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…

Polaris RZRs Fill Pro Podium at WORCS Round 8

Polaris RZRs filled the podium and took the top four spots in the SxS Pro class at WORCS Round 8, at Iron Mine Race Park, in Cedar City, Utah. RZRs also took the top two podium spots in the SxS Pro Stock class In the SxS Pro class, Randy Romo got his first win of the season with Polaris Factory Racer Ryan Piplic taking second. Corbin Leaverton finished third. Piplic’s second-place finish moved him to second in the standings for the class with Polaris Factory Racer Cody Bradbury in third. In Pro Stock, Polaris…

TEST: TEXTRON STAMPEDE 900 XTR EPS+

Bad Boy brought impressive power and utility capabilities to the recreation/utility UTV class with the original Stampede 900. Now there’s a new Textron version aimed at enthusiasts who want serious terrain-tackling ability with huge hauling and towing capacity, and room for four. HOW DOES COST COMPARE? Our Stampede XTR EPS+ is the top-of-the-line model. It’s $16,799. Four-seat XTR EPS models start at $15,999. The Polaris Ranger XP 900 EPS starts at $15,499. Can-Am’s Defender HD10 Max DPS starts at $16,499.…

RZR BOLT-ON ROLL CAGE —

FROM LONE STAR RACING: There are some high-performance aftermarket companies that have been building fast off-road machines for many years. Lone Star Racing is one of those companies. Starting in the 1980s they were a force to be reckoned with when it came to building fast quads and they have the same expertise now for UTVs too. Guys who drive their UTVs hard in rough terrain, they know that the chance of  rolling over does exist. That's why a stronger roll cage is one of the first upgrades they consider buying.…

WIN A FREE YAMAHA WOLVERINE!

Attendees of Brimstone’s White Knuckle Event (WKE) this Memorial Day weekend (May 26-28) have a chance, make that several chances, to win a 2017 Yamaha Wolverine R-Spec EPS 708cc UTV from Yamaha of Knoxville, Tennessee. This year’s WKE has a new spin to the Wild Mountain Rampage (WMR), which tests both driving skills and knowledge of Brimstone’s trails. There will be a search for the Mad Hatter and Joker, which provide two extra tickets apiece towards the Wolverine R-Spec EPS. Here are the ways to amass competition and WMR…