HONDA TALON TURBO

HONDA TALON TURBO For 2021, Honda released a two-seat “R” version of the Talon with Live Valve electronically adjustable suspension. Until now, Live Valve was only available on the narrow four-seater. Honda also made available the Jackson Racing turbo kit for any Talon. We recently had the opportunity to jump into the new Talon 1000R Live Valve-equipped turbo and take it for a spin. According to Jackson Racing, “The system delivers an impressive 60-plus-percent increase in horsepower over stock. The Garrett turbocharger…

2021 HONDA PIONEER 520 TEST

2021 HONDA PIONEER 520 TEST Honda’s Pioneer 500 stands out in the herd of small recreation utility UTVs because it has Honda quality, a low price, and a reliable automatic transmission with manual shifting and no drive belt. It’s also extra compact, just 50 inches wide. You get all that with the new 2021 Pioneer 520, plus a tilting cargo bed, more power and some added refinements. Our 2021 Honda Pioneer 520 test tells how it performs. HOW DOES COST COMPARE? The 2021 Honda Pioneer 520 starts at $9499 or $9799 in camo.…

GENERAL FACTORY CUSTOM EDITION

The route from the machine you buy to the customized machine you really want can take years and thousands of dollars. If it’s a fully decked-out crossover UTV you’re after, Polaris has a shortcut for you—the Polaris General Factory Custom Edition. Two- and four-seat models are available, and it may be the machine you’ve been dreaming of. WHAT’S SO CUSTOM ABOUT THE FACTORY CUSTOM EDITION? Steven Menneto, President of Polaris Off-Road, said, “With the General XP 1000 Factory Custom Edition, we wanted to deliver an…

HIGH STRENGTH LOWER A-ARMS

If you drive aggressively, or carelessly, you can bend stock A-arms on many popular UTVs. Fortunately, many aftermarket A-arm manufacturers offer high strength lower A-arms that can get you back on the trail for far less than replacing the uppers and lowers, and often for less than the price of original parts. COGNITO LOWER CONTROL ARM KIT AVAILABLE FOR: Can-Am X3 X rs, Polaris RZR XP 1000, XP Turbo S, RS1 FEATURES: Cognito A-arms are made from high-grade steel alloy tubing for maximum strength with minimum weight. The…

UTVs UNDER $10,000

UTVs UNDER $10,000 If UTV prices are keeping you from getting behind the wheel and out on the trail in a new machine, we have good news for you. There’s a surprising selection of UTVs under $10,000! You’ll find sport and recreation machines in this guide, along with all the important information you need to know to make an informed choice. ARCTIC CAT PROWLER 500 The Prowler 500 is a two-seat recreation machine that is ideal for tight trails, confined work areas and smaller budgets. A fully automatic transmission makes…

RALLY ON THE ROCKS

RALLY ON THE ROCKS With COVID-19 forcing the cancellation of the 2020 Rally on the Rocks (ROTR), promoters rescheduled the 10th annual ROTR for May 11–15, 2021. Rally headquarters moved from the Old Spanish Trail Arena in Grand County south to the Moab Off-Road Compound in San Juan County due to a conflict with Grand County. As a result, there were no police escorts of guided rides through Moab to trailheads; all rides would start after trailering to trailheads. Kawasaki sponsored the ROTR and donated a Teryx KRX1000 to…

OBOR PREDATOR TIRES

WHAT IT IS: OBOR PREDATOR TIRES Obor tires has come out of the gate swinging with Obor Predator tires, chalking up a major win at the San Felipe 250. Mike Cafro took that impressive win in the Pro Stock class using a Polaris RZR Turbo S 4. WHAT IS IT? The latest UTV tire from Obor is the Predator. It’s an all-terrain tire with a light-truck-tire look; however, instead of having a square profile across the contact patch, there’s a slight crown in the middle. Obor did this by raising the center lugs slightly. Sedona uses…

KAWASAKI ELECTRONIC CONTROL SUSPENSION

WHAT IT IS: KAWASAKI ELECTRONIC CONTROL SUSPENSION Kawasaki Electronic Control Suspension (KECS) is Kawasaki’s version of the Fox 2.5 Podium Live Valve adjust-on-the-fly suspension tuning for the Teryx KRX 1000 eS. We got a chance to demo drive the KRX 1000 eS at the Mormon Lake UTV Jamboree, but the demo course was a rudimentary circuit laid out in a cow pasture, so we decided to do a product evaluation and save the full test for more challenging terrain and speeds. FEATURES: Kawasaki’s KECS connects four Fox 2.5 Podium…

