According to MarketWatch:
In 2022, “ All-Terrain Vehicle (ATV) Market “Size, Status and Development Strategy Pre and Post COVID-19, by Corporate Strategy Analysis, Landscape, Type, Application, and Leading 20 Countries
What is All-Terrain Vehicle (ATV) Industry Insights?
All-Terrain Vehicle (ATV) Market growth and Trend By Type (,Sport ATV,Utility ATV,Utility ATV,Other ATV,,,), By Application ( ,Sports and Leisure,Agriculture Industry,Out-door Work,, ) Geography (North America (United States, Canada and Mexico), South America (China, Japan, Korea, India and Southeast Asia), Europe (Germany, France, UK, Russia and Italy), Asia-Pacific (China, Japan, Korea, India and Southeast Asia), Middle East and Africa (Saudi Arabia, Egypt, Nigeria and South Africa)) Industry Trends 2022.
All-Terrain Vehicle (ATV) market identifies the increase in RandD of therapeutic vaccines as one of the prime reasons driving the All-Terrain Vehicle (ATV) market growth during the next few years. Also, increased disease diagnostic modalities, and increasing research on combination therapies will lead to sizable demand in the market.
The All-Terrain Vehicle (ATV) market revenue was Million USD in 2016, grew to Million USD in 2020, and will reach Million USD in 2026, with a CAGR of during 2020-2026.
Global All-Terrain Vehicle (ATV) Market Development Strategy Pre and Post COVID-19, by Corporate Strategy Analysis, Landscape, Type, Application, and Leading 20 Countries covers and analyzes the potential of the global All-Terrain Vehicle (ATV) industry, providing statistical information about market dynamics, growth factors, major challenges, PEST analysis and market entry strategy Analysis, opportunities and forecasts. The biggest highlight of the report is to provide companies in the industry with a strategic analysis of the impact of COVID-19. At the same time, this report analyzed the market of leading 20 countries and introduce the market potential of these countries.
Who are some of the key players operating in the All-Terrain Vehicle (ATV) market and how high is the competition 2022?
Company Information: List by Country Top Manufacturers/ Key Players In All-Terrain Vehicle (ATV) Market Insights Report Are:
● Bombardier Recreational Products
● XY FORCE
● Feishen Group
● Arctic Cat
● John Deere
It also discussions about the market size of different segments and their growth aspects along with Competitive benchmarking, Historical data and forecasts, Company revenue shares, Regional opportunities, Latest trends and dynamics, growth trends, various stakeholders like investors, CEOs, traders, suppliers, Research and media, Global Manager, Director, President, SWOT analysis i.e. Strength, Weakness, Opportunities and Threat to the organization and others. Revenue forecast, company share, competitive landscape, growth factors and trends
What are the major applications and type, of All-Terrain Vehicle (ATV)?
In on the basis of types, the Thermal Conductivity Measuring Apparatus market from 2015 to 2025 is primarily split into:
● Sport ATV
● Utility ATV
● Utility ATV
● Other ATV
In on the basis of applications, the Thermal Conductivity Measuring Apparatus market from 2015 to 2025 covers:
● Sports and Leisure
● Agriculture Industry
● Out-door Work
360 market updates presents a detailed picture of the market by the way of study, and summation of data from multiple sources by an analysis of key parameters. Our antimicrobial therapeutics market covers the following areas:
• All-Terrain Vehicle (ATV) market sizing
• All-Terrain Vehicle (ATV) market forecast
• All-Terrain Vehicle (ATV) market industry analysis”
What is our report scope?
This report focuses on the All-Terrain Vehicle (ATV) in Global market, especially in North America, Europe and Asia-Pacific, South America, Middle East and Africa. This report categorizes the market based on manufacturers, regions, type and application. The All-Terrain Vehicle (ATV) market report gives the clear picture of current market scenario which includes historical and projected market size in terms of value and volume, technological advancement, macro economical and governing factors in the market.
What are the major regional markets of All-Terrain Vehicle (ATV) in Global, according to the 360 market updates report?
