a small bobcat, skid steer or dozer.

Dirt is less of a concern because depending upon the size of your property you can dig a small pond or scrape the lot to compile enough dirt for jump faces, landings, berms and other obstacles.

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Keeping Kids Safe on ATVs
Safety is in the hands of parents

As the father of two boys who were born with wheels where their toes should be, I clearly understand the importance of diligent, responsible parenting.

With one son riding his bicycle without training wheels at the ripe old age of three and the other riding a toy electric quad around the backyard track by himself before he could even walk; I know the safety of my children is up to me. What I teach them now will be with them for the rest of their lives. It’s not like a video game where you can simply hit reset when you crash.

Every year off-road recreation becomes more popular as I see more families choosing to spend time in the dunes, desert and trails with their kids riding ATVs, dirt bikes and other off-road vehicles. The use of ATVs in the United States has been steadily increasing over the last decade according to the Consumer Product Safety Commission’s (CPSC) annual report. As these numbers increase it becomes more important to keep our kids safe while riding ATVs, and to educate them about environmental impact and responsibility.

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2008 QLINK Rodeo 700 Preview
New big-bore utility quad out to compete with big boys

Trying to keep up with the powerful machines from the major manufacturers, QLINK Motor of Grapevine, Tex. has beefed up its ATV line with the Rodeo 700.

Before the release of the Rodeo 700, QLINK’s biggest quad was the mid-size 387cc Rodeo 400. With so many big-bore machines available on the market from the likes of Polaris, Honda, Yamaha and the other major players, the folks at QLINK decided it was time to up the ante.

“We’re trying to get out there and compete with the bigger guys,” QLINK service manager Brian Luce told ATV.com.

That’s a fairly lofty goal, and though QLINK may be challenged to put itself on even footing with those manufacturers, the Rodeo 700 is a significant step ahead of what the vast majority of other Chinese and Taiwanese companies have released. For the most part, Chinese manufacturers are producing lower-powered machines with a ceiling between 300cc and 500cc.

Besides the size of the engine, another advantage QLINK may have over a lot of the smaller imports is product support. Some consumers have reservations about buying an ATV built in China, but the company is doing its best to quell those worries.

With warehouses in Dallas and Edwardsville, Pa., QLINK says it has 98% parts availability. If a Rodeo 700 owner has a problem and needs a part replaced, the company says once the part is ordered it will be shipped out that same day or the next day. Depending on where in the US the consumer lives, the part should arrive within two to five days.

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UTV Accessories Booming
Aftermarket for side-by-sides offers an infinite amount of options

Utility all terrain vehicles, or UTVs, are continuing to gain more and more popularity among enthusiasts—and manufacturers have taken notice.

Of the seven major ATV OEMs, Yamaha, Polaris, Arctic Cat and Kawasaki have already entered the UTV market with high-powered side-by-side models, and Honda is just about ready with its Big Red slated as a 2009 model year release. That leaves just Suzuki and Can-Am, and you can bet that they’re already at the drawing table.

Many consumers, however, seem to be looking for more than just the stock units the manufacturers are providing.

ATV.com attended a recent industry trade show in Indianapolis, and the amount of aftermarket accessories and modifications available for UTVs was staggering. As far as we could tell, if there was anything at all you wanted to change about the appearance and in some cases even the functionality of your UTV, you could find it here. From something as small as a shifter knob to an entire body kit that would make it pretty much impossible to tell what the original vehicle was from the outside.

As interesting and useful as many of these items are, the thought of spending a lot of money on accessories for a vehicle you just spent thousands of dollars on doesn’t always make a lot of sense. Why spend the time and money changing the look and feel of a vehicle you spent so much time and money picking out?

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Polaris Broadens Ranger Line
Select dealerships will offer five new Limited Editions beginning this month

Looking to increase market share and broaden the appeal of its popular Ranger series of side-by-side UTVs, Polaris announced new choices in this growing subset of the ATV market. There will be five Limited Edition Rangers, including a spiffed up version of its Ranger Crew model. While overall ATV sales have slowed, the market for Rangers has grown as Polaris has been adept at finding new niches to encourage sales.

Hot-Rod Ranger

The hot-rod Ranger RZR tapped into an entirely new segment of sports side-by-side models. Low and lean with ample power, the RZR set Polaris apart from the competition by creating a unique sports machine that takes the side-by-side concept off the farm and into the world of trail sports riding.

