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2024 Can Am Maverick X3 DS Turbo Detailed Overview

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AJ takes a closer look at Can-Am’s 64-inch wide 2024 Maverick X3 DS Turbo featuring the 135 horsepower ROTAX 900 ACE turbocharged triple and SHOWA HPG piggyback 2.5 shocks.

Detailed Overview of Our Fully Loaded 2024 RZR XP 1000!

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AJ delivers a detailed look at our 2024 Polaris RZR XP 1000 that’s been decked out with a bunch of aftermarket accessories and essential Pure Polaris add-ons!

INTRODUCING THE 2025 FULL-SIZE POLARIS RANGER LINEUP

Polaris Off Road, the world leader in powersports and off-road innovation, today announced a wide range of owner-inspired upgrades to its class-leading full-size RANGER lineup.

Building on the already best-selling side-by-side in the industry, the 2025 RANGER lineup features a redesigned front end and new front bumper for added durability, an upgraded Gen 2 transmission for smooth and consistent shifting, and additional factory-installed accessories for added rider value and convenience. In addition to the upgrades, Polaris is introducing the all-new RANGER CREW XP 1000 NorthStar Texas Edition, as well as bringing back a fan favorite – the RANGER CREW XP 1000 Waterfowl Edition.

“We constantly use our customers’ feedback to drive improvements that truly matter to them and make the best-selling side-by-side even better. The results of that are on display with the full-size RANGER offering for 2025,” said Chris Judson, Polaris Vice President and General Manager of Off Road Utility. “Whether it’s tackling a tough task or enjoying a trail, the new 2025 full-size RANGER lineup is stacked with quality enhancements, upgraded features and now even more accessories direct from the factory that deliver more capability, durability, and comfort as the number one selling off-road brand.”

Notable upgrades for 2025 include:

  • RANGER XP 1000 and XP 1000 NorthStar have a bold, restyled front-end design, with new bumper and grille for added durability. Additionally, RANGER XP 1000 and RANGER XP 1000 NorthStar models now come standard with 29-inch tires that provide an extra inch of ground clearance for added comfort and better capability to maneuver around rough and rocky terrain.
  • RANGER XP 1000 NorthStar Ultimate models get new JBL audio that comes factory-installed for a more premium and immersive sound experience.
  • RANGER 1000 Premium and XP 1000 now come factory-installed with a roof for added protection and a Polaris HD 4,500-pound winch with synthetic rope, autostop and wireless remote for pulling power when you need it.
  • Across the lineup, an upgraded Gen 2 transmission reduces shifting effort up to 50% to enable easier and smoother shifting.
  • Redesigned cab nets with a new single-latch connection point for easier entry and exit.
  • An upgraded electric power steering system with enhanced control and responsiveness, especially at low speeds.
  • New accessories such as an upper front bumper for enhanced durability and premium look; and coming this summer, JBL audio upgrade kits will provide excellent sound quality and premium vehicle integration, and a new reverse light harness will automatically turn on rear accessory lighting when the vehicle is in reverse or by the flip of a switch when the vehicle is parked.

In addition to the new upgrades, the 2025 full-size RANGER lineup continues to provide the features riders have come to expect from Polaris, including class-leading 1,000 pound box capacity and 2,500 pound towing to carry large loads in fewer trips maximizing productivity, as well as on-demand All-Wheel Drive (AWD) that automatically engages four wheel drive when traction loss is detected for confidence in rough terrain.

Available on all 1000 Premium, XP 1000, XP 1000 NorthStar Edition models, RANGER offers LED headlights for enhanced brightness that help riders extend their days. Plus, customers can choose from more than 100 accessories to help them customize their RANGER.

Standard on the XP 1000 NorthStar Ultimate, a 7″ Display Powered by RIDE COMMAND provides functional capabilities such as GPS mapping technology and features that enhance the riding experience, like a backup camera. Available as an accessory add-on, 2025 RANGER full-size models are eligible for RIDE COMMAND+, the industry’s first connected-vehicle technology.

Helping make ownership easier than ever, RIDE COMMAND+ offers owners convenient access to information like Vehicle Health and Maintenance Reminders, as well as protection features like Vehicle Locator and Bump Alerts that notify the owner if their vehicle has been bumped or moved from its last location.

