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2 Stroke Clean Smoke


Here’s a twist flying in the face of the commonly accepted belief 2-strokes are not environmentally clean. BRP, makers of Bombardier ATVs, Ski-Doo snowmobiles, Sea-Doo watercraft and Johnson and Evinrude outboard engines have been awarded the Clean Air Excellence Award from the US Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) this past April.

No, BRP didn’t receive the award for 4-stroke technology but for its Evinrude E-Tec 2-stroke outboard motors. The E-Tec Direct Injection system received the EPA’s coveted endorsement as a result of the system’s ability to achieve carbon monoxide emissions 30 to 50 times lower than a similar 4-stroke outboard. At idle, emissions can be as much as 100 times lower.

Could this signal the return of 2-stroke ATVs? Stay tuned.

Big Bore Power

So how much power is too much power for an ATV? We can imagine this question is being thrown around in boardrooms, safety agencies and law enforcement offices throughout North America.

There’s now a formidable fleet of Sport Utility ATVs, some producing (almost unbelievably) more power than the highest performance Pure Sport models. Each of the Big Bore ATVs is fully capable of running well past 65 MPH and a few of them can exceed 70 MPH.

Is this too much power? In our opinion, no. These are among the best suspended, most powerful braking and best handling off-road conveyances we’ve ever sampled. This reason – suspension and handling capability in lock-step with power and speed – is why we do not fear these faster more powerful Sport Utes.

Know this: an inexperienced, helmetless, underage rider on an ATV with half this power is in far more danger than any of these vehicles ridden to their full capability by a responsible, properly attired, experienced ATV rider.

ATV Rescue

ATV mounted search and rescue initiatives are popping up all over North America.

A well organized group from Ontario, Canada is training and empowering ATVers to perform search and rescue work in both urban and rural environments (more this issue).

The Ontario ATV Search and Rescue Federation can be reached at www.oatvsarf.org or by keying “ATV Search and Rescue” into your search engine.

06′ Yamahas

Yamaha has certainly tweaked our minds with the intro of the three new 2006 4-wheelers. With the dominance of the incredible Raptor 660 the past four model years, bumping it up was a bit of genius.

However, our interest now is rooted in the transference of the new Rap mill into a Sport Utility model. Possibly a Grizzly 700 EFI?

Check out the latest issue of All-Terrain Vehicle Magazine for a full Raptor 700 EFI review.

400EX Gets a Face Lift

Honda’s new and improved TRX400EX with reverse is still a sweet Pure Sport – in our books.

While we pined for an updated power package on the venerable EX we have to say, we’re not disappointed by the new 400.

It has a fresh family look making it hard to distinguish from the TRX450R at a glance and the addition of reverse is just, well, superb.

There’s still tons of market space left for a serious but lower powered air cooled Pure Sport. The EX 400 fits the bill perfectly.

Dinli Pure Sport Offering

Dinli Manufacturing has taken the now defunct Cannondale pure sport ATV project and breathed new life into it minus a few features such as EFI and the extruded aluminum frame that the Cannondale model boasted.

The engineering of this 450cc 4-stroke is tight and well thought out and with these cost saving modifications, this could be a bargain in the making!

Sorry Canada, but this model is currently only available in the US until Dinli can ink a Canadian distributor.

Polaris Poised For Growth

Press Release – Innovative new products drive the powersports industry, and at last week’s national sales meeting in Nashville, Tenn., Polaris continued its tradition of introducing new products in every Division.

The company unveiled more than a dozen new products in its ATV, RANGER utility vehicle and Victory Motorcycle product lines, the largest offering of new vehicles in the company’s history.

“This is an exciting time for Polaris and its dealers. Earlier last week, we announced our strategic partnership with KTM and now we are introducing the largest fleet of new products in our history,” said Bennett Morgan, President and Chief Operating Officer, Polaris. “We have incredible momentum and traction to continue improving our overall business, make it stronger and gain market share in all categories. That’s good news for Polaris, our dealers and our customers.”

Polaris’ ATV division is the lifeblood of the company. Representing nearly two-thirds of its overall sales, the division is introducing six new product offerings that address the trail, mid-size, entry and “heart of the market” segments, which will continue to position Polaris as a dominant powerhouse in the industry.

Catch the next issue of All-Terrain Vehicle Magazine for a full report on all the latest offerings from Polaris!

Cat Power

We’ve already heard questions spinning off the Kawasaki/Suzuki break up regarding Arctic Cat and whether this will affect Cat’s ability to do business with both Suzuki and Kawasaki.

Here’s our take. Suzuki owns almost one third of Arctic Cat. Therefore don’t look for any changes beyond Arctic Cat’s own moves in building domestic ATV engines for more models.

Knowing all this, we suspect Arctic Cat will continue to ramp up its domestic engine capabilities at its all-new engine plant in Thief River Falls, Minnesota.

No More Sharing

Remember the joint marketing/development agreement we told you about between Suzuki and Kawasaki? This arrangement led to the “greening” of the Suzuki Quadsport Z400 and the Quad Racer 80.

It also produced the “yellowing” of the Kawasaki Prairie/KVF 700. Okay, here’s the deal. It’s all off as of right now. No more Kawasaki KFX 400’s or KFX 80’s and although we haven’t seen an official release, we suspect the Suzuki badged KVF 700 (called the Twin Peaks by Suzuki and the Prairie by Kawasaki) will cease to exist as well.

Seems the two companies decided to do it on their own (again) from this point on and from what we’ve heard, many dealers are happy.

12 Hour Race

Canada’s premiere ATV race, the 12 Hour Endurance Race of La Tuque, Quebec recently took place May 21st and 22nd.

An enthusiastic gate showed up in the rain to cheer on their teams and witness some outstanding quad racing. When the four heat, twelve hour race over two days was all said and done – team “TM Quad Yamaha” prevailed as the new 2005 champs.

2004 winners, “Splash n Dirt Yamaha” came close but were forced to wear the bridesmaid’s dresses this year. TM Quad Yamaha had a rough time in the 2004 race with injuries and mechanical problems but everything seemed to be in synch for them this year, racing their YFZ 450 to victory.