With this hot rod model in the line-up and with special offerings of Limited Edition models this past season, Polaris engineers and designers realized that consumers were hungry for more than ‘me-too’ ATVs and Rangers. As we head into 2008, Polaris expands its ‘limited’ collection with five decked out Rangers specially suited to the leaders of the pack—not the followers.

As overall ATV quad sales have slowed, side-by-side or UTV sales have increased. One reason is that side-by-sides allow riders to bring along a friend so they can sit beside you, not behind you, hanging on.

Four of these new Polaris Limited Edition Rangers are thematic expansions of the Ranger Series 700 line. You’ll find a Polaris-engineered and built motor displacing 683cc and scavenging fuel via an efficient electronic fuel injection system that is designed to maximize the range of the nine US gallon fuel tank. Delivering 40 horsepower the liquid-cooled engine can propel the base Ranger XP upwards of 50 miles per hour.

Ranger XP Baseline

The four Limited Edition versions are based on Polaris’ popular 700cc Ranger XP but customized in four unique ways—Orange Crush; an update of last year’s limited but popular Midnight Red; Black Metallic; and a deep woods Mossy Oak Browning edition. The fifth Limited Edition is a Turbo Silver version of the six-passenger Ranger Crew. All versions share the new-for-2008 hand-operated parking brake with shift interlock and increased towing capacity.

Here’s what’s specific to each new 2008 Limited Edition Ranger model.

2008 RANGER XP, Painted Orange Crush Rally

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A History of ATV
How it all began, and where itÃ
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BRP Recalls Can-Am DS Youth ATVs

BRP has issued a recall for Youth model Can-Am DS ATVs due to a violation of the Federal ATV Standard.

According to the recall notice, the youth ATVs fail to meet performance requirements of the federal ATV standard for maximum unrestricted speed and parking brakes.

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Polaris Scrambler Racers Finish 1-2 at Tomahawk GNCC

After a win in 4×4 Pro at GNCC Round 5, headed to Odessa, NY for GNCC Racing’s Round 6, The Tomahawk, and, once again, put the Scrambler 850 on the Pro 4×4 podium.

Teammates Michael Swift and Kevin Tratham started start mid-pack and passed the class leader with a lap-and-a-half to go. It was all Swift and Trantham to the line with Trantham finishing first, and also taking the overall, with Swift right behind him crossing the line a full minute and 20 seconds before the third place finisher. Trantham sits in second in class points with Swift in third for the season.

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Tire Pressure and Sport ATV Performance + Video
Tire pressure can play a key role in the traction, ride quality, and handling of your ATV.
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New Can-Am Outlander MAX 1000 6X6 Coming in 2016

It looks like a new ATV is in works from BRP for 2016 – the Can-Am Outlander MAX 1000 6X6 XT.

All we know about the vehicle is that it was certified by the California Air Resources Board ( click here to see the document) and features the same 976cc Rotax engine found in the rest of the Outlander 1000 family. According to the certification document, the engine produces 82 horsepower.

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GNCC Offers New Single Seat Class for Polaris ACE

Polaris has partnered with the Grand National Cross Country Series (GNCC) to sponsor GNCC’s newly added Single Seat Class.

“GNCC is excited to introduce the Single Seat Class into our racing format,” says GNCC Director Tim Cotter. “When Polaris commits to something, they commit 100 percent and we have no doubt that the ACE is destined to be a main stay in off-road.”

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BRP Unveils Can-Am Law Enforcement Vehicles

BRP has introduced three new Can-Am off-road vehicle models intended to assist law enforcement and security professionals to carry out their duties.

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Yamaha Launches E-Commerce Parts and Accessories Website

Christmas shopping just got easier for Yamaha riders and their families. For the first time, Yamaha is giving consumers the ability to purchase its apparel and accessories at a single online destination.

Yamaha Parts and Accessories, a division of Yamaha Motor Corporation, U.S.A., has launched a new e-commerce website – ShopYamaha.com.

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Win a Polaris Ultimate Garage

ATV, Side-by-Side and Snowmobile enthusiasts take note – Polaris is giving away six different amazing prize packages.

Now through December 31, Polaris is hosting the Ultimate Garage Giveaway. To enter consumers need to head to their local dealership to get a code to enter at www.polaris.com/ultimategarage to win one of six Polaris garages. The garages include one vehicle, one youth vehicle and garage accessories. Among the accessories are a Polaris P1000i Generator, Polaris-branded toolbox, and a Polaris light.

