What’s the Average Cost of an ATV Repair? DIY vs. the Shop?

Repairs are a reality of owning an ATV at some point, especially if you enjoy riding frequently, and when it comes time to do those repairs, you can do two things. You can either take your ATV to the shop and have your problems handled for you or do it yourself. But which one is the better option overall?

Learning how to do repairs yourself will be more cost-effective. When taking your ATV to the shop, you are paying for the labor of someone else fixing your machine. It makes sense to at least learn how to repair simple issues at home for significant cost savings.

We will be going over the cost differences between DIY and mechanic repairs and explaining how to fix common repairs. If you would like to learn more, we encourage you to read on!

Knowing Your Machine 

There is a saying that time is money, and it isn’t entirely wrong. Finding the perfect balance of cost savings while not losing too much time is something not many people think about. 

Oftentimes people tip to one extreme or the other. On one side, you have the people who take their machine to a mechanic over the slightest issue while the other insists that you should know how to do everything. 

There isn’t necessarily anything wrong with either side to an extent, but we think for most people incorporating a little bit of both mindsets is healthy. An ATV is a complex feat of engineering with a lot going on at once, and if one thing fails, you are likely going to end up with something non-functional, barely functional, or cause long-term damage. 

Because of this, we strongly recommend that folks have an understanding of common ATV repairs or maintenance procedures rather than completely relying on a service. Of course, we aren’t saying you should never go to a mechanic, but there are certain repairs that most people can do cheaply without much time or effort as long as you have a manual and the proper tools. 

Now, of course, you shouldn’t attempt something you aren’t comfortable with as that can spell trouble. It’s always worth it, in the end, to let a professional handle more intermediate/advanced repairs if that’s what you feel you need. 

Two Key Repairs/Maintenance Procedures Everyone Should Know

Below we will be going over the easiest repairs for the average person to do and compare the cost of doing it yourself versus having a mechanic do it for you. Some of these are part of an overall tune-up session, so don’t be afraid to let a shop handle the ATV equivalent of a check-up if you feel that it will be too time-consuming for you. 

Air Filter Change

With how often ATVs get dirty due to the environment they are in, you will need to change the air filter. This is both the least expensive and easiest ATV maintenance you’ll do besides washing it. 

The air filter is a simple but crucial aspect of your ATV. It is what keeps dirt and debris from clogging up your engine, allowing it to perform at its best. Dirty air will not only hamper performance, but it will also cause wear and tear on the engine, which you absolutely do not want considering just how expensive an engine repair can be. 

How often you need to clean/change the air filter will be dependent on what kind of riding you are doing. If you are getting dirt/mud all over the ATV, the chances are that the air filter is dirty and needs to be cleaned. While it is a blast to get dirty, which is one of the things great about riding, this will rapidly diminish the quad’s lifespan if neglected.

Do yourself a huge favor, ensure you are regularly inspecting and changing/cleaning your ATV’s air filter. You can buy pleated paper filters from anywhere between $10 – $25. Replacing the filter at a shop is typically part of a full-service tune-up, which can be anywhere from $100 – $400 depending on how much is being done. 

Keep in mind you don’t have to swap out the filter every time you check on it. You should be able to clean it at least a few times until it becomes permanently stained and dirty. We recommend staying stocked up on air filters if you can so you are ready to go for your next ride. 

So, how do you change the air filter yourself? It’s quite easy, actually!

  1. Lift the seat. Typically, the air filter is located below the seat, and spotting it is as simple as lifting it and checking underneath for the filter housing. Once you’ve located that, remove the bolts and lift the filter out.
  2. Clean the filter. You can skip this step if you need to do a replacement. There are two effective ways to clean an air filter. You can either put it in your dishwasher on the hottest setting or put it in your washing machine – also on the hottest setting. After it is cleaned, you can then put it in the dryer. 
  3. Apply air filter oil. This will help air pass through all that dirt you’ll be kicking up. The oil clings to the filter, and the debris will stick to that oil rather than the air filter itself. You’ll want to make sure that you are spraying the entire thing thoroughly. You can buy K&N Air Filter Cleaning Kit on Amazon.
  4. Stick the air filter back in. After you are done, you are ready to put the filter back where you found it and secure the bolts. 

As you can see, it’s quite a simple process relatively speaking and is one of the most important regular maintenance tasks you’ll be doing-especially if you love to get dirty. If you have ever wondered why your ATV isn’t kicking as it used to when you twist the throttle, a filthy air filter might be the cause. 

Oil Change

You hear all the time that changing a vehicle’s oils is a crucial part of maintaining it, and for a good reason. If you’ve ever heard the phrase “a well-oiled machine,” that’s exactly what fresh oil does for an engine. It ensures that the motor’s moving parts are properly lubricated, allowing them to move freely without resistance. 

Old oil causes what is known as engine sludge and blocks the flow of oil. An engine that isn’t properly lubricated is prone to overheating and warping, which means expensive damages down the line if it is continued to be neglected. 

Changing the oil is a less complicated and messy procedure than it is with a car. Given its size, an ATV doesn’t hold as much oil as a car, which has a full gallon of dirty oil draining out when doing an oil change job. On the other hand, an ATV only holds about a quart, making the disposing situation easier, and if you do end up making a mess, it’s not nearly as bad. 

For this reason, we recommend just doing it yourself if you can. The process overall should take about 20 minutes or so once you get used to it.

As far as cost goes, you can expect to pay $30 to buy a gallon of oil and $7 for an oil filter. A shop oil change is usually $50. You can do up to 4 oil changes depending on your ATV’s size for the cost of one shop oil change. Going back to the shop 4 times can cost you up to $200 – that’s quite the difference!

Here’s how you can change your ATV’s oil:

  1. Run the engine.  The first step you’ll want to do is run the engine. This will get the oil warm/hot allowing it to flow much easier out of the engine. It should take about 10 minutes for the oil to rise in temperature.
  2. Remove the oil filter. ATV’s can differ, so check the manual if you aren’t sure where you can access the oil filter. In most cases, you’ll have to remove the seat, pull the latch, snap off the panel on the right side, and remove the bolts to loosen the cover. After the cover has been removed, you’ll see the dipstick and oil filter. 
  3. Clean the dipstick and around the opening. Clearing out as much of the old oil as possible will help keep both debris and the bad oil from getting into the engine. 
  4. Drain the oil. You’ll want to wear gloves for this part, specifically safety gloves if you have them, but rubber gloves work too. The oil will be quite warm if not hot, and you don’t want that getting on your bare skin. Consult your manual to find the drain plug, place your drain pan under it, and loosen the plug with a socket to allow the oil to fall out. Remove the oil filter when all the old oil has expelled.
  5. Add the new oil. Put the drain plug back where it was and tighten it enough to secure but not overly so. Next, take the new filter and add oil to the O-ring, and place and screw it in, ensuring it is tight enough with a wrench. Place the oil funnel on the new filter and pour the amount of oil that your ATV can hold – remember, consult the manual if you don’t know! 
  6. Put everything back. Now it’s just a matter of reversing what you have done by putting the cover, panel, and seat back where they were.

Don’t forget to dispose of the oil properly. People who attempt to do an oil change for their car oftentimes have a tough time with this part, and it’s no wonder why. For one, it is straight-up illegal to dispose of used motor oil correctly because it clings to everything it touches and can contaminate water – this means pouring it down drains and tossing it into a body of water is a no-go.

Luckily, you don’t have as much oil on your hands with an ATV after the job is done, and like with used oil from a car, you can properly recycle your ATV’s oil. If you were using a drain pan, you might be able to close it to contain the oil for easy transportation – if not, you can either pour it back into the original container it came in or a suitable plastic container. 

One important factor to note is that motor oil that has been mixed with other fluids is not recyclable, so ensure it is nothing but pure oil. If all is good, you can simply hand it off to your nearest AutoZone or other similar shops. 

Wrapping Things Up

These, in our opinion, are the most important things for an ATV owner to know how to do themselves. Just being able to do these 2 maintenance procedures alone puts you at a significant advantage when it comes to keeping your ATV running well. In fact, just knowing that these things have to be done is great in general – there are too many examples of heavily used ATVs in bad shape due to them being poorly maintained.

If you would like to learn more about how to keep your ATV running well, keep on reading to learn more!

Should You Do a Tune-Up Yourself?

You might be wondering at what point is it a good idea to let a professional handle repairs. For starters, if you are buying a used ATV, it is probably a good idea to give it a tune-up. What does this include? Quite a bit! 

  • Cleaning and lubing ATV Chain
  • Checking and replacing spark plugs
  • Flushing cooling system
  • Checking and replacing oil silencer if needed
  • Checking and adjusting the valves
  • Flushing braking systems
  • Oil checking and replacing the old oil for new oil
  • Inspecting and adjusting the cables and lubes
  • Cleaning or replacing a dirty oil filter 
  • Inspecting the ATV to look for anything wrong
  • Adjusting the optimal air-pressure for the tires
  • Checking and adjusting compression levels

If you consider ATV repairs a hobby in and of itself, you’ll have a blast learning how to repair the many aspects of these wonderful machines. However, this definitely isn’t for everyone – most people want an ATV to ride and not spend hours learning everything and even more hours doing all of these things hands-on.

As we mentioned earlier, a tune-up will run you anywhere from $100 – $400, depending on how many of these steps are being done. Of course, a professional will know how to efficiently get your ATV running its best while you won’t have to lift a finger. You also have to consider that you didn’t have to buy any replacement items. Overall, there are certain things that are just best left to the pros for most people.

You could save upwards of $250 – $300 doing a full tune-up on an ATV yourself, but if you aren’t confident or don’t feel like it, there is absolutely no shame in bringing it into the shop. In fact, if you snagged yourself a used ATV at a good price, even $400 for a full tune-up to ensure it runs perfectly can be a steal.

Changing Your Tires  

Like cars, ATVs need tire changes at some point, which means that tire replacement costs need to be factored in. When you have to change your tires is dependent on where you are riding, how you are riding, and what type of tires you have. 

If you are riding off-road like many, if not most people do, you’ll get quite a bit of life out of your ATV’s tires. This is due to the very nature of off-road tires. Big treads mean less rubber touching the ground, and softer terrain means less wear. Riding around on the road eats tires because of that continuous contact with such a hard surface. 

If you keep your ATV strictly off-road, you can expect to get anywhere between 5 -10 years when riding off-road and 1-2 years on-road. 

When it is time to swap your ATV’s tires, how much will this cost, and is it worth just doing it yourself? In truth, it might be best just to take it to the shop, depending on how much they are charging. Of course, you’ll have to buy your own tires, which can be anywhere from $50 – $450 per wheel depending on exactly what kind of tire it is and the quality level. All-terrain and mud tires are the least expensive while hard, or Rock Crawler and Sand tires cost the most. 

When it comes to mounting the ATV tires, your local shop can shoot you a rate anywhere from $5-$25 per tire. It’s good to call around to see if you can get a low price before deciding. 

Again, whether or not you want to change the tires will depend on if you even want to do it in the first place. DIY tire repairs can be done, but they aren’t entirely risk-free, and you can be doing some damage if things don’t go well. Why is this? It’s mainly due to how ATV tires are fitted onto the wheels. 

Why Is It Challenging to Change an ATV Tire?

The main challenge of changing a tire is caused by what is known as “the bead.”

Inside the rim, there is a bump; this bump is known as the “bead retainer.” On the flipside, tires have a “tire bead” that includes a steel cable that goes around the tire’s entire loop. 

