New karts and UTVs offered
June 28, 2004
Filed under Features
Ridge Runner two-seat Rough Terrain Vehicle
Ridge Runner, a company based in Idaho, claims its new Rough Terrain Vehicle will go faster, climb steeper hills, clear higher objects, go farther into the back country, and allow drivers to pack in/pack out a lot more supplies for hunting, fishing or camping than traditional ATVs.
The Ridge Runner has 18 inches of ground clearance and 13.5 inches of suspension travel. The “RTVs” have four-wheel independent suspension, with Fox Racing air shocks, allowing them to traverse rough terrain with little impact on the steel-tube frame. Directional control is linked to rack and pinion steering.
The Ridge Runner has a number of safety features, including two side-by-side seats with dual seatbelts that have double shoulder harnesses, roll bars, a low center of gravity, and a long and wide wheel base, which limits the risk of rollover.
The Ridge Runner is powered by a twin cylinder, 697cc, four-stroke engine with an automatic transmission. Equipped with a high and low range transfer case, which includes park and reverse, the RTV is capable of high speeds on smooth roads.
“It isn’t speed that’s going to sell Ridge Runners,” said company president Dan Denney. “It’s the maneuverability, the sheer fun of enjoying performance that loosens the limits of off-road driving. What a Ridge Runner might do to a weekend really challenges the imagination. The main thing is, at the end of the day anyone who’s been riding one will feel an incredible sense of exhilaration.”
For a limited time, the Ridge Runners are being sold factory-direct at a special introductory price of $14,500, plus shipping. For more information visit www.RidgeRunner.biz or phone (208) 463-4411. psb
Carter Brothers Talon
Carter Brothers’ XTV was among the first in the new breed of off-highway karts now marketed in the U.S. by nearly a dozen companies.
Carter most recently added a second line of off-road kart, the five-model Talon series.
Outfitted with CVT and four-stroke scooter-type engines ranging from 125cc to 150cc, the units come with a long list of standard features: reverse; electric start; rack and pinion steering; dual A-arm suspension; four wheel disc brakes, bucket seats; safety harnesses; a large utility rack; hi-low beam headlights and a brake light; turn signals; a parking brake; rear view mirror; horn; trailer hitch; fenders; a 12 volt power outlet; and 19×7-8 front and 22×10-10 rear tires.
Top speed of the four 150cc models is reported to be more than 40 mph.
The Talon GX 125IIR, powered by a 125cc motor, rolls on 18×7-8 front and18x10-8 rear tires and has a reported top speed of 30 mph.
Based in Brundidge, Ala., Carter Brothers operates out of a 235,000 sq.ft. facility housing management, sales, engineering, research and development, quality control, manufacturing, assembly and warehouse facilities.
For more information regarding the company and its new Talon series, call 800/523-5278 or visit www.carterbro.com. psb
Chuck Wagon UTV
The Utility Vehicle (UTV) market is experiencing rapid expansion. Once dominated by the Kawasaki Mule and Polaris Ranger, the category has grown significantly during the past year with the introduction of units from Yamaha, John Deere, Kubota, Club Car, E-Z Go and Suzuki. Well, now add another offering to the mix: the Chuck Wagon by Brister’s Design and Manufacturing Co. of Roseland, La.
Powered by an electric start 340cc Honda GX340 four-stroke engine, the Chuck Wagon (MSRP $3,999) features Dana Corp.’s fully enclosed transaxle with reverse and locking differential, a CVT transmission, and a rear multi-link and front double A-arm suspension.
The Chuck Wagon rolls on standard ATV tires, offers 11 inches of ground clearance, and can fit in the back of a full size pickup truck. Outfitted with a manual tilt dump bed with tailgate, it is capable of towing 1,000 lbs. Other features include a two-person bench seat with two headrests, rack and pinion steering, a parking brake, high-gloss powder-coated coloring and headlights.
Brister’s supplies a one year warranty on the unit. The company says it is seeking dealers for certain territories. For more information, call 985/748-4889. psb