In 2009 my dad purchased the first sport UTV, a Polaris RZR. Side by side OHV's were not new when the RZR was introduced in 2007 but this was the first sport model. I wasn't sold. In fact, I had no use for them. I was still blinded by love when it came to my standard 4 wheeler or "quad." I couldn't imagine why anyone would want to buy a larger, less agile machine. I'm pretty sure I drove his RZR up and down the street in front of his house and promptly got out and said something like, "Garbage. You can have it."
2014 came along and so did another RZR. This time it had 4 seats. Great. Now the wife and kids could come along on rides and our groups got larger. What the heck just happened? This was change and I still wasn't having it. I refused to drive or ride in this new abomination. I recall defiantly pleading my case to the masses. "That thing is almost as big as the Jeep. If you want to go out for a Jeep ride then let's go hop in the Jeeps." It made no sense to me. Don't get me wrong. I was happy that all of the family could ride at once but I just couldn't agree with the thought of these side by sides and it sickened me that they were getting so popular. Standing by my principals I continued to ride my Yamaha Grizzly while Misty and the kids tagged along in the four seat RZR and my parents trailed behind in the two seater and my in laws had their quads. Everyone was happy.
|The author after "caving in."|
When you feel the need to see the back country a little faster or you just have to see what's over that next sand dune a side by side can get you there. I never thought they would become as popular as they are but now that we've had them I get it. In the end what I like about them best is the fact that my little family of four can all ride together. Yep, the one thing that a youthful, selfish me didn't want to see happen is the very reason that machines like the Polaris RZR exists. They have brought family's together in the outdoors and to me that's the way it should be. Thank you to those manufacturers out there that continue to innovate and give us opportunities to be together.
By the way, we aren't sponsored by any of the manufacturers mentioned in this article. I speak from the experiences I've had from the machines that we've purchased privately and I am familiar with. See you on the trails.