When Can-Am started designing the Defender Utility UTV, it knew it had a big hill to climb to take on the reigning king of Utility UTVs, the Polaris Ranger. What the Defender offered was refinement and Can-Am quality, with the machines doing some things better than the Ranger. Can-Am fanatics have made the Defender a popular machine for utility and trail use and the parent company – BRP – ensured that there is a strong accessory market for the machine with a good mix of factory and aftermarket products available to make the Defender a customized beast worthy of calling your own. Here are the best Can-Am Defender accessories available.
Adding a UTV spreader to the back of your rig is a sure-fire way to take a lot of hassle out of lawn care – or any task that requires the broadcast of material, really. This type of machine generally includes some sort of hopper that can be filled with a pellet- or seed-type product, with a distribution system underneath it that spreads out material as you drive along. Spreader – geddit?
Last month, we published evidence that Kawasaki is planning to launch a new Mule with a 999cc four-stroke gas-powered engine. It now appears that the official announcement is coming soon, as Kawasaki is teasing an "all-new STRONG workhorse" which will be revealed on June 6.
This is the first true adventure UTV, according to Polaris. Rather than a focus on speed or utility, the XPEDITION is made to take you, your family, and your gear deeper into the backcountry than ever before. It comes in two varieties: the XP with a traditional dumping cargo box, and the ADV with a full roof, covered cargo area, and a flat folding rear seat back. Both versions of the XPEDITION have a 60/40 flip-up rear seat.
That name may sound familiar. The new team taps into the already successful efforts of Raceco, an off-road racing business that already supports Talon competitors in a variety of racing series across the US. Raceco has fielded class-winning efforts in the SCORE International Baja 1000 and 500, as well as the Best in the Desert and Ultra 4 series. Now, with factory backing directly from Honda, the team will direct its efforts toward the Champ series.
The mid-CC segment is responsible for over half of all ATV sales in a given year, so redesigning the Outlander 450 and 570 was an important job for Can-Am. For 2023, the Canadian-based manufacturer has given us a brand new Outlander from the ground up, packing the new model with smart innovations, useful accessories and changing the model names in the process to the 500 and 700 while also adding the new PRO work-focused lineup.
Sometimes public records can reveal information about upcoming vehicles that the manufacturer has not yet announced. While reviewing some recent California Air Resources Board (CARB) documents, we found one that may indicate that one of Kawasaki’s side-by-sides could be getting a bigger engine starting with the 2024 model year. Let’s look at the facts, then take some educated guesses.
Textron Specialized Vehicles, owners of the Arctic Cat and Tracker brands, has issued a recall for certain Arctic Cat Alterra 600 and Tracker 600 ATVs. According to the Consumer Product Safety Commission, a problem in the front suspension can cause the A-arms to separate from the frame, resulting in a loss of control and a crash.
Polaris has launched a new online marketplace for buying and selling powersports vehicles. The Polaris Xchange portal allows customers to do all of their shopping online, with access to thousands of new and pre-owned vehicles across a network of participating dealerships. The Xchange also includes products from across the company’s powersports portfolio, including Polaris’ ATVs, side-by-sides, snowmobiles, Slingshot auto-cycles, and Indian motorcycles.
They say a bad day at the track is better than a good day at work, but Can-Am could not have had a better day at both. At King of the Hammers, the Can-Am Factory Racing Team and their Maverick X3s swept all three podium positions in the UTV Pro Mod Class, as well as the top two positions in UTV Stock.
Here's another installment in Can-Am's short film series, with a story of how a soldier returning from the battlefield found a way to work through his struggles by challenging himself with off-road adventure and surrounding himself with the scene and the family that comes with it all. See the video below and a brief press release beneath:
By popular demand, Polaris has announced the return of some trim levels and submodels previously dropped from the Ranger and Sportsman lines.
"We are constantly learning from the unique ways customers use our products," said Steve Menneto, President of Polaris Off Road. "From mudding to property maintenance, these vehicles are purpose-built with enhanced features that enable our customers to make the most of their day, and we're excited to bring them back for 2023."
From modern farms and woodlots to the property owners who love outdoors projects, the Kawasaki Mule PRO-FX EPS LE is exactly the type of machine you want around when its time to get the job done.
In fact, our three-week loan of the Mule PRO-FX came at the ideal time, as a few big trees were set to come down at my family’s property up north to make sure they didn’t fall on the house. We also needed to build a new winter shelter for our machinery, and the Kawasaki was a great companion for both of these ventures.
Traveling from one coast to the other is pretty easy in a car or on a motorcycle. Routes like the Trans America Trail make it fairly easy to stick to dirt as much as possible. But Canadian military veteran Matthew Webb is taking the path less traveled, both literally and figuratively.
The cold weather that hit most of North America over Christmas has lots of us shoveling and otherwise working hard to keep Old Man Winter at bay. But Argo sees the cold snap as an opportunity! Argo says it's been out testing its electric ATV, the Atlas, in this weather bomb, seeing how it handles the extreme temperatures.
The Honda TRX250X, formerly known as the TRX250EX, is a nimble handling, peppy running, sporty looking machine that’s great at getting new riders hooked on ATVing. Its reliability allows it to be handed down in families again and again, adding a lot to its value. One of the best things about it is that it’s a machine that younger riders can afford to save up for and purchase. Brand new this ATV costs $5000, but you can find them used for much less.
For many companies the annual Sand Sports Super Show is the perfect event for debuting new ATV and UTV products for maximum visibility and many times customers can take advantage of introductory show special pricing. At this year’s event there were plenty of new items, but even products that have been around for years still deserve recognition. These are our favorite items that were on display at the show this year.