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Utility ATV

2020 ATV BUYER’S GUIDE: 4X4

It's here, the 2020 ATV BUYER’S GUIDE: 4X4 Enter to win a free set of tires and wheels by taking our 2021 readers survey here. ARCTIC CAT ALTERRA 570 Arctic Cat is back! Textron owns the company, but the historic brand name is back with machines that are trail-ready. The Alterra 570 has independent front and rear suspension sporting 10 inches of travel at each corner to smooth out terrain. Cargo racks and towing capability make it a great worker. An EPS version is available. Engine type:…

TOP PROJECT ATVs

The Dirt Wheels crew will ride a box-stock quad for awhile, but then we start thinking about ways to improve its performance. Building project quads is a way of life for us. Here is a list of some that made it into the Dirt Wheels Project Quad Hall of Fame. Click on the links above each picture to go straight to the articles. PROJECT HONDA TRX400EX BUDGET BUILD PROJECT HONDA ATC 250R REBUILD PROJECT RAT ROD QUAD PROJECT RACE WALSHZILLA VS. CRF450R PROJECT HONDA TRX450R SAND SLINGER PROJECT DUNCAN SUZUKI…

ATV TEST: 2016 Honda Rincon 4×4

Honda’s flagship Rincon has only seen one major improvement in its life, and that was back in 2006. In that model year the liquid-cooled engine mated to a three-speed transmission, increased from a 650cc mill up to a whopping 675cc. In addition, EFI was also added. In total those cc numbers do seem small, but for the 90 percent of 4x4 riders out there, speed is not a number-one priority. However, smooth riding, getting the job done and power are. Furthermore, the 65-mph top speed this machine is capable of hitting is plenty…

PROJECT ATV: Polaris Sportsman 1000 Build

Lately we have featured some highly modified 4x4s built for racing the woods and in the mud. These are the extremes of what can be done with a big budget and the set direction for building up your machine. We want to flip the coin and mildly tune up our Polaris Sportsman 1000 4x4 and show how some simple products can improve your quad. Since we started out with one of the fastest 4x4 machines, we didn’t have to mess with engine performance. Instead, we added creature comforts, changed the tires and equipped it for long rides…

ATV TEST: 2016 Yamaha Grizzly 700

Over the last two decades we have watched the Yamaha Grizzly 4x4 ATV transform from the largest-displacement monster to a refined animal. In the late 1990s, Yamaha dominated the market by having the biggest 4x4 you could buy with a whopping 600cc. Fast-forward over time and that number has increased by Yamaha and has been surpassed by everyone else. The displacement numbers game didn’t seem to attract Yamaha; it was sales numbers that were counted, and Yamaha has continued to have the best in the category. Concentrating on…

SHOOTOUT: Can-Am Outlander L 500 vs. Suzuki KingQuad 400ASi

We pitted the $6499 Suzuki KingQuad 400ASi against the $6999 Can-Am Outlander 500L to see if an older straight-axle machine can still hang with a modern-day ATV with independent rear suspension. The two contestants are a lot closer in price than they are in design. The Suzuki KingQuad 400ASi is Suzuki’s lowest-priced 4x4, while Can-Am does have one model cheaper in the 450L, which only sells for $6399. So if power or speed is of no concern, the 450 might be a closer comparison, and it comes in the same chassis as the 500.…

ALL-NEW POLARIS XP TURBO, RZR S 1000, ACE 900 AND MORE!

Polaris is always a heavy hitter in the annual new model line-ups, and this year is no exception. They have all-new models, along with new color and package options of their existing line-ups of ATVs and UTVs. RZR XP® Turbo EPS takes RZR to a new level Polaris RZR is the gold standard in recreational vehicles due to the family’s ultimate combination of power, suspension, agility, comfort and customization. Owning a RZR is not only about the desert, dunes and trails one can conquer but the lifestyle that goes…

ATV TEST: 2015 Polaris Sportsman 1000 4×4

What do you have when you take a smooth-riding utility chassis and stuff it with one of the fastest CVTequipped ATV engines on the planet? A tool that not only helps you get the work chores done in a hurry, but it can take you out on the trails and thrill you as if you were on a sport quad. Sure, the machine is heavy at 822 pounds dry, not including the 5.25 gallons of gas it can hold, and it’s pricey, starting at $11,999. However, if you excel in the company of excess, the Polaris Sportsman 1000 might be right up your…

ATV TEST: 2015 Suzuki KingQuad 400ASi

The utility 4x4 ATV market has seen a large increase in purchases of small-bore machines. Massive power may be nice to have, but it isn’t needed to get the job done. Suzuki caught on to that notion and produced the 2015 KingQuad 400ASi to satisfy the market. This ATV gives you everything that a utility quad should at a price of $6499 that won’t break your bank. POWER FOR WORK AND PLAY The KingQuad 400ASi comes with a 376cc, four-stroke, air-cooled, single-cylinder engine. While it may be carbureted, the Suzuki fires…

ATV TEST: Arctic Cat XR 550

In last month’s issue we compared a trio of all-new 500-class 4x4s from Honda, Can-Am and Polaris. We explained how the manufacturers are concentrating heavily on the class lately. That statement still holds true, as Arctic Cat has also recently developed a brand-new machine for the class. Although we have yet to ride this machine back to back with its competition, we did get to throw a leg over the XR 550 at Moab this month, and this is how the trail ride went. POWER Arctic Cat’s new XR 550 is equipped with a 545cc,…