The purpose of these mechanics is to prevent the tire from sliding around when riding. Many people do hard riding where they are sliding around, hitting bumps, and doing jumps – mostly apparent in sport ATVs, but stability is key for off-roading in general. 

This bead mechanic is great for riding, but unfortunately, it makes DIY repairs a challenge. The main hurdle separating the tire from the rim in general, otherwise known as “breaking the bead.” Tire shops have expensive tire changing machines that can efficiently swap out tires, but the average ATV owner is highly unlikely to have this in their garage, leaving them with more…brutal options. 

First off, if you are doing a DIY tire change, we can only recommend using a Bead Buster for the job. It is the least likely to cause damages; unfortunately, it is not the cheapest of tools. This BeadBuster, for example, is over $100, which can potentially be a more expensive way to change your tire rather than having a shop do it for you. 

It’s going to be up to you on what route you want to take. Considering tires can last a considerable amount of time and most professional tire changes aren’t too costly – we would say that the DIY option is recommended for most people. 

Don’t forget you’ll also invest in a tire jack to lift the ATV up to make changing the tire possible, which can also run you over $100. 

If you would like to know the step by step process of changing your ATVs tires, we will break down how it would be done. 

How to Change an ATV Tire

Your biggest obstacle will be taking the old tire off of the wheel and putting the new one on. Past that, it is a relatively easy process as long as you have the proper tools on hand. 

  1. Jack up the ATV.  On level ground, use a jack to lift up the ATV, securing it with jack stands. 
  2. Remove the wheels. With a 4-way lug wrench, separate the wheels from the ATV.
  3. Break the bead. This is either a painful process or an easy one depending on what tool you are using. If you are using a Bead Buster, it will break the tire bead allowing the tire to be removed with a tire iron. 
  4. Remove the tire. Using 2 tire irons with protective plastic, wedge the first tire iron between the wheel and tire, lifting the tire over the wheel lip. Doing the same with the second tire iron, continue going around the wheel, lifting the tire over the wheel lip. You should be able to separate the tire from the wheel after this easily. 
  5. Clean the wheel lip. Wash off any debris, dirt, sand, etc. To get a good cleaning, you can use a wire brush for any dirt that refuses to come off. If there is any rust, it’ll have to be removed with either a wire brush or a flathead screwdriver. Ensure you are getting both sides of the rim around the entire perimeter of the wheel. 
  6. Lube the rim and new tire. This will help the tire slide onto the rim. You can use soap and water on the bead retailer but don’t use WD-40 as it can cause damage to the tire’s rubber. 
  7. Mount the new tire on the wheel. This can also be tricky since you’ll have to ensure the tire is locked in place with the bead correctly. Ensuring the tire is in the correct orientation and the wheel is flat on the ground, place the tire on top of the wheel and push down on both sides. The tire should slip onto the first bead. You may need to use a tire iron if you can’t get it on by hand. 
  8. Work on the second bead.  Step on the tire by the valve to start moving into place and work your way around the wheel. Once everything is in place, lock it in with a tire iron. 
  9. Inflate the tire.  Use a ratchet strap around the tire’s circumference, stand the tire up, and tighten the strap until the tire touches the lip of the rim. Now that the tire is ready to be inflated connect the inflator to the tire valve and inflate until it reaches 7-8 PSI.
  10. Mount the wheel onto the ATV. Lastly, mount the tire back, reversing the process of what you did when you removed it. 

In general, it’s not too bad of a project, although if you are doing this for the first time, you might come across frustrations and spend a lot of time ensuring everything is going well.

If you don’t want to do this, bring it to a shop, and you’ll have a new pair of tires without having to do anything. Like we stated previously, you don’t have to do something you aren’t confident about. 

Conclusion

You are likely to save money in the long run by doing repairs and maintenance procedures yourself, and there are certain basic things that everyone should know how to do, such as changing the oil and air filter.

 However, mechanics exist because not everyone is comfortable doing many of the repairs that an ATV requires and so bringing it to the shop is the best option. This is especially so if you need to do a full inspection and tune-up for a used/old ATV, there is a lot that might need to be done in this case and an inexperienced DIYer will have a lot on their hands.

Two-Seater ATV Guide | The 2up Four-Wheeler Option

ATVs, in general, are great machines that can be both fun and practical. If you plan to share the fun of off-roading, a two-seater ATV can provide fun for both people on the ride. But where do you even begin to look for the right ATV for your needs?

A 2up four-wheeler can come in different engine types, power, weight, and general build quality. You can buy a nice two-seater quad for around $6,300 to get your foot in the door up to powerful beasts with bells and whistles to boot for $15,000.

With so many makes and models, decisions aren’t easy! In this article, we will be going over the ins and outs of what to consider when purchasing a two-seater ATV in an easy-to-understand language. If you’d like to learn more, we encourage you to read on!

What Is a Two-Seater ATV?

So, you want to buy a 2-seater ATV, but you don’t exactly know what it’s for or what it even is. Two-seater ATVs are designed to carry both the rider and a passenger. When looking at photos of them, it becomes apparent that they try to offer both parties comfort. Sporting relatively large seats both in the front and back, they can get you over lots of different types of terrain without wearing both the rider and passenger out.

What do people use two-seaters for? A variety of things:

  • Recreational riding
  • Transporting cargo
  • Towing
  • Transportation

These machines differ from sport ATVs, which are smaller, lighter, and designed for fast, extreme riding. Although you can do sporty riding on a certain two-seater provided, both parties consent to it and take the proper safety precautions, of course, such as wearing a helmet like this YEMA ATV Helmet. But if you plan on doing a lot of solo riding, they won’t be the best option for this purpose. 

Two-seaters are usually purchased for their versatility. If you want something to hit the trails or transport things, they will offer solo or duo riding, making them an overall great value.

Like with any ATV, 2ups come in various price points that differ in power, features, weight, and build quality. There is a lot to consider when choosing a 2up ATV, but in general, you should consider these key factors:

  • Reliability
  • Power
  • Functionality 
  • Value
  • Ride quality

You might be thinking how a 2up four-wheeler compares with a side-by-side ATV; after all, both are designed to carry two people and are often compared to one another.

ATV 2up Seat Conversion

You can convert a traditional utility ATV into a 2up, but first, check to see if this is legal in your area. If you are clear, you can find many seats on Amazon, such as this Black Boar Rear Lounger. You’ll need some tools to install, such as a 5/16-inch drill bit, a 7/16-inch wrench, and a grease pencil for marking.

The seat should be as far back as possible on the rack. The mountain locations should be on the bars that go from side-to-side and on the ones that go from front to back. Mark the underside of the seat where you’ll line up the backing plates and mark the holes that need to be drilled.

After drilling, take a U-bolt and position it under the rear rack facing up. Place the backing plate over the U-bolt and tighten by hand. Repeat the process for the other U-bolts included, tighten them completely with your wrench and install the seat.

This is the process for this particular product, but seats and installation methods will differ depending on your ATV and seat. 

2up Four-Wheelers vs. UTVs

We will briefly go over the differences between a 2up vs. an SXS and what purposes they fulfill. 

The first and most obvious difference is the riding/driving experience will be drastically different from one another. An SxS is essentially a small off-road car. You get a steering wheel, pedals, and gear shifters like you would in a car. Some people may prefer this as it is familiar, and they immediately know what to do when they hop into their new side-by-side. Plus, they are generally pretty comfortable, even the sport variants.  

Because of the very nature of a side by side, they are larger overall and can’t go into as many places as a quad ATV, which can mean less usage depending on where you intend to ride. They are also more expensive than an ATV and are not suitable for those looking to spend less than $10,000 on a new machine. 

However, if you do have the cash to throw down, you’ll find out just how versatile and fun they can be. Sport side by side can comfortably fit two people and generally have powerful motors. In terms of social, recreational “extreme” driving, they are a blast. 

If you are looking for a more practical reason to use an SxS, utility machines will be more comfortable sitting in for a prolonged time vs. sitting on a quad.

At the end of the day, there is no “better” choice overall. It entirely depends on your wants/needs and use case. A quad ATV is a unique experience, and you are getting more performance for the dollar in a smaller package that can go more places. On the flip side, a side by side is a familiar experience that offers great off-road capabilities and is more comfortable overall on longer drives for both the driver and passenger. 

What Level of Engine Displacement Do You Really Need?

If you are going in with a specific budget in mind, you’ll naturally want to pick the best option for your overall needs. Many people instantly jump to how much power they can get out of their targeted price range because, after all, whether you are looking for thrills or towing, most people initially want as many horses as they can get. But do you really need a beastly 1000 cc engine?

There are a lot of factors that go into how much power you really need for an ATV. For starters, you should consider if you are a beginner or an experienced rider. You’ll hear this pretty much everywhere when it comes to ATVs, dirt bikes, and street motorcycles: beginners should start easy. 

Why is this? Because the utmost most powerful ATVs are more difficult overall. It is easy to twist the throttle a little too much and get sent flying forward at a pace you did not expect, which can lead to disastrous consequences. This includes if you have experienced yourself but plan to share your ride with inexperienced people, you know.

We aren’t saying beginners should only buy the least powerful option – not at all. In fact, this isn’t a good idea IF you plan on pushing your vehicle once you get more experienced. We are just saying that someone new to riding hopping on a big 1000 cc quad isn’t the best introduction to riding. It can put you and your passenger in danger if you don’t respect the machine. 

We will walk you through the different cc (cubic capacity) levels to give you an idea of what to look for based on your intended usage.

400-550cc

Two-seaters require more power by default than lighter ATVs since they are meant to carry 400+ pounds worth of humans plus any other cargo you are trying to haul. On the lower end of the price spectrum for two-seaters, you can expect approximately 400cc engines.

These are great for both beginners and people who are just looking to ride the trails casually. Not everyone is particularly looking for monstrous power to go fast; many folks want to unwind and enjoy the great outdoors. If this sounds like you, not only will you be saving yourself money, but you won’t have to be paranoid about throttle control as much. 

These lower power two-seaters are also great for people who just need to get around and tow on a large land plot, i.e., a farm. And speaking of towing, it is worth mentioning that a bigger engine doesn’t mean it is automatically better at towing. If you are seeking this purpose out of an ATV, you will want to look at the manufacturer’s official tow capacity. 

It is also important to keep in mind how much both you, your passenger, and the ATV itself weighs, however. A 400cc engine on a heavy quad with two heavy people while hauling cargo will feel lackluster if you are hoping for at least a slight amount of pep. 

If you want more power, but not necessarily the fastest around, perhaps the middle of the road options are for you.

550-750cc

This is the range we recommend for most people, and we think this is where most people want to be in general. These quads are a little more expensive but usually stay in the range people expect to pay for a brand new two-seater ATV. 

Naturally, these quads will offer more excitement overall if that is what you are after, but they can also carry more things and generally have a better tow rating to boot. If you are a new rider and wanting something you can grow into later on, we definitely recommend going for the upper end of this range; just remember to learn your machine and don’t go out of your comfort zone. 

It’s also worth mentioning that more power helps when it comes to off-roading. ATV stands for all-terrain-vehicle, but not all machines are equal when it comes to their off-road capabilities. Are you looking to plow through mud and water? More engine power can seriously help when conquering harsher terrain, but this isn’t the only factor when it comes to off-road capabilities (more on that later). 

