"And wouldn't you hope that the local businesses might show more responsibility promoting the area to families rather than the stereo-swampers?"
In your statement, are you referring to the UTV Jamboree in Marysvale as being an irresponsible promotion of the Paiute trail?
I have been to several ATV & UTV rallies, and the UTV Jamboree is without a doubt the most family friendly off-road event I have ever been to! The median age must be around 55 years old! (Not including the family dog!)
My FAMILY and I have attended all 3 of the UTV Jamborees so far, and there was only one time I can recall that some jackass was acting in a way not appropriate for a "Family event". He took off his muffler and went racing up the street. That lasted only minutes, because people politely told him to quit! Yes, you read that correctly! People were policing themselves. That is what you need to be preaching, not segregation! Not every UTV driver is an idiot, and not every ATV driver is a saint. The 50” restriction does NOTHING to stop an ATV rider with his 1000 cc engine from going 70 MPH down the 50” trail.
You are way off base on this one Doug.
Also, if you want to talk about “Overuse” talk about how many extra sets of wheels are taken off the trail when a group of people piles into a 2 to 6 seat UTV and leaves the other 1 to 5 ATVs home!
The landing was smooth as silk, and zero "lawn dart" issues.
The Tatou tracks are amazing in the snow!
I took the XP 4 out today to 10,000 feet elevation for some testing. The 900 had good power for turning the tracks in all conditions. I can say for sure that I would not be happy if I had them on an 800 RZR though.
I was reasonable with my expectations, and they were all met or exceeded. I want something to take my family into the back country to enjoy our mountains in a way that can’t be done in the summer. I mostly want to stick to the well traveled trails. I do not plan on doing allot of deep powder, but I want to be able to do some without fear of sinking to China, and want to have the power to be able to turn the tracks without having to constantly be at 100% throttle.
I never went in low range except when loading the machine on the trailer. The 900 has enough power in reserve that you can cruse along in high range at about 60% throttle. Cruising speed at 60% throttle is about 17-21 mph. (This was even going up reasonable grades) I could hit 35 mph on flat snow packed trail at 100% throttle. Top speed on dry solid ground is 39.6 MPH before hitting the rev limiter.
The one thing needed, especially if you are going to haul a family is an enclosure & possibly a cab heater.
This is why I will be getting a soft cab enclosure, & cab heater. This was all from track spray & after only 1 hour.
I highly doubt it.
I believe they will get the bugs worked out. After all, look at the gen 1 RZR, vs the gen 3 that came out 8 months later.
The overall platform is light years ahead of where the RZR began life.
There are new platform glitches to be worked through, but when they are this thing will be every bit as good as the XP IMHO.
I think he will wait till they have been out for a few months, than pull the trigger.
Hurry and drive one before they are all broken!!!
I was out there today, and of the 7 units they brought, only 4 were still running by the end of the day...
I didn't see the first one, but I hear it broke Friday and was already in the trailer.
One had a grenaded transmission, the belt cover was off and they loaded it on the truck before the crowd arrived this morning.
Another one broke an axle mid morning and I hear it tore up the hub during a test ride. (See picture of it's trip back to the trailer)
They were only letting people drive them with a Arctic Cat employees sitting next to the driver on a set driving route, so it's not like people were throwing them off 50' jumps and breaking them.
The Wildcat is an awesome concept, but they sure have allot of work to do before they are reliable.
Recently Brutus got a few upgrades. The transmission had the Polaris recall done on the low range engagement mechanism. While we were in there we pulled the engine & installed forged pistons, and a pinned & welded crankshaft for extra strength.
They found a problem with the crank case casting that allowed the oil pressure to be erratic, it would spike for no apparent reason. The problem was in the actual crank case casting or machining. The valve that regulates oil pressure was getting stuck. The crank case was replaced.
We installed a full sweep oil pressure gauge & a HUGE oil cooler. (Overkill…Maybe….) :-)
I also picked up one of the aluminum ATV wagon camp trailers.
With independent torsion bar suspension, 45 cubic feet of dry cargo space, a cargo rack, 1,263 # of cargo capacity, and 11” of ground clearance, it can haul EVERYTHING into the back country!
I’m ready to go camping… If it EVER stops raining!