MARCH MUD-MEISTER TECH
Starting on page 48,
check out “How to Ride
Mud Like a Pro” to gear
up for the muddy spring
riding season. Setup is
important for mud riding,
and Twin Air has radiator
sleeves for dirt bikes
($44.95) and is working on
sport ATV radiator sleeves.
Fabric mesh flexes and
doesn’t allow mud to stick
to the louvers and block
cooling airflow, which is a
big problem with racing RZR XP 900s and XP1Ks in mud.
Heavy-duty clutch springs, coarse foam, dielectric grease
on all wiring connections, wheel discs, handguards and/
or mud mittens, tear-offs over roll-offs, extended visors,
increased shock preload and compression, and taller mud-specific tires all help fight mud.
The John Deere M-Gator
A1 is a 4x6 that does 20
mph, while the M-Gator A3 is a
similarly equipped 2x4 that does 32 mph, but it
doesn’t have the folding ROPS cage.
JOHN DEERE M-GATOR A1
Starting on page 52, we present the “2015 UTV Buyer’s
Guide” that includes extreme-performance, recreational, utility/
diesel, electric and multi-passenger models, but it doesn’t
include military vehicles, which aren’t sold to the public at
large. Meet the John Deere M-Gator A1, of which thousands
have been deployed worldwide. It has a 854cc diesel/JP8
engine with 20.8 horsepower and dual radiators to keep
it running cool in hostile conditions. It sports a convertible
ROPS cage to protect troops and fold for air transport, fold-down front litter carrier with 250-pound capacity, 1000-pound
capacity bed with folding sides and tailgate, key-less ignition
and in-dash anti-theft cable lock that disables steering. It also
has Cayman AT tires with Tire Ball flat prevention, and the
center wheels are shaft driven, while the rear axle is chain
drive on this 4x6.
POLARIS WINS HENDERSON 250 & BITD
Heading into the final Best in the Desert round, which
awarded double series points, Jagged X’s Brandon Schueler
in his RZR XP 1000 had the championship on the line with a
small points cushion of just 13 points. When the dust cleared,
Schueler would finish second, giving him enough points for
his second consecutive BITD championship and the sixth of
his career. Schueler would get edged out in the race but not
the war by Scott Kiger and Mark Holz in the Coastal Racing
RZR XP 1000, who would finish the series in a respectable
second place. Jagged X’s Craig Scanlon would come into the
race in sixth place with a very close points race separating
third through sixth place. Scanlon would take a hard-fought
third in the race to catapult him into a third-place finish in the
series, giving Polaris a 1- 2-3 finish in Class 1900 UTV Pros.
Matt Krimple took the Class SR1 Pro title with four wins on
the season, and Scott Martinez took the 850 UTV Pro title
with three wins.
Scott Kiger won the last BITD round but lost the UTV championship by 9
points. UTV classes drew 77 entries to the Best in the Desert series of six
races, and Brandon Schueler won the Class 1900 UTV and Grand UTV
championships with wins at the Parker 250, Mint 400 and Desert Challenge.