All-Terrain Vehicle (ATV) Market analysis, by Geography: Major regions covered within the report: Consumption by Region 2022:-
North America,U.S.,Canada,Europe,Germany,France,U.K.,Italy,Russia,Asia-Pacific,China,Japan,SouthKorea,India,Australia,Taiwan,Indonesia,Thailand,Malaysia,Philippines,Vietnam,Latin America,Mexico,Brazil,Argentina,Middle East and Africa,Turkey,Saudi Arabia,U.A.E
The report can help to know the market and strategize for business expansion accordingly. Within the strategy analysis, it gives insights from market positioning and marketing channel to potential growth strategies, providing in-depth analysis for brand fresh entrants or exists competitors within the All-Terrain Vehicle (ATV) industry. Global All-Terrain Vehicle (ATV) Market Report 2022 provides exclusive statistics, data, information, trends and competitive landscape details during this niche sector.
What are the differences between atvs and utvs?
According to Dairyland Insurance:
Shopping for and purchasing an off-road vehicle can be an exciting adventure all on its own—especially when you’re deciding between an all-terrain vehicle (ATV) or a utility task vehicle (UTV). Review and compare their features below to determine which of these vehicles may be best for you.
Definition of an ATV
An ATV is an all-terrain vehicle—commonly called a four-wheeler or quad—designed for a single rider and typically used for recreation.
Seating capacity: ATVs are meant for single riders.
Steering: Operators use handlebars to steer and a thumb or twist throttle to accelerate and decelerate.
Wheels: ATVs have four wheels. Sales of three-wheeled ATVs have been banned in the U.S. since 1988.
Cabin: Four-wheelers are most commonly open-topped vehicles, but cab enclosures are available.
Speed: ATVs can reach a maximum speed of 85 mph.
ATV safety features
Every off-road vehicle comes with safety risks. Since ATVs don’t come with attached safety features, we recommend wearing additional safety gear—such as a helmet, protective footwear, and clothing—to help keep you safe.
Uses for an ATV
An ATV is intended for recreational riding, and like its name suggests, can handle all terrains. So, getting from one place to another over rough ground is its specialty.
ATV pros and cons
Depending on the year, make, and model, you can expect to spend anywhere from $1,000 to more than $25,000 on your new ride. The cost of ATVs may be a pro for you since they’re typically less expensive than a UTV. In addition, ATVs are easy to operate, especially if you’ve driven a motorcycle or snowmobile. Since an ATV is open-topped and typically smaller than a UTV, you can just hop on and hit the trail—even rough ones. The smaller size may be a con for you if you like to ride with passengers. You can still enjoy group trail rides, but keep in mind, your ATV is designed for one rider at a time.
Definition of a UTV
A UTV is a utility task vehicle used for work or recreation. Designed with a cabin for two to four riders, it’s often called an SxS or side-by-side.
Seating capacity: UTVs usually have space for more than one rider—typically up to four people.
Steering: Driving a UTV is like driving a car—it has a steering wheel and foot pedals to accelerate and decelerate.
Wheels: UTVs have four wheels, but some models have more wheels for specialized purposes.
Cabin: UTVs are equipped with a cabin or bars for added protection.
Speed: Depending on the model, a UTV can reach a maximum speed of 85 mph; however, a UTV is generally slower than an ATV.
UTV safety features
A UTV is built with seat belts and a cabin or bars that surround you and your passengers to help protect you in the event of a rollover. Although UTVs come with safety features, we recommend helmets and other protective gear for additional protection.
Uses for a UTV
A UTV has added storage space, making it a great tool to haul and transport materials. Considering UTVs have space for more than one rider, they’re also an option for recreational riding when you want to share your love of off-roading with family and friends.
UTV pros and cons
You may find UTVs have several pros for you—room for more riders, more options for customization, and more included safety features, such as seat belts, a windshield, and a roll cage. These additional features mean UTVs typically have a higher price tag than ATVs, which may be a con for you. On the plus side, you can enjoy rides with your buddies by your side, and have a convenient work vehicle to haul materials or roam your property.