750-1000cc

If you want power and are confident you can handle it, then look no further. You are probably looking at closer to 850-1000cc in this power range, and this is going to offer you the thrills you are looking for. These powerful quads are not only fast, but they will be able to remain fast, even with 2 mid-sized adults on board.

As expected, you’ll be paying more for a powerful machine, as much as $15k if you are looking at an especially tricked out model with lots of bells and whistles. And speaking of that, that leads us into our next section.

What Features Do You Really Need?

ATVs are more than just 4 wheels, a seat, and an engine, these days. As computers are more commonly used in vehicles, many great advancements have been made to deliver a superior riding experience. What’s more, some quads offer extra storage, winches, and power steering.

Power-Steering

Out of all the features, we will go through. We think power-steering is overall the most important for everyone.

A quality riding experience is important; after all, you might be on your quad for quite some time, and the last thing you want is to tire out from steering on treacherous terrain. This is where power-steering comes in to help. You pay a premium for it, but we think it is very much worth it. 

How does power steering work? It essentially acts as a steering assistant. If the steering is electrically powered, an electric motor will assist your steering based on how much and how quickly you are turning. If the system is hydraulic, then the steering power is transferred from the engine to the steering wheel via hydraulic pressurized steering fluid. 

Electric power steering or EPS provides superior fuel economy and less maintenance overall, but both systems are significantly better than not having any steering assistance at all. We highly encourage that you consider that the model of ATV you are purchasing has some form of power steering – preferably EPS. We think you’ll find the bit of extra cost is worth it in the long run – especially if you are using your quad as a work vehicle. 

Winch

A winch helps those who are planning on doing extreme off-roading, and it can save you if you happen to get stuck in mud or water. ATVs are heavy, especially a 2up quad, which can weigh over 1000 pounds (454 kg) and so you are probably not pulling it out yourself once your machine has been locked in place at the mercy of mother nature.

Even if you don’t plan on plowing through knee-deep mud, a winch can still offer you peace of mind for light to moderate off-roading, but it likely isn’t going to be necessary. We can offer a safety tip to never blindly go into mud or water unless it is 100% obvious that it isn’t too deep. There have been countless people who come across a long stretch of muddy terrain and assume their quad can handle it and end up paying the price. 

It is generally recommended to have a winch if your ATV is for work purposes. There are many use cases for a winch other than getting yourself out of sticky situations, such as:

  • Falling a tree
  • Dragging a boat to shore 
  • Moving wood
  • Pulling fence posts
  • Removing obstacles in your path
  • Demolishing structures

As you can see, a winch can serve many purposes and so we recommend that you think about if there will ever be a situation where it might come in handy. It is better to have something and rarely need it than not having it at all when you do need it. 

Winter Options 

If you plan to use your ATV in a snowy climate, it might be worth it to invest in handy winter options. 

A biggie is a snow plow kit. If you have ever thought to yourself that you wish you could get rid of excess snow, then an ATV + snow plow kit is an excellent way to solve your snow problems. 2up ATVs, in general, are excellent plowing machines as they are heavy and are equipped with enough power to handle the job.

We also recommend considering the quality of life improvements such as heated grips to keep you cozy. A windscreen can protect you from snow getting all over your body, leaving you soaking wet at the end of a ride or work activity.

What Tires Do You Need?

The majority of people purchasing an ATV will be fine with the all-purpose stock tires it comes with until a tire change is needed. These tires are designed for non-extreme conditions, and as the name of the vehicle itself implies, they will be able to handle all types of terrain. 

But if you are going to be using your ATV in more specialized conditions such as snow and sand, you will want to think about what tires to purchase along with your quad. 

Sand

Sand is a very loose terrain, and to ensure you aren’t going to be spinning your tires without going anywhere, you will need a set of sand tires. Sand tires can be recognized by their slick appearance and large, spacious treads.

Mud

If you plan on getting dirty, you will need mud tires to help you get through moderate to deep mud puddles. The grip is king when dealing with mud, and so these tires have a unique design that allows them to crawl through the slippery substance. Mud tires can also be used in the snow, making them quite versatile. 

Off-Road 

Off-road tires are essentially an upgraded version of all-purpose tires. These are great for those who want just one tire for every terrain – a jack of all trades if you will. It’s a great upgrade option for those doing a little more than what an all-purpose tire can handle. 

If you’d like to learn more about this subject, we recommend checking out the video below:

What Are the Best ATV Brands?

The whole “X brand is best” is subjective but has merit if coming from a mostly unbiased perspective. In the car industry, you have brands known for their reliability and build quality and can be generally trusted not to be a maintenance nightmare. The same applies to ATV brands.

You have to ask yourself what you are looking for in a brand. Bang for buck? Top-notch build quality? The lowest prices on the market? All the bells and whistles you could ever want? It’s safe to say that you will eventually find an ATV that is calling your name, but it can take some digging and weighing your options before putting down your hard-earned money.

Below we will be going over a couple of our recommended brands and a few models that we feel will be great for most people. Keep in mind that these are recommendations that keep both power and features in mind. There are less expensive or similarly priced options that are also great, so we recommend shopping around these two companies’ websites. 

CAN-AM

If you are looking for technology, features, and power, Cam-Am is ready to show you what they can do with a utility ATV. 

Outlander Max XT 570

Suppose you are looking for a solid bang-for-buck 2up that offers a decent amount of power with very much appreciated features. The Outlander Max XT 570 is a great first choice. 

Featuring a 570cc engine outputting 48 hp will offer plenty of power for most people while being friendly enough for beginner riders. It also includes bells and whistles that we feel are almost a must-have, such as dynamic power steering and a 3,500-lb winch. It even has nifty handguards, which are always a welcome addition. 

Furthermore, suspension in the front and rear are independent, which offers a comfortable ride for both the rider and passenger. Can-Am lists this as a work ATV, but anyone can enjoy this quad whether you are hitting the trails with a buddy or gathering firewood. 

At a respectable price-tag price-tag, you are getting almost everything you could want, although it doesn’t excel at any one thing. Sure, you can find a more powerful ATV at this price, but it probably isn’t going to be as well-equipped, which is why we think this will be an excellent machine for most people looking for a 2up ATV. Although, if you do need something more exciting, Can-Am has you covered.

Outlander Max XT 1000R

One of the most notable aspects about Can-Am, in general, is that they offer the most horsepower in a 2up ATV thus far and so if that is what you are after, look no further than their 1000R models. 

Essentially, the Outlander Max XT is simply a (much) more powerful variant of the XT 570 we talked about above. You can also get 650 cc and 850 cc engines, but our focus here is to showcase just how monstrous a 2up can be. Sporting a whopping 91 horsepower, the 1000R is certainly thrilling, but it also sports intelligent throttle control so you can have power when you need it and when you don’t. 

It certainly is not a cheap ATV, but it is not the most expensive one you can find, either. If you don’t need all that power, there are also  650 cc and 850 cc variants.

Polaris

Polaris can be seen as a direct rival to Can-Am and is just as enticing in our eyes. There aren’t many brands that sell 2up ATVs in general, so it makes choosing one a bit easier than other ATV categories. Below we will share two models that we think will cover many people’s needs for both thrills and work. 

Touring 570 EPS

If you want value, it can certainly be found here. This 2up checks key areas that most people are looking for—power, features, and comfort. With electronic power steering, a 567 cc engine, independent front and rear suspension, and a towing capacity of 1,225-lbs ( 556 kg), this is a solid 2up all around. With a price of under $9,000, it makes for a relatively accessible purchase while not sacrificing key aspects. 

Furthermore, you can add features as you desire. If you want bumpers, mirrors, windshields, handguards, and a winch, you can add it. This is a versatile ATV overall for those who just want to do recreational riding and those who need to get work done. 

Sportsman Touring XP 1000

It wouldn’t be fair not to list one of Polaris’ models after we did it for CAN-AM. If you are determined that you want a powerful 952 cc engine that outputs 88 horsepower, this quad will certainly satisfy your off-roading needs.   

Along with brute force, the touring XP 1000 also features electronic power steering, mirrors, and aluminum wheels. It’s definitely a winner in the 2up ATV landscape.

The quad is close in price to the outlander Max XT 1000R, and there is a very similar 850 cc variant that is identical minus included mirrors and aluminum wheels.

Conclusion

2up ATVs are excellent machines that can be used for recreation or work while taking another person along for the ride. Choosing the right make and model for your needs will be important to have the best experience possible.

To make your decision easier, key aspects that we recommend most people look for are power steering and engine size of at least 500 cc. You can also add quality of life improvements such as handguards and mirrors to make your riding experience more enjoyable. Furthermore, a winch can come in handy even if you end up using it only once or twice. 

Lastly, ensure you are regularly maintaining your quad. Oil changes, changing tires, and cleaning are standard methods to keep your ATV running nicely. 

Apollo vs. Yamaha: Complete Dirt Bike Comparison

Dirt bikes are fast, fun, and reliable. These bikes have grown in popularity over the years, prompting many traditional manufacturers to focus their attention on them and start making them in larger numbers. The companies that are doing it for a while and who are known for their dirt bikes are Apollo and Yamaha.

Between Apollo and Yamaha, Apollo’s dirt bikes are inexpensive and provide more bang for the buck. If you don’t have the budget for relatively expensive dirt bikes, Apollo bikes will be ideal. However, if money is no concern and you want the best dirt bike, Yamaha offers both quality and variety.

Dirt bikes are ideal for off-roading; however, not all dirt bikes are made the same, and the company that makes them play an important role in how much you enjoy riding them. Yamaha and Apollo are among the two unavoidable dirt bike makers, with Yamaha being among the industry leaders. Keep reading to know how they fare against each other.

Yamaha: The Japanese Manufacturing Giant 

P.S. This comparison article intends to focus more on Apollo than Yamaha as the latter is a well-known global company that requires little to no introduction. The name “Apollo,” on the other hand, doesn’t ring a bell among non-riders as much as Yamaha does and, therefore, would be discussed at much greater length.

Yamaha is a Japanese multinational company with a diversified outlook. It’s a manufacturing conglomerate that makes a wide variety of products that include boats, scooters, water pumps, car engines, music equipment, dirt bikes, etc. Despite having its foot in a wide variety of businesses, it has managed to excel and be successful at all, at varying levels.

As far as motorbikes go, Yamaha makes a wide range of them. Head to its official website to learn how serious it is about bikes. The company has been making dirt bikes since 1955, under the Yamaha Motors motorcycle division, and has been dominating the segment ever since. Needless to say, professional racers and dirt bike enthusiasts look forward to new Yamaha dirt bike announcements and launch dates each year.

Yamaha Dirt Bikes: The Road Taken 

Having made dirt bikes for decades, Yamaha has quite the collection of racing dirt bikes in its lineup. It sells bikes in the 125cc, 250cc, and 450cc (and above) engine displacement categories. Their small, light and agile bikes have won multiple races and are known for their solid handling and suspension.

ModelEngineTransmissionMax. Speed
YZ125125cc; 2-stroke; liquid-cooled5 or 6-speed70 MPH (112 KPH)
YZ250250cc; 2-stroke; liquid-cooled5-speed89 MPH (143 KPH)
YZ400F400cc; 4-stroke; liquid-cooled5-speed80 MPH (128 KPH)
YZ426F426cc; 4-stroke; water-cooled4 or 5-speed80 MPH (128KPH)
YZ450F449cc; 4-stroke; liquid-cooled4 or 5-speed90+ MPH (145 KPH)

Kindly note, 125cc engines are considered mid-range or the norm for dirt bikes. There are, in fact, dirt bikes with 110, 70, and even 50cc engines. Those, however, cater more to pre-teens and under. Dirt bikes with engine displacements of 250cc or more are usually viewed as being in the higher end of the spectrum.

