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Old 12-08-2013, 03:05 PM   #1
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Anyone ever talk about side by sides around here?

Been thinking of purchasing a side by side but have no knowledge of them other than they look like a lot of fun. Especially the 4 seater ones.
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Old 12-08-2013, 03:14 PM   #2
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In addition to my KTM 990 I have a 2007 Yamaha Rhino. I use it mainly for hunting, exploring and riding with the kids. It's not very fast, but goes just about anywhere.

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Old 12-08-2013, 04:17 PM   #3
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You'll probably have better luck in the "Shiny Things" forum.

I can't believe how big and expensive some of them can get...
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Old 12-08-2013, 06:56 PM   #4
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Hunting is the only reason I've ever figured somebody would buy one of these. They're too big to be a quad/dirt bike, too small to be a car... and they're expensive. Somebody enlighten me, because they look nearly useless
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Old 12-08-2013, 07:05 PM   #5
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Anyone ever talk about side by sides around here?

Thought you were talking about shotguns.
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Old 12-08-2013, 07:05 PM   #6
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You can plate 'em in some places. Run ATV trails anywhere.

Farmers have started buying them rather than quads for field surveys and such. See a lot of them around.

Yes, they are expensive, but not compared to owning TWO quads if the missus or whomever is going along.
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Old 12-08-2013, 07:59 PM   #7
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They're neat enough I guess. Some models are getting very big and you might be surprised at how expensive they can get (especially the Can Ams).

They don't always fit on ATV trails that well.

I have a Polaris 550 EFI X2 - a conventional sit-on-top ATV but it has a small tipping bed (400 lb capacity) and the drivers backrest flips up to create a pillion seat (it encroaches into the pick-up bed).

There are other models that will legally seat two.

If you need seating for four, for the money you could look at a lightly used Jeep which would be street legal and probably just as off-road worthy.

Also consider used, imported Kei trucks...





That said, it's your money and if you really like the SxS ATVs, fill 'yer boots...
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Old 12-09-2013, 11:58 AM   #8
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I just talked to a rancher the other day about his Polaris Ranger, he said that he loves it and it has always got the job done, but if he was to do it all over he would buy a Kubota. He said the Ranger had a 900 something CC gas engine and the Kubotas have about the same size, 3 cyl. diesel.
The Polaris was around $16K and the Kubotas run about $12500 !
I have a Kubota 3 cyl. diesel 4x4 tractor that has been bullet proof !
I have a Yamaha 700CC Grizzly and have thought about going the sxs route myself.
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Old 12-09-2013, 12:29 PM   #9
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I have this in the stable with the bikes. 2013 RZR S-LE
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Old 12-09-2013, 01:02 PM   #10
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I have this in the stable with the bikes. 2013 RZR S-LE
Now, THAT looks like fun!
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Old 12-09-2013, 02:49 PM   #11
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I have this in the stable with the bikes. 2013 RZR S-LE

Rented one of these in the vegas desert... they surprisingly fun

They do not feel as big as they look. You imagine that it is like driving a car, but it feels much more like riding my quad as opposed to driving my jeep.
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Old 12-09-2013, 09:17 PM   #12
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There was a thread started before about side by sides but I have no idea where it is. I should know because I hate side by sides and acted like a complete asshole in it. Not one of my best moments.
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Old 12-09-2013, 10:49 PM   #13
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A dealer by me has a bunch of them outside the shop. They look like a lot of fun, but they are expensive and you have to get a bigger trailer to haul it around. Unless you can get them plated in NJ, you won't be able to use them in the state forests.
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Old 12-10-2013, 06:16 AM   #14
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You can plate 'em in some places. Run ATV trails anywhere.

Farmers have started buying them rather than quads for field surveys and such. See a lot of them around.
Check the regulations where you live, not all areas allow SxSs on ATV trails. I know Wisconsin is experimenting with it in some areas. Personally I'm against it, as I think it will hasten the conversion of all the fun, tight, hilly trails into gravel roads. And also I suspect once SxSs are allowed, it's another short step to allowing jeeps and pickups. But that's just me.

I think these are great for farm/ranch use. Much more versatile and useful than an ATV.
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Old 12-10-2013, 06:23 AM   #15
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I have rationalized that for the price they want for these things, I will keep my old quad and buy a nice used 90's-2004 jeep wrangler that I can take the top and doors off of, go offroad, and actually use as another vehicle.
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