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Honda Recon 250 vs. Kawasaki Brute Force 300

Okay, we’ll admit to being a little jaded. The last two shootouts we conducted were for 450cc sport quads and big-bore 4x4s. So to be honest, we may not have had all the youthful enthusiasm we should have had when loading up these two small-bore 2WD utility machines. And we have no good excuse, because […]

2014 Honda Pioneer 500

It’s no secret how well the UTV business is doing lately. Polaris, Can-Am and Arctic Cat are all in an arms race to build the fastest machine out there. The Japanese companies are taking a more conservative approach with machines like the Kawasaki Teryx, Yamaha Viking and the Honda Pioneer. However, Honda’s latest release might […]

2012 Polaris Trail Blazer 330

A mild-powered ATV with a fully automatic transmission is a great tool for bringing a new off-road rider out on the trails. One of the most popular choices of quads in this category is the Polaris Trail Blazer 330, which has a price of $4399. Its competition includes Arctic Cat’s DVX 300 ($3999) and the […]

2012 Polaris RZR 570

When Polaris introduced the first RZR 800 back in 2007, we were apprehensive, to say the least. It was the first 50-inch-wide UTV ever built. It was designed to be driven on official ATV trails that are in some places only 50 inches wide. We were used to driving wider Polaris Rangers, Yamaha Rhinos, Arctic […]

2012 Kawasaki Brute Force 300

For years the entry-level two-wheel-drive utility segment has been pretty stagnant, and with the same players that haven’t been updated much—the Honda Recon 250, Suzuki Ozark 250, Kawasaki Bayou 250, Polaris Trail Boss 330 and Kymco MXU300. Yamaha didn’t even have a player in this category until  September with the release of their new Grizzly […]

Polaris RZR 800 Owner’s Report

The UTV world suddenly became much more interesting in 2008 when Polaris came out with the first RZR 800. It jumped way out in front of the herd of Rhinos, Rangers and Prowlers. Polaris was selling RZR 800s as fast as they could make them, and that was reflected by the number of survey forms […]

2014 YAMAHA RAPTOR 700R SE

Yamaha’s best-selling sport quad is the Raptor 700. In fact, it’s the best-selling sport quad period. It’s the biggest 2WD, big-bore sport quad from any manufacturer. For 2014, the Raptor saw some minor changes in the form of a cleaner-burning cylinder head and new color options that include orange and Midnight Blue. There are three […]

2014 Polaris RZR XP 1000 4 Seater

Most businesses are traveling a conservative course at the moment and not taking big risks. In a similar vein, most are not spending big on research and development. That is not the plan at Polaris. We can imagine that the boardroom transcript at Polaris reads something like the script from the old Pinky and the […]