In this episode I chat with the Nitro Circus RedNek Hubert. He is riding 3 UTVs from the Atlantic ocean to the Pacific ocean. We chat about how this idea came about as well as the intense preparation for this journey.
In this episode I chat with ATV MX pro Thomas Brown about the Quadcross of Nations. Thomas along with Joel Hetrick and Chad Wienen will be representing the USA in an ATV MX race against competitors from around the world in Cingoli, Italy.
In this episode I chat with offroad ATV racer Rick Cecco and multi time GNCC ATV champion Bryan Buckhannon. We discuss the legendary Hunt The Wolf ATV race in Romania and how they survived some of the harshest terrain in the world.
In this episode the Mudfreak and I chat about our recent ride at the AOAA. We were lucky enough to get a guided tour around some parts of the park not open to the public yet. Mike also took on the infamous "MudRoad". Mudroad is basically a half mile long section of the park with truck eating sized mudholes. We also talk about my recent review of the Tire Spine run flat foam inserts and our awesome upcoming guest lineup.
In this episode I was lucky enough to chat with offroad racer Jesi Stracham. Jesi started her racing career in ATV drag racing then transitioned into a successful GNCC career. Jesi was involved in an accident that left her paralyzed. Since then Jesi's life has taken many twists and turn and she eventually found her way back to offroad racing.
In this episode I record live from Motorama. These interviews are from a variety of participants at the show including Jim Bull from Brapp Magazine, 3 wheeler racer Dwight Jeckel, folks from robot conflict and more.
If you like ATV motocross this episode is for you. In this podcast I chat with with ATV motocross and Quad Radio announcer Rodney Tomblin as well as Gloop Mahey from Racer TV and Rip It Up Films. We discuss what the top racers are doing in the offseason. The Joel Hetrick, Chad Wienen rivalry as well as the rest of the field including Jeff Rastrelli, Thomas Brown, Josh Upperman, Nick Gennusa and more..
In this episode the MudFreak and I chat about our recent ride in SnowShoe, PA. We also discussed his new monster Can AM mud machine and he picked on my "little" sport quad. Additionally we contemplated our 2017 riding destinations.
In this episode I chat with Can Am Global Community Manager and "Top The Podium" Founder Jeff Vanasdal. We chat about his unique perspective of social media and its involvement in offroad. We also discussed desert racing, Glamis, GNCC and much more.
2016 John Deere Gate XUV590i Power Steering
I have to admit I am a bit of a John Deere fanboy. I have cut my grass with a green machine for years, and when I had the chance to test drive the John Deere Gator XUV590i I was really excited. The XUV590i is a cross-over utility offering with power steering that is designed for work and for play. The Gator comes in a few color combinations including the traditional John Deere yellow/green, Realtree Hardwood HD camo and olive/black. My Gator was the olive/black base version, and it came with four wheel drive, power steering, electronic fuel injection, independent front and rear suspention, a 586cc twin cylinder engine all wrapped up in a mid size chassis.
The John Deere Gator XUV590i has some nice curb appeal. The front grill and headlight configuration have an aggressive automotive feel. The bed and truck style tailgate were very sturdy and easy to use and gave the machine a party in the front and business in the back look. The Gator’s stance has a tough look and black steel rims and tire combination add to that concept. The body panel styling and the glossy paint job gives the machine a high end finish and is very scratch resistant when trail “junk” rubs against it. The door nets leave a bit to be desired, but I understand they are needed. As a bigger guy I do appreciate the roomy driver compartment. There is plenty of leg room to get in and out. The center mounted digital display was easy to read and understand and the manual controls were easy to operate. In traditional John Deere fashion, the overall fit and finish on the John Deere Gator XUV590i was outstanding!
How Does It Work?
At first blush you would think the Gator is a work horse…and you would be absolutely correct. The cargo box hold 400 pounds and is almost four feet wide and almost a foot deep. It is made of a high density polymer so there are no concerns about rust or excessive noise from tools or freight rattling around in the bed. The bed also manually dumps and I was impressed how easy the bed dumps with one hand. When you add in the truck style tailgate the Gator bed became very versatile and can adjust to almost any job. Another great benefit John Deere offers is an extremely vast array of accessories that can help modify the Gator for any work scenario. In work situations that would call for frequent stops I was impressed with how easily it was to exit and enter the vehicle. The driver compartment has plenty of leg room in the door well. Occasionally, the door nets got in the way when entering the Gator. Towing capacity with the 2 inch hitch receiver is 1,100 pounds. One odd thing with the Gator XUV590i model is the lack of a parking gear. The gear lever starts on top at High then to Low-Neutral-Reverse. That basically means that when you turn the machine off you leave it in gear then engage the foot actuated mechanical parking brake. The parking brake is located to the left of the brake pedal. The parking brake is a little awkward to engage, but is easy to get used to. More importantly, the lack of a parking gear becomes problematic on inclines. Without engaging the parking brake the Gator easily rolls downhill.
How Does it Play?