Image of a 2021 Yamaha YZ250X

Yamaha YZ250 

The Yamaha YZ250 is a two-stroke dirt bike considered iconic in the off-road racing and motocross world. This is thanks to its multiple championship wins. It, in fact, goes down as among the best dirt bikes ever made. The first YZ250 was released in 1974. The air-cooled motor was later replaced in 1982 by a liquid-cooled engine.

During the early 2000s, almost all dirt racing bike manufacturers moved on to making four-stroke engine bikes. Yamaha stuck to its guns and continued making bikes with two-stroke engines. The success of the YZ250 had a major role to play in Yamaha, maintaining its stance.

The 2020 YZ250 replaces the steel frame with an aluminum frame, bringing down the bike’s overall weight to 212 lb (96 kg) in the process. The motor outputs around 49 horsepower, ensuring a solid power-to-weight ratio. The bike is also great to tune and work on. Not to mention, it’s extremely fun to ride.  

7th Generation 2021 YZ450F

Yamaha YZ400F 

The YZ400F is often attributed with having changed the dirt bike landscape across the globe. For a long time, the two-stroke, 250cc engine models were ruling the roost and became quite the standard in the dirt bike circuit. The introduction of the YZ400F with its four-stroke, liquid-cooled engine created a thud across the industry. The bike was so ahead of its time, Yamaha’s competitors couldn’t come up with anything comparable for the next five years.

The YZ400F sort of launched the four-stroke revolution in the dirt bike racing circuit. At that time, during 1997, four-stroke dirt bikes were not taken seriously. Even though brands such as Husqvarna were making four-stroke bikes for motocross, those were not reliable and/or affordable. YZ400F was not just a dirt track-ready, four-stroke engine bike, but it also rendered two-stroke engines difficult to ride and outdated.

The Yamaha YZ400F’s claim to fame was its excellent motor. It ensured the bike ran, unlike other four-stroke bikes prior to it. The high flowing head design mated to a short stroke configuration, and an extremely lightweight slipper piston gave the motorbike a free-revving feel. The bike’s head was devoid of RPM-limiting and power-robbing features, such as rocker arms, which made it easy to rev the bike safely up to 11,000 RPM.

Kindly note, the aforementioned bikes may not be current or available for sale directly from Yamaha. However, they feature on the list because they did well during their time and set the standard for later bikes. If these bikes are not available for purchase, you can always get their more modern variants.

2nd Generation 2001 YZ426F

Yamaha YZ426F 

Launched in 2000, the YZ426F was the updated version of the YZ400F, increasing engine displacement to 426cc for greater throttle response and power. Also, the jets and carburetors were made better to address the minor starting troubles of the YZ400F.

In 2001, the original steel valves were replaced with titanium ones. They were at least 40% lighter, permitting softer and lighter valve springs. That, in turn, allowed quicker revving engines, great rev ceilings, etc.

The crankshaft was reshaped too, and the entire assembly was redesigned. Besides changes to the motor, some transmission-related modifications were made to contain power and ensure endurance. The suspension underwent minor overhauls, too, with the objective to decrease weight and ensure smoother stroke action. Carburetor tuning was altered to counter off-idle and starting difficulties.

All these overhauls and tweaks resulted in a bike that earned the “benchmark” label very soon after its release. With multiple versions of the YZ426F having been released, the bike’s success has been phenomenal, to say the least. Even Yamaha would not have expected the model to fare so well, particularly with the popular YZ400F already in its ranks.  

Apollo: The Chinese Value Proposition 

Having set up shop in 2003 in Wuyi, China, Apollo doesn’t possess the history and heritage of Yamaha and other market leaders. But it’s certainly a company growing in market size and value within its niche globally, thanks to its unbridled passion for adventure bikes.

Specializes in Adventure Bikes 

The company specializes in making off-road motorcycles, e-scooters, electric bicycles, and a variety of other recreational vehicles. Apollo is so invested in the manufacturing and sales of its products that it has dedicated production workshops for different vehicles spanning several thousand square meters.

From forging, molding, and casting to engine assembly, gear machining, painting, and welding, Apollo’s integrated manufacturing setup is capable of them all. With total assets worth more than 200 million, Apollo rolls out 200,000 motorcycles each year.

Attention to Details 

One of the major reasons why Apollo is so strong at its craft is its attention to product details. The company understands the significance of precision tolerances, proper frame geometry, and usage of metals to provide high-quality bikes that deliver excellent performance. Components fabrications are core to the business’ ethos, in fact. Since 2014, the company has been allying with like-minded businesses to boost the technical attributes of its products.

Has Dedicated Research and Testing Teams 

Apollo carries out its research and testing in-house. The company, in fact, puts a lot of emphasis on testing, design, and development. This clearly indicates the company knows what it’s doing and that it isn’t just rebadging offerings of other companies. 

Though its budgets for research aren’t as massive (yet) as some of its Japanese and European counterparts, it does manage to put in a lot of thought and effort into its bikes with its comparatively scarce resources.

Apollo’s Dirt Bikes Stable 

Apollo strives to strike the right balance between performance, fun, and price with its dirt bike offerings. The company offers multiple options, which could make it difficult for potential buyers to zero in on their ideal motorcycle. Here are some of the company’s top offerings in the dirt bike segment:

ModelEngineGear TransmissionMax. Speed
DB-X18125cc; 4-stroke; air-cooled4-speed55 MPH (88.5 KPH)
DB-X29 X-PRO250cc; 4-stroke; air-cooled5-speed70 MPH (113 KPH)
AGB-36250cc; 4-stroke; air-cooled5-speed72 MPH (115 MPH)
DB-007125cc; 4-stroke; air-cooled4-speed45 MPH (72 KPH)

Apollo DB-X18 

The Apollo DB-X18 is a well-built dirt bike equipped with a single-cylinder, four-stroke engine. It’s not the biggest dirt bike Apollo has to offer, but the motorcycle is certainly capable. It, in fact, more than makes up for its slightly underwhelming guts with its excellent power delivery and performance. Not to mention, the bike is easy to handle and maneuver even on the most challenging paths.

The 125cc air-cooled engine is middle of the range, but the four-stroke prowess clearly indicates the engine is no slouch. The smaller stance and 150 lb (68 kg) curb or kerb weight mean the bike suits people of all ages and varying sizes. However, it is more suited to amateur and intermediate riders. Teens and young adults who would like to learn to ride dirt bikes would find the DB-X18 ideal.

Apollo DB-X29 

The DB-X29, also called the X-PRO, is a 250cc bike that is bigger and more powerful compared to the DB-X18. With an 8-liter (1.8 gals) fuel capacity, the bike has a carrying capacity of up to 440 pounds (199.5 kg), which means it can shoulder up to two fully-grown adults at once. The high horsepower and torque numbers indicate the bike is almost ideal for competitive racing events.

The five-speed gearbox, large tires, great maneuverability, etc. make this bike almost ideal for riding on a variety of terrains, which include mud, dirt, and sand roads. The bike is affordable, and for its price, it offers some serious value – like most Apollo bikes.

If you thought Chinese motor vehicles are inferior, the DB-X29 would be a pleasant surprise and may even force you to reassess your preconceived thoughts. The bike affords top-quality components at a relatively low price. Not to mention, the bike is available in a range of colors, with the metallic look being the standout hue.

Apollo AGB-36

A tad too powerful for newbie riders, the Apollo AGB-36 250cc overcomes all shortcomings of its parent’s 125cc offerings. It’s an easy-to-assemble bike, despite not being at the very low end of the segment. The bike is rugged and fun to ride. The front and rear-knobby wheels are 21 and 18 inches, respectively, which ensure solid traction on a range of terrain and tracks.

The 55.9 in (142 cm) wheelbase offers great riding control and comfort. The 70 MPH (112 KPH) top speed and horsepower of 16 make it clear that the bike is not meant for serious riders. However, if you’ve been riding 125cc and much smaller dirt bikes, the AGB-36 250cc would be a solid upgrade.

P.S. The bike models mentioned above (both Yamaha and Apollo) are not purchase-recommendations. The larger objective of this comparison is to showcase the technology and prowess of the two companies and how far they’ve come over the years. If you’re out in the market to buy a bike from either, the information above shall help you make a sound purchase decision.

If you are looking to buy a dirt bike on Amazon, irrespective of price and brand, this video should be a good guide:

Apollo Dirt Bike Pros and Cons 

Before you buy an Apollo bike, here are a few things you should consider, or could be constantly reminded of by your co-riders:

Solid Value for the Money 

Apollo has managed to create a legion of fans in a short time due to its ability to churn out inexpensive bikes that are comparable to or on par with the motorcycles of bigger brands, such as Yamaha and Honda, on the performance front. If you are testing out dirt bikes, getting started with Apollo bikes makes a lot of financial sense.

Chinese Roots 

Despite offering solid products time and again, Apollo consistently gets berated for its China base. Chinese products are cheap, but they are not known for their quality. Many potential buyers, as a result, are skeptical about buying Chinese items, such as Apollo bikes. Though industry experts and insiders find these concerns valid to an extent, they feel not all are justified.

When Japanese companies first started making bikes, their bikes met with widespread skepticism and some scathing reviews in the West. Over the years, the perception changed. Japanese manufacturing and technology are now considered industry-standard.

Chinese manufacturing is currently undergoing a similar phase. China’s manufacturing capabilities have come a long way, and it could take quite some time for the perception of China-made products to change. Companies like Huawei and Apollo are spearheading that change.

P.S. Most of the Japanese bikes are being currently made in China.

Spare Parts Are Difficult to Find 

Finding spare parts for Apollo dirt bikes, including gas valves, carburetors, and exhausts – can be a challenge. As a result, Apollo bike riders are forced to settle with parts from other brands. Thankfully, the dirt bike spare parts market is quite robust, and finding compatible parts if you do some looking around is certainly not impossible.

The issue is relatively minor, but the fact that Apollo could have made sure or at least made public its commitment to strengthening its spare parts game is something that makes it a drawback. The after-sales support, on the contrary, is pretty responsive.

Conclusion 

If you want the best dirt bike, look at Yamaha bikes. Though you might end up spending more on a Yamaha bike, you are unlikely to buy a bad Yamaha. And if you somehow manage to land with a sub-par Yamaha motorcycle, there is the strong after-sales service and support that shall come to your rescue.

With Apollo, it’s kind of a mixed bag. If you do your research or know about dirt bikes in general, picking up a decent Apollo bike should not be that difficult. However, if you don’t do your due diligence, you could possibly end up disappointed. And the poor spare parts availability situation will only add salt to your wounds.

In short, Yamaha is for buyers with deep pockets and who want the best the market has to offer. Apollo dirt bikes are for budget-conscious buyers, typically young riders who are not necessarily seeking excellence.

Side by Sides for Kids | Ultimate Youth UTV Comparison Guide

When I was 5 my parents got me a Peewee 50. That iconic name refers to a 50cc dirt bike made by Yamaha and it was a great bike for a little kid. It was a small frame with small tires and a good amount of cc’s for the intended rider. This gave little me just enough power to have hours and hours of fun but at the same time not so much power that I risked hospital stays during every ride.

