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2015 Kawasaki Mule Pro-FXT Test

Kawasaki has been busy…very busy. A mere year after it released a completely new Teryx and Teryx4, Kawasaki takes the cover off a brand new version of none other than its UTV flagship, the Kawasaki Mule, with the introduction of the Mule Pro-FXT. Completely redesigned, the Mule Pro-FXT is not only built to be a workaholic, but also quite the “playaholic” to boot. I just returned from the unveiling of this new Mule with the pomp and circumstance deserved

 
 
Can-Am Commander Limited 1000 Test

In a field of many, many side-by-sides and UTVs, with more being added constantly, what can be done to set a machine apart from the ever-growing pack? One way is to take an already proven side-by-side and throw as many goodies as possible at it right off the factory floor. Enter the Can-Am Commander Limited. Can-Am has set this Commander apart by creating a model outfitted with all the aftermarket upgrades owners seem to want to put

 
 
Conquering The Paiute Trail In The 2014 Kawasaki Teryx4- Review

Years have passed since I began to dream about hitting the Paiute ATV Trail in Utah, so when Kawasaki invited ATVESCAPE to join them for the introduction of the new and improved 2014 Teryx4, I jumped at the chance to tackle the trail and the machine.  I have heard for years how amazing the riding was along the Paiute Trail, with miles upon miles of trails to explore without a person in sight, and that is my kind of riding. Little did I know what an amazing adventure lay ahead of me.

 
 
Over The Mountains- Through The Woods- 2014 Kawasaki Teryx Test

Imagine the opportunity to test a new side-by-side through tight trails, roads, mud holes, hill climbs, and snow, all on one great adventure. All of that and more awaited us, as members of the media had the opportunity to test out the 2014 Teryx from Kawasaki, at the Hatfield McCoy trail system in West Virginia. Any time Kawasaki gives me a shout, I know there is much fun to be had in my near future, so I knew when that email came into my inbox, I was off for an adventure.

 
 
Polaris RZR XP 1000- First Ride Test

Not too long ago, Polaris extended an invitation to ATVESCAPE.com to head out to Big Rock Park in Pennsylvania, to spend some quality time with several of the 2014 models including the RZR XP 1000. Why in the world would we say "no" to that opportunity?  So off we went. We spent the day investigating and riding the new Sportsman 570, Ranger Crew 900 XP, Scrambler 850, Ranger 570, and of course, the RZR XP 1000. To say we have drooled over time aboard that machine would be an understatement.

 
 
Polaris RZR XP 4 1000- Test

Ever since Polaris decided they should shake up the Side-X-Side market with their first RZR sport UTV, owner’s have been flocking to their local dealers in search for the latest and greatest RZR Side-X-Side to roll out of Polaris’ factory door. Why have these RZR’s become so popular? Simply put – because of their rider-focused design.

Recently, we had the chance to sample this rider-focused design in the undeniably huge dunes of Glamis. The sand dunes here are infamous for their giant bowls, steep razor backs, and nasty witch’s eyes that come out of nowhere.

 
 
Polaris Sportsman ACE- First Ride Test

“What is it?” was the question asked by all of us as we pulled up to the Hidden Falls riding area in Marble Falls, TX, followed by a few “ooh’s and aah’s” as we caught our first glances at the brand new Polaris Sportsman ACE. Looking at an ATV with a steering wheel and bucket seat resulted in the word “interesting” coming from my mouth, as I exited the bus and walked up to the Polaris ACE. My mind raced as I tried to come to grips with what I was looking at. Was it an ATV, UTV, or something completely different? All of us media folks stared at the ACE wondering what to make of it. The ACE is nothing like I had ever seen, and

 
 
2013 Can-Am Maverick 1000R Review

Since we at ATVESCAPE saw the announcement of the introduction of the new Can-Am Maverick back in September, we have held our breath for the opportunity to get behind the wheel of the newest beast from Can-Am. We put together a first look article with a complete breakdown of everything we knew about this new machine. The thing that struck us then and continues to strike us today is 101 horsepower. That is an amazing amount of horses powering a side-by-side. Over the last few months our friend Jon Crowley over at UTVGuide.net allowed us to share his review of the Can-Am Maverick, which included his initial impressions of it.

 
 
Hitting The Mud With 2013 Yamaha 450 & 550 Grizzlys

We at ATVESCAPE have the privilege of riding and demoing many different ATVs and UTVs, and that is one of the best parts of what we do here. We have now ridden Polaris, Can-Am, Kawasaki, and some others, but we have never had the opportunity to ride any Yamahas, until last month. None of us at ATVESCAPE have had any real “seat time” on a Yamaha, but know Yamaha machines are great machines, which have a loyal following. So this year

 
 
2012 Polaris Sportsman X2 550 Review

People use their ATVs for several different things. Many of us simply use our ATVs for the purpose of FUN, which is the greatest reason. ATVs can take us on adventures like no other vehicle on the planet, and allow us the ability to see and experience things we cannot experience any other way. Whether we hit the trail for adventure or hit the mud hole for adventure, fun is the end result. 

