Some times the clouds part, the heavens align, and schedules clear in such a way that we can hit the road. We are heading to Rally On The Rocks and we invite you to come along with us. Our Toyota Tundra is ready to take us on this journey, so we can test out if this truck has what it takes to be an ATV & side-by-side rider's dream. We are hitting the road today, and you can come along with us by following us on
For years there has been a ringing in my ears that having a generator would not only make camping and work more fun and productive, but also make us more prepared for the unknown. Then the press release came across the wire that Yamaha had introduced a new version of their generators. I have had the full intention of getting my hands on one, and that day has finally come. I could not
A bit of news around ATV ESCAPE this week is the arrival of our brand spanking new 2016 Kawasaki Teryx demo. Yeah, it is still really "cool" when we get new demos in that we will be testing for a review and video. We are particularly excited about the Teryx, because it has been redesigned for 2016. It looks good
There are very few things in an ATVer or UTVer's life more important than their helmet. I have had mine for several years now, and it has seen better days at this point. Thankfully, other than protecting me from the occasional limb or two on the trail, it has never been called upon to protect my noggin in a serious situation. It has however, been faithfully at my side (or on my head) in the event I needed it. Recently I decided
One thing required of any editor in the ATV & UTV industry is that I have the “privilege” of spending quality time in an airplane. I fly quite a bit as I travel testing ATVs & UTVs, going to events, and hitting the trail for grand adventures. Traversing the U.S. in an airplane really doesn’t bother me, particularly since I received noise-canceling headphones as a Christmas gift. So when I boarded a plane to Las Vegas recently, I thought nothing about the day of travel ahead of me.
A couple of weeks ago I received a call letting me know Kawasaki was sending us a Teryx to have for a few months. We could not have been more excited about the news as we have wanted a Teryx since driving the updated 2014 Teryx and Teryx4. The Teryx is an EXCELLENT side-by-side, and has been designed to hit a specific target in the ever-more cluttered side-by-side/UTV market. The Teryx has a powerful 800-class engine, excellent FOX shocks
Weekly News Video For 12-23-13 With Links Below
This is the ATV & UTV news video for the week and the links to everything talked about in the video
Our friends over at S3 Power Sports is sending us their RZR Front Pre-Runner bumper to add to our RZR XP 900 "Ultimate Trail Machine" build. Along with all the other items we are bolting onto our RZR XP 900, the pre-runner bumper will round out our need for protection from what the trail throws at us. Protecting your machine is always a priority for us off-roaders, and the pre-runner bumper offers heavy-duty protection to say the least.
Our friends over at Trail Armor are sending us the full 1/2" UHMW skid plate package for our 2013 Polaris "Ultimate Trail Machine" RZR 900 XP build. We wanted to start on our build with protection, and skid plates are where we want to start. With all we have heard about UHMW skid plates in recent years, those were the ones we wanted to go after for our build. Trail Armor has a history of helping to protect off-road machines of all shapes, sizes,
Big News........ Can-Am is sending us a Commander 1000 LIMITED (excited about the LIMITED) for a demo. The Commander 1000 Limited has all the bells-n-whistles including a roof, half windshield, winch, sound system, and cab net. It also comes with air controlled shocks to dial in the ride and height you want on the fly. The Commander 1000 limited has dynamic power steering, and of course the 1000 engine.
So many tires and so little time! ATVESCAPE is receiving multiple sets of tires and wheels from different manufacturers to test. We are going to use our new 2013 Polaris Sportsman XP 850 and our RZR XP 900 to test these tires and wheels.You can find a list below of the ones we are receiving in the immediate future. We will do short term and long term tests on these tires as well as photo galleries, and soon...videos. There are so many choices out there when it comes to tires, and nothing can affect your ATV or UTV machine's performance more than the tires you place on it.
With our recent announcement of ATVESCAPE receiving a Polaris RZR, Ranger, and Sportsman, which you can read about on ATVESCAPE, we now have several machines to test products on! One of the very first items we always like put on a machine is a good winch. To us, a good winch is a necessity, and believe us as we have learned more than one what happens when out on a ride alone, and not having one. So we have set to outfit these machines, and a winch is where we are starting. KFI has been making winches for a long time, and we have heard from industry insiders and our members, KFI is a winch to have.
GREAT NEWS! Polaris is sending ATVESCAPE a Ranger XP 900 and Sportsman XP 850 EPS to test and to use to test other products. This is on top of our Polaris RZR 900 XP EPS LE, which you can read about from the link below. We are going to put the Ranger through "the paces" around our ATVESCAPE Proving Grounds, and an adventure or too. We are thrilled to be able to have some quality time with the largest and most powerful Ranger out there. The Sportsman 850 XP EPS brings back the memories of the first ATV we ever owned.
