According to Globe News Wire:
Yamaha Motor Corp., USA, introduces the 2021 Side-by-Side (SxS) and ATV lineup of Proven Off-Road vehicles, highlighted by new additions and enhancements to the recreationally-focused Wolverine family, including the all-new, best-in-class two- and four-seat Wolverine RMAX™ 1000 models.
Every Yamaha SxS and full-size ATV is built with pride and Assembled in the USA at Yamaha’s state-of-the-art manufacturing facility in Newnan, Georgia, for worldwide distribution. Further attesting to Yamaha’s renown durability and reliability, 2019 and newer models equipped with the proven Ultramatic transmission are backed by an unprecedented, industry-exclusive 10-Year Belt Warranty. Select models are also equipped with more of Yamaha’s Real World Tech, including the proven On-Command 4WD system featuring two-wheel drive (2WD), four-wheel drive (4WD) with limited-slip, and 4WD with full-differential lock, and Yamaha’s speed- and torque-sensitive Electric Power Steering (EPS) system. The 2021 models announced today include:
- All-new 2021 Wolverine RMAX2 1000 and RMAX4 1000
- 2021 Wolverine X2 and Wolverine X4
- 2021 YXZ1000R and YXZ1000R SS (Sport Shift)
- 2021 Grizzly
- 2021 Kodiak 700 and Kodiak 450
- 2021 Viking and Viking VI
“People and families are gravitating toward outdoor recreation more than ever as a means to experiencing fun socially-distanced activities,” said Steve Nessl, Yamaha’s motorsports marketing manager. “Yamaha is expanding the Proven Off-Road lineup this year with the all-new Wolverine RMAX 1000 models, redefining the recreational Side-by-Side class with a new best-in-class 999cc engine, extreme capability, power delivery, and comfort features. The RMAX2 1000 and RMAX4 1000, along with every 2021 Yamaha Side-by-Side and full-size ATV, is built with pride by our U.S.-based factory employees in Newnan, Georgia, and now arriving at dealers to answer the growing demand for outdoor off-road exploration.”
All-New, Best-in-Class 2021 Wolverine RMAX2 1000 and RMAX4 1000: Redefining the Recreational SxS
The Wolverine RMAX2 1000 and RMAX4 1000 models exude dominance, powered by a new and advanced 999cc engine with multiple drive modes and Yamaha’s Proven Off-Road Ultramatic and On-Command systems. All these innovations are housed in a new optimized chassis delivering next-level capability, extreme terrainability, and remarkable rigidity.
Yamaha scaled up the power in the RMAX 1000 models, creating a new best-in-class, high-octane 999cc DOHC, eight-valve, parallel twin-cylinder engine, revving to an intense 8,500 rpm redline. Power is delivered through Yamaha’s reliable Ultramatic transmission – the most advanced and durable Continuously Variable Transmission (CVT) available. After countless hours of extreme durability testing and decades of proven performance, CVT belt concerns are eliminated with the unprecedented and industry-exclusive Yamaha 10-Year Belt Warranty.
Power and engine-braking are maximized in various off-road situations with the combination of Yamaha’s reliable On-Command system and the new Yamaha D-Mode, matching terrain and driver mindset while still utilizing the full power of the class-leading 999cc engine via the Yamaha Chip-Controlled Throttle (YCC-T) system. For the first time ever in a SxS, Yamaha’s D-Mode offers three optimized power delivery settings: “Trail Mode” for a fun, relaxed ride, “Sport Mode” for a livelier experience, and “Crawl Mode” for technical driving situations.
Every Proven Off-Road Wolverine RMAX2 1000 model is equipped with massive 30-inch tires in a “square” setup (same size front and rear), while Wolverine RMAX4 1000 models feature 29-inch tires in a staggered setup (narrower front), all of which are set on stylish and rugged 14-inch aluminum wheels and developed specifically to each model for precise steering-character and a comfortable, yet durable sidewall. XT-R and LE editions are equipped with high-quality radial construction tires for an enhanced look and feel with the Maxxis Carnivore on the RMAX2 1000 and a Yamaha-exclusive Maxxis Carnage on the RMAX4 1000.
All Wolverine RMAX 1000 models are versatile and work-ready with a 600-pound-rated bed capacity, automotive-style single-hand-operation tailgate, and impressive 2,000-pound towing capacity through the standard 2-inch hitch receiver. The Wolverine RMAX2 1000 is equipped with a hydraulic piston-assist dump bed, while the RMAX4 1000 offers industry-exclusive, simple-to-stow full-size rear seats, allowing for expanded cargo or passenger capacity when needed.
The Wolverine RMAX 1000 line delivers a superior contact-to-ground feel with impressive suspension travel and geometry for supreme articulation. New FOX 2.0 QS3 shocks are mounted to wide-arc a-arms, allowing throughout any operating speed, high-quality damping and maximum ground clearance, measuring a class-leading 13.8-inches on the RMAX2 1000 and 13.4-inches on the RMAX4 1000. The RMAX4 1000 additionally offers an impressive 14.2-inches of front suspension travel with 13.3-inches in the rear, and the RMAX2 1000 reigns supreme, providing best-in-class suspension travel at 14.2-inches up front and a massive 16.9-inches in the rear. For a premium experience in a wide variety of terrain, LE models feature FOX iQS shock technology allowing drivers to choose three preferred levels manually by toggling a rocker switch on the dashboard.
The Wolverine RMAX 1000 lineup’s interior design is reimagined to provide the most comfort-features experienced in the cabin of a SxS, minimizing fatigue and maximizing fun on all-day rides. The cabin offers a luxurious, automotive-type design for premium comfort and style, boasting industry-exclusive soft touchpoints such as padded knee areas and a soft center-console lid. XT-R and LE variations are also equipped with all-new blue LED interior floor and center-console lighting, and all-new blue LED-backlit On-Command, Headlight, Winch, D-Mode, and iQS switches.
The popular Yamaha Adventure Pro powered by Magellan is now installed from the factory in RMAX 1000 XT-R and LE models with full in-dash integration. For a definitive and secure fit and finish, the Adventure Pro is in a lockable housing, yet is still portable and removable for maximum exploration and adventure-sharing.
The Wolverine RMAX 1000 line’s next-generation styling has an imposing stance at 64-inches wide and sleek, yet aggressive design for an overall unstoppable look only furthered by the models’ best-in-class suspension travel, burly tires, and 86.7-inch wheelbase on the RMAX2 1000 or 90.2-inch wheelbase on the RMAX4 1000. Stealthy new front LED headlights and marker lights, along with head-turning color combinations, give the RMAX 1000 lineup a distinctive and advanced look above all others on the trail. In the rear, the integrated LED taillights, brake lights, and class-exclusive reverse lights retain trail visibility and enhance lighting while backing up.
The 2021 Wolverine RMAX2 1000 is available at Yamaha dealers nationwide starting at a $19,799 MSRP in Alpine White and Armor Gray, while the Wolverine RMAX4 1000 is available in Armor Gray beginning at a $21,299 MSRP. Starting at a $21,999 MSRP and equipped with additional features, XT-R Editions are available in a new Covert Green and LE models are available in a new Cobalt Metallic with all XT-R upgrades, plus Fox iQS shocks, and a factory-installed stereo system starting at a $23,299 MSRP.
2021 Wolverine X2 and Wolverine X4: Proven and Practical Recreational Trail-Exploring Machines
The new 2021 Wolverine X2 and Wolverine X4 deliver superior handling, especially on tight, technical trails, combined with Yamaha’s legendary Real World Tough durability and reliability. Smooth, ultra-quiet power comes from an 847cc twin-cylinder engine, combined with Yamaha’s Real World Tech including Ultramatic transmission, On-Command 4WD, and EPS, packed in a compact, nimble chassis.