Having three kids, I wanted to see what Peewee options there were in the UTV category. Using the idea of a power-to-fun ratio, I’ve researched all of the side by side options that have a smaller engine and/or specific options aimed at younger riders. The majority of these Youth UTVs have between 130 – 300cc’s as compared to the 800 – 1000cc full-sized UTVs that are considered mainstream (think Polaris RZRs, Yamaha YXZs, and CanAm Maverick X3s).

As for the safety options that are geared towards kids you’ve got your adjustable sliding seats, tilt steering wheels, your engine limiters, and your kill switches. One of the side by sides can even let you define an area in real-world space using your cell phone and then set the max speed of the UTV while in that space and out of it as well.

Right after the table of contents, I’m going to hit you with what I consider to be the best one and then you can scroll down to see the other options and even compare them side by side (pardon the UTV pun) in a spreadsheet of statistics.



The Best Youth UTV

Hands down, the best UTV for kids on the market right now is the Polaris Ranger 150 EFI. Seriously, the ability to lock your kids out of it electronically is great in this day and age of electronic parenting. The idea that my kids can’t go joyriding in it without my permission or my wife’s consent is an awesome feature.

Gone are the days of my mom having to run behind me holding the end of a ten-foot rope that was connected to the kill switch on the 50cc 3-wheeler four-year-old me was driving. I was fascinated with driving straight at our front yard tree so my mom would have to give the rope a good tug and the engine would die.

With the digital engine controls provided in the smartphone app, parents are now able to limit the max speed using a huge range of selectable speeds in miles per hour (MPH).

Another genius feature is the Geofencing option. Using the Smartphone App you are able to draw an area on a satellite image enhanced map to set a ride area. You can then set the speeds inside and outside of that area.

So for example, you could either set an area (like in the campsite) where the kids have to ride slower inside the set boundary to keep the dust down. Or you could set an imaginary space close by the campsite that is the only place where they can ride so they don’t wander off. I think this one feature could be used in so many scenarios.

Because this machine is so full of modern parental controls and because Polaris is a leader in this industry I’m convinced this is the best option for my kids. Check out the video below to see these options in action.

2020 Polaris – Ranger 150 EFI ($5499 MSRP)

  • Geofenced ride boundaries let you create an invisible fenced off area where you can control the speed limit inside and outside of this area.
  • Digital speed limiting using ride command app (this lets you set the exact max speed limit using a smartphone app)
  • Passcode Protected Safe Start (lockout the engine using the smartphone app)
  • Tilt Steering & Slide adjustable driver’s seat
  • Suspension Travel (5.1” front / 6” rear)
  • 150cc engine
  • Recommended Age 10 years old +

Safety and Operating Guidelines

Safety equipment

  • Eye protection
  • Helmet
  • Gloves
  • Boots
  • Pants
  • Long-sleeved shirt

Safety Recommendations

  • Make sure there is a 2” gap between the top of their helmet and the roll cage.
  • Look for a UTV that has adjustable seats and adjustable speeds to keep them safe and so that your child can get some years out of the machine.
  • Ensure that the passenger can reach the floor with their feet, as well as handles to hold on to.
  • Some of these smaller UTV’s will have some max weight limits you will want to stay under.
  • Must have adult supervision at all times.

Should I buy a Youth UTV or ATV?

Things to consider:

Style: What is your family used to riding? If your kids have grown up riding on the backseat of your four-wheeler or in the passenger seat of your UTV, then they already have an idea of what to expect once it’s their turn to drive.

Age: Old enough on the ATV to be able to maneuver the 4-wheeler with their body around curves on the trail. UTV age requirements start at 10 years old v.s ATV’s (in some states) will allow a 6 year on a 50 CC ATV. However, a small 6-year-old controlling an ATV that is capable of going 30 MPH might be a scary combination, especially if they don’t have experience.

Safety: There is no roll cage or seat belt on an ATV versus a Side by Side. ATVs have a higher center of gravity which means a greater risk of rolling.  A UTV is more like driving a car and an ATV is more like driving a motorcycle.


How old does my child have to be to drive a UTV?

  • Each state has different age requirements, however, on private land, there are no restrictions.
  • Each manufacturer has their own guidelines, usually age 10 years or older

Youth Side by Side Helmets

To see more options and learn more about helmets go visit our Recommended Gear Helmets page.


Youth Harness for UTV

If you’re not very excited about the seat belts that your UTV or future UTV has to offer then you could always upgrade to a five-point seat belt.


Polaris Youth Side by Sides

https://offroad.polaris.com/

Polaris originally got their start in snowmobiles starting in 1954. They have been in the offroad game since the mid-eighties with their iconic utility-style four-wheelers but when they released the RZR in 2008, it was a game-changer.

They created the sport side by side category of vehicles and unlike the competition, they did it domestically and are very proud to be an American company. They are always blazing new trails with their vehicles and the technology behind them and have the most variety of what they offer over their competition.

2020 Polaris – 170 EFI ($5,299 MSRP)

  • Parent Adjustable Speed Limiting
  • 169cc engine
  • 5″ Suspension Travel (Front & Rear)
  • Tilt Steering
  • LED Daylights
  • Recommended Age 10 years old + 

2019 Polaris – ACE 150 EFI ($3,999 MSRP)

  • 4-Mode electronic speed limiting
  • Tilt steering
  • 5.7″ of seat sliding adjustability
  • Suspension travel (5” Front / 6” Back)
  • 9″ of ground clearance
  • 149cc engine
  • Recommended Age 10 years old +
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=x7jk428MisI

Off Brand Youth Side by Sides

Polaris is the only company currently offering a youth side by side model out of the big players including Yamaha, Honda, CanAM, & Kawasaki.

The rest of this list could be categorized as more of the off-brand or cheap or Chinese side by sides depending on who you are talking to.

A lot of these companies are based out of China but have a warehouse in Texas so they can import the UTVs over here to America and have somewhere to assemble them and act as a local support hub for customers.

Some of these brands look identical to each other as I believe they are part of the same larger company.


hiSUN Youth Side by Sides

https://www.hisunmotors.com/

HISUN used to build ATVs for other companies as a private label partner before growing their own brand. HISUN Motors has a facility in Texas for assembly, parts, and support but is essentially a Chinese UTV & ATV off-road manufacturer. They’ve been around since the late eighties and in 1996 started creating their own engines as a power plant for their lineup. In 2008 they came up with the first V-Twin Powersports engine to be manufactured in China.

2019 hiSUN – STRIKE 250 ($5,199)

  • 229cc Engine
  • 2500lb Winch included
  • Half doors
  • Hard roof
  • 2 piece windshield
  • turn signals & horn
  • analog speedo & tach w/ LCD rider info
  • Recommended Age 12 years old +

2019 hiSUN – SECTOR 250 ($5,299)

  • 229cc Engine
  • 2500lb Winch included
  • Half doors
  • Hard roof
  • 2 piece windshield
  • Turn signals & horn
  • Analog speedo & tach w/ LCD rider info
  • Recommended Age 12 years old +

Pitster Youth Side by Sides

https://pitsterpro.com/

USA Motortoys was born out of the pit bike craze of the early 2000s and was aimed at manufacturing factory pit bikes and mini machines so people wouldn’t have to pour thousands into modifying little kid’s dirt bikes.

Pitster Pro – Avenger ($3,695.99)

  • Adjustable throttle control
  • Adjustable driver’s seat
  • Full doors
  • Half windshield
  • Suspension travel (6” front / 5.5” rear)
  • Recommended Age 16 years old + 
  • Up to 34MPH

Pitster Pro – Lil Mojave ($3,999)

  • Adjustable Throttle Control
  • Mesh Net Doors
  • Recommended Age 16 years old + 

SSR Youth Side by Side

http://www.ssrmotorsports.com/

SSR Motorsports is another brand that got its start in the pit bike craze opening its doors in 2002. They are an importer and distributor of off-road products such as pit bikes, dirt bikes, enduros, and UTVs. SSR offers on-road products such as street bikes and scooters and they also have a large lineup of electric bikes and scooters.

2018 SRS – SRU170RS ($4,199 MSRP)

  • Maximum Speed of 35 mph
  • 168.9 cc engine
  • Weight capacity of 330lbs
  • Mesh Net Doors
  • LED Headlights & Taillights
  • LED Light Bar
  • Over-the-hood Reinforcement Bar

Cazador Youth Side by Sides

http://www.cazadormotorsports.com/

Cazador is another Texas-based importer/distributor of UTVs, ATVs, and Go Karts.

Cazador Beats 180 ($3,699 MSRP)

  • Maximum Speed of 28 mph
  • 169 cc engine
  • Front bumper / brush guard
  • Front and Rear LED LIghting

Cazador Enforcer

  • Front and Rear tubular bumpers
  • 150cc Engine
  • Nets

Bennche Youth UTV

https://www.bennche.com

Bennche is a Texas-based off-road vehicle company and is the Official ATV & UTV of the Texas Rangers. These toys are powered by the Japanese made Kubota engines.

Bennche Spire 150 ($3,799 MSRP)

  • Front and Rear tubular bumpers
  • 150cc Engine
  • Nets
  • Age limit of 12 recommended

Trailmaster Youth Side by Side 

http://www.bvpowersports.com (website not really working as of this writing)

This is another of the Texas-based importer/distributor of Chinese UTVs but unlike the rest, this one seems to be the hardest to find a strong web presence and is easier to find for sale on Amazon.

TrailMaster Challenger 150X

  • 150cc Engine
  • Side Nets
  • Electric start with kill switch
  • Adjustable Steering Wheel
  • Adjustable Driver Seat w/ 4 Point Safety Seatbelt
  • Windshield
  • Front Bumper
  • Digital Speedometer/Odometer
  • Top LED Hunting Lights
  • Max load: 500 lbs

You can buy this bad boy right from Amazon (click here to check it out)


Youth Blade UTV 

https://www.vitacci.com/utvs/

Vitacci is a Texas-based importer of scooters, cycles, ATVs, UTVS, and go-karts.

Vitacci Blade 150cc

  • 149.6cc
  • Front & rear LED lights
  • Windshield
  • ¾ doors
  • Front bumper
  • Solid roof
  • 34MPH top speed

Massimo Youth UTV

https://www.massimomotor.com/

Massimo Motor Sports LLC was founded in 2009 and is headquartered in Garland, Texas. They import and assemble from China as well. They offer utility UTVs, recreational ATVs, and mini-bikes.

Massimo MSU 200 ($2,999 MSRP)

  • Front Bumper
  • Door Nets
  • Vinyl roof
  • Windshield
  • 149.6cc

Youth UTV Comparison Table


Youth Electric Side by Side

Most parents that are looking for an electric UTV are shopping for more of a toddler aged kiddo and are looking for more of a ‘power wheels-type’ vehicle like these:

My Kids personally had the dune racer and they ran that thing all over their grandmother’s back yard for hours on end. Also, it’s about $100 cheaper than the above options.


Related article about buying a UTV

The 2020 Polaris RZR PRO XP Features, Specs, Comparison, Accessories

The Newest RZR Class –
Polaris has added a new Class of Pro vehicles to the top of their line-up surpassing the XP class. The 3 new RZRs are the:

RZR Pro XP – $22,999 MSRP
RZR Pro XP Premium – $24,499 MSRP
RZR Pro XP Ultimate – $28,499 MSRP
Polaris essentially made the 2020 Pro XP a new vehicle from the ground up. Not just a variation of an older model.

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How Much Do Side by Sides Cost? New, Used, Averages, Shipping & Ins.