Great news.......our brand spanking new RZR XP 900 EPS in stealth black/evasive green LE has arrived and we are STOKED! We have been looking forward to having one of these for a while, and after a first ride in it, the RZR XP 900 did not disappoint. In fact, it was quite the ride was the complete opposite. The RZR 900 exceeded our expectations, honestly, in every way. Coming from the RZR 800 50" width, which we liked a lot, the RZR 900 is a substantial jump in performance all the way around.
Some time ago, when I was watching a few friends riding their Moto Cross bikes out in the brush and fields near my house, I became interested in dirt bikes. I was 12 years old at that time, and I had just started working as a newspaper folder for a guy who ran a paper route. At 14 years old I started working for a grocery store bagging and stocking. Between getting tips for helping people with their groceries to their car, and a small paycheck, I was able to afford my first dirt bike.
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Updated- We have added some more pics of the HDX from our Colorado trip, so check it out.
After just receiving our 2012 Arctic Cat Prower HDX test machine a week ago, we took it out on a ride. Below is the first round of photos of the HDX. We are leaving on July 4th for a 10 day trip to Colorado to really put this machine, an Arctic Cat TBX ATV, and a Polaris Sportsman X2 through the paces. There will be much to share to stay tuned. You can also catch the photos on our free ATVESCAPE iPhone and Android mobile apps
The big news here at ATVESCAPE is we have been invited to spend some "quality time" with Kawasaki for a day! We are heading out to California on Sunday to spend a couple of days with Kawasaki, and have an opportunity to to get seat time on some the ATVs and UTVs we have been dieing to test. We will be riding a Brute Force 750i along with a Teryx4, and maybe some other machines as well.
We recently received our new 2012 Polaris Sportsman X2 550 from Polaris, and we have many a trail mile to cover on this machine. The Sportsman X2 will be going to Colorado this summer on a ten day adventure, and we can't wait to put this machine "through the paces". We got to thinking before we hit the open range into oblivion, we should add a few accessories to it.
Hi-Lift Jack company is sending us a Hi-Lift jack for our 2012 Polaris Sportsman X2 build! Hi-Lift jacks are no stranger to the off-road world, and are a fixture on many a off-road vehicle. Most off-roaders including us would not think about leaving the pavement without a Hi-Lift jack. These jacks have saved all of us at least a time or two out of a serious "off-road" predicament.
ATVESCAPE is thrilled to be receiving a set of ITP Black Water Evolution tires on a set of SS216 wheels to test on our machines, and to add to our Polaris Sportsman X2 550 build! We reported back a few months ago that ITP had reintroduced the Black Water Evolution tires for the growing UTV demand. The thing about these tires is they are 8 ply, so they are rated to 1000lbs and almost indestructable. They are angled to be a real "trail" tire for a true all-terrain and they are radials.
We just found out ATVESCAPE is receiving a Viper Elite 4000lb winch to add to our 2012 Polaris Sportsman 550 X2 build. We are really excited to get our hands on this winch for testing because we have heard from several hard-core mudding types the Viper is an excellent winch. In fact some guys we talked to said it is the only winch they would ever use on their rigs. Viper winches are made Moto Alliance, and you can check them out at www.motoalliance.com . We are thrilled to get this winch and can't wait to get it installed and test it out.
ATVESCAPE is receiving two (yes two) Arctic Cat machines to test in the next two months (and driving a WildCat). Arctic Cat is allowing us the opportunity to get some serious seat time on a Prowler HDX 700I side-by-side and a TBX 700I ATV. We have wanted to expand our machine repitor into Arctic Cat for a long time, and now we are going to be able to do a long term review on two of them. We are PUMPED and can't wait to bring you everything we discover.
This is going to be us REALLY SOON! We are going to get our paws (shameless pun intended) on a 2012 Arctic Cat Wildcat, and to say we are excited would be putting it mildly. We have been invited by Arctic Cat to get behind the wheel of this animal to see what it is like, and we jumped at the chance. Look for some great photos along with a full write up on our thoughts in the next month about this ground shaking machine. The Wildcat will no doubt be a beast the drive.
ATVESCAPE.COM is thrilled to announce the release of VERSION 3 of the free iPhone and Android mobile apps. With the Version 3 release we have added to following features to make the only ATV/UTV industry app you will need even better.
The BIG NEWS around ATVESCAPE.COM is our new test machine from Polaris is on the way!!!! We are so excited to be getting a Polaris Sportsman X2 550 to put through the paces during our next long term test. We have big plans for this machine including a trip to Arkansas for some great trail riding and rock crawling. This summer we are taking another trip to Taylor Park and Crested Butte Colorado to put it through several days of adventure in high altitudes, and long day rides to really see how comfortable is this machine over the long haul.
We at ATVESCAPE.COM are thrilled to announce we at are going Pro with a new GoPro Hero 2! We have decided to jump into video big time, so GoPro was kind enough to send us a GoPro Hero 2 to test along with providing us a way to get those great shots in a way only a GoPro can.