New for 2021 and based on the all-new RMAX 1000 models, the Wolverine X2 and X4 feature a sleek, new look and layout. The newly designed doors and frame enhance entry and exit for both the driver and front passenger, while more compact shoulder bolsters and new adjustable seatbelts improve cabin comfort. The driver’s seat also features repositioned pedals and greater seat adjustability to accommodate taller drivers.
For 2021, all Wolverine X2 and X4 models are now equipped with 27-inch GBC Dirt Commander radial tires featuring a terrain-dominating eight-ply rated construction. Larger tires deliver increased ground clearance, better traction in more terrains, and added durability. XT-R editions are further enhanced with a WARN VRX 4500 winch, high-quality graphics, painted Covert Green bodywork, and KYB piggyback shocks with fully-adjustable spring preload, rebound, and high- and low-speed compression damping. The Wolverine X4 XT-R retains the advanced self-leveling rear shocks to provide a plush ride, as well as help maintain optimized ground clearance based on the terrain and cargo.
Both Wolverine X2 and X4 models are versatile and work-ready with a 600-pound-rated bed, donning an automotive-style one-hand-operated tailgate and 2,000-pound towing capacity. Like the RMAX 1000 models, the two-seat Wolverine X2 is equipped with a hydraulic dump bed, while the X4 can seat up to four with industry-exclusive, simple-to-stow full-size rear seats, allowing for expanded cargo capacity when needed.
All 2021 Wolverine X2 and X4 models will be available at Yamaha dealers this fall. The 2021 Wolverine X2 R-Spec and Wolverine X4 will be available in Armor Gray (X2 $14,499 / X4 $16,499) and Realtree Edge in the X2 ($14,999 MSRP), with Covert Green XT-R Editions of each starting at a $15,999 MSRP.
2021 YXZ1000R and YXZ1000R SS: Pure-Sport Fun and Domination from Coast-to-Coast
The 2021 YXZ1000R and YXZ1000R SS are the ultimate pure-sport high-performance off-road adventure vehicles, capable of handling a wide variety of terrain – from open deserts and dunes to muddy trails and rough, rocky terrain. YXZ models are powered by Yamaha’s industry-first 998cc triple-cylinder engine and industry-exclusive manual transmission, delivering the only direct-connection experience and feel in a SxS.
Designed with either a full-manual five-speed transmission for ultimate vehicle-to-driver connection, or with aluminum paddle shifters and auto-clutch in the high-tech SS package, all YXZ models have Yamaha’s Real World Tech features including On-Command, EPS, and prewiring for the Yamaha Adventure Pro. Capability, comfort, and confidence are optimized for unmatched performance with high-flow intake and exhaust, an oversized rear-mounted radiator, fully-adjustable FOX 2.5 Podium RC2 shocks, and 29-inch Maxxis Bighorn eight-ply rated radial tires.
Special Edition (SE) YXZ1000R SS models are further equipped with color-matched contrast stitched seats, a suntop, center-mount mirror, true beadlock wheels, and enhanced underbody protection. The YXZ1000R SS XT-R package includes painted bodywork, Yamaha-exclusive Maxxis Carnage eight-ply rated radial tires for exceptional traction and durability, centerline pod lights for enhanced illumination, and a custom front grab bar with a heavy-duty WARN VRX 4500 winch and integrated in-cab switch.
At authorized Yamaha dealers this fall, the 2021 YXZ1000R and YXZ1000R SS will be available in Team Yamaha Blue ($18,999 MSRP), with the YXZ1000R SS SE in either Yamaha Black or White ($20,699 MSRP). The YXZ1000R SS XT-R Edition will be available in Covert Green painted bodywork ($21,799 MSRP).
2021 Grizzly: Big-Bore ATV for Extreme Trail Riding
The 2021 Grizzly is the ultimate sport recreational ATV for excitement on every ride, delivering the ideal balance of big-bore power and performance. Its potent and proven 700-class engine, ultra-reliable Ultramatic transmission, durable On-Command system, best-in-class EPS, and capable suspension all combine for a smooth and powerful ride. For the most adventurous explorers, the Grizzly is also prewired for the Yamaha Adventure Pro.
Further highlighting the Grizzly’s looks and performance, a new SE model is equipped with painted bodywork and Yamaha-exclusive 27-inch Maxxis ‘Zilla tires on 14-inch aluminum wheels. The XT-R package levels up with the same SE upgrades, plus a WARN Pro Vantage 2500 winch for the most extreme situations.
The 2021 Grizzly will be at Yamaha dealers this fall in Armor Gray ($9,999 MSRP) and Realtree Edge ($10,299 MSRP). The Grizzly SE will be in Copperhead Orange Metallic (MSRP $10,599) and XT-R in Covert Green (MSRP $10,999).
2021 Kodiak 700 and 450: Reliable, Proven ATVs with Real World Performance and Value
The 2021 Kodiak 700 and Kodiak 450 combine Yamaha’s legendary durability and reliability with class-leading capability. Powered by a 700-class or 450-class, single-cylinder, liquid-cooled engine with electronic fuel injection, combined with Yamaha’s ultra-reliable Ultramatic transmission, the Kodiak lineup delivers maximum value and work-ready performance in a compact, nimble chassis for tight and technical trails.
Delivering Proven Off-Road capability, comfort, and confidence, select 2021 Kodiak 700 and 450 models are enhanced with Yamaha’s Real World Tech features including Yamaha’s class-leading EPS and push-button On-Command system. Kodiak SE models are also equipped with a factory-installed WARN Pro Vantage 2500 winch and premium alloy wheels to complete an already well-appointed package.
The 2021 Kodiak 450 is available without EPS in Ridge Red, Tactical Green, and Fall Beige with Realtree Edge starting at $6,199 MSRP. Kodiak 450 EPS models begin at $7,299 MSRP and are offered in Tactical Green and Fall Beige with Realtree Edge, and SE in Armor Gray. Non-EPS 2021 Kodiak 700 models receive Ridge Red, Tactical Green, or Fall Beige with Realtree Edge starting at $7,299 MSRP. Those with Yamaha’s proven EPS system include Tactical Green ($8,899 MSRP) and Fall Beige with Realtree Edge ($9,199 MSRP) standard versions, along with Copperhead Orange Metallic ($9,399 MSRP) and Covert Green ($9,899 MSRP) SE models.
2021 Viking and Viking VI: Hardworking and Dependable Utility, Farm, and Ranch Hand
Yamaha’s Viking and Viking VI SxS vehicles are value-packed with Real World Tough durability. The Viking line is equipped with Yamaha’s reliable and powerful 700-class engine, along with Real World Tech features including an Ultramatic transmission, On-Command system, and EPS. Combined with a comfortable and confidence-inspiring ride in its class-leading cab with room for three to six people, Vikings are the toughest and hardest-working utility-based SxS vehicles that are also fun to drive.
The Viking and Viking VI’s reinforced rear steel cargo bed incorporates accessory mounting points on the bed rails and a rugged rubber cargo bed mat for added convenience and durability, along with sound and vibration reduction. Sizeable enough to carry a standard pallet, the piston-assisted dump bed can pack up to 600 pounds of equipment and supplies while retaining its supple ride and off-road capability. The Vikings’ standard two-inch receiver hitch is rated to pull 1,500 pounds – with or without a full load in the cargo bed.
2021 Viking and Viking VI Ranch Edition models are available in Copperhead Orange Metallic painted bodywork with color-matched interior, under-seat storage, cast aluminum wheels, comfort-grip steering wheel, overfenders, center rearview mirror, rear grab bar, and distinct Ranch Edition badging.
