2021 ATV SPORT BUYER’S GUIDE

Over a hundred models to tease and tantalize riders 

By the staff of Dirt Wheels

 2021 ATV SPORT BUYER’S GUIDE

With all the attention side-by-sides are getting these days, you’d think ATVs were a thing of the past. Hardly! Time to roll out our 2021 ATV SPORT ATV BUYER’S GUIDE.

As we were putting together this season’s “Buyer’s Guide,” we grew more and more excited for the ATV market as we compiled specs and reviewed features for the more than 100 models featured. Some of today’s leading off-road technology can be found in 2021 model-year ATVs, which include the youth market, two-up quads, sports models, and small- and big-bore machines.

Textron has gone back to using the Arctic Cat name on its off-road vehicles, Can-Am leads the way in the sheer number of models available on the ATV market (followed by Polaris and Honda), and some models have gone by the wayside, while new models have emerged and others were freshened up and tweaked. We’re also including Tracker Off-Road ATVs in this year’s “Buyer’s Guide.”

Throughout this year’s “2021 ATV Buyer’s Guide,” you will find an option for any type of rider, whether you dive deep into the mud, rail corners on the motocross track, search out the best trails or simply need a tool to get the job done. Seriously, if you can’t find an ATV to your liking, you’re not looking hard enough.

2021 ATV SPORT BUYER’S GUIDE

APEX 450F/250F

Arizona-based Apex Racing has been building racing ATVs for a number of years. The company offers a variety of different engine sizes. The 450F and 250F are the largest motors offered by the company. When you order an ATV from Apex, you can get a vehicle with your choice of accessories from nerf bars to suspension to more.

Engine type: Liquid-cooled, DOHC, 4-stroke, Displacement: 449cc/250cc, Transmission: 5-speed, Final drive: Chain, Fuel capacity: N/A, Wheelbase: 51”, Length/width/height: 71x49x40”, Ground clearance: 9”, Claimed wet weight: 380; 360 lb., Suspension/wheel travel: (Front) LSR DCA Long-travel A-arms/11.5”, (Rear) Swingarm/12”, Tires: (f/r) 20×7-10/18×10-8, Retail price: Starting at $7,500.

2021 ATV SPORT BUYER’S GUIDE

CAN-AM DS 250

Designed for riders 14 years old and older, the roomy and comfortable DS 250 offers an energetic 249.4cc, four-stroke engine coupled with an automatic CV transmission so new riders can focus on trails instead of shifting. Another handy feature is the electric start, which allows the rider to fire up the vehicle quickly and effortlessly.

Engine type: Liquid-cooled, SOHC, 4-stroke, Displacement: 249.4cc,Transmission: CVT, Final drive: Chain,Fuel capacity: 3.3 gal., Wheelbase: 47”,Length/width/height: 72×40.5×43.5”,Ground clearance: 10.2”, Claimed dry weight: 429 lb.,Suspension/wheel travel: (Front) Dual A-arm/5.5”, (Rear) Swing Arm/6.7”, Tires: (f/r) Kenda 22×7-10/Kenda 20×11-9, Retail price: $4,299.

CAN-AM RENEGADE 850/570

The Renegade’s arched double-A-arm front suspension gives it an inch more ground clearance (10.5 inches total) to help you clear intimidating trail obstacles. Couple that with 9.2 inches of travel on the front and 9.9 inches of travel from the TTI rear suspension, and you’ll have a lot of confidence taking on most any riding conditions.

Engine type: Liquid-cooled, V-twin, SOHC, Displacement: 854cc/570cc, Transmission: CVT w/ reverse, Final drive: Shaft, Fuel capacity: 5.4 gal., Wheelbase: 51”, Length/width/height: 86x48x49”, Ground clearance: 10.5”, Claimed dry weight: 681; 628 lb., Suspension/wheel travel: (Front)  Arched dual A-arm/9.2”, (Rear) Torsional trailing arm independent/9.9”, Tires: (f/r) ITP Holeshot 25×8-12/25×10-12, Retail price: $10,299; $8,499.