Which off-road vehicle is best for you?
Whether you’re mud boggin’ or hitting granny trails, your off-road adventures will be memorable on either an ATV or UTV. Ultimately, the decision on which type of off-road vehicle to buy comes down to you, your comfort level in operating it, and your primary plans to use it.
Enjoy the ride!
According to Globe Newswire:
Yamaha Motor Corp., USA, announces the balance of its Proven Off-Road 2022 Side-by-Side (SxS) and ATV models, including the Pure Sport YXZ1000R and YXZ1000R Sport Shift (SS), championship-dominating YFZ450R, and the big-bore powerhouse Raptor 700R. These vehicles, along with all of Yamaha’s Side-by-Sides and full-size ATVs are built with pride in the U.S. at Yamaha’s state-of-the-art manufacturing facility in Newnan, Georgia, for worldwide distribution.
“After years of ruling the short course, Cross Country, and Motocross racing series, our pure sport lineup continues to bolster its reputation for delivering the highest performance and unmatched durability and reliability – and that’s exactly why many of the top racers across the country choose Yamaha,” said Steve Nessl, Yamaha’s motorsports marketing manager. “Whether you’re looking to top podiums or simply enjoy the desert and dunes with friends and family, Yamaha’s YXZs, YFZ450R, and Raptor 700 models are built to REALize Your Adventure.”
2022 YXZ1000R and YXZ1000R SS
The 2022 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 are equipped with either a full-manual five-speed transmission for ultimate vehicle-to-driver connection, or with aluminum paddle shifters and a Yamaha Chip Controlled (YCC-T) auto-clutch in the high-tech Sport Shift package.
All YXZ models are equipped with Yamaha’s premier Real World Tech features including On-Command with 2WD, 4WD Limited Slip, and 4WD full-differential lock, Yamaha’s exclusive torque- and speed-sensitive Electric Power Steering (EPS), and prewiring for the Yamaha Adventure Pro. Capability, Comfort, and Confidence are optimized for unmatched performance with a high-flow intake and exhaust, oversized rear-mounted radiator, fully-adjustable FOX 2.5 Podium RC2 shocks, and 29-inch Maxxis Bighorn eight-ply rated radial tires. The standard 2022 YXZ1000R and YXZ1000R SS models will be available in Yamaha Racing Blue starting at $20,499 MSRP.
The 2022 YXZ1000R SS XT-R model dons stunning Tactical Black / Carbon Metallic painted bodywork with color-matched contrast-stitched seats. It is further equipped with a suntop, center-mount mirror, centerline pod light, true beadlock wheels, enhanced underbody protection, Maxxis Carnage eight-ply rated radial tires for exceptional traction and durability, and a custom front grab bar with a heavy-duty WARN VRX 4500 winch and integrated in-cab switch. The YXZ1000R SS XT-R is available for $23,299 MSRP.
Maximizing terrainability from coast-to-coast and further enhancing the YXZ’s confidence-inspiring, direct-connection feeling, the all-new Genuine Yamaha Technology Racing (GYTR) Turbo Kit delivers next-level power and performance. The new GYTR Turbo Kit is designed specifically for newer model year YXZs and is more powerful, lighter, and easier to install and maintain. The kit utilizes the renowned Garrett GT2554R turbo to meet Yamaha’s high standards of durability, reliability. From deep, loamy sands and wide-open deserts, to mountainous trails – even at higher elevations – the new GYTR Turbo Kit delivers the ideal power novice to seasoned drivers expect and demand from such an accessory for the ultimate off-road adventure no matter where you ride. The new GYTR Turbo Kit is CARB, EPA, and 50-state compliant and available at ShopYamaha.com now for $5,999.99.