All 2021 Viking and Viking VI models will be available at Yamaha dealers this fall. The Viking will be available in Tactical Green with a suntop ($13,599 MSRP), Realtree Edge ($13,999 MSRP), or the Copperhead Orange Metallic Ranch Edition ($14,299 MSRP). Viking VI models are also available in Tactical Green ($14,399 MSRP), Realtree Edge ($14,999 MSRP), and the Copperhead Orange Metallic Ranch Edition ($15,699 MSRP).
Earlier this year, Yamaha unveiled its 2021 Youth ATV lineup, including the Grizzly 90 in Armor Gray ($3,099 MSRP), Raptor 90 in Team Yamaha Blue and White ($3,099 MSRP), and YFZ50 in Team Yamaha Blue and White ($2,199 MSRP).
REALize Your Adventure and learn more about the all-new Wolverine RMAX 1000 models, along with the entire Proven Off-Road lineup at YamahaOutdoors.com, or by visiting your local Yamaha dealer. For more information on the Yamaha 10-Year Belt Warranty, including model eligibility and guidelines, visit Yamaha10YearBelt.com. Connect with Yamaha on social media via @YamahaOutdoors or search the following hashtags on all platforms: #Yamaha #RMAX1000 #RMAX2 #RMAX4 #WolverineX2 #WolverineX4 #YXZ1000R #YamahaGrizzly #Kodiak450 #Kodiak700 #YamahaViking #VikingVI #ProvenOffRoad #REALizeYourAdventure #AssembledInUSA #Yamaha10YearBelt
About Yamaha Motor Corporation, USA
Yamaha Motor Corporation, USA (YMUS), is a recognized leader in the outdoor recreation industry. The company’s ever-expanding product offerings include Motorcycles and Scooters, ATV and Side-by-Side vehicles, Snowmobiles, WaveRunner Personal Watercraft, Boats, Outboard Motors, Outdoor Power Equipment, Power Assist Bicycles, Golf Cars, Power Assist Wheelchair Systems, Surface Mount Technology (SMT) and Robotic Machines, Unmanned Helicopters, Accessories, Apparel, Yamalube products, and much more. YMUS products are sold through a nationwide network of distributors and dealers in the United States.
YMUS has a corporate office in California, two corporate offices in Georgia, facilities in Wisconsin and Alabama, and factory operations in Tennessee and Georgia. Additional U.S.-based subsidiaries include Yamaha Marine Systems Company (YMSC) with divisions Bennett Marine (Florida) and Kracor Systems (Wisconsin), Skeeter Boats (Texas), with division G3 Boats (Missouri), and Yamaha Precision Propeller (Indiana).
According to UTV Action Mag:
TOP-TEN 2021 UTV RACING SERIES
With Lucas Oil Off-Road Racing canceling its 2021 season, where will the defending champions go? Find that out and more in UTV Action’s guide to the top-ten 2021 UTV racing series! LOORRS was the premier short-course racing series in terms of organization, safety and close racing and in television coverage, and the series has produced a lot of racing greats and up-and-comers like Sheldon Creed and Hailie Deegan. The Texas UTV Racing Series was the first to resume racing in 2020 and had the largest payouts, and we covered the 2021 Texas UTV Racing schedule and news in the January 2021 issue of UTV Action (see “Schedule” for race dates). It was also the first to hold its first 2021 round on January 9th. With one throwaway in the 10-round series, you’ll be out of the $30,000 Pro championship hunts if you miss the second round on February 20th. Texplex Park announced its record payout increase to $200,000 for the 2021 Texas series, but Oklahoma’s CroSxS series promptly announced its $210,000, nine-round UTV race series, the largest to date.
MidAmerica Outdoors is northeast Oklahoma’s largest OHV park and a premier destination for family fun off of the UTV tracks and trails. With 1200 acres of wooded trails and hill-climbs, two UTV tracks, a lake and a regulation drag strip, MidAmerica Outdoors is a prime location to host the nine-round CroSxS UTV racing series. Sponsored by Maxxis, Gates, Raceline, Tucker, Rugged Radios, Partzilla and more, CroSxS promises a pro payout of $25,000 for a championship and $1000 per pro-round win. Second is worth $10,000, and third is $7000. Expert classes pay $750 per race win and $400 per amateur-class win. It’s the year’s richest in our guide to the top-ten 2021 UTV racing series.
Classes include Spec 170, 170 Limited, 170 Mod, Youth Factory Stock 1000, 1000 Turbo Expert, 1000 Turbo Amateur, 1000 N/A Expert, 1000 N/A Amateur, 800cc, Women’s Turbo, Women’s N/A, Mod N/A, Vet 50+ Turbo, Vet 50+ N/A, Pro Turbo and Pro N/A. See www.crosxs.com for rules and requirements. Besides the mud round at Hillaroasa ATV Park in Arkansas on April 10th, MAO will put on short-course, woods and MX rounds with a different course each round. MAO has 180 RV sites with full hookups, 30 furnished cabins, dry-camping areas, bath houses, Polaris UTV/ATV rentals, a pro shop, large swimming pool, concert pavilion, food courts, commercial wash bays, Wi-Fi and more.
CROSXS 2021 UTV RACE SERIES
- Mar. 20 Jay, OK
2. Apr. 10 Blevins, AR
3. Apr. 24 Jay, OK
4. May 29 Jay, OK
5. May 30 Jay, OK
6. June 26 Jay, OK
7. Aug. 7 Jay, OK
8. Sept. 5 Jay, OK
9. Oct. 30 Jay, OK
CHAMPIONSHIP OFF-ROAD TOUR UTV SERIES
Championship Off-Road also stepped up in 2020 and put on a great short-course series, and CJ Greaves won both the Pro Mod and Pro Stock UTV championships (also winning $25,000 from Yamaha’s bLU cRU contingency program), while other winners include Kyle Chaney, Rodney VanEperen, Andrew Carlson and Kyle LeDuc. Championship Off-Road expands the 2021 Tour to 12 rounds held at such iconic venues as Crandon International Raceway, ERX Motorsport Park, Dirt City Motorplex, and Bark River International Raceway.
Championship has Short-Course Kart, Mod Kart, SxS 170, and MORR Amateur UTV classes, in addition to Pro Mod and Pro Stock UTV classes, so it’s a true development series for future stars. Rules and requirements can be found at www.champoffroad.com, and CORT even has approved tires for parity in racing. UTVs can run 28×10.5R14, 30×10.5R14 and 30×10.5R15 BFG T/A KM3s; Cooper Evolution Winter; General Grabber A/TX, AT2 and X3; or Kenda Mastondon HT, Klever X/T and Kongur in 26-30-inch sizes. Maxxis racers can run Razr and Razr Plus on Mod Kart and 170 UTVs, and Pro UTV classes can run 26-29-inch Ceros. UTVs can also run MRT’s Rally Snake, Pro Armor Crawler XR, Hoosier Knobbies, and GBC Kanati Mongrels. CORT is promoted by ISOC Racing.
2021 CHAMPIONSHIP OFF-ROAD TOUR UTVs
1-2. June 5-6 Langlade County Fair/Antigo, WI
3-4. June 26-27 Crandon, WI
5-6. July 9-10 Elk River, MN
7-8. July 31-Aug. 1 DirtCity/Lena, WI
9-10. Aug. 14-15 ERX/Eagle River, WI
11-12. Sept. 3-4 Crandon, WI
KING OF THE ELEMENTS UTV SERIES
Created in 2019 by Johnny and CJ Greaves, Monster Energy and SxS Sports, the $150,000 UTV Series tested racers’ skills and speed on ice, Supermoto and short-course tracks. Now called the King of the Elements, the 2020 UTV Series crowned Scottie Lawrence (C-A) Pro Mod champion and Rod VanEperen (Yam) Pro Stock champion, with both earning $20,000 in series cash and VanEperen earning a Yamaha bLU cRU bonus. The 2021 King of the Elements starts with the Arctic Derby ice race at Eagle River on February 26th, holds a short-course round on May 21-22 at Dirt City, and does another dirt-track round with jumps on September 17-18. The finale—combining short-course and woods—is to be announced at a later date, with each round getting more than $25,000 in payouts.
