Tips & Tricks for Doing Your Own ATV Customization

DIY ATV customization

Super Cool DIY Customization Ideas for Your ATV and/or UTV

One of the best parts about riding your ATV is that it’s just you and your machine. In a way, your ATV becomes an extension of your personality, and sometimes you have to treat yourself! There are all sorts of fancy custom ATVs you could buy pre-fabbed, but that’s not really personal. The best way to customize your ATV is to do it yourself! Let’s take a look at some ideas for DIY ATV customization!

DIY ATV Customization Ideas

power steering is an awesome ATV customization you can do yourself

Power Steering

We like to think our All-Terrain Vehicles (ATVs) can handle everything, but sometimes we can’t handle everything. When you’ve been out on the trail for 5 hours, it’s not surprising that you might get pretty bushed. That makes for a really long ride home. So what can you do about it?

Well, how about installing a power steering kit into your ATV? It might sound like a pipe dream but it exists! You can actually buy a power steering kit that you can easily install yourself. Best of all, they’re custom-made for all different sorts of makes and models, so you know that yours will work correctly. 

Adding power steering greatly reduces the amount of effort you need to turn your ATV, and the system reduces steering feedback from the terrain. It’s really great for riders who want to go out for long periods of time and not be too sore the next day. Check out how easy installation is! This is a really useful ATV customization.

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Tires

Your ATV is a powerful machine, definitely. But at the end of the day it’s really your tires that make it “all-terrain”. The stock tires that come on most ATVs are “all-purpose” tires, and they’ve made so that riders from all different regions and climates can ride the same machine without losing too much handling. But let’s face it, you’re probably not riding on sand one day, mud the next, and going over rocks next weekend.

Buying tires for the type of terrain that you’re going to ride on most is going to give you the best riding experience. Sure, your all-purpose tires are going to get you where you want to go. But having tires that are specifically designed for the environment you’re riding on will give you handling as you’ve never felt before! ATV customizations can be as simple as buying tires specific to your needs!

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Exhaust

The beauty of putting a custom exhaust on your ATV is that it does so many different things. You can use an aftermarket exhaust to give your ATV more horsepower, to make it louder (or quieter), or just to make it a little safer. One important thing to keep in mind is that you only want to install an exhaust made by a company you trust. There are plenty of aftermarket products out there, and they’re not all the safest.

Another thing to keep in mind is that just because your exhaust is louder doesn’t mean you’re getting any more horsepower out of your engine. What actually gives you more horsepower is an exhaust that has a wide diameter. This allows for more gas to escape the engine and relieve pressure on the engine, which lets it run more efficiently.

Most slip-on exhausts are easy to install yourself. Any exhaust kit you get should come with the hardware you need, but you can pick up replacements at the hardware store. Just slip it on, secure your bolts, and let that throttle rip!

paint and decals

Paint and Decals 

One final way you can really give your ATV a customized feeling is to apply your own paint job or decals. Your ATV is an extension of your personality, so let people know you’re colorful! The best part about doing this is that it’s a pretty easy process. Just a couple rounds of cleaning and sanding and you’re ready to start applying paint!

Another ATV customization you can do is to apply decals! Whether it’s your name, your race number, your country’s flag, or whatever else. You can get just about anything in a decal. Decals are a fun way to show off who you are and where your from whether you’re racing or just riding the trails. You can even design your own custom decals!

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Make it Your Own: DIY ATV Customization

You didn’t get your ATV to blend into the crowd. You got it to be loud, show off, and have fun! So don’t settle for the original stock parts on your ATV. Not only does ATV customizations make it look cooler, but with the right adjustments, it’s going to run better, too! And it doesn’t have to cost you an arm and a leg for service, either. Thanks to these awesome DIY ATV customizations, you can do it at home.

Check out our blog to see ATV and UTV buyer’s guides, checklists, and more from your friends at TMS Parts!

The Three Best Travel Trailers with ATV Decks

best travel trailers with ATV decks

The Best Toy Haulers Money Can Buy

Getting your family outside isn’t always easy. Between video games, cell phones, and our computers, it can be difficult to unplug and really enjoy the great outdoors. Having a travel trailer makes those outings just a little bit easier by taking the comforts of home into the woods with you. But a couch and a shower aren’t the only creature comforts you want out in the wilderness. What about getting our gasoline fix? Well, don’t worry! There are some great travel trailers out on the market with ATV decks so you can bring your four-wheeled friends along for the trip with you! Here are our picks for the three best travel trailers with ATV decks!

the three best travel trailers with ATV decks

The 3 Best Travel Trailers with ATV Decks

Keystone RV Hideout 21THWE 

The Keystone Hideout 21THWE is a beautiful travel trailer. It has all of the amenities you’d want to take on the road with you. The 34-foot trailer sleeps up to six with a huge queen bed in the front and bunk beds in the rear. Of course, you have your standard kitchenette including sink, stovetop, microwave, and a dining table. It also has a fully functioning bathroom, but the real thing to see is the ATV deck out front!

The ATV deck measures 8’3” from hitch to camper, and just shy of 8’ wide. The front deck platform is ready to hold up to 1,000 pounds. The dry weight of the trailer itself is just a hair over 5,000 pounds making it a great lightweight trailer for easy hitching and towing!

Ridge RV Highlander HT21FBD 

The Highlander HT21FBD sits at 34’5” long with a huge 8’x10’ ATV deck in the front of it. It has a grand total of 291 square feet inside with a full bath, queen bed, bunk beds, and a kitchenette. One great feature of this trailer is that the queen and bunk beds are on opposite ends. This makes for improved privacy and helps everyone sleep just a little easier. 

In addition to sleeping easy, you’re going to find it easy to bring the ATV with you because the Highlander is equipped to haul more than 2,000 pounds of cargo along with it. This one has a much higher dry weight at just under 10,000 pounds. You’ll definitely be needing a strong truck for this one! 