2025 Full-Size RANGER Lineup

Details, pricing and color availability for the full-size RANGER model lineup are as follows:

  • 2025 RANGER XP 1000 Premium – Starting at $20,999 U.S. MSRP ($25,199 CA MSRP)
  • 2025 RANGER CREW XP 1000 Premium – Starting at $22,999 U.S. MSRP ($27,599 CA MSRP)
  • 2025 RANGER XP 1000 NorthStar Edition Premium – Starting at $27,999 U.S. MSRP ($33,599 CA MSRP)
  • 2025 RANGER CREW XP 1000 NorthStar Edition Premium – Starting at $30,999 U.S. MSRP ($37,199 CA MSRP)
  • 2025 RANGER XP 1000 NorthStar Edition Ultimate – Starting at $32,999 U.S. MSRP ($39,599 CA MSRP)
  • 2025 RANGER CREW XP 1000 NorthStar Edition Ultimate – Starting at $35,999 U.S. MSRP ($43,199 CA MSRP)

The 2025 RANGER XP 1000 models feature the same upgrades as the RANGER 1000, and also include a restyled front end with new bumper and grille, for added durability. New for 2025, XP 1000 and NorthStar Premium models feature 29-inch tires with 14-inch ground clearance, and the XP 1000 NorthStar Ultimate is equipped with JBL audio and RIDE COMMAND technology.

The 2025 RANGER XP 1000 and XP 1000 NorthStar models come in four color choices including Onyx Black, Blue Slate Metallic Smoke, Sunset Red, and Polaris Pursuit Camo.

  • 2025 RANGER 1000 – Starting at $13,999 U.S. MSRP ($16,799 CA MSRP)
  • 2025 RANGER CREW 1000 – Starting at $15,799 U.S. MSRP ($18,999 CA MSRP)
  • 2025 RANGER 1000 EPS – Starting at $15,999 U.S. MSRP ($19,199 CA MSRP)
  • 2025 RANGER 1000 Premium – Starting at $17,999 U.S. MSRP ($21,599 CA MSRP)
  • 2025 RANGER CREW 1000 Premium – Starting at $19,999 U.S. MSRP ($23,999 CA MSRP)

The new-and-improved 2025 RANGER 1000 and CREW models continue to enhance performance and durability, setting a strong foundation for the 2025 full-size RANGER lineup. In addition to the upgraded transmission, upgraded electric power steering system and redesigned cab nets, the RANGER 1000 Premium now comes standard with a factory-installed roof, and the Polaris HD 4,500 pound winch featuring synthetic rope, autostop and wireless remote. Available in Sage Green, White Lightning, Granite Gray and Polaris Pursuit Camo.

  • 2025 RANGER CREW XP 1000 Waterfowl Edition – Starting at $25,499 U.S. MSRP ($30,599 CA MSRP)

Back and better than ever, Polaris announces the return of the RANGER CREW XP 1000 Waterfowl Edition. Built for waterfowl hunters, the 2025 RANGER CREW XP 1000 Waterfowl Edition is designed for those accessing flooded and muddy areas. Polaris took its flagship RANGER XP 1000 and made enhancements to meet the needs of waterfowl hunters. Conquer challenging off-road paths with the 29-inch Pro Armor Mud XC tires and arched A-Arms to deliver superior traction and stability while ensuring a comfortable ride through muddy, flooded terrain. The special edition model also features a high-mount winch and high-mount intakes offering optimal performance in the pursuit of waterfowl and is available in Waterfowl Hunt Camo.

  • 2025 RANGER CREW XP 1000 Texas Edition – Starting at $24,499 U.S. MSRP ($29,399 CA MSRP)
  • 2025 RANGER CREW XP 1000 NorthStar Texas Edition – Starting at $36,999 U.S. MSRP ($44,399 CA MSRP)

To round out the lineup, Polaris extended its Texas collection offering the all-new CREW XP 1000 NorthStar Texas Edition. Built for Texas terrain, both the Texas Edition and Texas NorthStar models feature a roof for added comfort, exclusive Texas-Edition badging, and attention-grabbing embroidered cut-and-sew premium seats for a refined look. The Texas Edition also features the 29-inch tires and arched A-Arms to maximize ground clearance and allow riders to confidently handle the rugged Texas terrain. The Texas Edition is available in Bronze Pearl Metallic.