KOE is also a series dedicated to grooming future stars with Youth 170 classes, and it partners with Race Driven Polaris/KTM for 2021 to introduce a new UTV 570 class that bridges the gap from 170 to Sportsman UTVs. Reid Votis (Pol) is the defending Mini 170 champion, and Dylan Marquardt (Yam) is the Sportsman UTV champ.
SXS SPORTS KING OF THE ELEMENTS SERIES
1. Feb. 26-27 Arctic Derby/Eagle River, WI
2. May 21-22 Short-Course/Lena, WI
3. Sept. 17-18 Short-Course/Maribel, WI
4. TBA, TBA Elk River, WI
WORLD OFF-ROAD CHAMPIONSHP SERIES UTVs
WORCS is the most-attended series and has a 10-round schedule for 2021; it once again starts and ends at Buffalo Bill’s Casino in Primm, Nevada. A new Idaho round will visit the Cache Valley MX Park on June 4-6, and WORCS celebrates its 20th year with a weekend party in Wickenburg, Arizona, September 3-5.
Besides the Pro Stock 1000s and Pro Production Turbos, there are 13 other championship classes with five adult classes: Production 1000, Stock 1000, Production 900, Production Turbo 1000 and Women’s. Youth UTV classes include 1000 Stock, 800 Production, 650 Production, 600 Stock, 250 Production, 250 Stock 9-12, 250 Stock 6-8, and 250 Limited Stock. See www.worcsracing.com for registration, downloading the WORCS mobile app, and signing up for live text race alerts. Entry fees for 2020 were $175 for UTV Pros, $130 for Amateur classes, $80 for Youth classes, and Unclassified races were $25. ATV entries were $105 for Pros, $55 for adult classes, $40 for Youth and $25 for Unclassified.
2021 WORCS UTV SCHEDULE
1. Jan. 15-17 Primm, NV
2. Feb. 12-14 Blythe, CA
3. Mar. 19-21 Havasu, AZ
4. Apr. 30-May 2 Las Vegas, NV
5. June 4-6 Cache Valley, ID
6. September 3-5 Wickenburg, AZ
7. Oct. 1-3 Devore, CA
8. Oct. 29-31 Mesquite, NV
9-10. Nov. 12-14 Primm, NV
BEST IN THE DESERT RACING AND TRIPLE CROWN
While the Best in the Desert (BITD) series boasts the highest payout at $220,000, most of the purse goes to truck, buggy and bike classes. BITD has a six-round series for 2021, its silver anniversary year, and the March 24-28 UTV Legends race is new for 2021. UTV Legends pits desert and short-course legends together on a special course designed to level the field, and it will have many non-race activities like one of three Pre-Fun Runs. In addition, the BITD Triple Crown returns with the Tensor Tire Parker 250, an all-new Reno-to-Vegas The Other Way Challenge, and the Bluewater Desert Challenge. In 2020, Phil Blurton won the Turbo Triple Crown and a $6700 bonus, 10 percent of the $67,000 total purse. Total BITD 2020 bonuses were $337,500.
BEST IN THE DESERT 2021 UTV SERIES
1. Feb. 18-21 Parker (250), AZ
2. Mar. 24-28 UTV Legends/Laughlin, NV
3. Apr. 28-May 2 Silver State 300/Alamo, NV
4. Aug. 11-15 Vegas-to-Reno/Reno, NV
5. Sept. 30-Oct.3 Desert Classic/Laughlin, NV
6. Nov. 3 -7 Bluewater Dez Challenge/Parker, AZ
Contact (702) 457-5775, www.bitd.com
BEST IN THE DESERT UTV PRE-FUN RUNS
1. Jan. 9-10 Parker (250), AZ
2. Mar. 24-28 UTV Legends/Laughlin, NV
3. Apr. 9-11 Silver State 300/Alamo, NV
SCORE-INTERNATIONAL BAJA RACING SERIES
SCORE could only get in two of its four rounds for 2020—the iconic Baja 500 and 1000. For 2021, the schedule again starts with the San Felipe 250 (April 14-18) and ends with the 54th Baja 1000 (November 15-20), which will be an Ensenada-to-La Paz race. Score classes are Pro UTV Forced Induction, Pro N/A 1000, Pro Stock UTV, and Pro UTV Unlimited.
SCORE 2021 UTV/ATV SCHEDULE
1. Apr. 14-18 San Felipe (250), Baja, MX
2. June 9-13 Ensenada (Baja 500), Baja, MX
3. Sept. 14-19 San Felipe (Baja 400), Baja, MX
4. Nov. 15-20 Ensenada (Baja 1000), Baja, MX
ULTRA4 ROCK RACING SERIES
Like NASCAR, Ultra4 Racing starts its season with the granddaddy of rock-crawling races, the King of the Hammers. In 2020, the KOH UTVs were by far the largest class, with more entries than all 4×4 and bike classes combined. The 2021 KOH schedule included a Class 10-UTV challenge, with $60,000 going to the winner. Starting April 2-3, Ultra4 West, North, and East series each get three rounds, and then the finals are held in Reno on October 15-17. If you want to race the 2022 KOH UTVs, you must qualify via the 2021 Regionals.
ULTRA4 RACING 2021 UTV SCHEDULE
1. Jan. 31 Hammers/Johnson Valley, CA
2. Apr. 2-3 #1W/Moab, UT
3. Apr. 16-18 #1E/Rush, KY
4. May 14-15 #2W/San Felipe, Baja, MX
5. June 10-13 #1N/Broadview, MT
6. June 25-26 #2E/Pittsburg, TN
7. Aug. 6-7 #2NW/Sturgis,SD
8. Sept. 3-5 #3N&E/Crandon, WI
9. Oct. 15-17 Nat’ls/Reno, NV
ACCLAIMED ONE-OFF UTV RACES
The American Cross-Country Championship (AXCC) was the premier 2020 cross-country UTV series, with seven rounds in Oklahoma, Iowa, Minnesota, Missouri, Ohio and Tennessee, but they haven’t got the 2021 series nailed down by press time. Mideast Hare Scrambles ran a 15-round series in 2020, but only eight had UTVs. They have fourteen 2021 dates, but no venues set at press time. The Iowa ATV Hare-Scrambles Series puts on a great series, including the Heartland Challenge, but IATVHSS hasn’t set its 2021 schedule, either. The Mint 400 is an iconic race that split from BITD a few years back, and it runs UTV races March 3-7. The UTV World Championships will have several short-course and desert events October 13-17.
THE MINT 400
1. Mar. 3-7 Las Vegas, NV
UTV WORLD CHAMPIONSHIPS
1. Oct. 13-17 Lake Havasu City, AZ
Jay, OK 74346
P.O. Box 167
6600Jansen Ave NE
Albertville, MN 55301
SxS Sports Racing
14706 Velp Ave.
Suamico, WI 54114
What exactly is the difference between an ATV and a UTV?
According to Live Outdoors:
“Life is full of important decisions: where to settle down, what to name your children, miracle whip or mayonnaise, and whether to purchase an ATV or UTV. While I’ve got the first three figured out, my husband and I are beginning to ponder the importance of the last pairing as we explore purchasing a new toy to add to our arsenal. ATV or UTV?