I was very curious to see how the Gator rode on the trail. The Gator has 32 hp, eight inches of suspention travel and 10.5 inches of ground clearance. The shock are not premium and are only preload adjustable. Those stats aren’t necessarily awe-inspiring especially when you compare it to some of the ground shaking, turbo powered monsters that are in showrooms across the country. In reality no one is buying the Gator to take to the dunes, and it is not really a fair comparison to make. Like I stated earlier, the Gator is a cross-over and should be compared to other mid-bore cross-over machines.
I decided to put this to the test at the Anthracite Outdoor Adventure Area (AOAA). The AOAA has a wide variety of trails and is a great place to put the Gator to the test. I took the Gator through almost every type of terrain I could find including; mud, open coal roads and tight trails. The only situation I avoided were double black diamond trails for a couple reasons. 1) It doesn't come equipped with a winch and 2) I don’t own it so if things got a little gnarly I didn’t want to have to explain what happened to John Deere.
Throughout my test ride, I found the Gator impressively capable. It was able to easily churn through some frame deep mud. The tire and wheel package cleaned out mud with ease. The Gator really shined when I got it in some tight twisty trails. Those tight areas are when the compact size become a huge asset. The 32 hp engine had more than enough power to get me wherever I wanted to go and handled some very steep/rocky inclines with surprising ease. I was also impressed with the smooth power steering. When you add all this up the Gator is a blast on the trails. It was comfortable, smooth to operate and able to go go almost anywhere I wanted to go.
- Easy to gain access to engine with the dump bed
- Dump bed/tailgate is solid and easy to use
- Power steering gives the appropriate amount of feedback and excels in slow speed situations
- Very comfortable to ride
- Very easy to get in and out
- Lack of a parking gear
- No engine brake
- Electronic display doesn't show what gear the machine is in
- Door nets do not slide well when they got muddy/icy
The John Deere brand bring with it a legendary reputation for quality and has an expansive dealer network. That in itself should be an excellent reason to consider John Deere when making a UTV purchase. If you are in the market for a mid-size side by side that can haul hay bales on Wednesday and your beer cooler on Saturday, the Gator XUV590i is an excellent choice.
In this episode I had the chance to talk with offroad photojournalist Lance Schwartz. You can find his work in publications like ATV Rider, UTV Driver & Field and Stream along with many more. We had a great conversation about whats its like being at new product intros, the demise of sport quads, electric UTVs, social media's role in offroad and much more!!
In this episode I am joined by Harlen Foley from ATVRiders.com and ATV & SXS Illustrated as well as pro racer's Rick Cecco and Mike Penland. We wrap up our thoughts on the GNCC ATV season including; Walker Fowlers 2nd title, the future of Chris Borich, Adam McGill and more...
In this episode of the show I am joined by Josh from Impact Fuel (Impactfuel.org) and the "MudFreak" Mike Petrone. In the first part of the show we also spoke to Emily from the PA Powersports Show about what to expect from the upcoming event in Lebanon, PA. Then we discussed the trip to West Virginia to Trailfest.
In this episode I chat with GNCC racer Nate Riggins and Josh Wiese from Impact Fuel. Nate has an incredible story. He lost the use of one arm in a motor cycle accident and now races one of the most difficult race series in the country.
In this episode the folks from Seat Time, Brian Pierce and Steven Rice invade the Muddy Mic Podcast. We spoke about quite a few topics including podcasting, technology in off-road, Tennessee Knock-out and much more. Check their show out at www.seattime.com.
In this episode the Mudfreak and I talk with Josh from Impact Fuel. Impact Fuel is a project Josh put together to donate miles ridden off road to charity. This is a great way to give back while you ride. Check it out at www.impactfuel.org. Also if you buy any merchandise from Impact Fuel use the promo code Muddy Mic and get 20% off.
In this episode I talk with "Gloop" Mahey the founder of Rip It Up films. (www.watchripitupfilms.com) Gloop is heavily involved in the ATV MX scene and creates content for a variety of outlets. We chat about his ATV and videography background, the current ATV MX season and tips on how NOT to use your Go Pro.
The offroad electric revolution is coming! Nikola Motors CEO Trevor Milton and I discuss his new electric UTV coming out later this year. With a reported 520HP, 0-60 in 3 seconds, 14.5 inches of ground clearance and 20 inches of suspension travel this sounds like the real deal.
In this episode I got a chance to chat with ATV insider Rodney Tomblin. Rodney has been in the industry over 20 years and is the voice of GNCC, ATV Motocross and Quad Radio (www.quad-radio.com) Rodney and I discussed quite a few topics including how he has watched the off-road industry evolve as well as the current GNCC and ATVMX seasons.
In this episode of the podcast the MudFreak and I talk to Shane Travasos from the Southern Mud Riderz ATV club. The Southern Mud Riderz is the largest ATV group in Lousiana. We talk about riding in the mud (obviously), the machines and mods people do to be able to hit the monster mud holes. We also discuss how the club gives back to the community and some current events in off-road.