The 2025 full-size RANGER lineup ships to dealers in April 2024. To learn more about the 2025 RANGER 1000 and XP 1000 models, new RANGER CREW XP 1000 NorthStar Texas Edition or the return of RANGER CREW XP 1000 Waterfowl Edition, please visit ranger.polaris.com/en-us

About Polaris – As the global leader in powersports, Polaris Inc. (NYSE: PII) pioneers product breakthroughs and enriching experiences and services that have invited people to discover the joy of being outdoors since our founding in 1954. Polaris’ high-quality product line-up includes the RANGER, RZR, Polaris XPEDITION, and GENERAL side-by-side off-road vehicles; Sportsman all-terrain off-road vehicles; military and commercial off-road vehicles; snowmobiles; Indian Motorcycle mid-size and heavyweight motorcycles; Slingshot moto-roadsters; Aixam quadricycles; Goupil electric vehicles; and pontoon and deck boats, including industry-leading Bennington pontoons. Polaris enhances the riding experience with a robust portfolio of parts, garments, and accessories. Headquartered in Minnesota, Polaris serves more than 100 countries across the globe.

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2024 Kawasaki Brute Force 750 Review | Overhauled and Updated!

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It’s been a LOOOOOONG time since we’ve reviewed a Brute Force and Luke gets his first ride aboard the NEWLY UPDATED 2024 Brute Force 750 featuring Kawasaki’s powerful 749cc V-twin engine, ALL-NEW bodywork and instrumentation, plus a new handlebar-mounted light pod.

Yamaha YFZ450R Celebrates Twenty Years of Racing Dominance

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The pure sport ATV that revolutionized the four-wheeled off-road racing industry recently turned twenty years old! Dirt Trax was there when the original YFZ450 was launched in 2004 and we were honored to be a part of its 20th anniversary celebration.

Yamaha celebrated this milestone of its prized YFZ450R in style bringing in past and present racing champions to its impressive, state of the art Newnan, Georgia factory for a birthday party aptly suited for the undisputed King of the Pure Sport Quads.

Ever since the YFZ450 first stormed onto the sport quad scene in 2004 it has dominated not only in visibility but on ATV racing tracks, trails and podiums around the world. As with everything Yamaha does, considerable and extensive research and background planning went into the development process to create a product truly worthy of its future track and trail racing success and dominance.

In conjunction with original prototype testing at YMC Japan well before the 2004 launch, YMUSA test-pilots, along with factory racing pros and Yamaha ambassadors, Dustin Nelson and Kory Ellis, were brought in to test the higher engine-power spec, providing first-hand real-life racing experienced feedback that would ensure this iconic vehicle met and exceeded customers’ expectations.

Ultimately, the result was an ultra-light, trail-capable racing sport ATV like nothing the industry had seen to this point. Over the coming years and decades, Yamaha would make regular customer-focused tweaks and enhancements to the YFZ450R platform, making it next to impossible for any other OEM to compete with.

YFZ Podium-Proven Performance Over the Years

  • 43 Overall Pro Class Championships in GNCC, ATVMX and Quadcross
  • Over 280 Pro/WXC class overall wins in GNCC, ATV MX and Quadcross
  • Over 240 podium sweeps in GNCC, ATV MX and Quadcross
  • 12-time champ, Traci Pickens, was GNCC’s first WXC Champion on a YZZ (2005)
  • 9-time Champion, Bill Ballance, was GNCC’s first XC1 Pro Champion on a YFZ (2004)
  • 8-time Champion, Chad Wienen, was ATV MX’s first ATV Champion on a YFZ (2012)

The People and the Passion

DirtTrax has worked with several of Yamaha’s ATV and SxS front end staff, such as Steve Nessl, Patrick Biolsi and Travis Hollins for the better part of 25 years and their passion for the Yamaha brand and products still remains as strong, if not stronger, than ever before.

As we toured the massive 1,350,000 square foot YMMC manufacturing facility where nearly 4.5 million Yamaha ATVs, SxS vehicles, Golf Cars and PWCs have been made over the years, we got the opportunity to see first-hand that the passion amongst Yamaha employees runs deep on the factory front lines as well.

