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Oct. 4, 2010 – ATV Digest

October 4, 2010
Filed under Features

Honda updates its UTV for 2011

American Honda Motor Co. continued to unveil part of its 2011 lineup, including its updated side-by-side.
The 2011 Big Red will feature an increased load carrying and towing capacity, revised suspension, contoured bench seat that allows easier entry/exit, Maxxis Big Horn tires and a Roll Over Protection Structure that meets OSHA requirements. The four-wheeler, what Honda calls a Multipurpose Utility Vehicle, will be available beginning in November.
Other 2011 models will include the Honda Interstate, which will now be available as an optional ABS model, the Shadow RS and its fuel-injected, 745cc V-twin engine, Shadow Phantom and Fury, the latter of which will be available in December in Dark Red Metallic, Pearl White and Matte Orange Metallic.
The announcement also included two off-road bikes, the 2011 CRF80F and the CRF100F.

Arctic Cat adds Prowler LXC Cab Kit

Consisting of a roof, two doors, windshield and rear panel, the new LXC Cab Kit from Arctic Cat delivers wrap-around protection against the elements.
The roof and doors are made from thermo-formed HDPE for lightweight performance and durability. The three-position laminate glass windshield is easily opened with gas-spring assist, while the smoked polycarbonate rear panel is molded for strength and optimal visibility, with a tip-out window for added ventilation. Scratch-resistant polycarbonate door windows complement the tinted sunroof for all-around visibility and venting versatility, while the lockable door system includes integrated armrests.
The LXC Roof Kit, Door Kit, Windshield Kit and Rear Panel also are available as individual accessory items.

ATV Safety Institute selects winners of video contest

Creative, cash-winning kids from coast to coast are getting their videos on safe and responsible ATV riding posted online as public service announcements by the ATV Safety Institute.
An ASI judging panel selected the winners among dozens of entries from young enthusiasts nationwide, all aiming to highlight the association’s “Golden Rules” of ATV Safety.
Bobby Burns of Getzville, N.Y., won the grand prize of $2,500, while his younger brother Nathan won the $1,100 first-place prize in the age 6-10 category.
The ASI designed the contest, which ran from June 18 to Sept. 6, to inform and motivate kids and their parents on the responsible use of ATV riding while spreading the message to other young riders. Every entry took a unique approach to demonstrate safe riding practices, but each video highlighted one or more of the ASI Golden Rules.
“This is the first video contest I’ve ever won so it’s like crazy awesome!” said 13-year-old Burns. “I thought protective gear was the most important message to tell kids, and also to not drive on public roads.”

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