2022 YFZ450R and YFZ450R SE
The YFZ450R is the undisputed podium-topping ATV used by the world’s top racers, including reigning Grand National Cross Country and ATV Motocross pro champions, Walker Fowler and Chad Wienen. The YFZ450R is the most technologically advanced sport ATV on the market, with its 449cc fuel-injected engine and titanium five-valve cylinder head delivering torquey acceleration off idle, and abundant power throughout the mid- to top-end.
Built with pride and track-ready at Yamaha’s U.S. factory in Newnan, Georgia, the weldless professional-caliber frame is designed from lightweight aluminum with a tension-steel bottom allowing the engine to sit lower for excellent mass-centralization. Suspension components and settings further reduce weight while providing light, yet precise handling.
Comfort and convenience are also enhanced with an assist-and-slipper clutch, diminishing clutch lever effort for less fatigue, while also increasing clutch plate pressure and reducing engine braking for faster cornering, particularly while downshifting. Additionally improving lap times, the YFZ450R’s ergonomic bodywork allows the rider more room to shift their weight in the corners and leverage the race-inspired padded seat to maximize traction and momentum. Riders can easily remove the no-tool body panels, quickly accessing key service areas without the need to remove the battery or other components.
The 2022 YFZ450R is available in Team Yamaha Blue for $9,799 MSRP. Special Edition (SE) models feature an added GYTR front grab bar and unique color and graphic kits in White / Metallic Black or Yamaha Black / Yellow for $10,199 MSRP.
2022 Raptor 700, Raptor 700R, and Raptor 700R SE
Conquering dunes and trails with ease, the Raptor 700 lineup offers superior style, comfort, and performance for thrill-seekers, weekend warriors, and riders in between. A potent and proven 686cc engine delivers enormous torque right off idle, transitioning into a potent mid-range and monstrous top-end. The Raptor 700 features an advanced, lightweight hybrid steel-aluminum frame with aluminum subframe and swingarm, creating a light, yet durable and rigid structure to provide the best power-to-weight ratio in its class. Superior handling enhances the Raptor 700R lineup’s incredible experience, smoothing out trail and braking bumps with its race-caliber suspension.
Rider-centric and friendly features, such as a thick, plush seat, dual counter-balancers, electric start, and a reverse gear, bring comfort and convenience to all day adventures on Armor Gray Raptor 700 models starting at $8,799 MSRP. Suspension is upgraded on the Team Yamaha Blue Raptor 700R with high- and low-speed compression and rebound adjustability for $9,399 MSRP. Raptor 700R SE models are further enhanced with a GYTR front grab bar, GYTR footwells, and a unique color and graphic kit in either White / Metallic Black or Yamaha Black / Yellow for $9,999 MSRP. CARB-compliant California-specific Raptor 700 models start at $8,799 MSRP and are available in all color options.
REALize Your Adventure and learn more about Yamaha’s 2022 Pure Sport lineup, along with every Proven Off-Road model at YamahaOutdoors.com, or by visiting your local Yamaha dealer. Connect with Yamaha on social media via @YamahaOutdoors, tune in to the Yamaha Outdoors podcast on listening apps, or search the following hashtags on all platforms: #Yamaha #YXZ1000R #YFZ450R #Raptor700 #Raptor700R #REALizeYourAdventure #ProvenOffRoad #AssembledInUSA #REALizeYourPodium
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), Kracor Systems (Wisconsin) and Siren Marine, Inc. (Rhode Island), Skeeter Boats (Texas), with division G3 Boats (Missouri), and Yamaha Precision Propeller (Indiana).
Side by Sides are becoming the next thing in outdoor recreation, but what makes them so popular?
According to UTV Junky:
Have you noticed that side by sides seem to be growing in popularity over the last few years? It’s not like side by sides are new thing. But they did seem to just start popping up on pick ups, trailers and on the trails out of nowhere. I remember when all you ever saw was ATV’s and Dirt Bikes and if you did see a side by side it was used for work purposes on construction sites, farms, acreages and parks.
That brings us to the question, why are side by sides so popular now? Side by sides are so popular because unlike your typical truck or SUV they have been built specifically with safety and off roading in mind. Their performance is equivalent to a $500k trophy truck for a fraction of the cost. They are great fun for everyone including families.