Palo Mino RL-177 ORV 

Maybe you want to go heavy on the ATV towing and light on the features from home? Well the Palo Mino RL-177 ORV might be the right choice for you! The exterior length is shorter at just 31’ on this trailer, and the interior is just a little more cramped but has all the features of the other trailer. It’s got a full 36” tub, stovetop with two burners, microwave, a queen-sized bed, and bunk beds.

The real reason to look at the Palo Mino, though, is the absolutely huge ATV deck on the front! It measures 9’x7’ and has ramps to make loading and unloading your ATV’s as easy as it gets. With a GVWR of just 7,400 pounds, hauling the trailer is easy as pie, too!

making camping even better with travel trailers with ATV deck

Making Camping Even Better with a New ATV Deck

Getting outside to enjoy nature is one of the best things you can do for you and your family’s health. There’s nothing quite like forgetting all of the problems in the world and just enjoying the beauty of nature. Of course, there’s nothing quite like flinging some mud on the trail in your ATV, too. So why should we have to separate those?

Using travel trailers with ATV decks are a great way to enjoy the great outdoors and enjoy your ATV, too! Need a new ATV for the trail, too? Don’t worry, head on over to our blog to see our picks for the best ATV’s for trail riding!

getting a travel trailer with atv decks is a great way to enjoy the outdoors with family and friends

Eight of the Best ATVs for Trail Riding

here's eight of the best ATVs for trail riding, courtesy of your friends at TMS

The Best Trail Blazers for ATV Riders

One of the best parts of ATVs is that they have so many uses. Maybe you can use it as a tool on the farm, or for fun on the sand dunes. ATVs can even help with rescue and emergency missions. But for every use, there’s a different type of ATV. The same ATV that gets you over rocky terrain in the mountains isn’t going to help much on muddy riding trails. So maybe you’ve discovered that the ATV you have isn’t exactly suited to your local riding conditions. Well, never fear, the folks from TMS are here! Let’s tell you about eight of the best ATVs for trail riding!

What Makes an ATV Good for Trail Riding?

Like we said above, not all ATVs are made the same. So what are the qualities that make a good ATV for trail riding?

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  • Drivetrain – If you’re going to be out on the trails, conditions won’t always be perfect. Getting stuck in the mud, towing out a buddy, these are all things that are going to regularly happen. ATVs with adjustable 2WD, 4WD, and differential locking will help you get through any terrain. Luckily most ATVs come fully equipped these days, but it’s something you want to make sure of before you make a purchase.
  • Storage space – One of the best parts about trail riding is making a day of it! Whether you’re out for a few hours or sunup to sundown, bringing supplies is a necessity. Of course, you want drinks and snacks, but also you need to be prepared for emergency situations. First aid kits and towing tools are just a couple of things you should always bring with you.
  • Good shocks and tires – Trail riding can mean all sorts of different things. Steep inclines, rocky trails, mud, you name it. Having a good set of shocks is going to help you get through all of it without a sore saddle. Tires are going to be just as important if you want to make it through without getting towed the whole way.
the best atv for trail riding

The Best ATVs for Trail Riding

Now that we know what we’re looking for, let’s take a look at some models. Not every model on our list hits all of these marks 10/10, but every rider and need is a little different. Even though we’re talking about trail-riders today, there are just so many ways and reasons to ride out there. From National Forests to private trail systems, these are some of the absolute best trail riding ATVs for beginner riders all the way up to the pros!

8. Yamaha Raptor 700R

the Yamaha Raptor 700R is one of the best atvs for trail riding
  • Engine Type – 686cc liquid-cooled SOHC 4-stroke; 4 valves
  • Transmission – 5-speed with reverse; wet multi-plate clutch
  • Drivetrain – X-ring chain; 2WD
  • Dimensions – 72.6 in x 45.5 in x 43.9 in

The Yamaha Raptor 700R is a great multi-use ATV. It’s classified as a sport which means it’s good for a few different types of riding, and trail riding is one of them. The 700R has the distinction of being the best-selling ATV of all time, so there are years of experience to prove just how good it really is. 

The Raptor has a few nice creature comforts. It has a seat that was meant for long rides, and also an electric starter for reliable ignition. However, you do need to keep in mind that the trails weren’t the only thing this ATV was designed for. It lacks a few of the more rugged features you’ll see in some of the other ATVs we talk about, but this is great for beginner riders who are transitioning from road to trails and other terrains. 

7. Kawasaki Brute Force 750 4x4i EPS

the kawasaki brute force 750 4x4i EPS
  • Engine type – 4-stroke, V-twin, SOHC, liquid-cooled
  • Transmission – Automatic CVT (H,L,N,R)
  • Drivetrain – Selectable 2WD/4WD with variable control front differential lock, shaft
  • Dimensions – 86.4 in x 46.5 in x 48.0 in

If you’ve got a little more experience and want something a little more rugged, the Kawasaki Brute Force is a great model. It’s a solidly built machine, ready to tackle rocks, mud, and steep inclines. It also has racks on the front and back for tying storage compartments to or anything else!

Something else to consider is all of the accessories you can get for the Brute Force. In addition to putting miles of trail behind you, it’s also great for working on your property. There are available windshields, snowplows, and more to make your toy into a workhorse when you need it.

6. Polaris Sportsman  XP 1000

polaris sportman xp 1000 is definitely one of the best atv for trail riding
  • Engine Type 952cc liquid-cooled ProStar SOHC 4-Stroke Twin Cylinder
  • Transmission – Automatic PVT P/R/N/L/H; Shaft Drive
  • Drivetrain – True On-Demand AWD/2WD
  • Dimensions – 83.25 in x 47.6 in x 50.75 in

Not everyone is on the trail just to clock some miles. The Polaris Sportsman XP1000  is an ATV made with hunters in mind. Whether you’re out before sunrise or after dusk, you’re covered with high-intensity LED lightings. The Sportsman has an optional, easily detachable gun scabbard to fit your rifle or shotgun. It also has extended front and rear racks for you to fit more trophies on.

