The King of the Hammers is known as the toughest off-road race in the world, and this year, the person who conquers the course will go home with a brand-new, 2015 RZR XP 1000 EPS.
As part of Polaris RZR being the official side-by-side of the race, Polaris sweetened the deal by offering up a RZR XP 1000 EPS to the Pro Class side-by-side winner. Last year, 26 side-by-sides would vie for “The Hammer” with five-time Hammers Winner Mitch Guthrie winning in his RZR XP 1000 EPS.
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.
Can-Am Maverick Side-by-Side racers competed at the 2014 Tecate SCORE International Baja 1000 race on the Baja Peninsula, tallying one Class 19 podium and the overall season championship. Racing solo, Marc Burnett (Burnett Motorsports / Can-Am / Monster) finished the endurance race in sixth to secure BRP / Can-Am its first ever SCORE Baja 1000 season class Side-by-Side title. Desert Toyz / Can-Am’s Cory Sappington also had a solid race, earning a third-place podium finish at this year’s gruelling 1,275-mile contest held in Mexico.
(Photo courtesy Vincent Knakal // UTVUnderground.com)
This year’s point-to-point Baja 1000 was 1,275 miles of brutal terrain testing both machine and driver. Polaris RZR went into the race as the defending champion, and the Scrambler XP 1000 made a maiden voyage with Team UXC racing at the helm.
Nineteen side-by-sides, including 13 RZRs, started the race and eight side-by-sides, six being RZRs, managed to finish. First-time Baja 1000 driver of record, Johnny Angal of UTV Inc., and his drivers Brian Bush, Branden Sims and Justin Quinn, in their No. 1919 RZR XP 4 1000 won the grueling race. Jagged X in the No. 1932 with drivers Matt Parks, Brandon Schueler and Craig Scanlon took second.
Mahindra USA announced it is teaming up with Intimidator Inc. to manufacturer an all-new line of Utility vehicles, the Mahindra mPACT XTV.
The mPACT XTV rollout will begin with six models available through Mahindra’s dealer network beginning in early 2015. Mahindra dealers were given a sneak preview of the new utility vehicles at Mahindra’s Regional Dealer Meetings in October.
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.
According to the recall notice, vegetation and debris can accumulate on the middle skid plate and make contact with the vehicle’s exhaust system. Dried debris can ignite, resulting in smoke or fire.
While news of Honda’s rumored Pioneer 1100 stole the show at the 2014 AIMExpo, there is another large displacement Side-by-Side in the works.
Massimo Motor unveiled a prototype at the show of its 1200 Series UTV, which will be powered by a 1200, four-cylinder engine. That would be a larger displacement engine than anything offered from one of the major manufacturers and the only four-cylinder mill in the industry. We are told the engine will produce 88 horsepower.
By tweaking three existing models, Polaris has added three more machines to its 2015 off-road lineup – the Ranger Crew 900-6, ACE 570 SP and RZR 170 EFI.Ranger Crew 900-6
To accommodate multi-passenger customers who are looking to haul more people, Polaris has built the new Ranger Crew 900-6. This UTV has all the same features as the Ranger Crew 900 with an additional seating space in the front row. This was accomplished by replacing the center console and bumps overall capacity to six.
Polaris Defense has announced the launch of the DAGOR ultra-light combat vehicle, which can be seen for the first time at the 2014 Association of the United States Army Annual Meeting, in Washington, D.C., Oct. 13-15.
This is the same vehicle we told you about in July after seeing some patent documents.
Transport Canada has issued a recall notice for the 2014 Honda Pioneer due to a potential fire hazard.
According to the recall notice, mud and vegetation debris could collect on the center skid plate and eventually contact the exhaust system. This could potentially result in the dried vegetation igniting and causing a fire.
Arctic Cat, cooperation with the Consumer Product Safety Commission, has issued a recall notice for Wildcat Trail and Wildcat Trail XT Side-by-Sides. According to the recall notice, oil can leak from the oil cooler lines, posing a fire hazard.