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KYMCO Recalls MXU 700 ATVs Due To Burn, Fire Hazards

KYMCO has recalled 2013-15 MXU 700 ATVs due to potential burn, fire hazards.

According to the recall notice, in hot environments or high elevations, the fuel cap can fail to vent properly, causing the fuel to heat up and pressure to build up in the tank. The pressure can cause the fuel tank to rupture or the fuel to boil out of the tank onto the operator or hot engine, resulting in burns to the operator or a fire.

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Suzuki Updates KingQuad 500AXi for 2015

Suzuki has been eerily quiet on the ATV front since the 2009 model year, pretty much leaving the lineup untouched. We’ve seen the first signs that things may be progressing this week as Suzuki unveiled an updated KingQuad 500AXi for 2015.

According to Suzuki, the KingQuad 500AXi receives a few new changes designed to provide smoother acceleration, quicker throttle response, and a stronger feel in the mid-high RPM range. The front end of the ATV receives a newer aggressive stance, while a side panel change allows you to more easily check your oil level without removing any body parts.

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Arctic Cat Recalls All 2008 and Some 2009 ATVs

Arctic Cat has issued a recall notice for all of its ATVs manufactured in 2008 and a portion produced in 2009.

According to the recall notice, a component in the front gear box may not meet the company’s standards. There are no confirmed reports of serious injuries traced to the front gear case.

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CPSC Taking Aim at Passengers on ATVs

The Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) is gathering information from the public regarding passengers on ATVs.

Specifically, the CPSC has issued a Request for Information (RFI) on the matter, seeing information on the prevalence of carrying passengers on ATVs and the feasibility of a performance requirement that would prevent passengers from being carried on ATVs.

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Yamaha and Chad Wienen Celebrate ATVMX Championship

Chad Wienen and Thomas Brown celebrate a successful ATV Motocross Season.

Yamaha Racing’s Chad Wienen captured his third straight AMA Pro ATV MX Series Championship last weekend, and his Yamaha and Wienen Motorsports teammate Thomas Brown took third overall for the season.

The pair have been riding their YFZ450Rs to the top of the podium all season capping 2014 with first and third place finishes at the finale at Loretta Lynn’s Ranch in Hurricane Mills, Tenn., on Saturday, August 9. Wienen scored 1-2 on the day for an overall win, while Brown grabbed 2-3 giving him third overall at Loretta’s.

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Yamaha Giving Away Grizzly 700 EPS as Part of New Partnership

Yamaha Outdoors has partnered with Powderhook and the National Wild Turkey Federation (NWTF) to give away a new Grizzly 700 EPS 4×4 ATV and a Kansas whitetail hunt at www.powderhook.com/atv.

The winner of the online sweepstakes will receive Yamaha’s Grizzly 700 4×4 ATV with electric power steering and a six-day archery rut hunt organized by Powderhook and NWTF and provided by Horseshoe Hill Outfitters. The semi-guided hunt will take place in Southeast Kansas during the 2015 hunting season.

“Yamaha is a leader in the outdoors through its support of conservation partners like NWTF, and its work supporting open, sustainable access to areas like those promoted by Powderhook,” says Steve Nessl, Yamaha’s ATV/SxS group marketing manager. “Outdoor conservation, access and responsible recreation are at the center of the partnership between these organizations.”

2014 Yamaha Grizzly 700 EPS Review

The NWTF, through its Save the Habitat. Save the Hunt initiative, has committed to raising $1.2 billion to conserve and enhance more than four million acres of essential upland wildlife habitat, create at least 1.5 million hunters and open access to 500,000 acres for hunting, shooting and outdoor enjoyment.

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Kymco Unveils 32-Model 2015 Off-Road Lineup

Kymco enters the 2015 model year with 32 off-road models, including four versions of the all-new midsized UXV 450i side-by-side vehicle and a UXV 500i outfitted with a 5kW generator sure to help operators with a variety of utility applications and chores. Also on the list of new vehicles are four EPS models in the MXU Series ATV line and two newly designed Youth Quads in the Mongoose 90S and 70S.

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Study: Majority of Young ATV Riders Not Wearing Helmets

Researchers from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) say results of an online study indicate that more than half of young American ATV riders don’t always wear a helmet.

