Monday, February 25, 2008

April issue of ATV Rider is in

In terms of machines covered, you will find a couple new reviews and a project quad, all covering popular models.

Grizzly 700 FI EPS first ride
On page 30 there is yet another confirmation that, yes...the innovative power steering that Yamaha brought to the market more than a year ago is worth the extra $600. I've seen several of these articles and can only boost the already popular Yamaha Grizzly.

They do share some good insight on owning a power steering equipped ATV, including the added confidence you will have to get places, along with more focus on having fun. And at end of the day, you can expect to be less fatigued which will allow more riding and fun again! For work applications can also provide better efficiency.

Race-Ready Suzuki LT-R450 for under $2000
On page 52, they share a project quad that is near and dear to my heart. In fact, I think I'm going to send my stock shocks off to Race Tech Suspension (formerly TCS) to be reworked following the praise that the testers give them in this article. Other goodies include ITP wheels and MXR6 tires and an M-80 power module from Big Gun Exhaust.

2008 Honda TRX400EX First Ride
Finally, on page 66 the ATV Rider crew got their hands on a couple of the first revamped 400EXs to come off production line. Not significantly changed for 08, but Honda did retune the Showa suspension and the 400EX comes with a new sleek look that also reflects improved ergonomics with a wider seat that narrows towards the fuel tank together with more room for riders legs.

The conclusion is that the Honda TRX 400 is as solid as ever, and even retells story of competing in both a Baja 2000 and 1000 aboard mostly stock 400EX without any issues. In fact winning their class in the 1726 mile Baja 2000 back in the day.

We stick to just the machines on, but you'll also find some fresh new articles and adventures in there as well, so check it out if any of these are of interest.