2019 YAMAHA YXZ1000R SS SE TEST

-- New changes to make it a better back east woods machine -- The 2019 YXZ1000R is the most extensively upgraded version of the five-speed sport machine to be released so far, and many of the improvements are aimed at making it faster and more fun in eastern riding conditions. Fully manual and Sport Shift (SS) automatic clutch, paddle-shift YXZ models are available in base and SE versions. We tested a 2019 YXZ1000R SS SE on the challenging trails at Alabama’s Stony Lonesome OHV Park to see how all the changes work.…

2019 WILDCAT XX LTD, HAVOC BACKCOUNTRY & MORE

-- Textron wants to be your UTV brand -- A new batch of 2019 Textron models has been announced and includes a Havoc Backcountry Edition decked out for hunting season and a pair of more powerful Wildcat XXs. The new Havoc comes with a standard roof and hood rack cloaked in a Bright White and orange color scheme with Backcountry badging. Riders will enjoy new high-bolstered seats that provide more space and all-day comfort for long hours on the trail. The Havoc Backcountry Edition retails for $17,799. The base-model…

2019 POLARIS RZR XP TURBO S FOUR-SEATER

-- Here's what you need to know about this new machine -- Polaris finally dropped a new four-seater built on the updated Turbo S chassis we tested in the two-seat trim earlier this year. This vehicle stands at 72 inches wide with 168 horsepower, 32-inch tires, 25 inches of wheel travel and a price tag of $30,499. For comparison, Can-Am kept their long-travel four-seater slightly below 30K at $29,899, while Polaris went slightly above. What you get for the extra $600 on the surface is electronically controlled Fox…

CAN-AM MAVERICK SPORT MAX, ROCK & MUD EDITIONS

-- Expanding the 2019 line up with more exciting models -- Finally, family riders won’t feel left out, since Can-Am announced a 30-inch-longer Maverick Sport Max. It’s still 60 inches wide and has the same 100-horsepower, 976cc, V-twin engine as all the other Sport models. Mud riders can bring their friends and family along as well, but in this region, they will be doing it in the larger Defender. That’s right, the Defender Max Edition is now raised up with 30-inch ITP Cryptid mud tires, snorkels and a winch. The…

2019 ARGO XTVs

-- Checking out the new go-anywhere machines -- Argo has been producing Xtreme Terrain Vehicles (XTVs) in Ontario, Canada, for more than 50 years, and most of its XTVs are amphibious. This has attracted hunters, first responders, government agencies, militaries from around the world, and even NASA to its six- and eight-wheeled off-road vehicles. Ontario Drive and Gear (ODG) built its first six-wheel Amphicat in 1962, and by 1967, ODG was mass-producing the Argo, which is short for the Argonaut of Greek mythology. So, for…

PAIUTE TRAIL UTV JAMBOREE

-- Where-To-Ride Guide -- Marysvale, Utah, hosted the ninth annual Paiute Trail Jamboree with more than 600 UTVs participating in free daily trail rides during the four-day festival. The Paiute Jam is one of eight held yearly on the celebrated 275-mile Paiute Trail #01, with thousands of miles of USFS two-track branching off of the main loop, and the August event is the only one to be free for trail riders and competition participants. Rally participants buy daily meal tickets, event T-shirts and raffle tickets, but the…

5 GARAGE TOOLS YOU NEED TO KNOW ABOUT

-- UTV Tool Time -- You might think you have a good set of tools now, but when you first start working on a UTV, there is a learning curve. There are normal hand tools and then there are tools every UTV owner learns they need sooner not later. More tools, parts, products & accessories you'll like: https://utvactionmag.com/product-tests/ Get your $25 Gift Card > https://hi-torque.com/product/utv-action-holiday/ . .

2019 MASSIMO WARRIOR 800

-- Testing a rugged, full-metal UTV for the outdoorsman -- This Warrior uses an 800cc, V-twin four-stroke with four valves per cylinder—very similar to Can-Am’s V-twin. It is fuel injected with a single throttle body feeding both cylinders. It puts out 60 horsepower. The smaller 700 uses a 686cc, single-cylinder powerplant similar to the Yamaha engine that powers many of its ATVs and SxS’. It produces 34 horsepower and costs $10,799. The Warrior 800 we are testing here sells for $12,999. HOW BIG IS IT? The overall…

KAWASAKI MULE PRO-MX EPS LE

-- Testing an affordable, compact size UTV -- The new Mule Pro-MX is a 60-inch-wide two-seat machine with a compact 78.9-inch wheelbase. Full-size Pro-Series Mules are 64 inches wide, seat three or six, and have a 92.5-inch wheelbase. HOW ARE ITS WORK CREDENTIALS? Full size. The Pro-MX’s cargo bed can carry 700 pounds, and the machine can tow 1500 pounds. The cab floor and cargo bed floor are steel. HOW DOES COST COMPARE? The Mule Pro-MX EPS starts at $11,999. Our test machine, the Pro-MX EPS LE is $12,499. The…

YAMAHA ADVENTURE PRO GPS SYSTEM

-- Magellan teams up with Yamaha -- Magellan’s latest TRX7 7-inch, waterproof, tablet-based GPS device works in conjunction with all compatible 2019 Yamaha ATVs and SXS’. Not only can it show, track and give you the ability to share your next trail ride, the front and rear cameras will let you upload the experience to social media along the way. FEATURES: Other than the millions of GPS functions that Magellan is known for, the unit will also record and display vehicle data and offers a timing mode that will capture lap…