The Best ATV Mud Tires for Mud Season

ATV mud tires are a must this spring!

Get The Best ATV Tires So You Don’t Get Stuck in the Mud

Spring is just about here, so you know what that means! Mud season is upon us. If you’re anything like us, you’ve been itching all winter to get back on the trails. Flinging dirt, riding with your buddies, does it get any better? Well if you get stuck in the mud, it can definitely get a lot worse.

But is there any avoiding it in mud season? Well, the answer is yes! If you’re a serious rider, and if you’re reading our blog you probably are, you need yourself a new set of wheels. Keep reading to see all of the best mud tires you can get for your ATV this mud season.

The Best ATV Tires For Mudding

the best ATV mud tires for mudding

So what are the best tires for mudding? Well, we can tell you one thing, it’s probably not your stock set of wheels. While your stock tires will get you through most situations, they’re designed kind of like your all-weather tires for your car. They’re pretty good at handling all sorts of different situations, but it can have trouble in extreme conditions. 

Getting stuck up to your waist in mud is definitely one of those extreme conditions. So what do you do to make it through the mud? Well, you have to come prepared for it, of course! So let’s take a look at what makes a mud tire so much better. 

What Makes an ATV Mud Tire Different?

Your regular tires are going to get you through a lot of tough situations. But for the most extreme terrains, you will really need some extra power. 

Let’s take a look at some of the benefits of mud tires

Let’s take a look at some of the benefits of mud tires:

  • Better Performance – One of the most important things your mud tires will do is power you through those really rough patches of mud. If you get yourself stuck with normal tires, you can get yourself in some deep trouble. Dirt, water, and other particles can get into your engine, cake up your shocks, and cause huge amounts of expensive damage if not taken care of quickly. With the added power of mud tires, your ATV won’t get a chance to get stuck! 
  • Traction – Loose terrain like rock, or even some dirt can cause you to lose traction on your ATV. While this might happen occasionally and it’s fine, it can spell some serious trouble in the wrong situation. The deep grooves of mud tires are made to stick to the ground and give you a firm grip on the earth beneath you. 
  • Durability – Your ATV tires should be durable, period. But with mud tires, you’re getting an entirely new level of durability. The tires are made to be thicker and tougher to handle more intense terrains and harsher obstacles. Any ATV tire is made to be tough, but a mud tire has that added durability to depend on for a long time. 
Your ATV tires should be durable, period

Heavy Duty Vs. All-Terrain ATV Mud Tires

One consideration you’re going to have to make when looking for mud tires is what type of mud tires you want. They fall into two basic categories: heavy-duty and all-terrain tires.

Heavy-duty tires are going to be the toughest tires that money can buy. They’re great for all different types of off-road terrain including rocks, gravel, dirt, mud, and just about anything you can think of. They’re designed with incredibly thick treads to give the best traction possible.

However, they are not good for use on the street. Heavy-duty mud tires are best for an ATV that you can trailer to and from your favorite trail.

All-terrain tires do the best they can to give that same durability and traction. There’s definitely nothing wrong with all-terrain mud tires, they’re just not quite as aggressive as their heavy-duty cousins.

However, all-terrain tires are usually better at street riding meaning you can ride your ATV straight to your favorite trail without trailering. 

What You Need to Know Before Looking at mud tires for your ATV this spring

What You Need to Know Before Looking at ATV Mud Tires

So just like with anything, there’s plenty to know about ATV mud tires (if you couldn’t tell from this blog already). Nobody wants to walk into a store and look like they don’t know what they’re talking about.