My wife and I have been visiting some UVT Dealerships trying to get a good idea of how much a new side by side would cost us but there are so many  UTV options it’s actually been kind of frustrating. In researching this for ourselves we wanted to help other people who might be overwhelmed by all of the UTV options and give you an easy answer to help you in your buying process.  

How much do side by sides cost? They are in the $5,000 to $30,000 range with an average of about $15,000. For example, a Polaris RZR 170 EFI’s MSRP is $5,299 and a Polaris RZR XP 4 Turbo S MSRP is $30,999.

Ok so now seeing that huge price range in UTV’s does it help settle your mind? For me and my wife, it left us still feeling like we were in the dark. So we broke it down into categories so it would be easier to digest and know what we could expect to pay. 


Average Cost of a New UTV

Recreation (Average Price: $15,491)

Brand/Model# of modelsAverage MSRP
Polaris RZR7$12,770
Polaris General8$20,336
Can-am Maverick8$17,486
Can-am Commander7$16,256
Yamaha Wolverine7$14,377
Kawasaki Teryx2$14,399
Arctic Cat Havoc1$16,199
Mahindra mPact13$15,999
John Deere Gator (Rec.)2$11,599

Performance (Average Price: $21,611)

Brand/Model# of modelsAverage MSRP
Polaris RZR22$23,526
Can-am Maverick X315$25,032
Yamaha YXZ1000R4$20,099
Honda Talon Cost2$20,499
Arctic Cat Wildcat XX1$18,899

Utility (Average Price: $14,460)

Brand/Model# of modelsAverage MSRP
Polaris Ranger26$15,641
Can-am Defender14$17,934
Yamaha Viking6$13,799
Honda Pioneer3$11,999
Kawasaki Mule9$11,587
Arctic Cat Prowler3$11,499
Mahindra Retriever16$16,770
John Deere Gator (Utility)30$15,121
Bobcat4$15,788

Rebates and Dealer Incentives:

  • Manufacturer Rebates (Cash incentive off MSRP)
  • Extended warranties
  • Low-interest financing

These can directly affect the cost of buying a UTV and are definitely something to consider when comparing different models. Since they have expiration dates they can vary from month to month so you might have to go to the manufacturer’s website or social media profiles to stay up to date on the latest deals.

Once you decide the category & spec’s you want in a UTV, then you can compare the different manufactures pricing and additional incentives they might offer per model. For more about buying from a dealership, check out our article titled “The Best Time To Buy a UTV“.

Here is a rebate example from Polaris:

2019 RANGER® XP 900 $1,500 Rebate Financing as low as 3.99% for 36 months Offer Valid: July 1, 2019 - July 23, 2019

2019 RZR XP® Turbo $2,000 Rebate Financing as low as 3.99% for 36 months Offer Valid: July 1, 2019 - July 23, 2019


Prices on Used Side by Sides

Something to keep in mind with used pricing is that the UTV might have a lot of upgrades, mods and aftermarket accessories added and may even be priced higher than the MSRP of a new UTV.

Some brands offer extended warranties and warranties that transfer to the new owner. However, some modifications can cancel manufacturers warranties so make sure you check into the specifics.

There are exceptions to this rule, however. If you get into a Yamaha YXZ and you get a dealer installed turbo you can still be covered under the manufacturer’s warranty.

Also, you can find package deals on used side by sides that include multiple UTV’s and their trailer set-up. 

Used UTV Examples:

Ebay Sold Price on used UTV’s ranged from about $2k – $35k

ATV Trader $1000-$70K


How Much Does it Cost to Ship a UTV?

Distance / 1.6 ratio = $ Estimated UTV Shipping Costs

We looked at a few different UTV Shipping Companies and figured out a ratio you could use to make an educated guess at how much it might cost to ship to somewhere within the US.

If your UTV is in the 500-1800 lb range: Take your distance in miles and divide it by 1.65. The number you get is an estimate of how much it might cost to ship.

It is probably more accurate to contact a few Shipping Companies on your specific vehicle specs to get a more accurate quote.

The exact price will vary depending on:

  • Shipping company
  • UTV weight 
  • Distance
  • Time of year
  •  Fuel costs
  •  Residential Fees
  • Any additional insurance that may be required.

What is the average cost to ship a utv?

We took 6 different shipping examples of UTV’s from 500-1000 lb+ and the average was $834 over an average of 1300 miles.

As an example, A1 Autosport’s price range to ship a UTV weighing 500lb-1000lb from a mile rage of about 500 – 3000 miles costs about $400 – $1700 to ship.

A-1 Auto Transport Examples of UTV Shipping Costs:

500 Pound ATV/UTV

Austin, TX to Richmond, VA (1450 miles): $874

Los Angeles, CA to Denver, CO (1020 miles): $605

Chicago, IL to New York, NY (805 miles): $436

1000 Pound ATV/UTV

Seattle, WA to Boston, MA (3,045 miles): $1624

Miami, FL to Washington, D.C. (1,035 miles): $771

Las Vegas, NV to Albuquerque, NM (575 miles): $698


What Does UTV Insurance Cost? 

On average UTV insurance costs $25-$83 Dollars a month.

Not every state mandates UTV insurance making it more dependent on where you drive on public and state regulated parks or on private land. The states that do require UTV insurance usually require minimum liability insurance.

Also, if you plan on financing your UTV, insurance will definitely be a loan requirement.  

Chances are If you use a UTV for work, you will be required to carry commercial vehicle insurance which typically your coverage minimum is higher than personal use.

Typically, your homeowner’s insurance will not cover your UTV if you drive it off your property or if you haul your side by side to another location. If something does happen at home, then there’s a good chance your covered.

The main factors that affect your insurance cost are: 

  • Driving History
  • Age 
  • Where you live & where you ride
  • How you use your ride & how often
  • UTV Year, Make and Model
  • Additional UVT upgrade coverages & deductible options
  • Discount approved UTV safety course

Examples of Coverage:

  • Accidental Damage or Loss of your UTV (Roll-overs are the most common cause of UTV accidents) 
  • Comprehensive Coverage: provides coverage from additional losses like theft, fire, vandalism, falling objects like rocks or other “acts of God.”  
  • Liability Protection: property damage, first aid, medical and court costs 
  • Gear and Apparel protection: some insurance companies cover up to $1000. 

Mama always said to get at least 3 quotes before buying vehicle insurance! Shop around to get the best deal since each state and each companies pricing is going to vary.


Here are 3 UTV Insurance Company Examples:

1. https://www.geico.com/information/aboutinsurance/atv/

GEICO insures all-terrain vehicles as well as most side by side makes and models. They do not insure three, six or eight wheelers or ATVs/UTVs with less than 150cc’s. Get it in gear and start your ATV insurance quote today! 

2. https://www.progressive.com/atv/

Progressive ATV/UTV insurance coverage automatically includes $3,000 in coverage for upgrades you’ve made to your vehicle. Need more than $3,000? You can purchase up to $30,000 in additional coverages and benefits coverage.

3. https://www.amfam.com/insurance/atv/coverages

American Family Insurance. ATV/UTV Insurance can cost, on average, anywhere from a few hundred dollars to over a thousand dollars per year. 


Cost of Owning a UTV

FYI always refer to your Side by Side’s service manual for safety information, exact procedures, oil/fluid specifications, and other specific maintenance requirements.

When it comes to maintaining your UTV, the frequency at which you have to replace or repair will depend on the following:

  • How hard you ride
  • How often you use the UTV
  • Quality of your UTV
  • Type of Terrain you ride on
    • Rocks 
    • Sand
    • Mud 
    • Snow 

UTV Tires: 

$80-$300 per tire

Your stock tires could last 2,500 to 5,500 miles on average depending on the quality of the tires.

Oil and Filter Replacement:

Dealership pricing: $140-$210 per oil change

Doing it yourself: 1 Hour time/labor + $20 – $30 parts

On a brand new UTV change the oil and filter at least 3 times the 1st year and on a used UTV 2 times per year. Make sure to keep your oil quality up & hold on to your receipts to maintain your side by side’s factory warranty.

UTV Coolant Replacement: 

The cost of a coolant flush typically runs between $100$150

Flush it at least once a year and in addition check rubber lines for holes, cracking, and leaks.

For Racing applications flush it at least 2 times per year.

Air Filter Replacement: 

$20-$90 at least 1 time per year.

Depending on the Make & Model of your UTV and if your air filter is reusable it can last up to 40 washes.

CVT Belt:

$60-$160 range

It can last around 500 miles up to 1000 miles of harder riding and 3000+ miles if your light on the throttle.

Allowing Proper CVT Belt “Break-in”: Using a low gear with varying speeds with no open throttle or high RPM’s for the first 50 Miles will help extend the life of your CVT Belt.

Brake Pads: 

$30-$80 depending on the make and model. 

Brake pads should be replaced when they reach their service limit, which is usually about 0.1 inch. On average 1400 – 2000 miles, but if you ride in mud and rocks it will probably be sooner!


Other Expenses To Consider:

Why Buy a UTV?

The main reason to own a UTV is for their recreational and utility off-road uses.  UTV’s are typically narrower than a standard vehicle making them easier to drive on smaller tighter dirt roads and their tires and suspension are designed to maneuver rougher terrain than a paved road. 

FeatureBenefit
Narrow Can travel on smaller pathways
Off-road suspension and handling Handles different terrains: dirt, sand, mud, hills, rocks
Steering wheel, Gas and Brake Pedals Similar controls to a car for an easier learning transition
Roll-cage Protection in case of a rollover crash
Seats with seat-belts Being strapped in for safety
Multi-purpose Recreational or Utility  play in the dirt or have a project
1-6+ passengers Transporting multiple people in remote areas or just fun with friends

Since UTV’s are steering wheel operated and brake and gas pedal controlled it’s a fairly easy transition from driving a car to driving one of these off-road vehicles.

A UTV consists of a body frame that includes a roll cage to help protect its passengers and not all off-road vehicles offer this feature. Plus they can seat anywhere from 1 – 6 people whereas other smaller off-road vehicles can be limited to no more than 2 riders

Examples of why you would want to own a UTV:

  • Offroading
  • Hauling
  • Camping
  • Exploring
  • Hunting
  • Racing
  • Construction
  • Carrying loads
  • Transporting people
  • Snow removal
  • Lawn maintenance
  • Military
  • Law enforcement
  • Fire and rescue
  • Parks management
  • Public works

There are two main types of UTV’s you could own that are built differently to accommodate different off-road needs. 

 The 1st type of UTV is Recreational or Sport UTVs that are more performance-based vehicles and mechanically are designed to push max-speeds, the suspension that can handle jumps and steering to maneuver tight turns on trails. They tend to be more of a mix of a quad and a dune buggy.

The 2nd type is of UTV  is more suited for Work and utility-based needs and typically offer a cargo bed for storage in the rear, can handle larger towing capacities, and are more of a mix between a golf cart and a truck. 

Are Side by Sides Fun? And are they worth it?

Do you like going fast? Hitting jumps in a vehicle that shouldn’t be able to leave the ground under its own power? Of course their fun. One of the most exciting parts of off-road motorsports is doing something you can’t do in car or street motorcycle. 

You will probably spend a large amount of time during your life in a highway based vehicle like a car so you know where you can and can’t take your car if you don’t want to be in need of a tow truck. There is nothing like looking at that idea backward and not just taking the safest route possible, but instead aiming for the challenge.

The feeling of dropping down into an area that is really steep and really deep is so, so amazing. You are committing to giving it everything you and your machine can do to climb back out. 

