DON’T DO DOUGHNUTS
❏ We aren’t sure what it is about a UTV, but everyone who
gets in one wants to start doing doughnuts. That isn’t a
good idea in a tall machine with active long-travel suspension. It is a very good way to land your machine on its side.
If you absolutely can’t resist, don’t let off, but don’t say we
said it was okay. The same is true of deep-rutted turns. You
can’t repeal the laws of physics. You can only slam into rutted turns so hard before the inside wheels lift.
CARRY WHAT YOU NEED TO GET HOME
We keep seeing people broken on the trail. They may have
a boomin’ stereo and a cooler, but they didn’t carry a single
tool or spare part with them. We have assembled tool bags
like the one featured in the August 2016 issue of Dirt Wheels.
You must be able to repair a flat, change a CVT belt or at
least get towed to camp. Don’t be unprepared. Remember
the first-aid kit as well.
in order of importance
By the staff of Dirt Wheels
New UTV drivers are drawn to slides and doughnuts like
lemmings to cliffs. Forget those Fast and Furious movies
and the Ken Block drifting videos; tall, softly suspended
machines are not built for doughnuts in soft dirt.
Hopefully you won’t face a failure this extreme at all,
and certainly not far from the truck, but carry some
essentials with you that can solve basic mechanical
issues and still get you home.