THE FIGHT FOR THE ATV
“The term “ATV” is typically synonymous with the slang term “quad” and conjures up images of four-wheeled vehicles intended for single-rider use. Thus, when I say it, I imagine myself roaring down dirt roads alone and returning to the truck to find my boys and the dog have eaten all of the sandwiches we packed for lunch.
“Four wheel ATV’s have dominated the off-road market since 3-wheel models were pulled off the market due to safety concerns in the early 90’s. Their open construction gives riders the feeling of riding a super-powered pony down trails of all kinds. Meanwhile, the ability of the rider to help control the vehicle by manipulating the position of their body weight makes quads a formidable choice for riders needing to make tight turns, especially in racing-style situations.
“Beyond maneuverability, ATV’s are also on the up-and-up when it comes to pricing. Typically cheaper than UTV’s, ATV’s can also be purchased in a wide variation of body and motor sizes, making them an easily customizable choice for riders of different sizes.
“ATV’s are fun to ride, capable of more nimble maneuvers and typically more affordably priced. However, all I keep thinking about is the one-rider limitation and sitting on the tailgate hungry, gnawing on a stale granola bar because I went out riding alone.
THE BARGAIN FOR THE UTV
“While many people still hear the term ‘UTV’ and automatically think of farmers toting around bales of hay and tools on the farm, these machines have crossed the line from ‘blah’ to ‘bada bing!’ with the introduction of high performance models like the Polaris RZR and John Deere RSX850i. No longer are these machines intended for just hauling junk around the yard. In fact, many are built for performance.
“One of the major benefits of the UTV for recreational use is the ability to safely carry more than one rider. With seats intended for multiple riders, UTV’s can reliably create a good time for families in one machine. This reasoning makes it understandable that the cost will, indeed, be higher of that than an ATV. However, think of it this way: buy two ATV’s or one UTV. While you’ll probably fight over who drives, it’s likely the UTV purchase will be the better value.
“An additional UTV benefit is also storage space. Let’s face it: trucks are cool because you can throw stuff in the back. Most UTV’s offer the same benefit, hence the name ‘Utility Terrain Vehicle,’ where “utility” refers to the ability to carry things with you in a dedicated space. Whether you need to take some tools, a cooler, hunting gear or camping supplies, the UTV offers a reasonable way of packing your gear along.
“Not to mention, the aftermarket for UTV’s is growing rapidly. From custom wheels to light kits and extreme suspension options, UTV owners can spend as much cash on customizing their ride as they did to buy it. And as someone who can’t leave good enough alone; I kind of dig that.
AND THE WINNER IS…
“In our house, the winner will be a UTV. While the specific make and model has yet to be determined, the UTV is the best fit for our needs and style of recreation. However, there’s no doubt that there will always be a market for both; toys are just as different as their riders, and that’s what makes offroad motorsports fun!”
When should you use an ATV and when should you use a UTV?
According to Popular Mechanics:
“‘I’ve been riding these things my whole life. There’s basically no way I’m going to flip this one over,’ Tom Kaiser, managing editor at ATV Magazine, says as we strap ourselves into a new John Deere Gator XUV at Carolina Adventure World. ‘But if I do flip it, you have to ignore the basic human instinct to put your arm out of the vehicle to brace for the fall. Just grab the seat belt like this.’ Kaiser clenches the shoulder strap by folding his arms across his chest like a sleeping vampire. The ride, fortunately, sends neither of us to our coffins.
“There were moments, though, that felt as if death could be waiting behind the next loblolly pine. Kaiser got the machine up to 42 mph on a winding, rutted trail crowded with mature trees and hairpin switchbacks. It may sound slow, but on the trail, 42 mph blows by pretty darn fast. Kaiser’s steady throttle had the rear-end fishtailing across sand and red clay in the woods of Winnsboro, S.C., and his tendency to hopscotch the machine between divots and mounds tested the new Gator’s suspension. Its rugged stance and knobby tires cushioned a few landings that seemed bound to chip our teeth before the wheels gracefully returned to earth.
“Having just completed an ATV safety training course, we were curious to sort out the difference between that class of vehicles and this one, known to the riding world as a UTV (“XUV” is John Deere’s model name). Shouting through his helmet over the noise of the new Gator’s 50-hp, 812-cc, three-cylinder engine, Kaiser described three things that are best done in an ATV, and three other tasks that call for the UTV.
Use an All-Terrain Vehicle (ATV) When:
1. You need to be nimble.
“ATVs are best suited for making quick turns. They operate well in tight woods, and are great for situations that call for quickly hopping on and off the vehicle or hauling small cargo loads. Compared to UTVs, these vehicles can more easily be towed by truck to a riding venue. ‘The ATV is more physically demanding to ride, and the rider must use balance to manipulate and control the vehicle,’ Kaiser says. ‘It’s fun, and they’re small enough to really manhandle around, whereas a UTV is large enough that you’re just strapped in and along for the ride. Even though they are fun, it’s just not as active as sport riding an ATV.’
2. You’re in a race.
“‘ATVs come in different forms,’ Kaiser says. ‘Sport quads, like the Yamaha YFZ450, Yamaha Raptor 700, Polaris MXR450, Suzuki LT-R450, Kawasaki KFX450R or Can-AM DS 450, are smaller, lighter and designed for high-performance riding and racing. Owners modify these two-wheel-drive machines for specific conditions.’
“If your idea of a race is getting a day’s work done before the sun sets, a class of utility ATVs can meet that need as well. ‘Utility ATVs like Polaris Sportsman, Yamaha Grizzly, Can-Am Outlander, Suzuki King Quad and Kawasaki Brute Force are larger, heavier and have big fenders that protect the riders from mud, debris and water on the trail,’ Kaiser says. ‘They are highly capable, can tow heavy loads and have racks for strapping down cargo and tools, but can also be ridden on the trails and modified for high-performance riding. They’re mostly used to get sportsmen out to their hunting land, or by landowners working on small-scale projects—plowing snow, for example’.
3. You’re on a budget.
“According toe Kaiser, ATVs are typically several thousand dollars cheaper than UTVs. ‘They’re getting very high-tech these days, with the addition of power steering, four-wheel independent suspension, electronic fuel injection and complex four-wheel drive systems,’ he says. These modifications typically come cheaper for ATVs than for UTVs.
Use a Utility Vehicle (UTV) When:
1. You have a lot to haul.
“‘Aside from providing a nice spot for your dog or spouse to sit next to you, UTVs often have a large dumping rear cargo hold,’ Kaiser says. ‘This provides room for a much larger load than most ATVs can haul—without attaching a trailer. Also, because they have truck-like cabs and seats that allow riders to sit upright, UTVs can be more comfortable for older riders. They really shine in covering lots of miles in comfort without the forward-leaning position of a quad.’ Although some ATVs provide storage on the vehicle, UTVs typically have a rear platform big enough to bring, say, a couple of chain saws into a woodlot and a load of bucked logs back out.
2. You’re performing specialized work.
“Lots of accessories (the Gator can use over 100) allow UTV owners to design a machine suited to specific needs. UTVs can be very sporty—models such as the Kawasaki Teryx, Arctic Cat Prowler, Polaris RZR and the new Can-Am Commander are designed for high performance. ‘These recreation-focused UTVs are also capable workers, although there are many work-specific UTVs that aren’t any fun,’ Kaiser says. Now, ‘fun’ is relative. Kaiser would consider the Gator’s standard 16.3-cubic-foot cargo space and 1400-pound towing capacity to be features found on a work-specific UTV. But I considered riding with him in a work vehicle to be so much ‘fun’ I nearly had a heart attack.
