October 15, 2014
It’s Fall ! leaves are changing, football is back on the TV and your planning for that much anticipated hunting trip. This season outfit your ATV or UTV side by side with these great QuadGear branded ATV Rack Bags or UTV Double Gun Holder, and Seat Covers. You can also keep warm and dry with one of their drivable enclosures or ATV Handlebar Mitts. Shield your machine from the elements while in transport or when stored with one of our durable storage covers .
January 31, 2012
Kawasaki 610 Mule’s are one the most popular side-by-sides in the country. Along with the Polaris Ranger and Yamaha Rhino, the 610 is one tough Utility Vehicle, or UTV. Working and hunting in the winter can get cold in these things, though, so take advantage of special pricing on this Kawasaki 610 cab enclosure. It’s a factory defect, but the only thing wrong with it is slightly different shades of black in the panels. For half price, many flaws can be overlooked, least of all something only visible if you’re looking for it. Stay warm out there and if you don’t have a 610, I think you’ll find pricing for other models quite reasonable.
December 14, 2011
UTV cab enclosures are the best way to make your work and play time in your side-by-side the most enjoyable this winter. With that said, there are several different kinds out there.
“Hard” cabs are some of the best solutions available. They are extremely durable, using lexan for the windows and ABS plastic (automotive-grade) for the rest of the shell. The doors often swing open for convenience, or they can be un-bolted if things warm up. If you can afford this solution, it is a great way to go. But, you may not be able to as these cabs typically surpass $1000 in total cost, putting them out of reach of many machine owners.
Soft UTV Cabs can be a nice compromise for an enclosure if price is an issue. Made of thick polyester and PVC for the windows, these cabs use zippers for access, and while not as convenient as a hard cab, they get the job done at a fraction of the price. These will generally retail for $200-$250, and if you’re paying more, you’re paying too much. There are cabs for Polaris Rangers, Yamaha Rhinos, Teryx’s and most popular models. If cost is an issue for you, consider a soft cab and stay warm throughout the winter months.
March 8, 2011
About two years ago, Yamaha had a problem with its popular Rhino utility vehicle (UTV). Apparently, not having doors on the machine was causing people to fall out while making sharp turns. To fix this, Yamaha issued a recall on the Rhino and retro-fitted half doors on it. This put some accessory companies in a bind, however, as some parts, like UTV enclosures, wouldn’t fit the new configuration.
Not to worry. A spec change was issued by these enclosure makers and their Yamaha Rhino Cab Enclosures are now sized to fit models with doors. This means a bit of a sacrifice for those who elected not to put the doors on their machines, as the enclosures will leave about a foot and a half of space where the door should be. But, if you have a Rhino, you should really get the doors put on. It should be free and dramatically improves the safety of the machine. The real losers in this deal are those who bought the Rhino knockoffs, vehicles sometimes licensed by Yamaha and usually made in China, as they are not eligible for the recall and now many Rhino accessories won’t work with their machines.
September 18, 2008
The study notes these discrepanices between age and size, pointing out that matching engine sizes to ages is not adequate to insure that riders are capable. The study also points out that 100 children died in ATV-related crashes last year, and that 90% of ATV child fatalities occurred when the vehicles were driven by riders who were too young for the size of the engine.
ATVs have continued to grow in popularity, and, as accidents increase in frequency, many state and local governments have passed increasingly restrictive laws that limit where ATVs can be driven and who can ride them. Minnessota recently passed legislation prohibiting motor vehicles from using state trails during hunting season for safety reasons, for example. While extremely fun to operate under safe conditions, ATVs are not toys and must be ridden responsibly. Riders who do not do so have greatly contributed to the growing acrimony between riders and other groups who use the outdoors for recreation. It is probably in the best interests of ATV groups to propose their own legislation that regulates ATV use, as there appears to be a growing sentiment that these machines are not given enough attention by state and local laws. Riders, even in states with powerful ATV lobbies like Minnesota, could find themselves left out in the cold in the debate if they’re not careful.
Article as reported by Jeffrey McMurray of the Pocono Record.