By Michael van Vliet | November 22, 2013
The Sportsman WV850 ATV by Polaris is the first commercial vehicle of its kind to feature non-pneumatic tires.
Designed to handle the most rugged conditions, this vehicle is based off the already battle tested MV850 military ATV and features a durable steel exoskeleton, automatic forward single gear, 600 lbs of on rack carrying capacity, a 11.75 gallon fuel tank, and up to 1500 lbs of towing ability.
However, the most notable addition is the introduction of the Terrain Armor non-pneumatic tires. We first wrote about these new honeycombed tires back in late 2011, but they have now found their way into commercial use. Terrain Armor tires can never go flat, run out of air, shred, or puncture. Polaris is so confident in these tires, they’ve completely eliminated the standard onboard spare – freeing up precious space for additional cargo.
The Sportsman WV850 ATV is in a class of its own (at least for now) for apocalypse-surviving toughness. Limited quantities will soon be made available for a sticker price of $15,000.
For more information, visit Polaris website: www.polaris.com
By Michael van Vliet | November 7, 2013
The Caterham Brutus 750 is designed to be the “SUV of motorcycles”.
The Brutus 750 is the first motorcycle by British car manufacturer Caterham and was recently announced at the International Motorcycle Exhibition in Milan. The bike is designed to be the ultimate crossover vehicle that can function as a track day sports bike, off-road dual sport, and – with a bit of creative tinkering – a snowmobile.
Few details have been released as of yet, but Caterham stated they intend to make the Brutus 750 “affordable”. What that means, coming from a company that makes souped up roadsters for $25,000+, is anybody’s guess.
For more information check out their website : uk.caterhamcars.com
By Michael van Vliet | October 28, 2013
Portland-based MotoCorsa has transformed the Ducati 1199 Panigale S superbike into an off-road trail rider called the 1199 TerraCorsa.
Only in Oregon are people be crazy enough to take a $25,000 sport bike, designed specifically for racing on the track, and attempt to repurpose it for backcountry trails. However, the guys at MotoCorsa Ducati dealership are just those kind of people.
According to the general manager Arun Sharma, it didn’t take much to transform the bike: TKC knobby tires, modified disc brakes, raised suspension for added clearance, skid plate to protect the exhaust, and the requisite matted-out paint job.
No word yet from MotoCorsa on a price tag for their 1199 TerraCorsa, however it’s safe to assume it will be north of $25,000.
For more information check out their website at motocorsa.com
[ via our motorcycle coach Raphael Bertolus]
By Michael van Vliet | October 17, 2013
Explore Iceland with ISAK 4×4′s Land Rover Defender tours and rentals.
ISAK was formed to offer visitors the opportunity to explore Iceland using fully modified all-terrain vehicles. All of ISAK’s Land Rover Defenders have been outfitted for the harsh environment, with VHF long range radios, GPS navigation, a front bumper built for icy conditions, shovels, ropes, spot lights, and an engine mounted air compressor to adjust the vehicle’s tire pressures for different terrains.
You can explore the backcountry on your own, or on one of ISAK’s guided tours, which, for those unfamiliar with the rigors of overland travel, would definitely be the best place to start.
For more information visit: isak.com
By Michael van Vliet | May 9, 2013
Depending on the conditions, driving sideways can either being terrifying or completely joyous. This is one of the joyous occasions.
Guido Tschugg, a Ghost Mountain Bike professional, spends the afternoon “exploring” his backyard with his Mitsubishi Evo. Slipping and sliding over the snow covered pastures, Tschugg kicks up some serious powderspray while “aerating the soil.”
The aerial portion of the video was filmed using remote controlled rig by AirV8, with static shots and editing provided by Mario Feil. Music courtesy of Ok Go.
By Michael van Vliet | February 22, 2013
Turn your Jeep’s seat into a high-capacity rucksack with Smittybilt Gear. Their G.E.A.R. Seat Covers functions can a multi-compartmental modular storage unit as well as a protective seat cover. Storing all of you possessions in plain sight (inside your soft top jeep) might be asking for trouble in the city, but out in the backcountry it could by quite handy.
To find out more about Smittybilt’s G.E.A.R. Seat Covers, visit their website smittybilt.com
[via Core 77]
By Michael van Vliet | February 15, 2013
Coursing with male-machismo, the word “tactical”, and a hyper-fixation on the coming zombie-apocalypse, the Dromedarii is Portland-based Icon 1000‘s custom rendition of a Triumph Tiger 800XC. To transform this perfectly reasonable adventure bike into a hell-fire Afrika Korp death-machine, Icon 1000 replaced the plastic fairings with steel, incorporated an oversized bespoke fuel tank, auxiliary fuel cells, and a front and rear racks. All of which, have been painted the requisite matte desert tan.
So if you’re looking for a really serious motorcycle, and we mean so serious that you don’t find anything disconcerting about Icon 1000 Gulf War inspired promo video for it, then the Dromedarii is definitely for you.
[ via Bless This Stuff]
By Michael van Vliet | February 13, 2013
Apparently the military passed on it, because the all-terrain DTV shredder by BPG Werks is now available for sale to the general public (as demonstrated by the intrepid short-wearing individual above). Now, any Tom, Dick, or Harry can now tear it up practically anywhere for the small price of $3,999
The DTV shredder was first announced back in 2010, but speculation about its potential military application delayed its release. Its aggressive off-road ability comes from its two rubber tank treads that are powered by a 196 cc, 4-stroke engine, generating 13 horsepower and propelling the vehicle to speeds of up to 30 mph. The rider steers the vehicle much like a skateboard, by leaning to one side or the other to increase tread friction.
The DTV is now available. For more information check out bpgwerks.com
By Michael van Vliet | January 4, 2013
In 2009, Land Rover celebrated their 60th Aniversary as a company with the release of a special edition Defender SVX. With only 300 units made available, the limited soft-top was highly sought after, being the first time the factory had offered a drop-top Defender in more than 20 years.
Now comes a special edition of the special edition from Overfinch, the world’s premier Land Rover aftermarket outfitter. Their Defender SVX conversion retains the exhilarating open-top ride, but incorporates their own distinctive luxury style.
For the exterior, Overfinch refinished the loading deck with marine grade teak and black caulking and added 18″ Stain black Apollo wheels with diamond turn face. Overfinch signature color coded hood and roll cage, and a “Union Jack” enamel badge.
The interior has been transformed entirely as well. The upholstered seats have been covered in distressed tan leather with black detailing and stitching. The dash and other surfaces have been finished with a unique teak veneer, for a warm rich feel.
[ Via Overfinch]
By Michael van Vliet | October 18, 2012
Like something straight out of a Bond film, the Gibbs Quadski is a four-wheeled ATV that can transform into a streamlined jetski in just seconds.
This truly all-terrain vehicle is powered by a 1.3-liter four-cylinder BMW engine that churns out an impressive 175 horsepower and 103 lbs-ft of torque. It has a top speed of 45 mph, both on land and water, which is pretty sprightly if you consider its size: 1,300 pound and 10 feet long. It also comes with a standard 15 gallon tank to give riders plenty of range to go out and explore.
According to Gibbs the transition from land to water is seamless, with twin servomotors lifting and dropping the wheels in just five seconds. The company says that the Quadski can be driven into the water at speed and continue forwards without delay.
The Quadski is schedule to go on sale in the US by the end of this year for around $40,000, and Gibbs hopes to sell the vehicle worldwide by 2014. For more information, you can visit their website at Gibbsports.com
[ Via Wired]