By D. West WIDE OPEN The latest news for April 1, 2017
Floyd Bridges is the owner of
Snorkels “R” Us, and here he is testing
the company’s new Deep 5 system on
a UTV. He says they’re working on the
Deep 10 model that’ll allow UTVs to go
SUZUKI’S NEW UTV?
Well, it’s not actually new. You may
remember that Suzuki’s automotive
division used to sell a street-legal
4x4 vehicle called the Samurai.
It actually had a shorter wheelbase than many of today’s
UTVs. It’s rumored that Suzuki
may simply reduce the
weight of that machine and
introduce it again as a UTV.
Here is how a Samurai 750
might look with a KingQuad
engine, as drawn up by Scott Sixby.
HONDA’S 750EX PROTOTYPE?
It’s been a while since Honda
introduced a new sport quad, and
it makes sense that they’d offer a
challenger to Yamaha’s Raptor 700.
To make sure it produces more
power than the Raptor, this test
machine has a four-cylinder 750
engine. We’ll keep you posted on its
development and have a test of the
production version as soon as it’s
EXPERIMENTAL QUAD WITH
Arnold Ziffel is the engineer in
charge of this test machine’s development, and he says it carves tight trails
very well. He admits there are still a
few bugs to work out, such as keeping
the chain on the sprockets when the
rear axle pivots back and forth.
NEW HIGH-TECH SNOW-WHEELER
It’s made in North Korea, and they
say it incorporates all of that country’s latest technology. A government
spokesman also claims they have a dirt
version of this three-wheeler that will
smoke Honda’s ATC90. They’re proud
that it took them only 45 years to reach
WHEN WAS THE FIRST UTV?
Some say it was the Yamaha Rhino,
but there was the Polaris Ranger
before that and the John Deere Gator
before that. Well, it turns out there
was another UTV even before those
vehicles. Ten thousand years ago Fred
Flintstone was driving off-road in this
vehicle here. It didn’t have very good
suspension, and the acceleration was
extremely slow, but it still may qualify
as the first UTV.
NEW ACCESSORY FOR
Many people aren’t comfortable
with owning an electric car because
of the anxiety of being stranded out
in the middle of nowhere with a
dead battery. To help eliminate that
fear and boost sales, electric car
companies are trying new ideas to
allow the driver to continue on even
when the battery runs out of charge.
Here is one concept being tested.
SNORKEL TECHNOLOGY PUSHES TO NEW DEPTHS
even deeper. It’ll also come with
a diving helmet for the driver
that has a tall snorkel attached
to it for breathing when he’s