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FIRST TEST: 2019 HONDA TALON 1000R

The most anticipated new SXS of 2019 is no doubt Honda’s Talon 1000R or the Talon 1000X. We took each machine on a full day test ride and this is what we thought of the 68-inch, wide $21,000 Talon 1000R.

MACHINE TEST: Can-Am Outlander L 500 DPS

Can-Am ATVs are known for their power and high-end feel, so when the Canadian company introduced its lower-priced Outlander L models, we had to find out how they measured up. We got a Outlander L 500 DPS for a full test to find out. There’s a more powerful L 570 coming in 2016. HOW DOES THE COST COMPARE? The Outlander L 500 DPS is $7299, a nice break from the $8899 price on the Outlander 500 DPS. There’s also an Outlander L 500 without power steering for $6999. The 2016 Outlander L 570 DPS goes for $7699, and the base…

UTV TEST: Kymco UXV 700i 4×4

If the prices of UTVs in the 700cc to 800cc range are pushing you toward smaller machines, you may not have seen all the 700s. Kymco’s 700cc UXV 700i is a sport utility UTV aimed at class favorites like Yamaha’s Viking 700, the Kawasaki Teryx and Honda’s Pioneer 700, but it’s less expensive. WHO IS KYMCO? Established in 1963, Kymco is one of the world’s largest producers of scooters, a growing ATV, UTV and motorcycle manufacturer, and a major manufacturer of original-equipment parts for the automotive industry. Kymco’s…

MACHINE TEST: 2015 Polaris Sportsman ETX

Polaris had a great run with the Sportsman 400 High-Output (2008–2014), and it was a value-menu model in the last few years as Sportsman displacement grew to 850cc and then 1000cc. For 2015, Polaris scrapped the 455cc SOHC engine with 34mm Mikuni CV carburetor and replaced it with the 325cc ProStar DOHC EFI engine from the Sportsman Ace to create the all-new Sportsman ETX 4x4 ATV. Wrapping that stellar engine in a lower and slimmer frame and plastic creates an allnew entry into the economy 4x4 ATV market. Let’s check out the…

MACHINE TEST: 2015 Yamaha Raptor 700

The 2015 Yamaha Raptor 700R grabbed a lot of attention for its increased power, improved handling and suspension, and the fact that its price was the same as the 2014 model. Much less was said about the base Raptor 700, but it gets all the important upgrades, and its price is $500 less than the Raptor 700R, and $1100 less than the Raptor 700R SE! WHAT’S NEW ON THE 2015 RAPTOR 700? The engine gets a new single-exhaustport head, higher compression (10:1 versus 9.2:1), new cam timing, a new connecting rod, new…

UTV TEST: 2015 Arctic Cat Wildcat Trail 700

WHAT’S NEW FOR 2015? The Wildcat 700 Trail Limited is new for 2015, and so is the closed-loop EFI. The new LTD gets an EPS unit under the dash, and it senses driver and terrain inputs to deliver kickback control. It has the most assist at low speeds but never zero assist. The new LTD joins the Trail XT in having two-tone aluminum wheels and color matched suspension arms. This makes three packages for the Wildcat Trail, with the Standard having steel rims, XTs getting aluminum wheels and automotive paint, and the LTD also…

TEST: 2015 Honda TRX450R

Honda’s 450R has been a great performance value for years. For 2015, it’s truly in a class of its own. We tested the newest version to see what the Honda offers to racers and other serious sport quad riders. CAN THE CARBURETED, STEEL-FRAMED HONDA COMPETE WITH FUELINJECTED, ALUMINUMFRAMED 450S? Yes. You can see the proof at races around the country and around the world. The truth is, fuel injection and aluminum frames have advantages, and so do carburetion and steel frames. Fuel injection and aluminum frames tend to be…

UTV TEST: Polaris RZR XP 1000 EPS

Polaris’ flagship RZR XP 1000 is back and better than ever! Most anyone who’s driven one will agree that the XP 1000 is an amazing machine and has more than earned its spot at the top of its class. How could one possibly improve the bestselling, best-performing, and best-handling UTV to ever hit the dirt? WHAT’S NEW FOR 2015? The 2014 XP 1000 was a complete and total success. Polaris took a class-/ industry-leading machine, the XP 900, and gave it a stronger chassis, longer wheelbase, more suspension travel and a huge…

2015 Yamaha Raptor 700R

Yamaha has enjoyed great success with the Raptor 660R (2001–2005) and 700R (2006–present), and why not? The torquey yet quick-revving Raptor is an awesome sport ATV with excellent suspension and handling provided by a lightweight, hybrid steel and aluminum frame. For 2015, Yamaha injected even better power, torque, suspension and handling for the same price as the 2014. How did they do that? By not only manufacturing the Raptor 700R in the USA, but doing research and development in America as well. Let’s check out the 700R…

Sportsman XP 1000 Test

Insane! Ridiculous! Irresponsible! I want my mommy! Reactions to the new Sportsman 1000 are bound to be as outrageous as the machine. Here at ATV UTV Action, we look at things like ATVers and UTVers. We know some people really need all that power for plowing snow or pulling cultivating equipment. Lots of other riders just like crazy-powerful ATVs. We also know you don’t need us to be the fun police; you need us to tell you if the quad is good or not, so let’s get to it! HOW POWERFUL IS IT? The Sportsman XP 1000 puts…