“Helmet non-use among youth is a particular concern because these riders have a greater likelihood of crashing than adults, and their likelihood of dying or sustaining a serious TBI is much higher,” Bethany West, an epidemiologist at the CDC, told Reuters Health. “We found that the most frequent riders had the lowest consistent helmet use.”

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Can-Am Race Report: Mountaineer Run GNCC

Can-Am racers earned a podium sweep with the Maverick 1000R in the XC1 Modified SxS class and won all four ATV 4×4 classes at round seven of the AMSOIL Grand National Cross Country series in Masontown, WV. Can-Am DS 450 racers also won both the Pro and Pro-Am classes at the third round of the New England ATV Motocross series in Pennsylvania.

“We had an outstanding weekend at the Mountaineer Run GNCC in West Virginia and in the New England series. Earning a historic sweep in the XC1 Modified SxS class, winning the 4×4 Pro class and also both Pro-level NEATV-MX classes was perfect,” says Jeff Leclerc, Racing Project Leader, Can-Am. “During their push toward winning a GNCC championship, our Maverick pilots continue to showcase their merits and those of their Can-Am vehicles.”

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Yamaha Launches All-American ATV Racer Contest

Yamaha and the Grand National Cross Country (GNCC) racing series are offering a top Amateur or Pro-Am racer a big jolt of support, including a new Yamaha YFZ450R, with the All-American ATV Racer Contest.

This industry-first online contest will give away a complete racing package valued at more than $11,000 to the racer who is able to secure the most online votes for his or her nomination.

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Yamaha Giving Away Viking 4×4 in NHFD Sweepstakes
Yamaha is once again supporting the National Hunting and Fishing Day (NHFD) in 2014, and this year is giving away the all-new Yamaha Viking FI 4x4.
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Yamaha Announces New Special Edition YFZ450R

Yamaha has unveiled a new Black and Crimson 2014 Special Edition YFZ450R to round out its roster of Sport ATVs that now includes four models this year. The new SE YFZ450R joins Yamaha’s existing 2014 SE sport models including a Midnight Blue Raptor 700R, Metallic Grey/White Raptor 700R and a Crimson Red and Black YFZ450R.

Each of the 2014 SE models gets aggressive styling with unique color schemes and graphics. The YFZs also receive a GYTR front grab bar while the big Raptors get GYTR front grab bars and GYTR heel guards. Each 2014 SE model is being assembled at the Yamaha Motor Manufacturing Corporation of America in Newnan, Ga., for worldwide distribution.

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Top 10 ATVs and UTVs of 2013
Off-road enthusiasts have had a lot to be excited about in 2013. The industry has benefitted from incredible innovations and more new and updated models t…
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Polaris Unveils Ranger XP 900 Deluxe

While the Polaris Ranger family is best known as work-oriented, Polaris may be trying to change that view with its newest addition – the Ranger XP 900 Deluxe. With this Ranger, Polaris is hoping to appeal to consumers looking for a UTV that can work and play.

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Polaris Ranger Crew Getting ProStar 900 Engine
It looks like Polaris will be putting its awesome ProStar 900 engine to more good use – this time in the Ranger Crew 900.The California Environmental P…
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Polaris Introduces Sportsman 400 H.O. South Edition

Never let it be said that Polaris isn’t willing to every niche available. The Minnesota-based manufacturer has just released a special edition version of its Sportsman 400 built just for the southern customer – the Polaris Sportsman 400 H.O. South Edition.

Available in limited quantities within an 11-state region, the Sportsman 400 H.O. Southern Edition features durable steel/LOCK&RIDE front and rear racks with multiple tie-down locations and is highlighted by a new 31.5” seat height and a tighter turning radius than the standard Sportsman 400 H.O. The standard Sportsman 400 H.O., which we reviewed here, has a 33.8″ seat height.

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Honda Recalls 2012 Rancher Models Due To Crash Hazard

American 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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Motoworks / Can-Am DS 450 Team Wins Baja 1000

Josh Frederick, Jeremie Warnia, Collins Webster, and Jarrod McClure rode their Motoworks / Can-Am DS 450 to victory in the grueling Baja 1000.

After a 27-hour battle with the most brutal racing terrain the Baja Peninsula of Mexico has to offer, the DS 450 team crossed the finish line ahead of 297 other starters and 1121 miles away from the start line of the Baja 1000 in Ensenada, Mexico.