 
 
2012 Kawasaki Brute Force 750i 4x4 EPS Review

What do you get when you have desert trails, mountainous terrain, ninety-degree weather, and two Kawasaki Brute Force ATVs? What you get is a whole lot of fun along with the ability to experience what Kawasaki brings to the table in the ATV market. Kawasaki proves it doesn’t rest on its laurels when it comes to improving its Brute Force lineup year after year, and in the year 2012 more power and power steering lead the list of innovations that standout on the Brute Force 750i 4x4 EPS.

 
 
Can-Am Commander First Impressions

So this year at the 2012 High Lifter Mud Nationals, we at ATVESCAPE.COM had the opportunity to get behind the wheel of two different Can-Am Commander models including the Commander 1000 X and Commander 1000 Limited. After a little seat time, we can see the Can-Am Commander is a beast to be reckoned with and in summary: WE LOVE IT!

 
 
ATVESCAPE Tested- Polaris Ranger RZR 800

So here is the question: Can an ATV-pickup with a 50" width, steering wheel, 760cc's of power, a roll cage, foot pedals, a glove box , and seats next to each other offer as much fun and capability as I have come to expect from an ATV? Now this our first time at ATVESCAPE.COM to get into the cockpit of a UTV for a test, and we had no idea what to expect. Having driven a Kawasaki Mule, some golf carts, and lots of ATVs and trucks, we were really looking forward to getting behind the wheel of the RZR (and have been since it came out in 2008).

 
 
ATVESCAPE Tested- Polaris Sportsman XP Touring 850

With all the continued hype about the completely new Polaris Sportsman XP series as being the best ATV yet, we at ATVESCAPE wanted to have the chance to put some miles on another one. Based upon our test of the 2009 Sportsman XP 850 {include_title_only_href 423}, we concluded the hype and great reviews of the Polaris XP series was earned and deserved! The two words we used to describe the new Sportsman XP series after 600 miles on one in 10 days were “refined” and “smooth”. We expected no less of the newest test model from Polaris.

 
 
Tested- Polaris Sportsman 850 XP EPS

The completely redesigned Polaris Sportsman 850 XP EPS is a power producing ATV with a refined ride, a solid power steering unit, and a fun factor of eleven on a one to ten scale.  With its release in 2009 the Polaris Sportsman marks the first complete redesign since its original release. Polaris says the only item on the Sportsman that is the same as the previous model is the gearshift. Going over the new Sportsman from top to bottom proves this statement to be true, and oh what changes have been made to this machine. Highlights include a new 850cc longitudinally mounted engine, more wheel travel, power steering, and more aggressive styling. Being absolute ATV nuts here at ATVESCAPE, we had read many articles about this new ATV and desperately wanted to get behind the handlebars of this beast. 

 
 
Lake Murray ATV Park, Ardmore OK

With the weather supposed to be in the mid 70’s and cloudy, I headed off into the unknown to explore and conquer a riding park in Southern Oklahoma named Lake Murray ATV Park. I was not exactly sure what to expect as I headed out, but as always I was thrilled and excited to get to ride. One thing was obvious as I pulled into the parking lot: This is a popular place!

 
 
Cross Bar Ranch Davis, OK

Space! Space is something all off-road enthusiasts crave--space where we can stretch our legs and explore, as well as space where we can get "lost" and conquer what is "out there." People like us can never have too much space. Crossbar Ranch is an off-road enthusiast's paradise because space is what it has in abundance. With over 2800 of the 6500 total acres dedicated to ATV, UTV, and dirt bike trails, space is not lacking in any way. With 38 miles of trails cut, and more being added, Crossbar has just scratched the surface of the amount of space it has available.

 
 
Red River Motorcycle Trails, Bulcher TX
In my riding experiences, I can’t say I have ever been on a ride I didn’t enjoy even though I have had my share of mishaps.  There is nothing like pulling up to the gate or trailhead of a place to ride and having that feeling of impending exploration and conquest.  All of us have had rides, however, which remain in our minds as extra special or memorable. Every ride I have had at Red River Motorcycle Trails has always been one of those special rides. Something happens
 
 
Rural Shade ATV Ranch, TX
The weather was a beautiful Texas fall day, when the opportunity presented itself to do some trail riding and explore an ATV/dirt bike park I had wanted to ride for a great many months. Everything I had heard about this park was positive, and I had been looking forward to checking it out first hand. I would soon find out that I would not be disappointed.
 
 
 
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