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We sometimes get riders asking about UTVs or side-by-sides. We're especially getting questions now that we sell UTV parts, tools and gear.
UTV stands for Utility Task Vehicle or Utility Terrain Vehicle. The more common name is side by side (you can add the hyphens if you want) and a more obscure name is a ROV or Recreational Off highway Vehicle. UTVs are similar to ATVs or All-Terrain Vehicles but typically larger, use a steering wheel with pedals for the break and gas instead of handlebars, many have seat belts and roll over protection, can carry passengers and offer expanded payloads.
The Side by Side term comes from two people sitting side by side like in a car. There's a driver, with a passenger and sometimes seating for two more passengers in the back. Some UTVs are not true side by sides and they are more like an ATV allowing only one person on-board but still considered a UTV featuring side by side characteristics like the steering wheel and roll over protection.
A UTV is sometimes seen on golf courses (think Kawasaki Mule), hunters and farmers widely use them and yes, UTV racing is quite popular. MotoSport carries parts for many popular styles of side-by-sides including those used for racing (or performance), recreation and work. You can find parts, tools, tires and wheels for the following UTV manufacturers:
- Artic Cat
Everything you expect from MotoSport for your dirt bike, motorcycle and ATV needs now crosses over to those with UTVs. We carry OEM parts for UTVs built by Honda, Yamaha, Kawasaki and Polaris. Those living in the Northeast in desperate need of a snow plow should look no further. We carry those. Winches and mounts, lights and electrical? We've got you covered. Of course, many of you perform your own routine maintenance so grab oil, filters and other lubricants just as you would after a day on the track or trail with a dirt bike or ATV.
MotoSport is excited to expand further into the off-roading market and offer UTV owners and enthusiasts the service and expertise you've come to expect from us as well as all the necessary parts so you'll never miss a ride.
Written By: AndrewT