I am a bit of an off road junky as I love riding any kind of off road vehicle in the mud, hills or trails. You mention off roading and I’m there…
And I must say, for years I didn’t understand why a person would waste their money on purchasing a side by side. My outlook was, buy a cheap 4Runner, Jeep, Samurai, Explorer, S10 etc and they would be just as capable as any side by side, without having to pay an arm and a leg. Oh boy was I wrong!
Benefits Of A Side By Side Over A Jeep
I want to touch on a few benefits that a Side by Side has over Jeeps for a minute. This is a topic that can cause lots of dispute just because a Jeep is rightfully crowned the best off road capable vehicle on the road by millions of people. And I am not disputing that was once true, but as side by sides have evolved and keep evolving I believe that this is no longer true. The side by side beats the Jeep for off road capabilities, hands down!
- Cost of ownership – The price of a new side by side ranges from around $10,000 to $30,000 depending on the make and model. The price of a new Jeep ranges from around $30,000 to $45,000 again depending on the model. It is important to note that unlike the Jeep if you spend $30,000 on a side by side you are getting a turn key race ready, trail ready, rock crawling, mudding machine.
- Better suspension – This is probably on of the biggest advantages that most people don’t even think about when they are comparing a side by side to a Jeep. I have rode my side by side down the roughest most uneven terrain at 60+ MPH and could have drank a glass of wine while doing so.
- Better handling – This stands especially true with the new EPS (electronic power steering) you find in side by sides. You no longer get any feedback from your drivetrain and suspension to your steering wheel. Pair the EPS with superior suspension and you get handling that Jeeps can’t compete with.
- No unnecessary electronics – Many of the built in safety features of Jeeps like ABS, ESC and Trac Control can actually put you in very dangerous situation if they engage while you are offroading. Unlike a Jeep a side by side does not come equipped with all of these unnecessary features.
Benefits Of A Side By Side Over An ATV
This article is not really a comparison to see which is better, ATV or SXS? But there are a few different benefits that a SXS has over an ATV that has contributed to the growing popularity of the SXS and slow decline in ATV sales in recent years.
- Ability to carry multiple riders comfortably
- Due to the steering wheel, many people feel more comfortable driving a SXS
- Added safety features such as roll cage and seat belts
- More space for carrying gear, firewood, rocks or beer (I do not condone drinking and driving;)
- Sporty long travel suspension provides a smooth ride
- Ability to add cab enclosures and heat or air conditioning
- Higher payload and towing capacity
- Typically higher resale values
Common Uses And Accessories For A Side By Side
The increase in popularity of side by sides could be due to their versatility. Side by sides have many common uses for both work and pleasure. With a vast selection off add ons and accessories you can equip your side by to do exactly what you want it to do. Here is a list of some of the most common uses and accessories for a side by side.
- Hunting – sure, you can get in many places your truck can’t but there are also endless accessories available such as gun racks, bow racks, camouflage covers, noise reduction exhausts, game hoists.
- Farming – not only can you haul or tow stuff around the farm but you can also get various farming attachments including sickle bar mowers, hay dollies, cultivators, plows, tillers, harrows, disks, sprayers, livestock feeders and even power loader attachments.
- Racing – there are many side by side races nowadays in various different terrain you could join with some add ons to your side by side like race seats, 5 point harnesses, roll cage, solid doors, fire extinguisher
- Rock Crawling – this is where you really want to equip your side by side as safer and stronger with seats, 5 point harnesses, tires, stronger roll cages, skid plates, rock sliders, high clearance A-arms, stronger axle shafts and of course a winch
- Mud Bogging – I have seen some pretty bad ass mud bogging machines out there with a great selection of mud tires, snorkels, lift kits, gear reduction kits, winches and portals
- Winter Riding – snow is always more fun to play in when you are staying warm common accessories for snow riding might be cab enclosures, heaters, windshields, snow plow, snow blower, chains, tracks
- Trail Riding – depending on the trail riding that you are into you might run across all types of terrain and want to all of the accessories listed above for winter, rock and mud but if your not going too extreme then a winch and a windshield should do the trick.
