Brave! This Guy Escapes The Devil’s Highway Using Only An UTV
Utility All-Terrain Vehicles, or UTVs for short, aren’t typically the first choice for taking on a challenging Moab 4×4 course like the Devil’s Highway in Utah. This particularly nasty course has a similar obstacle as Mickey’s Hot Tub, which is also located in Moab, only this one is deep for even super modified 4×4 trucks and SUVs to attempt. Well, the people riding the UTVs decided to go a day after it rained. That means there’s going to be water in that there pit. Worse than just water, there’s also probably a decent amount of oil, grease, and other lubricants left over from other all-terrain vehicles which have tried.
Who Brings Their UTV To A Mud Pit?
Based on this, we’re guessing this is a Polaris Ranger 570 or similar that’s attempting this straight pit of doom. Reasonably priced at less than $10k new, the Polaris Ranger 570 has a decently powerful 44 HP ProStar EGI engine. That’s big enough to out compete a similarly priced Honda Pioneer. Polaris has it rough but always manages to stay on top by continually building great all terrain vehicles that perform well under a variety of conditions. The Devil’s Highway, in this post, was captured just after a rain storm and it was around 50 degrees outside. That’s great riding weather except for the fact that the water forming in a pool below is anything but inviting.
That water won’t be evaporating out any time soon like you’d expect in mid-summer or similar. That means all that oil and grease and nastiness is acting as an insipid whole ‘nother layer that those all terrain tires have to grab hold of. That’s ugly. So, it’s all the better when that Polaris Ranger actually makes it out of there in one piece. That’s a sure-fire way to make the next owner of that UTV ask some serious questions about what that transmission’s gone through – but it’s all worth it because they have an incredible story with proof.
UTVs are usually NOT designed for the Devil’s Highway. In fact, when you get a bunch of mechanical engineers from Honda Motorsports, Polaris, Can-Am, and others into a room and
What Other UTVs Can Make It In These Conditions?
UTVs are usually NOT designed for the Devil’s Highway. In fact, when you get a bunch of mechanical engineers from Honda Motorsports, Polaris, Can-Am, and others into a room and say “Hey, what say you we run this UTV up a straight 90 degree hill?” They’d likely say, “Sure, with whose engine?” Well, as it turns out, Polaris definitely made the cut. Who else is in that running? Oh, it’d be none other than our candid favorite – Can-Am. But what about Honda? Honda makes a great ATV/UTV series. And in terms of the Honda Pioneer UTV series, you’d have to jump into the Pioneer 1000-5 Deluxe. It’s heavier but the Pioneer 1000-5 has a 999cc liquid-cooled twin cylinder Unicam four-stroke that definitely looks, feels, and sounds impressive. But, it’s actually not the engine that sells this sucker – it’s the drive train. The Honda Pioneer drive train includes a fully automatic dual clutch transmission with six forward gears and four drive modes: 2WD, 4WD, “turf” and differential lock. That’s all necessary if you plan on driving straight up and down with it. It also uses a paddle shifter versus the traditional automatic transmission that most other UTVs use – definitely handy.
Altogether, we’d say the deluxe model of the Honda Pioneer definitely seems like it’d cut the mustard fine, well, and good on the likes of Moab 4×4 obstacles and it would certainly hold up to the test of mudding and offroading. The only question is – who’s left at the table of all-terrain utility vehicles? Who’s the only UTV left in the arena after Honda? Well, that’d have to be none other than the Can-Am Defender. There’s likely better choices when it comes to ATVs, but for a base model price on a great all-terrain utility vehicle, the Defender sure is first and foremost. This Can-Am Defender ain’t your typical farm UTV, either. From the looks of it, this Defender has a Rotax Engine HD10 V-Twin – that’s nearly 72 hp delivered to the drive train. While that may be something you’d scoff at, to put it in perspective, it has more horsepower than a 1988 Subaru GL coupe and it is almost twice as powerful as the Polaris Ranger 570. This just leads us to the conclusion that if the Polaris can do it, the Can-Am must be able to walk through it no problem. Right? In the meantime, what about those massive tire tread skidmarks? If you’ve tackled similar and have lived to tell the tale, tell us about it in the comments section below.