UTVs are so popular because they have distinct advantages over other 4 wheeled off road vehicles. They have a small footprint with great power to weight ratio, can carry passengers, which families enjoy, and provide more safety features than vehicles like ATVs.
2 stroke engines create more torque at higher RPM and they require premixing of oil and fuel. 4 stroke engines are heavier and can weigh up to 50% more than a 2 stroke engine and create a higher torque at a lower RPM.
A UTV can weigh anywhere from 350 pounds to around 1900 pounds depending on the size. The average weight of over 130 models is 1550 pounds. Youth UTVs are on the lower side at around 450 pounds.
A UTV (Utility Terrain Vehicle) differs from an ATV (All Terrain Vehicle) by having doors, a roof, more storage space, and a steering wheel. ATVs are meant to carry 1 passenger while UTVs can carry up to 6 passengers!
Using a winch to get unstuck is pretty straightforward, just attach to an anchor and pull. Utilizing things like come alongs, shovels, and boards are methods to use without a winch.
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The bottom line is yes, ATVs and UTVs need titles. A title is a legal form of ownership for a vehicle but models before certain years didn't come with titles and should be fine with a bill of sale for proof.
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Always use 2 people to load your ATV for transport. You need to choose the right hauler, position the ATV correctly, and use ramps to load up you ATV. Once you load the ATV it needs to be properly secured using ratchet straps.
There are many techniques to riding an ATV but the basics include how to use handlebar controls, shifting gears, proper stance, riding up and down hills, and turning. More advanced techniques are jumps, wheelies, whoops, and advanced braking/cornering.
The Yamaha Raptor has a factory top speed of around 75 mph on off road tires for most model years. Some heavily modified Raptors have been clocked in excess of 90 mph.
Now, can you go mudding with a stock 4WD ATV? Sure you can, but you will want to spend a little cash on modifications to save a lot of cash in the long run.
ATVs are actually really great at plowing snow IF you know their limitations and plan accordingly. ATVs can plow sidewalks and driveways up to a foot, sometimes deeper depending on the ATV size, plow setup, and tires.
There are three sections to wheel size. Each is separated by a comma. The sets of numbers gives a different measurement of the wheel. From left to right the numbers correspond to rim size (diameter and width), wheel offset, and bolt pattern.
A clean windshield essential when riding in a UTV. You want to rinse the windshield thoroughly to remove dirt and mud. Use a soft cloth and warm water with a gentle soap. Rinse all the soap off with clean water and then blot dry to prevent water spots.
The sport ATV market took a huge hit because of the recession that started at the end of 2007 and ran until 2009. The huge boom of side by side UTVs landed the final blow to sport ATVs. Most people wanted a four wheel vehicle they could haul a couple passengers in and feel safe with features like roll bars and seat belts.
UTVs are made all over the world but the largest manufacturers have plants in the United States, Mexico, Japan, and China. Several American based companies do not manufacture their own UTVs and many are outsourced to China for the entire vehicle, or for the parts.
ATVs and UTVs have smaller tires in the front to increase handling, provide easier steering, and create better stability. Larger rear tires are there to increase traction and provide better acceleration.
ATVS can reach speeds that would allow them on highways. Their low pressure tires and high center of gravity make ATVs more prone to tip over or lose control on pavement or gravel. Studies show that over 50% of ATV deaths occur on private or public roads.