We know hunters are pretty rugged folks, but we all want those creature-comforts. That’s why the Sportsman comes with hand and thumb warmers so you can keep all the feeling in them whether you’re out before sunrise or getting back to camp from a full day. When you need to be prepared for a full day, you can go out in the morning knowing that Polaris has your back.

5. Can-Am Renegade X MR 570

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  • Engine Type – Rotax 570 cc V-twin, snorkeled, liquid-cooled
  • Transmission – CVT, P / R / N / H / L, standard engine braking
  • Drivetrain – Selectable 2WD / 4WD with Visco-Lok QE auto-locking front differential
  • Dimensions – 83 in x 50 in x 56 in

If you live for flinging mud, you can’t do much better than the Can-Am Renegade X MR 570. With a snorkeled engine coming stock on this beast, it was absolutely made to get you through anything. Fully stocked with mud-guards, skid-plates, wind-deflectors, you’re practically ready for a hurricane.

It also has arched double A-arm with a front sway bar for front-suspension and Torsional Trailing arm Independent (TTI) in the rear. If you treat the trails like an endurance test, this is the perfect ATV for you. Unless you’re a glutton for punishment or something. 

4. Honda Fourtrax Foreman Rubicon 4×4

the honda foreman is one of the best atv for trail riding
  • Engine Type – 518cc liquid-cooled OHV longitudinally mounted single-cylinder four-stroke engine
  • Transmission – Five-speed manual with reverse
  • Drivetrain – Direct front and rear driveshafts with TraxLok® and locking front differential
  • Dimensions – 84.5 in x 47.4 in x 48.6 in

The folks at Honda Powersports are always pushing the envelope with innovative ATVs. The Fourtrax Foreman Rubicon 4×4 is, of course, no exception. The newest model features a larger engine, front and rear racks, a better reversing system, a new utility box, and so much more. 

Most importantly, it features the independent suspension and comfort that Honda is known for. It’s an easy machine to ride all day without feeling it in the morning. Whether you’re tackling mud and dirt, rocks and road adventures, the Fourtrax will help you get to your next destination, or just to have fun.

3. Polaris Scrambler XP 1000

the polaris scrambler, ladies and gentlemen!
  • Engine Type – 952cc, liquid-cooled ProStar SOHC 4-Stroke Twin Cylinder
  • Transmission – Automatic PVT P/R/N/L/H; Shaft Drive
  • Drivetrain – On-Demand True AWD/2WD
  • Dimensions – 82.5 in x 55 in x 49.5 in

Another company that’s known for pushing boundaries! The Polaris Scrambler XP 1000 is toted as “the world’s biggest, baddest ATV”. The Scrambler stands at a staggering 55 inches wide and 14.5 inches of ground clearance, making it one of the most stable machines you could ask for. 

While the Scrambler lacks the racks and storage capabilities of some of the others on our list, it’s hard to match the durability. This machine was made to tackle any kind of terrain you ask for and then some. While it might not be the best ATV for going out for a full day of hunting, it is definitely an ATV that can be pushed as far as your passion for riding will take it.

2. Suzuki KingQuad 500 AXi

the suzuki king is certainly royalty, let alone the best atv for trail riding
  • Engine Type – 493cc, 4-stroke, liquid-cooled, 4-valve, OHC single cylinder
  • Transmission – CVT-type automatic shaft drive
  • Drivetrain – 2WD, 4WD, and 4WD Differential Lock
  • Dimensions – 84.6 in x 47.8 in x 50.6 in

Suzuki is the originators of the 4-wheeled ATV, so it’s no surprise that their KingQuad 500AXi is near the very top of our list. The KingQuad comes equipped with fully independent suspension and huge towing capacity making it great for getting your buddies out of the mud when their ATVs can’t compete. 

The KingQuad gets a great amount of torque at low speeds giving you the power you need to slog through the mud (and make the occasional tow). It also has comfortable, ergonomic seating to give you as much comfort as you could ask for on a day on the trails. If you want an ATV from a company with a proven track record of success, go with the originators. 

1. Yamaha Kodiak 700 

yamaha is at it again!
  • Engine Type – 686cc liquid-cooled SOHC 4-stroke
  • Transmission – Ultramatic V-belt with all-wheel engine braking; H, L, N, R, P
  • Drivetrain – Lever-operated 2WD/4WD; shaft
  • Dimensions – 81.5 in x 46.5 in x 48.8 in

Another Yamaha on the list, and another really versatile ATV great for lots of terrains, and specifically for trail riding. One of the best features of the Kodiak 700 is Yamaha’s class-leading transmission. Feel the immediate response of features like all-wheel engine braking and you’ll know you have maximum control over your ATV. And with the ability to just flip a lever between two-wheel drive and all-wheel drive, you’re definitely going to feel it. 

The Kodiak was also built with rough-riding in mind. Full-body skid plates and adjustable wide-arc A-arm suspension let you get through just about anything the trails can through your way with ease. Not to mention the front and rear racks are made of steel and equipped to hold 308 lbs! No matter what you need to bring out on the trail or back to camp, the Kodiak has you covered.

From Full-Sized to Mid-Sized and Beyond: the Best ATVs for Trail Riding

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From National Parks to national forests to your own backyard, trail riding is one of the best ways to use your ATV.  But if you’ve got one built for the sand dunes, you need to reequip yourself! Hopefully, this is a good jumping-off point for some of the best and brightest ATVs on the market for trail riding. If you’ve got the ATV and need to find a place to bring it, don’t worry. We’ve got you covered for that, too.

What to Wear on Your ATV this Fall

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What You Should Know About What to Wear on your ATV in Fall

We get it. The fall season is coming, but you’ve got no interest in putting your ATV away just yet; it’s still perfect riding weather! With the change of the season comes a drop in the temperatures, so just as much as you want to stay safe, you also have to stay warm and dry. If you’ve been riding around in shorts and kneepads, it’s time to put those away and invest in some quality gear to protect yourself. If you want to know what to wear on your ATV in the fall, read on.