3. You’re showing off.
“‘There is an amazing amount of customization available to UTV owners,’ Kaiser says. ‘People put on cab kits, specialty HID and LED lighting (that cost a lot of money), stereo systems, in-cab heaters. They upgrade the wheels and tires, and spend big bucks enhancing the vehicles’ performance.’ Kaiser says UTVs are a dream come true for power-sports dealers, because the majority of UTV owners invest in personalization and performance enhancement. The Gator XUV 825 and 625 models we tested would retail for upwards of $10,000.”
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Are you stuck between an ATV or UTV? Consider this.
According to Off-roading Pro:
“Off-roading is an exhilarating experience that many are thrilled to have tried. Whether it’s on sand, gravel, riverbeds, muddy tracks, or rough roads, driving through natural terrain excites adventure-seekers. And while there are different types of off-road vehicles you can use, let’s focus on the ATV and UTV – and discuss which one is better.
“Both ATVs and UTVs are great, heavy-duty options for off-roading and utility work. When it comes to fun, it depends on your preference. They’re both fun to ride and are reliable for heavy-duty tasks such as hauling, towing and plowing.
“Nevertheless, they have some distinctive characteristics and differences which you should consider before making a buying decision. Aside from the differing price points, one may be a better choice than the other depending on your needs and expectations.
“For beginner off-roaders, choosing between the two can be confusing. This article compares the ATV and UTV and discusses the essential factors to consider before making a choice.
All-Terrain Vehicle (ATV)
“ATV stands for All-Terrain Vehicle, instantly implying its use for all kinds of terrain – whether it’s on the sand, rocky paths, muddy tracks, snowy roads, or any unstable ground. ATVs are also known as “quads” and “four-wheelers,” although many ATVs today have three or six wheels.
“An ATV is designed for solo riders, but some have room for two. It has mud tires and handlebars and rides similar to a motorcycle. With that, riding an ATV is more physically demanding than a UTV. You have to straddle the seat and maintain your balance, especially in challenging terrain so that you don’t fall off.
Lightweight and Efficient
“ATVs also provide a more efficient way to get around. Since it has a smaller build compared to the UTV, it can easily tread through tighter spaces. The ATV’s size is also advantageous for racing, as it is lightweight and agile when it comes to taking sharp turns and quick maneuvers. As such, it’s the rig of choice for off-road racing enthusiasts. Sports ATVs can take on jumps, road bumps, and tough terrain. If you need something that delivers high performance and can handle aggressive turns, definitely go for an ATV.
“However, it’s not exclusive to extreme sports aficionados. An ATV is a flexible automobile that can be used for other purposes as well. Take it on your trail escapades and camping trips to have that extra thrill and sense of adventure. An ATV’s size and weight makes it easily towable as well.
Ideal for Quick Jobs
“If you want to maximize the function of your ATV, you can also use it for land mowing, light cargo towing, snow plowing, and winching. With some additional supplies, you can strap down some cargo to your ATV for transportation. If you need some work done, say around a farm, an ATV is a reliable companion as well. Take note, however, that if what you need is a heavy-duty all-around vehicle for specialized work, then a UTV might be a more useful choice.
“In summary, ATVs are great for both recreational and work purposes. There are high-end sports ATVs that can hit up to 700 cc – these are usually lightweight and designed for jumps, sharp turns, and rough landscapes. But if you’re looking to get some work done, there are utility ATVs that have a bulkier build. These are primarily used for farming or hunting. There are also youth ATVs (Check price on Amazon) that range from 50 cc to 125 cc, specially designed for kids or even adults who want to have some fun on four wheels.
“You should buy an ATV if you:
- “Want to ride solo
- “Need to traverse tighter spaces
- “Need to make fast maneuvers
- “Are on a budget
- “Are interested in sports ATV competitions
Utility Task Vehicle (UTV)
“Also called a “side by side” or “SXS,” a utility task vehicle or UTV is a larger automobile designed for specialized work. While ATVs are mainly for sports and recreation, UTVs are built for functionality and utility work. Typical work involves hauling equipment, transporting cargo, farming processes, and towing heavy loads.
“Like the ATV, rough terrain is no match for a powerful UTV. The difference, however, is the design. While the ATV resembles a motorcycle, a UTV is more like a car. It has a roll cage, a steering wheel, pedals, gear shift, a passenger seat in front, and in some cases, bench seating at the back. The rear is also used as a cargo hold. Thus, it’s useful when you need room for more than one person and when you have supplies to load.
“Armed forces use UTVs when traversing bumpy trails to remote areas. For instance, if there’s a need to transport medical supplies and food to an outlying mountain community, officers or medical personnel can use a UTV to get there. Often, the tracks in these areas are rough or nonexistent, but the UTV is a dependable vehicle built to handle unpredictable terrain effortlessly.
Ideal for Heavy Jobs
“UTVs can also be used for construction and farming purposes. But whatever you use it for, a UTV is ideal if you need to transport large cargo, haul some equipment, or tow bigger stuff like trailers.
Fun for the Family (4-6 Passengers)
“Nevertheless, a UTV’s purpose is not necessarily limited to specialized work. It’s also a popular choice for families who go on off-road adventures. With extra seats in the back, a UTV can carry a total of 6 passengers, making it excellent for group exploits. Front seats also have seat belts, making it a safer option than an ATV. Have some older adults you want to take with you? A UTV is a great choice. So basically, if what you’re looking for is family trail adventures or group camping, a UTV is a well-built vehicle that’s certain to give an enjoyable experience.
Customize Your UTV
“Another good thing about the UTV is that it’s highly customizable. You can opt to have LED lights (Check price on Amazon), a stereo system, in-cab heaters, wheel upgrades, and personalized stickers. Customization and personalization are deciding factors for some buyers, and a UTV has so much room for potential enhancements.
“In summary, the UTV is mainly used for heavy-duty work, but it can also be great for group riding purposes. If your primary use is for work and tasks, the UTV is the vehicle you need.
“You should buy a UTV for:
- “Performing heavy-duty tasks regularly
- “Carrying or transporting cargo
- “You need room for one or more people
- “You’re interested in customization
- “It fits within your budget
Questions You Need to Ask Before Choosing
“Now that you know the primary differences between an ATV and a UTV, here are a few things to ask yourself before finally going through with the purchase:
Purpose: What would you mainly use it for?
“This is the first question to answer. Buying off-road vehicles like ATVs and UTVs is not a decision taken lightly, so you must first determine the purpose it will serve.
If you’re into solo riding, easy maneuvers, or sports racing, choose an ATV. But if you want a heavy-duty, stable, and functional vehicle that can handle cargo and passengers, a UTV is the better choice.
Location: Where would you be riding?
“This is another essential factor to consider. Both can handle rocky terrain, sand dunes, and generally rough paths. However, the ATV is the rig to buy if you’re going to explore tighter spaces like woody forests. Its smaller build and capability for stress-free maneuvers is perfect for cruising on space-limited areas. If you’re covering hilly zones where the path might be steep, choose the UTV over the ATV. It’s heavier and more stable, lessening the risk of flipping over and causing accidents. Plus, the seat belts provide extra safety.
Budget: What is your budget?
“Now for the million-dollar question – the budget. How much do you expect to spend on an off-road vehicle? Generally, ATVs are much cheaper than UTVs, which is not a surprise since UTVs are bigger and require higher performance. Youth ATVs start at about $300 and up, while sports ATVs can range from anywhere between $5000-$9000. UTVs, on the other hand, may cost you above $10,000.
“Also, there are extra costs that come with purchasing an ATV or a UTV, including maintenance costs and any other accessories you wish to buy. Safety gear like helmets (Check price on Amazon) and protective jackets may also be necessary, especially if you’re participating in extreme sports.