During a mid-day autograph session with Yamaha past and present racing champions, YMMC factory workers were invited to meet the racers and collect autographs on a commemorative poster and the line went on for over two hours.

We learned that of the 2,400+ employees at the YMMC manufacturing facility, more than 500 of them have been Yamaha employees for over 10 years further emphasizing the passion Yamaha has been able to create from the ground up. When a company is able to inspire a culture of real passion, dedication and care, the end result delivered to the consumer will almost always be superior.

Congratulations Yamaha on twenty successful years of the YFZ450. Here’s to the next 20 years of racing podium dominance.

ALL-NEW Kawasaki RIDGE Overview and Impressions

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Luke provides a detailed overview of Kawasaki’s all-new RIDGE side-x-side and summarizes some initial ride impressions and thoughts on how the new RIDGE stacks up against the competition.

DIRT TRAX TV 2023 – Episode 15

On this episode of DIRT TRAX…

We kick things off with a special overview of CFMOTO’s ever-expanding MY24 model line-up including the special edition Carey Price signature series UFORCE 600 EPS.

Then in TEST RIDE, Mike gets some seat time aboard Yamaha’s new-for-2024 Wolverine X2 1000 SE featuring a 999cc twin cylinder engine and experiences first-hand whether this lighter, more compact addition to Yamaha’s side-x-side line is ready to turn up your adventure.

Then Luke heads to the legendary dunes in Glamis, California and gets his hands on the new reign of power from Can-Am; the all new 240 horsepower turbocharged triple-cylinder Maverick R which sets a whole new standard for unrivalled suspension travel.

DIRT TRAX TV 2023 – Episode 14

On this episode of DIRT TRAX…

We seek out the ultimate Can Am offroad adventure in beautiful British Columbia through one of BRP’s exclusive Uncharted Society providers – Toby Creek Adventures.

Then AJ outfits our Can Am Outlander Pro HD7 with all the essential accessories necessary for a successful hunt.

DIRT TRAX TV 2023 – Episode 13

On this episode of DIRT TRAX…

AJ sits down with Polaris Ambassador and professional rodeo cowboy Kaycee Feild to learn how he uses his Polaris Sportsman and Ranger for work around his ranch, hear about how he and his wife enjoy their RZR to reconnect and put their family and life back into perspective and also find out what it takes to be a six time world champion.

Then in TEST RIDE, after some trail time inside the XPEDITION ADV 5 NorthStar, Luke provides his review of this very unique, yet very pricey addition to the Polaris lineup.

Polaris Pro XD Kinetic – The All-Electric UTV Built to Work

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Give the workday 100 percent with zero emissions, zero fuel costs and zero compromises. The all-new, all-electric Pro XD Full-Size Kinetic utility vehicle (UTV) from Polaris Commercial, a division of Polaris (NYSE:PII), is engineered from the inside out to withstand tough jobsite duty cycles and enable all-day operation with zero exhaust – taking operational efficiency and sustainability to the next level.

The Pro XD Kinetic further expands the industry-leading line-up of commercial work UTVs that boast durability, serviceability and safety features while increasing the environments and areas these all-electric UTVs can operate.

Polaris has been a leader in the electric UTV space with the class-leading and award-winning RANGER XP Kinetic. The all-electric RANGER has been called game changing and the gold standard for battery EV UTVs. Polaris Commercial has leveraged that industry-leading innovation for its Commercial customers with the introduction of the Pro XD Kinetic, rounding out the Pro XD family that also includes gas and diesel, full-size and mid-size, standard and crew models.

“Going all-electric with the professional-grade Pro XD UTV empowers customers to meet sustainability obligations without sacrificing capabilities,” said Aaron Stegemann, vice president, Polaris Commercial. “In everything we do, Polaris Commercial is committed to providing the greatest value for our customers. That means genuinely listening to their pain points, understanding the use-cases and applications for our work UTVs and solving unmet demands where we can. With the introduction of the Pro XD Kinetic, we’re keeping the features our customers love and rely on from the Pro XD family – superior durability, serviceability and safety features – while addressing the ever-growing environmental, operational and government requirements for EVs.