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Helmet and Goggles

No matter what the season is, your number one priority when riding an ATV should be to wear a helmet. An accident can happen at 5 mph or 50 mph, and there’s nothing more important you need to protect than your head. Additionally, most states legally require that you wear a helmet when you go riding.

Whether you’re looking for an open-faced or full-faced helmet, there are a few things you should look out for. In the pursuit of the utmost safety, you should look for “DOT” and/or “Snell” logos. These mean the helmet has passed rigorous safety standards.

Your helmet should also fit nice and snug, and should not rotate whatsoever once it’s been strapped on. Can you fit your thumb between your forehead and the helmet? Well, this indicates that the helmet is too big! It’s important to make sure that your helmet doesn’t obstruct your view. Above all, you need to have 100% of your peripheral vision when you’re riding. 

If you’re looking for an open-faced helmet, you should also shop around for goggles. You don’t want the sheer wind to hit your face, or for bugs to collide with your face!

Yamaha has a great collection of affordable helmets, all of which are DOT approved. Are you shopping around for open-face helmets? If so, be sure to check out their eyewear and check to ensure the goggles fit your helmet.

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Riding Jerseys and Jackets

Whether it’s hot or cold, your first layer should be some kind of long-sleeved shirt when you ride an ATV. The long sleeve shirt works in tandem with your riding jacket when you take a spill. If anything manages to pierce the lining of your jacket, you have an added layer of protection. It’s made to prevent (just about) anything from penetrating your skin.

You can wear any kind of shirt while you’re ATV riding. But we highly recommend investing in some riding jerseys for the most comfort. They’re made from moisture-wicking materials that protect you from elements like snow or rain, keeping you warm and dry. If your fall season is warm enough to ride around in just a jersey, make sure to invest in one with good elbow pads. A little insurance goes a long way when considering what to wear on your ATV in Fall.

If your fall season is a little cooler, you should invest in a riding jacket. These jackets are well-padded. They feature lining that is designed to retain your body heat, keeping you toasty no matter where you’re riding. Just like the jerseys, they’re also made from moisture-wicking materials.

Can-AM makes some great jerseys with quick-dry, antibacterial, moisture-wicking fabric and a mesh fabric for extra ventilation. If you’re shopping for jackets, check out Suzuki’s Adventure Jacket, with plenty of cargo pockets and a zip-out thermolite liner.

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Riding Pants

A good pair of long pants serve the same purpose as long sleeve shirts and jackets. Which is to say they protect your skin and your joints should you suffer any kind of fall. ATV safety is serious and is important from head to toe.

An ATV is hot and you need to protect your legs, but you also don’t want to overheat yourself. Here’s the issue with traditional jeans or pants. They offer no form of ventilation and very little in the way of actual protection. We recommend specially designed pants for riding.

The benefits of these start with the rugged materials that they’re made from, preventing any rips and tears. They’re also well-padded! Which is great for protecting all parts of your legs. But especially the part that typically takes the most impact: your knees. They’re designed with ventilation and flexibility in mind. Further ensuring that you’re safe and comfortable no matter what you’re riding or in what season.

Check out these polyester riding pants from Yamaha! They feature reinforced panel in the inner knee for heat. As well as abrasion protection and stretch inserts for added flexibility and comfort.

what to wear on your ATV in Fall, or any season!

What to Wear on Your ATV in Fall, or Any Season!

It’s always riding season if you’ve got the right gear. We hope we’ve provided you with some valuable information about what to wear on your ATV in the fall. Be prepared for the changing seasons and shop around for the accessories that fit your style and preference.

If your ATV isn’t quite ready to ride, we can help you find just the part that you need. And if you’re tryin’ to find some sweet spots to take the ATV, check out one of the lists we made of the best ATV parks around!

The Most Popular Side by Side UTVs of 2019

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All of the Hottest Utility Vehicles of 2019

If you’re in the market for a side by side UTV, you’re in luck! 2019 has been one of the best years for side by side UTVs in a while. With new models from some of our favorite brands and new innovations, it’s hard not to be excited! There is a wide range of new features and styles to explore. 

But don’t worry, we’re not going to make you sift through everything yourself! Sit back, relax, and enjoy this specially curated list of the most popular side by side UTVs of 2019!

Some of Our Favorite Gas-Powered Vehicles: Side by Side UTVs!

Arctic Cat – Havoc 

the arctic cat HAVOC is a great side by side UTV

Horsepower: 100

Capacity: 2 People

Ground Clearance: 13”

With 67 lb-ft of torque and 100 horses under the hood, the Havoc means serious business. The four-wheel double A-arm suspension system and 13” ground clearance give you unparalleled control. Not to mention it makes for an extremely smooth ride. It’s also an industry leader for storage capacity! There is a total of 24 cubic feet of storage space. No matter where you’re going or what you’re packing, there’s room for it. 

The Havoc also has electronic power steering and AWD at the flip of a switch to get you through the tough terrain. Did we mention it also has an incredible 2,000 lb towing capacity? It’s also got all of the high-tech gear you would expect from Arctic Cat. LED headlights? Check. The LCD display on the dash? Check. What more could you ask for?

Honda – Pioneer 700 

the honda pioneer 700 is a great choice

Horsepower: 36

Capacity: 2-4 People

Ground Clearance: 10.7”

The Pioneer 700 may not have as much power as the Havoc, but it’s got all of the versatility. It comes stock with three drive modes, 2WD, 4WD, and 4WD with locking differentials. It’s also got a towing capacity of 1,500 lbs and a bed capacity of 1,000 lbs. Whether you want to take the family for a cruise or get a serious job done, the Pioneer has you covered.

A unique feature in the industry, the Pioneer also features Quick Flip seats! Fold seats up when you need the extra cargo space, or fold them down for more passengers. You can fit up to 4 people in the Pioneer 700.

The Pioneer also sports some impressive safety features. The large-diameter tubing in the roll cage is OSHA approved! It also has 3-point seat belts with emergency locking retractors. Between that and the interior integrated handles, your passengers can ride safe!