How Many Passengers Can Ride In A Side By Side?
It wasn’t long ago that side by sides were only meant for 2 passengers and you could find the odd side by side with a bench seat making room for a third passenger. But nowadays side by sides are available as a 2 passenger and all the way up to a 6 passenger.
Many people love this benefit because if you only have an ATV for example, then you are always limited as to who you can take riding riding with you. You can either take a single passenger or have to find other ATV owners to ride with.
With a side by side you can now take up to 5 of your friends and family with you when you head out to rip it up.
This was actually one of the biggest deciding factors for myself when I was in the air between purchasing a 2-up quad or a side by side. I loved the fact that I could enjoy the side by side with my friends and family beside me.
How Much Does A Side By Side Cost?
This is probably the biggest thing that most people have a hard time wrapping their heads around when they are first introduced to side by sides. They are not exactly cheap compared to an ATV and often times are comparable in price to a brand new small pickup or SUV.
I also had a hard time wrapping my head around the cost of my first SXS as well. I didn’t understand why they were increasing in popularity when they cost so much. I was unsure whether or not side by are worth the money but it only took one ride though to understand that it was worth every penny.
Let’s have a look at the prices of some of the most popular side by sides in 2018.
- 2018 Polaris RZR 1000 XP – $17,999 USD
- 2018 Yamaha Wolverine – $10,999 USD
- 2018 Kawasaki Teryx – $12,999 USD
- 2018 Wildcat XX – $20,499 USD
- 2018 Polaris RZR XP Turbo S – $27,499 USD
- 2018 Can-Am Maverick X3 900 – $17,999 USD
- 2018 Honda Pioneer 1000-5 – $16,699 USD
Are Side by Sides Too Wide For Trail Riding?
This is another very common concern when people are on the fence about a side by side. And rightfully so, if you cant ride the trails then why bother purchasing a side by side, why not opt for a jeep instead?
If trail riding is your main purpose of owning a side by side then the 50″ trail riding side by sides might be exactly what you are looking for. Unfortunately, though I have yet to see a trail edition side by side that offers the ability for more than 2 riders.
Depending on the type of trails that you ride you can always run a wider side by side like the 60″ class, keeping in mind that although the width might be OK you need to account for the added length as well.
Personally, as a bigger guy I love my 60″ wide Kawasaki Teryx and I must say I have not come across too many trails that I could not navigate through. I have however found a quite a few overgrown trails, but if your not too worried about a few branches and leaves, its no big deal.
Note: Check your local laws before hitting the trails with a side by side wider than 50″. Some states or county’s do not allow anything wider than 50″ on their ATV trails.
My Conclusion of Why Side By Sides Are So Popular…
Hopefully this article on why side by side are so popular helped you understand why so many people are jumping on the side by side bandwagon. They have many benefits over a jeep and ATV’s, they’re super versatile, endless selection of add-ons and accessories, ability to carry up to 6 passengers, well worth the financial investment and they are great for trail riding as well.
Do you own a side by side? Or are you on the fence, don’t know whether to pull the trigger? I say, GO FOR IT!
Curious about the future of the UTV industry?
According to Super ATV:
1. KAWASAKI WILL ANNOUNCE NEW KRX MODELS
We’re all but certain Kawasaki will announce (and maybe release?) a four-seater KRX in 2022. That one’s a no-brainer, and four-seaters are almost always the top-selling model. This is backed up by the fact that Kawasaki has been sending out surveys to gauge interest in four-seater and, notably, turbo models.
It’s the turbo models that we’re really not too sure about. A turbo Kawasaki KRX would be a very welcome addition to their lineup—the KRX is awesome and a turbo would make it a huge contender in the industry. But we know it’d take several redesigns to get working properly. On the other hand, Kawasaki has a deep bench of turbo tech thanks to their motorcycle business.