“This team was prepared to deliver BRP its first Pro ATV-class victory in over a decade and the first for the DS 450 ATV,” says Jimmie O’Dell, Can-Am off-road race manager. “The dedication by the entire Motoworks team was evident from pre-running to the finish; I am proud that they are an important partner with BRP.”

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New ATV Exhaust System From Lone Star Racing

Lone Star Racing, one of the ATV industry’s biggest aftermarket manufacturers, is getting into the exhaust business.

“In an effort to continue to grow our product line, we are pleased to announce the new Lone Star Racing Exhaust Systems,” Lone Star Racing says in a release. “We teamed up with top engine builders Moto-Xperts and designed a full exhaust system that not only provides top performance through extensive dyno testing, but also great sounding exhaust and stylish accents to keep your quad looking great at the same time.”

Consumers can pre-order exhaust systems for the Honda TRX450 and Yamaha YFZ450R now. Lone Star Racing says the exhaust systems will be ready to ship in early December.

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2013 Suzuki KingQuad Lineup Unveiled

Thirty years after introducing the industry’s first four-wheeled ATV, Suzuki has unveiled its 2013 KingQuad ATV lineup. The only thing that differentiates the 2013 lineup from the 2009 through 2012 lineups is a new True Timber XD3 Camo option and new commemorative 30th Anniversary badges and Metallic Matte Royal Red bodywork on two special edition KingQuad models.

“We are proud to be a true innovator in developing the modern ATV,” says American Suzuki Senior Communications Manager Steve Bortolamedi. “Suzuki redefined off-roading in 1983, becoming ‘First on 4-Wheels’ and we want to celebrate three decades of class-leading Suzuki ATVs with these limited edition 30th Anniversary KingQuad models.”

The two machines getting the 30th anniversary special edition treatment are the KingQuad 750AXi Power Steering and KingQuad 500AXi Power Steering. These models join Suzuki’s full lineup of 2013 KingQuad ATVs. The KingQuad 750AXi and KingQuad 750AXi Power Steering are Suzuki’s flagship utility ATV models. Each features fully independent A-arm front suspension and I-beam rear suspension, adjustable shocks, locking front differential, high/low-selectable subtransmission and a 4-stroke, liquid-cooled powerplant with Suzuki fuel injection.

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Marshall Motoart Unveils Crazy Custom Polaris Ranger 6×6
A wild, customized ATV or UTV is one of our favorite things to see when we visit riding areas or off-road shows. It never fails to amaze us what creative and mechanical minds can come up with. The latest project from Marshall Motoart will be difficult to top.

Dubbed 2011 Project X “Spider Monkey,” this project transforms the Polaris Ranger 6×6 into an off-road tamer to be behold. It comes outfitted with a wagon (making the 6×6 a 10×6!), as well as a turbo engine, air suspension, lights galore, extra fuel containers, a booming sound system and a tent.

If you want to see how the “Spider Monkey” was put together, you can check out the Destination Polaris Show on the Outdoor Channel every Monday through August 1, 2011. Click here to view the first episode.

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Gorilla Axle / Can-Am Racers Earn 5 CMR Podiums

Team Gorilla Axle / Can-Am had another good showing in the ITP Championship Mud Racing (CMR) series held at Southern Ridge ATV Park in Dozier Ridge, Ala. Three riders piloted their Can-Am vehicles to five total podiums, including second overall in the highly competitive Pro A division.

Steve Hittle has led the way aboard his Can-Am Outlander in the Pro A class in 2011 with five heat wins and an overall. The Team Gorilla Axle / Can-Am racer won round two and then finished second at round three to take over the class points lead. Hittle leads Can-Am-mounted racer Ethan LaFontaine by 10 points heading into round four. Hittle also is a major contender in the RUV class with his Can-Am Commander 1000 X. He’s currently No. 2 in that class and in the Super Modified (Open) division.

“Team Gorilla / Can-Am riders continue to challenge for the CMR title in their respective classes on ATVs and behind the wheel of the Commander side-by-side,” says Jimmie O’Dell, Can-Am race manager. “Steve had another good run in the Pro A class, finishing second and maintaining his points lead.”

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Kawasaki to Give Away 820 Vehicles

In a promotion unlike anything we’ve ever seen before, Kawasaki is giving away an incredible 820 vehicles!

Kawasaki’s huge “Good Times Sales Event” promotion, which wraps up on July 31, 2011, will see each of 820 participating Kawasaki dealers give away a brand new Kawasaki Bayou 250 ATV or Ninja 250R motorcycle.