Polaris – RANGER 570

the polaris Ranger 570 is great for yard work

Horsepower: 44

Capacity: 2 People

Ground Clearance: 10”

If you’re looking for a more personal side by side UTV, the Ranger 570 is a great pick. It has a compact size, but all of the power you would expect from Polaris. It has a massive 1,000 lb payload capacity and 500 lb box capacity. No matter what (or who) you’re hauling, you’ve got the Polaris power to back you up!

You also have locking differentials for power when you need it. You need to do some work around the yard and don’t want to tear up the lawn? No problem, just switch into VersaTrac Turf mode to turn them off! The gas-assisted dump-box makes it perfect for big jobs with small crews.

Polaris – Ranger XP 1000 EPS

the polaris ranger xp 1000 eps is an awesome side by side UTV choice

Horsepower: 82

Capacity: 3 People

Ground Clearance: 13”

Look, we’re not picking favorites here, but we couldn’t talk about great UTVs without telling you about the Ranger XP 1000 EPS. It comes stock with massive 27” Maxxis 6-ply tires that give you dependable traction on any surface. It also has a full-body skid plate and a massive 13 inches of ground clearance to tackle any obstacle. 

While this side by side UTV only seats 3, there is a shockingly huge amount of storage space. Both of the plush seats fold up for under-seat storage. You also have the dual-glove box, 6 cup holders and 2 bottle holders. You can keep working without having to get back to the house for more supplies!  

Yamaha – Viking VI EPS 

the yamaha viking VI eps is a super cool side by side atv

Horsepower: 60

Capacity: 6 People

Ground Clearance: 11.4”

The aptly named Viking is the biggest UTV on our list with a capacity for 6 people! The engine has electronic fuel injection to give you peak performance in all conditions. It can also switch between three drive modes to give you the right power for any situation. Versatility is the name of the game with this Viking ship!

The cargo box is ready to haul up to 600 pounds, so it’s equipped for the smaller jobs around the house or worksite. The real claim to fame for this model is that huge person capacity. It’s particularly great for getting folks where you need them. It also makes for a great way to give tours, or even just take the family out. Prices may vary with different accessories, but you know it’s well worth the money, it’s a Yamaha!

Can-Am – Commander

the can-am commander is a great UTV

Horsepower: 71

Capacity: 2 People

Ground Clearance: 11”

Last but far from least on our list of awesome side by side UTVs is the Commander. This model doesn’t quite have the same size or storage capacity as the others on our list. But that’s because this model was built for having fun. The independent rear suspension gives you the precision you need in dicey situations. The liquid-cooled V-Twin engine gives you the power you need. It might not be able to fit 6 people, but it’s definitely fit for a good time. 

The cargo-box is suited for up to 600 lbs with dual-storage levels and an anti-rust box. The two levels have their own tailgates and are separated by water-resistant panels to keep everything in its place. Not to mention the tilt-assist dumping! It’s built for fun, but it also has the right features to get the job done. 

The Side by Side UTV: Not Your Dad’s John Deere

the side by side utv is not your Dad's john deere, that's for sure!

In the past, you might only need a John Deere to get all the jobs done around your property or business. But why separate work and play? In our opinion, the best utility vehicles are also the best toys, and we’re glad the industry agrees. 

Hopefully, this was helpful for thumbing through some of the big names. Unfortunately, we don’t have time to tell you every great side by side UTV on the market. Luckily, we do have time to show you some of our very favorites and the most popular! And when it comes time to transport your UTV, keep your UTV safe while on the road!

What are the Best Utility Vehicles to Get for Yourself?

the best utility vehicle for every job you can think of

UTV’s for Every Job

UTV’s have so many different functions and purposes they can serve. Do you need a handy vehicle for yardwork and landscaping? UTV’s can do that. Do you want a fun vehicle you can take out on the trails with your friends and family? UTV’s can do that, too. But there are just as many different kinds of UTV’s as there are ways to use them. So how can you know which is the best one? Well here are some of the best utility vehicles to fit every need.

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Not Your Dad’s John Deere – Here Are The Best Utility Vehicles

UTV’s have come a long way in a short amount of time. There are all sorts of different models that value sport, endurance, or just getting everyday jobs done. Here are a few of the best utility vehicles for every kind of purpose.

Kawasaki Mule SX

the Kawasaki Mule SX is a great UTV

The Mule SX is one of the best workhorse candidates on our list. With a name like Mule, that’s hardly a surprise. It definitely lives up to that name, too. The bed has a weight capacity of up to 400 lbs, and it has a towing capacity of 1,100. It’s fit for all of those tough jobs around your property. Get all of that heavy lifting done around the house or farm without tearing up the grass with your pickup. 

Yamaha Wolverine X4 SE

don't even think about messing with the Yamaha Wolverine X4 SE UTV!

The Wolverine X4 SE is a really great all-around UTV, but it definitely shines the hardest on the trail. It’s got an 847cc engine under that hood that is really great at tackling any kind of terrain. Mud, dirt, hills, or just water, the Wolverine can get you through anything. With a full-under body skid plate and an industry-leading CVT, the Wolverine was built to last. Best of all it’s got seating for four, so you can take everybody with you!

Polaris RZR XP 1000

the Polaris RZR 1000 is not a UTV that could be called anything but the best!

Are you looking for a more personalized UTV? Something with a lot of raw power that’s also built for two riders? The Polaris RZR XP 1000 is a great choice for you! The RZR has a staggering 110 horses under the hood, and it was made for sports riding. Any terrain, any weather, the RZR can handle it. It’s also got some great new upgrades from previous year’s models with LED headlights and an optional 7” touch-screen display inside to give you total control.

Can-Am Maverick Trail

the Can-Am Maverick Trail UTV is definitely one of the best utility vehicles out there!