Or what it’s like to keep hitting that lip a little bit faster each time so see how much more air you can get while still riding that fine line of safety. Or just putting the pedal all the way down and flying across rolling hills of terrain that most road vehicles can’t even get out to.

Now, imagine doing all that with a copilot or even a cab full of people. Your now the rollercoaster operator and they are the excited riders with no sense of control over the ride but there are no rails to keep you on track so the possibility of the ride actually going wrong is there.

It’s exciting and adrenaline rushing, to say the least. I personally think the amount of fun is totally worth the risk.

Why are Side by Sides so Popular? and Why Are UTVs So Expensive?

If you go to a dealership or visit Polaris or Can-AM’s websites you will find a huge range of UTV pricing from $5k all the way past $30k for an off-road toy. So what has pushed that price tag up to where it is?

Trending

One of the reasons for their pricing has to do with UTVs being on an upward trend. The idea of a small buggy-like vehicle that could share the same territory as a four-wheeler is not a brand new one. For years people have been creating vehicles similar to an Odyssey or a go-cart to take off-road.

Before I was 10 my dad had built me a small single seat buggy out of an old three-wheeler. I’ve even seen a wave of people transforming old golf carts into awesome off-road machines. But after Polaris introduced the RZR back in 2008, people flocked to this exact recipe of an off-road vehicle.

I grew up in a family of sand rail people and I myself am still a ‘buggy’ guy but one thing that never caught on with sand rails was a large motorsport company creating a factory built vehicle.

Sand rails have always been a very custom ride pieced together from parts made by different manufacturers. When Polaris proved that the market did want a small off-road buggy-type sports vehicle it wasn’t long before other large motorsport manufacturers jumped on the wave.

By 2012 the trend became an upward hill of interest with no signs of going away anytime soon.

Race Ready

Some newer sport UTVs only need slight modifications to be able to race with the big boys in trophy trucks and race buggies in huge races such as the Baja 1000 and cost only a fraction of what a trophy truck costs($600k-$1M).

Stop for a minute and think of a side by side as a small car. Now, what kind of car can you buy that can reach 80mph on bumpy offroad terrain or take jumps that send the car sailing ten feet high in the air and still be able to drive that vehicle the next day. I’m pretty sure that if you jumped a $15k Kia Rio it would be totaled.

UTVs have suspension that is designed to travel really far up and down compared to a car. Most older dune buggies were designed around the idea of using parts from older Voltswagon bugs and vans including the suspension.

I used to jump my moms sand rail (powered by VW parts) at the dunes until I got too brave and was getting three to six feet of air before I started breaking stuff and was told I had to get my own ride.

Some UTVs are coming stock with 22 inches of suspension travel which gives you a lot of cushion for some high speed whoops sections and some big air. And speaking of stuff breaking, the major UTV companies offer at least a 6-month limited warranty and the option to buy an extended warranty.

Meeting the ROHVA Definition of an ROV / UTV

Making the highest performing 1000cc engine with the highest horsepower has pushed the cost of UTVs to new heights also. The big brands like Polaris, Can-AM, Yahama, & Honda are all pushing to be the biggest and the best when it comes to horsepower stats.

Because a UTV needs to meet the standard of having an engine with a displacement of no more than 1000cc, these companies have started adding more performance parts like turbos to their UTVs to reach higher and higher horsepower numbers.

These performance add-ons cost more from a horsepower-to-dollar ratio than if you could just upgrade to a larger cc engine, but the manufacturers have to stay under 1000cc for the vehicle to still be considered a UTV. For more info on 1000cc UTV limitations, check out our article right here.

Why Are UTVs Limited to 1000cc? | Comparison Guide of 100+ UTVs

So maybe like me, and you like the nuts and bolts of off-road machines and were wondering what all the different engine size options were in Side by Side vehicles. After a little research, I quickly realized that a lot of side by side manufacturers were pushing their engines right up to a 1000cc limit.

So why are UTVs limited to 1000cc? UTVs are limited to 1000cc because the Recreational Off-Highway Vehicle Association defined the vehicle to meet certain restrictions so that state and federal agencies can enforce land access, registration, and tax laws. Because of these guidelines put in place by the ROHVA, race associations have also adopted the engine size limit to stay within their definition.

To further explain this limit we have to understand what these agencies define a UTV or ROV as.


What is an ROV and How is it Defined?

So real quick, the acronym ROV stands for Recreational Off-highway Vehicle and is commonly interchanged with terms like UTV, Utility Terrain Vehicle, Utility Task Vehicle, Side by Side, SxS, MOHUV, multipurpose off-highway utility vehicle and yes, these are all the same vehicle class. They are just different names for the same machine.

The ROHVA defines an ROV as a vehicle meeting almost ALL of these specs:

  • Designed for off-highway use
  • 4 or more tires
  • Steering wheel
  • Non-straddle seating
  • Seat belts
  • Roll over protective structure
  • Max Speed greater than 30Mph
  • Less than 80 inches in width
  • Engine displacement less than 1,000cc
  • 17 character VIN or PIN

A UTV manufacturing company could technically have a larger engine in one of their side by sides but then it would possibly be placed in a whole new class of Off-Highway Vehicle. In most states, the next class up would be the dune buggy and rock crawler class.


Which Side by Sides are 1000cc?

We took some time diving into the top Side by Side manufactures and found over 110 different models for you to compare some specs on. Most of these stay around the 1000cc limit or are a little under. However, we did find some that are larger than the 1000cc and are still considered UTV’s.

1000cc UTV Comparison Guide

Yamaha 1000cc side by side

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*3rd party horsepower stats


Honda 1000cc side by side

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*3rd party horsepower stats


Can-am 1000cc side by side

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Polaris 1000cc side by side

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Kawasaki 1000cc side by side

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Arctic Cat (Textron) 1000cc side by side

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*3rd party pricing information


Hisun 1000cc side by side

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*3rd party horsepower stats


Coleman 1000cc UTV

Coleman’s largest UTV engine is an 800 cc engine. 

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Roxor Mahindra (Jeep) 1000cc UTV

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Massimo 1000cc UTV

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Odes 1000cc UTV

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*3rd party horsepower stats


Komodo 1000cc side by side

*Chironex Motorsports Inc. is no longer in business*

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Comparing MSRP – Here are some Tips

The above Pricing table shows the newest model years, specs and the MSRP for those units. The MSRP may not include destination fees or dealer fees and taxes.

However, if you were to go to the manufacturer’s website or walk into a dealership there’s a good chance the UTV company will be offering special rebates, low-interest rate financing options, additional warranty coverage or other dealer incentives.

Consider these when comparing the different UTV models.

Another thing to consider about this comparison data is that these are the newest possible side by sides you can get right now so this doesn’t take into account last year’s model or even the model before that that might still be brand new at your local dealership and might be a cheaper way to go.

So keep those things in mind when price shopping.


Now the Real Question: Does Having the 1000cc Engine Limit Lessen my Off-Road Experience? 

The Quick answer: No not really! See, the Performance of these smaller sized engines pack a lot of punch! The High-performance UTV’s have max speeds of 85 mph and considering they only weigh around 1450 – 1850 lbs they really do get up and go!  Especially on dirt, sand, hills, and trails going 80 mph can be a pretty intense experience considering the terrain.  

Now to elaborate,  it really does depend on what you are used to driving, and how you are using the off-road vehicle! Are you an experienced ATV rider or have you had the pleasure of driving a high-performance dune buggy or rock-climbing rig? 

Plain and simple if you are used to driving a larger machine with a bigger engine and pushing the pedal to the medal then you might want to stay with the rides you are used to. So if you have a 5 seat long travel sand rail with Corvette LS1 engine, you might be a little disappointed with the switch.

However, you could test drive a side by side at a local dealership or if you are really getting serious you could always go to a jamboree which usually offers a variety of manufactures and they even provide and borrow you riding gear for your demo ride. Keep in mind you will have to sign some waivers and go through their safety ahead of time but it’s well worth it. 

If you are used to driving a smaller ATV in and out of 50” narrow trails then chances are you have seen some of these UTVs on some of the trails with you but keep in mind, not all of them fit. Most of the higher-performance side by sides are 64” inches or wider.

Of course, the pros of a UTV are that they carry more people and provide you with physical cover from the elements and provide extra safety measures like a roll cage and seat belts.

Here is a 4 wheeler example that compares to a 1000cc UTV with similar specs and of course there are plenty more examples out there.

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Fastest 1000cc UTV 

The Top three fastest UTVs are the: Yamaha YXZ1000R, Can-AM Maverick X3 Turbo, and the RZR XP Turbo S models have a top speed locked in at 80-85 mph. 

One aspect of UTV top speed is that the UTV manufactures actually have factory top speed limiters that govern these machines to stay under a set speed.

Having a speed-limiter helps protect the engine so that it lasts longer, and I’m sure having lower speed also helps reduces the severity of the crash and or chances of a crash.

Some people reprogram their speed limiters (ECU), like on the Yamaha YXZ1000R and can reach speeds of 100 mph or greater.


Cheapest 1000cc UTV

We did a lot of research, hours and hours and what we found might shock you…. (see 2nd place)

  • 1st Place: 
ModelMSRPCCHorse-
power
UTV
type
Engine
Hisun Strike 900$11,999924cc65*Sport4-Stroke V-Twin
Cylinder OHC

*3rd party pricing information

  • 2nd Place:  
Model MSRP CCHorse-
power
UTV
type
Engine
2020 Can-am
Maverick
Trail 1000
$13,399 976 cc 75hpSportRotax V-twin, liquid
cooled / Rotax Turbo-
charged 3-Cylinder
  • 3rd Place:  
ModelMSRPCCHorse-
power
UTV
type
Engine
2020 Kawasaki
MULE PRO-
DX-EPS
$14,09999324hpUtility4-stroke, 3-cylinder,
OHV, liquid-cooled,
diesel

1000cc Turbo Side by Side

If these bad boys weren’t already fast enough for you, the big names all have some UTVs with turbo offerings or add-ons.

  • Polaris offers 10 turbocharged models ranging from $21k all the way up to $31k
  • Can-am offers 15 turbocharged models ranging from $19k all the way up to $30k
  • Yahama offers a factory turbo kit that can be added to their 4 non-turbo SxS models ranging from $24.5k all the way up to $27.3k

 Yamaha GYTR has a new Turbo kit that, when installed by Yamaha dealers, retains the factory warranty! The $5499.99 kit includes a Garrett GT860RS Turbo and gives you a 60% increase in power.