Even worse, nobody wants to walk into a store looking like they don’t know what they’re talking about and then get taken advantage of. So here are some things you want to know and think about before you start shopping:

ATV Mud Tire Features

ATV Mud Tire Features

  • Tread – On tires, you’ll see treads rated as a “ply-rating”. In the most basic sense, this just means how big the space between the treads is. The larger space is, the easier your tires grip onto the surface. ATV mud tires are usually rated from 6-ply up to 10-ply. Some thicker tread patterns are even designed to eject mud and stones from your tires as they spin.
  • Sidewalls – Your sidewalls are another feature of the tire that has their own rating you want to consider. Just like with your treads, sidewalls are rated by a ply-rating, usually from 3-ply and up. The thicker your sidewalls are the more durable your tires will be against punctures.
  • Shoulder Tread – In addition to the tread on the direct outside of your tires, mud tires also feature shoulder treads. This helps to give you more stability and traction when shouldering turns. The wider your treads go onto the shoulder, the more traction you’re going to have. 

All of the Best ATV Tires For Riding in the Mud

we love the ITP Mega Mayhem  ATV mud tires

ITP Mega Mayhem 

First on our list comes from one of the originators in the mud tire world, ITP. They were one of the first companies to manufacture a specific mud tire for ATVs called the Blackwater tires. ITP is still making some of the finest tires you can buy, and the Mega Mayhem is our top pick!

It’s a tire that’s great at sinking down and finding whatever traction there is to be had below the surface of that mud. It’s not great for paddling through the really deep lakes of mud you’ll find some places, but there are few tires you can count on for so much control. 

we love the SuperATV Assassinator Mud Tires for the mud season

SuperATV Assassinator Mud Tires 

Next up on our list is a seriously badass set of tires from SuperATV, the Assassinator mud tires. The real treasure of the Assasinators comes from the tread design.

They’re designed to be self-cleaning, flinging off all the unwanted mud, muck, rocks and more. The extremely deep treads actually even wrap all the way around the tire to the rim. It gives you unparalleled traction while shouldering.

It’s also designed to give you great traction anywhere else. Whether you’re spinning through mud, dirt, rocks, or anything else, those treads are going to bite down deep and keep you moving. It’s a great tire for the most extreme off-road conditions.

High Lifter Outlaw III ATV mud tires are super great on the trails

High Lifter Outlaw III

High Lifter are well known for making some fantastic quality tires and their mud tires are no different. The original model, the Outlaw I, and its predecessor, the Outlaw II are both well-revered designs in mud tire technology. The Outlaw III carries on that tradition by being one of the highest quality tires you can take into the bog. 

Just take a look at how it handles in clay and mud. The deep tread designs are able to handle a multitude of different terrains and really dig in to find solid traction. The tread designs have been steadily improved upon from model to model and we have to say, they’ve truly outdone themselves with the Outlaw III!

the ITP MudLite II ATV mud tires will rock the muddy trails this spring

ITP MudLite II

Now we’ve already discussed ITP, but they’re good enough to show up twice on our list! The MudLite is one of their best selling tires due to its fantastic design, and the MudLite II is even better! While the wheel is based on the original model and features a lot of similar design, the improvements are really awesome. 

One of the biggest improvements is the claw tread added between the larger treads. The purpose of these smaller and more shallow treads is to reduce suction on your tires.

If you’re in the mud long enough the wells between your treads can fill with mud and create a suction effect. This hangs onto the mud and doesn’t allow for your treads to grip the dirt. With these added, smaller treads, it reduces the tires’ ability to act like a mud magnet giving you better traction throughout the day.

who doesn't love the Maxxis Maxxzilla ATV mud Tires?

Maxxis Maxxzilla

One last one on our list today, but certainly far from the least is the Maxxis Maxxzilla. These bad boys are big, beefy, and give you the extreme control you’re looking for. One notable feature of the Maxxzillas is that the treads are very soft and pliable. Now, this isn’t to say that you should be worried about punctures.

What that actually means is that it’s extremely well equipped to form itself and grip onto just about any surface. Maxxzilla tires are like a chameleon, ready to adapt to any terrain, any surface, and give you the best handling possible. 