The body on the Can-Am Maverick Trail is a bit closer to the sporty side, but don’t let that fool you. On the inside, there are over 5 gallons of storage space, not to mention the bed in the back. It’s a great UTV for hitting the trails with its selectable 2WD and 4WD to give you all the low-end torque or high-end power that you could ask for. It has a steel frame, integrated steel bumper, and full skid-plates so that it can withstand just about any abuse you can put it through.

The Best Utility Vehicles for Every Job

find out why we think all these UTVs are the best for the job... any job!

There is a UTV built for every need under the sun. While it’s great to have options, it can also be pretty overwhelming. That’s why we went through the trouble of finding all of the best utility vehicles available right now from our favorite manufacturers. Hopefully, this makes your next big job around the house or outing with friends the best one yet!

And if you’re interested in some great UTV and ATV Fall events, be sure to check out our blog! We always have the hook-ups, folks. That’s just how we do.

Best Motor Scooters for Enjoying the Fall Weather

best motor scooters for enjoying the fall weather

The Best Street Legal Motor Scooters for Enjoying Autumn

If you’ve seen people riding around your city on a motor scooter, there’s no doubt about it; it looks like fun! Well, that’s because it is fun! It’s all the fun of a motorcycle in an easy-to-handle package. Not to mention is great for quickly and easily zipping around town, getting errands done, or just enjoying the beautiful fall weather! If you’ve been thinking about joining the growing population of motor scooter owners, there’s never been a better time! So sit down, get your helmet on, and get ready for our list of the best motor scooter for enjoying the fall weather!

Wait, Do You Mean a Moped?

So there’s a bit of confusion around this: what’s the difference between a moped and motor scooter? Is there a difference? The answer is yes! The definition from Oxford says that a motor scooter is “A light two-wheeled open motor vehicle on which the driver sits over an enclosed engine with their legs together and their feet resting on a floorboard.”

Is that different from a moped? Again, the answer is yes! A moped is “A light motorcycle, especially one with an engine capacity of not more than 50 CC”. So what we would traditionally think of as a “moped” is actually a motor scooter. The two terms are often used interchangeably. A moped also has pedals to start the motor and that can move the bike like a bicycle… however, we wouldn’t recommend doing so. Hence the name, MO(motor)PED(pedals).

The major difference is that you do not straddle a motor scooter. A motor scooter has a floorboard for your fit to be placed on together. A moped, on the other hand, is straddled like a motorcycle over the engine. 

So now that we know what we’re talking about, let’s take a look at the best motor scooters do get you out and enjoying the fall!

The Best Motor Scooters for Fall

Want to enjoy the beautiful fall weather? See some foliage and enjoy the wonders of nature? Here are some great motor scooters for you to enjoy that fall weather! 

Yamaha Zuma 50F

  • Top Speed: 45 mph
  • Engine Size: 49 cc
the Yamaha Zuma 50F is one of the best motor scooters out there

The Yamaha Zuma 50F has a liquid-cooled 4-stroke engine, and it’s a blast to ride! It has aggressive tires that give it that “go anywhere, do anything” look. With the large-pipe steel frame to back it up, you’re actually ready for it! The Zuma has a fuel tank conveniently located in the center tunnel for easy refueling. It also has plenty of storage space so you can make a day of your foliage adventures. 

Under the seat, you’ve got 23 liters of storage space. That’s enough space to store your large full-face helmet when you’re not riding. It’s also a great place to put your groceries if you’re going around town, or your supplies for long-distance rides.

Honda Ruckus

  • Top Speed: 35 mph
  • Engine Size: 49 cc
want the best motor scooters? check out the Honda Ruckus

We couldn’t have a list of great motor scooters without letting Honda bring the Ruckus. The Ruckus has a fun, bare-bones look with it’s exposed steel frame. Don’t let that make you believe that this scooter doesn’t have some good power behind it, though. The automatic transmission allows you to easily operate the Ruckus and it can reach speeds over 30 mph.

If you want to get a scooter out on the foliage routes without having to worry about all the bells and whistles, the Ruckus is a great pick. It doesn’t have a lot of extra storage space, this is true. But it’s a simple machine that lets you focus your attention on where you really want it, on the beautiful foliage. It also doesn’t have a huge price tag, which makes it a great pick for younger leaf-peepers.

Suzuki Burgman 200

  • Top Speed: 75 mph
  • Engine Size: 200 cc
be sure to check out the suzuki burgman 200

So these have all sounded nice so far, but the engines are a little small for some. If you’re a bigger or taller person, 50 cc’s of power won’t get you too far. So how about something with a little more power behind it? The Suzuki Burgman 200 packs a huge 200 cc’s of power in the fuel-injected engine.

The Burgman has an electric start, front and rear disc brakes with anti-lock brakes, and fully automatic transmission. It has top of the line features that you’ll think you’re riding a full-fledged motorcycle. It also has a massive 41-liter storage space under the seat. Enough room to store your extra sweaters, picnic gear, or whatever else you might want to take on your foliage adventure!

Honda Metropolitan

  • Top Speed: 40 mph
  • Engine Size: 50 cc
this stylish, vintage-looking scooter is definitely one of the best
2019 Metropolitan

The Honda Metropolitan has a fun body style that’s a throwback to some of the most iconic motor scooters. It looks like a throwback, but it has all of the modern features you’d expect from a Honda. The anti-lock braking system, electric start, automatic transmission… what more could you ask for?

How about great under-seat storage and an average mpg of 117? How about multiple color choices in your model? The Metropolitan is the perfect marriage of convenience, form, and function. 

Yamaha SMAX

  • Top Speed: 80 mph
  • Engine Size: 155 cc
look at this Yamaha! Love the name, too: SMAX!

If you’re looking for a leaf-peeping motor scooter built for big trips, the Yamaha SMAX is a great choice. With a powerful 155cc engine, a 2-gallon fuel tank, and an extremely comfortable ride, the SMAX was built to go the distance. It averages over 80 mpg so you can get those long-distance fall rides in. It’s even safe for highway riding! 