Are we gonna see a turbo KRX in 2022? We don’t thinks so, but we sure hope so.
2. THE SUPPLY CHAIN WILL SUCK FOR THE UTV INDUSTRY, BUT WILL START IMPROVING
We think the supply chain pain will continue through 2022. That part of this prediction is a solid 10/10—you can count on it. What we’re hoping happens is that as companies adapt and certain measures are taken, supply chain woes can be mitigated and UTV availability will start to even out by the end of the year.
At SuperATV, we’ve managed to keep our stock healthy. Granted, we’re not building whole vehicles, but at least we know the bad supply can be managed to some extent.
3. SPEED UTV WILL GET VEHICLES OUT!
Speed UTV appears to be close to crossing the finish line. They’ve started production, but our experience in manufacturing tells us that being in production is not always a sure thing.
Robby Gordan and Speed UTV have had the huge challenge of introducing their groundbreaking UTV mere weeks before the country-wide lockdown threw a wrench into everyone’s plans. Not to mention, they’re developing race-ready two-seaters and four-seaters that are unlike anything else in the UTV industry. All this during and in spite of the aforementioned supply chain headaches.
Now, nearly two years later, we think they’ll get it done.
4. WE’LL GET MORE ROAD ACCESS AND LESS TRAIL ACCESS
This is an easy one. 2021 was a mixed bag for UTV restrictions. Some places, like North Carolina, made UTVs street legal and made it easy to get registered. Other places like Moab and Oceano Dunes added restrictions to UTVs.
We’re guessing this pattern will continue as certain places mitigate UTV use while others try to encourage it. Expect to see the UTV industry flourish in some areas while it slows in others.
5. CAN-AM WILL ANSWER THE PRO R WITH THEIR OWN UTV
The Polaris RZR Pro R has the potential to shake up the industry like never before. In case you somehow aren’t aware, the Pro R is rocking a two-liter engine. That’s 2,000 cc. That’s the most of any UTV, and it’s so big that it literally redefines what a UTV is.
We’re more than confident that Can-Am will release an X3 (or maybe something new) that will directly compete with or surpass the Pro R. Will it come in 2022? Probably not.
Can-Am just reinvented their 2022 lineup to offer some of the best price-to-performance ratios on the market, so they’re probably not in a big hurry to reinvent it again. And a big new design on par with the Pro R takes years of development. Plus, if Can-Am was very far along in their development, we’d have seen some sneaky snapshots and rumors would be flying by now.
Expect news in 2023 or 2024 for Can-Am’s big new X3.
6. FERRARI WILL BREAK INTO THE UTV INDUSTRY
Yeah, this won’t happen. We’re just stretching our imagination a little here. But that’s not to say that some random company won’t announce a UTV.
Segway revealed their lineup years ago, Lexus took a stab at a UTV concept, and companies like Tesla are apparently dabbling in off-road vehicles. Remember the ATV that goes with their Cybertruck?
The industry is growing fast, and that means more executives are looking at cost/benefit charts and deciding if they should my their way into the UTV industry.
Make no mistake—established automotive brands probably have UTV concepts in research and development right now. Will any of those see the light of day in 2022? Don’t hold your breath.
Ready for the latest from Polaris? Ring in the New Year with the 4-cylinder 2022 RZR Pro R.
According to Motor Trend:
Just when you thought the UTV market couldn’t get any wilder, Polaris drops its all-new 2022 RZR Pro R model. This new side-by-side is the most powerful, strongest, and most technologically advanced Polaris has ever produced. The UTV’s track width is 74 inches, which is the widest Polaris UTV yet. The RZR Pro R’s wheelbase has also been lengthened when compared to other RZR Pro models, stretching to more than 104 inches for two-seat models and to more than 133 inches for four-seat models. The Polaris RZR Pro R rides on 32-inch Maxxis Rampage Fury tires, which are mounted to new five-lug cast aluminum wheels. The impressive stats of the new 2022 Polaris RZR Pro R don’t stop there, so let’s dig in.