The Pro XD Kinetic utilizes purpose-built features that rental, construction and other industrial customers value from Polaris Commercial and delivers them in a sustainable, reliable and high-performing work UTV. Featuring an all-electric powertrain through Polaris’ exclusive 10-year partnership with Zero Motorcycles, the powerful Pro XD Kinetic offers the same 1,250 lbs cargo and 2,500 lbs towing capacity as a full-size gas or diesel Pro XD UTV, while its all-electric powertrain delivers instantaneous torque and precise handling. An electric powertrain also requires less maintenance, which means more vehicle uptime, while its quieter operations enable access to restricted areas where heavy-duty gas and diesel UTVs were previously excluded.

Minimal Maintenance

Downtime destroys productivity resulting in costly delays – with minimal maintenance requirements, the Pro XD Kinetic optimizes operations and increases customer ROI. Scheduled maintenance costs are roughly 60 percent less than average maintenance costs for similar gas-powered vehicles like the full-size MY24 Pro XD* meaning fewer replacements and less waste.

The all-electric powertrain makes oil changes, filter replacements, spark plugs and clutch maintenance a thing of the past. The Lithium-Ion battery in the Pro XD is designed to last the vehicle’s lifetime and is backed by a five-year warranty from Polaris Commercial – providing more time to focus on getting the job done.

Standard Safety Features

Safety is a founding pillar of the Pro XD, and the Pro XD Kinetic is engineered with the same features to meet and exceed jobsite compliance, improve worker safety and provide peace of mind for crews and fleet managers. Orange seatbelts, vehicle decals, and optional lighting accessories improve visibility of the vehicle and surrounding workers, while a standard horn and backup alarm provide audible alerts for the operator and surrounding crew. Furthermore, the top speed of the Pro XD Kinetic can be calibrated between 5-40 mph, with many customers selecting a top speed of 25 mph for jobsite compliance. The electric drivetrain also provides reduced sound levels that improve the operator’s situational awareness, allow easier communications between crew members and enables quiet-zone usage.

Dependability Customers Value

The Pro XD Kinetic delivers jobsite must-haves in a work-ready platform and an all-new electric powertrain. Heavy-duty boots, bearings and bushings, Kevlar-backed seats, thick 8-ply tires and a rust- and dent-free poly bed ensure the electric model is built to last from the headlights to the tailgate – just like its gas and diesel counterparts. A rugged, long-lasting 14.9 kWh Lithium-Ion (Li-ion) battery and a powerful electric motor make the Pro XD Kinetic as tough on the inside as it is on the outside. And 140lb-ft of instant torque provide the power operators need to effortlessly tow up to 2,500 lbs and haul up to 1,250 lbs. Additionally, a range of up to 45-miles** ensures crews can go the distance, all day, every day while providing an estimated five-year savings of $2,800 in fuel savings alone compared to the MY24 gas Pro XD.

No Infrastructure Needed

The Pro XD Kinetic from Polaris Commercial is equipped with convenient charging options designed to fit any electrification infrastructure, or lack thereof. The vehicle’s battery can be charged by a standard wall outlet or even a similarly powered generator for remote jobsites or until power is established. This ability to charge using 110V power means no new infrastructure is required, however, the Pro XD Kinetic is also compatible with 220V to enable fast charging options.

The complete Pro XD lineup also provides unmatched versatility and customizability with accessories that enhance productivity in all climates, while also supporting jobsite compliance and safety requirements. The expansive accessories catalog is available to view on the Polaris Commercial website, where customers can also experience the vehicle virtually. Additional information and tools let customers build and quote the different all-wheel drive Pro XD models and accessories, view each in 3D and request a quote.

Manufacturer estimate based on average scheduled maintenance costs over the course of a 5-year timeframe.

Range estimates based on manufacturer data on typical customer driving usage and conditions. Actual range varies based on conditions such as external environment, weather, speed, cargo loads, rates of acceleration, vehicle maintenance, and vehicle usage.

About Polaris Commercial – Backed by 70 years of Polaris innovation, Polaris Commercial offers durable, versatile and customizable work vehicle solutions for transporting people and hauling equipment. Pro XD and RANGER vehicles are engineered with the customer’s needs in mind to be dependable, safe, sustainable and to increase productivity. The dedicated and specialized employees of Polaris Commercial provide end customers with simple purchasing processes based on individual needs, dedicated customer support and a worldwide network of dealers for localized service.

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