For many of us, driving along, even in the UTV, requires some music to make it feel just right. You can easily increase the enjoyment factor of your UTV by adding a stereo system to the machine, but where do you mount the speakers? UTV sound bars are an easy solution to adding the right amount of speakers to your machine. Most top rated sound bars mount on the roll cage and in an easy to mount location up and away from the mechanical parts of the machine. Which one is best for you and your machine? Here are five of the best UTV sound bar options available today and what you need to know about them to see if one is the right fit for you.
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.
My wife and I were cruising down a new-to-us trail with her parents in tow driving their Polaris Ranger. We kept going for a while and it soon became apparent that none of us were sure where we were and cell reception was non-existent. My mother-in-law asked if we were lost, and I quipped, “Can’t be. I have been lost before, and this looks nothing like that place.” My bad joke went over about as well as you’d expect. There were two things that were readily apparent that we needed on that ride – GPS and communication between the machines. What we really needed was the new Garmin Tread that combines accurate GPS and trail maps, along with machine-to-machine communication and tracking. I’ve been using the system now for a while and find it to be more useful than I ever thought it would be.
To the uninitiated, all you need to start riding an ATV or UTV is to go out and buy a vehicle. Technically speaking, it’s hard to argue with that logic. But in practice, there are a number of things we think every off-roader should have before ever going out for a rip – and an even longer list of things that would be very helpful (or at least nice) to have.
I’ve been lucky enough over the years to get to use a few onboard communication systems while driving and riding in a UTV. The ones I used were mostly the type where there is a central unit and you plug into it with a cord running from your helmet. These were nice units, but were basically limited to communications between the passengers and between machines. Using one on an ATV would be difficult with standing and sitting. I think the cable might be an issue. Recently I got my hands on the Cardo PackTalk Bold, and it has completely changed the way I view communications while out on the trail.
One of the great joys in UTV or side-by-side ownership is the vast array of UTV accessories that are available to turn the machine into something all your own. Whether you’re adding these items out of practical necessity for work or you simply like their appearance, aftermarket accessories are the perfect way to stand out from the crowd.
If you live in a state that allows street legal operation of your ATV or UTV, an ATV horn kit is an absolute requirement. Horns are the best way to make your presence known to distracted drivers and pedestrians as well as wildlife that may stray onto the highway in front of you. A good ATV horn kit also gives you the ability to get peoples attention to see how much you’re having cruising around town as you wave hi, so why wouldn’t you want to have one installed?
No other machine has captured the imaginations of custom builders, or average enthusiasts looking to add a little custom flare, than Polaris’ RZR line. The RZR family has such a wide range of accessories available that picking the best Polaris RZR accessories is nearly impossible. There are just so many good options, how could we possibly narrow it down?
Hunting is a great pastime and one an ATV or UTV is extremely useful for. Like anything, the right accessories can make hunting with your ATV even better. With fall around the corner, the time is now to get your machine set up and ready for the hunt. Below we are going to look at some of the best ATV hunting accessories you can get right now… and you don’t even have to hunt for them.
While GoPro has long been the leader in the action camera market, they can cost a pretty penny to own. If you are in the market for an action camera and don’t have a GoPro budget, we’ve done a little digging and found five cheap action cameras that won’t break the bank. In fact, some of these only cost a small fraction of the price of a new GoPro.
Now that we’re reaching the halfway point for 2019, the ATV manufacturers are starting to roll out the new models. As you would expect, there is a lot to be excited about and several major surprises. We have teams in the field working to bring you the full scoop, but here is a preview of the new 2020 ATVs and UTVs from Can-Am, Honda and Yamaha.
The first time I ever experienced an ATV radio or stereo system was interesting. The sound quality was ok, although it was quickly drowned out by the engine. But the durability was pretty good and the idea was much better than my previous attempts at music while I rode. Years ago, I would run headphones up the back of my jersey and wear them inside my helmet. It worked ok, except I couldn’t hear anything else. Today’s ATV radios are so much better than anything from even a year or two ago. Sound quality has gone way up, and the actual stereo units are smaller and more durable. Here are five of the best ATV radios and stereo systems available today for your ATV or UTV. Combine all these features with the quality and reputation of Kicker audio products, this truly one of the best units you can buy.