CAN-AM RENEGADE X XC 1000R/850

For those who ride or race the woods, the Renegade X xc gives you two engine options: the 78-horsepower Rotax 850 or the 91-horsepower 1000R. The X xc versions get arched double-A-arm front suspension, Fox 1.5 Podium RC2 shocks and beadlock wheels. Can-Am’s X package includes special colorways, graphics and seat cover.

Engine type: Liquid-cooled, SOHC, V-twin,Displacement: 976cc/854cc,Transmission: CVT w/ reverse,Final drive: Shaft, Fuel capacity: 5.4 gal,Wheelbase: 51”, Length/width/height: 86x48x49”, Ground clearance: 10.5”, Claimed dry weight: 710 lb.; 686 lb., Suspension/wheel travel: (Front) Arched dual A-arm/9.2”, (Rear) Torsional trailing arm Independent /9.9”, Tires: (f/r) ITP Holeshot 25×8-12/25×10-12, Retail price: Starting at $12,999.

CAN-AM RENEGADE X MR 570

If muddin’ is your thing, then Can-Am’s 48-horsepower X mr 570 is for you. Complete with a snorkel and relocated intake and outlet, this Renegade can take on any mud hole. Helping are 28-inch ITP Mega Mayhem tires with Fox 1.5 Podium shocks providing a great ride. The ATV also comes with 12-inch cast-aluminum beadlock wheels.

Engine type: Liquid-cooled, SOHC, V-twin,4-troke, Displacement: 570cc, Transmission: CVT w/ reverse, Final drive: Shaft, Fuel capacity: 5.4 gal, Wheelbase: 51”, Length/width/height: 83x50x56”, Ground clearance: 12”, Claimed dry weight: 865 lb., Suspension/wheel travel: (Front)  Arched dual A-arm/9.2”, (Rear) Torsional trailing arm independent/9.9”, Tires: (f/r) ITP Mega Mayhem, 28×8-12/28×10-12, Retail price: $11,199.

CAN-AM RENEGADE X MR 1000R/1000R VISCO-4LOK

If you want mud power, bump up to the 91-horsepower 1000R. The 1000R is snorkeled and comes stock with a 3,500-pound winch, 30-inch ITP Cryptid tires, and heavy-duty front and rear bumpers. The new Visco-4Lok version has the new fully locking front differential for maximum mud traction and drive.

Engine type: Liquid-cooled, SOHC, V-twin, 4-stroke, Displacement: 76cc,Transmission: CVT w/ reverse, standard engine braking, Final drive: Shaft, Fuel capacity: 5.4 gal, Wheelbase: 51”, Length/width/height: 83x50x56”, Ground clearance: 12.5”, Claimed dry weight: 991 lb., Suspension/wheel travel: (Front) Arched dual A-arm/9.2”, (Rear) Torsional trailing arm independent/9.9”,  Tires: (f/r) ITP Cryptid 30×9-14/30×9-14, Retail price: $15,149.

CAN-AM OUTLANDER X MR 570

Another mud version of the 570 is the fully equipped Outlander, X mr, which also offers a snorkeled 48-horsepower Rotax V-twin. A relocated radiator keeps things from plugging up and overheating. Mud-clawing, aggressive 28-inch ITP Mega Mayhem tires and a rugged front bumper come standard.

Engine type: Liquid-cooled, SOHC, V-twin, 4-stroke, Displacement: 570cc,Transmission: CVT w/ reverse, standard engine braking, Final drive: Shaft, Fuel capacity: 5.4 gal, Wheelbase: 51.0”, Length/width/height: 83x46x49”, Ground clearance: 11.7”, Claimed dry weight: 843 lb., Suspension/wheel travel: (Front) Dual A-arm/9.0”, (Rear) IRS/8.8”, Tires: (f/r) ITP Mega Mayhem 28×8-12/ 28×10-12, Retail price: $8,899.

CAN-AM OUTLANDER X MR 1000R/1000 VISCO-4LOK/850/850 VISCO-4LOK/650

Can-Am offers five Outlander X mr mud ATVs. Three are the 91-horsepower 1000R, 78-horsepower 850 and 62-horsepower 650. All have aggressive mud tires; the 1000R and 850 have Warn winches. Two new-for-2021 models are 850 and 1000 X mr versions that feature a Visco-4Lok front differential that will manually lock and full handguards.