2.0L ProStar Fury 4-Cylinder Engine
The new 2022 Polaris RZR Pro R packs an amazing engine and a first for UTVs. Tucked up in the rear is Polaris’ 2.0L ProStar Fury four-cylinder engine. This naturally aspirated I-4 churns out a best-in-class 225 hp and 152 lb-ft of torque. Redline for this 1,997cc engine is a staggering 8,500 rpm. Pulled from the roadgoing Polaris Slingshot three-wheeler, the RZR Pro R’s engine benefits from a lightened crankshaft, unique cam, high-compression pistons, a lighter flywheel, and an oiling system designed to keep the engine from starving when traversing steep inclines.
To ensure that all this power is usable in all riding situations, the Polaris RZR Pro R will feature three rider-selectable drive modes. These include Sport, Race, and Rock. As you might expect, the engine will provide instant throttle response and full power when in Race mode and will dampen the throttle response when in Rock mode for more control while crawling through rocky trails.
29 Inches Of Wheel Travel And Fox 3.0-Inch Live Valve Shocks
If you think the new 2.0L engine in the 2022 Polaris RZR Pro R is impressive, wait until you hear about the suspension. Wheel travel has been increased for the new RZR Pro R model to an incredible 27 inches of usable travel in the front and 29 inches in the rear. Wheel travel in the front is 22.25 inches while the rear is 24.5 inches. (Polaris describes usable travel as measuring from the bottom of the tire to the bottom of the skidplates at full droop, while wheel travel is the distance the suspension moves from full bump to full droop as measured at the hub.)
Standard shocks on the new Polaris RZR Pro R are Walker Evans velocity needle shocks with 16-position adjustable clickers. The Walker Evans dampers measure 2.5 inches in diameter for the front and 3.0 inches in the rear. Stepping up to the Ultimate trim brings the impressive new Fox LiveValve X2 internal bypass dampers. These shocks, which measure 3.0 inches at all four corners, feature electronically controlled compression and rebound adjustment. These suspension adjustments are managed by the RZR’s onboard Polaris Ride Command Dynamix DV system, which has four preset modes including Comfort, Rock, Track, and Baja.
The Strongest Polaris Side-By-Side Ever
Keeping a vehicle together with as much power and off-road performance as the new Polaris RZR Pro R is no easy task. To keep everything together and occupants properly protected, Polaris needed to reengineer both the chassis and roll cage. The 2022 RZR Pro R features a robust single-piece chassis design, along with a new fully welded one-piece roll cage. How does this differ from other models, you ask? Most UTV chassis and roll cages are modular by design, meaning parts are simply bolted together. This is not the case with the RZR Pro R.
Also upgraded are new, massive, steel boxed front control arms, driveline shafts, steering knuckles, and unitized hubs. The RZR Pro R also features a new “torque limiter,” which helps to protect the front driveshaft from power surges or landing a jump on the throttle (which none of us has ever done, of course). A larger clutch and drive belt not only put the power to the ground quicker, but are also more robust than ever before, meaning more time riding and less time swapping belts.
Four Different Trims Starting At $31,999
At launch, the 2022 Polaris RZR Pro R will be available in four different trim levels: Sport, Premium, Ultimate, and Ultimate Launch Edition. The two-seat Sport model starts at $31,999 (excluding delivery charges) and jumps up to $35,999 for the four-seat RZR Pro R 4. Continuing pricing up the trim walk is easy, as Polaris adds $3,000 for each trim. A two-seat RZR Pro R Premium starts at $34,999, and a RZR Pro R Ultimate ticks in at $37,999. Four-seat versions of the RZR Pro R 4 follow the same trajectory, topping out at $41,999 for an Ultimate.
Interested in a Launch Edition, which would set you back $40,999 for a two-seat or $44,999 for a four-seat RZR Pro R? Well, if you haven’t already ordered one, they are sadly sold out.
The 2022 Polaris RZR Pro R is available for pre-order now and will be making its way to dealer showrooms in early 2022.
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.”