GoPro‘s new HERO4 Session is the smallest and lightest offering yet from the action camera giant.
According to GoPro, the HERO4 Session is 50% smaller and 40% lighter than other HERO4 cameras. GoPro calls it the most wearable and mountable GoPro ever.
Heat Demon says the Can-Am version of its heated UTV steering wheel is now available. This version fits both Commander and Maverick models. Versions made to fit Polaris and Arctic Cat UTVs are already available.
Heat Demon’s heated UTV steering wheel features steel spokes and comes with everything needed for a simple, plug-and-play installation.
For some riders, the sound of the ATV or UTV engine is not quite enough. The folks at BOSS Audio Systems may have what they’re looking for.
When we stopped by the BOSS booth at AIMExpo in Orlando, Fla., a Kawasaki Brute Force decked out with front and rear marine-grade speakers that certainly caught our attention. These speakers were attached to the front and rear racks, but BOSS Audio Systems also makes speakers that can attach to UTV roll over protection structures.
Just a year old, the WASPcam brand of action cameras offer consumers multiple options with features other action camera brands don’t have.
While the top end WASPcam has familiar specs (1080p60, 16MP photo, WiFi, waterproof), WASPcam also offers wireless wrist remotes and built-in live viewing displays.
As we’ve written about in the past, CTEK battery chargers and maintainers have come in very handy for many ATV and UTV riders. While we’d have no problem recommending you spend your hard earned money on one, free is certainly better.
For your chance to win some free CTEK goodies, head over to Facebook.com/SmarterCharger and enter the CTEK Living Life Fully Charged Contest. All you have to do is “like” the Facebook page and upload a picture of yourself with your ATV or UTV. The contest is open until March 31, 2014.
The action sports camera market is still relatively new and insanely competitive. That’s good news for consumers, who are benefitting from rapid product development and some pretty amazing technologies. One of the companies pushing the envelope is iON.
We had a chance to tinker with iON’s newest camera at the 2013 American International Motorcycle Expo in Orlando, Fla. – the Air Pro 2. As the name implies, this is the second generation of the iON Air Pro series.
Trail Tech is displaying a number of interesting products at the American International Motorcycle Expo in Orlando, Fla., but we were most intrigued by the Voyager GPS.
Trail Tech boasts that the Voyager is the first GPS ever made specifically for off-road riders. It mounts right on the steering wheel (UTVS) or below the handlebars (ATVs/Dirt Bikes). Its 240×400 LCD screen displays GPS speed, distance, compass, altitude, temperature and maps. As well, it can run on an internal battery or off of the vehicle’s power. Finally, gloved hands should easily be able to control the joystick navigation and large, rubberized buttons.
A San Diego, Calif. company has come up with an affordable theft-recovery device for motorcycles and ATV machines.
BikeGPSTracking says its new unit offers all the features of a more expensive product at a much lower cost.
“The launch of our MC242 GPS Motorcycle Tracking Unit gives motorcycle and ATV owners the peace of mind in knowing their property is protected at a very affordable price,” says BikeGPSTracking president and CEO Mark Wells. “With the average price of GPS motorcycle tracking units being well over $500, we are able to leverage our technology leadership and bring the hardware cost down to $349.”
Beginning next month, BikeGPSTracking will also offer a tether switch or panic button and a vibration sensor as optional accessories. Should a rider be thrown off a vehicle, the tether switch will send an emergency alert via text message or an email to specified recipients. Pressing the panic button will generate a similar alert. If a motorcycle is moved more than 100 yards while the ignition is off, the vibration sensor will send out an alert. This will make theft recovery much faster, the company claims.
With the standard features of the MC242, owners will receive unlimited GPS tracking throughout Canada and the United States. Owners will also have the ability to set Geofence and speed alerts and will be notified when the ignition is turned on or off.
Monthly service plans range from $5.95 per month or $57 per year for tracking every 30 minutes, to $9.95 per month or $95 per year for tracking every ten minutes.