Polaris UTVs with Turbos

ModelMSRPCCHorse-
power
Engine
2019 RZR XP 4 Turbo S$30,999925cc168hpProStar 4-Stroke DOHC Twin Cylinder with turbo
2019 RZR XP 4 Turbo Dynamix$28,499925cc168hpProStar 4-Stroke DOHC Twin Cylinder with turbo
2019 RZR XP 4 Turbo S Velocity$28,399925cc168hpProStar 4-Stroke DOHC Twin Cylinder with turbo
2019 RZR XP Turbo S$28,199925cc168hpProStar 4-Stroke DOHC Twin Cylinder with turbo
2019 RZR XP Turbo Dynamix$25,999925cc168hpProStar 4-Stroke DOHC Twin Cylinder with turbo
2019 RZR XP Turbo S Velocity$25,399925cc168hpProStar 4-Stroke DOHC Twin Cylinder with turbo
2019 RZR XP 4 Turbo LE$24,899925cc168hpProStar 4-Stroke DOHC Twin Cylinder with turbo
2019 RZR XP 4 Turbo$23,699925cc168hpProStar 4-Stroke DOHC Twin Cylinder with turbo
2019 RZR XP Turbo LE$21,999925cc168hpProStar 4-Stroke DOHC Twin Cylinder with turbo
2019 RZR XP Turbo$20,999925cc168hpProStar 4-Stroke DOHC Twin Cylinder with turbo

Can-am UTVs with Turbos

ModelMSRPCCHorse-
power
Engine
2020 Maverick X3 Turbo$18,999900cc120hpRotax ACE Turbocharged 3-cylinder engine, liquid cooled
2020 Maverick X3 DS Turbo R$20,999900cc172hpRotax ACE Turbocharged 3-cylinder engine, liquid cooled
2020 Maverick X3 RS Turbo R$22,499900cc172hpRotax ACE Turbocharged 3-cylinder engine, liquid cooled
2020 Maverick X3 X DS Turbo RR$24,999900cc195hpRotax ACE Turbocharged 3-cylinder engine, liquid cooled
2020 Maverick X3 X RS Turbo RR$27,499900cc195hpRotax ACE Turbocharged 3-cylinder engine, liquid cooled
2020 Maverick X3 X RC Turbo$23,999900cc120hpRotax ACE Turbocharged 3-cylinder engine, liquid cooled
2020 Maverick X3 X RC Turbo RR$29,599900cc195hpRotax ACE Turbocharged 3-cylinder engine, liquid cooled
2020 Maverick X3 X MR Turbo$23,199900cc120hpRotax ACE Turbocharged 3-cylinder engine, liquid cooled
2020 Maverick X3 X MR Turbo RR$26,399900cc195hpRotax ACE Turbocharged 3-cylinder engine, liquid cooled
2020 Maverick X3 Max Turbo$21,999900cc120hpRotax ACE Turbocharged 3-cylinder engine, liquid cooled
2020 Maverick X3 Max DS Turbo R$23,699900cc172hpRotax ACE Turbocharged 3-cylinder engine, liquid cooled
2020 Maverick X3 Max RS Turbo R$25,199900cc172hpRotax ACE Turbocharged 3-cylinder engine, liquid cooled
2020 Maverick X3 Max X DS Turbo RR$27,499900cc195hpRotax ACE Turbocharged 3-cylinder engine, liquid cooled
2020 Maverick X3 Max X RS Turbo RR$29,999900cc195hpRotax ACE Turbocharged 3-cylinder engine, liquid cooled
2020 Maverick X3 Max X MR Turbo RR$28,899900cc195hpRotax ACE Turbocharged 3-cylinder engine, liquid cooled

Yamaha UTVs with the GYTR Turbo add-on ($5499.99)

ModelMSRPCCHorse-
power
Engine
2019 YXZ1000R SE$26,099 with Turbo Kit998cc179hp*liquid-cooled DOHC inline three-cylinde; 12 valves
2019 YXZ1000R$24,499 with Turbo Kit998cc179hp*liquid-cooled DOHC inline three-cylinde; 12 valves
2019 YXZ1000R SS SE$26,099-$27,299 with Turbo Kit998cc179hp*liquid-cooled DOHC inline three-cylinde; 12 valves
2019 YXZ1000R SS$24,499 with Turbo Kit998cc179hp*liquid-cooled DOHC inline three-cylinde; 12 valves

UTV 1000cc Diesel

If you are looking for a diesel Side by Side with a 1000cc engine then here are the options:

ModelMSRPCCHorse-
power
Engine
2020 MULE PRO-DX EPS DIESEL $14,099993cc24hp4-stroke, 3-cylinder, OHV, liquid-cooled, diesel
2020 MULE PRO-DXT DIESEL $14,299993cc24hp4-stroke, 3-cylinder, OHV, liquid-cooled, diesel
2020 MULE PRO-DXT EPS DIESEL $15,099993cc24hp4-stroke, 3-cylinder, OHV, liquid-cooled, diesel
2019 Mahindra Roxor $15,999
2498cc 62hpTurbo Diesel 4-stroke, 4-cylinder
2019 Mahindra Roxor Nugent Edition$20,999 – $27,7482498cc 62hpTurbo Diesel 4-stroke, 4-cylinder
2019 Mahindra Roxor A/T$19,5992498cc 62hpTurbo Diesel 4-stroke, 4-cylinder
Massimo T-BOSS 1100LE$17,9991123cc24.8 HP Kubota Diesel D1105-E3B, 3-Cylinder
Massimo T-BOSS 1100D$15,9991123cc24.8 HP Kubota Diesel D1105-E3B, 3-Cylinder

Which 1000cc UTV are 50” wide?

Model MSRP CC Horse-
power
UTV
type
Engine
2020 Can-am
Maverick
Trail 1000cc 
$13,399 976cc 75hpSportRotax V-twin, liquid
cooled / Rotax Turbo-
charged 3-Cylinder

The next closest 50″ UTV is the Polaris is RZR 900 at 875cc.

And in case you are wondering Yamaha currently does not have a 50″ trail-sized UTV. Yamaha’s 1000cc YXZ lineup is 64 inches and the Wolverine X2 comes in at 59.1 inches wide at 847cc.

What is the Best 1000cc Side by Side?

Best Value 1000cc UTV:

2020 Can-am Maverick Trail 1000cc I mean come on it’s got the 1000cc engine, it’s Turbocharged and is around $13k. That’s a lot of CCs for the money!

Best Performance 1000cc UTV:

Yamaha YXZ1000R Steering wheel paddle shifting 5 speed and ECU Reprogrammable Speed 100MPH

Best Utility Diesel 1000cc UTV: 

Kawasaki MULE PRO-DXT DIESEL Switches between 3 or 6 passenger seating in about a minute with a 1-ton towing capacity

Best Turbo 1000cc UTV: 

Yamaha YXZ1000R with a GT860RS Turbo Kit and with Dealer install it remains under Factory Warranty ($5499.99 kit)  

The Best Time To Buy A UTV? Deals, Rebates, & Tips

When you’re thinking about making the huge purchasing decision of buying a UTV for yourself or your family, you want to make sure you’re getting the best deal! I’ve been into offroad since I was a kid and am now a family man with a wife and three kids and lately we have been eyeballing four-seat Side by Sides but we weren’t sure when was the best time to buy one.

So when is the best time to buy a UTV? In the last quarter of the year as that’s when dealerships start getting ready for next years model. They need to make room for the new arrivals so they incentivize people to still buy the older models even though the newest options are right there enticing them with their brand new specs and rugged good looks.

This model is very similar to a car dealership but there can be some incentives that don’t correlate with the automotive dealership model. Where you live and the seasonality of your chosen hobby like sand duning or hunting can also be a factor when finding that sweet deal.

When do UTV dealerships make the best deals?

As we mentioned above your ideal time of year to buy a new UTV is in the months of October, November, and December. The salespeople at the dealership have goals that they need to hit and these are going to be monthly, quarterly, and yearly goals incentivized with year-end kickbacks. Combine that with the new models coming in toward the end of the year and that can present some great opportunities with old inventory.

Now we are not suggesting that strolling in at the 11th hour is your best bet. If you walk into a UTV dealership on the last day of the month you may be too late for that smoking hot deal. Financing approval can take some time and the dealership may have already started their new month so keep that in mind. So we recommend allowing at least a few days before the end of the month.

Because not everyone needs an off-road vehicle quite like they need a car, the model year end scenario doesn’t look the exact same. An offroad dealership may not sell a new UTV for two or even three years and that’s not uncommon. It’s currently the middle of 2019 and a dealership near me here in Northern Colorado is selling a 2016 Arctic Cat Wildcat X as ‘new’ still.

Seasonality of your chosen hobby and where you live

The best time to buy a Side by Side in Colorado may not correlate with the best time to buy one in California so where you live can be a factor

In Colorado, we experience all four seasons so the ideal time to head to the sand dunes for us is in the summer usually between the end of May to the end of August (or Memorial Day Weekend through Labor Day Weekend). By September it’s starting to get pretty cold at night up in the high country. This would be the time of year when sales would start to drop locally as interest declines.

In California, they experience warm weather year round so the dealerships may not have quite the same dip in sales. I’m sure there are some months where it’s just uncomfortably hot, but it may not be the same show-stopping experience as snow.

Your hobby may have an offseason. Take hunting, for example, there are specific dates when the season begins and when it ends so trying to find a deal in the offseason will be much easier than the week before the season opener and this is going to vary depending on what part of the country you are on. 

The hunting season in Colorado is during the fall/winter months of roughly September through December. Where earlier I mentioned the sport season comes just before that during summer so the type of UTV you are looking for may have a better time to buy in.

Keep your eyes open for Holiday Sales. Some of the biggest sale dates of the year happen during some of the biggest holidays. Here is a list of major sales days:

  •     Martin Luther King Jr. Day
  •     Presidents Day
  •     St. Patrick’s Day
  •     Easter
  •     Mother’s Day
  •     Memorial Day
  •     Father’s Day
  •     Fourth of July (Independence Day)
  •     Amazon Prime Day
  •     Tax-free weekends
  •     Labor Day
  •     Columbus Day
  •     Black Friday
  •     Cyber Monday
  •     New Year’s Eve

Visit, email, or call the 5 closest dealerships

It can really pay off, in the long run, to buy locally. You may be able to find a dealership out of state that is willing to take a $1000 off and that can seem enticing especially if your buying more than one. But what happens if something goes wrong with one of them in the near future. You may not get the same quality of service from your local dealership because you didn’t buy from them. What seemed like a good idea may actually be more of a hassle in the long run.

We suggest you jump on Google and search for ‘utv dealership’ or ‘atv dealership’ and focus on the maps listings. Google will give you the top 3 and then you can click on ‘more places’ to move over to a maps search. Now you can see what your options are as far as where some dealerships are in relation to where you live, how other people rate them, and their contact info.

Next, you can start calling or emailing them and let the dealerships give you their best pricing on your desired make and model. Based on the responses you can start narrowing it down to the one or two you want to try striking a deal with.

Two places to negotiate are the front end or the back end of the sale. The front end is the amount between cost and MSRP, options, gear, and accessories. The back end has to do with down payment and how much money they make in interest on the loan if it’s an in-house loan. Other areas of negotiation can be if you have a trade in and if you decide to get a warranty. 

So if you are negotiating on either the front end or back end the dealership will want to make some kind of profit. It needs to be a “win, win situation”. It’s also a good idea to check out their service department and compare their customer service and quality. (The Google reviews from earlier can help with this.) The best out the door price might not always be the only thing that matters if you also are going to be returning for years of service and repair. 

Rebates

Depending on the time of year, if one particular model of UTV is not selling well then the manufacturer will send out rebates to try and increase sales. These rebates can also come as a push for the new year. You can find these rebates through the manufacturer directly. Some offer them directly on their website and other on social media. Here are some resources:

Can-am promotions on their website (https://can-am.brp.com/off-road/promotions.html)

Polaris Special Offers on their website (https://offroad.polaris.com/en-us/special-offers/)

Arctic Cat email sign up for news/deals (https://arcticcat.txtsv.com/email-sign-up?email=)

Kawasaki current offers on their website (https://www.kawasaki.com/ShoppingTools/CurrentOffer)

Yamaha current offers on their website (https://www.yamahamotorsports.com/recreation-side-by-side/pages/dynamic-finance-sxs)