Staying Ahead of the Pack With the Best ATV Mud Tires

Staying Ahead of the Pack With the Best ATV Mud Tires

There’s always that one person in the group. They’ve been stuck in the mud for 15 minutes, and it doesn’t look like they’re getting out anytime soon. Everyone takes a break, gets out the tow rope and gets them out of trouble. It takes time out of the day, and that’s less time you get to spend tearing up the trails.

What’s even worse is when you are that person. No one wants to be the person holding everyone else up, so give yourself an upgrade this year! Slap some new mud tires on your favorite ATV and get down to business this mud season!

What You Need in Your Snowmobile Emergency Kit

emergency snowmobile kits are a smart thing to have with you every time you hit the trails

An On-The-Trail Survival Kit for Any Emergency Situation on Your Snowmobile

There’s nothing better than getting out on the trails on your snowmobile. It’s early on a Saturday, the kids are at their friend’s house, and you’re out on your snowmobile with all your best buds. There’s nothing more carefree in the world! But as carefree as you are when you’re out there, you can still run into emergency situations. The thing about an emergency is that you never plan on having one. But when you’re miles away from the nearest paved road, you need to be prepared for anything! So if you’re going out on the trails this weekend and want to stay safe, let’s talk about everything you need in your snowmobile emergency kit. 

Building Your Snowmobile First-Aid Kit

what do you need to be prepared for when you build your emergency snowmobile kit

What Do You Need To Be Prepared For? 

Before we begin building our snowmobile emergency kit we need to know what kind of snowmobile emergencies we are preparing for. Not everything in your kit is going to be for the highest emergency situations. Some things in the emergency kit will just be to make our riding experience a little easier.

So what kinds of actual emergencies are we preparing for?

  • Becoming Stranded – Snowmobiling often occurs in fairly remote places. Becoming lost, running out of gas, or running into mechanical issues with your snowmobile are all real possibilities
  • Injuries – Your snowmobile isn’t the only thing that can break down. Taking a nasty spill can bang up your bike, but banging up your body is an even worse result. 
  • Snowmobile Trouble – Sometimes an emergency isn’t anything as dramatic as an avalanche. Sometimes just going a couple of seasons without any maintenance will put you in a situation where your snowmobile is in trouble and so are you.

What Do you Need in Your Snowmobile Emergency Kit?

These are far from the only emergencies we will find ourselves in out on the trails. However, these are some of the most common troubles we’re going to have. You can’t prepare for everything that’s going to happen out there, but you can be prepared for what you can expect. 

What Do you Need in Your Snowmobile Emergency Kit?

Food and Water 

In an emergency situation, the most important thing you can do is to keep your wits about you. That, of course, means staying awake and alert and one of the best ways to do that is to keep hydrated and eat high-calorie snacks. Of course, this keeps your energy levels up, but it also does another really important thing: it keeps your body temperature high while you’re out in the cold.

for your kit, get foods that are high in calorie content and easy to carry around.

Some examples of great, light-weight, high-calorie snacks to bring with you on your rides are:

  • Nuts
  • Energy Bars
  • Granola
  • Peanut Butter

Mainly you want to get foods that are high in calorie content and easy to carry around. We don’t want to take up too much space trying to pack a whole steak dinner.

first aid kits are an essential part to have with your emergency snowmobile kit

First- Aid Kit

One of the emergencies we absolutely need to be prepared for is a personal injury. This could be anything as minor as getting a scrape or twisting an ankle or as serious as a broken bone. The main thing to remember is that we can never be sure what sort of emergencies might occur, so we need to prepare for anything. Here are some things you should think about keeping in your mobile first-aid kit:

  • Bandages of varying sizes
  • Gauze for dressing wounds
  • Tape and scissors
  • An antiseptic cream
  • Aspirin
  • Disposable, sterile gloves

You don’t need to have a mobile hospital with you. These are some of the essentials, and you’ll probably bring a little more but you don’t need to make every pound you pack first-aid equipment. The point of your first-aid kit is simply to keep an injured person safe and comfortable until emergency responders get to you. 

you should never leave home for the trails without your cellphone.

