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2019 UTV BUYER’S GUIDE: JOHN DEERE

-- Not just for farmers -- JOHN DEERE RSX860i John Deere holds down its position in the sport utility market with the RSX860E and RSX860M models. A 62-horsepower V-twin four-stroke with electronic fuel injection powers it with no problem. A CV-style transmission is paired to the engine and provides smooth power output. The 860M model comes with standard electronic power steering. Engine type Four-valve V-twin Displacement 839cc Suspension: Front Dual A-arm/9.0” Rear Multi-link semi-trailing arm/9.0”…

2019 UTV BUYER’S GUIDE: KYMCO

-- Starting at $7,999 -- KYMCO UXV 700i Kymco has five differently equipped versions of their UXV 700i. The base model has steel wheels with limited features. You can upgrade to the LE EPS, LE EPS Camo, LE Prime Edition and finally the LE Hunter Edition. The final four machines have a winch, 14-inch cast-aluminum wheels and power steering as standard features. Engine type SOHC single Displacement 695cc Suspension: Front Dual A-arm/7.5” Rear Dual A-arm/7.5” Length/width/height 113.0”/59.0”/74.8” Fuel capacity…

2019 UTV BUYER’S GUIDE: HISUN

-- 10 affordably priced machines -- HISUN STRIKE 1000 Hisun’s sport-oriented powerhouse in their lineup is the Strike 1000. It has a 976cc, four-stroke V-twin engine paired to an effective CV-style transmission. The suspension is a dual-A-arm type in the front and rear. The 4x4 system includes a front lockable differential. It can also tow up to 1764 pounds. Engine type OHV V-twin Displacement 976cc Suspension: Front Dual A-arm/N/A Rear Dual A-arm/N/A Length/width/height 113.4”/65.0”/74.8” Fuel capacity 7.3…

2019 UTV BUYER’S GUIDE: HONDA

-- Pioneers & Talons -- HONDA PIONEER 1000 There are three versions of this three-seat Pioneer 1000 for 2019. You can get the base model that has stamped steel wheels. Upgrading to the EPS version you have power steering, paddle shifters for changing gears and more. The Limited Edition model has Honda’s I-4WD that electronically controls the brakes to help keep traction constant. Engine type Uni-Cam twin Displacement 999cc Suspension: Front Dual A-arm/10.6” Rear Dual A-arm/10.0” Length/width/height…

2019 UTV BUYER’S GUIDE: ARCTIC CAT

-- Arctic Cat is a Textron company -- TEXTRON WILDCAT XX/XX LTD One of the hottest new sport UTVs on the market is the all-new Textron Wildcat XX and XX LTD. This machine was designed with help from professional racer Robby Gordon to produce one of the best suspension systems on the market. Part of the suspension package is Fox 2.5 Podium shocks. The engine produces 130 horsepower. Engine type DOHC triple Displacement 989cc Suspension: Front Dual A-arm/18.0” Rear Trailing arm/18.0” Length/width/height…

2019 UTV BUYER’S GUIDE: KAWASAKI

-- 2019 UTV LINE UP FROM KAWASAKI -- KAWASAKI TERYX The Kawasaki Teryx is offered in multiple models. You can upgrade to a camo model for $14,299 or go with the LE version for $15,199 that comes with three-tone seats and 14-inch cast-aluminum wheels. All versions have a 783cc, four-stroke V-twin-cylinder engine that is electronically fuel-injected. The machine has a capable 4x4 system and independent suspension all around. Engine type SOHC V-twin Displacement 783cc Suspension: Front Dual A-arm/8.0” Rear Dual…

2019 UTV BUYER’S GUIDE: YAMAHA

-- YAMAHA'S UTV LINE UP FOR 2019 -- YAMAHA YXZ1000R/YXZ1000R SPECIAL EDITION The YXZ1000R line gained a wealth of upgrades for 2019. Lower transmission gearing helps propel larger 29-inch Maxxis Bighorn tires. The radiator was relocated to the rear of the vehicle to keep clear of mud and debris while reducing in-cab heat. The front rotors on the SE were enlarged for better stopping power. The frame was updated as well. Engine type DOHC triple Displacement 998cc Suspension: Front Dual A-arm/16.2” Rear Dual…

2019 UTV BUYER’S GUIDE: POLARIS

--  The 2019 UTV models from POLARIS -- POLARIS RZR XP TURBO S Polaris released their newest heavy hitter to the market for 2019. The RZR XP Turbo S gains a new frame, upgraded bodywork, new cockpit ergonomics, longer suspension travel with redesigned Fox Live Valve shocks, and is the first machine with 32-inch tires from the factory. It shares the same engine and transmission as the XP Turbo line with some revisions. Width is 72 inches! Engine type DOHC twin Displacement 925cc Suspension: Front Dual A-arm/19.0”…

2019 UTV BUYER’S GUIDE: CAN-AM

-- Enormous options ahead -- The popularity of UTVs grows larger each year, and 2019 brought some new heavy hitters to the game! Textron released their impressive Wildcat XX that has one of the best sport suspension systems on the market and pumps 130 horsepower out of a non-turbo engine. Can-Am released its Maverick Sport line that provided the industry with multiple new two-seaters and a four-seat option. Polaris stepped up in the sport performance category with their impressive RZR XP Turbo S and XP 4 Turbo S that…

RICOCHET UHMW SKID PLATE

-- Installing a better skid plate & testing it out --  By the staff of Dirt Wheels Polaris has not left the underside of its UTVs unprotected. Each has a factory plastic skid plate installed, but the plastic isn’t heavy or thick. It balances weight with maximum protection, but some people drive terrain that is a bit challenging. Ricochet Off-Road has been providing protection for off-road machinery for over 35 years. The reason? Ricochet is located right at the base of the Rocky Mountains, and there is ample…

FUEL TIRES & WHEELS

-- Testing for grip and strength -- By the Dirt Wheels test crew: Manufacturers of UTV tires are in a constant battle to build the best tires. Some tires are specific to the terrain you love to ride, while others offer a broad range of traction for multiple types of terrain. One thing stays consistent—these companies are struggling to make a tire that is light yet strong enough to withstand the harsh abuse drivers put their favorite toys through. Fuel Off-Road came out with its Gripper R/T 32-inch tire and Anza D918…