The SMAX has 32-liters of under-seat storage, and it has a seat built to accommodate a second rider. The only thing that makes a beautiful ride in the crisp fall air even better is a partner in crime! 

High-Torque, Small Scooter: The Perfect Vehicle for Fall Weather Riding

the motor Scooter: The Perfect Vehicle for Fall Weather Riding

The best part of fall is actually being outside. So why take the car or truck out on your fall weather adventures and miss all of the actual weather? Gas and electric scooters are a great way to get outside this fall and enjoy it to the fullest.

Whether you’re riding 15 miles or 100 miles, motor scooters are a great way to get around and enjoy the foliage. Best of all, they have great fuel efficiency, so you can see more of your community with a smaller gas bill! There are so many great reasons to do it, but just make sure you actually get out there on your scooter and enjoy this beautiful fall weather!

The 6 Most Beautiful Fall Foliage Motorcycle Rides

fall foliage motorcycle rides

Where are the Best Fall Foliage Motorcycle Rides?

With fall right around the corner, the most scenic time to ride your motorcycle is approaching. The fall brings with it some ideal riding conditions- a cool breeze, the sun isn’t so brutal, not to mention some absolutely stunning sights. If you’re itching to join the droves of leaf-peepers for this coming fall season, we’ve got good news for you. We’ve compiled a list of some of the most beautiful fall foliage motorcycle rides!

The 6 Best Foliage Rides in the U.S.

the most beautiful fall foliage motorcycle rides

6. Blue Ridge Parkway, Virginia/North Carolina

You can’t write about the best Fall foliage motorcycle rides without talking about the famed Blue Ridge Parkway. The parkway is a 469-mile drive that stretches from Shenandoah National Park in Virginia to Great Smoky Mountains National Park in North Carolina.

At the higher elevations in the mountains, the leaves start changing in early October and descend into the lower elevations by the end of the month. With such an expansive drive through east coast forests, you come across trees of all species, from beautiful hickories to oaks to amazing sourwoods!

There’s plenty of places to stop on the way, like Linville Falls, one of the most photographed waterfalls in the United States. If you’re up for a hike and some even better views, we would highly suggest Grandfather Mountain.

make sure you visit New Hampshire for one of the best motorcycle rides this fall

5. Kancamagus, New Hampshire

The Kancamangus is one of the shorter drives on this list, clocking in at only 34 miles. But trust us, this scenic byway is jam-packed full of fiery reds, burnt oranges, and vibrant yellows. With hardwood forests and alpine peaks, it’s no wonder that people flock to New Hampshire to see the leaves change every year.

There’s plenty of scenic overlooks throughout the trip, and if you’re there early enough in the season, you can make the trip up to Mount Washington. Mount Washington is the highest peak in the northeastern U.S. at 6,200 feet and is part of New Hampshire’s Presidential Range.

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4. Driftless Region, Wisconsin

The Driftless Region in Wisconsin brings some of the most spectacular fall foliage on this list. A winding loop, you start and end your trip in Mineral Point. You’ll see all varieties of trees that are famous for their autumnal foliage, like maple and sumac. 

There are tons of great scenic views to partake in the Driftless Region. We would suggest checking out Great River Road along the Mississippi, but the list is as long as your imagination.

6 of the most beautiful fall foliage motorcycle rides

3. Tunnel of Trees, Michigan

The Tunnel of Trees in Michigan is known as one of the most scenic drives in all of the midwest. As the name suggests, you drive along a stretch of road under a dense canopy of trees that explode into color as the fall season reaches Michigan.

Another short one, the Tunnel of Trees is a 20-mile route off of M-119. But like the Kancamagus, this is an absolute must-see. You start your ride in Harbor Springs and you reach some winding roads around Devil’s Elbow and Horseshoe Curve. The route is littered with unique shops, small towns, and plenty of great food worth stopping for.

2. Olympic Peninsula, Washington

Don’t think the west coast has nothing to contribute! The Olympic Penninsula is a 350-mile route located along the northern coast of Washington, right through Olympic National Park! Much of the route is lined by gorgeous spruces and strong, beautiful evergreens. While you don’t get the foliage on those conifers, it all adds up to a beautiful ride.

make it out for some fall motorcycle rides

1. Eastern Sierras, California

The Eastern Sierras in California is a rugged but beautiful sight. With the autumnal colors of the aspens, willows, and cottonwoods playing against the crystalline blues of the lakes and waterfalls, you’ll think you were driving through a Bob Ross painting. 

California might not be the first place you think of when you think of fall, but it really is a sight to behold! To make the most of your trip, we would recommend you take the route from Lundy Lake to Mono Lake to the Mammoth Lakes. If you like Halloween vibes, you should also check out Bodie, one of the largest unrestored ghost towns in the US! 

The Best Fall Foliage Motorcycle Rides Might be Close By

the best fall foliage motorcycle rides might be closer to you than you think

No matter what part of the US you ride in, there is no shortage of awe-inspiring motorcycle rides in autumn. There’s an abundance of national forests and plenty of pit stops you can make along the way. So there’s no reason you shouldn’t start planning your trip now! What’re you waiting for? Gear up and hit the open roads this October to see some of the most beautiful fall foliage motorcycle rides.

3 Intense Dirt Bike Events You Need to See Live

3 intense motocross events you need to see live

Dirt Bike Events You Need to See to Believe

The temperature has started dropping, the leaves are changing. It’s really happening. The summer is almost over, but that doesn’t mean the gasoline has stopped pumping through your veins! If you need one last pick-me-up before old man winter rears his ugly head, you need to take a look at our list of 3 dirt bike events you need to see to believe! Come on, one last ride before we put the two-wheelers in storage, what do you say?

The Most Extreme Dirt Bike Events

*WARNING* these events are not for the faint of heart. Strap on your helmet and get ready for some extreme motocross viewing!

make sure you see the Monster Energy Supercross - Monster Energy Cup motorcross events

1. Monster Energy Supercross – Monster Energy Cup

High stakes, high risk, high reward. The Monster Energy Cup is letting racers put it all on the line in Las Vegas, Nevada. Three dirt bike events happen in the course of one night, and if a rider takes first place in all three? They get to take one million dollars home for all their hard work. 