Electronics 

Of course, you should never leave home for the trails without your cellphone. How else would you know it was dinner time? In addition to your phone, though, there are some electronics we can pack up to bring with us to keep us safe in emergency situations.

The first item you want to consider is a backup battery for your mobile phone. You don’t want to be waiting for emergency responders and worrying that they won’t be able to find you with a dead cell phone.

Another item you should consider investing in is an avalanche transceiver or avalanche beacon. An avalanche beacon is a small radio device that you keep on your person. The device emits regular radio pulses that emergency responders would be able to find if you were caught in an avalanche under the snow. However, this is NOT a replacement for knowing snow and trail conditions

One more thing you need to be prepared for is your snowmobile breaking down.

Replacement Parts

One more thing you need to be prepared for is your snowmobile breaking down. While you’re not going to bring a whole new motor with you, there are some simple items you can keep with you while you’re on the trail. Some light-weight spare parts to keep with you are:

  • An extra drive belt
  • Some spark plugs
  • Basic tools to perform repairs

You might also want to consider what’s going to happen if you get yourself stuck in a ditch. Bringing along some rope to help pull yourself out isn’t a bad idea. 

bring some rope just in case you get stuck on the trail

Staying Safe until Help Arrives

So if you do run into that emergency, there’s another factor to consider: how to keep yourself safe until help arrives. Here are some things you can keep with you to make staying safe and getting found easier:

 Study your maps before you leave and try to stay in areas where you can locate yourself.
  • Waterproof matches/lighter and a hatchet: If you’re going to be stuck for a while a warm fire is going to be your best friend. A small hatchet or wood saw to cut down some tinder will make this much easier
  • Maps: while you obviously have GPS on your cell-phone, you also want to have a good idea of where you are. Study your maps before you leave and try to stay in areas where you can locate yourself. That way emergency responders can locate you later on.

Staying Safe with Your Snowmobile Emergency Kit

 when you’re gone for a few hours in the heart of the forest, you’re running into different kinds of danger, so make sure you have a snowmobile emergency kit ready

Staying safe when you’re out on the trail takes more than just a helmet. The truth is, you never quite know what’s going to happen when you leave the house. That’s always true.

But when you’re gone for a few hours in the heart of the forest, you’re running into different kinds of danger. It could be wildlife, forces of nature, or just making the wrong move on your snowmobile. No matter what happens, if you follow these tips you will stay prepared for anything!

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

can am has amazing ATVs
  • 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

check out the best ATV for trail riding

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

what to wear on your ATV in the fall

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.

make sure you've got a good helmet and pair of goggles for what to wear on your ATV in fall

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.

make sure you have riding jerseys and jackets, too!

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.

wondering what to wear on your ATV in Fall ? definitely riding pants!

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

check out the most popular side by side UTVs of 2019

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.

here are the best utility vehicles

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!

TMS Parts Buyer’s Guide: 3-Wheeled Motorcycles

everything motorcycle enthusiasts need to know about 3-wheeled motorcycles

Everything Motorcycle Enthusiasts Need to Know About 3-Wheeled Motorcycles

It seems like every year 3-wheeled motorcycles, also known as trikes, get more and more popular. Manufacturers like Harley Davidson, Polaris, Can-Am, and Honda have taken notice and are producing more models with bigger improvements. 

Maybe you’ve been wondering what all the fuss is about, or maybe you’re considering getting one for yourself. Well, we have just the thing for you! A buyer’s guide for the world of 3-wheeled motorcycles.

find a cool three-wheeled trike

What’s The Deal With 3-Wheeled Motorcycles?

We’re glad you ask, Jerry Seinfeld. As much as we love our motorcycles here at TMS, we know they’re not the safest vehicles. The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) reports that motorcycles are involved in 7 times as many accidents as cars. 

what's the deal with 3-wheeled motorcycles?