“This multi-tiered program represents one of the largest promotional outreach campaigns the company has undertaken, and the event is by far the largest vehicle giveaway in Kawasaki’s history,” says Chris Bruss, Kawasaki’s director of marketing.

National television spots have been running on ESPN/ESPN2, SPEED, Fuel TV, National Geographic TV, and History Channel, in addition to direct promotions through the company’s website, direct mail and the network of independent Kawasaki dealers.

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2012 Yamaha Grizzly 550 & 700 Overview [Video]
Yamaha recently unveiled its line of 2012 ATVs. Perhaps the biggest news in relation to Yamaha’s 2012 ATV lineup is that the Grizzly 550 and 700 will…
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Yamaha Launches National Hunting and Fishing Day Sweepstakes

Yamaha Motor Corp., U.S.A. has launched its 2011 National Hunting and Fishing (NHF) Day sweepstakes.

Yamaha, a multi-year partner of NHF Day, is donating a 2011 Grizzly 450 Auto 4×4 that one lucky outdoorsman will win. The sweepstakes is being promoted at NHF Day events nationwide and anyone can enter to win by simply registering online at www.yamahaoutdoors.com/nhfday through the end of November 2011.

“As the leading ATV manufacturer in the hunting and fishing industry, Yamaha supports many programs that are focused on the preservation of these outdoor activities,” says Steve Nessl, marketing manager for Yamaha’s ATV/SxS group. “Yamaha is proud to continue its partnership with National Hunting and Fishing Day and happy to donate an ATV to help support and promote outdoor conservation and ethical hunting and fishing.”

Scheduled annually on the fourth Saturday of September, this year the celebration of hunting, fishing and conservation is set for September 24. NHF Day serves as the most effective grass roots effort ever taken to promote outdoor sports and conservation. Yamaha, through its relationships with organizations such as Ducks Unlimited, Safari Club International, Buckmasters, NWTF and NHF Day, among others, is a continued supporter of conservation efforts for outdoor recreational enthusiasts.

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Sporty New Arctic Cat Side-by-Side [video]
Yamaha Extends One Industries Graphics Kit Promotion Nationally
Yamaha is extending its industry-first promotion with One Industries to offer free customizable graphics kits to new customers across the country.Initially a…
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2011 Polaris Ranger RZR XP 900 First Impressions
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…
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Polaris Ranger RZR XP 900 Walk-Around [video]
Kymco Unveils Maxxer 450i in Germany

Kymco Germany unveiled an interesting new ATV at a motorcycle show in Germany – the Maxxer 450i. The unveiling took place at Intermot, which is perhaps the biggest motorcycle show in the world.

Kymco USA released its Maxxer 375 IRS for the 2010 model year and we really had a fun time playing around on it. The Maxxer 450i, however, looks like it takes things to a whole new level. Two changes stand out – the 442.9cc engine and electronic fuel injection.

The big question is will this Maxxer make its way to the United States? We sure hope so and it seems to us like a natural progression of the Maxxer line, but we really don’t know for sure.

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Big Air in the Dunes [video]
To accompany our recent review of the KFX700, we did a little digging in the YouTube archives to see Kawasaki’s big bore sport quad in action. About th…
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Polaris Not Producing Outlaw 450 MXR in 2011
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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Ohio Fire Department Picks Up Honda Big Red
The volunteer fire department in Decatur Township in Southern Ohio received a $10,000 grant from the Ohio State Fire Marshal’s Office to purchase a Hon…
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2010 Indy Dealer Expo ATVs and UTVs

The Indianapolis Dealer Expo is the industry’s largest ATV trade show. Search around and you’ll find all the latest and greatest aftermarket accessories for ATVs and UTVs. It’s an off-road tuner’s paradise.

Instead of merely showing you their latest products by themselves, most of the aftermarket manufacturers instead choose to display their wares by incorporating them into the vehicles they are designed for. What this means is the Dealer Expo is a fantastic showcase for project quads.

We decided to compile a photo gallery of all the best sport quads, utility quads and side-by-sides we could find at the Expo. Some are actual race vehicles from events like the Baja 1000 or National ATV motocross championships, while others are brand new units outfitted with the cool products found at the show.

You’ll find a handful of photos after the jump, but for the Full Monty you’ll have to visit our photo gallery.

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