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FEATURE: UTV-TOWABLE CAMP TRAILERS

Tired of sleeping on the ground? By Lane Lindstrom Many of us have probably never seen a tiny camp trailer being towed behind a UTV somewhere off-road, let alone thought of buying one. Toy haulers and full-size trailers comprise a huge segment of our industry, but we’re talking tiny towables. There must be a market for these tiny camp trailers, because there are several manufacturers producing off-road-capable trailers to be towed behind UTVs or even ATVs. Of course, you could use an even larger vehicle. So we did…

NEW UTV TEST: 2021 CAN-AM COMMANDER XT-P 1000

Not your dad’s old CommanderBy the staff of Dirt Wheels Shortly after the announcement of the Can-Am’s revamped Commander, we had a truck and trailer show up at the shop and drop one off. We were given a week with it, so we quickly cleared our schedules to put as much time in the new machine as possible. WHAT’S NEW? Basically, Can-Am took the Maverick Sport chassis, drivetrain and cockpit, and designed new bodywork for it bumper to bumper, or, in this case,  the tailgate. The Commander is not available in a…

UTV PROJECT: CAN-AM DEFENDER PRO ADVENTURE BUILD

One wicked “Stepchild” By Lane Lindstrom Zbroz Racing has built a number of project vehicles over the years. We’ve lost count and so have they, but their latest is definitely one of the most unique. “Stepchild,” Zbroz Racing’s latest build, will turn heads pretty much anywhere it goes—snow, sand, desert, mountains or wherever. Stepchild certainly caught our eye and piqued our interest. So, we dug a little deeper, and here’s what we discovered. Let’s start with the name. Not everyone names their project vehicle, but…

EVENT: BEST IN THE DESERT PARKER 250

New winners for the season opener By the staff of Dirt Wheels, Photos by Harlan Foley The Best in the Desert season opener held record-breaking racer attendance with 330 total entries. Over 100 entries were registered for the various Pro UTV categories and 54 among the UTV Turbo class. The UTV Unlimited class nearly doubled in size from the previous year. The UTV Pro Open class ran for the first time in the Tensor Tire Parker 250 and was claimed by Mitchell Alsup. This class was designed to allow a more…

UTV TEST: 2021 CAN-AM MAVERICK X3 MAX X RS TURBO RR SMART-SHOX

Large, in charge and brainy By the staff of Dirt Wheels Can-Am’s Maverick X3 Max X rs Turbo RR Smart-Shox looks down at lesser machines from the very top of the Can-Am sport UTV model line. It may not actually be the highest-performing model, but it has the sheer size, speed and sublime capability in the fast rough that make it hard to ignore. All that while carrying up to four people in complete luxury. The four-seat 72-inch-wide flagship was truly groundbreaking when it arrived in 2017. It did more than raise the…

FIRST LOOK: MORE 2021 KAWASAKI SPORT UTVs

KRX e-suspension and wider, longer-travel Teryxs By the staff of Dirt Wheels Kawasaki has already announced a full 2021 lineup without hinting that more updated UTV models were coming. We don’t mind the secrecy, since the “Green Machine” has been hiding welcome additions. The new and latest variation of Kawasaki’s Teryx KRX 1000 line is the Teryx KRX 1000 eS. We are happy to say that the principle feature of the KRX eS is Kawasaki Electronic Control Suspension (KECS) featuring Fox 2.5 Live Valve internal bypass…

2021 CAN-AM UTV KING OF THE HAMMERS

 By the staff of Dirt Wheels The Can-Am UTV King of the Hammers Presented by Progressive is one of the biggest off-road events in the U.S. Last year nearly 60,000 people made their way to the lakebed—the only level and easily passable real estate in Johnson Valley. Leave the lakebed and the terrain turns to sand, rocks or boulders, which is the point to KOH. During a pandemic, many were worried that this year would be canceled like almost all 2020 off-road gatherings and races. The KOH team worked endlessly to get…

UTV TEST: 2021 POLARIS GENERAL XP 4 1000 FACTORY CUSTOM EDITION

Finally, a General for the west By the staff of Dirt Wheels Our history with the Polaris General has been a long and pleasant one. From the first two-seater we gelled with the combination of sporty power, nimble handling, a bed for work, a tow hitch for convenience and an interior we love to spend time in. A long-wheelbase four-seater did nothing to hurt our opinion of the General line. Then, with the 2020 General XP and XP 4, longer travel and a wider stance made us even happier. Now, in the second year, the General…

HISUN HIRING KEY MANAGEMENT 

In the beginning months of 2021 and late last year, Hisun has hired on key industry management executives, giving us reason to believe big things are coming from the brand. The new players at the brand have tons of experience in their respective fields so it’s no doubt they will make a big impact in the industry in the near future. Below are the bio’s of this new brass. Cheek comes to HISUN from Cardo Systems, Inc., where, as the VP of Sales and Marketing, he led the business from infancy, to becoming a…

WHERE TO RIDE: GO BAJA ENSENADA-TO-CABO TOUR

Epic 1100-mile Go Baja ride By the staff of Dirt Wheels The lure of Baja may just be a far-fetched fantasy for some. Racers and seasoned travelers have discovered the mystery of Baja, and its unique experience keeps them coming back. But, for those who don’t have the adventurous spirit or a big racer budget, there is still a way to experience the best of Baja in a UTV or behind the bars of an ATV or dirt bike. Go Baja Riding Tours has been hosting all-inclusive four-day and seven-day Baja tours for over 35 years. They…

Utility Terrain Vehicles (UTV) Safety Tips

Utility terrain vehicles (UTV) are popular and fun, but these vehicles can also be dangerous, with many people being injured after getting involved in tragic accidents. Experts say that the rules applying to motorcycles should also apply to UTVs to ensure safety for the drivers, passengers, and the environment surrounding the trails. Stay safe with the following safety tips: 1.   Always wear the right gear You cannot drive a utility terrain vehicle confidently without the right protective gear. A helmet and a pair of…

OVERPASS VIDEO GAME REVIEW

By the staff of Dirt Wheels OVERPASS VIDEO GAME REVIEW Over the years there has been a handful of off-road racing games—some good and some not so much. However, they all had one thing in common—the style of racing. For the most part, games like ATV Off-Road Fury or Forza off-road, rally, stadium, MX, and desert or endurance courses. Overpass is a different style of race pace. All of the tracks are slow and technical. We describe it as a mix of King of the Hammers, Bounty Hole…