So how can you enjoy an open-air vehicle while feeling a little safer? A 3-wheeled motorcycle, of course! What exactly does that offer over a traditional motorcycle, though?

  • Increased Visibility – This is probably the most important factor. According to The Hurt Report published in 1981, a large portion of motorcycle accidents involve riders who aren’t visible to other vehicles on the highway. Trikes are much wider and larger than traditional bikes, closer to the size of a small car. This makes their visibility much higher to other drivers and riders alike.
  • Increased Stability – This is a bit obvious, but worth mentioning. The cause of many accidents are riders who lack control over their vehicles. People lack confidence. They target fixate, counter-steer far too little and end up on the pavement. The stability and traction control also makes it a great choice for older riders who might not have the leg strength to hold up their hog at a red light these days.
  • Easier Handling – Counter-steering on a motorcycle is a bit unintuitive for folks who have never ridden before, but is picked up with by muscle memory in less than a week of riding. It’s not the counter-steering that’s difficult, but rather the commitment to the corner, leaning, and looking to where you want to go. Controlling your trike is as easy as pushing your handlebars one way or the other. It’s easy handling for the riders who need it and a fun and comfortable ride for everybody. No matter your experience, less wheel slippage is definitely a good thing.

The Best 3-Wheeled Motorcycles

The world of 3-wheeled motorcycles isn’t always as expensive as their 2-wheeled cousins. But here are some of our favorite hot rod trikes from a few of our favorite manufacturers.

Polaris Slingshot SL 

the polaris slingshot SL is a great choice

One of the most popular options for trikes and the one you probably see on the road most often is the Slingshot SL. The GM Ecotec 2.4L DOHC 4 Cylinder engine under the hood gives this beauty 173 horsepower at peak performance. The wheelbase at heart 105” gives you all the control you could ever ask for without sacrificing any of the power. 

Anti-lock braking systems and traction control both come standard on the Slingshot SL, and all of the lights are LED for maximum visibility. All of this, and you still got all of the luxuries you could want in a personal vehicle like a 7” touch-screen (with glove touch technology of course) and a 200-watt Rockford Fosgate audio system for your favorite tunes.

Can-Am Ryker

the can-am ryker is a fun 3-wheeled motorcycle for sure!

The Can-Am Ryker is another quality option when looking through available 3-wheeled motorcycles. It has two engine options, the Rotax® 600 ACE™ in-line 2 cylinders, liquid-cooled with electronic fuel injection and electronic throttle control. As well as the Rotax® 900 ACE™ in-line 3 cylinders, liquid-cooled with electronic fuel injection and electronic throttle control, giving 50 HP and 83 HP respectively. 

The Ryker is a little more stripped down than the Slingshot. It does not include an audio system and it is built for a single rider. But it has all of the high-tech features you want in the controls. Standard features for the Ryker include anti-lock brakes, traction control systems, and Hill Hold Control. In order to counteract wheel slip on steep inclines.

Yamaha Niken

the yamaha niken is a really really cool trike!

A new-comer to the world of trikes, the Yamaha Niken is the perfect pick for riders who want safer handing in their bike but don’t want to give up the traditional motorcycle feel. The Nyken has an 847cc liquid-cooled, DOHC, inline 3-cylinder engine and a 6-speed transmission. The most notable feature of this trike is the incredibly unique Leaning Multi-Wheel chassis. The two front wheels lean in unison. This gives you the stability of a trike with the riding style of a standard motorcycle. It allows for better handling and increased stopping power, it’s the perfect trike for seasoned motorcycle riders.

Of course, Yamaha didn’t skip on the awesome electronics. Nikens come with a high-contrast LCD display you can easily see in daylight. It also includes adjustable traction control so you never lose traction, and even a cruise control system.

