Are you ready for 2011? The paper edition of September Dirt Wheels is on the newsstands right now and it’s full of 2011 hardware. We can’t help but laugh at the industry doomsayers who said that the new model year would be cancelled for lack of interest. The biggest glut of new stuff is from BRP. Aside from the line-up of new Can Ams, we have a full test of the 2011 Commander UTV that we previewed last month. This isn’t just another Rhino copy. The new Commander comes in at the top of the market. It isn’t just the 1000cc V-Twin motor that makes it so high-end. The overall feel of the machine is more luxury than utility. One of the most interesting features of the machine is that it comes with several different keys, which are color coded. If you start the machine with the grey key, the top speed is limited to 20 mph. At the other end of the spectrum is the black key, which allows access to all 85 horsepower. Wild.
      A few pages deeper in September you’ll find a feature that’s all about going deep: the Mud Survival Guide. We had a great time with this story. You need to understand that we’re based in Southern California, even though most of our staff is from elsewhere. As a result, we miss riding in mud–real mud. Usually we have to travel to get really messy, but not this time. Wes Miller of H-Bomb Films built a mud bog on his property in Rainbow, California, and invited us to come ride his Highlifter Sportsman. We had a blast, and the photos of Wes in his Bomb Squad bib overalls is worth the price of the magazine. Mike Smith of Highlifter put together a great list of mud set-up and riding tips, essential if you’re a mud rider.
      This time of year is also earmarked for the annual Dirt Wheels UTV Camping trip. Cain and Brad invited several industry personnel along to test a foursome of side-by-sides. Once again, I was out of town and missed out, but you can tell from the photos they had a blast. While the rest of California was sweltering in triple-digit heat, they were comfortable in the high Sierras, eating trout in the evenings and driving cool two-track roads  in the day. Brad put together a great list of his favorite camping gear. This isn’t just a buyer’s guide of press releases, but evaluations of the stuff we really use.
      The racing end of sport is covered with coverage of the Canadian La Tuque beach race and a Josh Frederick interview, where he explains what it takes to be the points leader in the WORCS series. While we were hanging out at Frederick’s raceshop, his race team manager gave us a 10-point list on pre-ride preparation.
      It’s a great issue. Thank you. We’ll eat our Wheaties and do it again next month.

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