NEW RELEASE: YAMAHA’S CARBON BLACK YXZ1000R SS SE

-- Yamaha unveils the 2017 Matte Carbon and Matte Black YXZ1000R Sport Shift Special Edition with Racing Blue frame, cage, suspension components, beadlock rings, cabin and graphics. The upgraded Yamaha cabin also sports aluminum throttle and brake pedals, a painted shift lever, factory-installed LED lighting in the console, and a rear-view mirror. Like the other YXZ Special Editions, the new Matte Carbon Sport Shift has aluminum rear knuckles to offset the extra weight of the high-end Fox 2.5 Podium X2 piggyback shocks with…

READER’S RZR TURBO

-- What all does a reader of our magazine do when it comes to modifying his prized UTV? Well, let's take a look at this 2017 Polaris RZR Turbo that Landon Phillips owns. His list of upgrades is quite impressive. For extra protection Landon started off with a stronger roll cage from SDR Motorsports. Then he added racing seats from PRP and better seat belts from Assault. For more power he added a Trinity Racing exhaust along with their programmer and clutch kit. He also added a turbo blow-off valve, intake boot and…

ARISUN GEAR BUSTER TIRES & RACELINE A71 MAMBA WHEELS

PRODUCT TEST -- By UTV Action Magazine -- WHAT IT IS: The Arisun Gear Buster tire is an all-terrain, UTV-specific tire that is built to perform as well in the toughest terrain as it does on hardpack or even a fast fire road. Since Arisun is a partner with Raceline wheels, we chose to wrap them around a set of their newest 14x7-inch A71 Mamba beadlock wheels. FEATURES: This durable eight-ply radial tire features a cross-tread designed to handle the most extreme abuse and terrain you can put your UTV through. The Gear…

PRODUCT: RUGGED RADIOS RH5X 5-WATT RADIO

WHAT IT IS: Rugged Radios is all about off-road racing, and the new RH5X handheld radio is a 5-watt, waterproof and dust-proof, dual-band (UHF/VHF), IP57 FM transceiver with a 7.4-volt, 1800 mAh lithium-ion battery. The RH5X comes with 40-plus pre-programmed off-road channels, including BITD, Weatherman, Baja Pits, BFG Relay, Checkers and Rescue, and can be programmed with up to 128 channels. The RH5X comes with a removable antenna, charging station, lanyard, belt clip, lapel mic and earbud. The motorcycle/ATV kit includes…

PRODUCT: GMAX MX86 HELMET

WHAT IT IS: GMAX’s MX86 off-road helmet is impressively light. The large size is just 2.9 pounds, while many helmets are 3.2 pounds and more. This helmet has an ABS shell and is DOT and ECE rated, so its safety ratings are solid. The MX86 is $130, which makes it one of the more affordable helmets out there. PERFORMANCE: We noticed the MX86’s light weight from the moment we put it on, and a light helmet improves comfort on short or long rides. A lighter helmet helps in any situation where your head moves,…

TEST: HONDA PIONEER 1000-5 LE

The Pioneer 1000 already stands out in the recreational utility class because of its sporty, rugged six-speed transmission. Honda wanted to offer a drive system as different as the transmission, so the new 1000 LE and 1000-5 LE come with I-4WD, a form of traction control. There’s more to the new Pioneer 1000 LE models, so we tested one to see what this new machine is really like. HOW DOES COST COMPARE? The Pioneer 1000-5 LE is the top-of-the-line model in the Pioneer 1000-5 line; it’s $21,599. The Pioneer…

POLARIS GENERALS FOR GREEN BAY PACKERS

Recently, after wrapping up organized team activities, Green Bay Packers quarterback Aaron Rodgers wanted to show his appreciation to his veteran offensive line by gifting them with customized Polaris General 1000 EPS Deluxe UTVs. The custom-wrapped, green, black and yellow Generals featured the players’ initials and numbers on the doors. Along with the standard accessories on the Deluxe model, which include a poly sport roof, Polaris HD 4500 lb. winch, FOX Podium QS3 shocks and low-profile front bumper, the vehicles were…

UTV ACTION READERS’ RIDES

Here is a collection of UTVs that we find appealing to our off-roading eyes. These photos provide an example of how the typical UTV owner likes to modify, improve and give his machine a unique look. Some have been given some extensive mods for a specific type of terrain such as sand or mud and even pavement. When looking at the particular custom touches that one man has given his ride it can sometimes give you some ideas on what you can do to yours. We'll continue to showcase the rides of UTV Action readers on this website…

UTV BEATS RALLY CARS!

At the recent 2017 Frazier Mountain Rally, the top four fastest times were UTVs, beating out the Subarus, Mitsubishis and VW GTIs that normally win these events. This rally course, 60 miles north of Los Angeles, was typical of most in that it was on flat dirt roads. The largest number of entries were the 4-wheel-drive, high-horsepower cars like the Subaru WRX. These car drivers were shocked when the times came in and they saw that RZRs and YXZs were clocked faster than them. Stephan Verdier (219) took first in his RZR…