Excellence on 3 Wheels

find excellence on 3 wheels thanks to TMS Parts Buyer's Guide

3-wheeled motorcycles aren’t for everybody, but it’s a great option to have for folks who can’t ride motorcycles for any given reason. Whether you got bad knees and can’t hold up the hog like you used to, or maybe you’re just getting into the world of open-air vehicles. 

No matter the circumstances, 3-wheeled motorcycles (aka trikes) is a great option. If you’ve got a trike-curious person in your life, show them this article, and tell ‘em TMS sent ya!

Best UTV Trailers: Keep Your UTV Safe While On the Road

Keep your UTV safe on the road!

You Deserve Top of the Line Full-Sized Trailers

Your UTV is a great vehicle for enjoying the freedom of the great outdoors with some friends. However, unless you live on a seriously big plot of land, you’re going to need to trailer it and bring it somewhere from time to time. But with all the different styles, utility trailers, steel trailers, enclosed and open cargo trailers, how could you know which ones are any good? What is the best UTV trailer?

make sure you have a trailer to tow this Ranger Crew XP 1000!

Well, thankfully, we tracked down the best UTV trailers for you! That way, you can keep your UTV safe on route to your destination.

Our Favorite UTV Trailers

Polaris Trailers

a Polaris trailer is a great option for hauling your UTV

Polaris are makers of high-quality vehicles and you can expect the same when it comes to their trailers. Their selection consists entirely of aluminum trailers, but at steel trailer prices. An aluminum trailer means you don’t have to worry about corrosion or paint chipping. Your trailer will look as good ten years from now as the day you bought it. 

Polaris earned their spot on our best UTV trailers list because they make a wide variety of trailers to fit their huge selection of off-road vehicles. Visit their website to take a look at all of the different side-by-side, side ramp, and covered cargo trailers.

Triton Trailers

Triton trailers are also one of the best UTV trailers

Triton Trailers make a great selection of different UTV trailers to meet different budgets. From their combination of wood/aluminum trailers to their all-aluminum and enclosed cargo trailers, they have something to meet every need and income level. Even a quick look at their supply shows the huge variety of styles they have to accommodate any way you want to tow your UTV. 

They have tilting trailers, side loading trailers, and many more that all come in multiple sizes from their smaller trailers at 10 feet to the biggest enclosed trailers reaching up to 20 feet.

Echo Trailers

echo trailers are great for hauling your UTV

Echo Trailers make some of the best UTV trailers for people who want to take supplies in addition to their UTV out on adventures. If you’re a person who likes to be prepared, these are definitely the trailers you want to take a closer look at. Of course, they fit all sorts of different needs. Whether you want to tow a single UTV or the whole gang, Echo has you covered with all of their different sizes and loading styles.

What they really have on the competition is all of the extra features that you get with their trailers. You get cosmetic options like customizable colors to match your UTV, but it goes much farther than that. A locking toolbox, gas-can rack, additional storage space and stabilizing jacks are standard features on these trailers and are good for when you have to prepare for long stays.

Legend Trailers

the best UTV trailer is a LEGEND!

Quality craftsmanship is something you want to look for in everything, especially when you’re trusting it to keep your UTV safe. Legend trailers have a wide selection of trailer types, but they’re all made with the same attention to detail and quality. One of their stand out features is their tires. They have the best warranty of any tire on the trailer market and are filled with nitrogen for more consistent pressure and traction. 

The Open Deluxe is one of their most popular models. It’s available in 6’ and 7’ wide options with that same record-breaking tire warranty on a beautiful aluminum trailer. 

Protect Your Investment with One of the Best UTV Trailers

protect your UTV investment with one of the best UTV trailers

Whether you bought your UTV for work or for pleasure, it’s an investment, and I’m betting you remember it wasn’t a cheap one. So why skimp out when it comes to buying a trailer? The best UTV trailer is going to save you from loading mishaps, or worse, an accident on the road. We hope this list of the best UTV trailers was helpful! 

Our UTV trailer needs might be different from person to person, but a little extra protection is something we can all benefit from.