SUPERATV HONDA PIONEER WINDSHIELD

SUPERATV HONDA PIONEER WINDSHIELD The SuperATV Honda Pioneer windshield provides all-season comfort and visibility. With an intelligent design and stronger-than-OEM build, this is the last windshield you’ll ever need to buy. This 1/4-inch polycarbonate windshield is 25 times stronger than acrylic and 250 times stronger than glass and is available with SuperATV’s proprietary XR Optic hard coating on both sides. It is carefully designed to follow the contours of your machine, and the full-length bulb seal and heavy-duty…

WHY WE RIDE

WHY WE RIDE The reasons why we ride are as different as UTV enthusiasts, but the COVID-19 pandemic and resulting lockdowns have added to those reasons, just as they’ve added new UTV enthusiasts to our sport. I was one of the lucky few to attend a Kawasaki Teryx KRX 1000 media ride at the iconic Hatfield-McCoy trails before the 2020 lockdowns, and it was an epic ride in rain and mud. I’ve always loved riding in mud since I first started racing motocross, and my positive attitude about inclement conditions always showed in my…

RZR BALL JOINT ISSUES

RZR BALL JOINT ISSUES Dear Sarge, I'm having RZR ball joint issues. On my 2020 Polaris RZR XP 1000 EPS, I noticed the left front wheel was wobbling and traced it down to a missing spring clip on the upper ball joint. The knuckle was half pulled out of the upper A-arm. Sarge, what caused this, and how do I prevent this from happening again in the future, because you could say I am a bit hard on equipment? Also, what could have happened if I hadn’t caught it when I did? Would the knuckle have completely separated from the…

CAN-AM COMMANDER XT-P VS YAMAHA RMAX2 XT-R

CAN-AM COMMANDER XT-P VS YAMAHA RMAX2 XT-R The recreation category is getting more defined these days. Now with the Polaris General, Yamaha RMAX and new Can-Am Commander available, traditional dump-bed machines, such as the Ranger, Viking and Defender, are being left on the ranch. Serious adventurers now have choices that are not only super fun on the trail, but these machines can carry enough camping gear and supplies for multiple days on the move or at a remote campsite. This month, our Can-Am Commander XT-P vs Yamaha…

SPECIAL EDITION HONDA UTVS

 Four new special edition Honda UTVs join the Talon and Pioneer lineup for 2021: the Talon 1000R SE, Talon 1000X-4 SE, Pioneer 1000 SE and the Pioneer 1000-5 SE. These flagship trim levels add value by saving money on accessories and improving comfort and convenience. Owners will also stand out from the crowd, thanks to exclusive Viper Urban Camo graphics, made possible through a special collaboration with TrueTimber. “As well as Honda’s Talon and Pioneer 1000 perform, there are some drivers who demand even more, and…

GREAT AMERICAN SHORT-COURSE OPENER

Lucas Oil Off-Road Racing Series (LOORRS) promoter Lee Perfect and Hammerking Productions’ Dave Cole have joined forces to form a new Great American Short-Course (GAS) series, presented by Optima Batteries. The GAS series will have eight rounds in 2021 at the San Bernardino County Fairgrounds, Glen Helen Raceway and another location to be determined, and we attended the Great American Short-Course opener at the SBC Fairgrounds. Besides the truck and buggy classes, GAS has six UTV classes—RZR 170, Youth 1000, Weller…

WORX NITRILE GLOVES

WHAT IT IS: WORX NITRILE GLOVES Worx Nitrile gloves are disposable work gloves made from 5.5-mil nitrile rubber, a material that’s very solvent and tear resistant. It’s also valued for its true bare-hand feel and very good grip. A tub of 100 gloves is $19.95, about twice the price of disposable vinyl or latex gloves. Medium, large and extra-large sizes are available. We tested them to see if they’re worth the extra cost. PERFORMANCE: Many kinds of disposable gloves have saved us from cuts, burns, metal splinters,…

SUPERATV FLIP-UP/-DOWN WINDSHIELDS

WHAT IT IS: SUPERATV FLIP-UP/-DOWN WINDSHIELDS This month we are taking a look at two SuperATV Flip-up/-down windshields. A flip-up windshield we mounted on a Polaris RZR Turbo S, and the second is a flip-down-style windshield we mounted on a Polaris RZR Pro XP. CONSTRUCTION: Both windshields are made from 1/4-inch, scratch-resistant polycarbonate, which SuperATV claims is 25 times stronger than acrylic (think cheap Amazon/E Bay windshields) and 250 times stronger than glass. Furthermore, they use an XR Optic hard…