“Trusted ATV and UTV brands include Honda, Polaris, Can-Am motorcycles, and Yamaha.
“As for the question on which is more fun to ride between an ATV and a UTV, it really depends on your concept of fun – whether you like things better when you’re solo or with a group. Both vehicles can handle unpredictable terrain; the rest is up to you to decide.”
What does the year have in store for the all-terrain vehicle market? Consider this.
According to MarketWatch:
“The global all-terrain vehicle market is expected to grow at a CAGR of around 4% during the forecast period 2021-2026, according to the latest report by IMARC Group.
“An all-terrain vehicle (ATV) is a motorized vehicle that is intended to be used for off-road or on dirt road travels and activities over muddy, rocky and dune topologies. It comprises a large and powerful engine with three or four non-pneumatic tires. Apart from this, it also consists of a sturdy seat to be used by a single operator and handlebars that are essential for steering control. It is an extremely heavy vehicle with a relatively high center of gravity, short wheelbase and short turning radius. These vehicles are widely used for carrying heavy equipment over long distances and narrow access points across numerous industries, including agriculture, and military and defense…
Global All-terrain Vehicle Market Trends:
“The global market is primarily driven by the shifting preference of the masses toward off-roading activities. These vehicles are widely used as a substitute for conventional vehicles as they offer enhanced protection against harsh operating environments and easy maneuverability in difficult and unpredictable terrains. The market is further driven by the growing utilization of these vehicles in the agricultural sector. They are widely used for field plowing, fence mending, weed controlling, animal handling and general transportation purposes. They are also used to minimize the manual labor required in the sector to significantly reduce the operational costs, which is expected to provide a thrust to the market growth. Technological advancements in the automotive infotainment systems have led to the integration of these vehicles with GPS tracking, Bluetooth connectivity and mobile tracking systems, which, in turn, is acting as a growth-inducing factor. This, along with the rising expenditure capacities of consumers and the development of electric quad bikes with improved steering systems, is providing a thrust to the market growth further. The advent of ATVs with rollover protective structures (ROPS) is expected to create a positive outlook for the market.
- “On the basis of the type, the market has been divided into utility, sport, recreational and other ATVs.
- “Based on the application, the market has been classified into sports, entertainment, agriculture, military and defense, and others.
- “On the basis of the engine type, the market has been categorized into below 400 cc, 400 – 800 cc, and above 800 cc.
- “Based on the number of wheels, the market has been segmented into three, four and more than four wheels.
- “On the basis of the drive type, the market has been divided into 2WD, 4WD and AWD.
- “Based on the fuel type, the market has been bifurcated into electric and gasoline ATV.
- “On the basis of the seating capacity, the market has been classified into one seat, and two or more seats.
- “On the geographical front, the market has been segregated into North America (the United States and Canada), Europe (Germany, France, the United Kingdom, Italy, Spain, Russia and others), Asia Pacific (China, Japan, India, South Korea, Australia, Indonesia and others), Latin America (Brazil, Mexico and others), and Middle East and Africa.
- “The competitive landscape of the market has been examined in the report with the detailed profiles of the key players operating in the market. Some of these players include Arctic Cat Inc., Bombardier Recreational Products Inc., CECTEK, CFMOTO USA, Deere & Company, HISUN Motors Corporation, Honda Motor Co., Ltd, Kawasaki Heavy Industries, Ltd., KWANG YANG MOTOR CO., LTD., Jiangsu Linhai Power Machinery Group Co.,Ltd, Polaris Inc., Suzuki Motor Corporation, Taiwan Golden Bee Co., and Yamaha Motor Corporation.”
Looking for an ATV this year?
According to Cars.USNews.com:
What Is an ATV?
“In the power sports segment, it’s easy to see why there is sometimes confusion between different types of vehicles. All-terrain vehicles, or ATVs, are often lumped together with utility terrain vehicles, or UTVs. They tend to be made by the same brands, sold at the same retailers, and can look alike from a distance.
“However, according to the ATV Safety Institute, an ATV is “…a motorized off-highway vehicle designed to travel on four low-pressure or non-pneumatic tires, having a seat designed to be straddled by the operator and handlebars for steering control.” They are also sometimes called 4x4s or quads. They are distinct from UTVs, which are more task-oriented. Furthermore, the ATV Safety Institute notes there are two main types of ATVs. The first type is designed for a single operator, and the second type accommodates a passenger seated behind the operator. In UTV design, the operator and passenger are seated side-by-side (which is why they’re sometimes called side-by-sides), and the UTV can also accommodate more payload (weight) and gear.
“If you’re interested in shopping for an ATV, you may have also considered UTVs. They’re distinctly different types of vehicles, but their purposes and benefits may overlap for some potential buyers. This guide will help you figure out if an ATV is the right recreational vehicle for you. To learn more about UTVs, check out our guide here.
“Most brands that manufacture ATVs are well-known for offering motorcycles and other types of power sports equipment in addition to ATVs. The major, best-known ATV manufacturers include Honda, Polaris, Can-Am, and Yamaha. These four brands offer a range of models and price points – as well as both youth and adult models – to appeal to a wide variety of customers.
“Other notable brands in this segment include Kawasaki, Kymco, and Suzuki, all of which have experience in two-wheeled vehicles along with various utility vehicles and power sports equipment. For more information, see our guides to each major power sports and ATV brand.
“Experts disagree on when and where the first ATV was created. We do know that motorcycles existed for nearly 100 years before the first ATVs were designed and developed, and that ATVs came about as a way to take advantage of some of a motorcycle’s versatility but with more utility. Motorcycle manufacturers also wanted to sell more vehicles, particularly in areas where motorcycles aren’t ridden year-round.
“Some sources point to Honda as the manufacturer of the first ATV, thanks to the development of a three-wheeled ATV precursor in 1967. However, a prototype of an ATV called the Jiger was created in Canada by John Gower in 1960 or 1961, depending on who you ask. The Jiger was actually an AATV, or amphibious all-terrain vehicle, meaning it could traverse water as well as ground on its six wheels. The company, Versatrek, achieved mass production of the Jiger by 1965, but went out of business in 1968; according to some sources, the company actually failed because it couldn’t keep up with demand.
“In the early 1970s, Honda experimented with three-wheeled ATV designs, which were largely abandoned by the late 1980s in favor of more stable four-wheeled designs. The FourTrax line, which Honda introduced during this time, is still on the market today. Suzuki joined the fray in 1982 and quickly became one of the most popular ATV manufacturers, along with Yamaha. Polaris, which introduced its first model in 1985, became the first North American company to enter the segment since the Jiger was discontinued. In the late 1990s, a number of manufacturers, including Bombardier and Arctic Cat, began offering models with much higher horsepower and torque figures, making the segment as much about performance as utility.
Should I Buy an ATV?
“Adding an ATV to your garage is an exciting prospect, but first, you should ensure that it’s the right type of power sports vehicle for you. Whether you’re comparing a potential ATV purchase to another type of vehicle, like a UTV, or whether you’re considering an ATV on its own merits, you should keep the following factors in mind.
“An ATV is a good choice if you anticipate that you’ll primarily be riding by yourself, or with one passenger. An ATV seats the passenger behind the operator, so if you’d prefer to sit alongside each other, an ATV might not be the best choice for you, and you should consider a UTV instead.
“Cost is another factor in choosing an ATV. ATVs are typically less expensive than UTVs, though that varies, of course, based on factors such as brand, model, and specifications. UTVs also tend to cost more because they have safety features such as roll cages and seat belts. So in that sense, if safety is a priority, an ATV might not be right for you. Furthermore, if you want to modify your recreational vehicle with features such as specialized lighting or higher-performance suspension, an ATV might not be right for you, since UTVs tend to have better options in this area.