This recall affects approximately 5,600 units, all 2014 models with Vehicle Identification Numbers (VIN) 000001 through 316232. The VIN is located on the frame tube near the driver’s side front wheel.
Both the 2015 Polaris Ranger Diesel and Ranger Crew Diesel Side-by-Sides are being powered by Kohler Engines’ 1028cc KDW1103.
“We’re excited to partner with Polaris on the rollout of their new diesel utility vehicles,” says Jeff Wilke, product manager for Kohler Engines. “Our KDW1003 is ideally suited for this type of application due to its overhead cam that was designed with automotive characteristics, as well as an advanced fuel-injection system that delivers smooth, quiet power and enhanced fuel efficiency of a diesel engine. Plus, we’re able to provide a high output 110 amp alternator to drive more accessories, which will be a key feature for users.”
If you own or plan to buy a new Yamaha Viking VI, you’d be wise to check out Yamaha’s new “Build Your Own” (BYO) site at YamahaViking.com. This site gives customers the ability to see what their machine might look like outfitted with a variety of accessories.
Yamaha currently has more than 50 accessories for the Viking VI. The new 2015 Viking VI model was announced in June 2014 and production is now in full swing with vehicles being delivered to dealers across the country.
HMF is now offering its Swamp slip-on exhaust for the Yamaha Viking, offering a bit more performance from Yamaha’s Utility Side-by-Side.
Discuss this at our Yamaha Viking Forum.
In addition to any performance boost, HMF says the Swamp slip-on ($399.95) sheds two to three pounds compared to the stock system. Sound levels are claimed to be just one or to decibels higher than the stock unit with a deeper tone. However, for those looking for a bit more bark (and power), HMF’s Swamp XL (Extra Loud) is also available for $369.95.
Polaris has donated a customized pink RZR XP 1000 to the American Cancer Society as part of its Making Strides Against Breast Cancer campaign.
“Too many of us have been affected by cancer, whether through a personal battle or an afflicted neighbor, co-worker or family member,” says Scott Wine, Polaris’ Chairman and Chief Executive Officer. “The American Cancer Society works tirelessly toward the eradication of this dreaded disease, and we hope that, through this donation, we can help them raise the funds needed to continue this noble fight.”
Kawasaki, in cooperation with the Consumer Product Safety Commission, has issued a recall for 2012-13 Kawasaki Teryx4 UTVs.
According to the recall notice, either of the front tires could deflect a foreign object (like a stick or rock) into the left or right floorboard. This could result in the object breaking through the floorboard and protruding into the foot rest area of the vehicle and, which could potentially lead to injury. Kawasaki has received four reports of debris breaking through the floorboards, including two reports of injuries to riders’ toes and thighs.
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.
ATV and Side-by-Side owners often spend thousands of dollars modifying their machines to make them perform better and look sharper. Instead of seeing all that money go to the aftermarket, Polaris likes to offer some Limited Edition models with a host of upgrades to entice buyers to get everything they want in a Polaris dealership.
For 2014 Polaris is offering nine Limited Edition models. Some just feature unique paint jobs, while others offer what should be impressive performance gains. All of these Limited Edition models will be available in Polaris dealerships in January.
2014 Polaris Sportsman XP 850 EPS – Blue Fire
The all-terrain vehicle market is big and getting bigger—attracting at least one new manufacturer a year. But when I saw that Kubota was building an ATV (the company calls it an RTV) I wondered if someone wasn’t casting their bait into the wrong pool.Granted that utility versions of most ATVs have emerged as the dominant design (rather than the two-wheel drive sport type) but what does a tractor builder know about an ATV? Apparently, quite lot.
I recently had an RTV 900 out working on my property in northern Ontario and that experience left me with some definite impressions on the machine that Kubota figures is going to make inroads for them in this lucrative market.
First, though, I have to state the obvious. At 1,800 pounds and five feet wide, the RTV doesn’t fit in the bed of your pickup. It’s also too big for a conventional snowmobile trailer and with the side by side seating for three, it doesn’t navigate normal ATV trails very well.