Engine type: Liquid-cooled, SOHC, 4-stroke V-twin, Displacement: 976cc; 854cc; 649.6cc, Transmission: CVT w/ reverse, Final drive: Shaft, Fuel capacity: 5.4 gal, Wheelbase: 59”; 51”; 51”, Length/width/height: 97x50x51.5”; 88x50x51.5”; 88×48.5×50.5”, Ground clearance: 13”; 13”; 13”; 13”; 11.75”, Claimed wet weight:1,014 lb.; N/A; 990 lb.; NA; 874 lb., Suspension/wheel travel:  (Front) Arched dual A-arm/9.2”, (Rear) Torsional trailing arm /9.9”, Tires: (f/r) ITP Cryptid 30×9-14/ITP Cryptid 30×9-14; ITP Cryptid 30×9-14/ITP Cryptid 30×9-14; ITP Mega Mayhem 28×8-12;28×10-12, Retail price: $14,199; N/A; $11,999; N/A; $10,399.

2021 ATV SPORT BUYER’S GUIDE

HONDA TRX250X

Honda’s TRX250X has been on the sport quad scene for a number of years and for good reason. It’s reliable, sporty and just plain fun to ride on or off the track. This sport quad is powered by a 229cc, air-cooled, four-stroke engine with Honda’s exclusive SportClutch. Additionally, the TRX250X offers electric start and aluminum wheels.

Engine type: Air-cooled, OHV 4-stroke, Displacement: 229cc,Transmission: 5-speed w/ reverse,Final drive: Shaft, Fuel capacity: 2.5 gal.,Wheelbase: 44.3”, Length/width/height: 68.5×41.8×42.6”, Ground clearance: 5.7”,Claimed wet weight: 384 lb.,Suspension/wheel travel: (Front) Independent double wishbone/5.9”, (Rear) Swingarm/5.7”, Tires: (f/r) 22×7-10/20×10-9, Retail price: $4,949

2021 ATV SPORT BUYER’S GUIDE

KAYO JACKAL 200

Kayo is somewhat new to the U.S. market, but the Jackal 200 should easily find a place here. It is attractive, sporty and handles like a sport quad should. It has a manual transmission with a 4-speed and a clutch. It has a great reverse system and it has three disc brakes. It is somewhat compact but can be ridden hard by adults.

Engine: Air-cooled, SOHC 4-stroke, single cylinder, Displacement: 99cc, Transmission: 4-speed manual w/reverse, Final drive: Chain, Fuel capacity:1.6 gal, Wheelbase: 42.9”, Length/width/height: 65×43.5×42”, Ground clearance: 3.7”, Claimed wet weight: 364 lb., Suspension/wheel travel: (Front) Double A-arm/NA, (Rear) Swingarm/NA, Tires: (f/r) 20×7-10/19×10-9, Price: $2,899.

KYMCO MONGOOSE 270

The zoomy, liquid-cooled and modern-looking Mongoose 270 is built for riders 14 years old and above, and it helps the rider learn riding technique with a fully automatic CV transmission with reverse. With Maxxis Razr tires all around, the Mongoose has a steel front bumper for added protection and front and rear hydraulic disc brakes.

Engine type: Liquid-cooled, SOHC 4-stroke, Displacement: 270cc, Transmission: CVT w/ reverse, Final drive: Chain, Fuel capacity: 3.4 gal., Wheelbase: 46.5”, Length/width/height: 76x45x42”, Ground clearance: 10.5”, Claimed dry weight: 392 lb., Suspension/wheel travel: (Front) Dual A-arm/5.7”, (Rear) Link arm/6.5”, Tires: (f/r) 21×7-10/20×11-9, Retail price: $3,899.

2021 ATV SPORT BUYER’S GUIDE

POLARIS SCRAMBLER XP 1000 S/850

Polaris’ 55-inch track Scrambler XP 1000S and 48-inch 850 are attention-grabbing. The 1000 S has 89-horsepower engine while the 850 has 78 horsepower. Additional features on the 1000 S include Walker Evans Premium shocks, and the RZR XP front differential and half shafts. The Scrambler 850 has 11.5 inches of ground clearance.

