Rupp, a Minnesota-based manufacturer
of go-karts, minibikes
and minicycles, also
made one of the
The Go-Joe is a two-wheel-drive ATV that
was offered with a
variety of two- and
ranging from 3 1⁄ 2 to
18 horsepower. It
had a fully automatic
chain drive. The tires
and seat provided the
HONDA’S 130-MPH MOWER!
England’s “Top Gear” has built its share of strange vehicles, and the latest,
a Honda riding mower, may be able to cut grass—and laps—faster than any
other lawn machine.
The machine began as a Honda riding mower, and several less-than-subtle
changes were made in the interest of speed. A more powerful engine from
another Honda is the main upgrade. The orignal, air-cooled, pushrod engine
was replaced with a 109-horsepower, six-speed, double-overhead-cam
V-twin from Honda’s VTR1000F SuperHawk sport bike. With the mower’s
sleek, drag-reducing shape, it should reach 130 mph with ease. Hanging
onto this Honda at that speed will be the hard part.
This 130-mph Honda mower should
make quick work of any-size yard.
STI INTRODUCES THE
The STI Outback is a true “all conditions”
performer. The goal of producing the most
versatile tire on the market was scored
with a model that provides the comfort and
control of dedicated hardpack trail rubber
while still delivering the grip and cleanout
capabilities of a deep, open-lugged mud
bogger. Add in a few things learned about
durability with the earlier-developed,
bulletproof Roctane XD and the result is a
tire that lives up to its name—the Outback.
Its six-ply-bias carcass and robust rim
guard provide exceptional reliability while
remaining surprisingly light. The Outback’s
center-V tread design provides an OEM-like
ride on hard surfaces, while deep, dimpled
lugs aggressively dig into loose, soft terrain.
Wraparound shoulder lugs supply controlled
side bite, and a unique, stepped-lug profile
sheds mud like nothing else. The Outback
comes in two models: the AT features
3⁄4-inch-deep lugs, and the XT model uses 1
1⁄8-inch-deep lugs. Initial sizing is ideal for a
wide range of current ATVs and UTVs with
more sizes to come. Currently, the AT is
available in 25x8-12 ($89.10) and 25x10-
12 ($99.58). The XT rolls out in 26x9-12
($113.12) and 26x11-12 ($128.97). Many
more sizes are coming soon. For more
information, visit www.stitireandwheel.com.
STI Tire and Wheel rolls out the tough, six-ply
Outback in 25-inch AT and 26-inch XT versions for
12-inch rims, and bigger sizes are coming soon. Rupp’s 1973 Go-Joe, one of the earliest four-wheel ATVs.