“If you want a nimble and quick vehicle that’s fun to ride, available at relatively low price points, and doesn’t need to do much heavy-duty towing or hauling, an ATV may be the right choice.
ATV Pros and Cons
- “Plenty of brands and models to choose from
- “Youth and adult models are readily available
- “Prices tend to be more affordable than similar kinds of power sport vehicles, such as UTVs
- “Good for solo users
- “Good for recreation or light duty utility (hauling or towing)
- “Lots of fun to ride
- “Fewer features than UTVs
- “Less safe than UTVs, with fewer safety measures built in
- “Few options for customization or modification
- “Cannot ride with a passenger side-by-side
- “Not ideal for heavy-duty work
“Most of the major ATV brands offer models that start at around $5,000 or less, though the more you’re willing to spend, the more options you’ll have. There’s a bigger range of models and trim levels at $8,000-$9,000 and up, with brands tending to top out around $11,000 or so. That said, those more expensive models provide more power and features than most riders will need; if you’re an inexperienced rider or don’t plan to use your ATV for utility work, you won’t need those capabilities and features.
“Paying more for an ATV primarily gets you bigger engines with more horsepower, which, in turn, increases payload and towing capacities, as well as riding excitement. More expensive models may also include features such as more comfortable seats with more padding, heavy-duty cargo racks, and high-end front and rear lighting. If you’re fine with a basic model and moderate horsepower, you can easily get a new ATV from a reputable brand for around $5,000 or $6,000, though experienced riders will probably want to budget a couple thousand more to get a model with more power.
Key ATV Specs
“Though there may be some outliers on both ends of the range, ATVs currently on the market generally feature single- or two-cylinder engines, with displacement measured in cubic centimeters, or ccs. As you’ll see in the ATV models highlighted in this guide, most adult models are at least 500 cc, but typically less than 1000 cc, unless the model is marketed specifically for high performance or specifically for entry-level or beginner riders. Not all manufacturers provide official horsepower ratings for their ATVs, but when provided, expect to see them in the double-digits, in the 30-50 horsepower range for most models. Transmissions may be manual or automatic; this is definitely a point that potential buyers will want to consider carefully and consider both current and desired skill levels. Regardless of which transmission type you prefer, you’ll have plenty of options from a variety of major brands. Fuel capacity is another factor that varies from model to model, but generally, an ATV’s tank measures between 3-5 gallons.
“If you’re interested in using your new ATV for any type of work, pay attention to the payload and towing capacities, since these can vary widely. Some manufacturers, such as Yamaha, even subdivide their ATV model lineup into sport and utility sub-categories. This is done to help potential buyers narrow down the field.
“Features vary widely and increase as your budget increases. More expensive models tend to offer benefits such as heavy-duty cargo racks, performance or specialty suspension systems, and halogen or LED lighting.”
There’s a new trend in the UTV market: custom wheels.
According to UTVSportsMag.com:
“Before the boom of UTVs in the off-roading world, people were taking full size trucks. However, UTVs offer a more cost-effective alternative, specifically designed for these types of outdoor activities. Today, UTVs provide all-purpose support for both recreational and utilitarian uses including farming, racing, camping, and hunting. Similar to buying wheels for a car, you will see more performance-based modifications when it comes to recreational use while physical appearance modifications are popular for both utilitarian and recreational.
“In addition to trucks and SUVs, UTVs provide an alternative to other off-road vehicles such as dirt bikes and ATVs, commonly used for racing and overall recreational fun. Some folks may not have the skill set for these, so driving a UTV offers the same fun and excitement — it’s like driving an adult go-kart. This is where custom wheels and modifications are crucial. When customizing the wheels for recreational use, it is important to do some research.
“When it comes to racing, you want to find a wheel that is both durable and light. Lighter wheels will help reduce drag but if there is no durability, you could easily get a flat. The characteristics of light and durable wheels generally are not paired together however, the aftermarket is making the customization more attainable. In addition, wheel size depends what you can fit on your UTV. While sizes can range anywhere between 8-inches to 20-24 inches, you need to work within the range of what your machine will allow. If you want more ground clearance, you may opt for a taller wheel and tire combination. However, if you want a better contact patch, you’re better off with a wider wheel.
“To reduce the potential of a flat, many serious racers look for wheels that have a bead lock. The beads sit inside the front and rear part of the wheel, sandwiched in by a ring that secures the tire to the wheel of the UTV. If racers really want to push the limits, they will lower the air pressure for better grip. This will cause the tire to naturally want to roll under the wheel but will not come off the bead and will keep both intact.
“Aside from performance, many individuals who scour the aftermarket for parts are looking for something cool and flashy. Whether it’s a specific color, design, arrangement, finish, texture or size, (which can vary in diameter giving a taller look) it’s all about the appearance. It is also worth noting that a change in wheel offset can create a wider look. While there are no particular 3rd party certifications when it comes to the aftermarket, all wheels are quality checked by the manufacturer. Reading up on how the brand wheel is tested is an important step to ensure that it will perform as expected under the conditions you will subject it to. No matter the application, there are a slew of options available to customize and modify your wheels looks and performance to your liking.”
Looking to purchase a Yamaha this year?
According to Cars.USNews.com
“In the off-roading world of all-terrain vehicles (ATVs) and utility task vehicles (UTVs), Yamaha is one of the biggest names in the business. Yamaha was an early player in the ATV game. In 1980, during the three-wheeler era, Yamaha released its first ATV in the United States, the Tri-Moto. In 1985, Yamaha released the YFM200 Moto-4, keeping pace with the industry trend toward four wheels.
“They followed these models up with a series of firsts in the industry, including the first ATV with a cargo bed and the first ATV with electronic power steering. For 2004, Yamaha introduced its first UTV, the Rhino.
Types of Yamaha ATVs and UTVs
“Yamaha breaks its ATVs into two broad categories: sport and utility. The Raptor series comes in several performance-oriented configurations, with the YFZ series topping the sport range. The Kodiak and Grizzly models can bear any tough task you throw at them, be it work or play. There’s also a sporty-looking Raptor 90 and YFZ50 for young riders.
“Yamaha’s UTV (or SXS, for side-by-side) vehicles come in three basic flavors, with many available customizations. YXZ sport models are built for speed, Wolverine recreational ATVs are made for trails, and Viking utility vehicles have plenty of room for crews and cargo.
Yamaha ATVs and UTVs Prices
“The least expensive Yamaha ATVs are also the smallest, with kid-friendly models of the Raptor, YFZ, and Grizzly starting at $2,199. Raptor models range from $3,099 to $9,399, while YFZ models start at $9,199. Prices for the Kodiak and Grizzly utility ATVs start at $6,199 and go up to $10,999 before adding any further options or packages.
“Yamaha utility side-by-sides in the Viking series have starting prices between $11,999 and $15,699. Wolverine recreational UTVs start at $14,499 and have a top end of $25,299. The performance-oriented YXZ models have a floor of $18,999, and their starting prices go up to $21,799.
Yamaha ATVs and UTVs Lineup
“With decades of history behind its ATVs, Yamaha has developed a full range of ATVs for most uses, from chores to trails. The Raptor series of sports ATVs boasts one of the best-selling models in the segment and several podium finishes in off-road racing. The Grizzly and Kodiak models are well-rounded and customizable, with trims for chores or trails – or both.
“Fans of side-by-sides have plenty of choices from Yamaha. The YXZ series is ready for racing, while the Wolverine comes in a variety of sizes for tight trails or bringing a few friends along on your off-road adventure. The Viking series is built for work with a side of play, with editions made for ranch work and carrying the whole crew…”