Engine type: Liquid-cooled, SOHC, isplacement: 952cc/850cc,Transmission: PVT w/ reverse,Final drive: Shaft,Fuel capacity: 5.25 gal.,Wheelbase: 57.4”; 53”,Length/width/height: 82.5x55x49.5”; 82.3×48.6×48.4”, Ground clearance: 14.5”; 11.5”,Claimed wet weight: 881 lb.; 735 lb., Suspension/wheel travel: (Front) Arched dual A-arm/12.5”; 9”,  (Rear) Dual A-arm Rolled IRS/14”; 10.25”, Tires: (f/r) Duro Power Grip II 27×9/Duro Power Grip II 27×9; CST 26×8/26×10, Retail price: $14,999; $10,299.

POLARIS SPORTSMAN XP 1000/850 HIGH LIFTER EDITION

The Sportsman XP 1000 S is a sport model, thanks to the 55-inch width, massive suspension travel with Walker Evans shocks, 89-horsepower engine and 14.5 inches of ground clearance. There is an 850 High Lifter Edition with 29.5-inch High Lifter Outlaw 2 tires, 13.5 inches of ground clearance, shielded intakes and rack-mounted radiator.

Engine type: Liquid-cooled, SOHC, Displacement: 952cc; 850cc, Transmission: PVT w/ reverse, Final drive: Shaft, Fuel capacity: 5.25 gal, Wheelbase: 56.8”; 53”, Length/width/height: 82.5x55x49.5”;84.6x50x50.4”, Ground clearance: 14.5”; 13.5”, Claimed wet weight: 974 lb.; 921 lb.,
Suspension/wheel travel: (Front) Sealed dual A-Arm/11.6”; /7.4”, (Rear) Sealed dual A-arms rolled IRS, 14”; Arched dual A-arm/6.7”, Tires: (f/r) 27×9-14/27×11-14; 30×9.5-14/30×9.5-14, Retail price: $14,199; $10,199.

2021 ATV SPORT BUYER’S GUIDE

YAMAHA YFZ450R/SE

Looking for a sport 450 to tear up the dunes with? Your only standard production option just might be the YFZ450R. Fortunately, it is a great option with great suspension. The engine is a powerful, fuel-injected four-stroke and is complemented by an aggressive 5-speed manual transmission. The Special Edition gets GYTR parts.

Engine type: Liquid-cooled, DOHC 4-stroke, Displacement: 449cc, Transmission: 5-speed, Final drive: Chain, Fuel capacity: 2.6 gal., Wheelbase: 50”,Length/width/height: 70.7×48.8×41.9”, Ground clearance: 9.3”, Claimed wet weight: 405 lb., Suspension/wheel travel: (Front) Dual A-arm/9.8”, (Rear) Single shock/11.0”, Tires: (f/r) 21×7-10/20×10-9, Retail price: $9,199; $9,599.

YAMAHA RAPTOR 700/700R/700R SE

Another dune specialist, trail hound or woods racer is the Yamaha Raptor 700. It comes in three versions: the base model, 700R and Special Edition. The 700R comes with adjustable piggyback reservoir shocks and Team Yamaha Blue. The Special Edition comes with GYTR accessories and either Midnight Blue or red.

Engine type: Liquid-cooled, SOHC 4-stroke, Displacement: 686cc,Transmission: 5-speed w/ reverse, Final drive: Chain, Fuel capacity: 2.9 gal., Wheelbase: 50.4”, Length/width/height: 72.6×46.1×44.5”, Ground clearance: 4.4”, Claimed wet weight: 422 lb., Suspension/wheel travel: (Front) Dual A-arm/9.1”, (Rear) Single shock/10.1”, Tires: (f/r) 21×7-10/20×10-9, Retail price: $7,999; $9,199.

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CONTACTS:

Apex: www.apexatv.com

Arctic Cat: www.arcticcat.com

Argo: www.argoxtv.com

Can-Am: www.can-am.brp.com

CFMoto: www.cfmotousa.com

Hisun: www.hisunmotors.com

Honda: www.powersports.honda.com

Kawasaki: www.kawasaki.com

Kayo: www.ridekayousa.com

Kymco: www.kymcousa.com

Polaris: www.polarisindustries.com

Suzuki: www.suzuki-cycles.com

Tracker Off-Road: www.trackeroffroad.com

Yamaha: www.yamahamotorsports.com

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