Tuesday, October 10, 2017

Adventure Rides: Spidey

  Not long ago I introduced you to Klondike, our Jeep Wrangler Unlimited that we use for our rock crawling and overland adventures. But sometimes we like to go a little faster than ten miles an hour and we like to find some tighter trails to get us deeper into the back country. For those days we turn to our Polaris RZR. 
  The black, red and blue color schemes this 2016 RZR reminded us of Spider Man's outfit so it was only natural that we have nicknamed this ride, "Spidey." This Trail 900 with electronic power steering has been a great replacement to the 800 that we had before. The ability to carry four passengers has been a game changer for our family. No longer does anyone have to stay behind at camp to watch the kids while the other gets to go out on the trail. Of course, now the kids are older and we have used Spidey to start training them to drive a car. The driving basics are the same but the smaller size of the RZR makes it less intimidating for them to operate.
 If only we got to take Spidey out more often. Unfortunately we've had this RZR for over a year and we've just gotten past the 25 hour break in period. This is because we've had to leave him with family in Salt Lake while we've been here in California for work. This hasn't stopped us from using it but it has obviously kept our outing limited.
  I look at these RZR's as the Jeep of the UTV world. Their popularity has exploded and so has the aftermarket. The amount of parts that you can bolt on to one of these things is amazing considering how "new" they are to the off road world. I've always got my eye on the possibilities but so far the full plastic "bikini" top is all we have added. We just haven't had the time to really decide what kind of additions we want to make. I do know that the first thing I'm going to do is put a street legal kit on it. This adds turn signals and a horn to allow us to license it for road use. Utah has embraced the UTV which has opened up access like we've never had before. 
  I had a hard time accepting the UTV when they first arrived on the scene. I never saw them as a replacement for my quads but as time has gone on I have changed my tune. They allow us to go to the dunes, cruise through tight woods and now take us to the grocery store. All this with all four of us in the same machine. The RZR has proved to be versatile and important to our adventure fleet and I look forward to spending more time out on the trails with it over the years. They are expensive (the price of a Honda Civic) but if you're looking for a machine that can do it all this may be what you're looking for.

Brandan

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