Ranch Time with the 2016 Kawsaki Mule Pro-FX and Pro-FXT
A year ago we were treated to a tour of Kawasaki's sprawling, Lincoln, Nebraska manufacturing plant for a factory tour, and for the introduction of one of the most important models Kawasaki has ever built. There on the edge of the prairie is the birthplace of nearly every Kawasaki ATV, Jet Ski watercraft, Teryx Side x Side, and hardworking yet often overlooked Mule utility vehicle. That day marked a turning point for the lowly Mule, though. It was the unveiling of the completely new, modern, and most capable Mule ever, the Mule Pro-FXT.
One of the things we like best about ATV riding is the family aspect of the sport. There’s nothing better than watching a parent, or even a grandparent, help a young boy or girl learn to ride. Like baseball, ATV riding has become one of the very few sports and activities that can transcend age and generational differences, and it’s not uncommon to see 3 generations of riders enjoying that same trailside exploration that we came to know so many years ago. It’s what family activities were meant to be!
You can never have too much storage on any off-road machine. There are always tools, tow straps, tie-downs, and snacks to carry. On most utility style ATVs and Side x Sides manufacturers do a pretty good job of building in storage compartments under seats, the front hood, or in the dash, but on any sporty machine, available space is often limited. That is particularly true for our trusty Polaris RZR 900 S, but QuadBoss had the answer to our problem.
Can-Am is known as the luxury manufacturer in the powersports world, whether it is with their watercraft, snowmobiles, or off-road vehicles. While it’s true they do offer some high-end models with all the bells and whistles, their pricing is pretty much in line with every other manufacturer, sometimes a little more, and sometimes a little less. In the last two years, Can-Am has broadened their horizons by offering new, very budget friendly models with many of the same top-end features.
If you’re planning any riding adventure, you’ll also be using a little fuel, and that often means toting fuel cans or jugs along. We’ve never really liked hauling a potential fire bomb in the back of our truck, especially when the sun is constantly causing the jugs to expand and vapors to escape. There had to be a more secure, safer way to transport fuel, and recently we found one.
HEAT. Sometimes it’s your friend, sometimes it’s your enemy. The line between the two is very fine and often by the time you realize it’s been crossed, your engine has already taken a significant hit. Design Engineering Inc. of Ohio knows all about that line and has an extensive line of products that are designed to keep you firmly planted on the right side. One of those products that we’ve used is called “Radiator Relief”.
Hoelscher's Li'l Spike - Your Best Shot at Good Grades
We always have work to do around the yard or farm, and a couple times a year that includes grading the drive to take out the holes that somehow develop on their own for no apparent reason. In the past that has meant a rake and shovel, but it’s darn near impossible when the drive is one step below the hardness of concrete. Thankfully, we’ve finally solved that problem and now we’ve got a tool that makes it a whole lot easier.
Everybody loves to explore a new ride area, and regardless of where you live, there is almost certainly a great riding area within a day’s drive. With summer here it's time to load up the trailer, gather up your family and riding buddies, and head out for a little off-road vacation. Go do your best Louis & Clark impression and explore some new territory of your own!
A Mountain Ride on Honda's Best 2015 Fourtrax Rancher
Since the introduction of Honda’s original Rancher 350 over 15 years ago, top-of-the-line ATVs have ballooned up in both displacement and physical size to a point where a machine like the original Rancher would be considered an “introductory” machine. In fact, the biggest machines on the market can be a handful even for highly experienced riders, and for almost every type of riding situation, we prefer something that is easier to control and much more forgiving on the trail.