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. UTV owners generally use their vehicles for hunting, to handle farm work, in outdoor fun tackling trails and other off-road courses as well as sanctioned racing.
Difference Between an ATV and a UTV
Size, first of all, should tune you in on the difference between an ATV and UTV. In terms of practicality, UTVs have similar properties to ATVs or All-Terrain Vehicles but use a steering wheel instead of handlebars and pedals for the break and gas, like a car. UTVs have seat belts and roll over protection, room for passengers and offer expanded payloads. A utility ATV - a cousin of sorts to the sport ATV - often used for hunting and farm work, functions more like a UTV than a regular ATV.
UTV or Side by Side
UTV, Side by Side or SxS - what you call it doesn't change what it is. 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 UTV accessories 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 UTV parts for Honda, Yamaha, and Kawasaki. Those living in the Northeast in desperate need of a snow plow should look no further. We carry those. UTV 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 for your UTV 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 UTV parts so you'll never miss a ride.