If that wasn’t enough excitement for you, how about FanFest that starts before the cup? Rider autographs, BMX and skateboarding demos, and live music are just a few of the awesome spectacles to behold before the big show. 

one of the motocross events you gotta get to is the Red Bull Hare Scramble Series - Erzberg Rodeo

2. Red Bull Hare Scramble Series – Erzberg Rodeo

This is far from Red Bull’s first rodeo. The Erzberg Rodeo is a legendary event that has happened annually in Austria since 1995 as part of Red Bull’s Hare Scramble series. It is absolutely the most famous and biggest dirt bike event in all of Europe! Each year 1,800 riders come from across the continent to prove their chops 

This 4-day event has everything you could want from an extreme motocross event. Long endurance races, steep hill climbs, high-speed madness. What more could you ask for, really? Don’t take our word for it, though. Check out this recap from the 2019 races.

Hard Enduro Series - Hell’s Gate

3. Hard Enduro Series – Hell’s Gate

Let’s forget about all the mud and the mayhem for a moment and travel to beautiful Tuscany, Italy. Tuscany is one of Italy’s most historic regions, home to beautiful Rennaissance art by legendary artists like Michelangelo and Botticelli. Tuscany is also home to one of the most difficult and aptly named races for motocross riders, Hell’s Gate.

What awaits riders at Hell’s Gate? Nothing but pure Hell, of course. Riders qualify in a race held in the morning. For the final 11 mile race in the evening, riders are eliminated lap by lap until the final few battles it out over muddy hills, huge rocks, and the final steep climb toward the mouth of Hell. You can’t believe these conditions without seeing them, so please, be our guest.

Are You Ready to Race?

are you ready to race? don't worry! just go watch!

It’s all right if you’re not. Truth be told, we might skip out on participating in these ones as well. Good thing you don’t have to have more guts than brains to watch these incredible dirt bike events. If you want to relive these events for yourself, check out some of the past years’ races here and here.

The Best ATV Parks to Visit This Summer

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Our Favorite ATV Trails and Ride Parks in the U.S.

ATV riders have their favorite trail systems all over the United States. But if you’re not from the local area, how would you know? There are so many different offroad riding areas and ATV parks over millions of acres across the country, but where are the best ones? Well luckily for you we’ve done the research; here are the best ATV parks to visit this summer!

Our Favorite ATV Parks and ATV-Friendly National Forests

Miles of trails for thrilling rides ahead! Get your helmet on and get ready!

our favorite ATV parks

Tall Pines ATV Park – Andover, NY

Tall Pines park is one of the best camping trips ATV and dirt bike riders could take in New York state. The park has 70 miles of thoroughly maintained trails, with 49 individual trails and features. There are trails for all riding levels, easy field trails, mud bogs, and obstacle courses for the most daring riders!

The park has its own one-stop-shop, the Tall Pines Store, where you can get everything you need for your ATV, camping, or anything else. Kate’s kitchen serves three meals every Saturday, and Sunday, and there is even an on-site shower.

the kentucky ORV trailhead is awesome

Kentucky ORV Trailhead – Talladega National Forest, Alabama

Alabama has some of the South’s most beautiful national forests that the National Forest Service has to offer. There are plenty of places where the ATV clubs can gain access to, but the Kentucky ORV trailhead is an amusement park for ATV riders. The trail is open from the beginning of April all the way to December for anyone on wheels.

The trail is listed as “easy to moderate”, with four loops over 23 miles through the forest. It might not be worth a trip for riders looking for a real challenge. However, there are few ways you can enjoy the Alabama wilderness this much on an ATV

we love the longdale trail system

Longdale Trail System – Valley of Fire State Park, Overton, NV

The Longdale Trails are some of the best sand dunes in North America, open 365 days a year to riders of all types, as well as horseback. There are 200 miles of trails through the park. It’s a great place to go back again and again and never ride the same trail twice. There is also a host of rare plant and animal life inside the park as well as beautiful petroglyphs left by the site’s ancient inhabitants. 

While this isn’t a national park and preserve, it is advised that riders be very respectful of the space and its features. This will help preserve this as a place for outdoor fun for many years to come.

bundy hill offroad ATV park rocks

Bundy Hill Offroad – Jerome, MI

If you’re looking for an ATV park where you can also get your primitive camping fix, Bundy Hill Offroad is a great destination! The park opened in 2012 when they let riders loose on 350 acres of offroad riding paradise. The park has intricate trails, rock crawling, steep hills, mud, and a host of other riding challenges for experienced riders. It’s like a theme park for motorheads! 

Camping rates are also extremely reasonable at $20 for the first night and only $10 for each night after! The spots fill up fast though, so make sure you make a reservation. If you’ve got friends or family who are more avid campers than riders, don’t worry! Bundy Hill offers rentals as well!

get that Gator run in in texas!

Gator Run Offroad Park – Easton, Texas

Everything’s bigger in Texas, but Gator Run Offroad Park is actually the biggest ATV park in the Lone Star state! The park is open every weekend, year-round to everything on wheels. Not to mention, ample camping with electricity for those who want it, and primitive camping for those who like to rough it. The park sits on a huge plot of land containing both wet and drylands, which makes for great mudding! 

The park is open to ATVs, UTVs, even monster trucks! They even have their own ATV club if you’re local. There’s something for everyone at Gator Run, but if you want something to get you excited, watch this!

The Best of ATV Parks and Trail Systems

be sure to bring a friend along with you when you visit your fav atv park this summer

We hope you enjoyed this little walk through all of our favorite ATV parks in the U.S.! The best part about getting your ATV out in a new place are the adventures you have with the people you love.

That’s why we would always highly suggest the sites where you can camp and make a weekend of it. So get some buds, get your helmets, and get ready to have a great summer adventure!