UTVs FOR THE OUTDOORSMAN

— Checking out the manufacturers’ displays — 

There was a big vendor Expo from UTV companies on display recently at the National Rifle Association’s annual meeting in Dallas, Texas. It provided a look at the UTVs and accessories designed for hunting, camping and rugged outdoor adventure. Here are a few things we saw there…

Textron had a camo Stampede X and accessorized Havoc X; the Warn 4000 winch is stock, but this Havoc sports a tubular front bumper ($254.95), roof ($313.95), split windshield ($514.95), 42-inch curved LED lightbar ($688.95), side ($82,95) and rear-view ($63.95) mirrors, diamond-plate storage box ($399.95), tubular rear bumper ($159.95), fender flares ($212.95 a pair), and Kicker SSV Works audio system with rear speakers ($649.95).

Textron also had a large display with Wildcat XX, Stampede Xs, and the hunter’s choice E-Prowler with enclosed cabin. The E-Prowler has a 72-volt, 38-Hp AC electric motor and drivetrain with regenerative braking. McPherson strut front and leaf-spring rear suspension smooth the ride at up to 24.5 mph, and it tows 1000 pounds.

Yamaha had a large display with a Viking Special Edition, Wolverine X4 SE, YXZ1000R Sport Shift, Kodiak 700, Grizzly 700 and generators with a Yamaha free device-charging station.

Kubota had a large display with the RTV-XG850 Sidekick, a 48-Hp utility UTV with 40 mph top speed, speed-sensitive EPS, independent suspension (9-inch front, 8.5-inch rear travel), 1000-pound steel tilt bed, and a ton of add-on accessories. Kubota also had its camo diesel-powered UTV and tractors on display.

Being residents of the largest of the 48 contiguous states, Texans use UTVs to work vast tracts of land and to rid their properties of feral pigs and other vermin. Franklin Armory used this RP Advanced Maverick X3 as a rolling display for their many lines of firearms, from the F17 (.17 Winchester Super Magnum rimfire) Series to the CSW trigger system for AR-platform rifles (protruding between the A-pillars) and Franklin’s Talon gyro-stabilized weapons platform (top).

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